As December comes to an end, it’s time to say goodbye to your sins, mistakes and embarrassments of 2017 and ring in the New Year in style. Whether you enjoy a quiet evening with friends or dancing and drinking until the sun comes up, Revue has you covered for the best event to match your mood.
The Family Guy:
The annual New Year’s Fest in Kalamazoo is happening once again. Bundle up your tiny humans and head to downtown Kalamazoo for an all-ages performing arts fest. Activities include music, magic, comedy, exhibitions, fireworks and great food. New Year’s Fest is from 5:30 p.m. to midnight, and the ball drop and fireworks are held at Bronson Park. Purchase your admission buttons ahead of time for just $5. Kids 3 and under are free.
The Early Nighter:
Head to the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum for the annual New Year’s Early Eve, running 6-8 p.m. with a countdown and big ol’ balloon drop at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 per person, $10 for GRCM members.
Or, skate for free under the stars at Rosa Parks Circle until 9:45 p.m. Then head to any one of the local bars near Monroe Center for a quick drink before snuggling into bed for the night.
The Party Animal:
New Year’s Eve at the B.O.B is a classic. Come here for a nice meal, followed by a place to party your way into the new year. Dance to your heart’s content and celebrate every decade on each floor. The DJs will be spinning your favorites from the ’50s to now, all night long, across B.O.B’s Brewery, H.O.M.E., Gilly’s, Bobarino’s, L3vel and Eve. Make a dinner reservation now at one of the B.O.B.’s restaurants to be sure you get in.
Or, 20 Monroe Live is throwing its inaugural NYE Resolution Ball this year, and 1,600 people are expected to show up to this massive party. One $75 ticket gets you access to the main floor, with complimentary coat check, midnight pizza and late night snack buffet, midnight blowout with balloon drop and confetti, live feed of the ball drop and more. That ticket will also get you seven drink tickets, valid for premium cocktails. The party runs from 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m.
When you go to Flanagan’s, you already know it’s going to be a good time, but it’s even better with live music. Join local group Decades for live music, good drinks and great dancing. Decades is one of the most diverse, professional, occasionally controversial cover bands in West Michigan. If you’re looking to make a night of it, bar hop from Flanagan’s to Z’s Bar and down to HopCat.
The Beer Geek:
Ring in the New Year with your fellow hopheads at Hops at 84 East in downtown Holland. You’ll find tons of food and drink specials, plus live music by Delilah DeWylde starting at 9 p.m. Head to Hops for dinner (brick oven pizza, sandwiches and more) and stay for the entertainment. Check the restaurant’s Facebook for more event details.
Or, head to HopCat Kalamazoo for Poppin’ (Rare) Bottles on NYE. All day, the restaurant and beer bar will be raiding its cellar for deep cuts like B. Nektar Meadery’s Ancient Soul and #Dragonsarereal, Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes’ Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien, and Bourbon Barrel Aged Bible Belt, a collab between Prairie Artisan Ales and Evil Twin Brewing.
Other NYE Offerings
The Pyramid Scheme
68 Commerce Ave. SW, Grand Rapids
9 p.m.-1:30 a.m., $20 advance, $30 day of, facebook.com
45 S. Division Ave., Grand Rapids
10 p.m.-2 a.m., $30, facebook.com
53 Commerce Ave. SW, Grand Rapids
10 p.m.-2 a.m., free, facebook.com