Ball Droppings: 2015 New Year’s Eve listings

A smattering of New Year’s Eve events

No matter if your budget is limitless or limited to “free,” whether your wardrobe preference is costume, causal or black tie and, truly, whatever your musical taste, Louisville has got a party for you. From karaoke to DJs, from the country strummings of JD Shelburne to the mashup band Q: Are We Not Them? A: We Aren’t Devo, there’s music to suit the tastes of any and all revelers. If balloon drops, confetti cannons and champagne toasts aren’t enough, there’s a whole spectrum of entertainment from drag shows to comedy improv to choose from. And this is just our preview list! Check back next week for even more listings!

Bars & Clubs

The Bard’s Town
1801 Bardstown Rd., 749-5275
thebardstown.com
Improv comedy with Total BS! Music by Mega Rewind and karaoke with Schutte.
5 p.m., Cost: Free!

Diamond Pub & Billiards
630 Barret Ave., 690-7040
diamondpubandbilliards.com
Live music by The Neon Nights, DJ Travisity, DJ Rewind, Naked Garden, Slinky Jenkins Bob Anonymous and Josh Woods.
8 p.m., Cost: $10

Fourth Street Live
4thstlive.com
Party includes live music by 100% Poly and DJ Mikus, a viewing of the Times Square ball drop, confetti cannons, a balloon drop and more. Must be 21+
8 p.m., Cost: Free!

Gerstle’s Place
3801 Frankfort Ave., 742-8616
gerstles.com
Live music by JD Shelburne and Zachary Joseph.
10 p.m., Cost: $10

Headliners Music Hall
1386 Lexington Rd.,
584-8088
headlinerslouisville.com
WFPK New Year’s Eve with live music by James Brown Revue with House Band Thirty Spokes and special guests Carly Johnson, Butch Rice and Skyscraper.
9 p.m., Cost: $10 Adv, $12 DOS

The Louisville Palace
625 S. 4th Street, 583-4555
louisvillepalace.com
Live music by Jason Isbell with special guest Shovels and Rope.
8:30 p.m. Cost: $58

Magnolia Bar
1398 S. 2nd St., 637-9052
magbar.tumblr.com
Groove, Clay & Duffy, all vinyl dance party and champagne.
10 p.m. Cost: Free

The Mercury Ballroom
611 S. 4th St., 583-4555
mercuryballroom.com
The Gentlemen of Dream Team and MJ Entertainment present The Champagn Affair.
9 p.m. Cost: $30

The New Vintage
2126 S. Preston St., 749-4050
newvintagelouisville.com
Live music by Zach Longoria Project and special guest Soundtrakno.
9 p.m. Cost: $10 – $15

Play
1101 E. Washington St., 882-3615
playdancebar.com
Live entertainment by Derrick Barry with three shows starring the Play Mates, balloon drop, midnight champagne toast and the biggest hits of 2014 in the dance bar.
10 p.m., Cost: $TBA

Zanzabar
2100 S. Preston St., 635-9227
Live music by Q: Are we not them? A: We Aren’t Devo!
8 p.m., Cost: $10

Restaurants

A5
A5 and Rye combine forces with ABK Productions to introduce a new event venue in downtown Louisville. Music by DJ Sleepy-T. Tickets include 2 drinks and a champagne toast at midnight! Benefits Best Buddies Kentucky and AIDS Interfaith Ministries.
9 p.m., Cost $45

Bourbons Bistro
2255 Frankfort Ave., 894-8838
bourbonsbistro.com
In addition to their regular menu, Bourbons Bistro will welcome 2015 with three specials: an 18 oz. Cowboy Ribeye, Pan Seared Striped Bass and Chocolate Babas. They’ll also feature a champagne cocktail toast at midnight.

Proof on Main
702 W. Main St., 217-6360
proofmain.com
Chef Levon Wallace will present a prix fixe 4-course dinner, party favors, champagne toast and access to the NYE bash at 21c Museum Hotel.
8 p.m., Cost: $140

RIVUE Restaurant & Lounge
Galt House Hotel and Suites
140 N. Fourth St., 589-5200
galthouse.com
RIVUE is hosting The Cotton Club party, which includes dinner for two, midnight champagne toast and live entertainment, including tap dancers, swing dancers and a big band. Packages include overnight accommodations and New Year’s Day brunch.
8p.m., Cost: $275/couple

Hotels

21c Museum Hotel
710 W. Main St., 217-6300
21chotel.com
Music by DJ GlitterTitz. $55 ticket includes party favor, two cocktails and champagne toast at midnight. New Year’s Eve Package includes two tickets to the NYE bash and complimentary 3 p.m. late checkout. 8 p.m. Cost: $55 – $369

Galt House Hotel and Suites
140 N. Fourth St., 589-5200
galthouse.com
The Galt House is hosting multiple parties: The Blackout Affair features Unlimited Show Band and DJ Empty Beats, appetizer buffet and champagne toast at midnight. Cost: $50. Chicago Razzle Dazzle, including two parties, music by Burning Las Vegas, buffet, drink tickets and champagne toast, New Year’s Day brunch. Cost: Two-night package, $212/person or one-night package.

And so on…

The Gillespie
421 W. Market St., 584-8080
thegillespie.com
Music by DJQ from 96.5 FM and Kirbys Dreamland. Champagne toast at midnight.
9 p.m., Cost: $60

Ice House
226 E. Washington St., 589-4700
flavorus.com/goldenagenewyears
Golden Age and Old Hollywood party. Live music by Endless Summer Band. Old Hollywood-themed decorations, hors d’oeuvres by Crushed Ice Events and golden age themed cocktails, including champagne toast at midnight. Benefits YMCA Safe Place Services.
9 p.m., Cost $75

Mellwood Arts Center
1860 Mellwood Ave.
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nye2015louisville.eventbrit.com
Music by Tony & The Tan Lines and DJ K-Dogg. Open bar, appetizers and midnight champagne toast.
9 p.m., Cost: $75