Sure, there are plenty of bars that are simply open on December 31. But if you feel like doing it up a bit, these fine establishments can help. We will keep on adding events as we hear about them.
Skip the bubbly and ring in the New Year with at Brouwers's New Year's Firkin Eve. As if the 60-plus beers on tap aren't enough, the Fremont bar will have firkin kegs filled with brews from Reuben's, Fremont, American, and Big Al Brewing. With kegs being tapped at 6, you'll have plenty of time to pick a favorite before the toast at midnight.
The Havana New Year's Eve Gala will have DJs Hyro and Megatran keeping you out on the dance floor all night. The individual cover charge is $22, but there are also four VIP packages to choose from if you want to skip the drink lines or have a table right in the middle of the excitement.
Autumn Martin's Old Ballard chocolate haven is staying open until 1, and providing an accompanying sugar rush. On the agenda: slices of five-layer smoked chocolate whiskey cake for $5 a slice, a signature molten chocolate cake with a glass of sparkling wine for $10, and butterbeer.
Pike Brewing Company
Come celebrate the Old Bawdy New Year with a prix fixe dinner. The $40 gets you dinner anytime 4–11, $2 samples of Pike Old Bawdy barley wine and a discount on the Old Bawdy vertical tasting in January. Expect a wine toast (yes, wine) at midnight.
If you're reading this blog, you probably wouldn't be a fan of revisiting Prohibition, but it doesn't hurt to revisit the roaring 20s every now and again. Tavern Law's Prohibition-era soiree will pour barrel-aged bourbon and house-aged rye on special. And don't miss the Grüne Fee Absinthe and Gosset Brut by the glass, or by the bottle if you're feeling extra ritzy. There's no cover charge, and buying food and drinks will enter you to win a TW steel watch from Dacels Jewelers and a night out in a town car from British Motor Coach. Dress era-appropriate. No cover charge. Festivities will run from 5–2am.
The cocktail bar's return to the living is reason enough to celebrate, but a New Year's Eve bash doesn't hurt either. From lunchtime until 2am, Vessel is serving Champagne and "specially sourced" caviar at "party prices," which we assume means wallet-friendly prices rather than "gouge-everyone-because-it's-New-Year's-Eve prices." The bubbles are free at Midnight. The nice thing about this shindig: No cover means you can swing by for a few drinks, or make a night of it.
For those seeking less formal, more groovy disco type of New Year's Eve, the Capitol Hill art gallery and bar will be having a simple $5 cover for the Champagne toast at midnight. The Facebook page has all the info.
The Virginia Inn
Get the dust off your dancing shoes and reserve a spot at the Virginia Inn Dine and Dance celebration on New Year's Eve. Starting at 9:30, you and your full belly will be enticed onto the dance floor with world beat, salsa, swing and a little R&R music. No cover charge, but the event booked up last year, so make a reservation, fast.