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Looking for something to do for New Year’s?

Jennifer Sprouse • Dec 28, 2012 at 10:10 PM

Haven’t solidified your party plans for New Year’s Eve yet? Some local bars, restaurants and hotels might be providing just the party you’re looking for to ring in the new year.

The downtown Johnson City scene will be booming with party after party, with a variety of musical entertainment for people to enjoy.

Americana band Folk Soul Revival will be playing at One 12 Downtown, 112 Tipton St., starting at 9 p.m. and across the way Capone’s will host SUPER bob, a Washington, D.C.,-based band playing some high energy rock music at 8 p.m.

Tipton Street Pub’s General Manager James Thompson said New Year’s is a busy time of year for the bar and eatery, but that it’s always exciting.

Thompson said besides stringing a few lights, he will be giving out party items, such as party hats, beads and noise makers. Other than its usual bar selections, Tipton’s will have a few specials to help celebrate the end of 2012.

“We’re going to do $3.75 20-ounce Blue Moons and we’ll also be doing $1 champagne for the ball drop,” he said.

The Hideaway, 235 E. Main St., will also have New Year’s entertainment that will include bands Sundale, Old Flings and Motives starting at 10 p.m. Numan’s Cafe & Sports Bar, 225 E. Main St., will also have live music and karaoke starting at 8 p.m.

Fanatics Sports Club, located in the Double Tree hotel at 211 Mockingbird Lane, will host its New Year’s Eve party, which lead server Stephanie Walz said has a little something for everyone.

“We have the party here in Fanatics, which has the live DJ, midnight champagne toast, balloon drop,” Walz said. “We do a multitude of drink specials and giveaways all night long. We are traditionally a sports bar, but we do kind of jazz it up a little bit for New Year’s Eve.”

She said Fanatics and Double Tree jointly offer a New Year’s Eve package, which includes a room for the night with champagne in the room, party favors, admission for two guests in the New Year’s Eve party and late checkout for $149.

“You can come here, stay. You don’t have to worry about drinking and driving. You don’t have to worry about getting places,” Walz said.

She said some of their drink specials include $7 domestic pitchers, $10 domestic buckets, $5 Jägerbombs and $5 Captain Americas. The DJ is scheduled to play from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m.

Jerry Pierce & The Nightlife Band will be playing New Year’s Eve at Holiday Inn, 101 W. Springbrook Drive, at 8 p.m. The Electric Cowboy, 1805 N. Roan St., Suite F1, will be also be partying for the new year starting at 7 p.m. and will have a $100 giveaway every hour and a $500 giveaway at midnight. DJ Shorty Tripp will be mixing some tunes for folks at New Beginnings, 2910 Bristol Highway, starting at 9 p.m.

Brittany Roberts, department manager at Bailey’s Sports Grille, 2102 N. Roan St., said New Year’s Eve at Bailey’s is kind of like having three or four parties happening all at once in one building.

“There’s so much you can do here. It’s not just (coming) into a bar and sitting down or listening to music, there’s ... a lot of different gaming activities you can do,” Roberts said.

She said on New Year’s Eve there will be a lot of bar regulars, people playing darts and pool, as well as people dancing along to the live DJ.

“Along with our regular daily specials ... we’ll also have some shot specials with shot girls and we’ll also have some raffles and giveaways,” Roberts said. “We also have a complimentary champagne toast.”

Joey Nickels, owner of Plaza Package Store, 4471 N. Roan St., said business began to pick up in preparation for the holiday Thursday and that since then it’s been non-stop from the time they open in the morning until close.

He said sales have been across the board with people buying a variety of items, but some favorites include sparkling wines and, of course, champagne.

Nickels said New Year’s Eve’s in his store in the past has been pretty busy, but that business starts to wind down the closer it gets to midnight.

“You go from waiting on 50 consecutive customers to having nobody in the store just because by 9 o’clock everybody is pretty much where they’re going for the evening,” he said. “We encourage everybody to come in as early as possible.”

Plaza Package Store will close at 9 p.m. Monday.

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