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Fondue, Punk and Cabaret on Tap for New Year's in Lincoln Park and Old Town

By Paul Biasco | December 27, 2012 12:42pm
 Geja's Cafe in Lincoln Park is offering three four-course fondue seatings on New Years Eve.
Geja's Cafe in Lincoln Park is offering three four-course fondue seatings on New Years Eve.
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Geja's Cafe

LINCOLN PARK — Lincoln Park and Old Town are home to a countless number of bars and some of the city's best music venues, most of which have plans on tap for New Year's Eve.

A few of the parties have already sold out, but here are some options for those trying to make last minute plans to ring in the New Year.

For the punk rocker: Delilah's, 2771 N. Lincoln Ave., $20

The two-story Lincoln Park whisky bar is a cheap and gritty option for those who prefer punk music and pool rather than Top 40 jams. Twenty dollars gets you in the door, beers are $1, bourbon and Jim Beam are $2, and pool and pinball and free.

For the blues lover: Kingston Mines, 2548 N. Halsted Street, $30

Lincoln Park's famed blues bar is hosting Grammy Award-winning harmonica player Sugar Blues on the main stage. Sugar Blues has been featured on a number of Rolling Stones tracks. Mississippi-born blues guitarist Magic Slim will also be on the main stage.

For the bowling aficionado: Seven Ten Lounge, 2747 N. Lincoln Ave., $65

Roll your way into the New Year at the Seven Ten Lounge where a DJ will be spinning all night and Atlas Brewing Company beers will be flowing. The $65 entry includes an open bar, from 8 p.m. until 1:30 a.m., an appetizer buffet and a midnight champagne toast.

For the romantic cheese-dipping couple: Geja's Cafe, 340 W. Armitage Ave., $75-$125

Call ahead, and sneak down into the dimly-lit fondue hub of Lincoln Park at Geja's Cafe. The romantic spot will have classical/flamenco guitar music to accompany a four-course fondue dinner that includes cheese fondue, lobster, shrimp, beer and a flaming chocolate dessert. The 5 p.m. seating is $75 per person, the 7:30 p.m. is $105, both with a glass of champagne, and the 10 p.m. is $125 per person and includes a bottle of champagne and party favors.

For the closet cabaret star: Kiss Kiss Cabaret, Green House Theater Center, $42

The Kiss Kiss Cabaret New Year's Eve Hullabaloo will include an extended 2-hour show of burlesque, music, comedy, juggling and magic at the Green House Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. The night will have a cash bar and will be capped off by a post-show dance party on stage with the cast and crew.

For the slide-guitar fans: Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Park West, $60

Robert Randolph & The Family Band and Karl Denson's Tiny Universe will be tearing up Park West with their funky tunes lead by the famed pedal steel guitarist, Robert Randolph. The funk and soul group is sure to get the dance floor of the lake-side venue rocking.

For those looking to drink in the New Year:

Lincoln Park and Old Town are full of bars offering drink deals in the range of $75 (Kinkade's) up to $125 (Benchmark) including appetizers and an open bar. Most bars are raising the price as the date gets closer, so jump on those deals quickly before they sell out.