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Where to Eat, Where to Drink, and What’s Happening for New Year’s Eve 2015 and New Year’s Day 2016

Whether you are looking to grab a bite to eat, have a craft brew, or dance the night away, New Year’s Eve falls on a Thursday for 2015, ringing into 2016, so Lexington’s Sunday liquor laws will not come into play for this year’s bar and restaurant celebrations. A sampling of Thursday, New Year’s Eve (2015)  and Friday, New Year’s Day (2016) festivities follows.

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New Year’s Eve 2015 Dining in Lexington (ringing in 2016)

What restaurants are open on New Year’s Eve 2015? Special menus? Prix fixe? Parties and Celebrations? Live music? There’s something for everyone.

Azur Restaurant AZUR Restaurant & Patio will offer three seatings on New Year’s Eve (its annual birthday celebration). Menu items include pork belly hot wings, lobster crepes, oysters and more.  Call for reservations.

Blue Heron on Jefferson will have a 4-course set menu including complimentary sparkling wine, filet, black-seared cod, and pan-roasted duck breast. Dinner times begin at 5 pm, 7 pm, and 9 pm. Patrons arriving at 9 pm are invited to stay until midnight.

Brasabana will have special sitdowns at 5 pm, 7 pm, and 9:30 pm with live music by Ranado y Santiago starting at 9:30 pm. If you come in for the 9:30 pm dinner, you’re invited to stay until midnight for a special toast.

Coba Cocina will celebrate New Year’s Eve with a Cuban bites buffet, a signature cocktail, and a champagne toast at midnight. Big Maracas will provide the music.

Distilled at Gratz Park is having a special New Year’s Eve menu.

Dudley’s at 259 W. Short will offer a three-course prix fixe meal including options like scallops, arctic char, heritage pork, duck breast, and beef poached prime NY strip.

Enoteca on Jefferson will be closing at 11pm New Year’s Eve.

Holly Hill Inn in Midway (426 N. Winter Street) will welcome 2016 with a special seven-course gourmet courtesy of Chef Ouita (vegetarian options available). Champagne and a special wine flight also available. If you can’t make it on New Year’s Eve, Chef Ouita is also serving the special seven-course menu on Dec 30 and Jan 2. A four-course menu will also be available on Dec 30 and Jan 2 (not on New Year’s Eve, though).

Middle Fork Kitchen Bar on 1224 Manchester St will be offering a 7:30 pm and a 9:30 pm seating for a 3 course prix fixe menu (w/ choices, of course). Warren Byrom will be singing dulcet tunes live during the first half of the night and there will be a wild playlist for the turn of the year.

Nick Ryan’s on Jefferson will be serving a four-course menu including an appetizer, soup/salad, entree, and dessert.

RJ Corman Dinner Train offers a New Years Eve Excursion at 6 pm. Tickets include a 2.5 hours train ride, a 4-course gourmet meal, souvenir champagne flute, and a bottle of champagne per couple.

Sabio will offer a four-course meal featuring options like lobster bisque, pan searded golden tile, and filet mignon. Also includes tickets to the Centro Masquerade Bash.

Sal’s and Malone’s on Tates Creek have a special four-course New Year’s menu lined up.

Stella’s on Jefferson offers a four-course prix fixe menu. The options for entrees are New York strip au poivre, bouillabaisse, and farfalle. Desserts include lemon ice box pie and dark chocolate cheesecake with fig & orange coulis.

Upstart Crow is offering a prime rib menu on New Year’s Eve. Reservations accepted.

Village Idiot at 307 W. Short, is offering a four-course prix fixe menu including coq au vin, mushroom-truffle linguine, country ham wrapped monkfish, and grilled pork medallions.

Wines on Vine at 400 Old Vine will host a three-course dinner with a choice of three entrees and two desserts.

Winchell’s at 348 Southland Drive will host their annual lobster boil: a 3-course menu including clam chowder, lobster, and a seasonal fruit cobbler… along with a glass of champagne, of course.

Windy Corner will close at 2 pm New Year’s Eve.

New Year’s Eve Hotels and Inn Packages 2015

Campbell House at 1375 S Broadway: Neon New Year’s Night Package 2015. Neon New Year’s Groovy Night package includes overnight accommodations,  admission to the party at Bogart’s, buffet breakfast New Year’s Day in Kilbern’s Restaurant and a late checkout of 1:00 pm.
Neon New Year’s Dynamic Night package includes overnight accommodations, dinner for two at Kilbern’s, admission to the party at Bogart’s including Open Bar from 9 pm to midnight, midnight snacks, a buffet breakfast New Year’s Day in Kilbern’s Restaurant and a late checkout of 1 pm. Glow and dance with live music from Superfecta. Doors open at 8 pm. Party favors included.

Clarion Hotel at 1950 Newtown Pike: New Year’s Eve 2015. Three party venues: Radio 80 in the Grand Ballroom, karaoke in The Sports Page Bourbon Bar & Grill, and DJ Chris Dedman in the open function area. Champagne reception at check-in starting at 4 p.m. Three packages to choose from. C

Clarion Hotel Conference Center – South: 2015 NYE for Two. Ring in the New Year with friends and family at the Clarion Hotel Conference Center – South. Package includes room accommodations for two, entrance to the New Year’s Eve Party, party favors, and a DJ and dancing from 9 pm till 1 am Unlimited open bar from 9 pm to 12:30 am. Also a hot breakfast buffet on New Year’s Day.

Doubletree Guest Suites on 2601 Richmond Road: New Year’s Eve 2015. Includes accommodations for two, two tickets to the New Year’s Eve Celebration and breakfast buffet for two New Year’s Day. The party includes open bar from 9 pm – midnight, food, party favors, DJ, dancing and a balloon drop at midnight. Full buffet breakfast on New Year’s Day.

Hyatt Regency Lexington at 401 W High Street: New Year’s Eve 2015. Package includes guestroom accommodations and New Year’s Day breakfast buffet for two in the Bluefire Grill plus a late checkout. Includes two tickets to a New Year’s Eve party featuring the power pop rock band “Caught Red Handed” in the Bluegrass Ballroom.

New Year’s Day Dining in Lexington, 2016

Alfalfa will serve a special New Year’s Day brunch menu.

Good Foods Market and Cafe at 455 Southland Drive will serve their hangover brunch at their hot bar buffet on New Year’s Day 2016.


New Year’s Eve 2015 at Lexington’s Bars and Breweries (ringing in 2016)

Al’s Bar will feature The Wooks and Driftwood and Driftwood Gypsy, 9 pm to 2 am.

Al’s Bar beer garden has an early bluegrass show, The Trucker Hat Coalition at 8:30 pm.

Best Friends Bar will have DJ John the Baptist and DJ Jamples.

Centro  will be hosting a Masquerade Bash.

Cheapside Bar & Grill at 131 Cheapside Street features complimentary champagne with table reservations (available 6 – 9:30 pm or 9 – midnight) and live music by the Space Owls.

Grand Reserve at 903 Manchester Street is hosting a New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball. Music in three rooms (the Speakeasy Room; Main Room; and Barrel House Room). Tickets available via EventBrite.

new yearsGreen Lantern lets you dance your way into the New Year with as DJ Ron Robinette plays your favorite disco classics all night long. Get groovy with it by wearing 70s-style digs and wigs, or just come as your are with your own funky style.. either way we’re gonna dance the night away, with a disco ball, balloons, and a champagne toast at midnight

O’Neills is hosting their annual, all inclusive New Years Eve Bash. Music will be provided by LEXI Nominated group Kung Fu Grip. The admission price also includes adult beverages, an all you can stomach buffet and a champagne toast at midnight. 

Parlay Social at 257 W. Short Street will be hosting TD Young for live music and entry also includes complimentary champagne and a midnight toast.

Soundbar at 208 S. Limestone tickets will include a cocktail before midnight, Champagne toast at midnight, Party favors, Complimentary coat check, Heated patio, parking.

Trust Lounge hosts a James Bond themed celebration with DJ sets by Rai Knight, DJ MAXimus & DJj Dahknee. Midnight champagne toast and balloon drop.

Music, and Concerts New Year’s Eve 2015
Live Music in Lexington, New Year’s Eve 2015

Lexington’s Live Music listings, gigs and concerts, are posted at the Ace List calendar and the weekly Ace Picks Page, Lexington’s definitive, highly-curated recs for the best arts, culture, entertainment and dining options, 365 days a year.

The Wooks 9 pm Al’s Bar

The Trucker Hat Coalition 8:30 pm Al’s Bar Beer Garden

Avery Crabtree 9 pm Austin City Saloon

The Space Owls 9 pm Cheapside

Same As It Ever Was 9 pm Cosmic Charlie’s

Greg Austin | Grayson Jenkins 8 pm Henry Clay’s Pub

Phil Copeland 7 pm Julep Cup

Downtown New Year’s Eve Bash: Vinyl Richie | The Wags | DJ Tank 9 pm Manchester Music Hall

Kung Fu Grip 9 pm O’Neill’s

TD Young 9 pm Parlay Social

Mic Larry 10 pm Tin Roof

Kid Rock 9 pm Yum Center (Louisville)


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