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Friday, December 31, 2010

New Year's Eve in Atlanta: Wine Dinners, HOT Parties, Chris Tucker, Free Parades, PEACH DROP & More!

Creative Loafing Atlanta to the rescue!

Events going on today include:

Black Hollywood New Year's Eve

Fri., Dec. 31

If anyone in Atlanta knows how to throw a party, it's a Gidewon brother. Promoter Alex Gidewon is Atlanta night-club royalty, and you can expect his Black Hollywood New Year's Eve at the Velvet Room to deliver some extravagance fit for a king. The black-tie affair, presented by Belvedere vodka and hosted by V-103's (WVEE-FM 103.3) Ryan Cameron, has a strict all-black dress code, so don't show up looking like a chump. For men, that means suits; ladies, cocktail dresses. $25-$50
Velvet Room (map)
3358 Chamblee Tucker Road
phone 404-874-4460

NYE in the ATL

Fri., Dec. 31, 6 p.m.
phone 888-236-2427

It's definitely not a New Year's celebration without Uncle Lou's buzzed remix to "Auld Lang Syne." Not up for Uncle Lou's drunk toast this year? Well, ring in the new year with a little bit of class with seven party rooms, a comedy show, top-shelf and martini bars, a performance by Gritz and Jelly Butter, and more. $75
Crown Plaza Ravinia (map)
4355 Ashford Dunwoody Road
phone 678-313-7807

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New Year's Eve Dinner

Fri., Dec. 31, 5:30 p.m.

A five-course menu with a regular and pescatarian menu for $100 per person ($50 additional with wine pairings). Woodfire also features a five-course vegetarian menu for $85 per person ($50 additional with wine pairings).
Woodfire Grill (map)
1782 Cheshire Bridge Road
phone 404-347-9055

New Year's Eve at Aqua blue

Fri., Dec. 31, 5:30 p.m.
phone 770-643-8886

Aqua blue is offering a special three-course menu for New Year's Eve with seating times available at 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. The celebration includes a DJ starting at 9 p.m., complimentary champagne toast at midnight and breakfast buffet at 12:30 a.m. The Roswell restaurant will also offer its regular menu. $49 per person or $69 with wine pairings
Aqua Blue Restaurant and Bar (map)
1564 Holcomb Bridge Road
phone 770-643-8886

Chris Tucker

Fri., Dec. 31, 7:30 p.m.

Before Chris Tucker was getting high in the 'hood as Smokey in Friday, or making gazillions of dollars playing Jackie Chan's comedic sidekick in the Rush Hour trilogy, he was a stand-up comic from Atlanta just trying to make it. Tucker returns to his roots to bring in the New Year at the Fox Theatre. C'mon man, it's Friday; you ain't got no job, and you ain't got shit to do. And you know this, man! $49-$79
Fox Theatre (map)
660 Peachtree St.
phone 404-881-2100

THE big events are the Chick-Fil-A Bowl (and the parade right before it, which is free, and which I think me and the Little Dragon and the Little Princess will go see!)

Chick-fil-A Bowl

Fri., Dec. 31, 7:30 p.m.
phone 404-586-8499

The Florida State Seminoles and South Carolina Gamecocks battle it out to see if the ACC or SEC will rule this year in the 2010 Chick-fil-A Bowl. Of course, it wouldn't be football without the pre-game happenings like the Bowl Parade and some good ol' tailgating as the college season winds down. $80-$100

and THE PEACH DROP 2011!  Sort of like the Times Square ball drop in New York, and with almost as many people downtown in Underground Atlanta for the event!  More info on the Peach Drop here and information on taking the train and other public transport to avoid the traffic and parking crush here.

Schedule of events, copied from the Peach Drop site:

Schedule of Events

This 16-hour event begins at 12 noon with various children's activities and entertainment. Festivities will continue well into the morning with a variety of live performances, followed by the decent of the 800 pound Peach and a spectacular firework display.

Peach Drop Main Stage

Live Entertainment, Fireworks, and the Peach Drop! 6:00 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.

Family Fun & Budding Peach Stage

Family-Friendly Activities & Entertainment! 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Family Fun with Peachtree Rides

Upper Alabama Street
12:00 pm - until
$3 per ride

Kenny’s Alley

Live Entertainment All Day & Night! 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 a.m.
Watch the Chick-fil-A Bowl and Peach Drop LIVE on the Kenny's Alley Big Screen. And don't miss the bands, DJ's, football & great clubs.

Seven great restaurants & bars are ready to ring in the new year with you!

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