If you know anything about science, history or the Mayan calendar, you know that there’s a pretty good chance the world’s going to go kaput on Dec. 21, rendering New Year’s Eve essentially moot.
On the off-chance that the Mayans got it wrong, however, there’ll be plenty of reason to celebrate — and plenty of places to do it.
Here’s a look at what’s going on in Kansas City in the final hours of 2012.
** Ambassador Hotel Collection
What: New Year’s Eve rates for the boutique hotel start at $299 and include a complimentary midnight champagne toast and complimentary New Year’s Day breakfast for two at Reserve. There is also a free shuttle service until 1 a.m. to places within a five-mile radius of the hotel.
Where: 1111 Grand Blvd.
** The American
What: There are three-course ($65 per person) and five-course ($125 per person) options, with seatings for the three-course dinner scheduled for 5:30, 6 and 6:30 p.m. and seatings for the five-course meal scheduled for 8:30, 9 and 9:30 p.m. The late seatings also feature dancing, party favors and a champagne toast.
Where: 200 E. 25th St., Suite 400
Info: theamericankc.com, 816.545.8001
What: The new Crossroads Arts District restaurant offers its regular menu, as well as a champagne toast at midnight.
Where: 1610 Main St.
Info: antonskc.com, 816.888.8800
** Beer Kitchen
What: A $10 cover charge gets you access to Beer Kitchen, McCoy’s Public House and the Foundry beginning at 8:30 p.m.
Where: 435 Westport Road
Info: beerkitchenkc.com, 816.389.4180
The Black Party IX
What: This year the Ink-sponsored party relocates to the Historic Firestone Building, where there will be access to four levels. There are three DJs, a VIP area with champagne service and food from Tasso’s, and door prizes. General admission tickets to the party, which has sold out in each of the past eight years, are $85, and VIP passes are $110.
Where: 2001 Grand Blvd.
** The Blue Room
What: Mardra and Reggie Thomas highlight the night’s musical performances, and they’ll be joined by Bobby Watson and Will Matthews. Single tickets are $75 ($125 for couples), with four-person tables going for $240 and tables of six going for $360.
Where: 1616 E. 18th St.
Info: americanjazzmuseum.com, 816.474.2929
What: Chefs Megan and Colby Garrelts offer a seven-course dinner to celebrate 2013. Seatings to the reservations-only dinner are at 6 and 8:30 p.m. The dinner is $135 per person, and wine pairings are available for an additional $65.
Where: 900 Westport Road
Info: bluestemkc.com, 816.561.1101
** The Bottleneck
What: New Year’s Eve show featuring music from Mountain Sprout, Ashes to Immortality and Tyler Gregory. Doors open at 8 p.m., and music starts an hour later. Tickets are $13-$15.
Where: 737 New Hampshire St. in Lawrence
Info: thebottlenecklive.com, 785.841.5483
What: There’s no cover on New Year’s Eve for a karaoke countdown party, plus a free champagne toast at midnight. The following day, the bar holds its popular Hair of the Dog Day, serving up $1 Bloody Marys and comfort food.
Where: 1727 McGee St.
Info: thebrickkcmo.com, 816.421.1634
What: Dolewite hosts its usual New Year’s Eve gig at the Brooksider, ringing in the new year with its covers of hip-hop staples. Things kick off at 10 p.m., and tickets, which have gone quickly in recent years, are $15 in advance.
Where: 6330 Brookside Plaza
Bulldog Restaurant & Bar
What: Packages for the venue’s New Year’s Eve party include unlimited food, beverages and party favors, with FJ Thundercutz providing the music. Doors open at 8 p.m., with music beginning an hour later.
Where: 1715 Main St.
Info: kcbulldog.com, 816.421.4799
What: The restaurant offers two packages for its New Year’s Eve gathering. The call bar package (tickets are $90) provides drinks, appetizers and access to music from AZ-ONE. The premium package ($130) includes high-end drinks, access to an appetizer spread and seating, as well as entertainment from Kemet “The Phantom” Coleman.
Where: 4124 Pennsylvania Ave.
Info: californos.com, 816.531.7878
** Charlie Hooper’s
What: There are food and drink specials and no cover at this Brookside watering hole. You can also get free party favors and a midnight champagne toast.
Where: 12 W. 63rd St.
Info: charliehoopers.com, 816.361.8841
** Crowne Plaza
What: Cocktail attire is recommended at this hotel party, which includes, in addition to accommodations for two, a dinner buffet and cocktails, music from DJ Mike Watts and a midnight balloon drop. Packages begin at $249. There’s also a breakfast buffet and New Year’s Day bar the following morning.
Where: 12601 W. 95th St. in Lenexa
Info: cpoverlandpark.com, 913.217.1000
** Czar Bar
What: Live music from Arm the Poor, Born in Babylon, and DJs Jabberock and S Ranx. Cover for the 7 p.m. show is $5.
Where: 1531 Grand Blvd.
Info: czarkc.com, 816.421.0300
What: The restaurant offers a special holiday prix fixe menu on Friday, Saturday and Monday. Reservations run from 5 to 10:30 p.m. those nights. There’s live music on all three nights, including Ala Mode (Friday), Noel and Don (Saturday) and Nate and Roz (Monday).
Where: 1310 Carondelet Drive
Info: ebtrestaurant.com, 816.942.8870
** Extra Virgin
What: There’s an all-you-can-eat tapas buffet for $50 per person, and the Grand Marquis will perform beginning at 8:30 p.m. Next door, Michael Smith will offer a holiday menu with seatings at 6, 6:30 and 7 p.m. (a four-course menu is $75 per person) and 8:30, 9 and 9:30 p.m. (a five-course menu is $95 per person).
Where: 1900 Main St.
Info: extravirginkc.com, 816.842.2205
** Fat Fish Blue
What: Live music from Samantha Fish.
Where: 7260 N.W. 87th St. in Zona Rosa
Info: fatfishbluekc.com, 816.759.3474
Foundation Architectural Reclamation
What: Designers Cali Roberta, Take a Halliday and Melissa Birdsong, Pophearts and Janay A Handmade help throw a New Year’s Eve fashion show. Plus, there’s music and dancing. Admission to the 9 p.m. party is $15 per person.
Where: 1221 Union Ave.
Info: foundationkc.com, 816.283.8990
** The Foundry
What: A $10 cover charge gets you access to the Foundry, McCoy’s Public House and Beer Kitchen beginning at 8:30 p.m.
Where: 424 Westport Road
Info: foundrykc.com, 816.960.0866
What: The quirky Lawrence music venue opens its doors to Murder By Death, which recently released “Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon.” The show starts at 9 p.m. and patrons 18 and older are admitted. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 the day of the show.
Where: 1020 Massachusetts St. in Lawrence
Info: thegranada.com, 785.842.1390
What: There’s a ball drop at midnight, food and drink specials throughout the night and live music, plus a bonfire. No cover.
Where: 417 E. 18th St.
Info: grinderspizza.com, 816.472.5454
What: The theme is Xanadu 2013, and the party features a late-’70s/early-’80s vibe. Genewa Stanwyck and Synematix provide the music. Admission is $10 and includes one free drink, appetizers, party favors and a champagne toast. The party runs from 8 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.
Where: 101 Southwest Blvd.
Info: hamburgermarys.com, 816.842.1919
** Jackpot Saloon
What: Live performances by Approach, Cloud Dog and Radkey beginning at 8 p.m.
Where: 943 Massachusetts St. in Lawrence
Kansas City Convention Center
What: The Convention Center’s Grand Ballroom hosts a party with a buffet dinner, music from Atlantic Express and Hal Wakes and a champagne toast at midnight. Tickets to the party are $99 each, but a package with two tickets to the party plus lodging at the Kansas City Downtown Marriott, a bottle of champagne and breakfast for two is available for $299.
Where: 301 W. 13th St.
** The Kill Devil Club
What: The Gallery Event Space and the Kill Devil Club team up to host an upscale, all-inclusive champagne soiree featuring live jazz, food (including a carving station), an unlimited premium bar and midnight champagne toast. Tickets are $125 ($225 per couple) and can be purchased in advance at http://www.mission
tix.com/gallerynye. Things kick off at 9 p.m.
Where: 61 E. 14th St.
What: The Rainmakers, the Belairs and Watermelon Slim and the Workers provide the entertainment at this 8 p.m. party. There’s music on the main stage and in the backroom. Tickets are $47.50 in advance.
Where: 2715 Rochester St.
Info: knuckleheadskc.com, 816.483.1456
La Bodega Tapas & Lounge
What: Both locations offer a special New Year’s Eve four-course dinner option. The first reservation option runs from 4:30 to 6 p.m. and is $45 per person; the second runs from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and is $60 per person. There is also an 8:30 to 10 p.m. option for $75 per person. There’s a champagne toast at midnight, and a DJ spins beginning at 8 p.m. at the Leawood location.
Where: 703 Southwest Blvd. in Kansas City; 4311 W. 119th St. in Leawood
** The Levee
What: Doors open at 7 p.m. for the Levee’s New Year’s Eve party, which features a live performance by the Magnetics. Tickets, which are $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the event, can be purchased online, by phone or at the venue’s box office.
Where: 16 W. 43rd St.
Info: theleveekc.com, 816.561.5565
** Lew’s Grill & Bar
What: There’s a special happy hour from 3 to 7 p.m., dinner with Das Boot at 7, and DJ Jam spins from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. Food is served until 2 a.m. and drinks until 3 a.m., plus there’s a midnight champagne toast. Tickets are $15 in advance ($20 at the door) and also include access to the Well’s New Year’s Eve party.
Where: 7539 Wornall Road
Info: lewsgrillandbar.com, 816.444.8080
** Liberty Hall
What: Music from Sellout. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15.50 in advance and $20.50 on the day of the show.
Where: 644 Massachusetts St. in Lawrence
Info: libertyhall.net, 785.749.1972
** Mac’s Sports Pub
What: The sports bar’s black-and-white glow party features a live dub-step DJ from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., glow sticks, glow paint stations throughout the bar, and a champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight. A special prime rib and shrimp dinner will be available.
Where: 9617 W. 87th St. in Overland Park
Info: macssportspub.com, 913.341.2000
What: The Countdown at the Corner celebration, which encompasses six bars (Velvet Dog, Sol Cantina, the Drop, Tower Tavern, Haus and Club Monaco) includes all-you-can-drink access from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. General admission tickets are $75, and VIP tickets, which grant access to premium liquors, house wine and any beer, are $100. There are DJs at all of the six bars, as well as a champagne toast.
Where: Martini Corner
** McCoy’s Public House
What: DJ Finius spins from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m., and a $10 cover gets you access into McCoy’s, the Foundry and Beer Kitchen beginning at 8:30 p.m. At McCoy’s you also get a complimentary champagne or winter warmer toast at midnight.
Where: 4057 Pennsylvania Ave.
Info: mccoyspublichouse.com, 816.960.0866
** Melting Pot
What: Packages start at $150 per couple and include a five-course dinner, dessert and champagne toast. Or you can upgrade to a gold (which also includes a bottle of wine, six roses and a private booth for $225 per couple) or platinum (same as gold, but with a dozen roses for $250 per couple) package.
Where: 450 Ward Parkway
Info: meltingpot.com, 816.931.6358
What: The Aaron Sanchez restaurant serves up a four-course meal (among the choices are fried green tomatoes with wild mushrooms, grilled lamb T-bone and apple bread pudding) paired with a glass of champagne to celebrate the new year. Cost is $50 per person, and reservations are encouraged.
Where: 5270 W. 116th Place in Leawood
Info: mestizoleawood.com, 913.752.9025
** Michael Forbes Bar & Grille
What: There’s a $19.90 prime rib buffet from 5 to 9:30 p.m., and from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. you can get unlimited beer, cocktails and house wine for $50 a person. The cost also includes a late-night buffet, DJ entertainment and a champagne toast. Reservations are required.
Where: 128 W. 63rd St.
Info: michaelforbesgrille.com, 816.333.4355
What: Michael Smith will offer a holiday menu with seatings at 6, 6:30 and 7 p.m. (a four-course menu is $75 per person) and 8:30, 9 and 9:30 p.m. (a five-course menu is $95 per person). Next door at Extra Virgin, there’s an all-you-can-eat tapas buffet for $50 per person. The Grand Marquis will perform beginning at 8:30 p.m.
Where: 1900 Main St.
Info: michaelsmithkc.com, 816.842.2202
What: The popular Dropout Boogie dance party returns on New Year’s Eve, running from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Where: 3810 Broadway
** Neon Wild
What: A retro dance party includes music from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s, plus a laser show. Cover is $5.
Where: 1802 Clay St. in North Kansas City
New Year’s Eve at the Temple III
What: The Scottish Rite Temple once against transforms into a four-story party central to ring in the New Year. There are 10 open bars, eight DJs, eight different party areas and all sorts of video screens, confetti canons and party favors. The event runs from 7 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Tickets are $72.13 through Dec. 25 and $85.13 through the 30th. Day-of tickets are $100.13, and there are plenty of VIP add-ons available, as well.
Where: 1330 Linwood Blvd.
** O’Malley’s Pub
What: Doors open at 4:30 p.m., and entertainment is provided by the Wild Colonial Bhoys and Bob Reeder, who perform from 8 p.m. to midnight. Admission is $10 and includes party favors and a champagne flute, and the St. George Hotel will offer lodging packages.
Where: 500 Welt St. in Weston
Info: westonirish.com, 816.640.5235
** One Block South
What: Advance tickets are $20 and get you into four venues: Kanza Hall, Red 8, Fuel American Made Bar & Grill and Milieu. The party runs from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Where: 7300 W. 119th St. in Overland Park
** The Phoenix
What: The jazz club features dinner seatings at 5:30 and 7 p.m. (reservations are $100 per couple), followed by a 9 p.m. New Year’s Eve party. The party kicks off at 9 p.m. with music from Tim Whitmer and the KC Express. Cover to the party is $15 and includes party favors and a champagne toast.
Where: 302 W. Eighth St.
Info: thephoenixkc.com, 816.221.5299
Power & Light District
What: Kansas City’s party district hosts a raucous party that spans more than 12 KC Live! Block venues. The entertainment includes a ball drop, four DJs and laser shows. Tickets ($95 for individuals, $180 for couples through Dec. 24) include unlimited food and drink and access to Shark Bar, McFadden’s Sports Saloon, Howl at the Moon, Pizza Bar, Johnny’s Tavern, PBR Big Sky, Angels Rock Bar, Tengo Sed Cantina, FUEGO, Mosaic Lounge, Maker’s Mark, Hotel Nightclub, The Dubliner and the KC Live Living Room. VIP and hotel packages are also available. The party begins at 9 p.m.
Where: Power & Light District
** The Quaff
What: Things kick off at 9 p.m. with tunes from DJ E, party favors, drinks specials and a champagne toast at midnight. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.
Where: 1010 Broadway
Info: thequaffkc.com, 816.471.1918
** Quasimodo Live Music
What: A $20 admission gets you a barbecue buffet from Jon Russell’s, live music, party favors and a midnight champagne toast. Dan Bliss performs from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and Jeremy Bitcher & the Bail Jumpers take over from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Where: 12056 W. 135th St. in Overland Park
Info: quasimodokc.com, 913.239.9666
** Ramada Overland Park
What: The hotel offers dinner, dancing, a balloon drop and midnight toast to ring in the new year. Call for pricing and reservations.
Where: 7240 Shawnee Mission Parkway in Overland Park
What: The “Kansas City New Year’s Classic” package starts at $389 and offers accommodations, a champagne toast and breakfast for two at Chaz on New Year’s Day. The “Chazziest New Year’s Ever” package starts at $499 and features accommodations, a four-course dinner for two from Chaz on the Plaza, champagne toast and breakfast for two the following morning.
Where: 325 Ward Parkway
Info: raphaelkc.com, 816.756.3800
** Ra Sushi
What: Holiday-themed food and drink, including firework shrimp and “Ra” solution rolls, are on special from 7 p.m. to close, and a DJ will provide music.
Where: 11638 Ash St. in Leawood
Info: rasushi.com, 913.850.6260
What: The Golden Republic, Thee Water Moccasins and a surprise special guest provide the entertainment for the RecordBar’s New Year’s Eve bash. There are party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. Tickets are $12, and the show starts at 10 p.m.
Where: 1020 Westport Road
Info: therecordbar.com, 816.753.5207
** Rhythm & Booze
What: Doors open at 9 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. Cover is $10, which includes party favors and a midnight champagne toast. There’s also a $20 power hour from 9 p.m. to close.
Where: 423 Southwest Blvd.
What: Music from Clockwerk, The New Riddim and Booty Jamz. Doors open at 8 p.m., and there’s a $5 cover. Free champagne toast at midnight.
Where: 4048 Broadway
** Tanner’s Waldo
What: A $5 cover gets you into this party featuring a DJ, balloon drop and champagne toast. There are also food specials. Reservations recommended.
Where: 7425 Broadway
Info: tannersbarandgrill.com, 816.822.7525
** Tannin Wine Bar & Kitchen
What: In addition to its regular dinner menu, Tannin will feature a special multi-course holiday meal for $60 per person, with wine pairings also available.
Where: 1526 Walnut St.
Info: tanninwinebar.com, 816.842.2660
** Tavern in the Village
What: A DJ spins beginning at 9 p.m., and in addition to the regular menu, there are special holiday items, including filet mignon and lobster tail. Plus a complimentary midnight champagne toast.
Where: 3901 Prairie Lane in Prairie Village
Info: taverninthevillage.com, 913.529.2229
** Tavern at Mission Farms
What: There’s live piano from 7 to 10 p.m. and a DJ beginning at 10 p.m. In addition to the regular menu, there are special holiday items, including filet mignon and lobster tail. Plus a complimentary midnight champagne toast.
Where: 10681 Mission Road in Leawood
Info: tavernatmissionfarms.com, 913.213.6588
** Trouser Mouse
What: New Year’s Eve party featuring music from Trampled Under Foot. Tickets start at $20.
Where: 625 N.E. Mock Ave. in Blue Springs
Info: trousermousebar.com, 816.220.1222
** Union Station
What: The annual Rock the Clock party features live music from Flashback, appetizers, party favors and a martini ice luge. Three ticket packages are available: Silver ($84 individual tickets/$160 per couple), Gold ($110/$210, includes unlimited drinks) and Platinum ($205 each, includes unlimited drinks, a four-course dinner and unlimited ultra premium bar from Harvey’s, and a premium champagne toast). Hotel packages at the Sheraton Kansas City and Westin Kansas City are also available.
Where: 30 W. Pershing Road
** Uptown Arts Bar
What: New Year’s Eve performance with Megan Birdsall begins at 6 p.m.
Where: 3611 Broadway
Info: uptownartsbar.com, 816.960.4611
What: It’s open bar all night at the Uptown’s New Year’s Eve Extravaganza, with six party rooms (Main Theater, Cabaret, Nowhere, the Conspiracy Room, Valentine Room and Broadway Room), six DJs, snacks and a laser show. Doors open at 7 p.m., and it’s 18-or-older to enter. Tickets are $40 before Dec. 21, $47 after and $55 at the door. VIP hotel packages are also available.
Where: 3700 Broadway
Info: uptowntheater.com, 816.753.8665.
What: Doors to this New Year’s Eve party open at 9 p.m., with music from DJ Bobby Keys. Then, Los Angeles’ Kevin Scott takes over to spin the night away. Tickets are $30.
Where: One Riverboat Drive
Info: voodookc.com, 816.889.4237
** The Well
What: DJ Kirby takes the main stage, and DJ Matt B mans the heated rooftop tent at this New Year’s Eve party, which runs from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. There’s also a ball drop and champagne toast at midnight. Tickets are $15 in advance ($20 at the door) and include access to both the Well and nearby Lew’s Grill & Bar.
Where: 7421 Broadway
Info: waldowell.com, 816.361.1700
Westport Flea Market
What: The Flea Market hosts an all-you-can-eat-and-drink party that kicks off at 8 p.m. There’s also karaoke beginning at 9 p.m.
Where: 817 Westport Road
Info: westportfleamarket.com, 816.931.1986
What: A DJ starts at 10 p.m., and the Plaza restaurant features a special New Year’s Eve menu in addition to is regular menu.
Where: 620 W. 48th St.
Info: zocalokc.com, 816.756.5555