Not sure where to go, or what to do on this New Year’s Eve? We’ve put together a list of what’s happening to give you an idea of how places all over Richmond are ringing in 2012.
You may may know this song that’s played and sung every year when the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve. Ever wonder why it’s so popular this time of year? It’s actually a poem titled “Auld Lang Syne,” written by Scottish poet Robert Burns in the late 18th Century. The phrase “auld lang syne” translates colloquially to “days gone by.” It’s widely popular in English speaking countries, and so that means you’ll likely hear it no matter where and how you spend your New Year’s Eve (only now you can impress your friends with the tune’s origin!).
And speaking of hanging out with friends, if you’re still trying to figure out plans for New Year’s Eve, we’ve put together a bunch of great events and goings on in and around town. Whether it’s having a fine dinner at a great restaurant, or bar hopping downtown, we’re sure you’ll find a great way to ring in the New Year!
Cary Street won’t be closed this year, but the Byrd Theatre will still drop the ball (in a good way!). If you can’t make it to Times Square for the rowdiness, make Carytown your destination.
- Byrd Theare, 2908 W. Cary Street
Why do adults get to have all the fun? Why isn’t there a New Year’s party for the kids? Well, there is! From 10am to 1pm at both the Children Museum’s central and Short Pump locations. It includes a glass of juice to toast to the new year. Such a great idea, right?
- 10am – 1pm
- Children’s Museum, 2626 W. Broad Street & 2200 Old Brick Road (Short Pump)
Go back to the 80’s with this band at the National. It’s a prom theme, guys! If 2011 wasn’t so great for you, head into the new year by going back in time to better days.
- The National, 708 E. Broad
- $30 for advanced tickets, $35 at the door
Offering dinner 5:30pm to 11:30pm with entertainment from Klaxton Brown and DJ Frankie.
- 5:30pm – 11:30pm
- Tobacco Co., 1201 E. Cary Street
- $20 cover if you don’t have a dinner reservation
Black Finn’s going full throttle with a Roaring 20’s theme. Flappers welcomed.
- Doors open at 8pm
- Black Finn, 1001 Haxall Point #100
Baja’s hosting a charity event benefiting People Helping People Global. Tickets are $55+ and includes five hours of all you can eat and drink fun. They are also using Mulligan’s Sports Grille as the, sort of, overflow lot for this charity event. You can also eat and drink for five hours at Mulligan’s and help the same charity for $45.
- Baja Bean, 1520 W. Main Street & Mulligan’s Sports Grille, 1323 W. Main Street
- $55 at Baja Bean, $45 at Mulligan’s
These two restaurants are joining forces like Batman and Robin for New Year’s Eve. $30 gets you into both clubs with guaranteed entry. Includes a buffet and champagne toast at midnight.
- Cha Chas and Lucky Buddha, 1400 E. Cary Street
They’ll be celebrating New Year’s Eve…twice. First toast comes at 7pm (when clocks in Ireland strike midnight) and then again at midnight our time. Heated patio (sweet!) and music from DJ James.
- 7pm – Midnight
- Sine, 1327 E. Cary Street
“Drop the ball with Art Works” is a New Year’s event to support the arts with live music from the Robbin Steel Band. Ticket price includes catering from Cub Creek Farms Restaurant, champagne toast, dessert/coffee, and two art raffle tickets.
- Art Works, 320 Hull Street
- $40 each, $70 for a couple
GayRVA’s hosting their annual New Year’s Eve party at Aloft Hotel, which will feature live music from DJ Ease along with the house band Dead Fame on hand for more music. Tickets are $25 and are available HERE. Includes dessert and a champagne toast.
- Aloft Hotel Richmond West Hotel, 11173 W. Broad St.
The VMFA will be open New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. If you’re feeling more inclined to the sophisticated and less to the drunken debauchery, take in the many galleries at this great museum. Remember: the new “Elvis at 21” exhibit is going on.
- Open from 10am – 5pm
- VMFA, 200 N. Boulevard
- Prices vary by age and museum membership
This Camel will host music from Jackass Flats, The Green Boys, and a Good Natured Riot.
- The Camel, 1621 W. Broad Street
- $20 in advance, $25 at the door.
Treat yourself to a four-course, pre-fixed menu for $55 per person (excluding tax and gratuity) at Acacia. Call for reservations, no email reservations accepted.
- Call for reservations
- Acacia, 2601 W. Cary Street
Secco will offer a pre-fixed menu (vegetarian and non-vegetarian options) with the option to pair beer or wine. Priced accordingly. You can find more information here.
- 7pm resevations are still available
- Secco, 2933 W. Cary Street
- $65 for the regular menu, $45 for the vegetarian menu, $20 for the beer pairing, $30 for the wine pairing
Rowland Fine Dinning will offer a three-course pre-fixed dinner for $60 per person. Whet your appetite here.
- Open at 5pm
- Rowland Fine Dining, 2132 W. Main Street
Selba will have dinner specials with a champagne toast.
- 5pm until late
- Selba, 2416 W. Cary Street
- $40 for singles, $70 for couples
Sit down for a three-course dinner that includes a champagne toast at Shula’s in the West End.
- Open at 5pm
- Shula’s, 12042 W. Broad Street
- $145 per couple
Richmond’s world music dance machine – Rattlemouth – brings their annual New Year’s Eve party with a special evening of slinky Ethio Jazz grooves for your dancing pleasure. Special guest Constance Sisk on cello, with DJ Chewlarock between sets.
- Nile Ethiopian Restaurant, 309 N. Laurel Street
- $10 cover (includes champagne toast)
photo by Krikit ♥