New Year's Eve in the Twin Cities

Hit the town December 31 to ring in 2009!

This is just a sample of local New Year’s Eve events. We make every effort to ensure the accuracy of this information. However, you should always call ahead to confirm times, location, and other information.

NYN’s New Year’s Party

Epic, 9 p.m.

Minneapolis will join NYN’s New Year’s Eve celebrations in Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Portland, and Seattle for a simultaneous nationwide party across four time zones. On-site entertainment from Chuck Love, The New Congress, Ben Michaels, DJ D.Mil, Jiz Tha Goods, Jevne, Timmay and featuring Vox Medusa dancers, aerialist Jim Domineck, Infiammati Fire Troop, hula hooper Jessica Bessette, Ill Chemsitry Beat Boxers, The Warriors and Sub City Rockers B-Boy Crews, in addition to the TRVSDJAM set that will be streamed live to the nation. Gourmet passed hors d’oeuvres & food stations, champagne upon arrival and at Midnight. 21+ event. Bottle service and reservations available. 110 North 5th Street, Minneapolis.  Learn more.

Vic Volare’s Fabulous New Year’s Eve Gala

Landmark Center, 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m.

Swing in the new year with style as Vic Volare brings his big band sounds to the fabulous Musser Cortile. Casino games, including Texas Hold’em, are scattered around the building. Free dance lessons available. Ticket price includes complimentary champagne toast. Elegant dress is encouraged. Tickets can be purchased at or call 612-396-2249. Landmark Center, 75 W 5th St, St Paul.

New Year’s Eve ReSOULution & Crystal Ball

IMS, 9 p.m.-2 a.m.

Moved to International Market Square this year, find 20+ bars, live music, and a thirty-minute four segment runway fashion show. Two rooms of electronic/hip-hop/mash up dance music. 21 + Event. Dress to impress. Stay at the Millenium Hotel ($119) and get free transportation to and from International Market Square. Bottle service and VIP tickets available. International Market Square, Minneapolis. Learn more.

New Year’s Eve 2008: Rock For A Cure

Station 4, 7 p.m.

Party for a cause this New Years! $10 at the door. Door prizes and raffles involved, including gift cards, an ipod, flat screen TV, and much more. Live DJ, plus three live bands (TBA). Drink specials until 1 a.m. Event benefiting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. 18+ event. Station 4,201 East 4th Street, St. Paul.  Learn more.


Nickelodeon’s New Year’s Eve

Mall of America, 6-10 p.m.

This giant beach party will feature a luau – complete with music, food and dancing – along with face painting, photos, live sharks and more. The highlight of the evening will be a family New Year’s countdown at 10 p.m., complete with a giant ball drop. MOA, 60 East Broadway, Bloomington. Learn more.

New Year’s Eve at the Como Zoo

10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Rock in the “Zoo” year with your friends at Como. The fun is perfectly fit for the whole family, and features live entertainment by Radio Disney, crafts, activities, and a countdown to Noon. Como Zoo & Conservatory, 1225 Estabrook Drive, St. Paul. Learn more.

Dance the Night Away at Sparkle-Rama

Children’s Museum, 6-8:30 p.m.

Ring in the New Year as you play throughout the six museum galleries of learning-infused fun. Enjoy live music from Will Hale and the Tadpole Parade and dance the night away under our disco ball. Count down to the New Year at the early evening ball drop and decorate sparkling hats and noisemakers with sequins, feathers, and more! Minnesota Children’s Museum, 10 West Seventh St, St. Paul. Learn more.


Black & White New Year’s Eve Ball

Myth, 10 p.m.-2 a.m.

Featuring the Return of Mythology, the fully choreographed & interactive stage show. Mega black & white balloon drop—loaded with cash and prizex—at midnight. Complimentary champagne toast and party favors. 18+ event. Drink deals, bottle service, private luxury suite & VIP packages available. Call 651-815-4002 for reservations. Myth Nightclub, 3090 Southlawn Drive, St. Paul. Learn more.

NYE Toy Story 2K9

Envy, 9 p.m.

Envy will be decked out for the holidays in festive fabrics, giant gift boxes, and tons of toys! Find yourself awed at Envy’s collection of live human toy performers, including talent featured on “America’s Got Talent.” $90 tickets will get you in the door for the premium open bar all night. VIP packages available. Envy Nightclub, 400 First Avenue, Minneapolis. Learn more.

New Year’s Eve Celebration & Service

Club 3 Degrees, Service 7 p.m.; 9 p.m. party

A Christian club, find pool tables, a cafe, and espresso bar. $10 cover; no cover in lounge. New Year’s Celebration Church Service before the bash. Learn more.


All-Inclusive New Year’s Eve with Hookers & Blow, The Alarmists

Fine Line, 8 p.m.

Bash features the music of Minneapolis All-Star Cover Band Hookers & Blow, comprised of Adam Levy and Trent Norton from the HONEYDOGS, George Scott McKelvey from RHYTHM JONES, Tom Scott from GREAZY MEAL, Andra Suchy from too many bands to name, Pete Sands, and an amazing horn section. Ticket ($50 advance; $60 day-of) includes all beverages for the evening and White Castle at midnight! Fine Line Music Café, 318 First Avenue North, Minneapolis. Learn more.

New Years Eve

Turf Club, 9 p.m.

Vampire Hands as The Rolling Stones, Daughters of the Sun as Led Zepplin, Stnnng as John Spencer Blues Explosion, with DJ Wes Burlesque. $7 entry. Turf Club, 1601 University, St. Paul. Learn more.

New Year’s Eve – A Party We Can Believe In

First Ave, 9 p.m.

Featuring the First Avenue DJs and more: Roy Freedom, DJ Smitty, Soviet Panda and Mike the 2600 King. $10 advance;$15 at door. 18+ event. First Avenue, Main Room, 701 First Avenue N, Minneapolis. Learn more.

The One Love Movement: End of Year Smokeout

First Ave, 9 p.m.

21+. Admission with First Ave NYE Ticket. Featuring DJ Verb X. First Avenue, VIP Room, 701 First Avenue N, Minneapolis.  Learn more.

Wookiefoot’s New Year’s Eve

Cabooze, 9:30 p.m.

Cabooze event includes special guests Heatbox & San Souci Quartet. $17 advance; $20 at the door. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. and music starts at 9:30 p.m. 18+ event. Cabooze, 917 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis. Learn more.

New Year’s Eve at the Dakota

Dakota Jazz Club, 9 p.m/

Two acts on New Year’s Eve; pick one or come to both! Local supergroup Moore by Four will entertain through the dinner hour, and gospel powerhouse family The Steeles will take the house into the new year. Reservations starting at 5:30 p.m. Show at 8 p.m. Includes champagne toast and party favors. Dakota, 1010 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis. Learn more.


Tangled Up In Blue

This year Chef Ross Reed will be presenting a traditional coursed wine pairing dinner with each course being influences by a specific region in France. Detailed menu found online. 6 courses ($65/person) or 3 courses ($45/person). Email or call for reservations: 651-465-1000, 4, 6 & 8:30 p.m. seatings. Tangled Up In Blue, 425 Bench St. St. Taylors Falls, MN. Learn more.


Il Vesco Vino

Ring in the New Year at Il VescoVino! Featuring a 5-course tasting menu with optional wine flight, live music, and a champagne toast when the clock strikes twelve! Check the website for more details to come. Il Vesco Vino, 579 Selby Ave, St. Paul. Learn more.

Kozlak’s Royal Oak

Kozlak’s will offer lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and a special limited New Year’s Eve dinner menu from 4 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. Complete menu available online. New Year’s day will feature a New Orleans brunch buffet, including a bloody mary bar and peel & eat shrimpKozlak’s, 4785 Hodgson Rd, Shorview.  Learn more.


All four levels of Solera will be uniquely transformed based off the Casino Royale theme. Minneapolis’ top DJs will keep you moving while you take part in casino games to win prizes. Buy tickets online ($45) or at the door ($55). Premium bar passes and dinner & a show packages available. Solera, 900 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis. Learn more.

Times Bare and Café

Early seating at 5 p.m. with Maud Hixson & Rick Carlson in a tribute to Irving Berlin. Celebration seating at 8:30 p.m. with the Twin Cities Hot Club. Music begins at 9:45 p.m. Times Bar, 201 E Hennepin Ave, MinneapolisLearn more.

Vincent, A Restaurant

Start your new year off right with a dinner at Vincent. 5-10:30 p.m. A tasting menu and an a la carte menu of the same food items will be available. Detailed menu online. Vincent, 1100 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis. Learn more.

Bar Abilene

This event will feature an open bar, champagne, hourly butler-passed hors d’ouevres, giveaways, a DJ & dancing. Bottle service available. Tickets will be sold at Bar Abilene for $75. Only 200 people will be allowed into the event. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Bar Abilene, 1300 Lagoon Ave, Minneapolis. Learn more.

Camp Bar

New Year’s Eve camp presents The Black & White Ball. 8:30 p.m. Croonyear’s Eve (Music and Comedy Review); 10:30 p.m. Metro Jam Band; 1 a.m. VJ Chris’ Video Dance Party. $5 Cover after 10 p.m. 490 N Robert Street, St. Paul. Learn more.



The Scrimshaw Brothers’ New Year’s Eve Spectacular

Bryant Lake Bowl’s Cabaret Theater, 7 & 11 p.m.

Ring in the New Year with this sketch comedy team, featuring ‘smart, manic’ (City Pages) comedy, music, dance, special surprise guests, and more broken resolutions than you can shake a Scrimshaw at! Complimentary party favors at both shows. 810 West Lake St., Minneapolis. Learn more.

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas

Ordway, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Brimming with such Berlin hits as “Blue Skies,” “How Deep is the Ocean?” and of course the unforgettable title song, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas tells the story of two showbiz buddies putting on a show in a magical Vermont inn, and finding their perfect mates in the bargain. Ordway Center, 345 Washington St, St. Paul. Learn more.

Grease is the World!

Orpheum, 2 p.m.

Take a trip to a simpler time of poodle skirts, drive-ins and T-birds. “Bad boy” Danny and “the girl next door” Sandy fall in love all over again to the tune of your favorite songs: “Summer Nights,” “Greased Lightnin’” and “We Go Together” as well as additional songs from the hit movie: “Grease,” “Hopelessly Devoted to You” and “You’re the One That I Want.” Orpheum Theatre, 910 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis. Learn more.


Grand Casino Mille Lacs

9 p.m.

Enjoy The Rockin’ Hollywoods at the Events & Convention Center. Free to the public. Must be 18 years old. 777 Grand Avenue, Onamia, MN, 800-626-5825. Learn more.

Treasure Island

12 p.m.-12 p.m.

From noon on New Year’s Eve to noon on New Year’s Day, 2,009 prizes will be awarded. Hot slots and tables also will be picked throughout the evening. 5734 Sturgeon Lake Road, Welch, MN, 1-800-222-7077.Learn more.

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