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Portland New Year's Eve: Ring in 2013!


Updated December 14, 2012

Portland has New Year's activities to suit a variety of tastes -- from traditional champagne-drenched affairs to athletic endeavors to great music offerings. Kick off 2013 in style and start the year with a flair.

22nd Annual Champagne Ball
Join 1,200 revelers in four themed rooms with three dance floors and 16 bars. Pizza, an appetizer buffet and a champagne toast are included. Proceeds benefit the Children's Cancer Association.
When: 8 p.m.
Where: Hilton Portland and Executive Tower
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Cost: $89 - $169

Pix / Bar Vivant's New Year's Eve Extravaganza
Like things chocolaty and bubbly? Sounds like a good way to start a year off to me. A free chocolate buffet is available with the purchase of a drink, with chocolate mousse, chocolate meringue, chocolate ice cream, chocolate truffles and even chocolate beer. There's also a six-foot flowing champagne tower and an impressive array of champagnes available by the bottle; an outdoor chestnut roast, tapas specials and a DJ.
When: 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Where: 225 E. Burnside
More info: pixpatisserie.com

Good Fortune, Peruvian Style, at Andina's
Count down to 2013 with a fixed-price menu at Andina's, a popular Portland restaurant focused on "Novo-Peruvian" cuisine. The Platt-Rodriguez family, which owns Andina, will share their New Year's Eve traditions designed to bring good luck to the ensuing year -- including eating 12 grapes before the stroke of midnight. Popular house dishes will be paired with wine, and three early and three late seatings are available (first seating at 5:30 p.m., last seating at 9:30 p.m.). The three-course dinner runs $65 to $75, and additional packages are available that include wine pairings. Live entertainment by the Nat Hulskamp Trio, JB Butler, The Toshi Onizuka Trio and Danny Romero runs from 6 p.m. through 1 a.m.
When: Festivities start at 10:00 p.m., run and walk get underway at midnight.
Where: 1314 NW Glisan
More info: andinarestaurant.com
Cost: $35 - $40

First Run -- a 1.5 mile run/walk and a 5k run/walk
It's much more than a run, with food, beverages, music, dancing and contests to help you end 2012 and kick into 2013.
When: Festivities start at 10:00 p.m., run and walk get underway at midnight.
Where: World Trade Center, 121 SW Salmon St.
More info: aasportsltd.com/firstrun
Cost: $35 - $40

A.C. Gilbert's Discovery Village New Year's Eve Family Fun
Bring the kids for a 4-H petting zoo, face painting, tons of varied musical performances, a scavenger hunt, and music-themed crafts and games.
Where: 116 Marion St. NE, Salem
More info: acgilbert.org
Cost: $10 ($3 ages 1&2, public assistance)

Bass Odyssey New Year's Eve 2013
This 21+ show features NERO (DJ Set), Kill The Noise and Paper Diamond, among other acts, belting out the electronic dance music.
When: 7 p.m.
Where: Oregon Convention Center
Cost: $45
More info: bassodyssey.com

New Year's Eve with the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience and Shook Twins
Bluegrass statesman David Grisman leads an acoustic music night. Local folkies the Shook Twins will start things off.
When: Early show is at 6 p.m.; Late show is at 10 p.m.
Where: Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 Northeast Alberta Street
Cost: $40 - $55
More info: albertarosetheatre.com

Pink Martini NYE 2013 with the Portland Youth Philharmonic
Portland's own Pink Martini mixes diverse musical influences from around the world to great effect, and they've played with orchestras as well as offered their own takes on pop tunes. The classically trained musicians are sure to entertain a wide array of tastes
When: Two shows: 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
Where: Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Cost: $45 - $105
More info: pcpa.com

Railroad Earth at the Crystal Ballroom
When: 7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show
Where: Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside
Folk meets blue collar rock 'n' roll with various influences mixed in when Railroad Earth takes the stage at the Crystal.
Cost: $55 advance, lodging packages available
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50 Shades of Bond
When: 9 p.m.-3 a.m.
Where: Fez Night Club, 316 SW 11th Ave
Dress up for this black tie affair, and remember to order "shaken, not stirred" from one of the five bars and 10 bartenders. Decorations will promote a James Bond theme, and chocolate fountains, chandeliers and a red carpet will add to the pomp.
More info: fezballroom.com

New Year's Day Brunch Buffet at Salty's on the Columbia
When: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Salty’s on the Columbia, 3839 Northeast Marine Drive
It's unlikely you'll be in cooking mode after a late bout of celebrating on New Year's Eve. Salty's on the Columbia has a great option for fueling up in a beautiful setting -- overlooking the Columbia River from its sandy shores. For an extra five bucks, the brunch -- which features seafood as well as traditional brunch faves-- also includes champagne, in case you require some hair of the dog. Salty's also offers a surf-and-turf-themed, fixed price New Year's Eve menu.
Cost: $39.99 - $44.99, $1.50 per year of age for children 12 and under.
More info: saltys.com


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