2015 is rapidly approaching, and if you haven’t made your plans yet, you had better get to it. While many restaurants have special meals, here are some of the most interesting and exceptional places to ring in the New Year in Portland, Ore.:
Note: Unless otherwise noted, prices do not include beverages, tax, or gratuity. Please verify the menu and pricing when making your reservation.
When visiting Andina for New Year’s Eve, don’t be surprised to see Mama Doris carrying a suitcase, wearing yellow, and eating 12 grapes at the stroke of midnight. It’s the Peruvian way to bring good luck and adventure in the coming year. Join her, and everyone else at Andina, in counting down to 2015 with a prix fixe menu featuring tapas, a choice of entrée, and dessert.
In addition to their full menu, Bar Avignon will have New Year’s Eve specials highlighting oysters, foie gras, and Champagne.
Beast will be featuring a New Year’s Eve extended set tasting menu paired with wine. Some of the dishes included in the over-three-hour extravaganza include seared big eye tuna with warm beet and onion purée, black truffle vinaigrette, and shaved black truffles; Carman Ranch strip loin roast with smoked shallot butter, pommes dauphinois, and bone marrow sauce aux champignons; and baked Brie fermier with bruléed persimmon.
New chef Lisa Doshier of Equinox has created a special Les Resolucions menu for New Year’s Eve featuring themed menu options such as Call Mom More Often: fettuccine carbonara with kale, bacon, egg yolk, and Parmigiano, and Get Organized: Indian spiced braised lamb with root vegetables.
Grüner is welcoming in the New Year with a Swiss winter holiday dinner. You can anticipate such mouthwatering Helvetian fare as a raclette of fondue of Swiss cow’s milk cheese with boiled potatoes and pickled red onion; Rösti comprising shredded potato pancake, house-smoked fish, crème fraîche, and caviar; and The Berner Platte: a feast of various meats, sausages, and sauerkraut.
Salty’s on the Columbia’s chef Josh Gibler has a menu of New Year’s Eve specials in addition to the regular menu, including dishes such as a seafood risotto of scallops, prawns, salmon, cod, and Dungeness crab; buttermilk-soaked fried Alaskan razor clams with wicked tartar and Meyer lemon marmalade; and a 14-ounce Maine lobster thermidor with herbed risotto and Champagne-minted carrots. On New Year’s Day there is an all-you-can-eat brunch including bottomless Champagne or make-your-own Bloody Mary.
Sarah Cohen is the Portland City Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @scretshopper
Portland New Year's Eve Parties
The Skyline of Portland from across the Willamette River. By: Aboutmovies
The City of Roses thrives on showing people a good time and numerous Portland New Years Eve parties certainly live up to that reputation. The city, known for its quirky and unique culture, has parties for all people and personalities. From a formal and elegant ball to the traditional dance party, there's a New Years Eve party for you in Portland.
Some or all of these events may be temporarily cancelled due to restrictions set by the Governor of Oregon and the Mayor of Portland.
Portland's Top 10 new food carts of 2014
It's easy to forget, even on July 4, that America is a nation of immigrants, our culture and cuisine a mash-up of influences both Old World and New, from Europe to Africa to Asia and back.
What better way to celebrate that heritage than by visiting Portland's food carts, where each year, some 60 or 70 new micro restaurants offer a chance to travel the world while rarely leaving the city limits?
This is our fourth annual list of the city's 10 best new food carts, and like every year, our reporting starts at the heart of the city, then goes on a roving feast across the globe. First to Tokyo, for umami-loaded sea-salt ramen. On to the other Portland, for plump, butter-drenched lobster rolls. Then to Florence, for rustic dishes inspired by centuries-old Tuscan recipes. And to Laos, for fiery laap and spicy garlic noodles.
As always, the past year brought major changes to Portland's food cart scene. More cart clusters welcomed makeshift bars, turning most of these pods into de facto beer gardens. And developers announced that a quartet of pods -- the popular North Station, Cartopia and Good Food Here among them -- would close, most to make way for condos. Also this year, the national media gaze turned its eyes elsewhere, as other cities developed diverse cart scenes of their own.
Their timing wasn't great: this happened to be a particularly strong year for new Portland food carts.
As usual, we were belt-looseningly thorough in compiling this list, checking out about 70 new carts, eating at about 35 of them, then doubling back to determine our 10 favorites. We were looking, primarily, for dishes or cuisines that are hard to find in Portland, or familiar dishes done better than you can find them at local brick-and-mortar restaurants.
And finally, a disclaimer: keep in mind that food carts often move, close and abruptly change their hours -- it's not a bad idea to call ahead before you visit.
Umai ramen from in Southeast Portland.
The best ramen found in Portland today is ladled from a cart parked down an alley behind a Southeast Hawthorne Avenue boutique, in a driveway that looks like a better fit for a basketball hoop than a mini food-cart cluster. Umai was opened by a pair of bluegrass musicians, Forest Carter and Austin Moore, who now make sweet music with fresh-made ramen noodles and umami-packed broth instead. The cart offers three major ramen variations, shio (sea salt-flavored), shoyu (soy sauce) and miso, as well as very good fried chicken and eggplant karaage and sandwiches. I'm addicted to the shio ramen, which hits the picnic table steaming, with firm, cart-made alkaline noodles, braised pulled pork that's juicy in the center and crunchy at the tips, a medium egg, sweet shitake mushrooms and a pile of scallions in an addictive chicken-pork broth that's finished with duck fat. Umai could still improve its presentation -- the broths can be muddy, and the egg with my last bowl was split at the center, leaking viscous yolk -- though that hasn't stopped my from slurping up every last drop, or from immediately craving a second bowl.
Noon to 8 p.m., Wednesday-Sunday down the alley at Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard and 33rd Avenue (behind Mag Big) 503-502-4428 umaipdx.com
Burrasca stormed onto Portland's food cart scene about a year ago, and its rustic Tuscan peasant food has been our not-so-secret crush ever since. Here, Paolo Calamai, a Florentine native who's worked front- and back-of-house jobs at Italian restaurants in Italy, New York and San Francisco, prepares the hearty, soulful fare of his hometown. In the winter there were Tuscan rib-stickers like pappardelle with wild boar ragu, ribollita, the bread, kale and white bean soup, and in zimino, slow-simmered calamari in an inky spinach-tomato stew. Lately, Burrasca's menu has embraced summer with pasta e ceci, a smooth chickpea, garlic and rosemary soup, drizzled with olive oil, hiding stubby slips of tagliatelle, and with crisp polpette, the chicken-potato croquettes, made from Calamai's grandmother's recipe and served with a stunning red sauce. The showstopper is the silky spinach gnudi -- I've had versions for three times the price at buzzy Portland Italian restaurants that weren't fit to wear Burrasca's sage-infused butter sauce.
11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday 113 S.E. 28th Ave. 248-882-7941 burrascapdx.com
Henry's Diner has taken root in Carlton, serving up a hearty breakfast/brunch Fridays through Mondays.
Oregon's best new brunch comes courtesy of this bright teal cart parked on a grass lot smack dab at the center of Carlton, the wine country crossroads. At Henry's Diner, owner Joseph Zumpano flips fluffy buckwheat pancakes, crisps bacon and sears Pennsylvania scrapple -- you might not want to know -- all with a smile. Last year, Zumpano left a high-profile restaurant job in Washington D.C. and drove west to Willamette Valley wine country, opening Henry's Diner with his sweetheart, McMinnville-native Katie Koenig. Despite the tight quarters, almost everything here feels considered, down to the smallest of ingredients. The pancakes are made from Zumpano's father's recipe. The bacon is cut off the slab each day. The jam comes from Carlton's Republic of Jam. The fresh-cut flowers on the cart's sill from Koenig's own company, Pollination Flowers. The beef in the burger comes from Carlton's Lonesome Rock Ranch the brioche buns baked at nearby Carlton Bakery. Throughout the summer, Zumpano and Koenig host a Monday supper series under the stars, each picnic table provided with a knit blanket in case it gets chilly. What's not to like?
8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday-Monday 103 E. Main St., Carlton 503-447-6887 facebook.com/HenrysCarltonDiner
A gun-metal-gray food truck with a yellow-tiled oven somehow built inside, Ash serves wood-fired pizzas and farmers market vegetables from a small Sellwood cart pod. Ted Scharpnick began baking sourdough breads at Greens, the venerable San Francisco vegetarian restaurant, and here uses wild yeast from grapes as a starter. Scharpnick's wife, Alexandra, who worked front-of-house at the Bay Area's famed Zuni, mans the window and delivers piping-hot pizzas to the pod's colorful picnic tables. There's always a margherita, and it's a good once, roughly personal-pizza sized, with dough that's both crunchy and soft, though in need of a touch more salt, given a good char in the oven, with a burnished brown crust, melted fresh mozzarella, basil and a lightly herbed tomato sauce. Other pies, including one with sliced padron peppers and summer squash, might arrive alongside a lovely roasted artichoke, served with herbs and olive oil instead of aioli. The cart doesn't advertise it much, but it's almost entirely vegetarian, and though you've had better s'mores while sitting around the campfire, you might not even the one from Ash is completely vegan.
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday to Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday 7875 S.E. 13th Ave., 503-941-0196, ashwoodfired.com
Food options around Portland State University tend toward the quick and cheap, perfect for students on a budget. Haan Ghin, a tiny, wood-shingled cart in the shadow of the PSU library, hits both those marks, while offering something few of its neighbors can match -- it's really good. Haan Ghin's menu is as small as its kitchen: a fiery laap, the citrus-soaked ground chicken dish here tossed with lemongrass and hot chiles, all meant for wrapping in lettuce with a wedge of sticky rice. Better might be the mii gai, a noodle dish of co-owners Anthony Manivanh and Ann Derryberry's own creation, with just-thicker-than-angel-hair egg noodles kissed in boiling water and tossed with sliced chicken, ong choy, fried chicken skin, fried garlic and jaew bawng, a crude-black sauce made from chiles and galangal root. It's hot, dark and just a little bit sweet. Sooth your palate with an order of khao tom, condensed milk-sweetened banana and sticky rice steamed in a banana leaf wrap. For Portland's many Thai food fans, the flavors at Haan Ghin will be vaguely familiar, yet somehow unlike anything you've tasted before.
11 a.m. to about 2:30 p.m., Monday-Friday just north of PSU's Branford Price Millar Library facebook.com/haanghin
Maine Street Lobster Company
Cathy Evanson and David Beavers, owners of Maine Street Lobster Company.
Since opening in the wilds of Southeast 82nd Avenue back in 2011, Cartlandia has been something of a graveyard for generic food carts serving dishes -- Philly cheesesteaks, pad Thai, blah barbecue and tacos -- that are a dime a dozen in Portland. Despite the presence of the Voodoo Doughnut van, with its line-free bacon-maple bars, is a signature cart. That arrived late last year in the form of Cathy Evanson and David Beavers Maine Street Lobster Company, which deals in lobster rolls both hot and buttered and cool and tossed with a tarragon-inflected mayo, all served in a buttery split-topped roll. This isn't the first lobster roll cart in Portland -- that would be the short lived Hot Boxx -- but Maine Street is doing it right, using a mix of claw and tail meat that's flown in fresh from the Atlantic Ocean several times a week. Full sandwiches are $14 -- expensive for cart fare -- though you can order a $5 slider version, which arrives on red-and-white gingham paper with a pickle, slaw and Ruffles. Located along the Springwater Trail, Maine Street Lobster Company makes a great excuse for an Independence Day bike ride.
11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday noon to 5 p.m., Sunday 8145 S.E. 82nd Ave. 770-480-3437 mainestreetlobstercompany.weebly.com
Duende, a food cart focused on the rich, soulful fare of Andalusia, Spain's southernmost province, is found inside a yellow caravan, a red guitar leaning against the entrance. Owners Kenneth "Kenez" Mata and his wife, Jennifer, offers Spanish-style migas, bread crumbs fried into puffy, crunchy, oil-soaked chips, coated in dusky pimenton, and draped with a crisp fried egg gambas al ajillo, hard-cooked shrimp swimming with red chile pepper strips and garlic in olive oil under a boulder of bread. For dessert, oranges are sliced and laid next to chocolate-covered almonds, honey and mint. Duende can be frustrating. The menu feels built for a restaurant, not a cart, and dishes are often unavailable or take ages to arrive when they are. The food is served on decorative bowls or piping hot skillets laid on little slatted tables that like to suck Duende's three-pronged forks down to the ground. But Duende deserves a visit for its ambition, spirit and the completeness of its vision -- the open window with its sill topped with garlic and dried peppers, flamenco spilling out from the cart, the little pool like you might find in a night-soaked Sevillan courtyard.
Noon to 8 p.m., Friday-Sunday corner of Hawthorne and S.E. 32nd Ave. 503-208-1288 duendegypsyfoodcart.com
Mama Chow's Kitchen
Won ton soup and chicken wings from Mama Chow's Kitchen.
Chinese American comfort food from a Bay Area chef who grew up in and around restaurants. Jeff Chow, a true character in the vintage street cart owner mold, might chat you up about the Oakland A's or his old Bay Area restaurant, Cuvae, leaning out from a small cart which looks like one of those little North Portland houses you can rent on Airbnb. The menu is short, with two dishes -- the salty kalua pork and garlic noodles cooked a minute past al dente -- that are skippable. But the won ton soup is very good, with simple broth, steamed bok choy and dumplings stuffed with either chicken or pork and shrimp, the latter from one of Chow's mother's recipes (hence the cart's name). Garnish with sriracha or other toppings at your whim. Better yet are the fried chicken wings, which Chow lollipops (i.e. pops the bones out, leaving a nice handle for street eating), marinates, deep fries and tosses in a garlic-honey-soy glaze with a pinch of dried chile flakes. The wings are crunchy on the outside, juicy within, and the glaze lends a lovely sweet heat.
11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday-Friday noon to 5 p.m., Saturday corner of Southwest Second Avenue and Stark Street facebook.com/mamachowskitchen
I have a natural suspicion for sliders, the little hamburgers that seem most comfortable on the happy hour menus of big corporate restaurant chains. But PDX Sliders, a cart next to a Sellwood car wash, will make you a believer. Portland native Ryan Rollins forms ground beef into 2.5 ounce patties, sears each on the flattop to a juicy medium, then slides each onto custom Portland French bakery buns. Each tiny sandwich sports the name of a Portland bridge, and the classics are the best bets -- the signature Sellwood, topped with lettuce, tomato, caramelized onion, crisp bacon and melted Beecher's aged cheddar is as good as most bistro or tavern burgers you'll find in town. Depending on how you feel about skin-on French fries (I'm not generally a fan I find the skin adds a bitter note), you might consider adding an order of PDX Slider's, tossed in black truffle salt and served in a paper cup.
11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday-Thursday 11 a.m. to close, Friday-Saturday noon to close, Sunday 8064 S.E. 17th Ave. 971-717-5271 pdxsliders.com
Deep dish pizza from Thick in downtown Portland.
On the verge of opening a slow-roasted meat cart, Michael Cline took a fateful trip home to the Chicagoland area, where, with a mouth full of crust, cheese and tomato sauce, he decided to open a deep-dish pizza cart instead. We're glad he did. Though Cline says his pizzas aren't based on any one Chicago deep-dish spot, the pizza gets most of it right, with chunky red sauce and cart-made Italian sausage blanketing gooey mozzarella and a corn-flour crust. Right now, that crust feels like the weak link at Thick, though it's a small price to pay to (finally) have some decent Chicago-style deep-dish in Portland.
Attend a Virtual Event
While the city’s popular in-person New Year’s parties may be on pause this year, there are still several events carrying on virtually. Grab your significant other and sign up to play trivia, charades and more at the Vancouver Virtual Game Night. And if you’re still searching for that significant other, why not ring in the new year at a New Year’s Eve Bash / Virtual Speed Dating hosted by SpeedPortland? And no matter who you are, tune into the Worldwide 24-Hour Virtual Party, which is slated to be the largest worldwide virtual New Year’s Eve event, attracting more than 10,000 people. There will be 24 DJs and 10% of ticket proceeds go to charities!
Join Men's Ministry Thursday May 27, 2021 for Man Talk.
Hosted by Pastor Timothy Dance & Qualen Carter
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All The Bible Summer Session
June 8th- August 31 via zoom
Congratulations Mt. Olivet 2021 High School Graduates! We are so excited to celebrate with you!
Join us for the 2021 MOBC High School Graduate "Grad Bag" giveaway.
Saturday June 5th 10am-12pm
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Portland New Years Eve 2020: Best Places to Celebrate, Stay, and Hotel Deals
1. Crowne Plaza Hotel Portland-Downtown Convention Center
Just imagine staying at a luxury hotel that benefits the visiting crowne with a whole list of amenities besides hosting a great New Year’s Eve party. Sounds luring isn’t it? The Crowne Plaza Hotel provides one of the best dinners for the New Year party.
The hotel is located in a great location, with amazing service. For your New Year’s Eve celebration, the hotel has on-site restaurant, and pub-style bar. They also offer complimentary airport pick up for the guest, subject to availability.
It is one of the best places to celebrate Portland New Years Eve 2020. To reserve your hotel room, we suggests you to visit this portal for best rates.
Crowne Plaza Hotel Portland-Downtown Convention Center
2. Staypineapple at Hotel Rose
This amazing facility in Portland has already publicized its winter deals and packages for the holiday season and the New Year. The attractive packages promise good food with drinks, reserved parking for your vehicles and luxurious Eat and Sleep combo packages too.
This hotel is a pet-friendly place with great location. The hotel itself is a smoke-free property, hence you can have a nice stay with your loved one. The has its own amazing restaurant and bar.
Adding to this are the uniquely furnished Stay Pineapple themed rooms with its decors and amenities that will give you a good and different experience for this New Year. For amazing hotel deal, please visit this website to get the best rates.
Stay Pineapple at Hotel Rose
3. Kimpton Hotel Monaco Portland
Rated as one of the Best Hotels of Oregon in the year 2016, Kimpton Hotel Monaco, has three different holiday packages that you can lay your hands on for this holiday season. It’s all about food – cocktails, entrees, desserts.
The New Year celebrations do not just stop with food. Hotel Monaco’s luxury stay deals are varied too. With free beer to cheer your holiday to resolving to retreat packages, choose an adaptive one for your family in this holiday season. To reserve your hotel room, we suggests you to visit this portal for best rates.
Kimpton Hotel Monaco Portland
4. Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront
Who wouldn’t want to spend a New Year holiday beside a waterfront? Set beside the Willamette River, Portland Mariott offers many a holiday packages with New Year’s special menu that you can relish alongside the river.
The loyalty program with associated rewards welcomes the repeat customers of Oregon for every festive season to enjoy the redesigned hotel’s features. It’s a good place to stay for Portland New Years Eve 2020. For amazing hotel deal, please visit this website to get the best rates.
Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront
5. Red Lion Hotel on the River Jantzen Beach Portland
Another Hotel with a river front view offering deals that will lure you to spend the New Year with family, Red Lion Hotel’s winter packages are quite promising.
Additionally celebration packages for the festive season assure you of wine and champagne to keep your festive spirits high. To reserve your hotel room, we suggests you to visit this portal for best rates.
Red Lion Hotel on the River Jantzen Beach Portland
So, pack your bags to Portland, Oregon and enjoy your holiday at affordable prices.
Article Title: Portland New Years Eve 2020: Best Places to Celebrate, Stay, and Hotel Deals
Article last re-published on September 13, 2019.
New Year’s at The Coeur d’ Alene Resort, Coeur d’Alene
Choose this beautiful lakeside city to celebrate 2017 and the coming year, and you’ll have lots of great options, from a masquerade ball, dessert cruise and party cruise to a spectacular fireworks show. The resort hosts the Rock the boat New Year’s Eve party with live DJ, dancing, ice luge, champagne and a great view of the fireworks, and The Resort Convention Center will be putting on one of the biggest New Year’s Eve parties in the region. It includes a buffet dinner, live entertainment, costume contest, Facebook photo contest, prizes and a New Year’s Champagne Toast at Midnight.
The Nutcracker at Oregon Ballet Theatre
George Balanchine's The Nutcracker has become a popular annual event at the Oregon Ballet Theatre with its gorgeous sets and well-known musical score. No other show has become a holiday tradition for so many. Shows are scheduled throughout the month of December, and a dazzling and classic way to enjoy the season.
1. Mount Hood
If a mountain party is what you’re looking for, you’re in luck, because Mount Hood features three New Year’s Eve parties each year. The Full Sail at Meadows sponsors the Brew Year’s Eve Party with specialty beers and homemade brews for you to sample. Ski Bowl is home to a family-friendly New Year’s Eve bash with its bowling extravaganza, offering crazy bowl options to keep the laughs rolling until midnight. If a classy evening is what you need, head over to the New Year’s Eve dinner at Timberline, which offers homemade food and midnight fireworks over the mountains.
21 Portland New Year’s Eve Events, in Order From Lit to Chill
This New Year's Eve, Portland's hottest club is Murderboat. This place has everything: DJs, ball pits, spin the bottle, a giant teddy bear chill room, a 23-foot sailboat. Don't even bother to look for bouncers. Instead, the venue will be guarded by a dozen hobo pirates allowing entry in exchange for PBR. Could there be more? Yes. Acrobatic mermaids swinging from the ceiling and gym scooters—those wheeled contraptions you used to slam into other kids with during gym class. Watershed PDX, 5040 SE Milwaukie Ave. 9 pm. $40-$59.
2. Take Back the Future
Holocene regularly feels like a warehouse party if warehouse parties were kind of cozy. So a New Year's Eve party hosted by Fountaine—one of the most high-energy performers in Portland hip-hop—will definitely be a crowded, sweaty, arty rager. Plus, it will be hosted by artist and comedian Carlos the Rollerblader, and include DJ sets from some of the best beat makers in town. Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison St., holocene.org. 8 pm. $20. 21+.
3. Kelly's Olympian NYE
Kelly's has assembled a lineup of up-and-coming MCs who are also some of the city's most reliably energetic performers. That includes KayelaJ, whose crowd work is as impeccable as her lyricism, the reliably rambunctious Youngshirtmayne and DJ Verbz, who has helped turned Kelly's into a hot spot for rising local hip-hop with monthly showcase the Thesis. Kelly's Olympian, 426 SW Washington St., kellysolympian.com. 9 pm. Free. 21+.
Queer-centric hip-hop dance party Cake is one of the best places to see local MCs all year-round. The New Year's Eve edition is going to be extra turnt—though the party has not named the event's "special guest," a photo of the indomitable Maarquii is on the poster. But with resident DJ Automaton behind the deck and Last Artful Dodgr as the host, it's already worthwhile. Killingsworth Dynasty, 832 N Killingsworth St., killingsworthdynasty.com. $10. 21+.
5. DJ Anjali & the Incredible Kid's New Year's Eve Dance Party Extravaganza
Portland's hottest Bollywood DJ tandem has electrified the Portland club scene for 18 years, and their NYE parties are particularly legendary. Along with a slew of other guest performers, they will light up the dance floor with wild South Asian beats. Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell St., wonderballroom.com. 9 pm. $29.50-$35 advance, $40 day of show. 21+.
6. Lumbertwink PDX New Year's Eve
Lumbertwink parties are the epicenter of the Pacific Northwest's beard-growing, flannel-wearing gay subculture. All genders can be lumbertwinks, but those who come wearing plaid or a union suit get half off the cover charge. Tonic Lounge, 3100 NE Sandy Blvd., tonicloungeportland.com. 9 pm. $20. 21+.
7. Summer Cannibals
Portland's Summer Cannibals aren't quite a party band, but their swaggering rock 'n' roll is ideal for anyone who'd rather nurse a tallboy instead of downing shots of Tito's leading up to midnight. But if you do want to move your feet, DJs Títa and Mami Miami are capable of getting even Doug Fir's too-cool crowd bumping. Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St., dougfirlounge.com. 9 pm. $18 advance, $20 day of show. 21+.
8. In the Cooky Jar
DJ Cooky Parker's monthly party is a sweaty monument to vintage R&B, soul and everything that's conducive to twisting and shouting. For the first half of his New Year's Eve party, Cooky and his co-DJs will spin a best-of set of their favorite finds from this past year. After midnight, they'll switch to all funk and boogie. East Portland Eagle Lodge 3256, 4904 SE Hawthorne Blvd., pdxeagles.org. 8 pm. $10.
9. Bunk Bar's Battle of the Decades III
Everyone in Portland is stuck in a different decade. Now is the chance to prove which one is best. As they've done the past three New Year's Eves, members of Sleater-Kinney, the Jicks, Blitzen Trapper and other venerable Portland bands get together to play songs from the '50s through the '80s. Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water Ave., bunksandwiches.com. 8 pm. $30. 21+.
10. Brew Year's Eve Party with Steel Panther
On most other nights of the year, it'd be baffling to go see a Steel Panther concert when you could just stay at home and watch This Is Spinal Tap. But the glory of seeing a parody metal band on New Year's Eve is that they'll have no shame about hamming it up and taking it way, way over the top. Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside St., crystalballroompdx.com. 8 pm. $42.50 advance, $45 day of show.
11. Railroad Earth, the Shook Twins
Sure, a bluegrass jam band isn't everyone's choice for a New Year's party, but if you'd rather groove gently into 2019, Railroad Earth is one of your best options. Plus, they're sharing the bill with local folk darling the Shook Twins. Roseland Theater, 8 NW 6th Ave., roselandpdx.com. 8 pm. $25. 21+.
12. Brizzleman, Fountaine
The Alberta Street Pub isn't typically an R&B venue, but for New Year's Eve, the pub is turning up somewhat with a pair of local artists—multi-instrumentalist Brizzleman, who melds funk, hip-hop and psych pop, and rapper Fountaine, who is somehow also performing at Holocene's New Year's Eve party. Alberta Street Pub, 1036 NE Alberta St., albertastreetpub.com. 9 pm. $10 advance, $12 day of show. 21+.
13. Rhinestone Bash
Are you certain you have the sparkliest outfit in town but nowhere to show it off? Don't be afraid to leave a trail of glitter as you two-step across the dance floor to local stalwart Caleb Klauder and his country band. Spare Room, 4830 NE 42nd Ave., spareroomrestaurantandlounge.com. 8 pm. $20. 21+.
14. pFriem Presents New Year's Eve Celebration at Mount Hood Meadows