Ring in the New Year any way you like

In just a few days many of us will bid farewell to 2012 and welcome in a brand new year with music, dancing, a toast, food or some combination of all the above. The question is: where’s the party?  Everywhere, if you’re in Shreveport-Bossier. The options for New Year’s Eve parties are plentiful and we’ve picked out a few below, but for a complete list, check Shreveport-Bossier Fun Guide.

DOWNTOWN

Gashcat
Gashcat

Hear Austin fuzz rockers Gashcat live and see for yourself why they’ve been twice-featured on NPR’s All Songs Considered. They’re teaming up again with Shreveport’s own Ghost Foot for a New Year’s celebration you won’t forget at Fatty Arbuckles in downtown Shreveport’s Red River District. Showtime starts at 10 p.m. Tickets are $5-$10.

More picks:

Black Oak Arkansas at Lake St. Dance Hall, 7 p.m. $25-$30.

New Year’s Eve Party featuring Bisca Black, Flood The Masses and Truman Syndrome at Riverside Warehouse, 9 p.m. $10.

Voodoo Café NYE Party with Irene & The Sleepers with Victor at Voodoo Café, 9 p.m. $10.

LAGNIAPPE

Forget the dance floor, bowl your way into the new year at Holiday Lanes with their New Year’s Eve party package, which includes unlimited intergalactic glow-in-the-dark bowling 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., a breakfast platter with two eggs, hash browns, sausage, bacon, toast and a soft drink.  It also features a party favor pack for the first 100 people which includes a glass of champagne or fountain drink.  Admission is $25 for adults and $15 for ages 12 and under. Plus, there’s a daytime special for those who don’t want to stay out late.

More picks:

Bridget Jones's Diary movie poster (via Wikipedia)
Bridget Jones’s Diary movie poster (via Wikipedia)

New Year’s Eve Dinner and Movie: Bridget Jones’s Diary at Robinson Film Center, 8 p.m. $50-$100.

New Year’s Eve at Ernest’s Orleans Restaurant, 5 p.m. $75.

New Year’s at Noon at Sci-Port: Louisiana’s Science Center, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free with admission.

CASINOS

No need to travel south to hear zydeco music when you can just head to Sam’s Town Hotel and Casino for a huge dose with Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. & The Zydeco Twisters. Dopsie Jr. is the son of zydeco legend Rockin’ Dopsie and he’s guaranteed to get you moving with his high-energy, interactive show.  Admission is free. Showtime starts at 7 p.m. Not sure what to expect? Check out this video of him with Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak.

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