NYE 2014: Your guide to ringing in the new year

William Elliott Whitmore
William Elliott Whitmore will perform a sold-out show at Gabe’s. — photo by Zak Neumann

It’s easy to get caught up in the stress of trying to have the perfect New Year’s Eve. Little Village is here to make sure your night doesn’t suck with this super handy guide. Check out what’s on the menu at some of your favorite restaurants and see who’s playing this holiday:

New Year’s Eve Events:

When Harry Met Sally
FilmScene, $22, 4 p.m.

If you’re not quite a night owl, FilmScene brings an interesting alternative to the traditional New Years Eve. Watch a live stream of the Eiffel Tower and count down to 2015 on Paris time, all while enjoying french pastries and a champagne toast when the ball drops across the world. Stick around to catch When Harry Met Sally, the quintessential late-‘80s romcom starring Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan.

Mark Poolos
Penguin’s Comedy Club, $30, 7:30 p.m.

Can’t dance? Sit your ass down at Penguin’s Comedy Club on New Year’s Eve for a night of stand-up comedy with Mark Poolos. You might (not) recognize him from his two independent films, Attack of the Killer Snow Cone Zombies and Joanie Loves Furbies, but Poolos is a funny dude. His three live comedy albums are chalk full of silly observational humor, one-liners and even original songs.

New Years Eve Bash
Wildwood Smokehouse and Saloon, Cover, 8 p.m.

If Brad Paisley and Florida Georgia Line made a baby it would be called Cody Hicks. The Cody Hicks Band hails from Montezuma, but don’t underestimate their small town, Iowa roots: Along with performing covers, they can write one hell of a catchy, country tune. Their song “Aw Girl” has a pulsing beat that will get you dancing.

The Fez
The Englert $20 – $22, 8:30 p.m.

If you’ve gotta have that funk on New Year’s Eve, head over to the Englert to see Iowa City’s 15-piece Steely Dan cover band, The Fez. The band does a good job staying true to the originals, featuring four horns, three backup singers and two keyboards. This will be the band’s longest show ever with two sets and an encore when the ball drops. They promise to deliver a new set and may even play a Steely Dan album in its entirety, according to the band’s Facebook page.

New Years Eve Bash
Studio 13, $5 – $10, 7 p.m.

Looking for a wild party on New Year’s Eve? Stop by Studio13, Iowa City’s only GLBTQ nightclub. Watch a live drag show at 10 p.m. with Crystal Belle, Myling Belle, Alexandria Markstone and Sasha Belle, who is featured on the upcoming season seven of Ru Paul’s Drag Race. Then dance the winter blues away with DJ N8 and sip on free champagne at midnight. New Year’s Bonus: You might even walk away with $2,015 in cash and prizes!

LV Presents: Joe + Vicki Price
The Mill, $12 – $15, 9 p.m.


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If you live in Iowa City and you’ve never seen Joe and Vicki Price, it’s time to change that. Stomp and holler along to the red-blooded American blues music of Joe and Vicki Price. This husband and wife duo has been playing together since the 1980s. Joe executes perfect slides on his National Steel guitar, and Vicki’s sweet melodies will keep listeners clapping all night long.

William Elliott Whitmore
Gabe’s, SOLD OUT, 9 p.m.

Hopefully you’ve already bought tickets to see William Elliott Whitmore, because this show is sold out! Whitmore has a smoky voice, and is a skilled banjo and guitar player. In “Hell or High Water,” he reminisces about coming home, singing “Drink your glasses to the bottom and toast me to another year.” How fitting! David Zollo and Brian Johannsen join Whitmore for an evening of Americana.

The Candymakers
Yacht Club, $10, 10 p.m.

Prepare to dance. The Candymakers are a delightful mix of jazz, blues and soul. Lead singer Alan Sweet has a huge voice, and the band’s upbeat music is impossible not to groove to. Their song “Yet to Begin” is jazzy and fresh, while “Mirror Don’t Lie” is funky and soulful. And at just $10, this New Years Eve celebration won’t break the bank!

New Year’s Eve Dinners:

900 E. Second Ave., Coralville, 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
In addition to 30Hop’s regular menu, savor New Year’s specials such as oysters, seared scallops, pussin and quinoa vegetable lasagna. Starting at 9 p.m., enjoy music by DJ NYJ.

127 Iowa Ave., Iowa City, 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Enjoy indulgent courses that include delicacies like caviar, lobster and chocolate mousse. Their regular menu will also be available.

104 S. Linn St., Iowa City, 4 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Baroncini will offer a both a smaller pre fixe menu at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. for $50 per person and a larger pre fixe menu at 9 p.m. for $90 per person. Both menus feature the decadent filete foie gras.

209 N. Linn St., Iowa City, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Herold in the New Year at Brix while tasting a selection of wines from Illahe Vineyards ($22 per person).

503 Westbury Dr., Suite 1 Iowa City, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
In addition to their regular menu, Blackstone feature specials like smoked carpaccio, Manhattan filet, wild mushroom ravioli and linguini and prawns on New Year’s Eve.

Clinton Street Social Club
18 ½ Clinton St., Iowa City, 6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Head to Clinton Street Social Club for a pre fixe dinner menu ($65 per person) starting at 6:30 p.m. and featuring halibut and creamy polenta. After dinner, mosey upstairs for the 3rd Floor Cocktail Bash at 8:30 p.m. for champagne, hors d’oeuvres and sweets ($40 per person), as well as live jazz music by the Brooke Lunsford Quartet.

117 N. Linn St., Iowa City, 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Join Devotay for a pre fixe menu ($52 per person). Or enjoy New Year’s specials like sweet potato tortelloni and deconstructed seafood stew, in addition to the regular menu.

126 E. Washington St., Iowa City, 5 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Hearth is hosting a four course meal featuring a choice of beef bourguignon, lamb osso bucco or seared tuna for the third course ($42 per person). A vegetarian option available upon request, as well as wine pairing and champagne ($24 per person).

Kalona Brewing Company
405 B Ave., Kalona, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Kalona Brewing Company will offer a chef’s menu featuring an assortment of courses like shrimp cocktail and a lobster bisque, as well as a choice between roasted pork, lamb chop or roasted vegetables. While you eat, enjoy music from Your Dinnertime Jazz from 6 – 10 p.m.

Linn Street Cafe
121 N. Linn St. Iowa City, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Linn Street will be offering a five course, pre fixe meal ($60 per person), featuring many choices like duck roulade, Chilean sea bass and salted caramel cheesecake.

126 E. Washington St. Iowa City, 5:15 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.
A two course dinner offering the choice between beef bourguignon, lamb osso bucco and seared tuna for the first course. However, a vegetarian option is available when making the reservation. (The meal is $30 per person, or $75 for a two person dinner and a bottle of prosecco.)

Motley Cow Cafe
160 N. Linn St. Iowa City, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Motley Cow Cafe will offer a four course menu diverse with dishes that range from prawns to grilled pigeon. For dessert, decide between the chocolate cake with port zabaglione or the cherry galette with thyme frozen yogurt. Pre fixe vegetarian and non-vegetarian dinners ($48 per person) are available, with the option of a wine pairing ($90 per person, not including tax and gratuity).

One Twenty Six
126 E. Washington St., Iowa City, 5 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
The menu features a five course meal including a hanger steak for the fourth course ($55 per person). Vegetarian and non-beef options are also available upon request. There will also be wine pairing and champagne ($28 per person).

210 S. Dubuque St. Iowa City, 6:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Join Share at 9 p.m. for jazz, a chocolate tasting and champagne toast ($9 per person). Their regular menu will also be available all evening.

Trumpet Blossom Cafe
310. E Prentiss St. Iowa City, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
For a vegan dinner, stop by the Trumpet Blossom Cafe for the chef’s special entree and dessert. While there, sip on the refreshing Nouveau Cocktail — sparkling wine, orange juice and Grand Mariner — and hear music from local singer-songwriter Phil Ochs.

849 Quarry Rd., Coralville, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Vesta will offer a coursed dinner, with dishes like lobster roll, bacon-wrapped elk tenderloin, butternut squash ravioli and rhubarb apple galette.


Bluebird Diner
330 E. Market St., Iowa City, 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Brunch away your New Year’s Eve hangover at Bluebird Diner, serving breakfast until 2 p.m.

Salt Fork Kitchen
112 E. Main St. Solon, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. on New Year’s Day
Looking for something fresh and local to eat while kicking off 2015? Salt Fork Kitchen is open for brunch New Year’s Day.

Sophie Neems collaborated on this report.

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