LAKEVIEW — Looking to kick off the new year in the neighborhood?
Whether you like a good scare or a good laugh, Lakeview has an option for you. And don't worry, a good drink accompanies nearly all of them. Just remember to buy in advance; some of these events sell out quickly.
For the artsy: Bottle & Bottega, 2900 Lincoln Ave., $55
This art party space will host their usual BYOB painting class. The special addition on New Year's Eve? A buffet from Fiesta Mexicana before the painting and dancing afterward.
For the pro-gay marriage: Sidetrack the Video Bar, 3349 N. Halsted St., $25
Proceeds from the tickets at this landmark Boystown bar will be donated to the Equality Illinois, a pro-gay marriage political action group. Illinois marriage equality bill is expected to go to a vote in the new year.
For the film buff: Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., $23
The indie theater will be screening The Poseidon Adventure, a 1972 Gene Hackman film about a cruise ship overturning on New Year's. People dress up to see it, and New Year's in the film happens at the same time as New Year's in real life — commemorated with a glass of champagne, of course.
For the people who miss Halloween: Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave., $70
The theater will transform for a New Year Eve's Monster Ball, with unlimited drinks, appetizers, cover band Uncomfortably Large, a haunted house and — beware!— "spooky surprises all night long," the event page says. Oh, and in case you miss Halloween, you can dress up for this dance party.
Both Laugh Factory and Comedy Sports are having early and late shows. Comedy Sportz' kid friendly early shows start at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. and end with a toast of cider. The later show at this improv theater starts at 10 p.m. and ends with dancing.
Laugh Factory, whose headliners have not yet been released, will be having a show at 8 p.m. ($25) and 10:30 p.m. ($35). Both ticket prices include a Laugh Factory gift certificate, and the night one includes party favors and a champagne toast.
But if you're really just looking for a solid drink deal: Most Wrigleyville bars have tickets for sale at a set price that includes unlimited drinks and food, including The Irish Oak, Moe's Cantina, John Barleycorn, Red Ivy, and Sluggers Wrigleyville. Check your favorite bar to see if they have a special you can take advantage of. Be fast — as the date gets closer, bars tend to sell out of these tickets.