Known for throwing some crazy parties (last year’s Hands + Knees NYE, for example), this Fishtown hot spot has something for everyone. While the upstairs acts more like a dive bar, downstairs turns into a club. It’s pretty much a win-win. (Linsday Bell) 9pm. $15. The Barbary, 951 Frankford Ave. 215.634.7400. thebarbary.org
The fiesta begins with live music and drink specials followed by an open bar at 11 p.m., then free hors d’oeuvres and a champagne toast at midnight. Before going home for siesta, stuff your face at the free Continental breakfast at 1:30 a.m. (L.B.) 10pm. $45-$55. Mexican Post, 1601 Cherry St. 215.568.2667. mexicanpost.com
2nd Annual Yards Beer Dinner
For those sick of the crazy NYE bar scene, Yards Brewing Company is once again inviting folks to a quiet evening of good food and beer. In addition to the four-course meal, Yards will be rolling out two special brews for the occasion: Olde Bartholomew Barleywine and Yardbird Abbey Dubbel. (N.F.) 5pm. $65. Kennett Restaurant, 848 S. Second St. 267.687.1426. kennettrestaurant.com
The newbie to the Fishtown bar scene has something not found at any other bar in town: arcade games—and lots of them. Start the night off with BurgerTime then try your luck at Frogger, Rampage or Punch-Out! Make it your New Year’s resolution to get on the high-scores list. (L.B.) 8pm. Free. Barcade, 1114 Frankford Ave. 215.634.4499. barcadephiladelphia.com
Lantern Theater Company’s New Year’s Eve Performance & Party
After enjoying Noel Coward’s sophisticated and witty new play, Private Lives, head to the lobby to mingle with performers and fellow theater-goers during a post-show dessert and champagne party. The variety of delectable treats will be provided by none other than Le Bec-Fin. (N.F.) 8pm. $48. St. Stephen’s Theater, Tenth & Ludlow sts. 215.829.0395. lanterntheater.org
2011’s Last Laugh
OK, so the last place you’d want to be during the remaining hours of 2011 is Applebee’s. Fortunately, the show ends at 10:30 p.m., leaving you plenty of time to get somewhere far less pathetic. Hosted by Rittenhouse Comedy, this hilarious showcase features Philly’s top stand-up comics Chase Lamar Smith, Paul Goodman, Monroe Martin, H. Foley and 2011 Philly’s Phunniest-winner Tommy Pope. (N.F.) 7:30pm. $15. Applebee’s, 215 S. 15th St. 215.772.2791. applebees.com
You’re invited to the annual holiday party of Len & Terry’s Ice Cream company, where rising tensions within have led to the death of a staff member. At this murder-mystery dinner, it’s up to you to unravel the clues and crack the case all while enjoying a four-course meal. (N.F.) 8pm. $59. Bistro Romano, 120 Lombard St. 215.925.8880. bistroromano.com
This Is The Week That Is
Now in its sixth season, 1812 Production’s hit holiday production tackles local and national news each night with a sense of humor and maybe even a song or two. Though the script changes nightly, it’s safe to say a Herman Cain sketch is inevitable. (N.F.) 8pm. $32. Plays and Players Theater, 1714 Delancey St. 215.592.9560. 1812productions.org
The hilarious former Late Night with Jimmy Fallon writer and performer has appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live and the Comedy Central Roasts of Donald Trump and Charlie Sheen, to name a few. (N.F.) 8pm. 10:30pm. $38-$66. Helium, 2031 Sansom St. 215.496.9001. heliumcomedy.com
Charities worth donating to, gifts that won't get thrown out and New Year's Eve events of all kinds.
Time for a big Bang breakthrough?