This week Patch Picks offers some ideas for spots to celebrate New Year’s Eve, whether you are looking for a romantic night with your sweetheart, a fun night out with your buddies at Nomads or fireworks at a family-friendly event in Hartford.
Dine in style at Merlot on the Water
in East Windsor is hosting a New Year’s Eve celebration for $84.95 per person, which includes a five-hour open bar, from 7 p.m. to midnight. The buffet includes New York strip steak, chicken kiev and crabmeat stuffed filet of sole. Individual tickets or group seating by tables of 10 are available. Live entertainment will be provided by DriveTime Party Band from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. For reservations, call 860-370-9962.
Merlot on the Water
27 Depot St., Broad Brook
Dinner and dancing at La Renaissance
is hosting an evening of dinner and dancing with an open bar, DJ entertainment and dinner. Dinner choices include prime rib, chicken Francaise, baked stuffed shrimp or vegetarian lasagna. There will be hot hors d’oeuvres before dinner, as well as cheese platters. There will be a champagne toast at midnight and morning pastries and coffee available after midnight. Complimentary transportation will be provided to the Hilton Garden Inn and the Holiday Inn Express. Reservations are $85 per person, due at the time of reservation. There will be a charge for cancellations. Call 860-623-9861 for more information or to make reservations.
53 Prospect Hill Road, East Windsor
India Kitchen presents New Year’s Eve at Bradley Hotel
A local Indian restaurant, India Kitchen, is hosting a New Year’s Eve event at the Bradley Hotel in Windsor Locks. The evening begins at 6 p.m. , featuring an Indian buffet, a magic show for kids, Indian DJ and dancing, and continues to 2 a.m. Tickets are $40 for adults, $10 for kids. There is a cash bar. Tickets are available online at sulekha.com or at India Kitchen, 394 Tolland Turnpike, Manchester. Call 860-533-9695 or go to www.indiakitchen.us for more information.
383 South Center St., Windsor Locks
Get your game on at Nomad’s Adventure Quest
Nomad’s New Year’s celebration at Red’s Tavern will include an appetizer buffet, live music, dancing, party favors, champagne toast and one drink ticket. There will be free billiards and mechanical bull rides and half-price video games. Watch the ball drop on the projection screens. Admission is $25 for single person, $40 per couple, with additional options for video games and adventures. Additional $5 for a breakfast at 1 a.m. Nomads will be open until 3 a.m.
Nomad’s Adventure Quest
100 Bidwell Road, South Windsor
Celebrate First Night in Hartford
For an outdoor, family-friendly event, head to Hartford for the annual First Night, which includes professional musicians, artists, performance groups and exhibits. There will be two fireworks shows, at 6 p.m. and midnight at Bushnell Park. There will be various activities for kids, including crafts, magic shows, face painting and more. There is free skating throughout the day and evening at Bushnell Park.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $2 for ages 3-15, ages 2 and younger are free. Tickets are available online and at different locations throughout the region.