It’s a safe bet that New Year’s Eve 2013 will probably be the most fun Tuesday night of the year (Tuesdays, as a rule, aren’t particularly special).
Here’s a rundown of some of the great things in store for the Savannah area after dark on Dec. 31; of course, there are more DJ dance parties, and more live music, so if you don’t see your favorite holiday haunt in here, we suggest you give them a call to see what they’ve got planned for the Big Night.
For family fireworks fun, River Street and the Tybee Island Pier and Pavilion remain our polar stalwarts.
Wherever you go, whatever you do, remember to celebrate responsibly – and we’ll see you in the New Year!
"Up the Cup": Woo-hoo! The River Street Savannah organization’s “To-Go Cup Countdown” starts at 8 p.m.; it’s the usual River Street festivities cranked up to a party-sized 11, with Rousakis Plaza music from A Nickel Bag of Funk and Those Cats. The city’s finest fireworks explode over the river at midnight.
On Tybee Island: Of course, wherever on Tybee your celebration takes you, you’ll have a good view of the fireworks they’ll be firing from the pier at midnight – a brilliant display on the ocean’s pitch-black canvas. The Christy Alan Band (with Roy and Martha) are gigging at Fannie’s on the Beach, just near the pier ($15 includes breakfast buffet), and the Tybee Island Social Club (on Butler) has two fantastic bands, Les Racquet and the Accomplices. There’s a party goin’ on at the Tybee American Legion Post, too, with music from the 8-Tracks.
Wild Wing Café: The Stepping Stones and Silicone Sister provide the music for the party inside ($10 cover); at midnight, the “bye-bye 2013” ball drops in City Market (that part’s free). Back inside, party guests get a complimentary breakfast at 1 a.m.
Hang Fire: “Ring in the Year of the Horse” with DJ Shushi Kozell and DJ She King. Yep, 2014 in the Chinese zodiac calendar is the Year of the Horse. Festivities begin at 10 p.m.
Britannia British Pub: The cool thing about the pub (on Johnny Mercer Boulevard, Wilmington Island) is that they celebrate New Year’s Eve twice – once at 7 p.m. local time, in honor of the U.K., and again at midnight for us Yanks. So that’s a double dose of champagne toasts, with music by the blues band Hitman.
Across the board, it’s party favors and champagne toasts at midnight. And sometimes there’s more! Here’s your live-music and proper-name DJ guide to the music at your favorite club, bar, bistro, et cetera:
The Jinx: Dance party with DJs D-Frost and Cheedoh Dust;
Congress Street Social Club: Dance party with DJ Basik Lee;
The Warehouse: Individually Twisted (“Tuxedo Tees & Tie Party”);
Kevin Barry's Irish Pub: Harry O'Donoghue;
World of Beer: Kellen Powers;
Molly MacPherson's Scottish Pub: The Hypnotics;
Bayou Café: Jerry Zambito & The Bayou Blues Band;
Club 51 Degrees: DJ Josh;
Island Time (Port Wentworth): Silversel;
Knights of Columbus 631 (Liberty Street): The Courtenay Brothers;
Fiore Italian Bar and Grill (Isle of Hope): Annie Allman.