New Year’s Eve?

2008 is approaching fast people. Not that I like to get caught up in the hype that is New Year’s Eve, BUT, my wife and I would like to do SOMETHING. We just have no clue. Is there anything downtown? Does Portland drop a ball or anything? Fireworks? Fill me in if you can.

Please provide any suggestions for what we should do on New Year’s Eve as long as they do not violate the following rules:

1. Cannot, I repeat cannot be a hipster fest. That would start 2008 with me in jail for strangling d-bags in tweed sport coats and fedoras.
2. Cannot be stupid expensive. I am not big on the whole $100 a person, “but you get a free shot of champagne at midnight!” thing.
3. Cannot be anything featuring DJ(insert name here), not our thing.

Looking forward to seeing your suggestions…

15 Comments so far

  1. dieselboi (unregistered) on December 22nd, 2007 @ 1:36 pm

    Check out Gino’s in Sellwood. They usually have a 6-8 course meal with wine pairings and a massive dessert bar/champagne bar at the end of the night. A really romantic event as you get to hang with your honey. You can mingle with others, but it isn’t required. We did it one year and had a blast.

    Gino’s is tied to the Leipzig Tavern if you have trouble finding info on it.

  2. Da5id (unregistered) on December 23rd, 2007 @ 12:40 am

    Ouch man… don’t make it too hard (Though that list mirrors mine almost perfectly).

    The only thing I’ve found that fits the bill is to do you’re own thing. We’re getting a few pony kegs of good brew, a dozen friends, and some winter bbq action going. Would that I could invite you… i would. But… i’d suggest starting you’re own tradition.

    NYE is my least favorite holiday because it either goes AMAZINGLY well or spectacularly bad.

  3. Junk (unregistered) on December 23rd, 2007 @ 1:35 pm

    You cheap bastard, just get a bottle and stay home.

  4. brewcaster (unregistered) on December 23rd, 2007 @ 4:54 pm


  5. Rob (unregistered) on December 23rd, 2007 @ 8:59 pm

    Cheap bastard? Wow, I don’t get that impression at all. In fact, I’m not sure I get the desire to plow through a ton of money to ring in a new year. Really, that amounts to ending 2007 on a spending spree and starting 2008 with a bigass Visa bill.

    Sadly, brewcaster, I have no suggestions for you. Last year, I had a few friends over for appetizers and drinks over board games and cards. It was a lot of fun. On the other hand, it seems that every year I’ve tried to really let loose on NYE it has turned into disaster or a nasty next-day hangover. Either way isn’t how I want to begin a new year.

  6. Random Citizen (unregistered) on December 24th, 2007 @ 9:11 am

    There are definitely benefits to staying in and celebrating the end of 2007/beginning of 2008 in a low-key fashion. Namely, you won’t have to deal with being out on the street when all the festivities end.

    Plan a nice three-course menu with a dessert you normally wouldn’t have at home (check out TasteSpotting to get inspired), get some fun movies and/or music, and have a toast at midnight.

  7. Steve (unregistered) on December 24th, 2007 @ 12:00 pm

    We did a progressive party in our neighborhood last year. Actually, I can’t remember if it was NYE or NYD…

    And of course there’s the pre-party with the annual Winter Hawks/Seattle tilt at the Coliseum, followed by the traditional turn around the ice after the game (bring your own skates) and the NYC ball drop on the big screen. The game starts at five, so it’s all over about the time the real parties start.

  8. divebarwife (unregistered) on December 24th, 2007 @ 12:08 pm

    The last 5 or 6 years we’ve thrown a bash at our place and had an absolute blast – eliminates the douchebags, expense and risk of any drunk driving since we open up overnight to any who desire, but this year we’re headed out to the Matador of all places to watch our own tenstringesquire and The Misfats rock in the new year.

  9. nance (unregistered) on December 26th, 2007 @ 7:08 pm

    Just called GINO’s in Sellwood, no eight course meal thing, just regular menu. You are not a cheapy for saying $100 is out of the question, I have done it before and it was only o.k., Does anyone want to have a party on the MAX LINE and just ride it around and party on it? Is this legal? Are their cops who ever actually ride? I will be there at 11:45 and get on the first MAX that comes to the rose quarter Transit Center (before the Steel Bridge) and ride it towards Downtown, if anyone wants to join us COME ON DOWN. Wear a crazy hat, and bring a horn or noisemaker. We can celebrate on it at midnight where ever the thing is at ~ yes be open minded, we will jump on the first one regardless of where it is headed!!!!!

  10. Cassie (unregistered) on December 30th, 2007 @ 8:07 pm

    We are stuck in the same boat. This website seemed the most helpful.

  11. Cassie (unregistered) on December 30th, 2007 @ 8:08 pm

    We are stuck in the same boat. This website seemed the most helpful.

  12. shethecar (unregistered) on December 31st, 2007 @ 1:41 pm

    Pioneer Courthouse Square has a ball drop and fireworks from 9 pm to midnight…free…never been, new to portland but thought it’d be a good place to try.

  13. brewcaster (unregistered) on December 31st, 2007 @ 2:02 pm

    That sounds perfect!!! But where are you seeing this? I don’t see it listed on the Pioneer Square Calendar.

  14. Mvillines (unregistered) on December 31st, 2007 @ 4:14 pm

    Here’s a link which confirms Pioneer Square info. Found it in Willamette Weekly from last week or two weeks ago…

    I think this sounds great. Me and my boyfriend will probably bike down.

  15. Meredith (unregistered) on December 31st, 2007 @ 4:17 pm

    Here’s a link which confirms Pioneer Square info. Found it in Willamette Weekly from last week or two weeks ago…

    I think this sounds great. Me and my boyfriend will probably bike down.

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