Regardless whether 2012 treated you well or put you through the wringer, it is coming to an end. Maybe your year was such that you’re sad to see it go, or perhaps you’ll be planting your figurative foot on its proverbial hind parts in an effort to usher it into history, but it’s likely come Dec. 31, you’ll do something to celebrate its demise. As always, I’m only to happen to point you toward some options for ringing it all in.
Boundary Bay Brewery: A longtime bastion for all things celebratory and holiday in nature, this Bellingham institution is an excellent place to make merry on just about any occasion, New Year’s Eve included. No word on whether the lighted keg will be dropped at midnight this year (I’m going to go out on a limb and guess it will), but Jasmine Greene and Luke Warm and the Moderates will most definitely be on hand to entertain the assembled masses. Where: 1107 Railroad Ave. Info: http://www.bbaybrewery.com
Conway Muse: I can think of far worse places to celebrate the close of 2012 than at the warm and inviting Conway Muse. Go for dinner and stay to do a little dancing to music by the Mark DuFresne Band, Matney Cook and the Mudflat Walkers, and Sky Colony. Dinner seating is limited, so reserve now. Where: 18444 Spruce St., Conway Info: http://www.conwaymuse.com
Edison Inn: Even Edison knows how to get a little New Year’s Eve action, and the ever-hospitable Edison Inn is only too happy to oblige. Along with shuffleboard and oyster shooters (which have drawn me to the tiny town time and again), they’ve tapped the Clouds to provide the soundtrack to their soiree, which should keep the room rockin’ well past midnight. Where: 5829 Cains Court, Bow Info: http://www.theedisoninn.com
The Green Frog: If you happen to be someplace with a stage in Bellingham and beyone, and the High, Wide and Handsome Band is playing on it, odds are, it’s a holiday. This time, the seldom-seen but always-welcome band will make the Green Frog their holiday headquarters, and will be only to happy to help you start 2013 just right. Where: 1015 N. State St. Info: http://www.acoustictavern.com
The Redlight: I am no doubt going to wander all over town come New Year’s Eve, in an effort to make all of Bellingham’s business my business, but I will no doubt end up at the Redlight for it’s New Year’s Eve Party/One-Year Anniversary show long before the stroke of midnight. Why? Because a trio of bands—the elusive and much-sought-after (at least by me) Ship to Ship, Falling Up Stairs and Squints Palledorous have been tapped to help us kiss 2012 goodbye in proper musical fashion, and I, for one, do not want to miss it. Where: 1017 N. State St. Info: http://www.redlightbellingham.com
The Shakedown: Probably, if you could ring in the New Year with anyone, it would be David Bowie, right? I mean, why not? Well, Bowie is undoubtedly doing something weird to usher in 2013, but not as weird as playing a show at the Shakedown. However, Scary Monster and the Super Creeps will do their level best to channel Ziggy and his much-ballyhooed stardust, and you may just find yourself dancing your way from one year into the next. Where: 1212 N. State St. Info: http://www.shakedownbellingham.com
Wild Buffalo: It indeed may be possible to celebrate this particular holiday without Acorn Project, but the band’s string of New Year’s Eve shows suggest that’s a possibility we won’t have to face anytime soon. As established party-starters around these parts, it’s safe to say they will not let New Year’s go unrung. And if you’d like to join them, buying a ticket before you show up at the door is strongly advised. 208 W. Holly St. Info: http://www.wildbuffalo.net
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