By Michael Hamad
10:50 AM EST, December 28, 2011
There are no big balls dropping around here. Ryan Seacrest (or even Brian Dunkleman — remember that guy?) won't be showing up. Will.I.Am's going to be somewhere else. But none of that means there aren't going to be plenty of opportunities to quaff bubbly (responsibly), get silly with your friends and kiss your darling at midnight on NYE. Here's a sampling of some local events:
Angelico's Lake House, 81 N. Main St., East Hampton, (860) 267-1276, angelicoslakehouse.com., 5-7 p.m., 8-9:30 p.m. New Year's Gala features special menus, champagne toasts, party favors, costume contests and prizes.
Billy Tees, 150 Sebethe Drive, Cromwell, (860) 632-1333, billyteescromwell.com, 6 p.m.-12:30 a.m., $35. Music by the Stone Crow Band, buffet menus and champagne toasts.
Black-Eyed Sally's, 350 Asylum St., Hartford, (860) 278-7427, blackeyedsallys.com, 8 p.m., $10-$49. Music by Avenue Groove, a three-course menu and a la carte dining, hats and noisemakers.
Bridge Street Live, 41 Bridge St., Collinsville, (860) 693-9762, 41bridgestreet.com, 9 p.m., $41. Get entertained by Frank Vignola and Jeff Pitchell and Texas Flood.
Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, Mortensen Hall, 166 Capitol Ave., (860) 987-5900, bushnell.org 8 p.m., $20-$35. First Night of Funny features four professional comedians from Comedy Central, Last Comic Standing and The Tonight Show.
City Steam Brewery Cafe, 942 Main St., Hartford, (860) 525-1600, citysteambrewerycafe.com, 7:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m, call for ticket price. Comedians Lenny Marcus and Dan Crohn.
Crush Lounge, 200 Columbus Blvd., Hartford, (860) 760-2340, waterfordgrouprestaurants.com/crush, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., $20. DJ JR, New Year’s Eve concoctions, champagne toasts, party favors and dancing.
Downtown Middletown, 3 p.m.-12 a.m., Free. Midnight on Main, with over 100 events including fireworks, music, dances, games, art, film and entertainment.
Firebox Restaurant, 539 Broad St., Hartford, (860) 246-1222, fireboxrestaurant.com.
Extended dinner hours until 11 p.m.
Hartford Funny Bone Comedy Club, 194 Buckland Hills Drive, Manchester, (860) 432-8600,
hartfordfunnybone.com, 7:30 p.m., 10 p.m., $50. Comedians Dan Davidson, D. Cameron and Ben Roy.
Hungry Tiger, 120 Charter Oak St., Manchester, (860) 649-1195, thehungrytiger.com, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., 8 p.m. A breakfast buffet and performances by Geoff Willard and Supergreen.
Infinity Music Hall & Bistro, 20 Greenwoods Road, Norfolk, (860) 542-5531,infinityhall.com, 9 p.m., $95-$195. The Marshall Tucker Band and Jeff Pevar, with dinner.
Javapalooza, 330 Main St., Middletown, (860) 346-5282, 9:30 p.m., Free. Music by High Tides.
The Main Pub, 306 Main St., Manchester, (860) 647-1551, mainpub.com, 9 p.m.-12 a.m., $10. Music by the Michael Cleary Band, buffets, champagne toasts, party favors, coffee and desserts served after midnight.
South Congregational Church, 242 Salmon Brook St., Granby, (860) 653-7289, southchurchgranby.org, 7 p.m.-12 a.m., $10-$15. An alcohol-free Ceilidh, a Scottish New Year's Eve Celebration, with Callanish Scottish Dancers, an open mic, raffle prizes and food.
Trinity-on-Main, 69 Main St., New Britain, (860) 229-2072, trinityonmain.org, 6 p.m., $5-$35.
Music by Brooke Larimer and Christopher Lucier.
West Hartford Town Hall, 50 S. Main St., West Hartford, hcdance.org, (860) 561-7500, 6:45 p.m.-12:30 a.m., $15-$20. Special New Year's Eve Contra Dance and potluck supper.
The Yarde House Tavern, 1658 King St., Enfield, (860) 254-5778, yardetavern.com, 9 p.m.-12 a.m. Music by Drivetime.
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