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How do You Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Buffalo?

The snow is flying today, a cheery reminder of just how close we are to Christmas. Though many of us have just begun our shopping, it’s not too early for us to be thinking about New Year’s Eve. Just a few short weeks away, reservation books at restaurants are already bursting and promotional materials for Buffalo’s biggest New Year’s celebration, First Night, can be seen scattered about the city. Maybe your plans are all sewn up, but chances are, you’re still looking for something to do, maybe something different.
It seems that that’s the case for BR reader, Caitlin Hartney. Last week she sent me the following email:

“Could you post information on Buffalo restaurants/bars/hotels hosting New Year’s Eve parties or events that would be appropriate for a group of people in their twenties?”

Well, Caitlin, it’s been quite awhile since I was in my 20s, and a gander at our events calendar revealed very few options for you. I sent an email out to the staff, sure that someone out there would have the hook-up, but alas, it seems that all of us are as perplexed by the situation as Caitlin is. I then searched the calendars of other local internet sites and was disappointed by what I found. How can I help Caitlin? I thought. Well, I’m here now, dear readers, looking to you for the answers.
What hip parties and shows are happening out there this year that are too good to be missed? Is there a club or bar that’s going to go above and beyond the typical drink specials and noisemakers? Which gala event truly worth the price of admission? Maybe you even have some super cool ideas for hosting your own fun, New Year’s shin dig. Let us know, leave us a link, a name, a date- something. Venues can submit full-fledged listings to

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Written by Bill Zimmermann

Bill Zimmermann

Bill runs Seven Seas Sailing school, and is a staunch waterfront activist. He is also heavily involved with preserving, maintaining, and promoting the South Buffalo Lighthouse. When Bill first started writing for Buffalo Rising, he wrote an article a day for 365 days - each article coincided with a significant historic event that happened in Buffalo on that same day.

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