2012's holiday season is almost up – do you know how you're spending the rest of it? If not, don't fret! We at Patch are here to help you with the big finale: New Year's Eve.
You could go to Times Square with one million of your closest friends, but why deal with traffic, or hotel reservations, or finding a bathroom, when there are plenty of great things happening right here in Bergen County?
Here are a few special events happening right in our own back yard. Skip the crowds. In some cases skip the late-night driving. And finish off the year with a safe, fun, and happy bang!
Feathers Club, 77 Kinderkamack Road, River Edge. 201-342-6410.
River Edge's own gay club will be open from 9pm to 4am as Juliette Jolie Vizcaya and DJ John Rizzo will lead the NYE Extravaganza festivities. A $20 cover will get you the door, a hot buffet and discounted drinks until midnight, a free champagne toast at midnight, and even a continental breakfast.
Mexicali Live, 1409 Queen Anne Road, Teaneck. 201-833-0011.
Doors open for a full buffet dinner from 8 to 10pm for $50 (package one) and at 10pm for $25 (package two) for the Lifespeed performance, a hard rock cover group which has branched out to include 80s new wave, hip-hop, and pop classics.
The Cottage Bar, 178 Cedar Lane, Teaneck. 201-692-0016.
This Irish pub isn't doing anything special and that's exactly why they're on this list. It's the perfect place to sit back with a Guinness and chat the year away with a few friends – new or old.
Sanzari's New Bridge Inn, 105 Old New Bridge Road, New Milford. 201-692-7700.
Sanzari's is always the place to be for amazing atmosphere and good company while enjoying steaks, ribs, burgers or pizza.
Banana's Comedy Club, 283 State Rt 17, Hasbrouck Heights. 201-727-1090.
Want to finish the year laughing? Try Bananas Comedy Club, where Joey Kola from Jimmy Fallon and Letterman; Mick Thomas from Showtime TV; and Rodney Laney from HBO's Bad Boys of Comedy take the stage at 8pm ($25) and again at 11-m ($35).
Bibi'z Restaurant & Lounge, 284 Center Avenue, Westwood. 201-722-8600.
Join the party for a four-course feast from 9:30pm to 1am with a live DJ, dancing, a midnight toast and favors. $65 per person gets you a variety of tasty treats off the menu. Or for a $20 cover and two-drink minimum, hang out at the bar from 9pm to 1am and dance until you drop.
Biagio's Ristorante, 299 Paramus Road, Paramus. 201-652-0201.
Biagio's is hosting a gala event in their ballroom, and for $110 you'll get a three-course meal beginning at 8:30pm with cocktail hour and an open bar till 2am. Reservations are required so give them a call!
Sanducci's Trattoria, 620 Kinderkamack Road, River Edge. 201-599-0600.
The family owned Italian favorite in River Dell is offering a five-course all inclusive dinner package, seating begins at 4pm, beginning at $42.95 per person ($15.95 childern 4 - 12 years old). The menu will offer salads, six appetizer options, pasta, six different entrees and homemade desert. Reservations are a must.
Chakra Restaurant, 144 Route 4 West, Paramus. 201-556-1530
Paramus's chic and exotic fusion restaurant Chakra will offer two options: 3-course dinner with seatings between 5-7pm ($75) and a four-course menu with champagne toast at midnight, for which reservations will be taken between 8-10pm ($125). Both menus celebrate the season with decadent ingredients such as foie gras, truffles, lobster and veal, along with Chakra’s signature dishes.
The Shannon Rose, 1200 Rt. 17 North, Ramsey. 201-962-7602.
Looking for something special to do for New Years? Look no further than The Shannon Rose as the Irish Pub starts the party at 9pm with DJ music, a balloon drop, open bar and late-night champagne toast.
Mason Jar, 219 Ramapo Valley Road, Mahwah. 201-529-2302.
Cover Up Band returns to perform for patrons throughout the evening starting at 9pm. For $50 per person, you will get a $25 food and beverage credit, hats, noisemaker, streamers and a midnight champagne toast. For a $25 per person cover fee, hang out in the bar area or the restaurant and get one drink, hats, noisemaker, streamers and a midnight champagne toast.
Do you know of someplace else that is throwing a New Year's Eve bash? Tell us in the comments.