Bust out that party hat, noise-maker and everything shiny in your closet—it's New Year's Eve. And while you could sit at home, order Chinese delivery and put on a movie, this is the sort of holiday that generally warrants a little rambunctious fun. If you don't have any idea where to go to ring in 2012, don't worry—here's the 411 on the NYE haps.
Like live music? Good, because there's plenty of it in the City of Trees. Head to the Knitting Factory Concert House for New Year's Eve With Micky and the Motorcars. This Braun Brothers show is open to everyone 18 and older, and includes a champagne toast at midnight for the over-21 set. The show starts at 9:30 p.m. and tickets range from $25-$100, or visit promo.boiseweekly.com for a chance to win a pair of tickets.
Feeling a little less country and a bit more rock 'n' roll? Catch some classic rock at the Boise Centre's Rockin' New Year's Eve bash. Champagne, food and drinks will accompany rock cover songs and dancing at this 21-and-older party. This is the celebration's 18th year, so it must be doing something right. Tickets are $20 and the party gets going at 8 p.m.
If you want a more eclectic lineup of musicians, spend NYE at The Shredder, where thrash metal bands Krystos and Datura, punk rockers Jerkwadz and indie hip-hop fav Curtis Plum will all make an appearance, alongside arcades, a half pipe and lots of barley pops. The show costs $5 and all ages are welcome from 8-11:30 p.m., but the older crowd can stick around until 2 a.m.
If you want to ring in the New Year with Mr. Built to Spill himself, Doug Martsch, head over to Neurolux for a full night of DJ jams by Built to Spin. Martsch spins an eclectic array of indie, reggae and electronic tracks guaranteed to get your ass shaking. The dance party gets started at 10 p.m. and will set you back $5.
If you'd rather party in Garden City than the City of Trees, catch the 2012 Carnival at Visual Arts Collective. Live performances will occur on the hour beginning at 8 p.m. and will feature the lustrous ladies of the Red Light Variety Show and members of Alley Repertory Theater, a few short films will be shown, and there will be plenty of door prizes and dancing. Admission is on a pay-what-you-want basis, and all donations will help fund a new storage space for the plethora of performance companies that call VAC home.
Need something to do with your adorable offspring? Idaho Ice World has just the thing. For $5, you can rent a pair of skates and glide into the New Year with your whole family. Hit the food court and then head back to the ice, where you can skate until 1 a.m.—or whenever your legs give out. Wahooz Family Fun Zone and Pinz Bowling Lane provide an ice-free night out with cosmic bowling, laser tag, a pizza and pasta buffet and more arcade games than you can shake a joystick at. Tickets are $27 for the kiddos and $45 for adults.
If it's a glamorous, adults-only New Years you're after, head to Helina Marie's for a decadent evening. The theme is Recreating the Mansion one bunny at a time, so scour up a vintage Playboy, pony up $12.50 and head to the wine shop at 8 p.m. for booze, music, dancing and a dessert buffet. Bunny suits and smoking jackets are encouraged but not mandatory.
You can also wear something a little zany at Liquid Lounge's ABC NYE party. No, it's not an alphabet lesson--the theme for this shindig is anything but clothes. You'll probably get arrested or be hospitalized from hypothermia if you go nude, but grab some duct tape, repurpose the area rug in your living room or get creative with the awesome publication you're currently holding and play fashion designer. Donning a costume gets you out of the $5 cover charge, and the best male and female get-ups will each earn a $50 bar tab. There will be plenty of door prizes, giveaways and lots of live music from Alpenflow and In the Fade. Once you've indulged in a boozy good time, stumble to Liquid's sister restaurant Solid, where you can get breakfast until 4 a.m., soak up the alcohol in your system, wait for a taxi and feel proud that you got 2012 off to such an awesome start.