Recovered from earlier rounds of holiday excess? Let’s get ready to roll into the next round, as the end of 2015 comes to us Thursday, and brings another excuse to celebrate (and toss out a well-deserved “don’t let the door hit ya”).
If you haven’t sorted out your plans yet, we’ve rounded up a bunch of East Nashville happenings (plus a few over-the-river options).
It’s not everything that’s open, mind you, just special events and special menus that we thought would be worth considering. Might want to move fast on the considering, though, since many/most things are almost sure to sell out. On to it:
New Year’s Eve in East Nashville
1006 Forrest Avenue
This New Year’s Eve, the badass ladies of East Nashville’s The Dead Deads hold court at The 5 Spot, heading up “the silliest, the sexiest, the most freeform pizza (naughtyword)fest New Year’s Eve blowout booze bash you could possibly attend”: the ’90s-themed Abduction shindig. DJ Maverick starts the night off spinning “underground alternative favorites,” DJ Marz AttaXX follows with more ’90s jams, then the Dead Deads roll into the New Year with a set of all-killer-no-filler heavy rock songs. Also on the agenda: a photo booth, giveaways, drink specials and post-midnight, some Five Points Pizza in the house. Admission is $20; more info at the Abduction Facebook event page.
1100 Stratton Avenue
Wanting more of a low-key hang? Over at brand new neighborhood haunt Bar Luca, they’re not doing a big blowout, per se, but opening back up after taking off around Christmas, and celebrating their first year ringing in a New Year, with no cover. Open 6 p.m. until 2 a.m.
917 Woodland Street
The folks from QDP (Queer Dance Party), longtime wranglers of regular fun at The 5 Spot, take over the BEAST on New Year’s Eve to present Q Year’s Eve: QDP’s Ultimate NYE Party. Expect music, lots of dancing, a free champagne toast at midnight and one of the lowest cover charges you’ll find for a New Year’s Eve party in #NewNashville: $5 in advance, $7 at the door. Party kicks up at 8:30 p.m.; more info on The Basement East’s website.
411 Gallatin Avenue
At Nashville’s refreshed “oldest dive bar,” the PORTAL New Year’s Eve Party is on the calendar, kicking off at 10 p.m., with a champagne toast at midnight. Admission is $10 in advance or at the door. Not a bad excuse to say goodbye to 2015 with a delicious grease-bomby burger and a PBR tallboy.
1000 Main Street
No cover and DJs galore at Duke’s, including folks from Fond Object, Ranch Ghost, Hans Condor and more providing sounds. There’ll be midnight champagne, special surprises and a long stretch of fun: Celebration starts at 4 p.m., goes all night.
97 Chapel Avenue
Eastland Cafe’s special New Year’s Eve menu includes beet risotto, crab soup, a lamb T-bone with Parisienne dumplings and more — plus a midnight champagne toast — and runs $65 per person. Limited seating; reservations by calling 615-627-1088.
626A Main Street
Hoping for a New Year’s Eve that’s still nice and loud, but a little less of a rager, a little more soulful? Swing by the Wash, which’ll be hosting a Muscle Shoals Music Revue with local singer-songwriter Amy Black up front. On the setlist for the night: some of the songs that define the Muscle Shoals sound, by the likes of Otis Redding and Etta James, plus fitting originals — Black’s latest album, The Muscle Shoals Sessions, was brought to life there in the famed FAME Recording Studios, alongside the legendary sideman Spooner Oldham and some of Nashville’s finest (including the East Side’s own Will Kimbrough). The show starts at 9 p.m., and tickets are $15.
2511 Gallatin Road
Busy local sound-slingers Coach & Rate are back at Foobar on New Year’s Eve for the third year in a row, presiding over a Foo Year’s Eve party that’ll take over both Foo rooms. In the main Foo, Coach & Rate and others will spin; in Foobar Too, Stay Magical's Coverfest Extravaganza brings out a glut of local bands paying tribute to not-so-local bands (like Talking Heads and LCD Soundsystem). Tickets are $15 in advance; more info at the Foo Year’s Eve Facebook event page.
935 W Eastland Avenue
HHB&R’s four-course New Year’s Eve menu is fittingly celebratory, with options like beef tartar, grilled duck, ash-roasted butternut squash soup and lots more. It runs $75 per person, and they’re accepting reservations up until the day of.
1400 Woodland Street
The folks at Lipstick: Always down for a good party. New Year’s Eve, naturally, isn’t ignored. At the Lounge, you’ll be up for prizes throughout the night, enjoy champagne shooters at midnight and have the opportunity to ring in 2016 bellowing your best karaoke jams. Cover is $10.
604 Gallatin Avenue
This is the first New Year’s Eve for sharing-focused East Side restaurant Little Octopus, and they’re doing it up with a special five-course menu from chef Daniel Herget, including oysters with kimchee hollandaise, egg yolk ravioli and lobster with pea tendrils and roasted fennel. (Their champagne photo up top.) There are two seatings — 6:30 and 9 p.m. — and the meal will run you $65 per person. Make reservations through the Little Octopus website or by calling 615-454-3946.
1520 Woodland Street
Another one for the food fanatics: Chef Hal Holden-Bache and Co. over at Lockeland Table will be sharing another special prix fixe New Year’s Eve dinner menu with all manner of impressive-sounding plates, from wood-fired diver scallops to bucatini from fellow East Nashville food-makers Nicoletto’s Pasta Co. Seating is limited, and runs $85 per person. Make your reservations by calling 615-228-4864.
407 Gallatin Avenue
Craft cocktails haven 308 brings us back to the future with an Enchantment Under the Sea Dance party, including a complimentary champagne toast and $20 bottles of champagne in case, say, the one glass doesn’t do it for you. The party runs 9 p.m. to 3 a.m., and the cover is $10. (Booth reservations are available — give firstname.lastname@example.org a holler.)
Feel like crossing the river?
On occasion, one might want to leave the neighborhood to do stuff. Here are some solid non-East Nash options.
609 Lafayette St
The Nashville City Winery outpost offers some solid options to ring in 2016, including a performance from Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives (early show 7 p.m. start, tickets $65 to $170; late show 10 p.m. doors, tickets from $65 to $95), a special five-course New Year’s Even menu in the Barrel Room (charbroiled oyster duo, venison osso buco, lots more, $70 or $95 for wine pairing) and the Pop The Cork: A Night of Champagne and Dessert party, which includes four pours of bubbles plus paired cheese and dessert bites (10:30 p.m. start, $50 per person).
One Symphony Place
Ring in 2016 in one of Nashville’s most beautiful buildings with our world-class Nashville Symphony and music director Giancarlo Guerrero. The A New Year's Eve Pops program includes a memorable mix, from Gershwin to "Auld Lang Syne,” with guests including Grammy-winning cabaret singer Sylvia McNair. The show starts early, too, at 6 p.m., so if you felt inclined to make a long night of it… (Tickets run $49 to $75, available online.)
Other events you think we should add? Give a shout. And have a wonderful, celebratory, totally smart and responsible New Year’s Eve.