IMAGE: MATT WONG
The Crystal Ball
Featuring Steve Kimock Band, Flowmotion and Oregon Country Fair performers set within a "crystalline village" designed by Love Mafia. Video projections by Cobalt Multimedia and a midnight parade. Costumes encouraged.
Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside St., 225-0047. 8 pm. $25 advance, $30 door. 21+.
14th Annual Champagne Ball
Mister Miyagi, DJ Sugar. Appetizer buffet, champagne, party favors. Video effects for countdown and balloon drop at midnight; two dance floors. Hilton Portland and Executive Tower, 921 SW 6th Ave., 226-1611. 8 pm. $60 advance, $249 overnight package for two. 21+.
Kwanzaa Gala and Rites of Passage Initiates' Ball
Bridge Builders' annual celebration honors 17 African-American college-age students, followed by African drumming and dancing, plus a post-celebration dance. Newmark Theatre, Portland Center for the Performing Arts, 1111 SW Broadway, 432-2917. $33.25-$38.50 entertainment, $40 post-celebration dance.
New Year's Eve Dinner with the Gypsy Jazz Trio and the Alfredo Muro Ensemble. Three prix fixe dinner seatings include champagne. Each reveler will be given 12 champagne grapes at the stroke of midnight in accordance with Peruvian tradition. 1314 NW Glisan St., 228-9535. Dinner seating at 5, 7 and 9:30 pm. $35-$120.
Five-course prix fixe dinner, optional wine tasting.
7742 SE 13th Ave., 232-6151. Reservations only. 6-9:30 pm. $45.
Dinner with members of the Portland Jazz Singers; dance party featuring DJ Francisco. Two seatings for buffet dinner followed by Shoshot Productions dance party. VIP packages available. 1022 W Burnside St., 597-2872. 5 pm dinner, 10 pm dancing. $70-$80 dinner package. 21+.
Prix fixe menu including foie gras, raised pheasant, and profiteroles with caramel ice cream. Regular menu also available. 200 SW Market St., 248-0004. $49.50, not including wine. Reservations required.
Three-, five- or seven-course menus. Limited bar menu from 10:30 pm on. 1001 SW Water Ave., 235-2294. $35-$75. Reservations required.
Six-course meal, champagne, free salsa lessons. 824 SW 1st Ave., 248-4709. 4:30 pm on. $75. 21+.
Live jazz courtesy of the Dave Fleschner Quartet and pan-Asian eats in Lake Oswego. 315 1st St., Suite 201, 697-8889. Dinner reservations begin at 5 pm, jazz from 9 pm.
Early dinner with three-course menu, late four-course dinner. Wine pairings available for an additional fee. 1230 NW Hoyt St., 241-8800. 5 and 8 pm. $30-$50.
Greek show with DJs Pitner and Sugar. "Nightclub package" entry fee for access to the Minoan Room and Taverna dance floors. 404 SW Washington St., 224-2288. 6 pm. $35 dinner (reservation only). Minoan Room: $18 advance, $20 door. 21+.
Four-course meal, open bar. Entertainment includes a live jazz duo, magician and belly dancer. 2930 NE Killingsworth St., 493-9521. 8:30 pm. $150. 21+.
Four-course meal and DJ. 826 SW 2nd Ave., 228-9128. 8 pm. $69.95. All ages/21+.
Regular menu prices, seasonal dishes. Party favors included. 1204 NW 21st Ave., 243-2403. $40. 5 pm.
Plainfield's Mayur Restaurant
Multi-course meal. 852 SW 21st Ave., 223-2995. Reservations available. $45.
Porto Terra Tuscan Grill and Bar
Choose from five- or nine-course meal. 830 SW 6th Ave., 944-1090. $55 five-course, $95 nine-course. 5-11 pm.
Early supper: Savory Sicilian feast, cocktails served. Doors open at 6:30, dinner at 7. $30. Midnight supper: lighter-plate version of earlier meal, cocktails served. Doors open at 10:30 pm, $25 per person. 2240 N Interstate Ave., 235-2294, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seasonal specials, caviar, lobster, champagne. 0470 SW Hamilton Court, 802-5850. $25. Reservations encouraged.
Salty's on the Columbia
Closes before midnight, but offers award-winning New Year's Day brunch. 3839 NE Marine Drive, 288-4444. New Year's Eve 5-10 pm, New Year's Day 10 am-4 pm. Brunch $23.95, kids 10 and under $1.50 "per year of age."
Traditional "good luck" foods from around the world; regular menu also available. 1573 Sunset Blvd., 293-1790. No reservations required. New Year's specials $15.
Grand re-opening party with à la carte dinner and dance party. DJs Mr. Mumu and guests. 214 SW Broadway, 241-3393. 5 pm first dinner seating, 10:30 pm dancing. $5 after 10:30 pm. 21+.
The Shogren House Museum
New Year's Eve Extravaganza. Seafood appetizer hour, seven-course meal, wine selection. Chefs from clarklewis, Axis Supper Club and Simpatica. 401 NE 63rd Ave., 736-0049. 8:30 pm. $125. Reservations required.
Tunes from Shirley Nanette, Tony Pacini, Kevin Deitz. Three dinner seatings, reservation required. 800 NW 6th Ave., 223-0070. 5:30 pm first dinner seating, 8 pm show. $10 cover. 21+.
New Year's Eve in Pioneer Courthouse Square
Featuring Hit Explosion, pyrotechnics display and the traditional dropping of the ball at midnight (maybe Oregonian editor Sandy Rowe will step in as emcee!). Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th Ave., 223-1613. 9 pm-midnight. All ages.
The 2005 First Run and Walk for Our Schools
Benefits the Portland Schools Foundation. Refreshments, music, dancing and door prizes included with registration. World Trade Center Plaza, 121 SW Salmon St., 234-5404, www.thinkschools.org. 10 pm party, midnight run. $15 advance, $20 night of event.
Dance party featuring DJ #3 and special guests. 3356 SE Belmont St., 504-2404. 6 pm. 21+.
The Makers, Champagne Cowboys, Lovely. Mardi Gras theme, champagne toast. 225 SW Ash St., 226-0430. 9 pm. $10. 21+.
DJ Mafia. 71 SW 2nd Ave., 241-0938. 9 pm. $15. 21+.
Massive New Year's Eve party featuring DJ Hypnotic, fire dancers and acrobats. 9 NW 2nd Ave., 228-6900. 9 pm-4 am. $20 advance, $25 at the door, $40 VIP, $500 Cabana Room, $1,500 Havana Room. 21+.
New Year's Eve Blowout featuring Lifesavas (with a live back-up band), Libretto, Siren's Echo, DJ Kez. Berbati's Pan, 10 SW 3rd Ave., 248-4579. 8:30 pm. $15 advance. 21+.
Karaoke and champagne. 118 NE 28th Ave., 235-2794. 10 pm. 21+.
Ocean 503. 2808 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 493-8127. 8:30 pm. $10. 21+.
The Blue Monk
The Original Cats. Champagne toast. 3341 SE Belmont St., 595-0575. 10 pm. $20. 21+.
Adios!!! 2004 New Year's Eve Salsa Party featuring Aquamiel, Barrio Latino, Edgar Martinez with his Salsa Xchange and Gemini, DJ Roger Rumba. 722 E Burnside St., 233-7855. 8:30 pm. $20. 21+.
DJ Sam. 1035 SW Stark St., 226-4171. 8 pm. Cover. 21+. [QUEER]
The Brig/Red Cap Garage
DJ Dougalicious Latin Night. 1025 SW 10th Ave., 226-4171. 8 pm. Cover. 21+.
The Platinum Ball with DJ Alex. Champagne toast. 219 NW Davis St., 248-9135. 9 pm. $10. 21+. [QUEER]
Andy Stokes. Champagne, party favors, raffle. 2032 SW 5th Ave., 222-3378. 9:30 pm. $15. 21+.
Clyde's Prime Rib and Bar
Margo Tufo, complimentary appetizers and champagne toast. 5474 NE Sandy Blvd., 281-9200. 9 pm. $20. 21+.
Big Island Shindig, Buds of May. When Big Island played Conan's last year, the band constructed a giant marshmallow-man suit that exploded at midnight. An equally bizarre stunt is rumored for this year. 3862 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 234-7474. 9 pm. $10. 21+.
The New Copper Penny
Three DJs, champagne toast, party favors. 5932 SE 92nd Ave., 777-1415. 8 pm-3:30 am. Cover. 21+.
New Year's Eve party with balloon drop at midnight. 1412 SE Morrison St., 235-8150. 4:30 pm. 21+.
Storm and the Balls, Karaoke from Hell, DJ Diary. 1 SW 3rd Ave., 226-6630. 9 pm. $13 advance, $15 door. 21+.
The New Year's Eve Show. Annual drag extravaganza. 208 NW 3rd Ave., 222-5338. 9 pm. $30.
The Doug Fir Lounge
The first Fir Ball featuring White Hot Odyssey, DJs Pander, Izm, Evil One, Anjali and the Incredible Kid, and the Girls of Fir. 830 E Burnside St., 231-9663. 8 pm-4 am. $20 advance.
Duke's Hometown Bar and Grill
Wildest Country New Year's Eve Party in Portland. Country DJ, dancing, party favors. 14601 SE Division St., 760-1400. 8 pm. $10. $9.95 buffet (6-8 pm). 21+.
The Eagle Bar
Cell Block Break Out New Year's Eve. Arrest warrants, bail bonds, jailhouse food, mug shots. Benefits the Oregon Food Bank. 1300 W Burnside St., 241-0105. 9 pm. $5. 21+.
DJ Hip Hugger. 820 N Russell St., 460-0820. 7 pm. 21+.
Fez Ballroom and Lounge
Shut Up and Dance! party with DJs Gregarious and Ferris. 316 SW 11th Ave., 221-7262. 9 pm. $10. 21+.
Salsa dancing and karaoke. 832 SE Grand Ave., 230-1166. 9 pm. $4. 21+.
Great China Seafood Restaurant
First Annual New Year's Bash. Dancing, cake, party favors, champagne. 336 NW Davis St., 228-2288. 9 pm. $10. 21+.
Gypsy Restaurant and Lounge
New Year's Eve Masquerade Party. DJ and dancing, costumes encouraged. 625 NW 21st Ave., 796-1859. 9 pm. $5. 21+.
NYE at Bucktown: Fly Girls Fly Boys, 2x4 with DJs Beyonda and 4Star, hosted by Sparkleheart. 1001 SE Morrison St., 239-7639. 9 pm. $6. 21+.
The Yanks. 11119 SE Division St., 256-9521. 9 pm. $8. 21+.
Patrick Lamb. 300 NW 10th Ave., 295-6542. 9:30 pm-1 am. $20 advance, $25 door. Dinner by reservation only. 21+.
Kells Irish Restaurant and Pub
Tiller's Folly, Amadan, Irish Pipes Band. Champagne toast. 112 SW 2nd Ave., 227-4057. 9 pm. $20 between 7 pm and midnight, $10 after. 21+.
A "funkalicious" dance party with Dr. Theopolis includes a champagne toast in the theater. The Ditty Twisters and the Jolenes play for free in the gym. 5736 NE 33rd Ave., 249-3983. 9 pm. $20 main show; gym show 21+.
Sugar and Spice, Alden, Blu Chris. 13 NW 6th Ave., 228-8888. 9 pm. $10. 21+.
Lola-Oke. Karaoke with DJ Miss Kittyrox and MC Mink Staccato. 1332 W Burnside St., 225-0047. 9 pm. 21+.
Lotus Cardroom and Cafe
Geoff Byrd. 932 SW 3rd Ave., 227-6185. 9 pm. $10. 21+.
Lucky's Bar and Grill
New Year's Eve Bash. Hats, noisemakers, party favors, etc. encouraged. 345 NW Burnside St., Gresham, 665-7797. 9 pm. $5-$25.
DJ Kanoy, Suzie Disco. 425 SW Stark St., 525-0033. 9 pm. $5. 21+.
DJ Nathan. 1735 W Burnside St., 224-1341. 9:30 pm. 21+.
DJ Nocturne. 1967 W Burnside St., 222-5822. 10:30 pm. 21+.
Black and White Ball. Dinner packages available with reservation of a booth. Champagne toast. 107 NW Couch St., 220-5055. 7 pm. $20 advance, $25 door, $300-$500 booths. 21+.
Momo Bar Maximo
DJ D-Rock. 725 SW 10th Ave., 478-9600. 9 pm. $5. 21+.
Moon and Sixpence
Foghorn Stringband. 2014 NE 42nd Ave., 288-7802. 9 pm. $6. 21+.
Ubergay Cabaret presents "Jack's Off the Beanstalk: A Mish-Mash Fairy Bash." 1800 E Burnside St., 239-5900. 9 pm. $8 advance, $10 door. All ages.
Dinner with Dennis Hitchcox, Michael York, Mr. Romo. Dancing with Ravi, Mena, Aizlynn, Adam O Suna, Demetre & Eric. 203 SE Grand Ave., 231-2925. 5 pm. $10. 21+.
Dahlia, Climber, DJs and dancing. 21 NW 1st Ave. 10 pm. $15. 21+.
Pub Port Authority, the Wobblies. Full-bar singalong to "Auld Lang Syne" at midnight. 835 N Lombard St., 283-9734. 9 pm. 21+.
DJ Ted Striker. 1223 SW Stark St., 525-0520. 10 pm. 21+.
DJ Beno. 1332 W Burnside St., 225-0627. 10 pm. 21+.
Rock Bottom Brewery and Restaurant
New Year's Eve All-Inclusion Party. Open bar, dinner buffet, champagne toast, party favors and billiards. 210 SW Morrison St., 796-2739. 8 pm. $75 advance. 21+.
Rock Creek Tavern
The Brothers Jam. 10000 NW Old Cornelius Pass Road, Hillsboro, 645-3822. 9 pm. 21+ after 10 pm.
Cherry Poppin' Daddies, Crazy 8's, The New Iberians (theater); Hillstomp, Ward Stroud Band, Jesse Samsel, Crosstown Traffic (grill). 8 NW 6th Ave., 219-9929. 8 pm. $20-$35.
Sabala's Mount Tabor
Zeke, Naked Violence, Blackout Radio. (Last show for Naked Violence.) Champagne toast. 4811 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 238-1646. 9:30 pm. $8. 21+.
Pimps and Ho's Masquerade Ball. Prizes awarded for best costume, best Ho walk, and Pimp with the most Ho's. Champagne toast. 2133 SE 11th Ave., 231-1710. 9 pm. 21+.
Everyday Victory, Watch It Burn, Herkemer, Pinehurst Kids. 3100 NE Sandy Blvd., 238-0543. 9:30 pm. $10. 21+.
Maxamillion and The 8 Track Champions. DJs "spinning" only 8-tracks after midnight. 18 NW 3rd Ave., 241-8823. 9 pm. 21+.
Play Celebration, featuring local DJs and live music by Dahlia. 53 NW 1st Ave., 241-3840. Doors open at 7 pm, $15 in advance, $20 at the door. 21+.
Wallbangers Dueling Pianos
New Year's Eve Dueling Pianos Show featuring Van and Cristina Walraven from Las Vegas and Michael and Amy Lion from Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. Buffet dinner, party favors, and champagne. 915 SW 2nd Ave., 274-4386. 6 pm. $49.50.
The White Eagle
New Year's Eve with the Freaks! featuring the Freak Mountain Ramblers. 836 N Russell St., 282-6810. 9:30 pm. $15. 21+.
Dance party with DJs Nik Fury and Sickbay. 15 SW 2nd Ave., 790-9090. 9 pm. 21+.
Dance party featuring DJ Milk. 126 SW 2nd Ave., 497-9113. 9:30 pm. $10. All ages.
OUTER ZONES/PACKAGE DEALS
New Year's Eve at McMenamins Grand Lodge
Gayle Force and the Windbreakers, Acoustic Minds, John Bunzow, Bobby Cole. Packages include dinner, champagne toast, surprise gifts, New Year's Day breakfast. 3505 Pacific Ave., Forest Grove, 992-9533. 4 pm. $225-$435 overnight packages.
New Year's in the Power Station
Jon Koonce and the Gas Hogs. McMenamins Edgefield, 2126 SW Halsey St., Troutdale, 669-8610. 8:30 pm. All ages.
Sternwheeler Columbia Gorge River Cruise
Dinner buffet, champagne, dancing and fireworks. Departs from Marine Park, 355 SW Wanapa St., Cascade Locks, (541) 374-8427. 8:30 pm-12:30 am. $150 per couple. 21+.
15th Annual New Year's Eve Firework Extravaganza
Dinner at Skibowl's Multorpor Restaurant and Lounge, fireworks at midnight. Mount Hood Skibowl, 87000 E Highway 26, Government Camp, 272-3206.
New Year's Eve at Timberline Lodge
Dance party in the Wy'East Day Lodge. 622-0756. By reservation only. Dinner $62.95 adults, $17.95 children. Ski pass $47 all day, $20 evening only.
New Year's Eve at the Hotel Oregon
Quarter to Blue, Jake Blair. Party with music and champagne toast in Mattie's Room for cover or overnight package including private cocktail reception, dinner, New Year's Day breakfast. 310 NE Evans St., McMinnville, 427-8427. 9 pm. $10 cover, $224-$315 for packages. 21+.
STUFF TO RENT, STUFF TO BUY
L'Heure Bleue Room
Bluehour's private dining room, with private bar and customizable food and cocktail menu. Hors d'oeuvres, dinner or just drinks. Bluehour, 250 NW 13th Ave., 226-3394. $1,500.
Wild Bill's Interactive Events
Craps tables, roulette wheels, inflatable sumo suits, murder-mystery dinners, game shows and other fiesta fun and games. 2318 NW Vaughn St., 224-0134. $75 and up.
Specialty decorations and party packs for groups of 10 to 50. Included are hats, horns, serpentine throws, glitter and top hats. 50 SE Yamhill St., 239-7007. Party Packs $10.50 and up.
Last-Minute Party Platters
Super spreads serving parties of 10 to 20. Four trays available: Shrimp, Meat & Cheese, the Turkey/Swiss High Roller, or Croissant Finger Sandwiches. Costco, 4849 NE 138th Ave., 252-1045, and other locations. $23.50-$39.99.
Ready-to-bake beef, chicken, lamb, pasta or veggie casseroles, available in sizes to serve three to 10. Nancy's Kitchen, 1611 NW Glisan St., 241-1137. $9.50-$40.
54321 HAPPY NEW YEAR
Five easy steps to Auld Lange Syne.
Get ready. You are an Emily Post-caliber host or hostess with a Swiss Army knife that boasts a bar spoon and ice tongs. That's right--you're the one throwing the party this year. Let the countdown begin.
STEP 1. PREP YOUR FRIENDS
You love them, and no doubt look forward to scooping them off your furniture in the glare of New Year's morning. As a reward for good humor, the adoring host or hostess with a small dinner party on their hands might consider the exquisitely printed, hand-bound Italian 2005 calendar ($35, Oblation Papers and Press, 516 NW 12th Ave., 223-1093) as a party favor for each of their treasured attendees. While you're at it, stage a mix-tape or -CD potluck as well: Not only will the guests provide the soundtrack to the evening, they'll cross-pollinate with each other in ways that don't require a new slipcover for your favorite couch.
STEP 2. TRICK OUT THE BAR
Unless your neighborhood bartender college is doing internships through house parties, tonight is your time to shine. Stop by the book table at Urban Outfitters (2320 NW Westover Road, 248-0020) to peruse the cheat-sheet options: The Big Bad-Ass Book of Shots (Running Press, $12.95) is comprehensive to the point of science fiction, while Jiggelo: Inventive Gelatin Shots for Creative Imbibers (Ten Speed Press, $12.95) comes complete with pictures for the fledgling mixologist. Add some derring-do to your cocktail with the controversial new vodka Ciroc--made from "snap frost" grapes instead of grain or potato, sure to ruffle some alco-purist feathers. New on the mixer market, Pom (flavored pomegranate juice) and Izze (sparkling fruit juices) could also glamorize your efforts and would be available on the same high-end grocery run. Further refine your moves with Decades' art-deco cocktail set and chrome martini shaker ($95-$175, Decades Vintage Company, 328 SW Stark St., 223-1177), which will be the sexiest thing at the bar--besides yourself, of course. Ditto the rabbit ambulance shot glass from Achewood ($6, www.achewood.com) for most charming, featuring a white, bounding ambulance against a red background.
STEP 3. TRICK OUT THE HOUSE
If you want your place looking sparkly and festive, there's nothing like lighting a baby's head on fire--as long as it's a glittering blue baby-head candle ($7-$12, Reading Frenzy, 921 SW Oak St., 274-1449). Pacifica scented candles ($7.95-$34.95, Pharmaca, 2334 NW Burnside St., 226-6211) offer an olfactory experience so sensuous they should come with their own rating system. Japanese lantern-style string lights ($25, Pistils Nursery, 3811 N Mississippi Ave., 288-4889) also make a nice accent. For conflict resolution, plastic crusade swords are a must ($2.50, Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651), especially in case of a tie in one of the 40 Drinking Games ($12.95, Bee and Thistle, 2328 NW Westover Road, 222-3397) that should be attempted throughout the evening. You may also opt to install the unbelievably garish penis piñata ($19.95, The Jelly Bean, 721 SW 10th Ave., 222-5888) in a large room for midnight assault. Possible favors could include little plastic babies ($1.30 each, Finnegan's Toys & Gifts, 922 SW Yamhill St., 221-0306), "Wipe Your Sins Away!" towelettes (90 cents each, Little Finnegan's, around the corner) and dirty Valentine-style message hearts (individually wrapped, 25 cents each, Spartacus, 300 SW 12th Ave., 224-2604).
STEP 4. CALL IN REINFORCEMENTS
Once the house is full of props and the cabinet is stocked with booze, what's left? The finer details of your made-over crash pad's ambience can be left in the hands of a couple of professionals. Call the über-hip florists behind Origin Flowers (1526 NE Alberta St.,775-9599) for advice. They can cater to just about any request (with 24 hours' advance notice) or offer expert guidance from the comfort of their cozy flower shop/gallery/boutique.
To avoid buying Korbel again this year, consider a new twist on the old toast. Spankin' new sweet-and-savory place Bar Pastiche (3731 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 236-4760) offers Mont-Marcal Cava Brut Reserva ($20), a Spanish sparkling wine. It also offers delicacies like tuna-stuffed peppers, bleu-cheese truffles, and salt-and-pepper cookies. If your party population borders on brawl size, consider Martinottis' Café, Delicatessen and Premium Wine Merchant (404 SW 10th Ave., 224-9028) for an impressive catering menu of solid Italian soul food and any sandwich you can conceive, not to mention a wine and champagne selection and a little shop chock-full of knee-weakening chocolates.
STEP 5. WAIT UNTIL MIDNIGHT
Make sure you're dressed the part. For the ladies, a fine pair of party-durable fishnets ($12.50-$15, Banana Republic, Pioneer Place, 228-8346, and other locations) can be paired with a vintage dress and frowsy mock-vintage apron ($24, Anthropologie, 1115 NW Couch St., 274-0293) for the happy-hostess look. Gents, the apron would do well for you, too--as would your favorite pinstripe shirt and a teetering, jumbo red felt fez ($19.95, Little Finnegan's) for an appearance of congenial elegance. Indoor heat permitting, you could also attend bare-skinned with the Liss professional cream whipper ($44.99, Sur La Table, 1102 NW Couch St., 295-9679) in tow--as if anyone needed an excuse to lick you.
Prep yourself with two parts vodka, one part name tags and one part Sharpie. Stir.
WW has looked high and low for cool places (like hotels, restaurants, and family-friendly mountain tops) as well as hot spaces (like clubs, pubs and other watering holes) to help you plan a spectacular New Year's Eve. But remember, celebrations can always change course, so please call early for reservation information and hours.