With me, everything is last-minute. I've just posted my list of places that are open Christmas Day, and finally I'm putting up the list of beer-centric New year's eve parties. That means some of these events may be sold out. But let's find out. Because there are so many places with good beer and good parties, we'll keep it brief with links to each establishment's online information.
First, events at brewpubs:
- America's Historic Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway, Aurora IL (630) 892-0034
Two Events: 1. Comedy shows at 7:30 & 10 p.m., with Tim Walkoe, Josh Alton, Tiffany Ellen, Bert Forth, plus guest TBA. 21+ shows, price $25, including party favors and New Years Eve Dance Party afterward. 2. Dance Party with DJ Brewmaster Mike. Doors open at 9:30 p.m. 21+, $10 cover. Price includes party favors, midnight champagne toast and balloon drop.
- Flatlander's Restaurant & Brewery, 200 Village Green (Rt. 45 & Milwaukee Ave.), Libertyville, IL (847) 821-1234
New Years Eve Party with the band FRICTION, starting at 9:00 p.m.
$20 Cover In Advance via TicketWeb, or $25 Day of Show, featuring party favors and a champagne toast.
$80 VIP Package (9:00 - 12:30): Appetizer buffet, house drafts, bottled beers, wines, soda, juice and well drinks, party favors - champagne toast
- Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery, 1035 Sterling Ave., Flossmoor, IL (708) 957-BREW
Open regular hours (11:30 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.) on New Year's Eve & New Year's Day.
- Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph St., Chicago (312) 638-0700
"Yes, we are open NYE with two bars, two dining rooms and 100 awesome beers! And the food is rocking. Sausage and beer for the New Year!" This from co-owner Pete Crowley on Haymarket's Facebook page, where he also notes that the first house beers should start pouring by January 10.
- Limestone Brewing Co. 12337 S. Rt. 59 Ste. 155, Plainfield, IL (815) 577-1900
Dinner & Open Bar: 3-course dinner and drinks from 8:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. as part of the package ~ $85 or $150/couple.
Open Bar: If you just want drinks and to nibble off a limited menu, come in for the Open Bar from 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. ~ $55
Both packages include a Late-Night Buffet from 11:30 - 1:00 and Paddy Wagons* will drive you and your car home at no charge!
Midnight Celebration Option: Want to join us in the celebration but aren't looking for a package? A $5 cover starting at 9:00 p.m., limited menu until 10:00 p.m., select appetizers from 10:00 to 12:30.
Music by 4Cast. Open bar includes Limestone "In Stone" Beers, House Wine, Domestics, Well & Call Liquors
* Paddy Wagon will drive you home, in your car, up to 10 miles away! Time of departure must be scheduled after arrival & is not guaranteed. Call to make your reservation now!
- The Lucky Monk Burger, Pizza & Beer, 105 Hollywood Blvd., South Barrington, IL (847) 898-0500
Regular menu will be available for everyone, plus a special menu for the evening with Champagne Chicken and Shrimp or Filet Oscar. $40 drink special for all you can drink from 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. will be available to add to any dinner package. Complimentary party favors and champagne at midnight. AND....live entertainment from the duo Me and a Guy Named Moe from 10-close.
Kids' New Years Eve countdown at 6 p.m., with free pizza and sodas for kids under 12 from 4-6 pm.
- Mickey Finn's Brewery & Pub Food, 412 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville, IL (847) 362-6688
Mickey Finn's New Years Eve 2011 in the Amber Room, with live music by Ordinary Outcast. Top-shelf open bar from 9:00 p.m. - 1:30 a.m. Italian buffet, Midnight Balloon drop and Champagne Toast. $60 per person. Tickets still available as of Wednesday; stop by or call for reservations.
9520 Higgins Rd., Rosemont, IL (847) 692-4426
1901 McConnor Parkway, Schaumburg, IL (847) 517-8791
700 N Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling, IL (847) 520-1222
6pm - 9pm New Year's Eve Bash at all Illinois + Indiana RAM locations
Ring in the New Year with RAM Hand-Crafted Cuisine! Enjoy a New Year's New York or a Brew Year's Eve Combo for $29.99 per person. To make reservations please call your local Illinois and Indiana RAM locations!
- Revolution Brewing, 2323 N Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 227-BREW
Family Party, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. $40 per adult, $10 per kid
Adult Party, 8:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. $100 per adult - Open bar with 10+ Revolution beers & champagne toast, plus Baracus Imperial Stout tapping, plus a sumptuous buffet. Gratuity included. Coat check available. Dress to impress. Reservations are available at the host stand or email email@example.com. Availability is limited.
- Rock Bottom Chicago, 1 W. Grand Ave., Chicago (312) 755-9339
Ring in 2011 with the Rock Bottom Brewery in downtown Chicago! 9:00 pm to close, with Live Band Karaoke, DJ Dance Party. Premium Open Bar, 9:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m., Dinner Buffet, Midnight Champagne Toast, Party Favors. Tickets $90.00 + $1.99 handling and available exclusively at Brownpapertickets.com.
Early Bird Entry! Doors open at 8:00 for ticket holders with a cash bar until 9:00 p.m. Last Call at 1:30 a.m.
- Rock Bottom Orland Park, 16156 S. La Grange Rd., Orland Park, IL (708) 226-0021
New Year's Eve Dinner from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. Special Menu features a 3-course meal with beer pairings for an all inclusive price. So come in and enjoy a great dinner before heading out to enjoy the evenings festivities or stay and bring in the New Year with one of our hand crafted beers. Call us for details at 708-226-0021 and to reserve your spot.
- Rock Bottom Warrenville, 28256 Diehl Rd., Warrenville, IL (630) 836-1380
New Year's Eve party from 9:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. $75/person (includes all tax and gratuity). Dance Party w/ DJ, Premium open bar, Appetizer buffet 9:00 p.m. - midnight, Champagne toast at Midnight.
Hotel Package: $245 per couple includes shuttle between Rock Bottom and the nearby Hilton Garden Inn, 2 tickets to NYE, and one night's stay at the Hilton. Tickets are limited, and reservations are required. Call (630) 836-1380 for more information or go to www.brownpapertickets.com to purchase tickets.
- ShoreLine Brewery & Restaurant, 208 Wabash St., Michigan City, IN (219) 879-4677
New Year's Eve Live Show, 10:00 p.m. Tie or Dye Event Featuring Chesterbrown and Stealin' the Farm. Wear attire dressed up with a tie and formal gear or Dress to chill in tie dyed clothes and casual style... Join us for a great night of music, love and hops with a Midnight champagne toast to kick off a great New Year! $2 Cover in proper attire. $5 Cover if not dressed in "themed" duds.
And at our favorite beer bars, restaurants & gastropubs:
Beer Geeks, 3030 45th St., Highland, IN (219) 513-9795
New Years Eve Party! Live music performed by NWI finest original Rock band GREEN SLIME TRAIL..No Cover Charge, Best Beer in the Region! (This is all the info I can glean, but I want to encourage some beer geekery along the Illiana border, and it's near Three Floyds, too).
Brixie's Beer Bar, 9526 W. Ogden Ave., Brookfield, IL (708) 387-0050
Price $25.00 21+ Show. This Must Be the Band; Talking Heads Tribute performing 3 Long Sets starting at 8:00 p.m. Boogie into the New Year and dance 'til at least 2:30!!! Ticket includes a Champagne Toast at Midnight! Enjoy the greatest Talking Heads Tribute in the nation. Tickets at BrownPaperTickets.com
Fiddlehead Cafe, 4600 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 751-1500
New Years Eve 3 Course Dinner with Beer Pairings, 5:00 p.m. - Midnight. Food $49, Beer Pairing $19. Check out the menu on their website.
Finnegan's Irish Pub, 24102 Lockport St,, Plainfield, IL (815) 733-5177
Private, all inclusive party at the pub starting at 9:00 p.m. $65 includes dinner, well drinks, draft beer, party favors, and live music! Designated driver rates are $30 and include dinner, soda, favors, and music. Tripel Karmeliet toast at midnight! This will be a private event upstairs for the 1st 50 guests that sign up. If we have a lot of interest, we will be making the entire pub a private event. Pre-pay only. Call the pub to reserve your spot (815) 733-5177
The Fountianhead, 1970 W. Montrose Ave. Chicago, IL (773) 697-8204
A night of New Resolutions, New & Rare Beers, Great Food, & No Cover Charge.
Featuring: ... New & Rare Beers: On Draft, New Belgium/Allagash Vrienden, Left Hand Fade To Black, Bierbrouwerij Emelisse Triple IPA, Two Brothers Bare Tree Weiss Wine, Dogfish Head Bitches Brew, Bear Republic Apex Imperial IPA, Mikkeller Rauch Geek Breakfast Stout, Anderson Valley Imperial Boont Amber, Half Acre Big Hugs on Cask, Bells Two Hearted, Three Floyds Alpha King.
New Beer's Eve Prix-Fixe Dinner. Each course paired with a beer by our Beer Director Prix-Fixe dinner by reservation only, 4-8 pm, $30 per Person. Please email by Wed. Dec. 29th with Preferred Time, Number of People, & Course Choices to: firstname.lastname@example.org
New Beer's Eve Small Plates, 8-11pm: Chef Robyn has put together a special selection of small plates for just $6 each!
Maple Tree Inn, 13301 S. Olde Western Ave., Blue Island, IL (708) 388-3461
This Friday and Saturday only, due to overwhelming response, we will be featuring our Smoke Roasted Leg of Lamb and Cajun Prime Rib for $21.95 each. On Friday, New Year's Eve, serving a complimentary glass of Ommegang Brewery's award-winning Saison, Hennepin, to each guest. Then, on Saturday, New Year's Day, we bring you the highly anticipated return of Maple Tree Inn's original SAUERKRAUT SOUP, with complimentary freshly-baked French bread and warm jalapeno cornbread muffins. All week long, including New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, we will be featuring our full menu, as well as our full beer list and drink list. As usual, Wednesday is $2 off ALL specialty martinis and Thursday is Craft Beer Night with $1 off ALL 26 beers on draught!
Maria's Packaged Goods & Community Bar, 960 W 31st Str., Chicago (773) 890-0588
Maria's 25th Anniversary NYE Party, 8:00 p.m.
"Please join us for a kick ass night. There's no cover, no stress. Just free food and complementary champagne. Try to make it an evening with us or stop on through before and after your other NYE events. For 25 years Maria and her friends have cooked and catered food to feed her patrons at the Maria's NYE party. Expect Korean-Polish style food with a little fried chicken thrown in. DJ Joe Bryl will be rockin' the turntables, all of our house cocktails are on discount and we have party hats and cheezy noisemakers as well."
Owen & Engine, 2700 N. Western Ave., Chicago (773) 235-2930
Owen & Engine will offer their regular menu with a few special additions. Free champagne toast at midnight. Reservations strongly encouraged.
Paddy Long's, 1028 W. Diversey Ave., Chicago (773) 290-6988
New Year's Eve party starting at 9:00 p.m., $80. Includes top shelf open bar from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m. with appetizer buffet and mignsight champagne toast. Book your ticket now online to save your spot for NYE. http://bookwhen.com/paddynye
Sheffield's Lakeview, 3258 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago (773) 281-4989
Ring in the New Year at Sheffield's, starting at 8:00 p.m. $85 in advance, at the bar or by calling (773) 716-7200. $100 at the door, if available. Premium open bar with craft beer and cocktails. An assortment of passed appetizers from 9:00 p.m. - 12:30 a.m.
SmallBar Division, 2049 West Division, Chicago, IL 773-772-2727
Ring in the new year at Division Street's easiest NYE celebration. No cover. No package. No reservations. Just come on down for the git down with The Comeups, DJ Intel & DJ Pickel! FREE! 21+. No reservations, first come, first served.
Friday, January 1 : New Year's Day! Open at noon with full brunch menu, Bloody Marys and mimosas to help you get back on your feet for 2011.
SmallBar Fullerton, 1415 West Fullerton, Chicago, IL 773-525-2727
NYE celebration with DJ Buck! Get in on our open bar from 9pm - 1am including a champagne toast! $60 for the main floor with domestic bottles, call cocktails or wine. Or $80 for 40 limited seats in The Mezzanine with domestic bottles, call cocktails and wine with a food spread! 21+. No reservations, first come, first served.
Friday, January 1 : New Year's Day! Open at noon with our full brunch menu, bloody marys and mimosas to help you get back on your feet for 2011.
The Tribes Alehouse, 11220 W. Lincoln Hwy, Mokena, IL (815) 464-0248
"On New Years Eve, we will NOT be doing any kind of package. We don't believe in this economy it is fair for our regulars to pay $60 or more to come out to their favorite pub. So, come on out and just spend what you can afford & enjoy! We do ask that you make reservations. We offer 3 seatings for dining tables: 4PM (must be finished by 5:45PM), 6PM (must be finished by 8PM) & 8:30PM (you own the table for the night!) Also, there is NO COVER for Leadfoot String Band who will ring in the New Year at 9:30PM! By the way, we have filled half of the reservations already, so call us fast!"