If you're old enough to have a few New Year's Eve celebrations under your belt, chances are, you've learned a few lessons the hard way -- it's impossible to get a cab, most events are overpriced, the open bar means waiting hours for your drink and the hype rarely lives up to the reality.
So why drop a small fortune on an evening that may not live up to your expectations? Here's a few picks for some select spots with NYE specials, and links to even more deals around the city:
- Nacional 27 is offering a three-course dinner menu (6:15 pm - 8:45 pm) that includes choices of tapas, entrees and desserts. Live percussion, Latin lounge music and a DJ will provide entertainment through the night. A $20 cover charge enforced after 9 p.m. will be waived for diners. Complimentary sparkling wine and party favors are included.
- You can ring in the new year at Hogs & Honeys (901 W. Weed St.) for $35 per person. That includes a buffet and a 4-hour premium open bar.
- River North's Martini Park is offering a $60 package that includes an open bar from 9 p.m. - midnight, and complimentary passed appetizers.
- The Original Mother's will be open from 9pm to 3am and offers a $50 package that includes all beer and wine. Pay a bit more for the next level packages to get extras like premium liquor.
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