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Rockin' New Year's Eve events

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We defied the odds — lookin’ at you, Mayans — and another year is upon us.

Say goodbye (or good riddance) to 2012 in the comfort of your own home, or take in the New Year’s Eve festivities at any of these hot spots — and other events:

• Pineapple Drop — Carnival and live music throughout the day and night along Main Street, Lemon Avenue and State Street in downtown Sarasota. Carnival is open from 2 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.; includes adult and kids rides and a fun house. Music lineup at various stages from 8 p.m. to midnight: Big Blu House, MeteorEYES, New Vega, DJ Kensi, DJ Supreme 1, Doug Deming & The Jewel Tones and The Cherry Bombs. Food and drinks are available from vendors on the street as well as in local restaurants and bars. At midnight, it’s the Pineapple Drop. pineappledrop.com.

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• WSLR’s Down Home New Year’s Eve Party — 8 p.m.-1 a.m., featuring Passerine, the Florida Mountain Boys and the Schmitz Brothers. Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center, 525 Kumquat Court, Sarasota. Tickets: $10 advance, $15 at the door (children 16 and under free). Richard’s Catering will provide a variety of traditional, vegetarian and vegan hors d’oeuvres and late-night breakfast burritos. There will be a hat-making station for partygoers. Tickets are available at Fogt’s Music, Rocketman, Sarasota Guitar Company, the WSLR studios or at wslr.org.

• McCurdy’s New Year’s Eve — Headliner Valarie Storm will be joined by Brett Leake and host Les McCurdy and the Mad About Comedy Improv Group. The two-hour performance ends with a raffle and champagne toast. Doors open at 8:45 p.m.; showtime is 9:30. $50. McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre, 3333 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. 925-3869; mccurdyscomedy.com.

• Ace’s — New Year’s Eve Party with Willie Miller and the Collaboration Band, 9 p.m. $10 includes champagne toast at midnight. Dinner special, $18.95. 4343 Palma Sola Blvd., Bradenton. 795-3886; aceslivemusic.com.

• Adult Singles Club of Sarasota/Manatee Counties —New Year’s Eve Dance Party, 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m., featuring the five-piece Sig Harder Band plus a DJ. Public welcome. Complimentary hors de’oeuvres, coffee and cake. BYOB. Payne Park Auditorium, 2100 Laurel St., Sarasota. $15 members, $20 nonmembers. Reservations recommended. 756-8303.

• American Legion Kirby Stewart Post 24 — New Year’s Eve at Post 24, 5:30 p.m. Dinner at 6; dancing at 8 with Deelux Hit Machine. Champagne toas and party favors. $35 (includes dinner and continental breakfast). 2000 75th St. W., Bradenton. 794-3489; americanlegionpost24.com.

• The Beach Club— Times Square New Year’s Eve Party, 10 p.m. With Mighty Mongo and DJ Gravity. Free champagne, balloon drop with prizes, 1,000 pounds of confetti. 5151 Ocean Blvd., Siesta Key. 349-6311; beachclubsiestakey.com.

• The BeachHouse Restaurant — Starting at 9 p.m. Dinner, dancing, music, party favors and bubbly topped off with a fireworks display at midnight. $99.99 a person (by reservation). 200 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach. 779-2222; groupersandwich.com.

• The Bearded Clam— Music by Bain and Company, starting at 7 p.m. Party hats and favors, balloon drop at midnight. 7150 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. 355-2600; thebeardedclamsarasota.com.

• Carmel Café & Wine Bar— Enjoy a multi-course New Year’s Eve Prix Fixe Menu for $29.95. Selected from a featured champagne or a mini wine flight of twin pairings. 8433 Cooper Creek Blvd., Sarasota. 893-5955; carmelcafe.com.

• Ceviche — Celebrate New Year’s with Willie Royal. 1216 First St., Sarasota. 952-1036; ceviche.com.

• Cock & Bull Pub — 8 p.m. Featuring Hangman Jury, Subcity, Blanka, RaeF, more. 975 Cattlemen Road, Sarasota. 341-9785; the-cock-n-bull.com.

• Crow’s Nest — 9 p.m.-late. Party favors and music from Jimmy Bones. 1968 Tarpon Center Drive, Venice. 484-9551; crowsnest-venice.com.

• Daiquiri Deck St. Armands — DJ Daze, 10 p.m. 325 John Ringling Blvd., St. Armands. 388-3325; daiquirideckstarmands.com.

• Daiquiri Deck Siesta Key — New Year’s Bash, 10 p.m. No cover, free champagne. 5250 Ocean Blvd., Siesta Key. 349-8697; daiquiridecksiestakey.com.

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• Eat Here — New Year’s Eve reservations being accepted for all three locations: Anna Maria Island, SRQ and Siesta Key (full menu). First glass of “bubbles” on the house. Eat Here SRQ will feature live music by Twinkle. Eat Here AMI, 5315 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 778-0411; Eat Here SRQ, 1888 Main St., Sarasota, 365-8700; Eat Here Siesta Key, 240 Avenida Madera, 346-7800.

• Flounders on the Beach — New Year’s Eve/Masquerade Ball with Bandana, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Fireworks at midnight. $55, includes dinner, dessert. 1975 Beach Road, Englewood. 460-8280; floundersonthebeach.com.

• Gator Club— New Year’s Eve Block Party, 6 p.m. The Boneshakers inside, The Cherry Bombs outside. 1490 Main St., Sarasota. 366-5969; thegatorclub.com.

• Half Shell Oyster House— On New Year’s Eve, all bottles of wine over $25 are $10 off. Large parties are welcomed, with reservations suggested. 1991 Main St., Sarasota. 952-9400; facebook.com/halfshelloyster.

• Ivory Lounge — New Year’s Eve “Gold & Glorious,” 8 p.m.-2 a.m. With DJ Kiko & DJ Kensi. $20 presale, $30 at the door. 1413 Main St., Sarasota. 388-7869; ivorysarasota.com.

• Kevinnigan’s — New Year’s Party with The Crestliners, 10 p.m. 6586 Gateway Ave., Sarasota. 925-2344; kevinnigans.com.

• Libby’s Café + Bar — The night includes party favors, dinner appropriate entertainment until 10 p.m. and then dancing (with DJ) starting at 10 p.m., a midnight champagne toast and celebration until 2 a.m. The next day, there’s a New Year’s Day Brunch, and it’s National Bloody Mary Day, so step up to the Bloody Mary & Mimosa Bar and ala Carte Brunch. 1917 Osprey Ave., Sarasota. 487-7300; libbyscafebar.com.

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• Mannatees Sports Grill — 8 p.m.-2 a.m. New Year’s Eve with the Muphin Chuckrs (full band, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.). Special drinks, champagne and party favors. 21+. 7423 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. 794-1400; mannateessportsgrill.com.

• Mattison’s Forty-One — 8 p.m. Four-course dinner, live music by Eclipse, noise makers, balloon drop, midnight champagne toast. $85. Reservations. 7275 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. 921-3400; mattisons.com.

• Ms. Rascal’s Looney Bin — New Year’s Eve Party with The Groove, 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Champagne toast at midnight, hats, noise makers, prizes. Midnight buffet, $4.95. 1182 Tamiami Trail, Unit F, Port Charlotte. 255-5999; msrascalsloonybin.com.

• Ocean Blues — With the Bodie Valdez Band, 9 p.m. 1936 Hillview St., Sarasota. 366-3010; oceanblues.net.

• Pastimes Pub — Death to the Dance Floor presents “Banger’s Ball,” 9 p.m.-2 a.m. 21+. 6540 Superior Ave., Sarasota. 924-7782; pastimespub.com.

• Pier 22 Restaurant— Three ways to celebrate: 6 p.m., casual pre-party and holiday buffet ($24.95); 8 p.m., ballroom celebration and buffet ($49.95); 9 p.m., outdoor waterfront terrace celebration and buffet ($49.95). Music by The Arch, 8 p.m.-1 a.m. 1200 1st Ave. W., Bradenton. Reservations: 748-8087. pier22dining.com.

• Pineapples Island Grill — New Year’s Eve Party, 8 p.m.-2 a.m. $99 per couple. Dinner, dessert, champagne toast, party favors, music by Eddie & The Edsels and Shift Change. 33 S. Tamiami Trail, Venice. 445-5066; pineapplesrestaurant.com.

• Prana Restaurant & Lounge — New Year’s Countdown 2013, 10 p.m.-2:30 a.m. With DJs Dirty Red and M-Squared. Free champagne toast at midnight. $20; VIP packages available (reservations, 351-7947). 1118 N. Washington Blvd., Sarasota. facebook.com/pranasrq.

• Rip’s Sports Bar — New Year’s Eve Masquerade Party with All the Answers, 10 p.m. $30. 2107 Tamiami Trail S., Venice. 497-2048.

• Sharky’s on the Pier — New Year’s Eve Party with the Jetty Shakers, 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m. $10, with party favors, champagne toast at midnight. Reservations: 488-1456, Ext. 0. 1600 Harbor Drive S., Venice. 488-1456; sharkysonthepier.com.

• Swordfish Grill — New Year’s Eve with Jentle Heart feat. Jen with special guest Charlie Witt, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. 4528 119th St. W. (next to Cortez Kitchen), Bradenton. 798-2035; swordfishgrillcortez.com.

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