It's the end of 2011, and the start of the third year of the 2010s — how are you going to celebrate?
If you'd prefer to observe the holiday out and about, there are a lot of options this year. Have a look around the state, starting with your own back yard:
In Tiverton, you may find yourself wondering whether you've heard the music before at Brantal's on 91 Crandall Rd. The establishment is hosting a New Year's Eve party with music by Deja Vu.
Elswhere in the Ocean State:
In Providence, there's always Bright Night in Providence. They've got an evening of celebration including poetry, comedy, a food court, skating, discounted tickets to a masquerade ball, music, storytelling, theatre (stationary and roaming) and dancing. Tickets are available day-of and online, $15 before Dec. 31, $20 after (kids and seniors $15).
In East Greenwich, the Greenwich Hotel is planning a year's end celebration coinciding with their regular Open Mic night. There's no cover, a free grand buffet, champagne toast, party hats and noise makers, according to the hotel's facebook post.
In Narragansett, head down to the Village Inn for a family-friendly New Year's event to benefit LINKS. Enjoy a blackout bash for the adults while the kids enjoy a neon PJ party in a separate room. Learn more here.
In Woonsocket, revelers can turn to Chan's where the Fat City Band will perform during their New Year's Eve Bash with dinner buffet, entertainment, hats & noise makers, champagne toast at midnight and dancing.
City Side also has a celebration planned with What Matters providing music for their festivities from 8 p.m. till 1 a.m.
In Cranston, you can watch the ball drop at Mardi Gras nightclub on Oaklawn Avenue for New Year festivities. The nightclub is throwing a bash featuring a Champagne toast, DJs, live music by AC/DC Tribute Dirty Deeds, Godsmack tribute Voodoo and Good Ol Boys. Along with the music comes a complimentary grand buffet at 7 p.m. and prizes including a 32-inch flat screen TV, Bruins tickets and a snow board. Cover is $20.
Or, stop by Rhodes on the Pawtuxet for a New Year’s Eve Ballroom Gala. Join Randy Deats and Kathy S. Jean for dancing, music, a seated buffet in the historic 15,000 square foot ballroom. It also includes a show by Nikolai Pilipenchuk and Natalia Skorikova, the 2011 World Professional 10-Dance Champions.
In Johnston, Crush will perform from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m. on Dec. 31 at Part II Lounge, Plainfield Street, Johnston. Learn more about Part II Lounge and its event schedule at www.tonightinri.com/partIIlounge. For more New Year's events in Johnston, check here.
You could also sound in the new year with yoga and a gong at All That Matters for $65 at 7 p.m., or, take a more conventional route and ring In 2012 at the Ocean Mist with the Racketball Reunion Show and a champagne toast at midnight.
In Portsmouth, you can enjoy a full buffet and complimentary champagne toast for $10 at The Beach House. Identity Crisis performs starting at 9 p.m.
In Newport, you can start the night off in style with New Year's Eve at the Breakers from 6 to 8 p.m., Adults $28 in advance, $35 day at the door.
Or, for $99, you can take a cruise with Roomful of Blues from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., or enjoy Genie's Hookah Lounge New Year's party for $45 at 8 p.m., a party at Windward Restaurant for $65, a New Year's comedy show at Firehouse Theatre for $20, a night at the Newport Blues Cafe for $75.