New Year's Eve, the Land of Opportunity for Make-Outs.
For the classic make-out with someone tasting of Jaeger and Buttery Nipple
Fire & Ice Ball For the indecisive crowd, Tiki Bob's Cantina and Have a Nice Day Café are bringing in the New Year with a tag-team party, where $20 admits you into both clubs for all-night partying and a toast at midnight. Those arriving early get a free catered dinner, 6-9 p.m. $20 includes admission to both clubs. 644-9091.
Hip-Hop New Year's Eve Pearl Lounge and Martini Bar brings in the New Year with hip-hop and dangerously gyrating hips, starting at 9 p.m. Call 225-8199 for reservations.
Richbrau's New Year's Eve Bash It works on so many levels: the bar level, the club level, the dining room level and finally, after that last drink, the "I don't think this floor is level" level. It starts with dinner at 6 p.m. The club opens at 8 p.m. Admission after 7 p.m. is $20. 644-3018.
Tobacco Company Club New Year's Eve Upstairs, the Jimmy O Band goes to town. Down there in that underground lair, the basement club level, all those mirrors and gambling tables and low ceilings have an effect on a person. A sexy effect? Reservations are $20-$95, depending on which you chose. 782-9555.
Twice-Toasted New Year's Eve Sin é is certainly partial to Ireland, and, as such, they recognize the homeland's New Year's at 7 p.m. Then the band US starts playing at 9 p.m., and we wait for the New Year to wash across the Atlantic and over us with a wave of good cheer and pointy hats. Free. 649-7767.
It's never too early to teach kids about safe make-outs
New Year's Eve Bash The Children's Museum of Richmond has an all-day event lined up for parents and kids with its annual bash, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. The Ululating Mummies provide eclectic music and colorful costumes for the kids. Those who feel inspired to make their own music can design homemade noisemakers in the Art Studio. Admission is $6-$7. Call 474-2667 or visit www.c-mor.org.
"But wait! We've made out and I haven't even seen your face!"
New Year's Eve Masked Bash If disguising your face is on your to-do list for New Year's, celebrate at Art6. Sculpture where ceramic masks are on display for the evening, as well as world music from Rattlemouth, starting at 9 p.m. Tickets are $20. 343-1406.
New Year's Eve Masquerade Ball A sensualist's delight in the large harem of the Greater Richmond Convention Center, look for the (optional) costumes, (mandatory) masks and (dopamine-stimulating) chocolates and martinis, 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Tickets are $125. Call 497-4693 or visit www.richmondgala.com.
"If I can't make out with the band, you'll do."
Carbon Leaf Ageless young men, singing their songs of Celtic love with those electrical-type guitars, 8:30 p.m. with opener Rainmarket at Canal Club. $20-$25. 643-2582.
Cheenon It's at Poe's Pub and it's rock, and if you're a regular, you're already there, reading this. Show starts at 9 p.m. $10. 648-2120.
Crucial New Year's Eve Bash Ultra Dolphins, Pink Razors, Brainworms and Mouthbreather bring in the New Year, punk-rock-style at 8 p.m. at Hyperlink Café. With the lineup of bands playing and the energy from their typical crowd, you may completely forget what year it is by the time this show is over. Tickets are $6. 254-1942.
DJ Williams Projekt Café Diem believes the New Year should be celebrated with a mixture of rock and jazz, a mixture of pizza and champagne, and crab dip, always crab dip, starting at 9 p.m. Tickets are $50. 353-2500.
Doc Branch & The Keynotes Jazz enthusiasts shall enjoy an evening of horn blowing and wine drinking at Emilio's. Drink champagne straight from the bell of a trombone, which is far, far better than the spit valve, starting at 9 p.m. $5. 359-1224.
King Solomon's Marbles The Birkenstock crowd can sing along to Grateful Dead covers from King Solomon's Marbles at Cary St Café at 10 p.m. A champagne toast at midnight and party favors (no, not that kind) are included with admission. Tickets are $15. 353-7445.
Loose Gravel Loose Gravel is set to rock you into the New Year, or at least back to the '60s at McGoo's Pub at 9 p.m., with covers ranging from The Beatles to The Flamin' Groovies. Tickets are $25 per person/$45 per couple. Admission also includes light hors d'oeuvres, a champagne toast, party favors and breakfast. 276-5577.
Quatro na Bossa Bossa nova and Caribbean cuisine at Grafiti Grille, 8 p.m.-midnight. 288-0633.
For making out somewhere between the cheese course and the butler's murder
"Fashion To Die For!" Solve a murder, celebrate New Year's and enjoy a four course meal at Mystery Dinner Playhouse at 7:30 p.m. Sherlock Holmes never had it so good. Tickets are $55. Call 649-2583 or visit www.mysterydinner.com.
"Make out? With me? You are funny."
ComedySportz New Year's Extravaganza! For party hoppers who haven't decided where their final destination will be, the improv artisans at ComedySportz work around your schedule. The first show begins at 7:30 p.m., and includes a milk and Twinkie toast. If you want to laugh into 2007, come to the 10 p.m. show and enjoy a champagne toast at midnight, with sparkling cider for the underage crowd. Tickets are $16 for 7:30 p.m. and $22 for 10 p.m.
New Year's Eve with John Bizarre A comedic fixture of the late-show circuit, Bizarre plays a doubleheader at The Funny Bone, with an early dinner show at 7:30 p.m. ($25-$50) and a champagne-and-cheese show starting at 10 p.m. ($50). 521-8900.
The Make-Out as incredible spectacle
New Year's Eve Gay LaLa If the traditional fa la la doesn't quite suit your bill, Babes of Carytown's Gay LaLa might be your answer, starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25. 355-9330.
Red Light Burlesque New Year's Eve The Nouvelle Burlesque troupe spins and swings to the music of Samson Trinh and the Upper East Side Big Band at Sycamore Rouge in Petersburg, starting at 8 p.m. Tickets also include champagne, hors d'oeuvres and a late-night dessert buffet. Tickets are $75. Call 957-5707 or visit www.sycamorerouge.org.
For making out just as soon as you catch your breath
Second Annual Quest for Father Time Ravenchase Adventures sends you spinning through downtown Richmond in a race to crack codes, find hidden clues and move time forward, starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $50. Call 218-0551 or visit www.ravenchase.com.
Lewis Ginter Recreational Center The Traditional American Dance and Music Society hosts a dance and party, 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Admission is $10-$13. 262-9887.
And, of course, the ever-popular make-out in ugly shoes
AMF Bowling AMF Hanover and Shrader Lanes bring in Radio Disney for kid-based fun, 6-8 p.m. (559-2600 or 747-9620) and a more formal, champagne-and-12-pound-ball event at AMF Sunset, starting at 6 p.m. Admission starts at $30. 282-0537. S