Casino Royale 009

If you are of the mind that tapas have nothing to do with James Bond, you, my friend, would be sorely mistaken. In fact, the fiendish minds at Solera have decided that the two get along like peas and carrots when it comes to NYE 2008. Get into spy mode, peruse the thrift stores for the perfect pair of go-go boots, and bring your best poker face to the Spanish-style hotspot in downtown Minneapolis for a night that promises to be one of the most elaborate and over-the-top events of the season. Four levels of craziness means something for everyone and all things Bond. The first-level lounge promises candlelit intrigue for perfecting your spy moves. The second story boasts the casino lounge complete with games and hourly prizes. The third floor will be transformed into a Monte Carlo Discotheque where partygoers can break out their best moves among painted dancers, aerialists, fire dancers, live video mixing, and local DJs. If you feel like your cover's blown, head up to the tented roof—heated and covered not only for comfort, but to help spies keep a low profile and avoid potential sharpshooters. Be sure to leave enough time to slip stealthily downstairs to take in the choreographed countdown and grab that special secret agent for a covert kiss. Grab your tickets in advance for $45 or at the door for $55. Guests can also purchase a premium open-bar pass or dinner pass for additional costs. Visit for more information. 21+. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Wed., Dec. 31, 9 p.m., 2008

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