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Where To Ring In The New Year

Kansas City has no shortage of ways to celebrate the New Year.

Still haven’t decided where to ring in 2015? Check out our list of suggestions and get planning!

Parties

Want to dance the night away and set the tone for an exciting 2015? Head to one of these special events.

Kick off the New Year with a new party. Starlight Theatre is traveling back in time for 2015 with Prohibition, a 1920s style party. Tickets start at $80 and include premium alcohol, heavy hors d’oeuvres, live entertainment, casino games, photo booths, a fortune teller, balloon drop, confetti cannon and more. Plus for $20, you can ride the jitney from spots in Briarcliff Village, Lee’s Summit, Towner Center Plaza and Plaza and Downtown hotels.

Dance the night away at Union Station’s centennial New Year’s Eve Celebration. The Dave Stephens Band will be playing throughout the evening, which also features hot appetizers, party favors, a champagne toast and, if you purchase the Unlimited Swing ticket, unlimited drinks.

The American Jazz Museum’s annual party in the Blue Room is sure to jazz up your New Year. Featuring music by Charles Williams’ Motown Revue, tickets are $80 each or $150 per couple.

KC Live! never misses an opportunity to host a party, and NYE is no exception. This year, festivities include exclusive access to more than 10 bars, all-inclusive food and drink packages and a Times Square style ball drop and fireworks. See ticket options online here.

One ticket to Countdown at the Corner gets you unlimited drinks at five Martini Corner bars: Sol Cantina, The Drop, Barrel 31, Haus and Empire Room. With live DJs at each bar, it doesn’t matter where you ring in the New Year.

Dinners

If staying up and out on the town until midnight isn’t quite your ideal evening, enjoy a decadent and delicious New Year’s Eve dinner instead. While loads of restaurants are offering special menus in honor of 2015, we’ve narrowed the list down to eight of your best bets.

The Jacobson is serving up four courses for $55. Dish options include goat cheese stuffed meatballs, lucky New Year soup, bourbon glazed salmon, braised lamb shank and salted butterscotch pudding, just to name a few.

Over in Prairie Village, enjoy a delicious prix fixe meal at Story, which will also be serving its regular dinner menu. But why go for something you can have any day when you could be enjoying lobster ravioli with brown beech mushrooms and black truffle or flounder in brown butter?

The American is toasting to the New Year with not one but two tasting menus with champagne pairings as well as music by The Shay Estes Quintet. Take a look at the menu online here, then book your table.

Spice up your New Year’s Eve with a visit to Port Fonda. You can get a taste of the new food menu and a complimentary champagne and mescal toast at midnight. Already have plans for the night? Stop by for lunch and take advantage of the $9 champagne margarita special.

Just down the road at The Local Pig Westport, seats are still available for a four-course dinner menu ($40) with your choice of wine or beer pairings. Stick around to ring in the 2015 with a midnight champagne toast and whole-hog roast.

Six courses of heaven await you at Voltaire, which is offering a tasting menu for $65 with wine pairings for $35. Nothing sets the tone for a good year like hamachi sashimi, duck confit and chicken liver mousse.

David Basse Trio is providing the entertainment at Tannin Wine Bar, which will be serving its seasonal menu as well as a special tasting menu you won’t want to miss. After all, it features lobster risotto, Bordeaux braised Kobe short ribs and housemade graham crackers s’mores with Bailey’s chocolate mousse.

Taking the prize for most courses served on New Years is Bluestem, with an astounding seven dishes, ranging from citrus cured fluke to 45-day dry aged striploin. The restaurant is also featuring $10 glasses of Nicolas Fleuillate Champagne and splits of Ruffino Prosseco for $15, plus a warm chocolate cobbler for two for $9.

Café Trio has a host of seatings and packages throughout the evening on December 31. Whether you want an early 4-course dinner or to ring in the New Year with bottomless champagne and live entertainment, you’ll enjoy the restaurant’s exception service and delicious dishes, including smoked mussels, celery and pear soup, olive oil poached grouper and chocolate fudge cake with peanut butter semifreddo.