If you're an East Nashvillian, there are plenty of good reasons to stay in the neighborhood on New Year's Eve. Avoiding driving, quick access to home post-revelry, supporting your neighborhood eateries and merry-makers… We needn't go on, but we will.
Here, a round-up of some of East Nashville's New Year's Eve offerings. Want us to add something? Drop a line.
Jumping on the choice you're drawn toward quickly is probably a good idea. Wherever you end up, we'll be raising a glass to you for making 2013 a fine year for The East Nashvillian, and for East Nashville.
New tapas stop Antica, which recently took over the former Myridia space at 5th & Main (507 Main St.), hosts a neighborhood New Year's hang starting at 8 p.m. Restaurant partner Kaz Hishida DJs, a free champagne toast is offered at midnight, and their small plates-angled menu is on offer throughout. Bonus: no cover.
New Year's Eve at The East Room
Five bands (including Natural Child and Ranch Ghost), DJs and a convenient Eastside locale -- if you're looking to ring in the New Year with live local music, the East Room's a solid bet. Doors open at 8, and admission is $12. If you haven't been by the East Room yet, just head up Gallatin (it's at 2412, a bit past Douglas) and keep your eyes peeled for the Pizza Buds truck parked out front.
Foo Year's Eve
Foobar and Foobar Too will combine square footage on New Year's Eve for what the Foo folks are calling "the biggest/cheapest New Years Eve rager this side of the river." On the schedule: eight DJs (including Coach & Rate, Elise Tyler and many others), a photobooth, free beer toast as the clock counts down and other bits of Foo fun, all for a $10 cover. Doors are at 8, and tickets are available through Eventbrite. Bonus for bargain-hunters: They have a bulk six-people-for-the-price-of-five deal going, too.
The Hags-Silverman Ordeal Presents: A Very Jerry New Year's Eve
If you'd like to start 2014 with some of the finest musicians in East Nashville, potentially enjoying a similarly fine shepherd's pie, hit The Family Wash for a night of live Grateful Dead favorites with Jack Silverman, Braden Stuart, James Haggerty, Jen Gunderman and Adam Abrashoff. Show starts at 9:30 p.m., and the cover is $10.
New Year's Eve at The Lipstick Lounge
Doors open at 7 for the Lipstick's NYE shindig, which includes karaoke, midnight champagne shooters and, for lots of us, an easy stumble home after the ball drops. With a $10 cover, it's a wallet-friendly party, too.
Lockeland Table's New Year's Eve menu
Among the decadent-sounding items on Lockeland Table's special New Year's Eve menu: rack of lamb with a black pepper honey glaze; lobster bisque with an Olive & Sinclair white chocolate chantilly and Noble Springs goat cheese grits. A decidedly treat-yoself option. Dinner service starts at 5, and as of this posting, they still had a few openings available. Call 615-228-4864 to snag your space.
Not everyone wants to get all ridiculous on New Year's Eve. Or any other day, for that matter. Speaking your language? You're probably already at Mickey's Tavern, a recent addition to Gallatin Pike that, above all, dismisses flowery detail in favor of good old-fashioned havin'-a-drink. "We bought some cheap champagne and some plastic champagne glasses," Mickey's kingpin Andy Gaines told us about their New Year's Eve plans. "Maybe we'll buy some party hats." Mickey's, our love for you just keeps growin.' 2907 Gallatin Pike, and don't make a big deal out of it.
Pabst Blue Ribbon New Year's Eve Rockabilly Rumble
Logue's Black Raven Emporium doesn't host a run-of-the-mill gathering, so if you're looking for the party equivalent of a pompadour, head by 2915 Gallatin on New Year's Eve. The Rumble includes rockabilly records being spun all night, a showing of the teen-rebel cult favorite Cry-Baby, a costume contest and more. Admission is $10, and includes an evening-starting PBR.
Pomodoro East's Special New Year's Eve dinner
Those of us who cotton to the Hoppin' John tradition and would like to secure our 2014 luck should head for Pomodoro East's New Year's Eve four-course dinner (with an optional $25 wine pairing). A Hoppin' John risotto counts as one of the starters, and fancy follow-ups include lobster pizza, chianti-grilled NY Strip steak and lots more. Dinner is $60 per person, and reservations can be made by calling 615-873-4978.
The Silly Goose's New Year's Eve menu
The Goose's menu has grown in wonderful ways over the past few years, and their New Year's Eve menu sure sounds like a fine choice for folks who want to ring in 2014 with a happy palate. We're talking braised bison short rib with coffee-smoked maitake mushrooms, caramelized lamb belly, brandy-poached pear tart… in total, six courses for a prix fixe rate of $85 per person. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your phone number to make a reservation (which is, of course, required).
Treehouse New Year’s Eve celebration
New East Nashville eatery Treehouse hosts their very first New Year's Eve celebration this year, with a special prix fixe menu and two seatings, at 7 pm and 10 pm. The four-course meal includes raw virginia oysters, pork belly and a chocolate cake with a peanut mole, among many other dishes. The early seating runs $40, later seating $55 per person. Make reservations for parties of two or more by calling 615-454-4201.
Watanabe's New Year's Eve
Eat light (or go big with spicy/decadent sriracha chicken) and drink well at Riverside Village spot Watanabe, whose cocktail creations remain a bright spot in the neighborhood. We're waiting on word of a New Year's Eve menu, but their everyday menu alone would make a solid way to ring in 2014, particularly if you're drawn to seafood. Make a reservation by calling 615-226-1112 or emailing MHof@watanabesushibar.com.
More to come as we gather them. Drop us a line if you have an addition to share!