Seven last minute New Year's Eve (and New Year's Brunch) plans

Elegant Grand Cafe will help you strike the balance between cozy and festive.

Elegant Grand Cafe will help you strike the balance between cozy and festive.

Still deciding?

If we had a Magic 8 Ball to say whether your gamble to go out on New Year Eve will pay off, we would probably be very rich indeed. Like any gamble, it's never a sure thing. But: you gotta play to win. The following curated list will increase your chances.

Seven options for how you're feeling: decadent, boozy, down-home, hoedown, cozy, lazy, continental, baller, and of course, hungover.

We got you. Happy New Year. Now get off the couch.

At Smack Shack, get a three-course lobster boil with champagne for $75, or $150 per couple, plus a midnight raffle with a Grand Prize trip for two to Chicago for the Grand Opening of Smack Shack Chicago (airfare and hotel included). Other prizes, too. They're also offering New Year's Day brunch all day long, starting at 11 a.m.

Smack Shack

Chef Shack Ranch for down home celebrating.

Chef Shack Ranch for down home celebrating.

603 Washington Ave. N.  


For quiet neighborhood elegance, there's none better than Grand Cafe. If the bustle of crowds makes you grab your throw pillows and lodge one on either side of your head, consider Grand Cafe's New Year's Eve quietly elegant prix fixe for $55 (additional $25 for wine flight). Or, check out New Year's Day brunch, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Grand still holds their title as one of the tip-top brunches in town. 

Grand Cafe 

3804 Grand Ave. S., Minneapolis 


Not feeling fussy? Don't wanna drag out the pantyhose? Pocketbook a little light? Chef Shack Ranch has got you covered all over the place with "Bubbles and Beef" — a Ranch Plate (pictured) plus two glasses of prosecco for $30. What a deal. At their Bay City, Wisconsin location, they've got a regular hoedown going with live music, "Madame Rockefeller" oysters cooked over the pit, fireside fondue, and a full menu of entrees plus champagne and cocktails. Reservations required. 

Chef Shack Ranch Minneapolis 

3025 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis


Chef Shack Ranch Bay City 

6379 Main St. Bay City, Wis. 



Get as close to Italy as you can by dining at Parella, where four courses are going for $95. Menu choices include wood-fired quail, seared scallops, braised veal cheeks, seared halibut, and lots more, including the best course of all: Prosecco. In our great local sea of Italian, subtle and regionally authentic Parella is amongst our favorites. 


Calhoun Square, 3001 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis


Neighborhood gem Lyn 65 is offering a special ticketed event: $35 for all-you-can-drink bubbles, punch and beer, $55 for this, plus all-you-can-eat fried chicken, and $70 for all the above plus osetra caviar. Buy tickets here. Yes, that's a lot of booze, but on New Year's Day they're serving a Hangover Brunch, with Korean-style bloody Marys with quail egg shooters; chicken and waffles; housemade bagels and lox; avocado tartine; spicy miso breakfast ramen with housemade noodles; and bone marrow served with maple syrup and pear mostarda; plus, a "country club-style" omelet bar (have it your way!) They will also be open for dinner that night. 

Lyn 65


6439 Lyndale Ave S., Richfield 


If you really want to feel luxe, head out to Eastside, where probably the most stunning dining room (and floor!) in downtown awaits your fancy boots. The $75 five-course menu is equally impressive, serving himachi crudo, king crab salad, diver scallop, ribeye cap, passionfruit semifredo. Or go bigger and ballerer: The seven-course menu is $105 and includes all of the above, plus chestnut angolotti and juniper-crusted duck breast. 


301 S. Washington Ave., S., Minneapolis


Win a trip to Chicago, or just be winning by dining on lobster on New Year Eve at Smack Shack.

Win a trip to Chicago, or just be winning by dining on lobster on New Year Eve at Smack Shack.

Naturally, you're going to feel worse for wear after all of this goodness, so head down to Marin on New Year's Day to nurse your head. $10 gets you bottomless mimosas and DJ jams, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 


901 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis