Long lines, three clubs, and a car wreck: NYE in Minneapolis
The hype surrounding New Year's Eve almost never comes close to what actually happens that night. Sure, sometimes there's a cinematic moment with confetti and a kiss that ranks on your top 10 list, but more often than not someone spills a drink on you and you're left waiting for a cab in the cold. That's the beauty of the night: There's no rhyme or reason to what's going to happen.
The Twin Cities hosted a slew of parties and events around town, from slick club parties to bar get-togethers. While there's a lot to be said for hanging out at home with family or friends and watching the ball drop, getting out into the city means that anything can happen. Despite best efforts to plot out the evening between friends and numerous parties, sometimes you just can't plan for what actually happens.
Epic Event Center
My night started at Epic's Midnight in Morocco party. Promoted as one of the biggest New Year's Eve celebrations in Minneapolis, my hopes for the event were pretty high. I wasn't disappointed.
The club was decked out in lavish, harem-chic décor with flowing fabric hung swag-style around the VIP area, and sparkling star lanterns suspended from the ceiling. The night's entertainment, hosted by the peppy, sequin-clad Carly Aplin, kept with the Moroccan theme and featured incredible fire performances and sensual belly dancing. The fashion show stood out as a highlight, with a sexy I Dream of Jeannie vibe.
Last time I was at Epic was for an event in college, and the dance floor was pretty much the same as it was that night: fun and full with lots of bumping and grinding to Top 40 hits and electronic music.
Lots of sequins. So many sequins. Most ladies chose black, neutral, or metallic color palates. The guys stuck to the usual jeans and button-downs, with the occasional blazer or suit thrown in. There was an alarming amount of enthusiasm from the crowd for "Party Rock Anthem" immediately following the belly-dancing.
Overheard in the Crowd:
"We met when we were getting ready to take the MCAT."
"We just took it like, two weeks ago."
"And then we went out drinking right after it that day from like, 11 a.m. until 11 p.m."
"You mean 2 a.m."
Random Notebook Dump:
Everything went quite smoothly, from coat check to grabbing a drink at the bar. Little did I know that this was about as smooth as the evening was going to get.
Next up, Seven Sushi Ultralounge and Skybar...