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Seattle's 20 Best New Year's Eve Spots

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Now that Christmas is behind us, it's time to make preparations for the next big holiday...New Year's Eve. Time is running out on 2012 as well as your plans to drink or eat (or drink & eat) your way out of it. There are tons of ways to celebrate and places to do it and while The Stranger has compiled a pretty complete list of all of them, we've decided to pluck out twenty New Year's Eve soirees that stick out. Whatever you decide to do...enjoy!

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1. Space Needle

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400 Broad Street
Seattle, WA 98109

Understandably, the top of the Space Needle is considered one of the nation's top NYE spots. That's probably why the Skycity Soiree and Observation Deck Party are both sold out already.

2. Pike Place Market

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85 Pike Street, Pike Place Market
Seattle, WA 98101

Priceline recently named this the 40th best place in America to party on New Year's Eve. If you don't mind the tourists, that is.

3. The Comet Tavern

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922 East Pike Street, Harvard Market
Seattle, WA 98122

Check out their New Year's Eve Bash featuring performances from Monogamy Party, Wimps, Haunted Horses, and Ubu Roi.

4. No Age Healing Expo & Ascension Event

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2407 1st Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98134

A multimedia New Year's Eve extravaganza with live music performances and visual art experiences. Proceeds benefit The Vera Project.

5. Lazer Ball NYE @ Neptune

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1303 Northeast 45th Street
Seattle, WA 98105

The Neptune Theater hosts live performances by Fresh Espresso, Grynch, Keyboard Kid & Metal Chocolates. And lasers!

6. Indulgence at EMP

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330 6th Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109

You'll get four areas of live entertainment, live music performances, live comedy, party favors, booze from over 25 bars, a photo booth, and a front-row view of the Space Needle fireworks.

7. Inferno New Year's Eve Speak5easy

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515 Madison Street
Seattle, WA 98104

Spend the night gambling at one of their blackjack, roulette, and three-card poker tables for the chance to win prizes and then kick back to enjoy the burlesque performances and photo booth. At midnight, enjoy the champagne toast and glitter cannons.

8. Resolution 2013 @ WaMu Theater

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800 Occidental Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98104

Over 15 DJs and performers, including Dieselboy, Doctor P, Funtcase and Mord Fustang, along with two rooms of dancing as well as acrobats and performers.

9. Ivar's Salmon House NYE Party

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401 Northeast Northlake Way
Seattle, WA 98105

You can't find too many NYE views better than the one at Ivar's Salmon House. Watch the fireworks while you dine and drink the night away.

10. Teatro ZinZanni's NYE Celebration

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222 Mercer Street
Seattle, WA 98109

Enjoy a multicourse menu and champagne toast while you watch Teatro ZinZanni's Return to Paradise before watching the nearby Space Needle fireworks.

11. Jai Ho! New Year's Eve

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4916 Rainier Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98118

How does a Bollywood and Bhangra dance party sound? If it sounds good, make for the Columbia City Theater for the dance, drink and delights.

12. Rockin' New Year's Eve Sing Along

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1411 21st Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122

Central Cinema hosts four hours of sing-along videos. "Expect lots of seat jumpers, 808's and hearbreak, hunks, pop princesses and of course Janet Jackson!"

13. New Year's Eve Argosy Cruise

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1101 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98101

New Year's Eve dinner, fireworks, champagne toast, and live music aboard an Argosy Cruise on Lake Union.

14. Two Bars, One Cover

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100 Denny Way
Seattle, WA 98109

Why go to one bar for NYE when you can go to two? Tini Bigs and Hula Hula are co-hosting an event that includes live music and the ability to bring drinks back and forth, not to mention great fireworks views.

15. New Year's Eve Underground Tour

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608 1st Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104

For something different, how bout an adults-only tour of Seattle's underground followed by a champagne toast at Doc Maynard's Public House?

16. Eat The Whole Menu At Blind Pig

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2238 Eastlake Avenue East
Seattle, WA 98102

Hungry on NYE? Bling Pig is putting its entire menu on the, uh, menu, for $50.

17. NYE: Concert, Countdown & Celebration

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200 University Street
Seattle, WA 98101

Ring in the New Year with a concert of classical music blockbusters led by Ludovic Morlot, followed by a countdown to midnight and post-concert celebration.

18. Brouwer's New Year's Firkin Eve

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400 North 35th Street
Seattle, WA 98103

Want a beer-soaked NYE? Brouwers will have 60-plus beers on tap as well as kegs from Reuben's, Fremont, American, and Big Al Brewing to name a few.

19. Tavern Law's Prohibition Soiree

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1406 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122

Go old timey with Tavern Law's barrel-aged bourbon and house-aged rye as well as other Prohibition-era delights. Dress era-appropriate.

20. Il Corvo's Return (Sorta)

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217 James Street
Seattle, WA 98104

Mike Easton will re-open his pasta spot in its new location for a pair of dinners December 31. Seatings are at 6:30 and 9:30. Then, they' close again to prepare for their re-re-opening.

1. Space Needle

400 Broad Street, Seattle, WA 98109

Understandably, the top of the Space Needle is considered one of the nation's top NYE spots. That's probably why the Skycity Soiree and Observation Deck Party are both sold out already.

400 Broad Street
Seattle, WA 98109

2. Pike Place Market

85 Pike Street, Pike Place Market, Seattle, WA 98101

Priceline recently named this the 40th best place in America to party on New Year's Eve. If you don't mind the tourists, that is.

85 Pike Street, Pike Place Market
Seattle, WA 98101

3. The Comet Tavern

922 East Pike Street, Harvard Market, Seattle, WA 98122

Check out their New Year's Eve Bash featuring performances from Monogamy Party, Wimps, Haunted Horses, and Ubu Roi.

922 East Pike Street, Harvard Market
Seattle, WA 98122

4. No Age Healing Expo & Ascension Event

2407 1st Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98134

A multimedia New Year's Eve extravaganza with live music performances and visual art experiences. Proceeds benefit The Vera Project.

2407 1st Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98134

5. Lazer Ball NYE @ Neptune

1303 Northeast 45th Street, Seattle, WA 98105

The Neptune Theater hosts live performances by Fresh Espresso, Grynch, Keyboard Kid & Metal Chocolates. And lasers!

1303 Northeast 45th Street
Seattle, WA 98105

6. Indulgence at EMP

330 6th Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98109

You'll get four areas of live entertainment, live music performances, live comedy, party favors, booze from over 25 bars, a photo booth, and a front-row view of the Space Needle fireworks.

330 6th Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109

7. Inferno New Year's Eve Speak5easy

515 Madison Street, Seattle, WA 98104

Spend the night gambling at one of their blackjack, roulette, and three-card poker tables for the chance to win prizes and then kick back to enjoy the burlesque performances and photo booth. At midnight, enjoy the champagne toast and glitter cannons.

515 Madison Street
Seattle, WA 98104

8. Resolution 2013 @ WaMu Theater

800 Occidental Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98104

Over 15 DJs and performers, including Dieselboy, Doctor P, Funtcase and Mord Fustang, along with two rooms of dancing as well as acrobats and performers.

800 Occidental Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98104

9. Ivar's Salmon House NYE Party

401 Northeast Northlake Way, Seattle, WA 98105

You can't find too many NYE views better than the one at Ivar's Salmon House. Watch the fireworks while you dine and drink the night away.

401 Northeast Northlake Way
Seattle, WA 98105

10. Teatro ZinZanni's NYE Celebration

222 Mercer Street, Seattle, WA 98109

Enjoy a multicourse menu and champagne toast while you watch Teatro ZinZanni's Return to Paradise before watching the nearby Space Needle fireworks.

222 Mercer Street
Seattle, WA 98109

11. Jai Ho! New Year's Eve

4916 Rainier Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98118

How does a Bollywood and Bhangra dance party sound? If it sounds good, make for the Columbia City Theater for the dance, drink and delights.

4916 Rainier Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98118

12. Rockin' New Year's Eve Sing Along

1411 21st Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122

Central Cinema hosts four hours of sing-along videos. "Expect lots of seat jumpers, 808's and hearbreak, hunks, pop princesses and of course Janet Jackson!"

1411 21st Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122

13. New Year's Eve Argosy Cruise

1101 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98101

New Year's Eve dinner, fireworks, champagne toast, and live music aboard an Argosy Cruise on Lake Union.

1101 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98101

14. Two Bars, One Cover

100 Denny Way, Seattle, WA 98109

Why go to one bar for NYE when you can go to two? Tini Bigs and Hula Hula are co-hosting an event that includes live music and the ability to bring drinks back and forth, not to mention great fireworks views.

100 Denny Way
Seattle, WA 98109

15. New Year's Eve Underground Tour

608 1st Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104

For something different, how bout an adults-only tour of Seattle's underground followed by a champagne toast at Doc Maynard's Public House?

608 1st Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104

16. Eat The Whole Menu At Blind Pig

2238 Eastlake Avenue East, Seattle, WA 98102

Hungry on NYE? Bling Pig is putting its entire menu on the, uh, menu, for $50.

2238 Eastlake Avenue East
Seattle, WA 98102

17. NYE: Concert, Countdown & Celebration

200 University Street, Seattle, WA 98101

Ring in the New Year with a concert of classical music blockbusters led by Ludovic Morlot, followed by a countdown to midnight and post-concert celebration.

200 University Street
Seattle, WA 98101

18. Brouwer's New Year's Firkin Eve

400 North 35th Street, Seattle, WA 98103

Want a beer-soaked NYE? Brouwers will have 60-plus beers on tap as well as kegs from Reuben's, Fremont, American, and Big Al Brewing to name a few.

400 North 35th Street
Seattle, WA 98103

19. Tavern Law's Prohibition Soiree

1406 12th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122

Go old timey with Tavern Law's barrel-aged bourbon and house-aged rye as well as other Prohibition-era delights. Dress era-appropriate.

1406 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122

20. Il Corvo's Return (Sorta)

217 James Street, Seattle, WA 98104

Mike Easton will re-open his pasta spot in its new location for a pair of dinners December 31. Seatings are at 6:30 and 9:30. Then, they' close again to prepare for their re-re-opening.

217 James Street
Seattle, WA 98104