After last week's end-of-the-world parties, New Year's Eve 2012 seems a bit like an afterthought (how can you compete with the end of the world?)
That's kind of OK with me.
I've never been much of a fancy New Year's Eve kind of gal. Make your plans too elaborate and they disappoint (or it's bitterly cold and there's no parking, or you realize that after eating fudge and mashed potatoes for three straight days, the cute dress you had planned to wear doesn't look cute at all). But it's still fun to mark the end of the year by doing something you normally wouldn't do, or at least drinking something delicious and dancing your face off.
You can do just that at many Omaha venues this New Year's Eve. Others are having pool parties, polka music and bowling. Among the offerings:
>> House of Loom, 1012 S. 10th St.
The party here will feature 18th century-inspired drinks, live violin music by Kaitlyn Maria Filippini and general decadence inspired by Marie Antoinette. Period costumes are encouraged, but not required, and all revelers can partake in a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Music by DJs Brent Crampton and Kethro. Table reservations and bottle service are also available by calling 402-452-7231. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance (at House of Loom), and $15 at the door.
>> Krug Park, 6205 Maple St.
They'll offer festive craft cocktails and music by DJ Kobrakyle.
>> Jake's Cigars and Spirits, 6206 Maple St.
There's no cover and free champagne at midnight. Guests are encouraged to wear their best black formal or finest white tee.
>> Crescent Moon, 3578 Farnam St.
The Huber Haus German Bier Hall, in the basement of Crescent Moon, will ring in New Year's German-style with the Barry Boyce polka band, beer specials and free champagne at midnight. Music starts at 9 p.m.
>> Liv Lounge, 2285 S. 67th St.
DJ Sweetlife will provide music from 9 p.m. to close (no cover). For $35 (or $60 for couples), you get reserved seating, appetizers and a champagne toast at midnight. For $200, get all of the above, plus a safe ride to a room at the Marriott. Call 402-884-5410 for reservations.
>> Shark Club, 2808 S. 72nd St
They'll have a Caribbean bash with the option of taking it poolside. Music will be by DJ Money (at the bar) and DJ J-Walk (at the pool). Cover is $15 to get in, and another $15 for pool access. Plus guests can register to win a trip to Maui. Rooms are available for $120 a night, which includes access for two to the pool party. For more information or to make a reservation, call 402-397-4275.
>> Scorz Sports Center, 76th and Main Streets in Ralston
If you love bowling, this is the NYE event for you: $30 (or $50 for couples) buys dinner and three games of bowling, plus a complimentary champagne toast, balloon drop, party favors and music by DJ Farley. For more information or reservations, call (402) 339-7771.
>> Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St.
They're planning Happy Goo Year, a blend of indie rock and dance music founded by Derek Pressnall (of the bands Tilly & The Wall, Flowers Forever, Icky Blossoms) along with Todd Fink & Jacob Thiele (of The Faint & Depressed Buttons). Tickets are $20 and available at www.theslowdown.com.
>> The Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St.
1980s cover band Secret Weapon will play fist-pumping anthems beginning at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 and are available at www.waitingroomlounge.com
>> The Barley St. Tavern, 2735 N. 62nd St.
Try their post-apocalyptic Year's Eve party with live music by the Tall Boys. Cover is $5, and music starts at 9 p.m.