Seattle is lucky, in a way. In the city where I used to live, going out on New Year’s Eve meant committing to some bar or club that you’d never normally go to months in advance for the privilege of elbowing countless congressional aids out of your way to the bar, where you were expected to get down on your hands and knees and beg for a few fingers of Korbel splashed into a plastic glass.
In this town, most of the bars are open and just serving up drinks. Here is a map of places that have good champagne options and are also fun to hang out in. But for those of you who want preplanned parties, I’ve listed a few promising events (and one that both impresses and terrifies me) below.
Happy New Year.
Pay no cover to party at the Local Vine during its champagne happy hour from 4 to 7pm. From 8pm to 2am, however, it will cost you $25 to get in at the door ($15 if you pay in advance). That price includes free champagne at midnight. Local Vine is planning a special New Year’s Eve menu and there will be a DJ.
The Hideout will be hosting its annual NYE party which is rumored to be a straight-up blast. There’s no cover but you are advised to arrive early as the little bar fills up fast.
Or you could hang out upstairs at Tavern Law’s Needle and Thread bar during one of two sessions—7 to 10pm or 10pm to 1am. Whichever you choose, you pay $100 in advance. The price includes a bottle of champagne for each two tickets reserved (or a split for one), and free caviar appetizers. Call 206-325-0133 to reserve.
Now, here’s one for the brave: EMP has a New Year’s Eve party called Indulgence. Tickets for this thing are currently $59 (GA) $189 (VIP Gold) and $350 for (VIP Platinum). There are more than 25 separate bars at this party and three dance floors. EMP expects over 3,000 people. See details here.