Already it seems so 2013. Whatever happened to the Harlem Shake? And all that twerking? And chatty foxes from Norway?
Before the year slips away into oblivion, before the New Year's resolutions kick in, it's time to blow it out one more time.
Sonoma County once again lives up to its eclectic billing. From free drinks at an open bar and a roadhouse revival, to the ghost of Jacques Brel and a massive root-beer toast — here's the New Year's Eve roundup for every curiosity:
<b>Best Open Bar:</b> Chrome Lotus — It only lasts from 9 to 10:30 p.m. But who else is offering free drinks for $35 ticket?
Look for confetti cannons, photo booth, ball drop and champagne toast — all choreographed by DJs Sykwidit, StevieB, Lady Char and many more.
9 p.m. 501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. Tickets: $35. www.chromelotussr.com.
<b>Best Excuse to Party Like It's 1974:</b> The Flamingo Hotel — Like a beacon in the night, the spinning pink flamingo on Fourth Street signifies many things — another era, oddly out-of-place tropical kitsch. This Dec. 31, it spells: Three rooms of music, eight DJs and 170 hotel rooms to crash in (and avoid driving while intoxicated).
This year, the gang at Antix Events is downsizing from the 3,000-capacity Doubletree Hotel in Rohnert Park to the 1,000-capacity Flamingo. Think of it as more intimate.
9 p.m. 2777 4th St., Santa Rosa. Tickets: $120 and up, with "all drinks included." www.antixevents.com.
<b>Best Reason to Flee the Region:</b> Les Claypool and Primus — Reuniting with drummer Tim "Herb" Alexander, Primus also hooks up with the Frog Brigade Ensemble for a bass-slapping, Dahl-i-esque ride through the soundtrack of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." Only one question remains: "Who's got the golden ticket?"
9:30 p.m. Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland $49.50-$65. www.primusville.com.
<b>Most Wig-Worthy:</b> Wonderbread 5 — Filling in where Tommy Castro normally counts it down, the white dudes in Foxy Brown afros ring in the hits of yesteryear. It may sound old and tired, but they've never played a show where they couldn't get everybody off their feet and dancing.
9:45 p.m. The Mystic Theatre, 21 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. $51-56. www.mystictheatre.com.
<b>Best Roadhouse Revival:</b> The Pulsators at Twin Oaks — Take a perennial party band and drop them into a recently renovated, nearly 100-year-old tavern in the middle of nowhere Penngrove and you've got a roadhouse revival new year. In between songs, ask new owner Sheila Groves-Tracey to explain the giant pickle in a jar that used to hang above the bar.
9 p.m. 5745 Old Redwood Hwy., Penngrove. $20. www.twinoakstavernpenngrove.com.
<b>Best Mix & Mixology:</b> Spoonbar — San Francisco's DJ J Boogie makes the pilgrimage north for Alchemy NYE 2103 — a night of fresh beats, mixologist Cappy Sorentino's drinks and Chef Louis' five-course spread (starting with a tartlet of smoked egg yolk and trout roe).
8 p.m. 219 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg. $185 with wine pairing/$155 without wine. $50 late-night tickets include two drinks and a "late-night nosh." www.spoonbar.com.
<b>Holy "Seasons in the Sun" Flashback:</b> Jacques Brel Revival at Cinnabar — Petaluma's Cinnabar Theater resurrects the off-Broadway hit that celebrates the quintissential French troubadour who gave us lines like, "We will kiss with our eyes. We will sleep without tears." Includes desserts, party favors and champagne at midnight.