Winter is the perfect time to explore the natural stone shelters where native Arkansans once lived
Oh, New Year's Eve, you big ol' glittery, champagne-soaked annual night of merriment you, with your clubs and bars and house parties full of tipsy revelers stumbling around, full of good cheer and optimism for the new year and better-than-usual booze. Here you are again.
What to do after you get all gussied up and ready to go out? Below are a few suggestions.
If partying with the hordes is what you're after, The Peabody has Bring on 2013, which will almost certainly draw the biggest crowd of the night. With music from Tragikly White, DJ Brandon Peck, Rodney Block & The Real Music Lovers, Tre Day and DJ g-force, 9 p.m., $50 adv., $65 day of. There are room specials as well; call 906-4000 for details.
Another likely big one, The Point 94.1 New Year's Eve Party, has your celebratory needs covered, with hors d'oeuvres, champagne toast, party favors and music from The Big John Miller Band and Taylor Nealey, Crowne Plaza, 8 p.m., $45-$50.
Of course, Discovery Nightclub will no doubt be bumping as 2012 gives way to 2013. They've got Disco's Fabulous Vegas Style NYE Celebration, with Dominique Sanchez & The Discovery Dolls, Lawler, Sleepy, Ewell, Platinumb, J-Dawg, Playboy Steve, 9 p.m.-5 a.m., $10. They'll have drink specials, balloon drops, prizes and a giveaway for a Vegas vacay.
If you're into the vintage/craftsy thing, Etsy Little Rock hosts a Midnight Masquerade at Stickyz. They'll have a photo booth with props available and music from Justin Carder, Falcon Scott and DJ Poebot. VIP booths are available for auction, with handmade masks and a bottle of bubbly included. There'll be masks for sale as well, with a champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight, Etsy gift card giveaways and more.
Cajun's Wharf has its New Year's Eve Bash, with PG-13 The Band headlining, Richie Johnson for happy hour for you early birds and DJ Kramer with the interstitial jams. Cover includes an appetizer buffet starting at 7 p.m., party favors and entertainment, 9 p.m., $35.
If a massive beer selection is a prerequisite for your end-of-year partying, you should consider attending The Hi-Balls New Year's Eve Party at Flying Saucer. Cover includes party favors and champagne toast at midnight, 7 p.m., $5 for UFO members, $10 nonmembers.
Midtown Billiards has a New Year's Eve Bash with blues wailers Catfish Jackson, 12:30 a.m., $5.
Over at Revolution, you can ring in the new year with Tyrannosaurus Chicken and a heaping side of Cadillac Jackson, 18-and-older, 9 p.m., $10 adv., $15 day of.
Argenta's newest club, The Joint, hosts a New Year's Eve Party with The Big Dam Horns and Leta Joyner, 9 p.m., $10.
The Karla Case Band rocks in 2013 at Dugan's Pub, 9 p.m., free.
Little Rock Salsa New Year's Eve includes, naturally, salsa dancing, with a midnight champagne toast and hors d'oeuvres, Juanita's, 9 p.m., $20 adv., $25 day of.
If you're of a mind to celebrate with a nod to the Emerald Isle, Hibernia Irish Tavern hosts the Celtic folk/punk-rock hybrid Dead Celt Society, 8 p.m.
Maxine's greets the new year with the Moonshiner's Ball, featuring cow-punk notables The Hickoids, Little Rock rock machine Booyah! Dad with the lovely Foul Play Cabaret, garage psych/classic country explorers The Frontier Circus and the bluegrass sounds of Ben Franks & The Bible Belt Boys, 9 p.m., $13 adv., $15 door.
Willy D's New Year's Eve celebration includes party favors and champagne toast at midnight, Willy D's Dueling Piano Bar, 9 p.m., $25.
Vodka buffs can Ciroc'in New Year's Eve at Six Ten Center, 9 p.m., free.
Miss Kitty's Saloon has a Black Masquerade Ball, which includes prizes and giveaways, with performances from Brittney Paige, Chloe Jacobs, Montana Reed, Tionne Iman, ChiChi Valdez, Eartha Quake, Akasha Adonis and more, 7 p.m., free.
Anybody wanting to celebrate the arrival of 2013 on the water should consider New Year's Eve on the River, aboard the Arkansas Queen, 6 and 9:30 p.m., $30-$49.
Twelve Modern Lounge has The NYE Countdown Event, with live music from Bijoux. General admission is $20, but if you wanna spring for VIP you can get a reserved table, drinks and hors d'oeuvres, 9 p.m.
The Arlington Hotel in Hot Springs hosts an opulent New Year's Eve gala, with a five-course dinner, drinks, dancing and live music from the Stardust Big Band, 7:30 p.m., $175.