New Year's Eve is upon us. To help guide you through the madness of the biggest party night of the year, Chow Bella has put together some handy guides of where to eat, what to drink, and how to avoid the dreaded hangover.
Click through the stories to see the full lists, and enjoy.
One of the biggest drinking days of the year, New Year's Eve, is fast approaching. To us bartenders, the 31st is derided as the biggest amateur night of the year. Lots of people partake in potent potables at quantities they aren't used to drinking. The next morning, seemingly everyone you know ends up with a walloping hangover.
If you're one of the few who won't wind up with a massive hangover courtesy of New Year's Eve -- or if you're the type to be in bed before midnight regardless of the occasion -- celebrate the New Year with a delectable restaurant brunch. You can keep the party going from 2012 to 2013, or sleep in and start your year off with an ultra-relaxing meal accompanied by a refreshing cocktail.
If you want to be at the best parties this New Year's Eve, you'd better start planning pronto. There are a ton of bars and restaurants in town that would love to have you toast to the New Year at their establishment, but for our money, these are the ten best New Year's Eve bashes in the greater Phoenix area. Some are extravagant while others are a steal; no matter what you want to spend, there's a party on the list for you.
The world didn't end on December 21, giving us even more reason to celebrate our asses off on December 31 as we ring in the New Year. Some New Year's celebrations feel lackluster, but this one is gearing up to be a celebration you won't want to miss. If you still don't know where you're drinking and dining, here are seven more suggestions.
Feel like popping some bubbly? (Hot tub not included.) There's no better excuse than New Year's eve to enjoy bubbles, but keep in mind not all Champagnes are created equal. In fact, some white bubbles are not even technically Champagne, they're sparkling wine. You don't have to be a sophisticated champagne drinker or a rapper with bottle service to know that there's a whole range of champagnes to savor.
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