If you’re desperately searching for a New Year’s resolution this year, let me suggest one to you: Get out more often.
You can get a head start on New Year’s Eve, when you can wander pretty much anywhere in downtown Spokane and find a party happening somewhere. Below are a few highlights of the evening that should cater to a broad range of tastes, whether your preferences tend toward the cheapest beer or the finest champagne. (All events are 21 and older only.)
• Baby Bar, 827 W. First Ave.
Dance in the New Year with DJ duo Twin Towers, whose Facebook page promises listeners “questionable gazes across sweaty dance floors.” Intrigued? 8 p.m., free.
• The Bartlett, 228 W. Sprague Ave. Florida native Helado Negro brings his blend of Latin beats and electro-pop to Spokane’s newest venue, along with local artists Moon Talk and Water Monster. 9 p.m., $30.
• Carr’s Corner, 230 S. Washington St. If it’s rock you’re looking for, this is the place. Spokane bands the Camaros and Myth Ship will take the stage until midnight, followed by dance music from DJ Case. Cover charge includes Champagne toast and party favors. 9 p.m., $5.
• Club 412, 412 W. Sprague Ave. For anyone whose tastes tend toward the debonair, there’s a masquerade dance party featuring live DJs at Club 412 (formerly A-Club). The $10 cover gets you into three other neighboring bars – Irv’s, Shots and Club Red – but for a cool $250, you and 19 friends can get the full treatment: VIP seating, a couple of bottles of Champagne and your own cocktail waitress. 9 p.m.
• The Davenport Hotel, 10 S. Post St. Following the Spokane Symphony’s traditional performance of Beethoven’s Ninth, head over to the grand ballroom of the Davenport for a formal (read: black tie) event to hear more music from the Master Class Jazz Orchestra. Tickets are $75 through TicketsWest, and all proceeds benefit the symphony. Or head over to Davenport’s Peacock Room, where local blues band the Fat Tones will be performing. Both events begin at 9 p.m.
• The Hop, 706 N. Monroe St. Ring in 2014 at Refresh, an all-night celebration at the Hop, hosted by DJs Vinetti and Foxtale. Fashionable attire is encouraged. 8 p.m., $5.
• Mootsy’s Bar, 406 W. Sprague Ave. If you get no kick from Champagne, head to Mootsy’s, where the only bubbly they’ll be sipping is the “Champagne of beers” (for the uninitiated, that’s Miller High Life). Local artists performing include Lavoy, Mama Doll, Bandit Train and My Pinky Has a Name. 9 p.m., $10.