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A New Year's Eve Events Guide

Ring in 2015 in style



From fancy cocktails in the Flats and fine dining in the suburbs, to your favorite live performers at venues city wide — and, of course, downtown's Cleveland Rocks New Year's Eve outdoor bash — Northeast Ohio will be ringing in 2015 with style. There's nothing worse than trying to find a dinner reservation or suitable party the day before the New Year (especially when you told your significant other that you'd do it weeks ago), so check out some of our favorite options below and get prepped. Throw on some appropriate clothes (a three-piece suit? an evening gown? mittens?) and forget about your New Year's resolutions for a few more hours as you get down to the only important business of New Year's Eve: celebrating.

Lago: Old Hollywood New Year's Eve Party: Live it up in Old Hollywood splendor with live performances by local R&B phenom Lauren Lanzaretta and DJ Flaco Flash. The ticket price is steep, but for all-inclusive premium drinks (and a chance to stay at the swanky aLoft Hotel at the highest price point) this is the NYE party for those of you who reserve your extravagant partying for one or two nights a year. Great views, great vibes. Doors: 7:30 p.m., open bar until 2 a.m., dinner service 8 p.m.- 11 p.m., late-night snacks service 11:30-1 a.m. Tickets: $175 per person, $300 per couple; $500 per couple includes a room at the aLoft Hotel. 1091 West 10th St., 216-862-8065, lagoeastbank.com.

WXYZ NYE Party: If you love the aLoft Hotel and the new Flats development, but aren't wild about Lago's Old Hollywood party atmosphere, enjoy the heavy hors d'oeuvres and high-end open bar of its next-door neighbor. Again, it's pretty steep, but the live band, midnight champagne toast and dynamite open bar might be worth it for the affluent crowd. Doors: 7:30 p.m., dinner 8-10 p.m. Tickets: $125 per person, $250 per couple. 1111 West 10th St., 216-400-6469, aloftclevelanddowntown.com.

American Legion Post 421: New Year's Eve Gala: Most NYE parties have an open bar, and the American Legion's is no exception. But few NYE parties have a champagne, kielbasa and sauerkraut toast at midnight. After the catered buffet dinner and boppin' live tunes by the Turnaround Band (rock 'n' roll dance classics from the '50s, '60s, and '70s), here's hoping you've got room for some hearty ethnic fare to ring in 2015. Party favors included! Doors: 6:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m. Tickets: $65 per person. 22001 Brookpark Rd., Fairview Park, 216-509-7444.

The Improv: NYE With Mike Polk: Before (or after) your NYE din din, Uber or Lyft it over to the Improv and check out Cleveland's own Mike Polk Jr. for a very special holiday standup comedy set. Polk's always a hoot to see live, and he'll surely have something special cooked up for the glittering NYE crowds. Best part is, after his set, you can head over to the Flats or the Warehouse District for a champagne toast or late-night dancing. Doors: 7:30 p.m., 10 p.m. Tickets: $25 (21+). 1148 Main Ave., 216-696-4677, clevelandimprov.com.

Liquid: NYE Party: Liquid will be bumpin' all night long, but enjoy the open bar from 7 to 9 p.m., a champagne toast at midnight and a string of DJs on the ones and twos until the wee wee hours in the Warehouse District. The ticket price is cheaper than most — it doesn't include a dinner, notably — but if you're looking for drinks and dancing, you can't do much better. Doors: 7 p.m. - 2:30 a.m. Tickets: $30. 1212 West Sixth St., 216-479-7717, liquidcleveland.com.

Iron City Cafe: NYE Bash: If you want a little bit of everything for your NYE bash, try Iron City Cafe on Jennings Road for a change of pace. For $50, you'll get a steak dinner, five drinks, and a midnight champagne toast. Plus, Iron City will be distributing party favors and will have a DJ spinning hits while you load up on appetizers and libations. Doors: 7 p.m. - 2:30 a.m. Tickets: $50. 4002 Jennings Rd., 216-331-2259, facebook.com/ironcitycafe.

Agora: New Year's Evil 7: Twizted headlines a night of manic metal, with Blaze, Swag Toof, Ajax and Insane Eric rounding out the bill. Paint your face, smash a chair: Do whatever you gotta do to get into the partying mood, 'cause that's what tonight is all about. Doors: 6 p.m. Tickets: $27 in advance; $30 day of show. 5000 Euclid Ave., 216-881-2221, clevelandagora.com.

Ristorante Stella Mia: NYE Dinner: This might not be your only stop of the evening, but it certainly could be. Maybe, for instance, you live in Westlake — it's possible! — and have no interest in driving downtown for drunken dancing. Maybe you'd prefer to enjoy a delicious three-course meal with your spouse or significant other. For only $45, you'll get three Italian courses and a midnight champagne toast, all in the comfort and quiet of this handsome westside suburb. Doors: 5 p.m. Tickets: $45. 28751 Center Ridge Rd., Westlake, 440-250-2143, stellamiawestlake.com.

CLE Rocks NYE: The Big Party Downtown: In its second year, CLE NYE, this year on Mall B, expects to attract upwards of 20,000 guests! (Last year's inaugural bash on Public Square had 15,000 Clevelanders waving glowsticks in the cold and snow and the response was overwhelmingly positive). If you're into the Times Square-type outdoor extravaganza, this is the event for you. Machine Gun Kelly is slated to headline during the 10 o'clock hour, and a beer garden, food trucks and fireworks will all be part of the package. Bring hats and gloves and scarves (and plenty of cash) for this romp which is fast becoming an NEO holiday tradition, thanks to Alonzo Mitchell and his Ohio Homecoming gang. There's already a countdown on the website! Doors: 8 p.m. Tickets: $10, general; $150 VIP, which includes hors d'oeuvres, five drinks, heated indoor space, coat check and complimentary parking. clenye.com.

Beachland Ballroom: A Soulful NYE: Wesley Bright and the Hi-Lites headline the New Year's Eve bash at the legendary Beachland Ballroom, calling back last year's successful NYE party. DJs Alr!ght and Party Sweat will be spinning, so the music is sure to ring out all night long, guaranteeing a soulful dash into 2015. (If you haven't seen Wesley Bright's show yet, this is the best entry point we can imagine. If you've caught him before, then you know what's up.) Doors: 8 p.m. Show: 9 p.m. Tickets: $15. 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124, beachlandballroom.com.

Grog Shop: Jammin' in the New Year: Featuring some of Northeast Ohio's best jam bands, the Grog Shop's New Year's Eve party is the best spot in town to dance and musically improvise your way into 2015. Tropidelic, Aliver Hall, Vibe & Direct, Drunken Sunday and Broken Keys fill out the bill, which looks to us like one hell of a dance party. Doors: 8 p.m. Show: 9 p.m. Tickets: $10 in advance, $15 day of show. 2785 Euclid Heights Blvd., Cleveland Heights, 216-321-5588, grogshop.gs.

House of Blues: '90s Tribute Band Heaven: Weezer's self-titled debut (the "blue album") and No Doubt's Tragic Kingdom rank among the greatest '90s rock albums. They are excellent soundtracks for the end of the year. My Name is Jonas and Don't Speak — Weezer and No Doubt tribute bands, respectively — will rock in the new year tonight at the House of Blues, taking willful care of all your '90s rock needs and wants. Doors: 8 p.m. Show: 9:30 p.m. Tickets: $20 in advance; $25 DOS. 308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583, houseofblues.com/cleveland.

Mahall's 20 Lanes: Twin Peaks Black Lodge Ball: Haley Morris (Pleasure Leftists, Memorabilia Productions, DJ Himiko GoGo) transforms Mahall's into a NYE magic party mecca, based on David Lynch and Mark Frost's Twin Peaks. "We invite you and your friends to join us at Mahall's and usher in the spirits of 2015!" Mahall's owners say. Doors: 8 p.m. Show: 9 p.m. Tickets: $5. 13200 Madison Ave., Lakewood, 216-521-3280, mahalls20lanes.com.

Nighttown: Jazzy NYE: Trumpet phenom and Cleveland native Dominick Farinacci lights up Cleveland's hippest jazz club with an intimate outdoor show on the club's "all-weather" patio. Seating is limited to 50, so do file a reservation ASAP. And inside, legendary singer Bobby Caldwell will lead his six-piece band into 2015. Doors: 8 p.m. Show: 9 p.m. Tickets: $40 (Farinacci), $80 (Caldwell). 12387 Cedar Rd., 216-795-0550, nighttowncleveland.com.

Great Lakes Brewing Co.: Brew Year's Eve.

What better atmosphere than Ohio City in which to celebrate the ball drop? And with what better beer than GLBC? The entire historic pub will be decorated for the occasion and GLBC's bringing in a DJ, a photo booth, and other entertainment to keep you dancing and festive until midnight and beyond. Your ticket grabs you three drinks and some food. A cash bar will be available all night. 7 p.m.-1 a.m. Tickets: $60. 2516 Market Ave., 216-771-4404, greatlakesbrewing.com.

Reddstone: 2015 New Year's Eve Party: Your all-inclusive ticket buys you a night of nonstop dancing , all-you-can-eat food, and all-you-can-drink booze. That, as they say, is a deal. The cozy Detroit-Shoreway joint tucked north of Detroit Road will bring in a host of DJs (details still incoming on those, so check their site or Facebook), and the perennial favorite — it's sold out most years — is a convenient one-stop shop for your holiday needs. Tickets; $30 ladies, $60 gentlemen. 1261 West 76th St., 216-651-6969, reddstonecleveland.com.

Bottlehouse Brewery: Brew Year's Eve: Over on the east side, another brew year's eve, this time courtesy of the Cleveland Heights haunt on Lee Road. The celebration will be topped with a special release of Pantheon IPA aged in Watershed gin barrels. Buster Screen plays at 8:30 p.m. and Root Bottle follows at 10:30. And, of course, there's a champagne toast at midnight.

Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door. 2050 Lee Rd., 216-214-2120, thebottlehousebrewingcompany.com.

Market Garden Brewery: Three-Course New Year's Eve Dinner: At the heart of Sam McNulty's empire, enjoy a three-course pre fixe dinner featuring the Market salad, your choice of entree, and a special NYE dessert. Market Garden is busy on any day, and it's sure to be booked for this Wednesday evening. Reservations are encouraged; the festivities start at 4 p.m. and run until close. Tickets: $30, $9 additional for optional beer pairings; 1947 West 25th St., 216-621-4000, marketgardenbrewery.com.

The Vault at The 9: NYE: Ring in the new year at Cleveland's newest hot spot, that magical place called The 9. Pony up your benjamins for a night when you'll want to be seen or, maybe, watch a bunch of other people who want to be seen. The Vault is throwing it back to the Roaring 1920s, and you're encouraged to dress the part for their "vintage modern gala." An open bar is included in your ticket from 9 to 11 p.m., along with heavy hors d'oeuvres. Tickets: $110. 900 Euclid. Ave, vault9cle.com.

Music Box Supper Club: New Year's Eve Bash with honeyhoney & special guest Ryan Joseph Anderson: Dinner and a show. It's really all anyone can ask for, especially on this special night. The newest concert club in Cleveland brings a bash to the Flats. Running from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m, there will be much more than music: photo booths, a prize for the most dashing costume, a post-concert DJ set, and a bevy of additional options depending on what sort of ticket you buy. Tickets: $30 general admission in advance, $35 at the door; $40 reserved seating; $60 reserved seating with food and bev upgrade. 1148 Main Ave., 216-242-1250, musicboxcle.com.

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