If you’re anything like me, you have a strong aversion to spending money. At the same time, though, you also want to celebrate the end of the unmanageable toxic waste spill that was 2017.
But it seems like all New Year’s Eve events are pretty pricey (some upwards of $500+) and it often feels like if you haven’t made plans by now, you’ve kind of missed out.
But the good news is you don’t have to be a big baller or even a good planner to enjoy New Year’s Eve. Here are a few events that will be a ton of fun without torching your bank account.
Nasty New Year’s (Alchemy’s annual WORT benefit) will make sure your holiday is as dank as possible. They’ve got skunk-funk space cadets Nuggernaut as entertainment plus a handful of other local artists and a midnight champagne toast, all for only $10.
Crystal Corner Bar
Put yourself in a state of mind as far away from this garbage year as possible: the 1970s. Crystal Corner will be showcasing three throwback acts playing a variety of originals and covers: Woodrow, The Lower 5th and Imaginary Watermelon. It’s only $10 at the door, plus a ’70s costume contest and free High Life (the champagne of beers!) at midnight.
High Noon Saloon
Want to see your favorite bands for, like, a quarter of the price? High Noon has you covered with a lineup of tribute acts for Daft Punk, Liz Phair, AC/DC, Fugazi and Sheryl Crow. If it makes you happy, then go — this one is also only $10.
The popular Decadence dance party returns to once again put a whole century of music on blast. This means everything from Ella Fitzgerald to RiRi’s “Umbrella” (ELLA ELLA). This one’s a bit pricier, but it’s still only $25. And there’s a champagne toast at midnight. Dance the last 365 crap days into oblivion.
Two of Madison’s finest homegrown acts — Wood Chickens and Fire Heads (featuring my personal endorsement for next mayor of Madison, Bobby Hussy) — will be on hand to melt faces, with a little help from Chives and Once a Month. And as with every show at Mickey’s, it’s 100% FREE.