Ah but in case I stand one little chance, here comes the jackpot question in advance: What are you doing New Year’s, New Year’s Eve?
Downtown Jacksonville is a great place to spend New Year’s Eve, whether you’re on a boat in the St. Johns River, at The Landing with a few thousand of your nearest and dearest, on the Riverwalk or in a hotel or condo tower. The City of Jacksonville’s fireworks display at year-end is usually the best of the year.
In addition to the fireworks, though, there will be special events around the Urban Core. Here’s a selection:
Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra: Toast! To the New Year! The Symphony will entertain guests with a concert at 8:30, dancing and jazz music at 10:30 and a private view of the river fireworks at midnight. Information and tickets: Symphony website.
MOCA Contemporaries: 333 Nye: Feel Sexy, Speakeasy. The young professionals group of the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville will host a 1920s-inspired party with jazz, gin and flapper dresses. It’s a costumed affair. Information and tickets: MOCA website.
Dive Bar and Mark’s: Mark’s and Dive Bar will throw a Downtown Block Party on Bay Street. For $10, you’re admitted to both bars and get all sorts of New Year’s party favors. There will also be a Gator Bowl party that day. Information: Mark’s website and Facebook.
LIT: Lit will spice up Ocean Street with a complimentary champagne toast at midnight, giveaways, balloon drop and party favors. Cover charge is $5 and the party starts at 8. Information: Lit Facebook.
Dos Gatos: Celebrate Rock n’ Roll New Year’s Eve at Dos Gatos. The venue on East Forsyth Street is gorgeous and the drinks are amazing. The party starts at 8, and there’s a champagne and tequila toast at midnight. $5 cover. Information: Dos Gatos website and Facebook.
The Ivy: For a classy, Downtown evening with a crowd dressed to the nines, check out The Ivy on Bay Street. All-you-can-drink tickets were available in early December, and general admission is $10. Look for red carpet treatment, a balloon drop and complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Information and tickets: The Ivy Facebook (scroll down to the About Ivy section).
Mavericks: If your New Year’s greeting (or any greeting) ends with Y’all, the Honky Tonk at the Landing might be of interest. Mavericks will ring in the New Year with a midnight champagne toast and party favors and balloon drop. Watch the Times Square ball drop from their big-screen televisions. The cover charge is $25. Information and tickets: Mavericks website. On Saturday, look for a big Gator Bowl party, too.
Cafe 331: Over on West Forsyth Street, the doors open at 9 at Cafe 331. Cover charge for all-you-can-drink is $25 until midnight; general admission is $10. Television screens will show countdowns around the world. Information: Cafe 331 website and Facebook.
De Real Ting: If you’re looking for an event without a cover charge, De Real Ting is for you. Happy from 7 to 9, midnight balloon drop and champagne toast, full dinner menu and drink specials. Information: De Real Ting Facebook.
TSI: Need more fun on Bay Street? TSI’s annual Silver and Gold Ball will be a spiffed-up event. Balloon drop, champagne toast, professional photographer. Information: TSI website.
However you celebrate the New Year, BNC5 wishes you happiness and good fortune throughout 2011. Thank you for visiting Downtown!