Freeloader New Year's Eve
Most of the following parties don't have fancy names. So if you are looking for a $100+ event named something like "Sparkle Glass Disco from Space: 2010 is 4 Realz," you probably want to skip this list. However, if you're looking for an affordable (read: free) New Year's party named "New Year's Eve Party" then you won't be disappointed with what you find after the jump. Check out our list and ring in 2010 for free.
A jolly good New Year's Eve Party
(Brit's Pub, 1110 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, 612.332.3908, www.britspub.com)
The party begins at 6 p.m. Yes, you read that right. That is when the British will be ringing in the New Year as well. There will be bagpipes, champagne, and happy hour specials (from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., and again from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m.). Then at 8:30 p.m. Cool Britannia jams out to the best of British rock and pop ranging from the Beatles to Rolling Stones to Oasis and Coldplay (probably no Robbie Williams or Spice Girls, however).
New Year's Eve at 331
(331 Club, 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612.331.1746)
Experimental rockers Breaksea Caravel will play tonight as a CD-release party. With Painted Saints. 10 p.m.
New Year's Eve Party at 501
(501 Club, 501 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.338.3848, www.501.mn)
Catchy electro tunes with Jenny Dalton and Aaron & the Sea. 10 p.m.
White Out 2009: Wipe the Slate Clean
(W Minneapolis, the Foshay, 821 Marquette Ave., Minneapolis; 612.215.3700)
Erase 2009 (or at least your mind for an evening) at this party featuring music by Justin Styles (a.k.a. Dr. Innocence), champagne toast, and other activities. White or "innocent" attire is encouraged. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.