Happy New Year everyone!
Time to get to the marathon of New Year’s Eve events around the Poconos. I got to as many as I could, of people that let me know in one way or the other, it’s about as comprehensive a list as I could make.
Goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway. Let’s all stay safe out there and call a cab, it may cost $20 tomorrow night, but it will save you about $300 to get in to ARD.
Why didn’t anyone do this before? Pub 570 in Marshalls Creek is offering shuttle service to/from Stroudsburg — read: Main Street — for anyone that comes out to its New Year’s Eve party on Saturday. Bar owners off Main Street have griped about this for years, never being able to get that Main Street crowd out to its bars in Bartonsville, Swiftwater, Marshalls Creek, Pocono Pines or wherever. That cuts off a huge piece of the Poconos marketplace and makes you pretty much non-existent to the ESU crowd. So why hasn’t anyone ever done this before? It’s a great idea that probably should have been done years ago. Hopefully it works out and more bars decide to do it on random Saturday nights. Keeps people safe and lets them spend that $20 they had been saving on a cab ride on beer. Everybody wins. Another good idea — no cover. I don’t need open bar to have a good time on NYE, I’m not sure why everyone else does.
One of the few places where your money will help someone is at the Jubilee in Pocono Pines. The $5 cover goes right to the United Way (which is hurting, in case you didn’t know), and there is a light buffet, champagne, noisemakers, etc. It’s a huge fundrasier for the United Way every year.
If you were waiting til the last minute to just wander up to the Studio 44 party at Gypsies in Mount Airy Casino, you’re SOL. It’s sold out. So I’m not going to bother telling you what they have going on since you either already bought a ticket and no what’s going on, or you’ll just get angry when you hear what’s going on knowing you blew your chance to buy a ticket. Either way, let’s just move on.
Know what you can do to get people out to your place? Go all no cover on them. That’s what gets me to your place, so if you’re in the Barrett area, the PourHouse party in Mountainhome may be right up your alley. I know it’s tough out there, but with just about everyone else charging exorbitant amounts for cover, hows come this is the only place I could find that decided to go no cover?
The one-price all-inclusive thing is clearly what some people are looking for since that’s what a bunch of places do on New Year’s. I’d rather they did it on Parade Day, that’s when I pay stupid money and could use available food all day long. Anyway, let’s hit that list of all-inclusive places:
Desaki (Swiftwater): For $85, it’s open bar, buffet dinner and champagne toast. Actually, that’s going to be what most people are offering. Let’s just hit that list quickly:
The Lounge (Bartonsville) is $30 per person for a buffet and one martini — but it could be worth it. It’s having a $1,000 balloon drop at midnight and is giving away a $500 ladies diamond watch. You can also reserve a couch for $50 which includes a bottle of champagne.
Liquid (Stroudsburg): $125 per person, four-hour open bar, Naked Soul on the mic, tapas food available.
Blue Tequila (Minisink Hills): $64.99 for buffet, open bar, champagne toast and cake.
Rainbow Mountain (Shawnee-on-Delaware): Two options, if tickets are available. The rooms are all booked, so the tickets could be hard to come by. But you can do the dinner thing for $50 ($70 at the door, if available) which includes admission to the club party that night. Party only is $15 in advance, $20 at the door (if available). Party has a late-night breakfast brunch. The Rainbow is also doing a New Year’s Day show long after hangover time. Remember, the best cure for a hangover is to start drinking again.
Sycamore Grille (Delaware Water Gap): $75 per person for the whole thing — dinner, drinks and music by The Dinos after dinner.
Wine Handles (Stroudsburg) has a $42 dinner menu, but they didn’t post what they’re doing for the late-night entertainment portion of the night.
Siamsa (Stroudsburg) is going with a $5 cover, which is probably smart for the downtown bars to do. Turning people away because they don’t have upwards of $75 to spend ($150 if you’re paying for a significant other) probably isn’t good business. But if you’re pre-gaming, the cover doesn’t start until 9.
No word on the cover at Jock and Jill’s (Stroudsburg), but they have a DJ and champagne toast.
No word on the cover either at Pocono Pub (Bartonsville) but Code 13 is playing, and there are appetizers.
No word on the cover at Paddy Kenny’s Irish Pub in Blakeslee, but they’ve got something it looks like no one else does — a New Year’s celebration at 7 p.m. Get it? That’s New Year’s in Ireland, yo. Then they get to do it all over again for the rest of us at midnight. I’m not a jello shots guy — even though my family made them on Christmas Eve, cuz that’s how we roll — but they’ve got $1 jello shots.
Sarah Street (Stroudsburg) has a $15 cover for Who Knows and a late-night DJ, plus party favors and what not.
The Serengeti Steakhouse in Bartonsville (at the Howard Johnson) is welcoming the kiddies for their buffet dinner and party. $55 adults, $40 for the kids. The adult tickets include four drinks.
Oh, what’s Flood’s doing, you ask? I have no clue because they still don’t have a Facebook page or website. Weirdos.
If I missed your event, it’s probably because you didn’t let me know about it.