We’ve almost reached the end of another year. People will be toasting all across the world, remembering the good of the past 12 months and leaving the bad behind. It’s time to clean the slate, to start anew, to do all of the things you promised yourself you would do last year. Anything is possible, and to that we raise a sparkling glass of champagne high in the air. This year should be even crazier than last year, so make your plans early. There’s no better way to celebrate the end of 2013, and what’s to come in 2014, than at these Minnesota parties.

Masked Affair NYE 2014
Muse Event Center
107 3rd Ave. N.
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 367-6931

Date: Dec. 31, 2013 at 8:30 p.m.

Celebrate in true Minneapolis style as minutes tick closer to midnight. The city will be alive with lights and sounds, and there’s no bigger party than the Masked Affair at Muse Event Center. The masquerade promises to be sexy and fun; a mysterious party of fantastical charm that will transport you to another world. If you don’t have a mask of your own, don’t fret: complimentary masks are provided, along with champagne and hors d’oeuvres.

(credit: Jupiter Images)

(credit: Jupiter Images)

New Year’s Eve Party
The Artists’ Quarter
408 St. Peter St.
St. Paul, MN 55102
(651) 292-1359

Date: Dec. 31, 2013 at 9 p.m.

After years of being St. Paul’s premier jazz club, and the only true jazz club in the state, The Artists’ Quarter has announced that it will close at year’s end. On January 1, 2014, AQ will shut its doors, barring some miracle. Just as a club of that caliber should, the AQ will be going out in style. Spend the last night of 2013 in the sexy, subterranean club listening to the smooth sounds of jazz that have made St. Paul cool long before Lowertown blew up. While it will be a bittersweet affair, it will be the type of goodbye the club deserves. Jazz singer Carole Martin will grace the stage on the Quarter’s final night.

New Year’s Eve Speakeasy
The Pourhouse
10 S. 5th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55402
(612) 843-2555

Date: Dec. 31, 2013 at 9:30 p.m.

There are still tickets available for the New Year’s Eve Speakeasy at Pourhouse. Dress your best and join the top hats and cocktail dresses sipping martinis in the prohibition-themed lounge. A whopping $85 gets you in the door and drinking at the open bar all night. Live music onstage and pulsing DJ sets lead up to the midnight countdown, and as the confetti cannon explodes overhead, you’ll know that good things are coming in 2014.

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Varsity Theatre

(credit: Varsity Theatre)

89.3 The Current and The Electric Fetus Present: Dawes New Year’s Eve 2013
Varsity Theater
1308 4th St. S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 604-0222

Date: Dec. 31, 2013 at 8 p.m. (doors) and 9:30 p.m. (music)

The Varsity Theater had a lot to celebrate in 2013: not only did the venue maintain its sterling reputation as possibly the best local music venue in Minneapolis, it also received the prestigious award for Best Bathroom in a nationwide contest conducted by business services company Cintas. To ring in 2014, American rock n rollers Dawes will be taking the stage with special guest Field Report. VIP tickets to the event include pre-show listening party, meet and greet with the band, a champagne toast at midnight and more.

New Year’s Eve Party with Tim Sigler and the Band
Eagle Street Grille
174 7th St. W.
St. Paul, MN 55102
(651) 225-1382

Date: Dec. 31, 2013 at 9:30 p.m

The gangster-themed Eagle Street Grille in downtown St. Paul will be hosting Tim Sigler for a wild night of NYE fun. The $25 admission gets you complimentary domestic taps and rails from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. before the show and music starts at 9:30 p.m. Put on your best dancing boots and get ready to throw your hat in the air when the clock strikes midnight. Try and get your tickets early. The party promises to be a big one, and many people have been left out in the cold in the past.

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Adrian Schramm is a resident Saint Paul writer with a passion for all things local. Through his work with Saint Paul Almanac and Minneapolis Examiner at Examiner.com, as well as in the kitchens of bars and restaurants around town, he has discovered what truly makes the Twin Cities tick.