Forget your birthday, St. Patrick's Day, or Super Bowl Sunday - New Year's Eve is the social event of the year. You've been shopping for new duds all month, and you've finally found the perfect outfit. You're hopeful that when the clock strikes 12, you'll be lip-locked with someone hot. You've consulted 20 of your closest friends to find out what "everyone" is doing. You're determined that this year will be different - it won't be a letdown, and you won't be standing knee-deep in keg beer in a basement, or sitting alone on your couch, stroking your stuffed bear and watching the ball drop. And finally, you absolutely will not be running around at the last minute trying to find a place that isn't packed tighter than McConaughey's Polo shirts.
This year, you'll be prepared. You will plan ahead. To help you in your endeavor to make this New Year's Eve a whole lot better than the one you spent at the Homeplate Tavern with your cousin, we've put together a directory of DJs spinning nonstop Saturday night.
Big Whisky Saloon
425 Franklin St., Olympia
The first New Year's Eve party for Olympia's version of the Big Whisky Saloon is being called a redneck celebration with a "big ass balloon drop." Co-presented by 100.7FM The Wolf, The foot-stompin' crowd at the Big Whisky Saloon won't care who won the Civil War. They just like the fact that Ulysses S. Grant was drunk throughout his whole presidency. Expect a mixture of rock and country music all night. 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m. dance lessons, $10 includes PBR toast at midnight. Nice. Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/217977
Big Whisky Saloon
100 S. Ninth St., Tacoma
You won't see rock-critic-type nerds clutching their little notepads to jot notes on their aesthetic conclusions about the music or Ani DiFranco fans at Big Whisky's Redneck New Year's Eve Celebration. You will see a sea of cowboy hats and a jam-packed dance floor all night. Mirroring its redneck cousin in Olympia, this party will include a balloon drop and PBR toast at midnight, as well as a night of country and rock tunes. 7 p.m., $10. Tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/217979
The Brotherhood Lounge
119 Capitol Way N., Olympia
What better way to bring in the New Year than at one of Olympia's signature bars? For your dancing pleasure or if you want to chill in a booth with a bottle of bubbly, you will still be served with quality sounds - DJ Dead Air is filling the joint with '80s, rock, punk and disco until 2 a.m. Balloons will drop from the high ceiling too. Fifty percent of the cover is being donated to Safe Place. 9 p.m., $5.
1025 Pacific Ave., Tacoma
As you would expect from one of Tacoma's fanciest clubs, Encore is planning a New Year's Eve bash that promises to be the city's most bling celebration. This dressy event comes complete with a champagne toast at midnight, plenty of party favors and DJ Ryan Harris will spin a musical journey through the top songs of 2011. 9 p.m., $25, VIP available. Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/215651
Seventh and Broadway, Tacoma
As part of First Night Tacoma, Fab-5 DJs will be spinning awesome grooves for break dancers while graffiti arts go of on the garages. 7 p.m., $10 First Night Buttons
Jake's on 4th
418 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia
The gay-friendly dance club will be having a party with champagne toast, snacks and a DJ. Hit the dance floor with your best moves and some Jell-O shots and a guaranteed outcome of questionable behavior will be yours to ponder.
Lady Luck's Cowgirl Up Steakhouse and Saloon
14114 Pacific Ave., Tacoma
DJs will spin country and rock while the Pinnacle Vodka flows like water. Includes midnight buffet, midnight toast, party favors and balloon drop and much bad behavior (in a good way). 9 p.m., $25
2811 Sixth Ave., Tacoma
Latin America Meets North America when DJs Mauro and Niros spinning salsa, reggaeton, cumbia, merengue on two dance floors with a champagne toast at midnight. 9 pm. $15-$20.
3829 Sixth Ave., Tacoma
The gay-friendly nightclub on Sixth Avenue will host an Absolut White Party New Year's Eve hosted by the "incomparable Aphelia Bottom. DJ Aaron Mack will spin at the "drag 'n' dance party that features duh, Absolut Vodka specials, midnight toast, male and female go-gos and VIP karaoke rooms. 7 p.m., $7, $5 if you're in white.
635 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma
The gay-friendly bar has titled its New Year's Eve bash "Snowed In" with DJ Broam and The Mix's own Dallas Howsyourmother Madsen spinning. Expect drink specials, party favors, free champagne and a gay ol' time. 9 p.m., $5
Pints & Quarts Westside
625 Black Lake Blvd. SW, Olympia
The watering hole at the Capital Mall hosts a cover free masquerade style dance party. 9 p.m. No cover
Rock The Dock
535 Dock St., Tacoma
The lively bar will go old school New Year's Eve when DJ Old Skool brings the hump and bump to the Thea Foss Waterway. Expect party favors, midnight champagne toast, drink specials and some nimrod jumping in the water. 9 p.m., no cover
The Royal Lounge
311 Capitol Way N., Olympia
Party like The Jetson's robot Rosie Saturday night in downtown Olympia at The Royal's Futurama-Electro where glow sticks, duct tape, tin foil and costumes are welcomed. 9 p.m., $10.
Social Bar and Grill
1715 Dock St., Tacoma
After the Social's special New year's Eve dinner around 10 p.m. Dj Erik Holme and friends will spin only breaking for a free champagne toast on the water.
Tacoma Art Museum
1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma
A wise man once said: "Go big or go home" and so the folks from Light & Music Entertainment will go big with a bunch of DJs spinning electronic and dubstep at the Tacoma Art Museum. Keep hydrated and don't die. 9 p.m., $20 online, $25 door, $40 VIP (no lines and discounted drinks) with full cash/credit bar and champagne toast at midnight. Get on it: http://www.lightsnmusic.com/events/
913 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Tacoma
The swank Hilltop Tacoma joint hosts WomynRock and DJ Traci spinning tunes from the ‘50s-‘80s. 6-10 p.m., $5. Drag show begins at 10 ap.m. with free cover.
Vanity Night Club
5602 S. Washington, Tacoma
The South Tacoma club hosts a Black and White Masquerade party with a VIP option and a trip to Las Vegas up for grabs. Expect a balloon drop and hip-hop with DJ Quiet Storm. 9 p.m.
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