The year 2021 is about to conclude, and there are a variety of ways you can spend celebrating the New Year in Hot Springs this Friday. But don't wait too long to start planning, because limited reservations are being taken at most events.
For those looking to spend their large New Year's Eve gatherings outdoors, The Weather Channel predicts potential severe thunderstorms, 100% chance of rain and a low of 61 degrees with winds blowing 5-10 mph on Friday night.
However, not all hope is lost, as some local venues hosting events have covered patios. These include Splash Wine Bar, The Rooftop Bar and The Trough Bar and Grill.
The following list of New Year's Eve bashes is labelled from least expensive cover charge to most:
The Trough Bar and Grill (covered patio)
From 8 p.m. to midnight, The Trough, 833 Central Ave., will host a masquerade party. With no cover, the night will include karaoke with David Ellis Grim, cocktails, party games, dancing, a full menu and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight.
Open from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m., Starlite Club, 230 Ouachita Ave., will be open with no cover charge. The night will have music by DJ Courier Coleman, $10 champagne bottles and light snacks for sale.
From 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort will have live music from local musician Jacob Flores at the hotel lobby bar. There is no cover charge. Drink specials will be available at the other bars within the casino, and dining options are available.
From 8 p.m. to midnight, The Warehouse, 301 Broadway St., will host live music from the Tone Kats. With a $5 cover charge, there will be drink specials, a complimentary champagne toast at midnight and a shuttle service available.
From 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Maxine's Live, 700 Central Ave. will feature three musical groups: Warm Trickle, Landrest and Midnight Wagon. Cover charge is $10. A full bar and food menu will be available. A complimentary champagne toast will be held at midnight.
Splash Wine Bar (covered patio)
From 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., Splash Wine Bar, 325 Ouachita Ave., will have live music with John Jordan, complimentary champagne and appetizers. Tickets cost $20 per person, and can be reserved by messaging Splash Wine Bar on Facebook, or emailing email@example.com.
The Rooftop Bar (partially covered rooftop)
From 6 p.m. to 1 a.m., The Rooftop Bar at The Avenue, 340 Central Ave., will host a New Year's Eve party. For $50 a person, you will get a complimentary champagne toast and snacks from 9:30 p.m. to 12:15 a.m. There will be no other food sold from The Rooftop, and a cash bar will be available. DJ Mike Poe will perform from 9 p.m.-12:15 a.m. Reservations are strongly recommended, and can be made by calling 501-321-0001.
From 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m., The Arlington Hotel will host a New Year's Eve Festival. Tickets cost $65, and include live music by The Intruders, party favors and a complimentary toast a midnight. For more information and tickets, call 501-623-7771.
From 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., Vapors Live, 315 Park Ave., will host a New Years Eve party with live music from Motown and More. Tickets are $65 pre-sale, or $75 at the door. The show will begin at 9 p.m. A cash bar and food will be available, as well as a champagne toast at midnight. For more information and tickets, visit vaporslive.com.
Starting at 7 p.m., the Central Theatre, 2705 Central Ave., will host a variety show. With talent from New York, San Francisco and Arkansas, it will be a full night. Tickets range from $65-$600, and can be purchased here. The event will feature Hot Springs own Foul Play Cabaret, Sylvia Stems, James 2FineBrown, Karma Kouture, Drummer Boy Infiniti, and a full band and horn section. A bar and buffet will also be available.
No matter what your New Year's Eve plans are, at the end of the night drive sober, or call an Uber or the Spa City Taxi Cab service. The Post would like to wish everyone a very safe and happy New Year!