Five things to eat, drink, see, hear, and do with your New Year's weekend.
Dec. 31: Pints & Pancakes
Mahaffey’s Pub, 2706 Dillon St. 12 p.m. Free. 410-276-9899.
Let’s face it; 2016 was a bust. After the loss of too many beloved celebrities and one of the most hostile presidential elections in recent history, it’s time to put this year behind us and move on. Luckily, there are only two things required to get through the last night of “the worst year ever”—an endless supply of beer and breakfast food. Luckily, Mahaffey’s Pub will be open for business as usual with no lines, no tickets, and no last call. With a champagne toast at midnight and a generous serving of chef Jesse’s pancakes, bacon, and sausage, you can watch the fireworks light up over the rowhomes of Canton, knowing that 2017 is starting off better than the last.
Jan. 1: Hair of the (Flying) Dog Brunch
Alehouse Columbia, 6480 Dobbin Center Way, Columbia. 443-546-3640. Park Tavern, 580 Ritchie Hwy, Severna Park. 410-793-5930. Five and Dime Alehouse. 901 W. 36th St. 443-835-2179 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Whether you’re planning to spend New Year’s Eve raging or drinking wine while watching the ball drop on your TV, you’ll inevitably need a little hair of the dog the next morning. Flying Dog Brewery anticipated that Baltimoreans would be suffering from 2016-style hangovers and teamed up with local brunch spots to add their signature beer and beer cocktails to the menu. The Ale House (Columbia), Park Tavern (Severna Park), and the brand-new Five and Dime Ale House (Hampden) will serve the Frederick brewery’s infamous Bottomless Bitchmosas and Numero Uno Micheladas until 3 p.m. For the ultimate hangover-erasing combination, try the magic elixir (Raging Bitch IPA and orange juice) and top off your eggs with VooDoo/Flying Dog hot sauce.
Dec. 31: Miracle on 34th Street
Hampden, 700 block of 34th Street, 11:59 p.m. Free.
We might think of Miracle on 34th Street as a Christmas tradition, but the light-covered Hampden block turns it up on New Year’s Eve. Alongside hundreds of residents and tourists, pack onto this tiny stretch of street to admire the sparkling lights, festively decorated homes, and, biggest of all, to watch the ball drop at midnight near the most decked-out house on the street. If staying up past 11 p.m. is too daunting, or if you just want to end the year with a scoop of Berger Cookies & Cream, celebrate a few hours early at The Charmery’s Kiddie Scoop Ball Drop. Either way, watch the ball of milk jugs fall from the giant scoop at 8 p.m. before heading to 34th Street.
Ottobar, 2549 N. Howard St. 8 p.m.-4 a.m. $15. 410-662-0069.
Last New Year’s Eve, the Baltimore Rock Opera Society (BROS) celebrated the start of 2016 with a futuristic, Jetson-themed party at the Ottobar, complete with neon spandex, tons of glitter, and, of course, rock opera. But this year, BROS is throwing 2016 the send-off party it deserves. During the “grossest, trashiest party possible,” hear The Nobody People cover David Bowie’s most danceable hits, garage rock from Thee Lexington Arrows, and end the night with boogie and house music from Graham Hatke of 4 Hours of Funk. The BROS will headline the night with an exclusive performance of RATS!—a 25-minute punk rock musical about the secret lives of Baltimore’s spirit animal. It’s sure to be the wildest ball-drop party in Ottobar history, at least until next year.
Dec. 30: Baltimore Bike Party Tribute Ride
From David Bowie and Prince to Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds (not to mention Gwen Ifill, Muhammad Ali, Gene Wilder, Alan Rickman, George Michael, etc.), the world lost some of the greatest musicians, actors, athletes, and political figures of all time this year. In remembrance, the Baltimore Bike Party will “ride one out” with a tribute bike ride starting at St. Mary’s Park in Seton Hill. Honor your most-missed celebrity by dressing up or decorating your bike in celebration of their achievements and legacy. The ride will end at De Kleine Duivel in Hampden with a toast to the (almost) end of 2016.