Ball Droppings

No matter if your budget is limitless or limited to “free”, whether your wardrobe preference is costume, casual or black tie and, truly, whatever your musical taste, Louisville has got a party for you. If balloon drops, confetti cannons and champagne toasts aren’t good enough, there’s a whole spectrum of entertainment to choose from. And this is just our preview list! Check back next week for even more listings!


3rd Turn Brewing
10408 Watterson Trail, 482-3373,
A New Years Eve Party with a selection of brews, cocktails and specialty drinks.
$40-$300; 7 p.m.

350 W. Chestnut St., 631-4180
Live music by local DJs with party favors, a balloon drop and champagne toasts at midnight.
$10; 7 p.m.

Against The Grain Brewery
401 E. Main St., 515-0174,
A masquerade party with drink specials where patrons are encouraged to come dressed up with animal masks.
Free; 7 p.m.

Baxter’s 942
942 Baxter Ave., 409-9422,
Live music by Kirby and DJ Hashtag with drink specials.
Free; 9 p.m.

The Connection
120 S. Floyd St, 585-5752
Entertainment by The LaBoy Lefemme show, DJs, gogo boys and there will be party favors, horns, hats, leis, glow necklaces, and a complimentary split of champagne to the first 800 people.
$20; 8 p.m.

Diamond Pub Concert Hall
630 Barret Ave. , 690-7040,
2nd Annual Neon Night Bash
Champagne toast at midnight
$10; 9 p.m.
732 E. Market St., 690-6595,
Entertainment by a live DJ, $3 champagne and a dance party.
Free; All night

Gerstle’s Place
3801 Frankfort Ave., 742-8616,
Live music by War Panties and the Shane Dawson Band, with a champagne toast at midnight.
$10; 9 p.m.

Haymarket Whiskey Bar
331 E. Market St., 442-0523,
Live music by The Deloreans, Jalin Roze, Sketching, OK Deejays and Midnight Hour Sound System.
Free; 8 p.m.

1386 Lexington Road, 584-8088,
Live music by Billy Goat Strut Revue with Zach Longoria and Carly Johnson, DJs Matt Anthony and Woodrow on the Radio. There will also be a burlesque troupe, Vaudeville Louisville and a Prohibition Era dance party.
$20-$25; 8 p.m.

Louis’s The Ton
1601 Story Ave., 409-4977,
Live music byDead Room Cult with test kitchen food samples, champagne cocktails and a midnight confetti drop.
Free; 10 p.m.

Monkey Wrench
1025 Barret Ave., 582-2433
Live music by The Dime Store Dandy, with a champagne toast at midnight, a chocolate fountain, cigar smoking lounge and patrons are incouraged to dress in 20’s and 30’s attire.
$40-$75; 8 p.m.

New Vintage
2126 S. Preston St., 749-4050,
Live music by Jet Lawrence, The Hawk, Kringle.
$10-$15; 8 p.m.

Nowhere Bar
1133 Bardstown Road, 451-0466,
Live music by DJ Brios and DJ S.Y.I.M.O.N.E with a live stream of the Times Square ball drop, champagne toast, confetti cannons on the dance floor and party favors.
Free; 8 p.m.

The Planet Bar & Bistro
1565 Bardstown Road, 654-7866
Live music by Riley, Price & Devore and DJ/Karaoke with Randall Lively. There will also be bottomless mimosas, bloody marys and fresh coffee.
$20-$30; 12:30 a.m.

1101 E. Washington St., 882-3615
Entertainment by Roxxxy Andrews, the Play Mates and DJ Fierce Tease with a balloon drop and toast at midnight.
$10; 9 p.m.

Third Street Dive
442 S. 3rd St., 749-3483,
Live music by Dive Karaoke and a champagne toast at midnight.
Free; 4 p.m.

Time and Space
1279 Bardstown Road,
Live music by Handsome Bahb and Friends.
Free; 9 p.m.

2100 S. Preston St., 635-9227
Live music by Jaxon Lee Swain, Hotwires, Blythe of the Ball and late night DJs.
$10; 5 p.m.


Bristol Bar & Grille (Downtown)
614 W. Main St. #1000, 582-1995,
Cover includes a four-course meal with a flight of Pappy Van Winkle bourbon selections.
$90; 5 p.m.

Bristol Bar & Grille (Jeffersonville)
700 W Riverside Dr. #300, (812) 218-1995,
Cover includes a five-course meal with six wine pairings. Courses include global dishes from Italy, France, Argentina and Hungary
$180; 8 p.m.

Butchertown Grocery
1076 E. Washington St., 742-8315,
Cover includes a seven- course meal of Italian, American, Russian, Israeli, Hungarian and Portuguese dishes commonly served to celebrate the New Year and bring good fortune.
$125; 6 p.m.

Flanagan’s Ale House
934 Baxter Ave., 585-3700,
Celebrating the Irish New Year with a count down, balloon drop, bag pipers, party favors and a Jameson Toast at midnight.
$3; 5 p.m.
Hard Rock Cafe
424 S. 4th St., 568-2202,
Karaoke with the live band, Full Contact Karaoke.
Free; 9 p.m.

Holy Grale
1034 Bardstown Road, 459-9939,
Live music by DJ Laylow, and the cover includes a five-course meal, a beer pairing and a toast drink.
$95; 8 p.m.

Loui Loui’s Authentic Detroit Style Pizza
10212 Taylorsville Road, 
Live music by Bag of Hammers with a complimentary champagne toast at midnight.
Free; 9 p.m.

Proof on Main
702 W. Main St., 217-6360
Cover includes a four-course, table d’hote dinner with a Foie Gras Hot Brown and each guest will receive two complimentary drink tickets.
$65-$78; 5:30 p.m.

Smoke & Rye (Southern Horseshoe Casino)
11999 Casino Center Drive, 969-6000,
Live music by The Louisville Crashers. Several dinner and party packages available. Call ahead for reservation.
$25-$125; 5 p.m.

RIVUE Resturant
Galt House Hotel, 140 N. 4th St., 568-4239,
Cover includes a four-course dinner for two and appetizers. Champagne fountain, live bands and dancing.
$275-$450; 6 p.m.

900 E. Market St., 749-6200,
Cover includes a champagne dinner with seven-course tasting menu, champagne pairings, classic cocktails and lots of bubbly.
$150; 9 p.m.

Wick’s Pizza (Live on State)
225 State St., (812) 945-9425,
Live music by JD Shelburne and a live DJ, with a balloon drop, cash prizes, drink specials and all-you-can-eat buffet.
Free; 7 p.m.


21c Museum Hotel
700 W. Main St., 217-6300,
Live music by DJ GlitterTitz and two free cocktails for every patron.
$59; 9 p.m.

Brown Hotel
335 W. Broadway, 583-1234,
Cover includes a five-course meal at the English Grill and room accommodations for two. $119-$740; 7 p.m.

Galt House Hotel
140 N. 4th St., 589-5200,
Three different party packages that include overnight accomodations, buffets, champagne toasts and dancing.
Prices vary; Times vary


The Bard’s Town
1801 Bardstown Road, 749-5275,
Comedy by Derby City Dating Scene., live music by Totally Boss!: Acoustic 80s Explosion and Mananabango, and drink and food specials.
Free; 7 p.m.

Fourth Street Live!
420 W. Liberty St., 584-7170,, 21+
Live music by 100% Poly with balloon drops, confetti cannons, party favors, a midnight champagne toast and the Times Square ball drop. VIP packages available.
Free; 7 p.m.

The Gillespie
421 W. Market St., 584-8080,
Live music by DJ Brower, open top-shelf bar all night and champagne toast at midnight.
$60; 8 p.m.

Ice House
226 E. Washington St., 589-4700,
Live music by DJ AK. Cover includes appetizers, and VIP tickets include a bottle of champagne.
$10-$75; 9 p.m.

KFC Yum! Center
1 Arena Plaza, 690-9000,
Live music by Kid Rock, Tim Montana and the Shrednecks with party favors and a balloon drop.
9 p.m.; $20+

The Laughing Derby
1250 Bardstown Road, 459-0022,
Comedy by Todd McComas.
$37; 9:30 p.m.

Mellwood Art Center
1860 Mellwood Ave., 
Live music by Tony and the Tan Lines, DJ K-Dogg with an open bar, appetizers and midnight champagne toast.
$75; 9 p.m.