New Year's Eve is kind of like the adult version of prom--the one night when everyone dresses to the nines and hopes that by the time the clock strikes midnight, their dates will have the boyish good looks of Ryan Gosling or the female equivalent. Since New Year's is a Champagne holiday, that might happen.
But navigating your way through New Year's Eve can be a real hassle. With thousands of boozed-up adults stumbling from bar to bar, refusing to pay covers and pushing past fellow imbibers loitering around outside, you're going to have to make a plan. If you're going to survive New Year's, you need to make like a Boy Scout and be prepared.
Luckily, there is no shortage of parties in and around downtown Boise. Here's our list of some hot New Year's Eve happenings:
If you're in search of a party that has it all (tunes, booze, goodies), drop by Liquid in BODO for the Liquid Laughs New Year's Eve Extravaganza. For $5, guests will be treated to live music from Heibarger, Jimmy Sinn, Roofied Resistance and the Piranhas. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. and will carry through the whole evening with rotating drink specials, and a Champagne toast at midnight.
For those looking to get down and dance, Neurolux welcomes 2013 with DJ Noah Hyde, Dirty Moogs and Edward Dantes. The music starts at 7 p.m., with a $5 cover. Anyone looking for something less rowdy can find it at 96.1 BOB FM Rockin' New Year's Eve at the Boise Centre. Enjoy music by J.R. and the Stingrays, as well as some party favors. Tickets are $20 in advance online or $25 at the door.
If you're hoping to avoid the downtown crowds, consider Helina Marie's Wine Bar in Star. The party includes beer, wine, Champagne, dancing and one last chance to throw on some fancy attire in 2012. Tickets are $10 per person; call in advance to reserve your spot.
While these are just a few soirees where you can welcome the New Year, we're confident that no matter where you end up, partying will occur. So stay safe, drink up and see you next year, Boise.