KINGMAN - It's the day we reflect back on another year of trials and tribulations, then flush those memories down the drain and toast to a new and better year. Maybe make a silly resolution of how we're going to improve our lives.
That's if we survive the New Year's Eve parties.
Some folks stay home and play it safe. For those looking to ring in the new year with a little more fanfare, check out the following list of restaurants and bars in Kingman offering an evening of celebration. It's best to call for reservations.
Hualapai Mountain Resort, 4525 Hualapai Mountain Road, (928) 757-3545: Beer and wine reception with appetizers, dinner buffet, champagne toast, prizes and party favors; live music by Gee Wiz; 6:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.; $50.
Castle Rock Bar and Grill, 3743 U.S. Highway 93, (928) 565-3303: Chicken parmesan and spaghetti, $7.95; 50-cent chicken wings; drink specials, including $4 Fireball; music by Texas Travelers, 8 p.m., no cover.
Stetson Winery, 10965 Moonscape Way, (928) 757-7206: 3rd annual New Year's Eve Boot Scootin' Bash; no-host bar at 7 p.m.; dinner at 8 p.m.; appetizers, salad, choice of chicken Saltimbocco or steak Oscar, side dishes and dessert; party favors and champagne toast at midnight; live music by Stephanie, Neil, Monte and Laura; $75.
Canyon 66 Restaurant and Lounge, 3100 Andy Devine Ave., (928) 753-6262: Appetizer, Caesar salad or French onion soup, choice of prime rib with garlic mashed potatoes, grilled salmon with spinach pomodoro, or Boursin cheese and chicken breast with Cajun red potatoes, seasonal vegetables and dessert; $35.99.
Dambar and Steakhouse, 1960 Andy Devine Ave., (928) 753-3523: Dinner for two; soup or salad, New York steak with sautéed onions and mushrooms, choice of potato, beans and biscuit, $24.99 per person; 7 p.m. to close.
Cellar Door, 414 E. Beale St., (928) 753-3885: New Year's Eve Pre-Party so you can go to the next party or go home to bed; music by DJ Jonathan Diaz, 7-11 p.m.
Cerbat Lanes, 3631 Stockton Hill Road, (928) 692-1818: Rockin' and Bowlin' Countdown Party, 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.; $20 per person or $85 per lane (up to six people per lane); includes shoe rental and one drink token per person; special pricing on select food items; 50-cent soda refills; party favors and noise makers; champagne toast at midnight.
Mattina's Ristorante, 318 E. Oak St., (928) 753-7504: Dinner from 5-9 p.m.
Black Bridge Brewery, 421 E. Beale St., (928) 377-3618: Music by Jeremy Fass, 8 p.m.
Sportsman's Bar: 317 E. Andy Devine Ave., (928) 753-1667: Music by Safewerks, Tiki Bandits, 9 p.m.; no cover.
Time Out Tavern, 2601 Stockton Hill Road, (928) 753-2334: New Year's Eve party with DJ, drink specials, champagne toast and party favors, 8 p.m.