With mere days left in 2005, there are still plenty of party options in the city for the unprepared. Here's our list of the highlights, which includes extravagant evenings, open bars and concerts, and fireworks, of course.
The 13th Floor
The club holds a tropical-themed party with Latin act Mambo Combo and reggae artist Danny Dread. The celebration starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $100 and include an open bar, buffet, party favors and champagne. The 13th Floor is at the Belvedere, 1 E. Chase St. Call 410-347-0888 or visit www.the13th-floor.com.
Mark Simmons from Barbershop, Barbershop 2: Back in Business and Chappelle's Show performs at 7 p.m., 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. Tickets are $20. The Comedy Factory is at 36 Light St. Call 410-547-7798 or visit baltimore comedyfactory.com.
Big Night Baltimore
Held on the entire club level of M&T Bank Stadium, this celebration features 13 themed party areas, 14 bands and DJs, four dance floors, a full open bar, hors d'oeuvres and Ravens cheerleaders. Bands include Jimmie's Chicken Shack, SR-71 and the Kelly Bell Band. Tickets are $109.99 for regular entry and $169.99 for VIP, but prices will increase as New Year's Eve approaches. Stadium lot parking is $10. The stadium is at 1101 Russell St. For more information, call 703-251-4800 or visit bignightbalti more.com.
Viva Glam party will feature DJs Tanz and Rob Cee, a Jagermeister ice luge, go-go dancers, a fortune teller, balloon drop, catwalk performers, an open bar and laser light show. Tickets are $59 for an open premium bar and $127 for an open top-shelf bar and VIP pass. Doors open at 9 p.m. Club One is at 300 E. Saratoga St. Call 410-230-0049 or visit onebaltimore.com.
Eight by Ten Club
At 8 p.m., Can't Hang opens for John Brown's Body. Then, at 2 a.m., the Bridge takes the stage for a late-night set. There will be a surf-and-turf buffet and open bar all night. Tickets are $89 for John Brown's Body only, $20 for the Bridge only and $109 for both the day of the show. The Eight by Ten is at 8-10 E. Cross St. Call 410-625-2000 or visit eightbyten club.com.
Local act Agents of the Sun hold a CD release party for their new album, along with performances by members of Bleed the Dream. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets, which include a top-shelf open bar, are $35 for those 21 and older and $15 for those under 21. Call 410-558-1889 or visit fletchersbar .com.
The Charm City Rollergirls' Bring the Apocalypse: Beyond Rollerdome party starts at 8 p.m. and runs through 4 a.m. Entertainment includes bands the Payola Reserve and the Mishaps, full-contact musical chairs and a champagne toast. Tickets are $10. The Ottobar is at 2549 N. Howard St. Call 410-662-0069 or visit theot tobar.com.
Rams Head Live
Bands Never Never and Hectic Red perform. Doors open at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 for 21 and over and $30 for under 21, and include a buffet and champagne toast. The show is 18+. Rams Head Live is at 20 Market Place in Power Plant Live. Call 410-244-8854 or visit ramsheadlive.com.
Rams Head Tavern
Contemporary blues artist Deanna Bogart performs. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $99, which includes dinner, hors d'oeuvres, desserts, party favors and a midnight round of champagne. The Rams Head Tavern is at 33 West St. in Annapolis. Call 410-268-4545 or visit ramshead tavern.com.
The Mahoney Brothers will play a Beatles tribute night, featuring three sets of Fab Four tunes. There will also be a hot and cold buffet and champagne toast. Tickets are $22 in advance and $25 the day of the show. The Recher Theatre is at 512 York Road in Towson. Call 410-337-7178 or visit recher theatre.com.
Reservations for a three-course tapas dinner and glass of champagne are $40 for the 6:30 p.m. seating and $75 for the 9 p.m. seating. The $35 midnight celebration starts at 9:30 p.m. and includes go-go dancers, live percussion, three DJs, hors d'oeuvres, party favors and a champagne toast. The club will stay open until 4 a.m. Call 410-385-0520 or visit 930redmaple.com.
The Sidebar Tavern
Bands include Kamikaze Zero and the Saviours. Doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets are $7 for those over 21 and $8 for those under 21. The Sidebar is at 218 E. Lexington St. Call 410-659-4130 or visit sidebar tavern.com.
It's TaxLo all night, in all three rooms. DJs and bands include Lonnie Fisher, Simon D. Phoenix, Cullen Stalin, Two If By Sea and Dirty Mike Miller. Doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call 410-327-8333 or visit sonarbalti more.com.
The Talking Head
Bands include Fascist Fascist, 420 Sphinx BC, Cache Flow Quartet, Caution Curves and At the Altar of the Cosmic Unicorn. Doors open at 9:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. The Talking Head is at 201 Davis St. Call 410-962-5588 or visit talkingheadclub.com.
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