It seems the years are passing faster as the world grows smaller, right? Just as we're getting used to one of these 365 day interludes, it comes to an end leaving nothing but a massive party and even bigger clean-up in its wake.
Well, its better to go out with a blast then a whimper, right? Plus, staying home for New Year's eve just plain sucks! So, we've compiled the best list of places in Baton Rouge and New Orleans where you can rock out 2012 with friends and/or someone you love.
Or, maybe you can meet and get to know someone you might like to love in 2013 while you're out! Either way, you're bound to have some fun! Pick your poison, hit the streets and play it safe out there, guys!! Happy 2013!!
Baton Rouge area
CLUB COOZAN: 10920 Mead Drive. 9 p.m. Music by Gumbeaux Rouge and Floyd Brown. $15 per person.
CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL: 4728 Constitution Ave. Music by Carbon Copy, Chase Tyler Band and Press 1 for English. A dinner array of Cajun specialties available 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Info: (225) 925-2244 and (888) 233-9527.
GLEN’S: 5110 Corporate Blvd. 9 p.m. Music by TimeWarp. Champagne and party favors at midnight. $10 per person.
HILTON CAPITOL CENTER: 201 Lafayette St. New Year’s Eve Murder Mystery. $350 per couple. Includes deluxe accommodations, New Year’s Eve dinner, activities and New Year’s Day breakfast. Info @ (225) 344-5866
JUBAN’S: 3739 Perkins Road. 8 p.m. Music by Ned Fasullo and the Fabulous Big Band Orchestra. $98 per person. For reservations call (225) 346-8422.
L’AUBERGE CASINO: Music by The City and The Vettes. Free. 777 L’auberge Ave. 10 p.m.
ONEZIA LOUNGE: 13091 Airline Highway, Gonzales. Music by the Chris LeBlanc Band. $40 per couple, $25 single.
RENAISSANCE HOTEL: 7000 Bluebonnet Blvd. 6 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Unlimited champagne and music by the Hazy Ray Band. $65 per person. Info: (225) 388-5710
SPANISH MOON: 1109 Highland Road. Music by Twin Killers.
Banks Street bar and grill: 4401 Banks Street. 9 p.m. Music by Egg Yolk Jubilee.
BLUE NILE: 532 Frenchmen St. 10 p.m. Music by Honey Island Swamp Band. $30.
CHICKIE WAH WAH: 2828 Canal St. 8 p.m. Music by Jon Cleary. $25, $30.
CONTEMPORARY ARTS CENTER: 900 Camp St. 9 p.m. Music by White Panda and Earphunk. Open bar, champagne at midnight. Email email@example.com for info. General admission $140, green room pass $200.
HOTEL MONTELEONE: 214 Royal St. 9 p.m. Music by Lena Prima and Band.
HOUSE OF BLUES: 225 Decatur St. 10 p.m. Music by Gregg Allman and Royal Southern Brotherhood. $125 general admission, $225 balcony seating.
HYATT REGENCY: 601 Loyola Avenue. 9 p.m. Big Night New Orleans with entertainment by Big Sam’s Funky Nation, New Orleans Saints receiver Joseph Morgan, the Stooges Brass Band, Cowboy Mouth, Bustout Burlesque, The Saintsations, DJ Icy and DJ Mike Swift. $99, VIP $169. Tickets available at http://bignightneworleans.com/tickets.aspx.
LOUISIANA CHILDREN’S MUSEUM: 420 Julia St. 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. For children and families, including confetti toss, a balloon release, music by the Lagniappe Brass Band, the Count from Sesame Street and Wendy from Wendy’s Old Fashion Hamburgers. $10, $5 for museum members, $12 at the door. Info: (504) 523-1357 and http://www.lcm.org.
NOLA NEW YEAR’S EVE BASH: Decatur Street and Jackson Square. 9 p.m. A crowd of nearly 50,000 is expected for the annual French Quarter celebration. Music by Brass-A-Holics, Mia Borders, Bonerama and more.
ONE EYED JACKS: 615 Toulouse St. 9 p.m. Music by Black Lips, King Louie’s Missing Monuments and the Orwells. $25.
REPUBLIC: 828 S. Peters St. 9 p.m. Music by Damion Yancy and DJ G. $20.
RIVERVIEW ROOM: Jackson Brewery, 600 Decatur St., 4th level. 9 p.m. A full buffet dinner, premium open bar, champagne, party favors, indoor and outdoor view of the riverfront crowds, countdown and ball drop and fireworks display over the river. Cocktail attire, black tie encouraged. $165 per person. Info: (504) 525-3000
ROCK ’N’ BOWL: 3000 S. Carrollton Ave. 8:30 p.m. Music by Tab Benoit and Jonathon “Boogie” Long. Free champagne toast at midnight. $25 per person.
ROYAL SONESTA HOTEL: 300 Bourbon St. 9 p.m. Music by Irvin Mayfield and the Playhouse Revue. Midnight champagne toast. General admission standing room $125 per person; VIP table tickets $175 per person. Tickets: (504) 553-2328.
TIPITINA’S: 501 Napoleon Ave. 9 p.m. Music by Galactic and MyNameIsJohnMichael. $71, VIP $201. Info: http://www.tipitinas.com.