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New Year's Eve 2014 Guide 

So, 2013. That happened.

Congratulations! If you're reading this you've survived another year on this planet. If you're reading this and you didn't survive, then I guess that means the zombie apocalypse that we keep hearing about is finally upon us.

That's even more reason to spend this New Year's Eve eating huge quantities of food, drinking too much, and generally making a fool of yourself on the dance floor. Thankfully there is ample opportunity this Tuesday, December 31, to do just that. Dozens of areas restaurants, nightclubs, theaters, and other venues have great NYE programming that runs the gamut from family-friendly fare to wild drag shows.

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Out with the Old, Ring in the New with the New York Wine and Culinary Center. Start a new tradition preparing a New Year's Eve feast with chef instructors, family and friends. 800 S. Main St., Canandaigua. 5-7 p.m. & 8-10 p.m. $85. 394-7070.

Party to Go! Class at New York Wine and Culinary Center. Learn how to make various hors d'oeuvres for your New Year's Eve party. Students will go home with two-dozen hors d'oeuvres, a bag of fresh-made nut mix, a pint of marinated olives, and a bottle of sparkling wine. 800 S. Main St, Canandaigua.. 1-3 p.m. $60. 394-7070.


Geva Comedy Improv's New Year's Eve Comedy Spectacular! Live music, actors, comedy, champagne toast at midnight, and dance party after the 10:30 p.m. performance. Geva Theatre Center, 75 Woodbury Ave. Shows at 7:30 & 10:30 p.m. $25. 232-4382.

Kevin Meaney The Comedy Club, 2235 Empire Blvd. Shows at 7:30 & 10 p.m. $20. Late show includes champagne toast at midnight. 671-9080.

The Capitol Steps present "Fiscal Shades of Gray." Nazareth College Arts Center, 4245 East Ave. Shows at 6:30 & 10 p.m. $45-$75. 389-2170.

Unleashed! Improv Presents: New Year's LOL. Music, laughs, and the year in review, improvised from audience suggestions. Appropriate for ages 12+. Lounge at the Jewish Community Center, 1200 Edgewood Ave. 8 p.m. $12-$18. 461-2000 ext. 236.

Village Idiots Comedy Improv New Year's Eve Explosion. Village Idiots Pillar Theater, 274 N. Goodman St. Shows at 7:30 p.m., 9 p.m., & 10:30 p.m. $10-$20. 797-9086.


Village Squares' New Year's Eve Square Dance with the Hip Boot Boyz. St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 2000 Highland Ave. 9 p.m. $10-$12.50. 381-5049.


New Year's Eve Double Feature at Dryden Theatre. Featuring "Gremlins" and "Gremlins 2." 900 East Ave. Shows begin at 7 p.m. $6-$8. 271-3361.


Gershwin Uncorked! At JCC CenterStage. Performances of "Rhapsody in Blue" and other Gershwin classics. Ages 12 and up. 1200 Edgewood Ave. $18-$26. 7 p.m. 461-2000,

Joe Beard with Steve Grills & The Roadmasters on New Year's Eve at Dinosaur BBQ. Mississippi blues at 10 p.m., then stay for free champagne and red beans and rice at midnight. 99 Court St. 325-9127.

Live Jazz on New Year's Eve at Bistro 135. With the Andy Calabrese Trio and a mashup of The Swooners & Something Else featuring Wiley O' Riley, Johnny Cummings, Kyle Vock, Paul Mastriani and Champagne Brown. 135 W. Commercial St. 5 p.m.-1:30 a.m. 662-5555.

Live Music at The Beale New Orleans Grille and Bar. Music from Ezra and the Storm at South Ave. location (689 South Ave.), and The Kind Brothers at Webster location (1930 Empire Blvd.). 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Visit The Beale's Facebook page for more information.

New Year's Eve at Sticky Lips BBQ. Featuring headliner Tommy Brunett Band, with Public Market Band. 830 Jefferson Road. $15. Doors at 9 p.m. 292-5544.

Rock 'n' Roll Burlesque Ball w/Teen Set 45 Crew. Bug Jar, 219 Monroe Ave. 8 p.m. 21+

Special Events

Belgian New Year Celebration at Victoire. Four-course meal with beer pairing specials. Celebration starts at 5 p.m. 120 East Ave. Call 325-3663 for menu and price details.

Bristol Mountain's New Year's Eve Celebration. Fireworks, torchlight parade, music, bounce house, and arts and crafts. Ski and ride until 10 p.m., then enjoy the parade and fireworks to follow until 11 p.m. 5662 Route 64, Canandaigua. $75 for a family of three, $27 for each additional member. 374-6000.

Finger Lakes Casino and Racetrack's New Year's Eve Celebration. Hot seats 11 a.m.-11 p.m., fireworks at midnight, and more. State Route 96, Farmington. 924-3232.

Golden Ponds' New Year's Eve Buffet. Dinner buffet, five hours of premium open bar, hors d'oeuvres at 10 p.m., champagne toast at midnight, and continental breakfast. 500 Long Pond Road. 6 p.m. $49.95. Reservations required. 723-1344.

Happy New Year Game Day at Penfield Public Library. Ring in the New Year with a rousing family game. For children ages 5 and up, accompanied by an adult. Refreshments will be served. 1985 Baird Road. 2 p.m. Must register online. 340-8720,

Lux Lounge's New Year's Eve Party. Tell 2013 to "Beat it!" with fancy hats and noisy things at Lux Lounge, 666 South Ave. 5 p.m.-4 a.m. 232-9030.

New Year's Celebration at One Nightclub and Ultra Lounge. Watch the Times Square ball drop live from the 40-foot screen. 1 Ryan Alley. $10 cover, free before 10 p.m. Alcohol will be served until 4 a.m., and the club will stay open until 4:30 a.m. VIP tickets available. 546-1010.

New Year's Eve 2014 at The Diplomat Banquet Center featuring Ruby Shooz. Hors d'oeuvres, deluxe buffet, beverages, hats and noisemakers, champagne toast at midnight, and continental breakfast. 1 Diplomat Way. 8 p.m. $52.95 plus tax. 647-1566.

New Year's Eve 2014 at Amaya. Open seating 5-6:30 p.m., prix-fixe dinner and complimentary glass of wine, $35. Dinner and dance party starting at 7:30 p.m. ($60). Dancing continues until 1 a.m. Amaya Bar & Grill, Tops Brighton Plaza, 1900 S. Clinton Ave.

New Year's Eve at Blu. Dinner and drink specials all night long. Ring in the New Year with live DJ music from Steve Lo upstairs and live music by the Dirty Pennies downstairs starting at 10 p.m. 250 Pixley Road. 247-0079,

New Year's Eve at Blu Wolf Bistro. $100 per couple includes a three-course meal including choice of three gourmet entrees and a bottle of champagne. Watch the ball drop on television and enjoy other festivities. 657 Park Ave, 270-4467.

New Year's Eve at the Rabbit Room. Bring in the New Year with dinner and live music. Five-course tastings and a la carte options. 5:30-9 p.m. Make reservations by calling 582-1830.

New Year's Eve at The Revelry. Five-course meal for $59 with the option to add wine pairings for $30. Dinner served until 11 p.m. and limited late-night menu until midnight. Celebratory toast at midnight. 1290 University Ave. 340-6454.

New Year's Eve at Tilt Nightclub. Hosted by Megan Carter from 98PXY. Free party favors, champagne toasts at midnight, and continental breakfast at 2:30 a.m. Performances by DeeDee Dubois, Samantha Vega, and Miss Delicious. Music by Mighty Mike. 444 Central Ave. Doors open at 10 p.m., bar serves until 4 a.m. $10 cover for 21 and over, $20 cover for under 21. See Tilt's Facebook page for details.

New Year's Eve Bash at the Lovin' Cup featuring music by Shine. 300 Park Point Drive. Three-course dinner specials and champagne toast at midnight. Doors at 8 p.m., music at 9 p.m., party until 4 a.m. $10. 292-9940.

New Year's Eve Celebration at the Old Toad. Three-course beer and food pairing. Dinner 6-9 p.m. Reservations required. Champagne toast at 7 p.m. for the British New Year, and at midnight for the American New Year. 277 Alexander St. 6:30 p.m. $50-$60. 232-2626.

New Year's Eve Celebration at the Pultneyville Grill. Special menu; live music from The White Hots. 4135 Mill St., Pultneyville. 315-589-4512.

New Year's Eve at Espada. Choose from two set menus plus a couples' option including a bottle of wine or prosecco. Fourteen cuts of meat and a premium salad bar, plus much more. 5 p.m. $45-$175. 274 N. Goodman St., 473-0050.

New Year's Eve Downtown Celebration. Free family open skate at Manhattan Square Park Ice Rink 6-8 p.m.; free adult open skate 9-11 p.m. At 7 p.m. free DJ dance party with Jimmy C's Music Machine, giant bounce houses, obstacle course, airbrush tattoos, photo booths, magician, clowns at Rochester Riverside Convention Center, 123 E. Main St. 10 p.m. fireworks finale. Free parking at South Avenue, Court Street, Sister Cities, and Washington Square garages. 428-5990.

New Year's Eve Overnight at YMCA-Bay View. Overnight event with swimming, late-night movie, snacks, and breakfast. YMCA-Bay View, 1209 Bay Road. 6 p.m.-9 a.m. $30-$45, $20-$35 for half night (6 p.m.-12:30 a.m.). 671-8414.

New Year's Eve Party 2014 at the Radisson Hotel Rochester Riverside. Live performance from Cherry Bomb and DJs spinning all night. Hors d'oeuvres start at 8 p.m. followed by dinner buffet and desserts. Five-hour open bar, party hats, and noisemakers, and midnight champagne toast. 120 E. Main St. Party-only packages $95-$195, overnight packages $155-$265. 546-6400.

New Year's MMXIV at Vinyl Nightclub. All-inclusive VIP package includes five-hour open bar, champagne toast, and full hors d'oeuvres. 291 Alexander St. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. See Vinyl's Facebook page for more information.

New Year's Party at Bowl-A-Roll Lanes. Five two-hour bowling sessions available at 12:30 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m., and 9:30 p.m. Pizza, pop, prizes, and surprises. 1560 Jefferson Road. $7-$36. Reservations/deposits required.

New Year's Party at Skylark Lounge. Featuring various DJs throughout the night; free champagne toast at midnight. 40 S. Union St. DJs start at 9 p.m. 270-8106.

New Year's Party at Jeremiah's on Monroe. Purchase tickets for all you can drink from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Tons of prizes and giveaways all night. $40-$60. 461-1313,

New Year's Celebration at Tap and Table. Set menu including three courses and a champagne toast for $68 plus tax and gratuity. Doors open at 4:30 p.m., reservations from 5-10 p.m. Fireworks at 10 p.m. 319-3388

New Year's Party at The Daily Refresher. No cover charge, drink specials. 293 Alexander St. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. 360-4627. See Facebook event for details.

Noon Year's Eve. Countdown to noon, family-friendly festivities. Ireland Room of Chili Public Library, 3333 Chili Ave. 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 889-2200.

Noon Year's Eve Party with Professor Klutzo at Central Library. Join Professor Klutzo and his puppets for a fun program. At noon, watch the ball drop and create a storm of noise! Free for all ages. Kate Gleason Auditorium. 11 a.m. 115 South Avenue, 428-8150.

Prepps' New Year's Eve Party. Private party on New Year's Eve 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Open bar, food, champagne, live DJ, and more. All-inclusive tickets for $50 at the bar in advance. 655 Monroe Ave. See Facebook for details.

Quaker Steak and Lube New Year's Eve Kids' Party. Kids 10 and under eat free with each adult entrée purchased, bowling and prizes courtesy of AMF Gates Lanes, and "Color a Coop" coloring contest, occurring all day. Face painting, arts and crafts, and kids' karaoke from 5-8 p.m. Sparkling juice toast at 8 p.m. Bring canned goods to be donated to a local shelter. 2205 Buffalo Road.

Rocking New Year's Eve Vintage Beer Social/Free Countdown Bash with Krypton 88. Beer social begins at 9 p.m., free music at 10:30 p.m. Tap & Mallet, 381 Gregory St. $18 for beer social. 473-0503.

Tandoor of India's Special New Year's Eve Buffet. Belly dancing 5-9:30 p.m. 376 Jefferson Road. $27.99/person, children 10 and under half price. 427-7080.

Tapas 177 New Year's Eve Party. Four-course menu with seating times 5:30-7:30 p.m. or 9-9:30 p.m. $70 per person plus tax and tip (excludes drinks). DJ dance party until 4 a.m. with DJ Flex. 177 St. Paul St. 262-2090.

Town of Henrietta Family New Year's Eve Party. Doors open at 6 p.m., fireworks start at 9:15 p.m. $5 admission, kids 2 and under free. Fair and Expo Center, 2695 E. Henrietta Road.

Woodcliff Hotel and Spa's New Year's Eve. Midnight fireworks, champagne toast, live music from Gap Mangione & the New Blues Band and the Orient Express Band, dinner in Horizons Restaurant, and more. 199 Woodcliff Drive. Varying couples packages ranging from $309 to $499. 381-4000.


Basketball: Rochester Razor Sharks vs. Buffalo 716ers. Blue Cross Arena, 1 Memorial Square. 7 p.m. $5-$25.


"Big Wigs" Kasha Davis and Aggy Dune perform a Las Vegas-style show complete with impressions of Cher, Tina Turner, Joan Rivers, and more. Jewish Community Center, 1200 Edgewood Ave. 9 p.m. $18-$26. 461-2000.

New Year's Eve at Downstairs Cabaret Theatre Performances of 70's/80's musical "Take Me Home" (20 Windsor St., 6:30 p.m., 10:15 p.m., $40-$45); mentalist Marc Salem's "Mind Over Rochester" (540 E. Main St., 3, 7 & 10:30 p.m., $25-$35); and a show TBD at the Winton Place location (3450 Winton Place). Later shows include desserts, prize drawings, toasts, etc. 325-4370.

ShakeCo Presents "Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions" by Edwin A. Abbott. A play that follows the adventures of a two-dimensional square, whose view of reality is shaken when he meets the impossible: a three-dimensional sphere. MuCCC, 142 Atlantic Ave. 7 p.m. Suggested donation of $6.

"Waiting at the Crossroads Café" Local Broadway belters Janine Mercandetti and Robyn Fazio bring back their popular show from the 2013 Rochester Fringe Festival. Blackfriars Theatre, 795 E. Main St. 7 & 9:30 p.m. $35. 454-1260.


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