New Year’s Eve falls on a Monday for 2012, ringing into 2013, so Lexington’s Sunday liquor laws will not come into play for this year’s bar and restaurant celebrations. A sampling of New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day festivities follows.
New Year’s Eve Dining in Lexington
Azur Restaurant in the Beaumont Centre will be celebrating its 8th anniversary on New Year’s Eve. Seatings are available at 5 pm, 6:45 pm, and 9 pm. Menu options include choices like tuna tartar mango, avocado mousse, crispy pickled shallot, rum and pepper glaze; wagyu meatball dad’s recipe, tomato ragu, ricotta cheese, crostini, gremolata; signature woven shrimp lemonade slaw, red chile, local honey; vietnamese spring roll pickled honshijemi mushrooms, noodle, carrots and apple, peanut sauce.
Holly Hill Inn in Midway will have a New Year’s Eve dinner menu from 6 pm to 10 pm, and a New Year’s Eve party later in the evening to ring in the new year.
Jonathan at Gratz Park at 120 W. Second will serve a four-course prix fixe menu on New Year’s Eve. $85/person does not include alcohol.
Natasha’s on Esplanade will host a Chef’s Table Dining-in-the-Dark menu on New Year’s Eve (a sensory experience), with two 8-person seatings at 6 pm and 8 pm. Reservations required.
Parlay Social at 257 W. Short Street has a $50 evening planned with the Jordan English Band, a champagne toast at midnight, and A Taste of Parlay. Doors open at 8 pm.
Rossi’s at 1060 Chinoe will serve a four-course surf and turf based New Year’s Eve menu.
School Restaurant at 162 Old Todds Road will have a preset menu on New Year’s Eve. It will feature options including white tuna seviche, shrimp tempura, grouper roulade, champagne, nigiri or rolls, and more.
The Signature Club’s Cellar Bar and Grille at 3256 Lansdowne begins a New Year’s Eve dinner buffet at 7:30 pm (menu includes beef tenderloin, baked ham, shrimp cocktail, BBQ meatballs, etc). New Year’s Eve party at 10 pm. Music by Dan Jackson and the Magic Band.
Thai Orchid Cafe at 1030 S. Broadway will offer a four-course meal. Open 5 pm to 10 pm.
West Sixth Brewing at 501 W. Sixth will host a New Year’s Eve celebration that includes food by Fork in the Road food truck, with a special late night menu that includes authentic Paella. They’ll also be debuting their newest beer, a Belgian Dark Strong beer they’re calling “Tall, Dark, and Belgium.”
Vue Restaurant and Lounge at 201 E. Main (Chase Building top floor) will serve a four course dinner that includes nightclub admission.
Wines on Vine at 400 Old Vine will offer three prixe price point options for New Year’s Eve dinner menu. Reservations required.
New Year’s Day Dining in Lexington, 2013
Alfalfa at 141 E. Main will serve New Year’s Day Brunch, 10 am to 3 pm. Specials in addition to regular menu.
Winchell’s at 348 Southland Drive will serve corned beef and cabbage on New Year’s Day.
New Year’s Eve at Lexington’s Bars
The Bar Complex at 224 E. Main. Doors open at 8 pm. Drag show begins at 10:30 pm. Champagne at midnight.
Bar Lexington at 367 E. Main, 10 pm to 2:30 am. VIP and bottle service available.
Crossings at 117 N. Limestone. Balloon drop. Champagne toast.
Friends at 841 Lane Allen dinner option, champagne toast at midnight.
GCB/ Glenn’s Creek Brewery at 854 E. High Street, “Brew Year’s Eve” DJ is MTV’s Big Easy Eric Banks. Balloon drop, champagne toast at midnight. 10 pm to 3 am.
Pulse Nightlife at 931 Winchester Road drag, dancing, and champagne toast.
Soundbar at 208 S. Limestone Balloon drops, dance, champagne toast at midnight.
Trust Lounge at 123 W. Main. DJ. Bottle service available.
Two Keys Tavern at 333 S. Limestone. DJ. Three bars. Balloon drop and champagne toast at midnight.
New Year’s Eve Gigs 2012
Live Music in Lexington
Lexington’s Live Music listings, gigs and concerts, are posted at the Ace List calendar and the weekly Ace Picks Page, Lexington’s definitive, highly-curated recs for the best arts, culture, entertainment and dining options, 365 days a year.
Nemo Achida, Maneater, Ellie Herring, Featureless Ghost, Al’s Bar
Superfecta | Prefab Rehab 8 pm, Bigg Blue Martini
Stephen Kelly Hunt and the Supros Bogart’s inside Crowne Plaza
The Original G-Funk AllStars Last Show 9 pm, Buster’s
Soul Funkin Dangerous 10 pm, Cheapside
Fifth on the Floor | The Binders | Rebel Riot Revue
10 pm, Cosmic Charlie’s
Mad Anthony | Sonic Deville 10 pm, Green Lantern
New Year’s Eve w/ Relic Delic, Lynagh’s
The R & B Sides 6 pm, O’Neills
Jordan English Band, Parlay Social
NYE Party featuring BC 10 pm, Tin Roof
Five Below, Paulie’s Toasted Barrel
Holy Ghost Tent Revival 7 pm, Willie’s Locally Known
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