Nashville On New Years Eve: A Procrastinator’s Guide

Nothing like waiting until the night before to make your New Years Eve plans, right? Every year, we swear we’ll be partying in style… next year. Then, when next year rolls around, we find ourselves in the same place – On the couch. Now, there’s nothing wrong with settling in for a quiet night at home, but if you’re looking for something to do and just can’t seem to find anything fun, Nashville’s got you covered. Here are (just a few) of our suggestions for being out & about tomorrow night.

Music City’s Bash on Broadway (with Guitar Drop)7:30pm, 1st & Broadway, free. After a failed attempt at unloading $250 concert tickets for last year’s NYE celebration, the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau is throwing this year’s party for free. This time, they’ve put together a lineup of music for the night including Rodney Atkins, Jonny Lang, Tommy Sims, Marc Broussard, the Dirt Drifters, and Gabe Dixon. And our city is so rock ‘n’ roll that we’re dropping a guitar at midnight (instead of a lame glittery ball), then shooting off some fireworks because that’s how we roll. We’ll be hooking you up with road closures in a separate post, so stay tuned!

Dine in style. Enjoy a low-key, fancy-shmancy meal with some champagne and other little perks, depending on where you decide to drop your dollar. Downtown Details has the scoop on fixed-price evenings at Capitol Grille, Sambuca, Prime 108, The Melting Pot, Nashville City Club, Flyte, Sole Mio and Merchant’s, and the Nashville Scene has the deets for dinner at Sperry’s, The Wine Loft, Urban Flats and more.

12th & Porter’s 2nd Annual New Years Big Ass Bash. 7pm doors/9pm show, $20-$40, 18+.
If you click that little link right above, you’ll be able to score $20 tickets to 12th & Porter’s NYE bash. They’re asking $30 regular price ($40 for VIP), and the evening will feature American Bang, Luna Halo, The Jane Shermans, The Minor Kings and Leslie. There will be a photobooth, DJs and drink specials – The usual party fare.

Mercy Lounge’s HAPPY ENDINGS. 9pm, $25-75.
The Mercy Lounge has been hyping up their crazy “Happy Endings” shindig for the past few months, promising “the wildest fairytale world you’ve ever seen,” “more fun than Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory” and a “mind-blowing midnight countdown filled with lasers and drenched in complimentary champagne.” While we take a moment to recover from reading the description, head over to to read more about the indoor snow fall, interactive video walls and other shenanegins to expect on NYE at Mercy. Buy your tickets in advance (like, now) if you expect to get in. PS: The Cannery’s party is already sold out.

10th Annual Blowout. 9pm, Limelight/Aerial, $30-75. If it has its own website, it must be cool, right? There’s a party at Limelight, a VIP party at Aerial, a VIP party at Limelight, a bunch of music and drinking, and it’s 21+ except maybe if you’re an 18 year old female at Limelight only (we’re totally not kidding).

McFadden’s New Years 2010 Glow. 8pm, $30-50, 21+. We’re really only recommending this because it promises glow jewelry, glow sticks, glow PAINT… and get this, MUCH MORE TO GLOW. We can’t exactly claim to know what that means, but it sounds like there’s going to be a rave at McFadden’s, and that’s something we’d like to observe from a safe distance.

New Years Eve Spectacular. 6pm VIP dinner, 8pm general admission, Wild Horse Saloon, $50-150.
We saw “Sexy Cowgirl Stilt Walkers” and were sold. Plus entertainment by Jeffrey Steele, Ira Dean & JC Andersen… and magic tricks! We like magic tricks.

If you just want to catch a show and drink some beer, Nashville Cream has things covered with a pretty thorough roundup (and a hilarious flowchart) of the evening’s happenings, and Metromix covered everything else.

Photo by Amit Gupta.