Freeloader New Year's Eve
(Photo by Mykl Roventine)
Most of the following parties don't have fancy names. So if you are looking for a $100+ event named something like "Sparkle Glass Disco from Space: 2010 is 4 Realz," you probably want to skip this list. However, if you're looking for an affordable (read: free) New Year's party named "New Year's Eve Party" then you won't be disappointed with what you find after the jump. Check out our list and ring in 2010 for free.
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A jolly good New Year's Eve Party
(Brit's Pub, 1110 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, 612.332.3908, www.britspub.com)
The party begins at 6 p.m. Yes, you read that right. That is when the British will be ringing in the New Year as well. There will be bagpipes, champagne, and happy hour specials (from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., and again from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m.). Then at 8:30 p.m. Cool Britannia jams out to the best of British rock and pop ranging from the Beatles to Rolling Stones to Oasis and Coldplay (probably no Robbie Williams or Spice Girls, however).
New Year's Eve at 331
(331 Club, 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612.331.1746)
Experimental rockers Breaksea Caravel will play tonight as a CD-release party. With Painted Saints. 10 p.m.
New Year's Eve Party at 501
(501 Club, 501 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.338.3848, www.501.mn)
Catchy electro tunes with Jenny Dalton and Aaron & the Sea. 10 p.m.
White Out 2009: Wipe the Slate Clean
(W Minneapolis, the Foshay, 821 Marquette Ave., Minneapolis; 612.215.3700)
Erase 2009 (or at least your mind for an evening) at this party featuring music by Justin Styles (a.k.a. Dr. Innocence), champagne toast, and other activities. White or "innocent" attire is encouraged. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Blues, garage rock, and rock. 9 p.m.
New Year's Eve at the Hex
(Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave. S, Minneapolis, 612.722.3454, www.hexagonbar.com)
Featuring rockabilly with Pretty Boy Thorson, God Damn Doo Wop Band (the name sums up their sound), minimalist rock with the Evening Rig, punk rock with Banner Pilot, and others. 9 p.m.
Mod/Retro sounds at this New Year's Eve Party
(Clubhouse Jager, 923 Washington Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.2686)
With resident DJ Jake Rudh of Transmission fame. Dance away 2009 with Europop, mod, psychadelic, glam, and pub rock. 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
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An electrified New Year's Eve Party
(Rumours & Innuendo, 213 E 4th St., St. Paul; 651.225.4528)
Electro, tribal, house, and trance with DJ Frayz in a gay-friendly environment. 10 p.m.
New Year's Eve burlesque bash
(Memory Lanes, 2520 26th Ave. S, Minneapolis, 612.721.6211)
Ring in the New Year with the naughty ladies and gents of Le Cirque Rouge Cabaret & Burlesque. 10 p.m.
2010: The Year We Make Contact
(Marriott City Center, 30 S. 7th St., Minneapolis; 612.349.4000)
Do you still have that clarinet you played in high school? Or an enormous French horn that is sitting in its case and taking up half your entryway closet? When you donate a gently used musical instrument to any Schmitt Music store locations throughout Minnesota, mention that you would like to make a "Vega Donation." Not sure if your instrument qualifies? Call 507.304.2939 to check. Once you have your free ticket head on over to the party featuring Solid Gold, Freddy Fresh, Heatbox, and the Histronic; aerial performers; live painters; light show; and more. Proceeds benefit music programs at Edison High School. For more info visit www.vegaproductions.tickets.musictoday.com. 18+. 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.
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