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Party on to 2007 

On the water, with the Zoo animals, or in selected clubs and restaurants past midnight.

PEABODY PICK: Venus Mission.
  • PEABODY PICK: Venus Mission.

Thanks to 1995 state legislation, Sunday isn’t a typical Sunday when it’s New Year’s Eve. The party will go on past 10 p.m. this Sunday, Dec. 31, when assorted clubs and hotels play host to New Year’s Eve parties and dances:

The annual KKPT, 94.1 “The Point”-sponsored party at the Embassy Suites will again feature the Rockets, voted annually by Arkansas Times readers as the best band in the state. Doors will open at 8 p.m. and the party will run from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tickets include party favors, champagne toast, hors d’oeuvres, and music.

Tickets are $60. A cash bar will be available. Call the Embassy Suites at 312-9000 or KKPT at 664-9410. The Embassy Suites Hotel is now a smoke-free facility.

The Peabody-Little Rock is promoting a New (and Improved) Year’s Eve extravaganza at the downtown hotel, with parties assorted bars and ballrooms. Wine and Roses will be playing in the lobby bar, the Venus Mission will perform covers in the Peabody Ballroom, and D.J. Ed Johnson will spin records in Club Peabody in the Arkansas Ballroom. A champagne toast and midnight balloon drop will be among the highlights. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 at the door (must be 21 or older; IDs will be checked). Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Peabody Gift Shop.

Also at the Peabody, Capriccio Grill Italian Steakhouse will be offering a special New Year’s Eve four-course menu for $85 per person (plus tax and gratuities, excluding alcohol) that includes a wristband to hotel parties. Call Judy at 399-8062 for reservations and information.

The Peabody will offer room packages that include party wristbands (based on double occupancy). Call 906-4000 for information and or reservations. Also, the Peabody has a “Holiday Hotline” with information 399-8059

nCajun’s Wharf will feature music by Taylor Made and DJ Max, along with an appetizer buffet and special party favors, plus a new year’s toast, all for $25. The bar opens at 4:30 p.m. and the restaurant at 5 p.m. Richie Johnson will open the music by playing happy hour, and DJ G-Force will keep the music going between sets.

For something totally different, take your New Year’s celebration on the river. The Arkansas Queen, which docks in North Little Rock, will be offering early dinner and late cruises. The early cruise will run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and include a three-course dinner. Boarding is at 5:30 p.m. The coast is $39.50 for adults and $37.50 for seniors.

The midnight cruise boards at 9:30 p.m. and will run from 10 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. All seats are $54.50 and include a three-course dinner and entertainment with party favors and champagne.

Call 372-5777 or go online at www.arkansasqueen.com for more information.

Maybe you’d rather spend your New Year’s away from the human animals and with real animals — at the Little Rock Zoo. The Zoo and Centennial Bank are sponsoring a black-tie optional New Year’s Eve celebration at the new Cafe Africa with local cover band Tragikly White providing the music. Tickets are $100 per person, and all proceeds benefit the Arkansas Zoological Foundation. The cost includes free wine, beer, champagne and light appetizers. Call 661-7208 or visit www.littlerockzoo.com.

If you want to laugh your way into 2007, check out the Loony Bin Comedy Club in Breckenridge Village. Two shows, at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., are planned with Carl Strong and opener David Graham. The early show will cost $12.50, while the 10 p.m. show begins seating at 9:15 p.m., and tickets are $25, which includes hat, horns, snacks, champagne and more through midnight.

Call 228-5555 for reservations or more information.

Maybe you want to wish in the new year by thinking of the past. The Empress of Little Rock will offer that with its Victorian New Year’s Eve, beginning at 8 p.m. The event features “An Affair to Remember” four-course gourmet dinner, dance and champagne toast. Each course will feature a wine hand-picked by the Empress’ sommelier. Tickets are $165 and do not include rooms. Victorian-era attire is encouraged, but not required; black tie is required. Call 374-7966. Space is limited.

Nu Cuisine Lounge will begin its “Count Down to Midnight” party at 9 p.m. VIP packages, starting at $500 for a table for four, feature reserved seating, open bar, a bottle of premium vodka and champagne, hors d’oeuvres, complimentary valet, a DJ spinning records, party favors and champagne toast. General admission, which includes open bar, party favors and champagne toast, is $75 per person. Call 378-7500.

Juanita’s Cantina Ballroom will start the celebrating at 8 p.m. and feature the band Chasing the Fall. Tickets are $10.

The Starving Artist Cafe on Seventh Street will have a New Year’s Eve special event with painter Elizabeth Weber. Call 301-8196 for more information.

At the Afterthought, the B Flats will entertain at a New Year’s Eve at the Hillcrest club ($10, 8 p.m.), while Rumba and Revolution plan a New Years Eve Extravaganza on President Clinton Avenue with parties in both rooms, including live music and a D.J.

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