Here it is again, New Year’s Eve. Time to round up your favorite buddies, figure out where to party, draw straws for designated drivers then toast the year behind us and look to the year ahead.
And what a year ahead.
With the end of 2007 comes the last year of the Bush administration. Depending on when you read this, Bush could have as few as 378 days left in office. In those 378 days, we Americans will use our constitutional rights to vote for the president of the United States. That's right, America, 2008 is the year we have to elect the next person to know our nuclear launch codes. And the primaries are coming. Are you ready?
Don't fret too much: 2007 isn’t over yet. You still have a few nights to keep Hillary Clinton and Rudolph Giuliani in the back of your mind, far away from the impending decision center of your brain. We here at the Alibi want to make sure you repress those brain cells in style, so we’ve provided you with anifty little guide to all things New Year’s Eve. Once you've recovered on Jan. 1, you'd better start picking up voting guides and get ready to hit the polls—the attack ads are coming.
315 Gold SW • 242-2200
music | no cover
Start the New Year with an old decade at Atomic Cantina's Revenge of the New Wave retro bash: '80s, '80s, 2008s! New wave music all night, no cover and, as always, 21-and-over.
5200 Eubank NE • 332-0800
toast | music
Things happening at the Barley Room on New Year's Eve: live music and a Champagne toast. Things that could happen at the Barley Room on New Year's Eve: wild bar-top dancing, a rousing rendition of "Auld Lang Syne" with your best buds and a round of shots with Dick Knipfing. Hey, anything could happen.
Burt's Tiki Lounge
313 Gold SW • 247-2878
live music | no cover
Get down with your bad self at Burt's! Heavy Rotation will spin funk and soul, and The Dirty Novels and The Roustabouts will be rockin’. Never bad music and never a cover at Burt's.
Caravan East Night Club
7605 Central NE • 265-7877
Last year, the folks at Caravan East had live music, a midnight toast, party favors and a buffet to herald in 2007. We imagine they'll have something similar to ring in ’08, but all we knew come deadline was the headlining acts (The Westwind Band and Simpatico) and the cost ($16 to $18.50). You're gonna have to call for more details.
Chama River Brewing Company
4939 Pan American Freeway NE • 342-1800
live music | no cover
Grab a one-of-a-kind ale or lager and welcome in 2008 with a cold one in hand, or relax fireside and have a smoke in the cigar lounge. High-energy Iron Chiwawa will play from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. to help you dance the night away ... with a cold one.
515 Central NW • 244-9302
Spend the last moments of 2007 dancing up a sweat to electronic and hip-hop beats at Club 7. If you're 18-or-over and have an appetite for partying, all you need is $10 to get in the door.
7220 Lomas NE • 255-1657
music | toast | favors
Say “¡Adios!” to 2007 with a Cuban-style extravaganza featuring the music (salsa, cha-cha-chá, merengue, timba and bolero) of Son Como Son. Great dinner specials and that ever-so-romantic dim lighting included.
9800 Montgomery NE • 299-4559
favors | toast | buffet | music | balloon drop
How does a dinner buffet, breakfast burritos, party favors and a midnight Champagne toast for 15 bucks sound? Need a place to stay, too? How about a hotel package and limo shuttle service to top it all off? Call ahead, and the folks over at Cowboys will treat you right.
District Bar and Grill
115 Fourth Street NW • 480-0350
All we knew come press time was the District's New Year's party theme: "Glitter and Gold.” Splash on some sparkles and expect a glammed-out bash. Keep an ear out for rumored great hotel rates with a mention of the District. Call for more details and VIP information.
6132 Fourth Street NW • 342-0049
music | favors | toast
Ring in the New Year with dance grooves by DJ Ruvyo. Whether you want to chill out in the purple hall downstairs or enjoy some midnight cocktails and party favors on the dance floor, $5 hooks you up with it all.
Graham Central Station
4770 Montgomery NE • 883-3041
favors | toast | buffet | balloon drop
Ahh, that age-old decision: karaoke, country, pop or retro? Who says you can't have it all, plus a Champagne toast, snacks, favors and balloon drop in every room? At Graham Central Station everything is possible.
Hilton, New Mexico Ballroom
1901 University NE • 884-2500
toast | live music
Get all the glitz and schmancyness this New Year’s by dressing to the nines, struttin' over to the Hilton, and wining and dining like a movie star. Then dance the year away to live music by El Gringo and Sean Keihne. Room and reservation packages available. Call for cost.
7575 Lomas NE • 268-3308
toast | kid-friendly
Midnight is overrated, so Holiday Bowl is serving up a Happy Noon Year’s celebration for those who want to party and have their beauty sleep, too. Check-in is at 11:15 a.m. for the buffet. Coffee, tea, cake, punch and Champagne will be served at the noon toast. Special lane prices will be available and kids are welcome. Call for details and reservations.
Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town, Q Bar
800 Rio Grande NW • 843-6300
live music | no cover
Celebrate New Year's Eve 2008 with a hot night at the Q Bar's Latin Fusion Carnaval. Enjoy latin-jazz grooves by Franc Chewiwie from 6 to 9 p.m., then Quemozo will take the stage for the rest of the year. Call for details and reservations.
11000 Broadway SE • 244-8191
favors | toast | live music
For an upscale bash, ring in the New Year with some ringside boxing arena seats, hit up the open bar, dance to the grooves of The Whispers and James Douglas, pop some favors and munch on snacks. Call now for details and reservations.
The Downs at EXPO New Mexico • 266-5555
toast | buffet | live music
Fly solo for $15 or bring a partner for $20. Either way you’ll enjoy the prime rib buffet, favors, toast and live entertainment by Electric Edric.
Kelly's Brew Pub
3222 Central SE • 262-2739
live music | no cover | family friendly
Take in the last moments of 2007 with a locally crafted brew and some live music on Kelly's heated patio. You can even bring the kids, so long as they don't try to drink the beer.
Laff’s Comedy Club
6001 San Mateo NE • 296-5653
toast | buffet
Two bashes, two different times for the early birds and the night owls. Come to the 8 p.m. Champagne show for $20 or the 10:30 p.m. shindig for about $25. Both shows include a chocolate strawberry tree, chips and salsa buffet, and performance by comedian Joel Lindley.
618 Central SW • 764-8887
Do you hear what I hear? The Cherry Tempo? Must be Launchpad's New Year's bash to end all bashes. Doors open at 8 p.m., it’s 21-and-up and there’s a $5 cover. The Launchpad won't send the year off without some damn good noise.
7400 Lomas NE • 268-4371
Take your family of four (or eight or more) to Leisure Bowl anytime on New Year's Eve day for a super bowling special. Four people can get three games, shoe rentals, a pizza and sodas for $40--or $10 per person. Call now to reserve your lane, or just show up and beg for a lane.
Library Bar and Grill
312 Central SW • 242-2992
favors | toast | music
Your favorite naughty “library” is doing anything but staying quiet to cap off the year. With a kickin’ lineup comprised of DJs Heavy Hitter, Sweet P., Pat the Mac and Justincredible, you’ll be anything but shushed. Cover’s $10 including midnight toast and favors.
211 Gold SW • 243-0955
toast | music
Whether you want to be treated like Hollywood royalty or just plain dance your ass off, Lotus is your spot. A black-and-white affair, Lotus urges you to dress to impress. Cover is $10 in advance or $20 at the door. Call for VIP details.
25 Hotel NE • 323-9380
Shit happens, so why not celebrate the shit that happened this year with Shit Happens (the band) and hope less shit will happen in 2008? Malarky’s is known to rock and says there are some good hotel rates for those who ask. Tickets are $10.
325 Central NW • 242-7422
toast | favors | no cover
Reserve a booth or a table at Maloney's Black and White Ball to cheer the demise of 2007. Reservations range from $40 to $100 and include Champagne, party favors and a raucous good time on the dance floor. If you're low on dough, get in line early to take advantage of Maloney's cover-free floor space, and we're pretty sure you'll score a free toast at midnight.
1522 Eubank NE • 271-9839
live music | toast | favors
Misty's will make sure all your New Year's needs are met. With live music by not one but three local bands (Bullets Over Hollywood, My Freudian Slip and Scarless), food, a Champagne toast and party favors, all for only $5 at the door. Call ahead to reserve a table if you don't want to stand the whole night.
4310 Central SE • 256-0564
toast | no cover | live music
Start the festivities the Irish way with a traditional 5 o’clock Dublin toast. The celebration kicks off with happy hour from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., then the party keeps on going with the Michael Collins Girls, a midnight countdown and a Champagne toast. No cover. All Irish.
Our Place II
9401 Coors NW • 890-6890
favors | toast | buffet | live music
Rock out with Another Level or kick it with live hip-hop and R&B in the back room—the choice is yours. Either way, the $20 cover includes a buffet, midnight Champagne toast and favors.
Sandia Resort and Casino
Tramway and I-25, Exit 234 • 796-7500
music | toast
Spend the last minutes of 2007 getting funky with The Commodores at Sandia Resort and Casino. For $100 per person, you get a Champagne toast at midnight and dance floor access, because no one will sit still during "Brick House." Call now for tickets.
Santa Ana Star Casino
Hwy. 44, west of I-25, Exit 242 • 771-5333
toast | kid-friendly | music
Santa Ana's Starlight Bowling Center will host a party for the entire family at noon. Bowling, cosmic light show, pizza and a bottle of sparkling apple cider are included in the package. Revelers age 21-and-up can enjoy the same treatment plus a DJ and Champagne in the evening. Call for prices and reservations.
8900 Central SE • 275-1616
music | toast | balloon drop
The cowpoke-lovin' cowpokes at Sidewinders plan to host a night of gaiety for New Year's Eve 2008. Beyond a Champagne toast at midnight and some hors d'oeuvres at 9 p.m., you could leave with some extra cash in your pocket if you catch one of the money-filled balloons during the balloon drop. No need for reservations, just come with $10 for the cover and your picture I.D.
Two Fools Tavern
3211 Central NE • 265-7447
Two Fools will be open all night servin' beer and having fun. There may or may not be bagpipers—the fine folks running the joint weren't sure come press time—but the doors will be open and the keg will be tapped.
Uptown Sports Bar and Grill
6601 Uptown NE • 884-4714
toast | music | no cover | party favors
It's going to be a big blast, says Josh, the guy who answered the phone at Uptown. They aren't sure about all the details, but there will be Champagne, music and no cover.
3009 Central NE • 254-9462
toast | live music
At Zinc, it’s all about the feastivities. With a guaranteed lavish menu put together by Chef Chris Pope, you may dine from 4 to 11 p.m. The Cellar bar will open at 9 p.m., where Chris Dracup and Tommy Elskes will be performing into the wee hours of 2008. Call for reservations.
New Year’s Phone Guide
Like a voters’ guide, only with helpful partying phone numbers and no candidate information.