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Monday, December 12, 2016

New Year's Eve 2016

2016 was an exciting year in Bloomington and we need to send it off right. We've gathered all the happenings around town to help you plan your big night out. Cheers!

New Year's Eve Events


New Year's Eve Cocktail Party at Cardinal Spirits | 9 pm | $20 in adv. $25 at the Door

Ring in the New Year with Cardinal Spirits at a NYE Cocktail party.Tickets include hors-d'oeuvres, one drink ticket, party favors and a complimentary midnight toast!

NYE at The Players Pub | 7 pm

800 lb Gorilla brings the funk, then the Vallures ring in 2017 with that sweet soul music. Come give some love to Players Pub and ring in the new year right!

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New Year's Eve with Mat Alano-Martin | The Comedy Attic | 8 pm & 10:30 pm | $20-$25

Spend the biggest night in comedy with one of the best comics in the Midwest and one of the most successful comedians in Bloomington Comedy History, Mat Alano-Martin! The 10:30 show will feature a free champagne toast as we countdown to 2017!

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Reverend Payton's Big Damn Band | The Bluebird | 7 pm 

Roaring out of the southern Indiana foothills comes Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band playing a brand of Americana and Blues that stands alone – Delta blues and hillbilly fervor combine with musical acuity sharp as razor wire – best know, this trio is a force to be reckoned with. The growl of a good truck engine, the fiercest passion for his country home and family and an uncanny ability to breathe new life into old forms of music give them a pedigree many Americana acts would kill for and an ironclad work ethic keeps them on the road 250 dates a year.

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IU Women's Basketball vs Ohio State

Come cheer on your IU Women's Basketball team as they take on Ohio State with the whole family!

NYE at the Fourwinds | Dinner: 6-10pm | NYE Party: 8-10pm

Toast the new year on Monroe Lake at the Fourwinds Lakeside Inn! Complimentary hor d' oeuvres, special New Year's Eve buffet, Champagne toast, DJ Dan, and more.

New Year's Eve Party at The Back Door | 8pm-3am | $5 / Coat Check $1 / 21+

Dance the night away with tunes from DJ Pixie and enjoy the complimentary photo booth and Champagne toast at midnight.

NYE at The Bishop | 11 pm | 21+ | Free

DJ Eade will be spinning tunes all night long.


New Year's Day Events

Farm Bloomington | Hangover Brunch & Good Luck Dinner

Hangover Brunch: 10am-3pm Master bartender, Doug Spradley, has created some hair of the dog cocktails that will bring back the joy of seeing the ball drop. Chef Bob Adkins and his crew are cooking up a storm with a menu of worldwide recipes that will cure what ails you. Chef D and Tiffany from the bar are bringing back “The Mary Fairy,” a Bloody Mary Cart that we will be making Tableside Cocktails.

Good Luck Dinner: 6-10pm Serving foods guaranteed to bring you luck! From Chinese Long Noodles to Hoppin’ John, our Good Luck Supper is a diverse menu full of what we all need for a great 2017.

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Emily Hines

Emily Hines

Emily Hines is a Bloomington transplant by way of St. Simons Island, Georgia and was previously the digital content Coordinator for Visit Bloomington. When she's not blogging or grammin' you can find her hiking in the Hoosier National Forest with her husband and two black labs or enjoying a craft beer and slice of pizza in town.