Ball Droppings

Not sure what to do on New Year's Eve? Read on, nerds


We worked hard putting together this list of shit going down on New Year’s Eve. Is it perfect? No. Is it comprehensive? Probably not. Take a gander if you still don’t have plans. Chances are, your favorite bars or nightclubs are doing something on Wednesday night. Use this as your inspiration … and feel free to wander off the path. We can’t guarantee any spit-swapping at midnight, but we can recommend some places where your chances are high. They’re called bars. Try them sometime. But don’t expect sex in the champagne room.




Bearno’s by the Bridge

131 W. Main St., 584-7437. Live music by Strumbeat, Butch Rice, DJ Larry-oke. Tickets: individual: $80; pair: $150; Group of six: $440; Group of 8: $570 (group tickets must be purchased at same time). Cover includes open bar (8 p.m.-2 a.m.; select beer, premium liquor and wine); all-you-can-eat buffet (8-11 p.m.; champagne toast; party favors); free taxi shuttles (limited area).


Bearno’s Highlands

1318 Bardstown Road, 456-4556. Open mic with Chad Cheek. Cover: Free.


Billiards Club of Louisville

5404 Bardstown Road; 491-3810. Live music by Face Down. 10 p.m. Cover: $10.


Brendan’s Restaurant & Pub

3921 Shelbyville Road, 895-1212. Live music by Joey Sandalls, DJ Patrick. 7 p.m. Cover: $10 after 8 p.m. Includes party favors, champagne toast, balloon drop. Special dinner menu at 5:30 and 7 p.m.


Bulldog Café

10619 W. Manslick Road; 380-0600; Live music by Adaptize, September Theory, Bonejinn, Stall Point. 7 p.m. Cover: $10.


Club Kye’s

500 Missouri Ave., Jeffersonville, Ind., (812) 285-8500, Party includes free champagne and draft beer, cash bar, DJ and live music, balloon drop, breakfast and more. Cover: $50.


Comedy Caravan

1250 Bardstown Road, 459-0022. Spanky Brown, Stewart Huff, Nathan Wallace. 8 p.m. & 10:15 p.m. Cover: $15 (8 p.m. show); $30 (10:15 p.m.). Includes champagne toast and balloon drop.


The Connection

120 S. Floyd St., 585-5752. Featuring DJ Mike Cruz.



6330 Bardstown Road, 762-0370. Live music by Concrete Cadillac (10 p.m.-2 a.m.); Karaoke 7-10 p.m., 2-3:30 p.m. (Front room); DJ Rob Sweet Tea Terry Top 40; Classic Rap (Back Room). Includes appetizers 7-9 p.m. Cover: $15 (adv. Single); $25 (couple); after 9 p.m. for walk-ins, $20 (single), $30 (couple) (door).


Dark Star

2636 Frankfort Ave.; 896-2800

Live music by J. Glenn, Richard James & the Special Riders. 8 p.m. Cover: Free.


Dutch’s Tavern

3932 Shelbyville Road, 895-9004. Live music by Kimmet & Doug. Cover: $6. Champagne for sale.


Fern Creek Christian

’80s Rock Star theme party. Live music by Waketheday. 8:30 p.m. Cover: $5.


Flanagan’s Ale House

930 Baxter Ave., 585-3700. DJ Warren. Cover: $3 (5-9 p.m.); $7 (after 9). Includes free champagne toast, party favors, balloon drop.


Fourth Street Live

(bars and clubs listed individually) Live DJ J.C. 9 p.m. Countdown with Times Square on the big screen and confetti cannons at midnight. Cover: Free.



Masquerade Ball. DJ Mikus. Cover: $20; table reservations encouraged. Complimentary masks available. In addition, special table packages are available ranging from $600 to $2,000. Packages include VIP service and bottles of premium liquor and/or champagne. Call (859) 539-8358.


Howl at the Moon

Dueling pianos. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Includes big shot package, food, liquor, Korbel champagne for $100 per person; standing room only tickets are $75. Cover: $20 general admission, first drink for free.


The Improv @ Fourth Street Live

Live comedy by Mike Birbiglia. 7 p.m. (dinner included) and 10 p.m. (appetizers for two included). Cover: $77.49 (7 p.m., preferred seating); $37.50 (general admission); $37.50 (general admission, 10 p.m.), $74.99 (10 p.m., preferred seating). Includes champagne toast at midnight.


Lucky Strike

VIP Suites ($300) or VIP tables on the lanes ($200). Includes cover charge, complimentary champagne toast and private bar.


Saddle Ridge

Live music by Breakout Entertainment LLC. 8 p.m. Cover: $20.


Sully’s Saloon

New Year’s Eve Packages range from $20 (champagne toast and dinner buffet) to $100 package (open bar, VIP table, hotel room).


*Single cover charge of $20 gets you into Hotel, Angel’s Rock Bar and Tengo Sed Cantina.



1335 Story Ave., 588-8861. Live DJ: Designer Drugs, John Bourke. Black-and-White-themed party. Cover: $10 for 21+, $15 for 18-20. Includes general entry, champagne toast at midnight. Photographer Elle Rex from New York City will be taking photos.


Golden Nugget

2922 Hikes Lane, 454-9914. Music by DJ Dave. Includes party favors, champagne toast at midnight. Cover: Free.


Good Times Pub

12612 Shelbyville Road; 245-3220. Live music by Matthew Fogle. 10 p.m.


Hideaway Saloon

1607 Bardstown Road, 485-0114. Live music by Thirteenth Sun. 10 p.m. Cover: $10.


Highlands Tap Room

1279 Bardstown Road, 459-BEER. Karaoke. $2.50 Rolling Rocks, $3 Jager shots. Cover: Free.


Horseshoe Casino

Elizabeth, Ind., (888) ROMAN-4-U. Live music by The Rumors, Rick Bartlett Band, BBI. Champagne toast and balloon drop. Cover: Free.


Jim Porter’s

2345 Lexington Road, 452-9531, Live music by Smooth Blvd., ?Rock Bottom, Rock Station, Bluestown. Cover: $25 per person. Hotel package includes two tickets to Porter’s New Year’s Eve Blowout, lodging for two adults at Ramada Downtown North (Zorn Ave. near The Water Tower), continuous transportation from the hotel to Jim Porter’s from 7 p.m.-3:30 a.m. via luxury motor coach. Limited number available.


Joe’s Older Than Dirt

8131 Lagrange Road, 426-2074. Live music by DJ. Champagne toast at midnight; giveaways, party favors; T-shirts from beer and liquor companies. Cover: Free.



8238 Dixie Hwy.; 933-7837. $5 per person, $7 per couple; includes party favors, champagne toast and breakfast.


Longshot Tavern

2232 Frankfort Ave., 899-7898. Live music by Merry Pranksters. Cover: Free.


The Lounge

947 E. Madison St.; 889-5889. Live music by The Lounge Band. 9:30 p.m. Cover: Free.


Maker’s Mark Bourbon House & Lounge

Fourth Street Live, 568-9009, DJ Donovan. Cover: $10. Includes champagne toast. Two preset dinners at 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. No cover for dine-in.


Molly Malone’s

933 Baxter Ave., 473-1222. Live music by: Sunday Six. 10:30 p.m. Cover: $5. Includes party favors, champagne toast at midnight.


Monkey Wrench

1025 Barret Ave., 582-2433. Music by WFPK-FM DJs Matt Anthony & Woodrow on the Radio. Includes finger foods, party favors and snacks. 9 p.m. Cover: $20 (adv.).


My Bar

3306 Plaza Drive; (812) 948-6501. Live music by Nervous Energy. 10 p.m.


Old Louisville Coffee House

1489 S. Fourth St.; 635-6660. Live music by Servant the Band. 6 p.m. Cover: Free.



956 Baxter Ave., 589-7373. Live music by Uncontrollable Urge, DJ Chris Brooks. Special dinner menu. Cover: $10 after 8 p.m.


Phoenix Hill Tavern

644 Baxter Ave., 589-4957, Live music by Blowfly, Hugo (Tantric), Naked Garden, Grindstone, Speed of Sound. 7 p.m. Cover: $25. Hotel package includes two tickets to PHT’s “The Last Blast,” lodging for two adults at the Red Roof Inn (Newburg Road at the Watterson Expressway), continuous transportation from the hotel to Phoenix Hill Tavern from 7 p.m.-3:30 a.m. via luxury motor coach. Limited number of hotel packages are available. $150 per couple (all inclusive). Call 456-2993.


Pink Door

2222 Dundee Road; 413-5204. Live music by Elektrolyte. 10 p.m. Cover: $10.


The Place to Be

8807 Third St. Road, 933-7715. DJ Donnie Yeoman, karaoke and magic show. Includes party favors, balloon drop, champagne toast, breakfast buffet. 9 p.m. Cover: $20/person, $35/couple.


Pop’s Place

935 Goss Ave.; 634-2294. Live music by KnubDust. 10 p.m. Cover: $10.


The Pour Haus

1418 S. Shelby St., 637-9611. Live music by Danny Glover Cover Band. Cover: $10 (adv.); $15 (door). E-mail [email protected] to reserve your $10 advance ticket.


R Place Pub

9603 Whipps Mill Road, 425-8516. Live music by XS. Includes champagne toast and party favors. Cover: $5.


Rudyard Kipling

422 W. Oak St., 636-1311, Live music by Lucky Pineapple, Venus Trap, Minnow, The Teeth. 9 p.m. Cover: $5.



131 Breckenridge Lane, 891-8883. Live music by BoogieJuice in the Skybar. 10 p.m.



1611 Norris Place, 454-3919. Live music by Buda Band. Free champagne toast. Cover: Free.



330 Vincennes St.; (812) 945-1850. Live music by Lethal Fixxx. 9 p.m. Cover: Free.


Sid’s Pub

935 S. Indiana Ave., Sellersburg, (812) 246-8192. Live music by Self-Inflicted.


Stevie Ray’s

230 E. Main St., 582-9945. Live music by The Predators. Table reservations accepted. Cover: Free.


Third Base Tavern

134 Spring St., Jeffersonville, (812) 283-4947. Live music by Redline. 9 p.m. Cover: $10. Includes balloon drop, champagne toast and party favors.


T.K.’s Pub

5442 Del Maria Way, 499-5673. Live music by Muench. Cover: $10. Includes party favors and champagne toast.


The Vernon Club

1575 Story Ave., 588-8861. Live music by Tim Krekel Orchestra. 9 p.m. Cover: $15.


Wick’s Pizza, Baxter

973 Baxter Ave., 456-1559, Live music by Skyscraper Stereo. 9 p.m. Cover: Free.



102 Bauer Ave.; 894-8030

dJ. Cover: $5. Includes champagne toast.





1767 Bardstown Road, 451-2749, Features a four-course menu. Cost: Dinner is $70/person; $50/person if seated before 6 p.m.



1314 Bardstown Road, 454-5336, “Pick 3” NYE Package for two — seatings at 5:30 and 9:30 p.m. Includes bottle of wine or champagne. Cost: $75/couple.


Captain’s Quarters

5700 Captain’s Quarters Road, 228-1651, Live music by The Blue Devils in the lodge. Dinner cruise on CQ Princess yacht (6-9 p.m.) includes DJ, dancing and champagne toast. Dinner cruise: $70/person.


Corbett’s: An American Place

5050 Norton Healthcare Blvd., 327-5058, Chef Dean Corbett presents seven-course dinner. Seatings available until 10 p.m. Reservations required. Cost: $100/person.


English Grill at The Brown Hotel

335 W. Broadway, 583-1234, Gala New Year’s Eve celebration includes Chef Laurent Géroli’s five-course dinner, a champagne toast at midnight, party favors and dancing. Dinner seatings at 7:30, 8 and 8:30 p.m. Cost: $135/person.



122 Sears Ave., 897-9721, Chef Josh Hillyard presents a five-course dinner and champagne toast at midnight. Seating for parties of five to 10 people available through 10 p.m. Cost: $85/person.


Lynn’s Paradise Café

984 Barret Ave., 583-3447, Pajama party New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day from 7 a.m.-10 p.m. People who come wearing pajamas get a prize. Full menu and drink specials all day. Reservations recommended.  


The Melting Pot

2045 S. Hurstbourne Parkway, 491-3125, Special four-course fondue menu, includes champagne toast. Reservations available from 1-11:30 p.m. Cost: $60/person with optional $20 drink special.


Proof on Main

702 W. Main St., 217-6360, Starting at 8 p.m., chef Michael Paley presents a special prix fixe dinner that includes four courses, party favors, a champagne toast and access to the party at the 21c Museum Hotel. Cost: $121/person.



2106 Frankfort Ave., 899-9904, NYE Party includes regular menu and specials, live jazz, champagne toast and more. Reservations recommended.


Vincenzo’s Italian Restaurant

150 S. Fifth St., 580-1350, Dinner Package 1: Seating begins at 5 p.m. and includes four-course dinner. Cost: $59/person. Dinner Package 2: Seating begins at 9 p.m. and includes four-course dinner and champagne. Cost: $75/person. Dancing and live music by Bennett Higgins Jazz Trio at 8:30 p.m.




21C Museum Hotel

700 W. Main St., 217-6300, Overnight package includes dinner at Proof on Main, dance party in the museum and a continental breakfast. Cost: $365/couple.


The Brown Hotel

335 W. Broadway, 583-1234, Overnight packages include the Private Party for Two ($459), the Celebration Package ($269) and The English Grill Gala Package ($469-$509).


Crowne Plaza Hotel

830 Phillips Lane, 367-2251, Live music by Caribou. Packages include room for two, dinner buffet, champagne toast and “recovery breakfast” on New Year’s Day. Cost: $269/couple.


Galt House Hotel and Suites

140 N. Fourth St., 589-5200, “Clubbing Twenty ’09”-themed party featuring nine clubs. Three packages: $259/couple $299/couple and $349/couple. All include champagne toast, dance party, live music and dinner buffet.


Holiday Inn Airport South

2715 Fern Valley Road, 964-3311, Two packages: 1) Room for two, two tickets to party with party favors. Cost: $174.95/couple. 2) Room and party plus dinner buffet and brunch. Cost: $259.95/couple.


Holiday Inn Hurstbourne

1325 Hurstbourne Pkwy., 426-2600, Package includes overnight stay, prime rib buffet, open bar, breakfast buffet and live music by The Monarchs. Cost: $349/couple.


Holiday Inn Lakeview

505 Marriott Drive, Clarksville, Ind., 812-283-4411. Two packages, both include overnight room, champagne toast, brunch and cash bar. 1) Dinner and dance in ballroom. Cost: $199.95/couple. 2) Party with a DJ in the hotel’s lounge. Cost: $149.95/couple.


Hyatt Regency

320 W. Jefferson St., 581-1234, Live music by V-Groove. Package includes room for two, dinner buffet, balloon drop, party favors, “Regency Recovery Kit” and late checkout New Year’s Day. Cost: $299/couple. Party: $79/person.


Seelbach Hilton Hotel

500 Fourth St., 585-3200, Party and live broadcast in Ball Room with WDJX-FM. Package 1 includes room for two, dinner buffet, party favors and champagne toast. Cost: $279/couple. Package 2 includes dinner buffet and party. Cost: $120/couple.


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AMF Rose Bowl Lanes

2217 Goldsmith Lane, 451-5717, Two packages: 1) From 6-9 p.m., family-friendly party with a lane for four, shoe rental, party favors, champagne and simulated New Year’s at 8 p.m. Reservations recommended. Cost: $60.95. 2) From 10 p.m.-1 a.m., adult party with lane for four, shoe rental, party favors, champagne and New Year’s at midnight. Reservations required. Cost: $85.


Derby Dinner Playhouse

525 Marriott Drive, Clarksville, (812) 288-8281, “Get Away Celebration” includes room for two at Holiday Inn Lakeview, prime rib buffet, performance of Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas,” party favors and breakfast buffet. Cost: $250/couple.


Executive Strike and Spare

911 Phillips Lane, 368-1651, Party package includes five hours of bowling for up to six people, party favors and champagne or sparkling cider, with prize giveaways and karaoke. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Cost: $100 per lane.


French Lick Resort Casino

French Lick, Ind., Features several overnight-stay packages from $349/couple to $698/couple.

Horseshoe Casino

(866) 676-SHOE, Featuring a $50,000 giveaway, live music, party favors, champagne toast and more. VIP room packages available for $549.99/couple.


Lucky Strike/Felt

Fourth Street Live, 560-1400. Package includes bowling lane for two hours, bottle of champagne, three appetizers, party favors and more. Cost: $200 per lane (6-8 people).


Puppet New Year @ Our Mother of Sorrows School

770 Eastern Parkway, Ring in 2009 with a Squallis Puppeteers puppet slam, features at least six original puppet pieces created by Louisville artists, 8:30 p.m. Cost: $15 (beer and food for sale).


Spirit of Jefferson Cruise & Gala

401 W. River Road, 574-2992, New Year’s Eve Gala boards at 9:30 p.m. and cruises till 1 a.m. Includes dinner buffet, DJ, dancing, champagne toast and party favors. Cost: $55/person.


Star Cruises

501 Riverside Dr., Jeffersonville, Ind., (812) 218-1565. Prime Rib Buffet Dinner Cruise: 4-7:30 p.m., $49.95/person. Party Cruise: 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m., $29.95/person. Both cruises: $59.95/person. Overnight packages available with Sheraton Louisville.