If you’re planning on leaving the house for New Year’s Eve — but not leaving the neighborhood — as you’d surely assume, you have plenty of options, from special menus to parties to shows.
First things first, though: If you’re heading out without a return-trip plan (and with the intent to cocktail), remember that the Sheriff’s Department’s Sober Ride program is always a great option — and 5 Points is one of the pick-up points.
That out of the way, here’s a quick roundup of East Nashville New Year’s Eve celebration options that we stumbled on. Making reservations or calling ahead to see if there’ll be space: definitely a good idea.
NEW YEAR’S EVE IN EAST NASHVILLE
New Year Dance Party at The 5 Spot
Presented by minted party-throwing experts Electric Western, this year’s New Year’s Eve Dance Party features live music from Chubby and the Dots, spun music from DJ Reno Bo, a free photo booth that may help you stray from over-selfieing and champagne for toasting. The ’60s theme means you’ll hear soul, rock, doo wop and more, and that you might wanna dress accordingly.
When: 8 p.m.
Where: The 5 Spot 1006 Forrest Ave.
Admission: $22 in advance, $25 day of; online ticket sales cut off at 3 p.m. day of
More info: Facebook event page
A Very Jerry New Year's Eve at The Family Wash
Some exceptionally talented East Side musicians — bassist (and regular East Nashvillian contributor) James "Hags" Haggerty, recent music issue featuree Jack Silverman, Ornaments keys wiz Jen Gunderman, drummer Adam Abrashoff and guitarist Braden Land — will share a night of Grateful Dead songs to celebrate the death of 2014. (Which, to a lot of us, earns a hearty, “Bye Felicia!”)
Where: The Family Wash, 2038 Greewood Ave.
New Year’s Eve at The Crying Wolf
Short on scratch for a cover? The Crying Wolf’s New Year’s Eve party a) is free, b) includes live music from The Twiggs, Diamond Carter and The Future c) also includes DJ sets and d) also includes some drink specials.
When: live music starts at 10 p.m.
Where: The Crying Wolf, 823 Woodland
NYE 2015 at 308
Say you’re feeling like celebrating the ’60s at The 5 Spot is a little too modern for your taste. Dial back a decade by hitting No. 308’s party, focused on the ’50s, which live music, DJ sets, a champagne toast and, if you’re in the spirit, fitting attire.
When: Start time not listed, but 308 opens at 5
Where: No. 308, 407 Gallatin
Special New Year’s Eve menus
Roaring ’20s at The Vine
Newish restaurant and wine bar The Vine dials back the time machine a little bit further, even, with a Great Gatsby/1920’s-themed New Year’s Eve celebration with live music, drink specials and a special menu (plus a solid location for fireworks viewing). Selections for the four-course wine dinner include choices for each course (a kale, wedge or tomato mozzarella salad; pork chop, fresh catch or prime rib), all with pairings. Check out the full menu on Facebook. There are three seating times: first dinner seating at 5 to 6:30 p.m.; second dinner seating 7 to 8:30 p.m.; and Party New Year seating 8:45 to 10 p.m.
When: live music 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., dinner seatings vary
Where: The Vine, 501 Main
Prices: first dinner seating $50/person and $90/couple; second stating $60/person, $110 couple; Party seating $70/person, $130 couple.
Reservations: call 615-730-5355
New Year’s Eve menu at Lockeland Table
The year-closing special menu at LT is fittingly fancy, with options that span from wood-roasted diver scallops to bourbon maple miso glazed fish and an Olive and Sinclair brownie with chocolate passion fruit ganache. Check out the whole menu at the Lockeland Table website. Last word we heard was that there were still a few spots remaining.
Where: Lockeland Table, 1520 Woodland
New Year’s Eve dinner at Pomodoro East
A four-course run of Italian choices at well-appointed but non-stuffy Porter Rd. stop Pomodoro East on New Year’s Eve: Starter options include wild mushroom and truffle risotto and duck confit salad; entrees include braised short rib, pan-roasted duck breast and toasted hazelnut pappardelle. Give the whole menu a look at the Pomodoro East website.
Where: Pomodoro East, 701 Porter Rd.
Price: $65 per guest with $30 optional wine pairing
New Year’s Eve at Treehouse
Treehouse is offering a special prix fixe New Year’s Eve menu and a la carte choices with dishes ranging from kale and spelt salad to ceviche, beet turnover with wild mushroom and walnut soup and dry-aged strip loin. (Treehouse offered a look at the menu via Instagram.)
When: seatings at 7 and 10 p.m.
Where: Treehouse, 1011 Clearview Ave.
Price: 7 p.m. seating $45/person, 10 p.m. seating $55/person, plus a la carte menu
New Year’s Eve at The Silly Goose
The special New Year’s Eve meal at The Silly Goose is a five-courser that flows from a seared scallop and pork belly dish through to cast-iron quail and a quince crumble. Take a look at the whole thing on Facebook. (Their regular dinner menu offerings are also available.)
Where: The Silly Goose, 1888 Eastland
Price: $65/person for special prix-fixe menu, regular menu items available too
New Year’s Eve at Eastland Cafe
You have four courses and lots of choices at Eastland Cafe on New Year’s Eve: an upscale “bacon and eggs,” octopus, sunchoke soup or seafood risotto to start; hereford beef, chicken roulade, fish or pasta for your entree; lots in between. Check out the full menu on Facebook.
Where: Eastland Cafe, 97 Chapel Ave.
Price: $65/person with $35 optional wine pairing
New Year’s Eve Chef’s Tasting Menu at Holland House
Holland House chef Hrant Arakelian has a serious New Year’s Eve menu planned, with five courses and lots of options. You could, say, go from a seared sea scallop starter to foie gras, then to a sweet potato and ginger bisque, a 22-ounce bone-in ribeye and warm chocolate cake with prickly pear ice cream to close. Not bad. Give the whole menu a look on Facebook.
Where: Holland House, 935 West Eastland
Hope this helps snag a few of you some plans you’re stoked on. Happy eating/celebrating, and a happy early New Year from The East Nashvillian.