Wednesday, Dec 26 2012 02:49 PM

3, 2, 1 .... Where will you be at midnight?

BY ASHLEY FISCHER Contributing writer

Looks like we survived that pesky apocalypse; now, let's celebrate!

Whether you're bidding a fond farewell to 2012 or eagerly awaiting a fresh start in 2013, Kern County is offering up plenty of exciting ways to ring in the new year.

Related Info

New Year's Eve Party at the Crystal Palace

When: Dinner 6 p.m.; 8:45 p.m. without dinner; 9 p.m. music; 1 a.m. party ends

Where: Buck Owens Crystal Palace, 2800 Buck Owens Blvd.

Admission: $80 with dinner; $44 without dinner

Information: 322-5200 or

Masquerade Ball

When: 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Where: Manny's Tam O'Shanter, 2345 Alta Vista Drive

Admission: $25 in advance; $30 at the door

Information: 324-6774

Skateland's New Year's Eve Party

When: 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Where: Skateland, 415 Ming Ave.

Admission: $12, includes skate rental, noisemaker, and balloon

Information: 831-5567


Other New Year's Eve events

Knights of Columbus Hall: New Year’s Eve Dinner & Dance, hosted by Knights of Columbus St. Francis Council #977; music by Prisoners of Love, dinner, dancing, raffle, 50/50 drawing, no host cocktails, 6 p.m. Monday to 1 a.m. Tuesday, 108 Goodman St. $35. 332-2976 or 205-6887.

DoubleTree by Hilton Bakersfield: New Year’s Eve with Darren Gholston & Groove 99.3, dancing hosted by Groove 99.3, 8 to 10 p.m Monday and midnight to 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, show with Darren 10 p.m. to midnight, cocktail bar available, 3100 Camino Del Rio Court. $30-$35. 322-5200 or
Rollerama: Skate Party, for ages 14 and under, 7:30 p.m. Monday to 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, Rollerama, 1004 34th St., $15 (skate rental included), 327-7589; and 7:30 p.m. Monday to 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, Rollerama West, 7850 Brimhall Road, $15 (skate rental included), 589-7555.
Bellvedere Cocktail Lounge: Two parties: begins 10 a.m. Monday, includes food, party favors, champagne, music by The Bad Boyz, early bird countdown at noon, free admission; second party at 9 p.m., music by Blonde Faith, party favors, free champagne toast at midnight, $3, 3090 Brundage Lane, 325-2139.
Elevation Lounge: With DJ Myth, party favors, champagne toast at midnight, 9 p.m. Monday to 2 a.m. Tuesday, 818 Real Road. Free. VIP bottle service with free champagne bottle is $100. 325-6864.
Chataeu Lounge: “Bak-O-Blues A New Years Eve A-Billy,” music by Craig Garrison, 9 p.m. Monday, 2100 S. Chester Ave. 835-1550.
Narducci’s Cafe: Nonstop sound with DJ Manuel G, 6 p.m. Monday to 2 a.m. Tuesday, 622 E. 21st St. $5. 324-2961.
Ink Bar: DJ Damage, Tino Cochino, DJ Ogre, 8 p.m. Monday to 2 p.m. Tuesday, 1919 K St. $20. 324-2400 or 316-5290.
Julie’s The Branding Iron Saloon: Music by Monty and Tanner Byrom Band, dinner and champagne, 7 p.m. Monday, 1807 N. Chester Ave. $25.
Anita’s Mexican Bar and Grill: La Desvelada New Year’s Eve, DJs Andy and Regulator, party favors, champagne toast at midnight, appetizers, 10 p.m. Monday, 4240 California Ave. $10. Bottle service starting at $100, includes a champagne bottle. 371-9458.
Ethel’s Old Corral Cafe: Music by the Token Okies, 8 p.m. Monday, 4310 Alfred Harrell Highway. Free. RV space available for overnight parking on property. 873-7613.
Salon Juarez: Music by Cruz Armendariz Los Cinco Del Norte, 7 p.m. Monday, 815 E. 18th St. $20. 330-3716.
B. Ryder’s: Music by Glam Cobra and Meditated Assault, appetizers, party favors, toast at midnight, 7 p.m. Monday, 7401 White Lane. $15. 397-7304.
Kern River Brewing Company: Music by Out of the Blue, 9 p.m. Monday, 13415 Sierra Highway, Kernville. Free. 760-376-2337.
Sportman’s Inn: Music by English Revolver, champagne and party favors at midnight, 9 p.m. Monday to 1 a.m. Tuesday, 11123 Kernville Road, Kernville. Free. 760-376-2556.
Kern County Fairgrounds: Contreras Scholarship Fund New Year’s Eve, dinner, no host bar, entertainment by Elements, DJ Joe and Mariachis Oro y Plata, 6 p.m. Monday, Harvest Hall, 1142 P St. $50; $90 couple. 201-6881 or 871-5669.
The Padre Hotel: 8 p.m. Monday to 2 a.m. Tuesday, DJs, dancing, live band, champagne toast at midnight, 1702 18th St. $50 advance; $80 at the door. 427-4900. 
KC Steakhouse: Music by Glenda Robles, Mike Hall, Bobby O, Jimmy Gaines, party favors, 6:30 p.m. Monday to 1 a.m. Tuesday, 2515 F St. Free. 322-9910.


Most places will provide a complimentary glass of champagne and a shower of confetti at midnight, but three popular Bakersfield establishments go a little further, putting their own distinct spin on the traditional New Year's Eve festivities.

If you're eager to sing "Auld Lang Syne" with a bit of a country twang, look no farther than Buck Owens' Crystal Palace.

"We feel that the Crystal Palace is one of the premier attractions in the San Joaquin Valley, so coming here is the perfect way to ring in the new year," said Buckaroo Jim Shaw. "We pay a lot of attention to detail here, so the entire experience is the best we can make it. Everybody's gonna have a terrific time."

Since it opened in 1996, the Crystal Palace has been serving up a distinctly Bakersfield-style celebration, replete with good food, good music, and a whole lot of dancing. Bakersfield favorites Mento Buru and Stampede will perform a mixture of ska/rock/blues/country certain to keep your boots shuffling way past midnight.

Also, in an attempt to accommodate those of us with budget-related resolutions, there are two ticket options this year: one with dinner, one without. The $80 ticket includes admission, some party favors, and a four-course meal, with choice of steak, stuffed chicken breast, prime rib or salmon. If you're fine with munching on some of those lingering holiday leftovers before hitting the town, 44 bucks gets you the full Crystal Palace party experience for about half the price.

For a truly unique way to kick off your 2013, check out Manny's Tam O'Shanter for the New Year's Eve Masquerade Ball.

Even though it's a bit of a mouthful, the concept is pretty straightforward: Throw on a mask and your glitziest party attire, then head over to this east Bakersfield restaurant for cocktails, dancing and a good time.

"This is our second year doing this," said owner Manny Mendez. "Last year it was very successful; people loved it. I think it's something different for this area. It gives people the chance to dress up nice and go out and have a great time."

The ball begins at 8 p.m., and there will be no shortage of activities to keep you going until its conclusion at 1 a.m.: raffles, a costume contest, music provided by local artist Versatil, and lots of homemade tamales.

Each $25 ticket will include homemade chicken or jalapeno and cheese tamales.

And then there's the kids. Though New Year's Eve typically is a time for adults to dance, drink, and be merry, for those who want to squeeze in one last solid evening of quality family time before the conclusion of the holiday season, Skateland's New Year's Eve celebration is the place to be.

Not a drop of alcohol will be served, but the snack bar will be open, preparing Skateland's signature "rink food" (hot dogs, Frito boats, sodas, etc.). Games will be played to keep you rolling all through the night, and more than 1,000 balloons will be dropped at midnight.

"We're safe, we're contained, we're kid friendly, we're a family place and we're family run," said owner Natalie Fries, "so we're a great place for families and kids of all ages to spend their New Year's."

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