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New Year’s Eve on the town
Dozens of ways to say hello to 2012

12/29/11
By Michael Witthaus music@hippopress.com



New Year’s Eve arrives on a Saturday, and since the official day off for most folks is Monday, that allows two full days of recovery. With that in mind, here are dozens of ways to greet the new year:

• Alan’s (133 N. Main St. in Boscawen, 753-6631) hosts the Vintage Band playing vintage rock & roll from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. There is no cover for music; it’s $19.99 for buffet shrimp, lobster, prime rib, chicken and a champagne toast.

• Alpine Grove
(19 S. Depot Road in Hollis, 882-9051) has a Renaissance-themed buffet ($40 per person) with a DJ providing music and a midnight toast. The party starts at 6 p.m.

• Amber Room (53 High St. in Nashua, 881-9060) DJ Danjah & DJ Lou play high-energy dance music at this upscale nightspot (proper dress required). Doors open at 8 p.m., and you must be 18 to enter, 21 to drink.

• Asian Breeze
(1328 Hooksett Road in Hooksett, 621-9298) The Groove Cats play rock & roll from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. There’s no cover and a midnight toast.

• Backstage Bar & Grill
(56 Canal St. in Nashua, 598-8256) Mindset X plays original rock and covers for this Nashua night spot’s first ever New Year’s Eve party.

• Baja Beach Club @ China Bistro (89 Lake St. in Laconia, 524-0008) has a Black and White themed party ($5 per person) that runs from 9 p.m. to midnight, with a champagne toast and party favors.

• Barley House
(132 N. Main St. in Concord, 228-6363) celebrates the new year with a complimentary toast of Miller High Life, the champagne of bottled beers, capping a night that includes DJ music.

• Black Brimmer (1087 Elm St. in Manchester, 669-5523) The New Year’s Eve Midnight Masquarade  ($10, 21+) includes complimentary midnight toast, special menu and featured drink specials. VIP packages are available; doors open at 6 p.m.

• Blue Mermaid Island Grill (The hill at Hanover and High streets in Portsmouth, 427-2583) at 9 p.m. Sub Navy Roamers take the stage, with dinner specials and a champagne toast ($10 cover).

• Boston Billiard Club (55 Northeastern Blvd. in Nashua, 943-5630) DJ Alika spins dance music. It’s a Black and White party — wear black and white and save on the cover charge.

• Boynton’s Taproom (155 Dow St. in Manchester, 623-7778) Spend New Year’s Eve with Manchester’s very own Dueling Pianos. $50 admission includes Van Otis chocolate fountain, champagne toast at midnight, hat & noisemaker.

• Breezeway Pub (14 Pearl St. in Manchester, 621-9111) Fans of Sirius XM’s BPM channel will enjoy DJ McKay’s High NRG Dance Factory, with food selections and noisemakers for midnight at this 21+ gay & alternative bar.

• Brookstone Grille & Event Center (14 Route 11 E. in Derry, 328-9250/3289255) Swing and laugh into the new year from 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. with Get Down Tonight Entertainment and North Shore Comedy. Tables of six persons and more are available, tickets $69.95 per person (includes hors d’oeuvres, dinner buffet, tax, gratuity and entertainment); reservations required.

• Cannon Mountain View
(729 Main St. in Franconia, 823-9577) Holmes perform funk, R&B and groove music to ring in New Year 2012.

• Castaways
(209 Ocean Blvd. in Seabrook, 760-7500) New Year’s Eve bash includes a buffet from 10 p.m. ’til midnight, champagne toast, raffle prizes and DJ music. $7 in advance, $10 at the door.

• Chapangas (168 Elm St. in Milford, 249-5214) helps you get blinded by science at an ’80s party with a special menu for $59.95 a couple that includes appetizers, entrée, salad, dessert, champagne toast and party favor. A karaoke DJ plays ’80s hits.

• Cheers (17 Depot St. in Concord, 228-0810) takes a different approach, offering Team Trivia with a $200 top prize, party favors and champagne at midnight.

• Chop Shop Bar & Grill
(920 Lafayette Road in Seabrook, 760-7704) Catch Drop Zone on the main stage and Country Mile in the Saloon; a $20 cover includes dinner and breakfast buffet, midnight toast and favors.

• Circle 9 Ranch (Windymere Drive in Epsom, 736-9656) presents the Gala Happy Time Squares New Year’s Eve Square Dance ($8 in advance, $10 at the door) with a potluck dinner at 7 p.m. followed by Bob Butler calling Mainstream/Plus/A1 tips and Bernie Porter cueing the rounds from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Door prizes, 50/50 raffle, party favors, and a sparkling toast at midnight round out the evening.

• City Sports Grille & Spare Time
(216 Maple St. in Manchester, 625-9656) It’s a Galactic Bowling Party for $20 per person, $35 per couple, that includes music, light show, party favors and surprises all night long.

• Coach Stop Restaurant & Tavern (176 Mammoth Road in Londonderry, 437-2022) Steve Tolley provides musical entertainment from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Dinner from 4 to 10 p.m. with a limited menu (no call-aheads or reservations).

• Common Man (88 Range Road in Windham, 898-0088) Karen Grenier plays original songs and soft rock covers to ring in 2012.

• Crowne Plaza Hotel
(Somerset Parkway in Nashua, 886-1200) On Line performs and there’s a champagne toast at midnight and a breakfast buffet, all of which follows a sumptuous meal — $219/person and room packages are available.

• Derryfield Country Club (625 Mammoth Road in Manchester, 623-2880) Area favorites Last Kid Picked kicks it off at 9 p.m. $20/person covers party favors and champagne toast.

• Dolphin Striker
(15 Bow St. in Portsmouth, 431-5222) Bob Arens plays jazz and Tin Pan Alley tunes, with a champagne toast at midnight (no cover, seating priority for restaurant diners).

• Dover Brick House (2 Orchard St. in Dover, 749-3838) three bands help ring in a hard and heavy New Year — Bigfoot, Meatsaw and Nick the Barbarian beginning at 9 p.m.

Drynk (20 Old Granite St. in Manchester, 836-5251/391-9905) DJ Jason Spivak locks in a groove at this New Year’s Eve party; $25/person for buffet and a ball drop at midnight. Table tickets also available.

• Element Lounge (1055 Elm St. in Manchester, 627-2922) DJ Flex spins starting at 9 p.m. for this no-cover event, with party favors and hors d’oeuvres.

• Famous Legends Bar & Grill at Strikers East (4 Essex Drive in Raymond, 895-4474) The Back Burners Band kicks things off at 7 p.m. ($3 cover), with a champagne toast at midnight and party favors.

• Fat Belly’s
(2 Bow St. in Portsmouth, 610-4227) a DJ plays music and there’s a midnight toast at this no-cover event.

• Fody’s Tavern
(9 Clinton St. in Nashua, 577-9015) Comedienne Alana Susko’s Comedy on Purpose hosts a New Year’s Eve Murder Mystery Dinner followed by a live DJ playing music.

• Fratello’s Manchester
(155 Dow St. in Manchester, 624-2022) Laugh and rock the night away with entertainment from Northshore Comedy and music from DJ Butler. $75 per person (reservations required) includes passed hors d’oeuvres, dinner buffet, pasta station, carving station and a Viennese sweets table. Cash bar, midnight champagne toast, hand-dipped chocolate strawberries and festive party favors.

• Fury’s Publick House
(1 Washington St. in Dover, 617-3633) Two bands, Watkinsonics and Red Sky Mary, begin at 9 p.m. There’s a $7 cover, champagne toast at midnight and food until the ball drops.

• Gary’s Restaurant & Sports Lounge (38 Milton Road in Rochester, 335-4279) welcomes Wrecked and Warhouse from at 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., with champagne toast, party favors and a free ride home (within the Rochester area).

• Gaucho’s Churrascaria Brazilian Steak House (62 Lowell St. in Manchester, 669-9460) International DJ Moises Fuentes entertains — tickets with the restaurant’s renowned carnivore dinner are $40; party only for $15.

• Grand Nightclub
(61 Canal St. in Manchester, 518-5547) DJ Cootz spins the hottest party hits and mashups, with special Guest DJs providing other entertainment. One price (early bird $24.95) includes buffet and passed hors d’oeuvres, party favors and champagne toast at midnight. Watch the ball drop from Times Square on the big screen, followed by a continental breakfast.

• Gravity Tavern (35 Mont Vernon Road in New Boston, 487-2011) Three comedians perform, including Joey Carroll and Pat Napol, with refreshments and a champagne toast at midnight ($35 per person).

• Green Martini (6 Pleasant St. in Concord, 223-6672) Boogie on Alice packs them in with rock music starting at 9 p.m.

• Gunstock Ski Area
(719 Cherry Valley Road in Gilford, 293-4341) will have a live band, sleigh rides, jugglers, giveaways, torchlight parade, tubing and a snowshoe hike.

• Haluwa Lounge (Nashua Mall in Nashua, 883-6662) Well-loved band Slakas provides the music, with no cover charge, first come first serve starting at 9 p.m. Come early; it fills up fast.

• Hampshire Hills (50 Emerson Road in Milford, 673-7123) The James Montgomery Band debuts music from its upcoming CD at a $39 all-inclusive event with dinner, cocktails and dancing.

• Hanover Street Chophouse (149 Hanover St. in Manchester, 644-2467) Enjoy a luxurious four-course “Chophouse Style” dinner from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. for $175 per couple plus tax & gratuity. Entertainment from 10 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. includes hors d’oeuvres, party favors, a champagne toast at midnight and a performance by Siroteau ($50 per person).

• Hen House Sports Bar and Grill (85 South Main St. in Newton, 382-1705) A $50 cover provides food and an open bar from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. A DJ spins tunes, and if you need one, the club will provide a free ride home.

• Henniker Junction (24 Weare Road in Henniker, 428-8511) There’s a party with live music, but the band is not known at press time.

• Holiday Inn
(172 North Main St. in Concord, 264-6203 ) The WJYY New Year’s Eve Bash includes a buffet dinner, DJ/dancing, and a midnight champagne toast for $35. Room packages are available.

• Holiday Inn
(9 Northeastern Blvd. in Nashua, 888-1551) has a party with the Psychedelic Relics in the Bounty Room with dessert buffet and midnight toast for $30 per person, with room packages available.

• Holidays Bar and Grill (346 Hooksett Road in Auburn, 483-0880) Godfather plays music, with food served until 10 p.m.

• Holy Grail Food & Spirits (64 Main St. in Epping, 679-9559) There’s a special menu, with Robert Charles providing entertainment and leading sing-alongs beginning at 9 p.m. (no cover).

• Homestead (641 Daniel Webster Highway in Merrimack, 429-2022) Singer-songwriter Marc Apostolides performs and a special New Year’s Eve menu is served.

• Intervale Country Club — Divots on the River (1491 Front St. in Manchester, 623-1146) holds its First Annual Rockin’ New Year’s Eve with Headshop performing and a midnight breakfast buffet, with a dinner to start the night — it’s all $60 each.

• J.W. Hill’s (795 Elm St. in Manchester, 645-7422) DJ Jeremy provides music starting at 9 p.m., with party hats and favors, champagne toast, giveaways and prizes (grand prize is a $500 American Express gift check).

• Jade Dragon (515 DW Highway in Merrimack, 424-2280) Ever-popular band Project Mess performs.

• JD Chaser’s (2B Burnham Road in Hudson, 886-0792) Horizon plays covers and rocks in 2012.

• Jillian’s Billiard Club (50 Philippe Cote Drive in Manchester, 626-7636) is keeping it simple this year, with champagne toast at midnight.

• Jokers/Club Intrigue
(1279 South Willow St. in Manchester, 935-9947) Comedians Larry Norton, Chuck Grover and Steve Guilmette entertain ($25, advance purchase required), with champagne toast and party favors.

• J’s Tavern (63 Union Square in Milford, 249-9222) The Just Us Band plays a funky style of music fused with blues and classic rock beginning at 10 p.m.

• Junkyard (522 Amherst St. in Nashua, 882-6026) Louie Devita-Manolo entertains, doors at 8 p.m., $1 drinks from 8 to 10 p.m., champagne toast at midnight, party hats, noisemakers, and limited tickets available for $45.

• Lodge at Belmont
(Route 106 in Belmont, 877-872-2501) Country stars Eric Grant Band perform. $20 admission includes buffet, party favors and champagne toast.

• Londonderry Lions Club (Route 128 in Londonderry, 434-1162) begins at 7:30 p.m. with Mama Kicks supplying the music for a “Bring Your Own Booze and Food” party, with special guests Napoleon In Rags paying tribute to Bob Dylan. Only 100 tickets available ($35 each).

• Loudon Road Restaurant and Pit Road Lounge (388 Loudon Road in Concord, 226-0533) De facto house band Day Janeiro perform starting at 9 p.m. $20 cover includes champagne toast.

• Mad Bob’s Saloon
(342 Lincoln St. in Manchester, 669-3049) Up In Lights performs, with a champagne toast at midnight.

• Makris (354 Sheep Davis Road in Concord, 225-7665) Fuzzbox rings in the New Year for a no-cover party starting at 8 p.m.

• Margate Resort (76 Lake St. in Laconia, 524-5210) Undercover Operative plays the music, with packages available including room, dinner, champagne toast and hot breakfast buffet in the morning.

• Merrimack Ten Pin Center (698 DW Highway in Merrimack, 429-0989) offers unlimited bowling at $25 per person.

• Milly’s Tavern
(500 Commercial St. in Manchester, 625-4444) three bands perform: Among the Living, Pig Pile and Visions Visions. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door, a with Bruins tickets giveaway at midnight and party favors.

• Mint Bistro (1105 Elm St in Manchester, 625-6468) DJ music caps a special dinner (reservations required) with party favors handed out at midnight.

• Murphy’s Taproom
(494 Elm St. in Manchester, 644-3535) Nimbus 9 performs beginning at 9 p.m. and there’s no cover.

• Oceanfront Pavilion at Hampton Beach State Park (170 Ocean Blvd. in Hampton, 227-8715 ) A New Year’s Eve Gala (7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., $75 per person, advance purchase required) includes a menu of light fare featuring an assortment of passed hors d’oeuvres, champagne toast, cash bar, dancing to the music of Vic Paul and fireworks at 8 p.m.

• Old Amsterdam Bar & Lounge
(8 Temple St. in Nashua, 204-5534) hosts a Black and White Party with live entertainment from 7 to 10 p.m., and then DJ J Styles plays dance music, with champagne toast and no cover.

• One Mile West (3 Brook Road in Sunapee, 863-7500) The Moores will start playing at 9:30 p.m. and there will be a ton of prizes, including a grand prize valued at $1,000. Dinner served from 4 to 10 p.m. with an appetizer buffet at 11 p.m. and a champagne toast when the ball drops.

• Page (172 Hanover St. in Portsmouth, 436-0004) Dj Skd and Dj Heaven will be spinning the music on both floors ($12 at the door, $10 in advance, with proceeds supporting a donation to Toys for Tots. Doors at 8 p.m. with a complimentary champagne toast, giveaways and prizes all night.

• Palace Theatre (80 Hanover St. in Manchester, 668-5588) America’s Got Talent favorites Recycled Percussion return with an entirely new show of drum-based “junk rock” following their long run at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Due to popular demand, a second Dec. 31 show has been added at 4 p.m.

• Pasta Loft (241 Union Square in Milford, 672-2270) Loose Grip plays covers, with dinner specials including double lobster and prime rib; the no-cover show starts at 9 p.m.

• Pat’s Peak Ski Area (24 Flanders Road in Henniker, 428-3245) There’s family fun as New Year’s Eve goes P.O.P. — pay one price for skiing, snowboarding, tubing and rentals, and enjoy McMurphy’s Band in the Sleigh Room from 6 to 10:30 p.m., with comedians performing during the breaks. Party Favors handed out at 9 p.m. fireworks at 10:30 p.m. One price for all ages, $53.

• Peddler’s Daughter
(48 Main St. in Nashua, 880-8686) Revels Glen plays music; there’s a three-course dinner with choice of bottle of wine, two premium beers or shaker of martinis for $75 per couple, tax & gratuity not included, beginning at 5 p.m.

• Penuche’s Grill (96 Hanover St. in Manchester, 626-9830) Lichen plays a New Year’s show at that band’s favorite bar.

• Piccola’s Upstairs Lounge (815 Elm St. in Manchester, 296-4070) blues rockers Raising Scarlet provide live entertainment, with a champagne toast at midnight.

• Portsmouth Gas Light Co. (64 Market St. in Portsmouth, 431-9122) At the third-floor nightclub, step back in time and experience a true Venetian Masquerade Ball with a sexy twist. Doors open at 9 p.m., cocktail attire suggested. $35 tickets include passed hors d’oeuvres, champagne toast, late night buffet and plenty of party favors.

• Press Room (77 Daniel St. in Portsmouth, 431-5186) Rockspring plays rock and Americana for a $7 cover.

• Red Door (107 State St. in Portsmouth, 373-6827) special guest DJ Eli Wilkie spins, with opening music from Jimmy Brisket ($10 in advance, $15 at the door) with champagne toast at midnight.

• Ri Ra Irish Pub (22 Market Square in Portsmouth, 319-1680) Stomping Melvin rocks the room starting at 10 p.m.

• Sayde’s Restaurant (136 Cluff Crossing in Salem, 890-1032) There’s a DJ and pot luck party, champagne toast at midnight, with designated drivers provided and free tows from AAA.

• Shaskeen (909 Elm St. in Manchester, 625-0246) DJ PB Kidd provides music at a $50 open bar party that includes buffet and champagne toast at midnight. Starts at 8 p.m. and includes two grand prize drawings, one for a trip to Cancun, the other to Lake Tahoe.

• Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel (250 Market St. in Portsmouth, 431-2300) provides dinner, dancing and comedy with Live Free or Die Laughing — national headliner Kelly MacFarland leads a night of fun ($75).

• Shooters Tavern (Route 3, DW Highway in Belmont, 528-2444) Resident Soul performs at a party that includes favors and a champagne toast at midnight.

• Stella Blu (70 E. Pearl St. in Nashua, 578-5557) the Rampage Trio performs.

• Steve-N-James Tavern (187 Rockingham Road in Derry, 434-0600) Acoustic Cocktail plays from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., with drink specials, no cover and a champagne toast at midnight.

• Stone Church
(5 Granite St. in Newmarket, 292-3546) Truffle performs a 21+ show that starts at 8 p.m. for $15. A special dinner date night package is available with presale tickets; it includes dinner for two, a bottle of wine, and two tickets to the show.

• Strange Brew Tavern (88 Market St. in Manchester, 666-4292) Mr. Nick & Dirty Tricks perform, with an appetizer buffet and champagne toast at midnight ($10 cover).

• Strikers East Bowling Center (4 Essex Drive in Raymond, 895-9501) Rockin’ Ronnie Adams and Switchback perform at a family-friendly all-you-can-bowl party ($20 for adults, $15 for children 12 and under) with full hot and cold buffet and champagne or cider toast. Bring a non-perishable food item for New Horizons to be automatically entered into a raffle.

• Tandy’s Top Shelf
(1 Eagle Square in Concord, 856-7614) offers an Exclusive package ($90 each, $150 per couple) that includes a five-course meal, a personal bottle of bubbly and other goodies. Take 4, a young, energetic cover band that plays “everything from records to iPods,” will be performing from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. A VIP package ($50 each, $75 per couple) includes two cocktails and a champagne toast, and music-only tickets are also available.

• The Village Players Theater (51 Glendon St. in Wolfeboro) travels back in time with The Bel Airs Doo Wop Concert, part of First Night Wolfeboro ($15).

• Village Trestle (25 Main St. in Goffstown, 497-8230) Dave and the Deep Pockets perform high-energy blues rock at a no-cover show.

• Wally’s Pub (144 Ashworth Ave. in Hampton, 926-6954) The Old Bastards, eight guys from old garage bands that “got the band back together,” perform rock covers.

Whippersnappers (44 Nashua Road #13 in Londonderry, 434-2660) Souled Out Soul Band, led by the restaurant’s owner, plays funk, R&B and other favorites.

• Wild Rover (21 Kosciuszko St. in Manchester, 669-7722) The Paulies play rock music starting at 9 p.m. with a champagne toast at midnight.

• Woodstock Inn (Route 3, Main Street in North Woodstock, 745-3951) Josh Logan Band rocks the house at this popular mountain brewpub.

• Workmen’s Club (183 Douglas St. in Manchester, 623-9035) rocks out as Torn Down House performs ($5 members, $10/guest); dinner is at 7 p.m., band at 8:30, champagne toast at midnight.

• The Yard (1211 S. Mammoth Road in Manchester, 623-3545) North Shore Comedy provides the laughs with Groove Alliance delivering the music at a $75/person party that includes a buffet from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

• Z Food and Drink
(860 Elm St. in Manchester, 629-9383) hosts a party that includes LEGO building, prizes, contest, music and a champagne toast.






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