Don’t worry Albany, we didn’t forget about you like we did on Christmas. Here are a few of the events to top off 2017 in your neck of the woods.
Ma’s Dairy Farm Tavern
3411 Pacific Blvd. SW
Ma’s NYE billiards tournament starts at
7 p.m., there’s a $5 buy in and the bar will be matching everything up to $100. Win this thing and you’ll start 2018 with a pocket full of money. Ma’s Chinese food is Linn County’s best kept secret, ask about their $5 food special. Stick around until midnight for their free champagne toast.
211 1st Ave. W #102
Cellar Cat is known for its delicious food and classy tunes, New Year’s Eve you’ll find them serving up plenty of both. Starting at 7 p.m., The Nancy Hamilton Quartet will be filling this beautiful venue with jazz, swing, and bossa nova. This might be the perfect romantic NYE night to spend with your sweetheart.
Hoof n Holler
Linn County Fair & Expo
3700 Knox Butte Rd. E
Are you a cowboy, hungry vulture, or anything else with a pulse and some cash? If so, we may have found the perfect NYE event for you: The Hoof n Holler. This event will feature bull and bronc riding champions from five states competing for $13,000. A dance is immediately to follow, with a balloon drop at midnight. Also featured: an authentic old west town and a mechanical bull. Children are welcome. There will be a free shuttle service to Comfort Suites, Holiday Inn Express, and Phoenix Inn Suites. Tickets are $29 pre-sale and $35 (cash only) at the door.
123 Cool St.
Hear me out: the drinks are cheap, no drunk drivers, and you only have to look at whomever you invite over. Speaking of stocking your own bar, I suggest Albany’s newest liquor store: The Cork & Bottle Shoppe at 1236 Pacific Blvd. SE. I was especially impressed by their selection of Japanese sake and novelty socks that say the f-word on them. They have an outstanding liquor selection, but also have a great selection of wine, and many great beers you’d be hard up to find anywhere else in the area. This place is a fertile oasis in a barren OLCC waste.
By Jay Sharpe