Party on: Four ways to bring in the New Year in Southwest

FAMOUS DAVE’S BBQ & BLUES

What: Over at Famous Dave’s BBQ & Blues in Calhoun Square, New Year’s Eve will be jam-packed with three different shows. The fun starts at 7 p.m. with vocalist Liz Cummings, a frequent visitor at Famous Dave’s happy hours. The celebration continues at 9 p.m. with comedian Jeff Gerbino. This New Yorker/Minnesotan/Hollywooder has been hailed as one of Hollywood’s funniest comedians by the Los Angeles Times. Then at 10 p.m., Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials will take the stage to rock in the New Year. A New Year’s Eve tradition at Famous Dave’s, Lil’ Ed is one of the most entertaining stage veterans on the road today. There is a $10 cover for the event.
Where: 3001 Hennepin Ave. S.
Contact: 822-9900,
www.famousdaves.com

BAR ABILENE

What: Only 200 people will be able to find their way into the New Year’s festivities at Bar Abilene in Uptown. Not only will guests dance the night away with a DJ, they will also be treated to hourly hors d’oeuvres, an open bar, champagne, and more. Call and premium brands will be kept on the bar all evening, and bottle service will be offered at reduced rates. Tickets are required for admission and cost $75. They can be purchased at Bar Abilene.

Where: 1300 Lagoon Ave. S.

Contact: 825-2525, www.barabilene.com

BRYANT-LAKE BOWL

What: There’s more than one chance to ring in the New Year at Bryant-Lake Bowl in Uptown. Both the Scrimshaw Brothers and Martini & Olive will take the stage at the Cabaret Theater starting at 7 p.m. "Martini & Olive’s New Year’s Eve Spectacular" opens its doors at 8:30 p.m. for the 9 p.m. show. Tickets are $25, or $23 for groups of 10 or more. The Scrimshaw Brothers, the "Twin Cities’ sharpest sketch comedy team" (St. Paul Pioneer Press) performs at 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. Featuring comedy, music, complimentary party favors and more, the Scrimshaw Brothers will have audiences laughing their way into 2009. Tickets are $20. Guests with a Fringe Button get a $5 discount. For more information, visit www.bryantlakebowl.com.

Where: 810 W. Lake St.

Contact: 825-8949, www.bryantlakebowl.com

BLACK FOREST INN

What: Eat Street’s popular German restaurant will break out the accordions and tarot cards for a gypsy-themed New Year’s Eve celebration. Visitors can get their fill of breakfast, lunch and dinner with the finest German foods — but after midnight, the restaurant will treat you to a bowl of goulash soup to commemorate the New Year. A portion of the night’s sales will go to Heifer International’s Roma projects in Romania and Slovakia. The Black Forest Inn promises a night of good food, good music and good will to ring in the New Year.

Where: 1 E. 26th St.

Contact: 872-0812, www.blackforestinnmpls.com