Ah, New Year's Eve, that sparkling, dizzying night devoted to Fun with a capital F. This is a holiday from the holidays, a bona fide celebration without the attendant schmaltz. Sure, you can make a list of New Year's resolutions -- or you can just resolve to do something with your night that doesn't involve iffy shrimp cocktail, Dick Clark and a bottle of Champale. Go out! Celebrate! New Year's Eve is worth celebrating simply because it makes no pretenses. If holidays were people, this one would be the happy-go-lucky dude who sings aloud and puts quarters in expired meters. New Year's Eve wants you to have a good time. And what do you know: We want you to have a good time too. That's why we're offering this horn-tootin', party-hat-skewin' guide to the New Year's Eve celebrations taking place in this great city of ours. You can have beef Wellington, sushi or pizza. You can put your cute little feet in sparkly Blahniks or comfy bowling shoes. You can groove to an Elvis impersonator, chill to jazz or shake your booty to a house DJ. New Year's Eve loves you, gorgeous. Love it back by having fun and staying safe. You're limited only by your imagination and your cab fare.
Food, Music, Drinks
A Touch of Elvis: Join Elvis entertainer Ron Furr and his band in ushering in the new year. Dinner, two shows and dancing. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Arnold Eagles Hall. 1725 Jeffco Blvd., Arnold. $40, reserved seating only. Call 636-931-3938.
Andre's West 2nd Annual New Year's Eve Party: Dinner buffet, dancing, DJ, open bar, hors d'oeuvres, Champagne at midnight, party favors. 7:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Andre's West 211 Old Highway 141 South, Fenton. $50 per person. For reservations call Kathy at 314-849-4668, ext. 227, or email email@example.com.
Backstreet Jazz & Blues Club: Buffalo Bob Blues Band will be onstage for a New Year's celebration. Doors at 8 p.m. 610 West Port Plaza (I-270 and Page)h. 3 packages available to choose from include show, midnight breakfast buffet, open bar, Champagne at midnight. $15-$65. Call 314-878-5800.
The Balkan Café New Year's Eve Party: Live Bulgarian music by Balkanci. Dancing, Balkan delicacies, cash bar, complimentary Champagne. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. The Balkan Café at the Focal Point, 2720 Sutton Blvd. $25 advance. Call 314-781-4200.
Bar Italia Ristorante: New Year's Eve dinner party includes live music, five-course meal and Bellini toast. Reservations starting at 6:30 p.m. 13 Maryland Plaza. $75 per person. Call 314-361-7010.
Blueberry Hill Duck Room: Javier Mendoza Band. Champagne toast, party hats. Doors at 9 p.m. 6504 Delmar in the Loop. $35 includes show & drinks. Call 314-727-0880.
Café Eau: Music by Groovethang, open bar, party favors, raw bar, hors d'oeuvres, Champagne toast at midnight, dessert & coffee. 7 p.m.-1 a.m. Chase Park Plaza, 212 N. Kingshighway. $85, special hotel rates available. Call 314-633-6868 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Casa Loma Ballroom NY04: Music by Hott Lixx and Hazard to Ya Booty, three full open bars, appetizers, Champagne, dancing on the "huge-ass 5,000 sq. foot dance floor" and balcony. 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. 3354 Iowa Ave. $65-$70. Tickets online at JADproductions.com.
Cicero's Presents A Schwag New Year: Two stages, four bands, psychedelic light show, balloon drop, Champagne toast. 18+ to enter. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. 6691 Delmar. $10-$20. Call 314-862-8600.
Dave & Buster's Presents "Joey & Maria's Comedy Italian Wedding": Evening begins with hors d'oeuvres, continues with the show, buffet dinner, dessert, dancing, ball drop and Champagne toast at midnight. 7:30 p.m. I-70 & Earth City Expressway at Riverport. $150 per couple. Call 1-800-944-5639.
Eau Bistro: Five-course dinner with paired wines, Champagne, hors d'oeuvres, party favors. Music by pianist Louis Michael. 6-8 p.m. or 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Chase Park Plaza, 212 N. Kingshighway. $100-$125, special hotel rates available. Call 314-633-6868 or email email@example.com.
Enigma Lounge: Music by Sonic Reducer, Missile Silo Suite, Dozemarypool. Champagne toast & appetizer buffet. 9 p.m. 15480 Clayton Rd, Ballwin. $20. Call 636-256-8123 or visit www.enigmalounge.com.
Gary's Fine Dining New Year's Eve Gala: Dinner buffet, dancing, live music by Muzodica. 601 N. Grand. Call 314-531-0111 for reservations & prices.
Growler's Pub: Celebrate the new year with an open bar, appetizer buffet, DJ, party favors and midnight toast. 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m. 763 Old Ballas, Creve Coeur, 314-432-3110. 3811 S. Lindbergh, Sunset Hills, 314-984-9009. $50 per person. Ask about hotel specials.
Harry's West Restaurant and Bar: Four-course dinner with Champagne, 6-10 p.m. Live entertainment from Project 3, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Party favors for all, toast at midnight. 15415 Clayton Rd, Ballwin. $69.95. Call 636-256-0221.
Helen Fitzgerald's: Music by Extremely Pointless, buffet, midnight Champagne toast, fun party favors. 3650 S. Lindbergh, Sunset Hills. $15 in advance. Call 314-984-0026.
House of Rock New Year's Eve Party: Music by Trixie Delight, great food buffet, party favors, Champagne at midnight. 6 p.m.-1:30 a.m. #5 Ronnie's Plaza. $12 per person. Call 314-842-2550.
JackSon's Restaurant: New Year's Eve dinner with live music by Dave's Not Here and Champagne toast at midnight. 6655 Manchester. Call 314-645-4904.
Jacques' Sports Bar: New Year's Eve party featuring food & drink specials, party favors and Champagne toast at midnight. Music by the Ultraviolets 9 p.m.-1 a.m. St. Louis City Center, 400 S. 14th. $20. Hotel packages available. Call 314-613-6490.
Jazz at the Bistro's New Year's Eve: With Aaron "Pops" Jackson Trio and special guest Erin Bode. Full dinner buffet, dessert & coffee bar, 2 sets of jazz, valet parking, cash bar, party favors, Champagne at midnight. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. 3536 Washington, Grand Center. $85 advance tickets through MetroTix. Call 314-534-1111.
Kastle Presents World Party 2004: Retro New Year's Eve party celebrating 100th anniversary of 1904 World's Fair. Balloon drop, fireworks at midnight. VIP rooms & tables available. 9 p.m.-3 a.m. 3207 Washington Ave. $20. Call 314-534-1571 or visit www.kastledance.com.
M.P. O'Reilly's: DJ TrenRek, appetizer buffet, drinks included, party favors, Champagne at midnight. 7 p.m.-1 a.m. 14 Maryland Plaza. $50 per person. Call 314-367-8111.
Main Street Jazz & Blues: A casual New Year's celebration with music by Citizen's Arrest, hors d'oeurves, sandwiches and Champagne. 5 p.m.-2 a.m. 307 E. Main St., Belleville, Illinois. $12.50. Call 618-235-6025.
Miso's "Gluttony" New Year's Eve Party: Features DJ Josh Harrell, all you can drink. Call for dinner reservations. 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m. 16 N. Meramec, Clayton. $75/$40 after 11 p.m. Call 314-863-7888.
Nadine's 3rd Annual New Year's Pajama Party: Karaoke, door prizes, dinner specials, grand prize at midnight. 7 p.m.-1 a.m. 1931 S. 12th St. No cover. Call 314-436-3045.
O'Brien's Food & Drink: Four-course dinner includes glass of Champagne. $34.95 per person. A la Carte menu also available. Live music by Sensations. Open at 5 p.m. 4660 N. Illinois (Hwy. 159), Fairview Heights, Illinois. No cover. Call 618-263-9696.
Oz New Year's Eve Party: Party on to three types of music provided by live DJs. Patio will be open, weather permitting. 9 p.m.-6 a.m. 300 Monsanto, Sauget, Illinois. $10. Call 618-274-1464.
The Pageant: Spend New Year's Eve with Dr. Zhivegas. Price includes draft beer, well drinks, party favors, Champagne at midnight. Doors at 8 p.m. 6161 Delmar, in the Loop. $45. Call 314-726-6161.
Riddles Penultimate Café & Wine Bar: Select from standing menu or daily specials. 20% off any wine $60 or more. Uncle Albert "boogies da blues" from 9 p.m. into the new year. Horns, noisemakers and complimentary bubbly for "synchronized cork-popping" at the stroke of midnight. 5 p.m.-1 a.m. 6307 Delmar, in the Loop. No cover. Call 314-725-6985.
Skeeters New Year's Bash: Skeeters is celebrating its tenth birthday on New Year's Eve with live music, drink specials and Cajun food. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. 727 N. First. $4. Call 314-241-2220.
Southern Belle Supper Club: Dinner seatings at 5, 6:30, and 8:30 p.m. Live music from 8 p.m.-midnight with the Bosch-Gokenbach-Gough Trio. Champagne toast at midnight. #33 N. Sarah. Call 314-289-8800 for price & reservations.
Top of the Met: Dine and dance your way into 2004 while enjoying the spectacular view from the 42nd floor of Metropolitan Square. Catering by Kemoll's, cocktails and wine included. Music by the Tony Viviano Orchestra. Excellent view of riverfront fireworks at midnight. 6:30-8:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m. #1 Metropolitan Square. $75-$85. Reservations required. Call 314-421-0555.
Trainwreck Saloon -- Laclede's Landing: Blues Music Event with Alvin Jett and the Hired Help, drink specials, party favors. Call for hours. 720 N. First. $10. Call 314-436-1006.
Trainwreck Saloon -- Westport: Dave & Greg Show at 5 p.m., Joe Dirt at 9 p.m., drink specials, party favors. Fireworks at 6 p.m. 314 West Port Plaza (I-270 and Page). $10. Call 314-434-7222.
Trueman's Place: Appetizers at 7 p.m., dinner at 8 p.m. Includes beer, wine, well liquor, Champagne at midnight. DJ from 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. 1818 Sidney. $60 per person, $100 per couple. Call 314-865-5900.
Velvet Presents Whiteball 8: Be a part of this notoriously elegant and energetic event. Music by DJ D:Fuse (People 2 Tour), with Velvet DJ Mike Buehrle and Q 95.5 DJ Charlie Chan. White or black attire essential. Table/area reservations available. 9 p.m.-3 a.m. 1301 Washington. Must be 21+. $25 -$45. Tickets and reservations at Velvet (314-241-2997) or through www.metrotix.com. For complete information visit www.velvetvibes.com.
Wild Country: Live music with the Rockin' House Band, midnight balloon drop with cash prizes. Cover includes bottle of Champagne & party favors. 7 p.m.-3 a.m. 17 Gateway Drive, Collinsville, Illinois. $10. $110 Holiday Inn package for two. Call 1-800-551-5133.
Yackey's on the River: All-you-can-eat prime rib and roast turkey dinner, dessert, drinks. Music by Taylor Young Blues Band. Champagne at midnight. 7 p.m.-12:30 a.m. On the Robt. E. Lee, 100 S. Lenor K. Sullivan Drive. $75 per person. Call 314-436-4050.
Yemanja Brazilian New Year's Eve Party: Unstoppable samba rhythms performed by the Brazilian Connection Band and a dance instructor with costumes directly from the Rio de Janeiro Carnivál. Authentic Brazilian food, "caipirinhas," and samba lessons. Dinner 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Samba lessons 9:30 p.m. Live music 10 p.m. 2900 Missouri. Call 314-771-7457.
Zhivago's: Traditional Russian cuisine. Russian discothèque starts at 11 p.m. Reservations required. Doors at 8 p.m. 15480 Clayton Rd, Ballwin. Call 636-394-5758 for prices.
AMF Bowland Lanes: Bowling, DJ, karaoke, party favors, buffet, Champagne. 7 p.m.-1 a.m. 5050 Nameoki Rd, Granite City, Illinois. $50 for two people, or $125 for one lane. Call 618-931-0505.
AMF Dick Weber Lanes: 2 hours of bowling on one lane, large one-topping pizza, pitcher of soda and shoes, all for $40. Reservations recommended. 6 p.m.-2 a.m. 4574 Washington, Florissant. Call 314-838-4822.
AMF Strike N Spare Lanes: 2 hours of bowling on one lane, large one-topping pizza, pitcher of soda and shoes, all for $40. Reservations recommended. 6 p.m.-3 a.m. 1309 N. Lindbergh. Call 314-432-5757.
AMF Western Lanes New Year's Eve Dollar Bowl: $1 per game and $1 shoe rental. 6 p.m.-1 a.m. 4041 Bingham. Call 314-832-2442.
Celebrate 2004 Party in Forest Park: Spectacular celebration features the Giant Ferris Wheel, live entertainment, films, ice skating and a culinary trip around the world. Venues include the Zoo, Art Museum, Science Center, History Museum, Steinberg Rink and the World's Fair Pavilion. Festivities begin at 6 p.m. with the lighting of the Ferris Wheel. Many attractions are free. For complete details visit www.celebrate2004.org.
Concord Lanes New Year's Eve Party: Crazy bowl, cash bar, loud music, snacks, soda, Champagne at midnight, party favors. 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. 11801 Tesson Ferry Rd. $70 per lane, 4-6 people per lane (shoe rental not included). Reservations required. Call 314-843-9200.
First Night River Bend: Alcohol-free celebration of the arts featuring entertainment for children and adults. Finale procession and fireworks at midnight. 6 p.m.-midnight. Lewis & Clark Community College, 5800 Godfrey Rd, Godfrey, Illinois. $8-$10. Call 618-468-5000 or visit www.fnrblc.com.
The Heights New Year's Eve Party: Lunch and Champagne toast at noon for ages 25 and up. Prizes and surprises. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Richmond Heights Community Center, 8001 Dale. $15-$19. Pre-registration required by Dec. 24. Call 314-645-1476.
Lazer Tag!: New Year's Eve Bash at Lazer Core. Unlimited lazer tag, soda and pizza. Party hats, noisemakers and sparkling grape juice at midnight. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. 3032 Hwy K & N Plaza, O'Fallon. $50 per person. Reservations required. Call 636-379-3883.
Paper Slip Theatre: A hilarious ensemble cast entertains through audience-activated improvisation, featuring "Which Lewis and Which Clark," a game created just for this event. 6:30, 8:00, and 10:30 p.m. The Painted Giraffe, inside the Living World, St. Louis Zoo. Free. Part of Celebrate 2004 Party in Forest Park.
RailCruise America Enjoy exciting views of the St. Louis skyline on a four-hour rail cruise. Includes full bar, hors d'oeuvres, gourmet meal, live entertainment, souvenirs and Champagne. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Board at St. Louis Union Station. Prices start at $390. Call 314-231-9500.
West Port Plaza New Year's Celebration: Free carriage rides from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Spectacular fireworks display at 6 p.m. Enjoy dinner, drinks and dancing at one of many West Port establishments and stay the night at the Sheraton Westport. For more info visit www.westportstl.com.
Hotels & Casinos
Adam's Mark: Three packages to choose from with entertainment by the Smash Band, Ralph Butler Band or dinner at Faust's. Packages start at $103. Ask about room rates. For complete information call 314-241-7400.
Ameristar Casino: In addition to restaurants and gaming at the casino, enjoy free live performances this New Year's Eve. Bottleneck Blues Bar features Galaxy Trio 6-8 p.m. and Boogie Chyld 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m. At Streetscape see Charles Glenn 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Cabaret presents Arvell and Company 6-10 p.m. and Hudson and the HooDoo Cats 10 p.m.-3 a.m. Party favors for the first 10,000 guests. 1260 S. Main St, St. Charles. Call 1-800-325-7777.
Casino Queen: Steve Davis and the TCB Band provide your New Year's Eve Elvis Experience. Three shows at 8, 9:30 and 11 p.m. $10 per show. Hotel packages start at $162. 200 Front Street, East St. Louis. Call 1-800-777-0777 or visit www.casinoqueen.com.
Hyatt Regency: Celebrate the party of the year. Ballroom Celebration includes open bar, hors d'oeuvres buffet, live entertainment by Paint the Earth and Shrinking Violets. Times Square countdown on big screen TV, Champagne toast, balloon drop. $80 per person. Hotel packages available $225-$348. #1 St. Louis Union Station. Call 314-231-1234.
Millennium Hotel Party at the Top: Enjoy live music, a gourmet menu and Champagne toast at midnight while spinning 360 degrees above the city. $79.95. Hotel package includes dinner, room and breakfast in the Fourth Street Grill for $299. 200 S. 4th. For reservations call 314-241-3191.
Norma Jean's in the Daniele Hotel: New Year's 80/80 Event. Fabulous dinner for two for $80. Stay the night in one of the intimately unique rooms for $80. Dinner seating 4-6:30 p.m. and 9-10:30 p.m. 216 N. Meramec, Clayton. Call Amy at 314-721-0101, ext. 104.
President Casino: All you can eat prime rib & shrimp buffet, live entertainment, party favors, balloon drop, Champagne at midnight. $12.95. Advanced reservations required for dining. Make reservations at ticket counter on B Deck. President Casino on the Admiral, Laclede's Landing. Call 1-800-772-3647.
Radisson Hotel Clayton: Celebrate the new year with live music, open bar, party favors, Champagne at midnight and more. Three packages to choose from: drinks only, dinner and overnight stay. $35-$149. 7750 Carondelet, Clayton. Call 314-726-5400.
Ramada/Funnybone Fairview Heights: Cocktails, dinner for two, comedy by Buzz Sutherland and Greg Warren at the Funnybone, dancing, hotel accommodations and continental breakfast. $199 per couple. 6900 N. Illinois, Fairview Heights, Illinois. Call 618-628-4242.
Renaissance St. Louis -- Airport: New Year's packages include open bar, dinner, entertainment featuring the rock & roll oldies of Sh-Boom, party favors, Champagne toast at midnight and hotel accommodations. Packages start at $300. 9801 Natural Bridge. Call 314-429-1100.
Sheraton St. Louis Center: Choose from Jacques' Sports Bar package -- includes party at Jacques' and accommodations for two; or Forest Park package includes free transport to the Party in Forest Park and accommodations for two. Packages start at $129. 400 S. 14th Street. Call 314-231-5007 or visit www.sheraton.com/stlouis.
WS Hotel & Spa: New Year's Eve packages include accommodations, dinner for two, Champagne, party favors and breakfast for two. 400 Washington. Packages start at $289. Call 314-802-5551 or visit www.wshotels.com.