Where to party 2012 away...
We've got more than 100 ways to kiss 2012 goodbye.
Published: December 19, 2012
It's time again for that special night, when all the cares of the past year are thrown out the window. You can say goodbye to a shitty year that brought you nothing but misery and sadness, celebrating its inevitable death, or you can take one last night to reflect upon all the wonderful blessings 2012 has brought you.
From swanky dinners and jazzy soirees to family friendly parties or sweaty rock shows ... whatever it is you are celebrating, chances are there's an event out there that will fit your needs. Dust off the tux, draw straws to pick the DD, and find the best way to ring in the new year with the Metro Times' annual guide to New Year's Eve happenings.
2 Days Gone. Leland Ballroom City Club, 400 Bagley Ave., Detroit, 313-962-2300. (12/31)
2012 New Year's Eve Annual Cabaret. Featuring Detroit "Outstanding Jazz Vocalist" of the Year 2012 Sky Covington. Also featuring Alora Janell, Tara Corrado, Derrick Thunder, Free Party Favors, and Full Soul Food Kitchen, BYOB. Bert's Marketplace, 2727 Russell St., Detroit, 313-567-2030. (12/31)
43rd Annual Belle Isle New Year's Eve Family Fun Run/Walk. One Mile and 5k events. Registration begins at noon at the Belle Isle Casino. Proceeds benefit Special Olympics, Michigan Chapter. Belle Isle Park, Detroit. $15-$35. (12/31, noon-5 p.m.)
A Universe New Year's Eve Party. If you're at all familiar with this downtown venue, you know just how unusual this show could be! Cafe D'Mongo's Speakeasy, 1439 Griswold, Detroit. (12/31, 10 p.m.)
ABK w/SMOKE HOUSE JUNKIEZ, BAKE LO, MR Y.U.G., ST8JAKET. Featuring Champagne toast, Continental Breakfast, and Balloon drop at midnight. The Ritz, 24300 Hoover, Warren, 586-756-6140. $8 advance, $10 at the door. (12/31, 7 p.m.)
An Intimate New Year's Eve w/Roy Davis Jr. Includes food, dancing, midnight champagne toast, party favors and of course entertainment provided by Djs Marc Duncan, Tommy Cool and special guest Roy Davis Jr. The Mars Bar, 10001 Joseph Campau, Hamtramck, 313-974-6575. $25 in advance. (12/31, 8 p.m.-4 a.m.)
Big Will & 360 Degrees Band. MotorCity Casino Hotel - Chromatics Lounge, 2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit, 866-782-9622. (12/31)
Big, Bright Light Show 2012. The buildings in downtown Rochester will be covered in more than 1.5 million points of glimmering holiday light which will be lit nightly, downtown Rochester, 4th Street and Walnut, Rochester. (12/31, 6 p.m.-midnight) Ongoing.
Black Mist, DJ Robby Rob, and DJ Ryan E. Old Shillelagh, 349 Monroe St., Detroit, 313-964-0007. (12/31)
Blue Cat Band. Bachelors One, 1967 Cass Lake Rd., Keego Harbor, 248-682-2295. (12/31)
Boogie Fever New Year's Eve Party. Party Favors, Champagne Split, Late Night Pizza Buffet Boogie Fever, 22901 Woodward Ave., Ferndale, 248-541-1600. $20-$25. (12/31, 9 p.m.)
Bookies Bar and Grille NYE. Bookies Bar & Grille, 2208 Cass Ave., Detroit, 313-962-0319. $50-$100. (12/31, 9 p.m.)
Brew Year's Eve Celebration. To celebrate we will release a different keg of small-batch celebratory beer every hour from 8:30-11:30 p.m., dinner specials, DJ J. Clark from 9pm-2am. Arbor Brewing Company, 114 E. Washington, Ann Arbor, 734-213. No cover. (12/31, 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m.)
Brian Sheehan Band. Fishbone's Rhythm Kitchen Cafe - Greektown, 400 Monroe St., Detroit, 313-965-4600. (12/31)
Celebrate New Year's Eve with Jay Leno. Usher in the New Year grooving to the sounds of Skyline and the Backstreet Horns playing from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. in Cosmos Lounge. Catch Jay Leno and the ball drop from Times Square on the big screens in Cosmos Lounge with complimentary party favours and non-alcoholic Champagne. Caesars Windsor, 377 Riverside Dr. East, Windsor, 519-258-7878. $150. (12/31, 9 p.m.)
CHAMPAGNE EXPLOSION 2013. Featuring 10 Djs, Live Band and Performers, Karaoke concert stage with EmCee, Stand Up comedy show, Strolling Illusionists, Arial Acrobats, Complimentary Taro and Fortune tellers. Adoba Hotel Dearborn, 600 Town Center Drive, Dearborn, 313-593-1234. $50-$100. (12/31, 9 p.m.-4 a.m.)
The Countdown: New Year's Eve at Royal Oak Music Theatre. Hosted by Vinny Fontana and Vito Galati. Live Performance by Free Beer. Music by DJ Simon Matty. Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak, 248-399-2980. (12/31)
THE COUNTDOWN @ THE MARRIOTT CENTERPOINT. DJs: Mike Anthony, Matt Aubry, Chris Anthony, Dennis Celic, John Larson, Gene Karaoke. Hosted by Matt Kysia Marriott Centerpoint, 3600 Centerpoint Parkway, Pontiac, 248-253-9800. $50-$100. (12/31)
Coyote Cuts NEW YEAR'S EVE BASH. WATTIE GREEN, NICK JAGGER, DBOW, and HUGH CLEAL The Grasshopper Underground, 22757 Woodward Ave., Ferndale, 248-298-0330. (12/31, 8 p.m.-4 a.m.)
Detroit Marriott New Year's Eve 2013. Live entertainment, Dancing, Champagne toast, and Party favors. Detroit Marriott - Renaissance Center, 100 Renaissance Center, Detroit, 313-568-8000. (12/31)
Detroit Prime NYE Celebration. Detroit Prime, 32769 Northwestern Highway, Farmington Hills, 248-737-9600. (12/31, 5 p.m.)
Dj Minx Nye At Tv Lounge. TV Bar, 2554 Grand River Ave., Detroit, 313-965-4789. (12/31)
DJ RC. Greektown Casino - Shotz Sports Bar, 555 E. Lafayette Blvd., Detroit, 888-771-4386. (12/31)
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