Low-Key New Year's Eve: Twin Cities

Don't want to max out your credit card for a New Year's celebration? Ring in the New Year with great deals and mellow bells at these Twin Cities spots. (Photo courtesy of Bryant-Lake Bowl)

Updated: January 21, 2010

5 to Try

The Nomad World Pub

501 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55454

This West Bank pub offers plenty of brews from around the world and a night of local music from indie favorites like Cadillac Kolstad and the Flats. And for a truly mellow vibe, head over to Palmer's beforehand for stiff drinks that won't leave you flat broke.

Bryant-Lake Bowl

810 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55408

The Scrimshaw Brothers present a night of comedy, tall tales and cheap (but not tawdry!) entertainment for only $20--or just $15 with a Fringe button. Roll in the New Year with plenty of laughs, affordable apps and a full bar at Bryant Lake Bowl.

Turf Club Inc

1601 University Ave, St Paul, MN 55108

Gather at this awesome St. Paul rock club/dive bar as some of the coolest local bands--like Vampire Hands and Daughters of the Sun--celebrate New Year's Eve with the Turf Club's Third Annual New Year's Eve Cover Night. Bands will cover such greats as Brian Eno, Television and Jesus and Mary Chain.

Red Stag Supper Club

509 1st Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

This laid-back and cozy Northeast bar and restaurant is celebrating in serious style. The Red Stag party starts at 11pm, and features live music by local troubadours Brad Senne and Jeremy Mesersmith; drink specials; complimentary champagne at midnight; and free truffle oil popcorn. Best of all? It's entirely free.

King's Wine Bar

4555 Grand Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419

Head on over to this new Kingfield wine bar, where dinner for two is just $50, a steal of a deal compared to the other joints charging $60 per person! Dinner includes an appetizer, soup or salad, an entree and a desert and a complimentary glass of champagne.