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BIG BABY: WHERE TO BE IN BOSTON WHEN THE BALL DROPS

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Love it or hate it, there are certain truths to First Night, the city’s official New Year’s Eve celebration. There’ll be lines, it’ll be cold and it’ll cost a button to get in to any sanctioned event—of which there are multitudes to choose from this year. Here are some additional options available to Bostonians in a celebratory mood.

MUSIC

The Dwight and Nicole !Signs vinyl release shindig will sell out, so snag tickets ASAP if you’re hoping to get your rock and soul fix in a crowded basement bar with a hundred of your closest friends. [Dwight and Nicole at the Lizard Lounge. 1667 Mass. Ave., Cambridge. 617.547.0759. 8pm/21+/$40, $75 with dinner. lizardloungeclub.com]

The perks of dancing your face off into the early hours of 2011 are numerous. For one thing, the trademark chipper sounds of Love in Stockholm make it easy as hell for you to enjoy yourself. For another, the drinks are strong. Also, Precinct in Union Square is about as far from First Night craziness as you can get. [70 Union Sq., Somerville. 617.623.9211. 9pm/21+/$10. precinctbar.com]

Third time’s a charm. With a show in Worcester and another show at the Middle East Upstairs the day before, The Indobox have set themselves up for an epic year-end closer with an evening chock-full of their digital get-down sound. [472 Mass. Ave., Central Sq., Cambridge. 617.864.3278. 8pm/21+/$20. mideastclub.com]

CLUBS

According to the Revolution Rock Bar, “on New Year’s Eve there’s no such thing as over the top”—which, in their case, means burlesque, booze and a complete lack of inhibitions. [200 High St., Boston. 617.261.4200. 8pm/21+/$TBA. revolutionrockbar.com]

Though The Donkey Show‘s been shacking up at Club Oberon for quite some time, New Year’s Eve is an extra psychedelic affair as the club goes all out with a spread from Chez Henri and a champagne toast at midnight. Nothing says new beginnings like A Midsummer Night’s Dream-themed disco party, right? [2 Arrow St., Harvard Sq., Cambridge. 617.547.8300. 8pm/21+/$55-$85. cluboberon.com]

RESTAURANTS

Noir‘s speakeasy-themed bash is both a festive and low-key option for those who want to dress up all Prohibition-like. Added bonus: Make a reservation for a table for up to six and score a complimentary bottle of champagne. [Noir at the Charles Hotel, One Bennett St., Harvard Sq., Cambridge. 617.661.8010. 8pm/21+/cost varies. noir-bar.com]

Dinner, drinks and dancing are covered at Grafton Street, as they’re offering a prix-fixe menu followed by a DJ set and a champagne toast. One price scores you a three-course meal, access to the dancefloor and plenty of said bubbly. [1230 Mass. Ave., Harvard Sq., Cambridge. 617.497.0400. 8pm/19+/$48, $20 for after-dinner festivities. graftonstreetcambridge.com]

Definitely the spot for those who don’t feel like hoofing it in heels all over the city, as the appropriately named The Living Room is covered in comfy couches. You’ve got the option of downing a four-course prix-fixe dinner before the fireworks set off around midnight, or you can just buy the cheaper ticket for dancing and champagne. Either way, it’s one of the cheaper and chiller options in the city. [101 Atlantic Ave., Seaport, Boston. 617.723.5101. 9pm/21+/$50-$100. thelivingroomboston.com]

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One Response to BIG BABY: WHERE TO BE IN BOSTON WHEN THE BALL DROPS

  1. Luis Rosa says:

    New Years Eve at the Precinct bar

    HearNowLive’s “Rockin’ New Year’s Eve!” w/ Love in Stockholm
    ‎10$ at door ( 9 pm till 3 am) Free champagne toast at midnight & free hors d’oeuvres . This is going to be one incredible night of music and fun.
    http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=875595472#!/event.php?eid=119246808141775

    http://www.precinctbar.com
    PRECINCT is one of Boston’s hottest Bar-Restaurant-Nightclubs. Previously home to the Somerville Police, the unique basement-venue features an outdoor… beer garden/patio and live music
    70 Union Sq, Somerville, Ma