For the most part, I consider myself qualified to write this weekly Kansas City events column; I live in Kansas City, I can write, and I do stuff. But I must admit, I mostly hate New Year’s Eve; the roads are full of drunks, going out can get expensive and I just don’t own very many sparkly clothes.
But some of you may disagree with me, so here are some things that actually seem like a fun way to spend a New Year’s Eve out in Kansas City.
• If I were going to wear sparkles, I’d only wear them to Hamburger Mary’s (101 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City, Mo.) for the XANADU 2013 New Year’s Eve Party.
Hamburger Mary’s is always a blast, and beginning at 8:30 p.m. Dec. 31, video DJs Genew Stanwick & DVJs Synematix will host this campy late-’70s/early-’80s-themed fete.
While menu service won’t be available, the $10 cover for this 21-and-over party includes a drink, an appetizer buffet and a champagne toast at midnight.
For more information, visit hamburgermarys.com/kc or call 816-842-1919.
• If you were hoping for something with more grandeur, the Kansas City Convention Center hosts its annual New Year’s Eve Bash at the Grand Ballroom (301 W. 13th St., Kansas City, Mo.) at 7 p.m.
I feel like this will be the kind of party where you’ll run into your parents’ friends, but it’s also the kind of party where you can stumble into to a nearby bed and stay the night.
The Grand Package ($299) includes two tickets to the ballroom party, a guest room at the Marriott Downtown, a bottle of champagne at check-in, as well as late checkout and a hangover breakfast. Or, you can get into the party for $99.
For information and reservations, call 816-421-6800 or visit grandballroomnewyearseve.com.
• Musician Mark Southerland is jazzing up the Austrian restaurant Grünauer (101 W. 22nd St., Kansas City, Mo.) with NYE Miles and Beyond — the music of Miles Davis in Southerland’s experimental, improvisational “Snuff Jazz” style.
Southerland will be on sax, with Jeff Harshbarger on bass and Brian Steever on drums.
Tickets for the 10 p.m. show are $30 and are available at Birdie’s (116 W. 18th St., Kansas City, Mo.) and Grünauer.
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• Remedy Food & Drink (500 W. 75th St., Kansas City, Mo.) has turned the south KC neighborhood, Waldo, into a legit dining destination.
The chef, Max Watson, most recently helped run the Port Fonda food truck with Patrick Ryan, and has quickly made this brick-and-mortar space (which formerly housed Kennedy’s) his own.
On New Year’s Eve, Remedy will serve a four-course prix-fixe dinner, featuring a choice of delicious-sounding entrees: Braised Pork Shank with French green lentils, and house-made red-cabbage sauerkraut, Milk-Poached Salt Cod with marinated artichokes and black olive oil; or Winter Ratatouille with parsnip, carrot, squash and preserved local heirloom tomatoes in papillote.
Dinner is $55 or $70 with wine pairings. For dinner reservations, call 816-361-9788 or visit whatsyourremedykc.com.
Beginning at 10:30 p.m., New York City DJ Justin Fresh will serve up some beats, and Remedy will offer bottle service. A $5 cover includes a complimentary midnight toast.
• Urban Table (8232 Mission Road, Prairie Village) is offering a four-course prix-fixe dinner for $60, or $85 with wine pairings.
It begins with your choice of Beet and Herbed Goat Cheese Napoleon or Roasted Cauliflower Soup and ends with Chocolate-Espresso Pot de Creme or Bread Pudding Brulée. Middle courses include Spiced Lamb Sausage, Rock Shrimp Remoulade, Grilled Butcher’s Tenderloin, Pan-Roasted Arctic Char and much more. Wine pairings are available at an additional cost. To view the full menu, visit urbantablekc.com and call 913-948-6900 for reservations.
• If your idea of fun is wandering around Westport on New Year’s Eve, $10 gets you a wristband that allows entrance into The Foundry, McCoy’s and Beer Kitchen — all at the intersection of Westport Road and Pennsylvania in Kansas City, Mo.
There will be DJs and drink specials at each location, and your wristband entitles you to a free specialty beer or champagne toast at midnight. For more information, call (816) 389-4180.
Whatever you do, please be safe. Get a room or call cab if you need to.
Until next year,
— By day, Kansas City native Emily Farris is a cookbook publicist. The rest of the time, she can be found eating food or writing about it. Find her recent ramblings at feedmekc.com.