Make your end of year plan before it’s too late
New Year’s Eve will fall on a Sunday this year, but with a few exceptions, most Rochester bars and restaurants will be holding New Year’s Eve events, not pre-New Year’s Eve parties.
So if you looking to add some spice to your New Year’s Eve celebrations, here’s some places you might consider.
• Forager, 1005 6th St. NW, Rochester. This will be the first time in the last three years that the Rochester brewery will not be holding a ticketed event on New Year’s Eve. Nor will there be a cover charge - kind of a surprise given the musical talent that Forager will be featuring. The general public well be welcome at any time during the evening. Live music will kick off with Colby Kent & The Stompin’ Ground at 9 p.m. Headlining the evening will be for 4onthefloor, which will play throughout the evening until 1 a.m.
• VFW, 16 6th St. SW, Rochester. The VFW will be holding a pre-New Year’s Eve party on Saturday. Sunday, new Year’s Eve, will be open according to its regular schedule, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. To usher in the New Year, the VFW is planning to flip its regular schedule of hosting a band on Friday and Karaoke on Saturday. The bar will feature country/rock band Generation. There will also be party favors near the end of the night. There will be no cover charge.
• Terza, 20 3rd St. SE, Rochester. Want to celebrate the New Year in a cozy interior that still creates the illusion of being outside? For $300, people can rent out a heated igloo dome tent and settle in upstairs for an evening of frivolity and drinks. As part of the package, customers will also get a bottle of Dom Perignon. The tents sit eight to 12 people. Terza will also features a special New Year’s menu. And although details have yet to be ironed out, the rumor has it that lobster ravioli will be served.
• Bleu Duck Kitchen, 14 4th St. SW, Rochester. The restaurant’s New Year’s Eve dinner is already sold out, but tickets remain for the party portion of the evening. And high end it will be. It will include a Casino Royale in the back featuring professional dealers. Customers will be able to smoke freshly rolled cigars in a heated cigar lounge off the back door. Heavy hors d’ oeuvres will be available throughout the evening as will a butler serving unlimited champagne. A DJ will keep the evening upbeat. Tickets cost $90 per person.
• Casablanca Creative Cuisine & Wine Restaurant, 1208 7th St. NW, Rochester. Casablanca isn’t typically open on Sunday, but it will be on New Year’s Eve with a special “Around the World” menu. Customers will have choices based on the evening they have planned and how they want the dinner to fit in. The special menu will include cuisine from Spain and Morocco to Spain and Italy. People can choose the full, two-hour, around the world menu or opt for the cheaper a la cart option, picking and choosing the entrees and aperitifs they want from the larger menu. The full menu costs $180 person, and individual entree items will range in price between $39 and $50 and appetizers between $12 and $19. To make a reservation, call 507-250-4192. Walk-ins are allowed if tables are open. Amber Bojji, owner and operations manager, recommends walk-ins to call ahead.