2003 New Year's Eve Guide

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 protected].

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). 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 [email protected].

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 protected].

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.

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.

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.

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