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Year In, Year Out!

by Stephanie Davis Smith and Dennis Malcolm Byron | Jezebel magazine | November 28, 2012

Buh-bye, 2012! Why not say hey to a new year in style via an intimate dinner for two—capped off with a sexy party with about, uh, 800 of your closest friends? Whether you’re up for a feast or fete (or both!), here’s where to be on Dec. 31 before the clock strikes midnight.

FEAST: Rosebud
Get up offa that thing and head to Rosebud! James Brown-inspired soul-food menu items and cocktails are on special Dec. 31 only. After dinner, get free entrance to The Family Dog next door, where a 10-piece James Brown tribute band will jam from 10pm till 2am. $10 cover without dinner, Virginia-Highland, @thefamilydogatl

FETE: Opera Nightclub
Get there early, around 8pm—the line of posh PYTs waiting to get in this hot spot usually winds down Crescent Avenue. Inside, Opera flaunts five different dance scenes, three DJs, multiple bars, dancers, a gourmet buffet, VIP sections and a balloon drop to bring in 2013. $20 general admission, $80 open bar, Midtown, @operanightclub

FEAST: The Shed at Glenwood
Indulge in a four-course New Year’s Eve nosh (think hearty creations, such as eggplant ravioli, lamb sausage and sweet-potato gratin), and score a free glass of bubbly with dessert. After you grub up, hit East Side Lounge to dance it all off. $65, East Atlanta, @theshed1

FETE: Shout
Atlanta party-legend Jona Sheer and his crew have spent a dozen years throwing down on New Year’s Eve. This year, starting at 8pm, Sheer is bringing DJs and a dance floor to perennial fave Shout. Bundle up to blow it out on the patio, or stay inside—tall plush booths mean some midnight canoodling is in order. $30, Midtown, @shout_atl

FEAST: 4th & Swift
During one of chef/owner Jay Swift’s set-menu dinners, he gets to drive the bus, and your palate is just along for the ride. On New Year’s Eves past, we’ve seen combos like pork-belly salads, duck-leg pancakes and sticky toffee pudding—expect nothing less this year. $85 per person, plus $40 for wine pairings, Old Fourth Ward, @4thandswift

FETE: Vanquish Lounge
This Midtown hot spot is pulling out all the stops to say sayonara to 2012: They’ll have Hollywood DJ London Thomas spinning jams while go-go dancers and performers make it a night to remember (or not, if you opt for the open bar). Dudes, don a jacket, and, ladies, keep it sparkly (and short). 9pm, $40 in advance, $125 for open bar, Midtown, @vanquishatlanta

FEAST: Del Frisco’s Grille
One of Atlanta’s most popular new restaurants just boosted their cool status even more, with this NYE deal: signature cocktails, a complimentary midnight Champagne toast, delectable bites (cheesesteak eggrolls, pimento-cheese fritters and garlic-shrimp flatbread) and an awesome view of Lenox Square’s revered fireworks just across the street. No cover, Buckhead, @dfgrille

FETE: Hyatt Regency Atlanta
Head to the Hyatt’s Downtown Countdown for an all-inclusive party that will rock well into the wee hours. Get your drink on at the premium open bar (8:30pm to 2am) and fuel up for all-night dancing with late-night breakfast. Bonus: Crash in one of the recently renovated Hyatt rooms (from $145) and save yourself the trouble of hailing a cab. $99 general admission, $150 VIP, Downtown, @hyattatlanta

FEAST: Kaleidoscope
On NYE, this neighborhood fave will be packed with regulars partial to their pimento cheese-covered burgers and duck-fat fries. After guzzling libations from the tricked-out beer and wine list, revelers will stick around for a celebration that pours out onto the front sidewalk. A DJ mixes old-school tunes with new pop—and you can keep your table all night long. No cover, Brookhaven, @k_pub

FETE: Tongue & Groove
Leave your party favors at home—T&G always outfits New Year’s Eve guests with tiaras, hats and horns. This year, DJ Rory Breaker spins dance hits all night (starting at 9pm) before the Moët & Chandon Champagne toast at midnight. $25 in advance, $40 at the door, Buckhead, @tongueandgroove