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The ultimate New Year’s Eve party guide

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Here is our list of the top places to ring in 2012 in Buffalo—if we could, we would attend them all.

Hard Rock guitar drop
Hard Rock Cafe New Year’s Eve Guitar Drop
Kicking off at 8 p.m. in Niagara Falls, NY, the Hard Rock Cafe will host the annual guitar drop with live entertainment from The Wailers. Also on hand will be More Than Me and Outernational. There is an all-ages street party on Old Falls Street for the public which will include live music, heated tents, entertainment, fireworks, food and beverage stations. Indoor and VIP seating is available for $95 per person and is strictly 21 and over. For more information, check out the Hard Rock Niagara Falls website. [Photo courtesy of Jaunted]

Lowest of the Low
Lowest of the Low at the Town Ballroom
The doors open at 8 p.m. for this event with the Sabres game being played on the big screen up until the concert. Immediately following the game, the Lowest of the Low will rock the Town Ballroom for New Year’s Eve. Tickets are $42 in advance for this 21 and up event. You can purchase tickets through the Town Ballroom box office or through Tickets.com. [Photo courtesy of the Town Ballroom]

The Albrights
Nietzsche’s New Year’s Eve
With an impressive Buffalo line-up, Nietzsche’s will have music beginning at 9 p.m. on the last night of 2011. Scheduled to perform are Aqueous, The Albrights, Andrew J. Reimers Country-Punk Extravaganza, Erie Lackawanna Railroad and Megan Callahan. Music will be playing all night and into the morning down in Allentown. Check out the New Year’s Eve Facebook page for more information on the artists and the event. [Photo courtesy of Facebook]

Statler Hotel
The Ice Ball at Statler City
Already set to be the party of the year on Buffalo, the Statler City Ice Ball is officially sold out for this weekend. But for $150, attendees will get a Buffalo Chophouse grande buffet, five hours of open bar, hours of live music and glamorous entertainment. The champagne toast at midnight will be a nice perk as well. For more information and how to get tickets to the event, head over to the Ice Ball website here. You can also check out the Buffalo.com preview for the Ice Ball here. [Photo courtesy of Facebook]

Cole’s New Year’s Eve party
Another great line-up for New Year’s entertainment, stop by Cole’s at 10 p.m. to check out Rhubarb, Lazlo Hollyfeld, Eric Crittenden and Joe Urge. Tickets are $13 pre-sale and $20 at for the door for this party on the private third floor. Attendees will be presented with bottomless glasses of champagne that will go perfectly with the balloon drop at midnight. Only 200 tickets are available so check out the Facebook event page for more information on this party. [Photo courtesy of Cole’s]

Shannon Pub
New Year’s Eve in Dublin at the Shannon Pub
A unique party for New Year’s Eve, the festivities kick off at 5 p.m. withe the bar closing down at 10 p.m. Food and drink specials will be going on all night with Penny Whiskey playing some great Irish tunes until 9 p.m. To really get in the Irish spirit, the Shannon Pub will be having a ball drop at 7p.m “a la Dublin” and there is no cover for the event. Call ahead to reserve your table for dinner. This is the perfect pre-party dinner option in Buffalo this year. For more information, check out the Facebook event page here. [Photo courtesy of Navigetter]

Merge Buffalo
New Year’s Eve at Merge
Ring in the new year with Dotsun Moon at Merge this weekend. For no door charge, you can have a more cozy night with great ambiance that Merge has to offer. In between short sets, DJ San Plur will be spinning songs from the likes of Depeche Mode, Pet Shop Boys, Neon Indian, Zola Jesus and more. Hors d’oeuvres and a great ale, wine and liquor selection will be on hand for attendees. Don’t forget about the champagne—they’ll have that too. Check out the Facebook event for more information. [Photo courtesy of Tripadvisor]

Steve Ballesteri
Ring in the New Year at Banchetti by Rizzo’s
With three separate rooms to party, this is a New Year’s celebration in Amherst like no other. West of the Mark will be performing country and pop favorites along with a BBQ station to dine from. Also making an appearance is Route 66 who will be playing everything from 60’s to a present mix of music with an Italian antipasti table. Rounding out the music is the Steve Balesteri jazz trio who will be entertaining the dessert and espresso cafe. Tickets are $70 and include all food stations and an open bar. For more information on the event and a hotel package at the Hotel Indigo (with free shuttle service,) check out the Banchetti website here. [Photo courtesy of Steve Balesteri]

Buffalo Ball drop
Buffalo Ball Drop at the Electric Tower
Tens of thousands of people are expected to gather downtown for the 24th annual Buffalo Ball Drop and Fireworks kicking off at 10:30 p.m. Catlin Koch and the Jamie Moses Band will be entertaining the crowd at Roosevelt Plaza at the second largest New Year’s Eve celebration in the United States—yes here in Buffalo! Channel 7 will be covering the event in conjunction with Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. Check out the website for more information here. [Photo courtesy of Iskalo]

DBGB’s New Year’s Eve
With a complimentary hors d’oeuvres, champagne fountain and midnight toast, Duke’s Bohemian Grove Bar is another great spot for New Year’s Eve festivities this year. The party will be hosted by Queen City Cartel and joining them will be Drop D, Anubus, Charlie the Butcher and Shuteyes, Arehouse, Bearskinrug, Beta, and Medison providing the music. The party kicks off at 10 p.m. and you can check out their website for more information here. [Photo courtesy of Facebook]

Tux and Pucks
Buffalo Sabres “Tux and Pucks”
For the New Year’s Eve game against the Ottawa Senators, the Buffalo Sabres will be hosting Tux and Pucks sponsored by Tuxedo Junction and Buffalo Brides. Fans are encouraged to dress their best and can even rent a tuxedo for the night. There are ticket specials available, and for those who already purchased tickets to the game, fans can rent tuxedos for $20.12. If you’re going to the game, you might as well look good doing it. For more information on Tux and Pucks, check out the Sabres website here. [Photo courtesy of NY Sports Geeks]

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