At face value December 31 is a day like any other day. Nothing changes at Midnight except for the calendar year, but sentiment and tradition say otherwise. New Year's Eve, the official name of otherwise average December 31, demands recognition, review, revelry and resolutions, and really, that's asking a lot without getting something in return.
Gut Check celebrates great food and drink everyday, and New Year's Eve is no exception. We know where we'll be when the clock strikes 12:00 a.m., but if you're less sure, here's a list of fifteen St. Louis restaurants offering special New Year's Eve dinners, cocktails, entertainment and more.
Aya Sofia (6671 Chippewa Street; 314-645-9919): Three-course dinner served from 5 p.m. to midnight, belly dancers and cocktails continue through 1:30 a.m. Call 314-645-9919 for reservations. 5 p.m.-1:30 a.m. $49.99 per person.
Blueberry Hill (6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-727-4444): Schaffrin & Loud Mouth Soup perform, open bar (craft & rail), party favors and Champagne toast. 9 p.m. $35.
Copia Urban Winery (1122 Washington Avenue; 314-241-9463): Appetizer buffet specially prepared by Chef David Rook, party favors, midnight Champagne toast, live music by DJ Nune. Limited table and lounge area available with bottle service reservation. $45.
Guido's Pizzeria & Tapas (5046 Shaw Avenue; 314-771-4900): Special menu available on New Year's Eve, also open on New Year's Day. Mon., Dec. 31; Tue., Jan. 1. No cover.
Harvest (1059 South Big Bend Boulevard, Richmond Heights; 314-645-3522): Kick off your new year with a four-course, pre-fixe dinner. 5 p.m. $65 per person.
Kirkwood Station Brewing Company (105 East Jefferson, Kirkwood; 314-966-2739): Music & Munchies Magic! Deluxe munchies buffet from 8 p.m. to midnight, bottomless handcrafted draft brews and rail drinks from 9 to close, Champagne and noisemakers at midnight. All this plus live music by Jake's Leg. 8 p.m.-1 a.m.. $50-$60.