compiled by Tess Reiss

wvBushell New Years 2014NEW YEAR’S EVE: Tuesday, December 31, 2013

FREE BUS RIDES – Ride free on select Milw County bus routes from 8PM to 4AM. More info at

ART*BAR – New Year’s Eve Party w/ Breakfast Buffet at 1AM (see ad Page 15).

CENTRO CAFE – New Year’s Eve feast with limited menu and prix fixe wine-paired dinner; reservation required (see ad Page 9).

CIRCLE A – Party til dawn w/ Aluminum Knot Eye and DJs Miss LaFontaine, Sextor, Whoever’s Still Standing.

CLUB TIMBUKTU – New Year’s Eve Ball w/ Killaface Sound.

COFFEE HOUSE – New Year’s Eve Acoustic Music / Spoken Word Open Stage w/ punch, snacks & noise-makers provided; 8PM-12:30AM, free (and alcohol-free).

DANCES OF UNIVERSAL PEACE – Bring a dish to share for the Potluck Supper and join the Dances of Universal Peace, 5-10PM. Milwaukee Friends Meetinghouse, 3224 N Gordon Place. For more info, contact Judith at 414.906.4113 or

HUBBARD PARK LODGE – Special New Year’s Eve 5-course, gourmet dinner, 5-9PM. View the full menu at; reservations recommended.

IMPALA LOUNGE – NYE Party w/ DJ Fox, DMT & Flavor Dav (see ad Page 8).

LINNEMAN’S – New Year’s Eve Party w/ The Delphines, Saturday Nite Duets, Con Trails; $5 or two non-perishable food items

Delphines recommended by Beckyy from LA Linneman's NYears Eve
Delphines recommended by Beckyyy from LA  – Linneman’s NYears Eve

for the Riverwest Food Pantry .

MAD PLANET – New Year’s Eve Bash & Retro Dance Party with champagne toast at midnight, 9PM-4AM.

ORIENTAL THEATRE – Dead Man’s Carnival presents a New Year’s Circus Burlesque Show w/ Professor Pinkerton & The Magnificents, Vaudevillian novelties, circus acts, magic & more at 9PM; tickets at the door or in advance at

RIO WEST CANTINA – Family New Year’s Eve Party 5-8PM with all you can eat Mexican Buffet & Taco bar, kid’s games, party hats & prizes, with countdown at 7:30PM. View the full menu at; reservations recommended. This will be the last official night of RWC; on January 6th it will re-open as the new Milwaukee Beer Bistro (see ad Page 9).

RIVERWEST PUBLIC HOUSE – Taco Tuesday New Year’s Eve Party & Burlesque Show w/ House of Dimera and Cream City Cabaret, free champagne toast at midnight; starts at 10PM. Stay for the Service Industry Breakfast Buffet catered by 7 Sisters 7 Suns, 4AM-7AM, w/ Omelette Bar, organic blueberry french toast, breakfast potatoes, bacon, free mimosa & more; $10 advance, $13 NYE (see ad Page 8).

RED ARROW PARK – The Slice of Ice skating rink is open all day, 10AM-1AM, with countdown & fireworks at midnight (weather permitting).

ST FRANCIS CHURCH – New Year’s Eve Mass, 5PM at St Francis Church, 1927 N. 4th St.

TWISTED FISHERMAN – No need to dress up! Start the New Year casual with a special 4-course seafood dinner, served 5-10PM. View the full menu at; reservations recommended.


NEW YEAR’S DAY FUN! Wednesday, January 1, 2014

POLAR BEAR PLUNGE – Jump in or just watch – either way it’s the coooolest way to start the New Year at HIGH NOON on Bradford Beach. Bring your fur muffler, sunglasses, and a hot toddy! As always, ambulances and TV crews are on standby to capture the madness. For those too shy to venture out, surf the web in your pj’s for entertaining fotos and videos of past plunges.

KITE FESTIVAL – After the icy plunge, head over to Veterans Park for the high flying Cool Fool Kite Festival, 11AM-5PM. You’ll find artists carving blocks of ice, horse drawn carriage rides, giant kites, free hot chocolate, coffee & snacks, hot food for purchase & more. Fun for the whole family, but dress warm!

OUR LADY OF DIVINE PROVIDENCE – New Year’s Day Mass, 9:30AM at St. Casimir, Bremen & Clarke (see ad Page 11).

CAFE CORAZON – Keep the Fiesta going with New Year’s Day Brunch from 11AM-3PM (see ad Page 8).

RIVERWEST CO-OP & CAFE – Start off the New Year with brunch while you check out artist of the month Morgan Herum’s show: A Jewelry Manifestation of Yoga; open noon-6PM (see ad Page 2).