Starting off fresh
775 N. High St., Short North
New Year's Eve Cabaret in Pumps featuring DJ Alan Saunders and Nina West. 10 p.m. Cover.
Bar of Modern Art
583 E. Broad St., Downtown
Champagne Wishes & Grey Goose Dreams featuring VJ 2nd Nature and Underground special guest DJ. $30.
797 Hill Rd. North, Pickerington
Pickerington's first annual New Year's Eve Party featuring hors d'oeuvres buffet, live disc jockey, midnight champagne toast, tiaras, noisemakers, top hats, broadcast of NCAA bowl game. 8 p.m. $35.
1896 N. High St., Campus
Annual New Year's Eve Extravaganza featuring free food, cheap drinks, a free midnight toast, and live music by Children of Reagan, Moto Virus and Divine Tragedy. 9 p.m. Low dough cover.
132 E. Fifth St., Short North
New Year's Eve party with Ruckus Roboticus, open bar and Bristol's famous menu. 10 p.m. $100-$120.
Cafe Bourbon Street
2216 Summit St., Campus
Live music with TV Ghost, Circuit des Yeux, Psychedelic Horseshit, The Unholy Two and Night of Pleasure.
859 E. Long St., Near East Side
New Year's Eve bash with Mersadees Binns. 10 p.m. No cover.
1227 N. High St., Short North
New Jack New Year's Eve featuring hip-house/golden-era hip-hop. 10 p.m. $7.
Claddagh Irish Pub
8745 Sancus Blvd., Polaris
Live rock with Hat Trick. 6-9 p.m. Free.
Claddagh Irish Pub
586 N. Front St., Brewery District
New Year's Eve party with The Drowsy Lads. 9 p.m.
9645 Basil Western Rd., Canal Winchester
New Year's Eve Party featuring live music Hillbilly Deluxe. 9 p.m.
863 S. High St., German Village
New Year's Eve party with live folk music by Tracy Temple. 9 p.m. No cover.
50 E. Long St., Downtown
Club Fire grand opening and Power 107.5 New Year's Eve bash featuring Kid Capri and DJ D-Rock. 8 p.m.
40 E. Long St., Downtown
New Year's Eve hip-hop show featuring Jim Jones and the Dipset Crew.
Crowne Plaza Columbus North
6500 Doubletree Ave., North Side
Live music by Mike E & the Big "E" Party Band, along with dinner, open bar, hats, noisemakers and a midnight champagne toast. 7 p.m. $130-$230.
Crown Sports Pub
9999 Sawmill Pkwy., Powell
Live music with Kenny Wayne and Julie Ivory. 10 p.m. Free.
2417 N. High St., North Campus
Live music with Willie Pooch. 10 p.m. $4.
630 N. High St., Short North
Special New Year's Eve edition of Wednesday's Are a Drag with Virginia West.
First Night Columbus
Various locations, Downtown
Family-friendly celebration includes face painting, juggling, singing contest for teens, live music, dancing and the countdown to 2009 Grand Finale on Capitol Square. 5 p.m. Free.
Frog, Bear & Wild Boar
343 N. Front St., Arena District
Live music with Introspect and DJ Nohbody, and a midnight champagne toast. $15-$40.
Funny Bone Comedy Club
145 Easton Town Center, Easton
New Year's Eve comedy with Rob Woody Jr., featuring a pre-show dinner buffet and show, and a later show with party favors and a midnight champagne toast. 7 p.m. $55-$75.
862 N. High St., Short North
New Year's Eve Male Revue with Samantha Rollins. 10 p.m.
350 N. High St., Downtown
All-night music party featuring Ant and DJ Rod, Basic Rock Outfit, DJ Marino Monaco, Dirty Martini, The Ken Weaver Trio, Chris Logsdon, Jakob Freely & the Mixtape Bandits, 7th Floor, Shuckin' Bubba Deluxe, Soul Kitch'n, and Swagg. 8 p.m. $140.
James' Club 88
55 W. Long St., Downtown
New Year's Eve Sing-In featuring James Blackmon and Tamra Ellis, door prizes, buffet and midnight champagne toast. 8:30 p.m. $5.
8333 Market Exchange Dr., Westerville
New Year's Eve bash featuring live music by Naked. 9 p.m. Free.
405 Neil Ave., Arena District
CD101 Low-Dough show featuring Irish rockers The Prodigals. 7:30 p.m. $5.
4028 Presidential Pkwy., Powell
Live music with The Reaganomics along with a dinner package offering a buffet, carving and dessert stations, party favors and midnight champagne toast. 10 p.m. $13-$45.
4040 Easton Station, Easton
New Year's Eve bash featuring classic cover hits with Rendition, dancing, hors d'oeuvres, complimentary bar and a continental breakfast. 9 p.m. $60.
Mudflats Bar & Grill
31 W. Columbus St., Galena
Live music with Dave Chisholm. Free.
Newport Music Hall
1722 N. High St., Campus
Live music with Ekoostik Hookah, Dave Ritz and Robb McCormick. 7:30 p.m. $40.
Ohio Expo Center
717 E. 17th Ave., North Side
The speakeasy returns to the Ohio Building. Gangster and moll-themed New Year's Eve party featuring the 17-piece Buckeye Ballroom Big Band, multiple open bars, hors d'oeuvres and a midnight cash and prize balloon drop. Dress to impress (think vintage 1920s). 8:30 p.m. $75-$100.
Oldfield's on High
2590 N. High St., North Campus
Live music with the Andy Shaw Band, the Wet Darlings and Livingston, plus burlesque by the Ohh La Las. 9:30 p.m. Free.
Park Street Patio & Sugar Bar
525-533 N. Park St., Arena District
New Year's Eve Masquerade Ball featuring live music by Saving Jane, DJ Drew Hanson, DJ Samurai and many more. Complimentary small plate buffet, midnight champagne toast and prizes for the top three masquerade masks. 6 p.m. $10.
Park Street Tavern
501 N. Park St., Arena District
Fifth annual New Year's Eve Bash with Dean Simms & the Funky Gurus, a food buffet and full bar. 9 p.m.
205 N. Fifth St., Downtown
New Year's Eve party featuring mistress of ceremonies Dee Range and DJ T Cruz, balloon drop, prizes and a midnight champagne toast. 10 p.m. Cover.
50 N. Third St., Downtown
New Year's Eve Gala featuring five banquet rooms, three ballrooms with live entertainment, open bar, VIP lounge, catering by Latitude 41 and a champagne toast. 10 p.m. $99-$148.
17 N. Union St., Delaware
Live music with Ricky Hall & the Goods. 9 p.m. Free. Limited to the first 75 people.
Skully's Music Diner
1151 N. High St., Short North
All-night hip-hop party with Weightless all-stars Blueprint, Illogic, Zero Star and Envelope, along with The Catalyst, Mr. Dibbs, DJs Detox and Rare Groove. 9 p.m. $8.
1562 N. High St., Campus
New Year's Eve party featuring a tapas-style buffet, party favors, midnight champagne toast, music by DJ Bombay and many others. 6 p.m. $40-$75.
1019 Mediterranean Ave., North Side
New Year's Eve party featuring live rock with Moving to Boise. 8 p.m. $5.
Thirsty Ear Tavern
1200 W. Third St., Grandview
New Year's Eve party featuring live blues by Smokestack Lightning. 9 p.m.
Vonn Jazz Lounge
2151 W. Dublin-Granville Rd., Worthington
New Year's Eve Spectacular featuring live jazz with Adria and Sabrina. 9 p.m.
Wall Street Nightclub
144 N. High St., Downtown
Annual New Year's Eve celebration featuring ball-dropping video coverage and a complimentary midnight champagne toast. 9 p.m. $10.
Woo Doggies Grill
5257 Westpointe Plaza Dr., Hilliard
Live rock with OCD. 9 p.m. Free.