Traditionally New Year's Eve means a celebration with family and friends. Here's the lowdown about your favorite spots around town. Our advice is to call right away for reservations.
930 Blues Café, 930 N. Congress, 601-948-3344
For $25 each or $35 per couple, join Rick Lawson & Band to celebrate. The price includes hor d'oeurves, a party pack and Champagne at midnight.
AJ's Seafood Grille, 900 County Line Road, 601-956-2588
Dining along with live entertainment from The Crossroads, 8 p.m. until midnight. There's a complimentary Champagne toast to ring in the New Year.
Ameristar Casino, Vicksburg, 800-700-7770
Local music favorites Meet the Press ring in the New Year at The Bottleneck Blues Bar. Downstairs in The Cabaret Lounge it's BB Secrist and the Rockin' 88s. You can dance in 2006 at either venue. It's all free.
Bon Ami, 1220 E. Northside Dr., 601-982-0405
It's BYOB at Bon Ami's two seatings, 6 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. The price for the six-course meal is $85 each.
Bravo! Italian Restaurant & Bar, Highland Village, 601-982-8111
The six-course prix fixe menu—$65 per person for the 6 p.m. seating, $85 for 9:30 p.m.—can be accompanied by a select, separately priced five-wine flight. With the late seating, you also get party favors and Champagne at midnight.
Copeland's, 6390 Ridgewood Road, 601-899-0100
At $49.99 for two, you get dinner, live jazz and free Champagne at midnight.
Del Sol, 4659 McWillie Dr., 601-982-4956
Seatings are from 7:30-8 p.m. for the six-course dinner, $65 each, with a cash bar or an optional $20 wine flight.
DeLuca's, 6792 Siwell Road, Byram, 601-376-0777, 601-376-4677
For $89.95, you get dinner for two and the party at the Backyard Sports Bar with Dreamer, from 9 p.m. until. Party favors and Champagne appear at midnight. The party by itself is $20 per couple.
Eldorado Steakhouse, 653 Eldorado Road, Jackson, 601-936-9413
Their special NYE menu is from 5-10:30 p.m. If this is your first time at the spot that bills itself as "The Gold Standard in Steaks," call for directions.
Elixir Restaurant & Bar, 4800 I-55 N, 601-981-7896
Elixir has two seatings, $55 each at 6 p.m. and $65 at 9 p.m., with complimentary Spanish sparkling wine at the late seating. There's also a $20 paired wine menu to compliment the five-course meal.
Headliners, 6107 Ridgewood Road, 601-957-6110
Splendid Chaos plays their New Year's Eve Party; there's an appetizer buffet until 10 p.m., a Champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight—all for $25 at the door.
The Hilton, 1001 E. County Line Road, 601-957-2800
Huntington's is sold out, but there's still fun to be had at the Hilton's other venues. Or for $199, you and your significant other can spend the night at the hotel, dine at Wellington's for dinner and breakfast, and make your way to all the entertainment venues.
The Hunt Club at the Jacksonian Inn, 1525 Ellis Ave. at I-55 S, 601-944-1150
For their New Year's Eve Celebration and music, call for complete information.
Isle of Capri Casino, Vicksburg, 800-843-4753
Join Ronnie Wolf and the Wolf pack for their New Year's Eve Party from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m. It's free with a cash bar.
Left Field Sports Grill, 1198 Lakeland Dr., 601-982-9775
Come out for an intimate, romantic evening with acoustic music, a steak dinner with all the trimmings, and a bottle of Champagne. It's $75 per couple.
Mardi Gras, 824 S. State St., 601-351-3000, 601-982-4850
In the Jazz Bar from 7 p.m.-1 a.m., it's King Edward & Nolan Struck Band, for $15 each. In the Nightclub from 9 p.m.-2 a.m., it's Earth Angels, $25 per person or $40 per couple. The French Quarter Party Package, $75 per person, includes dinner, entrance to both music venues, with Champagne and party favors at midnight.
Olga's, 1679 Old Fannin Road, Flowood, 601-992-1092
The first seating is between 5-8 p.m. for the four-course meal and live piano. Starting at 9 p.m., there's a second seating that also includes "Name That Tune" trivia fun, party favors, prizes and surprises. All for $45 per person, either seating.
Parker House Restaurant, 104 S. E. Madison Dr., Ridgeland, 601-856-0043
Early seating at $65 per person is between 4:30-8:30 p.m. Late seating, 9-10 p.m., is $75 per person. You'll get a five-course meal plus party favors and Champagne, late seating.
Rossini Cucina Italiana, 1060 E. County Line Road, 601-899-9111
They've got four to seven specials planned in addition to their full regular menu from 5-10 p.m.
Schimmel's, 2615 North State St., 601-981-7077
Their New Year's Eve Jam features Pat Brown and Patrice Moncell along with Mr. Jimmy King and the Houserockers. $10 cover begins at 9:30 p.m. Complimentary Champagne. Schimmel's regular menu will be served along with their NYE Food and Wine Pairing Menu.
Scrooge's, 5829 Ridgewood Road, 601-206-1211
Celebrate on New York time at 11 p.m. There's also a free shuttle provided within a 10-mile radius of the restaurant. Call for reservation for this unique service.
Shucker's, 110 Conestoga Road, 601-853-0105
Join the Big Daddy Band from 8 p.m. until 1 a.m. Your $15 cover gets you the entertainment plus party favors and Champagne at midnight.
Stone Pony, 1537 W. Peace St., Canton, 601-859-9999
Karaoke starts between 8-9 p.m. The buffet begins at midnight.
Trio's, 6954 Old Canton Road, 601-956-5040
Three seatings of their NYE menu are at 5:30, 7, and 8:30 p.m. There'll be Champagne at midnight. Call for prices.
Walker's Drive-In, 3016 N. State St., 601-982-2633
For $70 per person, you'll get a four-course meal at any of three seatings—6, 7:15 and 9 p.m.
From C. A. Webb: You are invited to bring in the New Year with a positive vibe and mellow groove at Potions Bar and Grill in Jackson at 5020 N. State St. This will take place Saturday, December 31, 2005 beginning at 8 p.m. For the low admission cost of $15 you can enjoy live entertainment from local performers, spoken word and good company and conversation.
There will be FREE party favors, FREE champagne, and FREE food including
Potions famous hot wings.
YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS IT.
For more information, contact Stacey of Potions at 601.454.3058.
- Lynette Hanson