Enjoy Live Music, Drink Specials, New Year’s Eve Parties at Local Restaurants and Bars

Published Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 11:42 am

Out with the old and in with the new! Live it up this New Year’s Eve at your favorite High Country bars and restaurants.

Bid farewell to 2015 and say hello to 2016 with drink specials, live music, great food and so much more. Here’s a list of some NYE happenings that will help you plan your night on the town.

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Bayou Smokehouse

The Bayou will offer unique food and cocktail specials for the evening. Enjoy music and festive and frivolous hats and tiaras for guests as well as New Year’s Eve noisemakers and the like. Laissez les Bon Temps Rouler (“let the good times roll”) with a free midnight champagne toast at the Bayou, in the heart of Banner Elk!

The Bayou Smokehouse is located at 130 East Main Street in the Village Shops in Banner Elk. Check them out online or give them a call at 828-898-8953 for more information.

Café Portofino

Ring in 2016 with your favorite people, loads of fun party favors and awesome drink specials at Porto this year. Enjoy $2 domestic bottles, $2 Corona and Corona Light, $4.50 house wines by the glass, $5 margaritas, $4.50 champagne splits, $4.50 fireball shots and $4 flushes. Ages 21+ with ID admitted with no cover charge.

Café Portofino is located at 970 Rivers St. in downtown Boone. Need to know more? Call 828-264-7772.


One of the High Country’s favorite mountain views comes with tons of fun this New Year’s Eve at Canyons Historic Restaurant and Bar. This party will feature live music from The Rare Letchfords and will begin at 10 p.m., featuring no cover charge and a champagne toast at midnight.

Canyons is situated at 8960 U.S. Highway 321 across from the country club in Blowing Rock. For more information, call 828-295-7661. Dinner reservations are suggested for parties of five or more.

The Local

The Local Restaurant and Bar will be serving up a special dinner menu in addition to their regular menu, which includes all of your favorites. The special menu will include baked oysters, surf and turf, red snapper, house-made bread pudding and flourless chocolate torte.

After dinner, keep the party going with a live DJ dance party from 10:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. and dance the night away with tunes from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s.

You’ll find The Local at 179 Howard St. in downtown Boone. Give them a call at 828-266-2179 or check out thelocalboone.com for more information.

Lost Province Brewing Co.

Get lost and join this groovy night of fun at downtown Boone’s microbrewery with Danny Whittington and A Killa Band. Jonathan Priest, Mike Runyon and Douglas James join Whittington for this night of great live music from 9 p.m. to midnight. Your $5 cover includes a champagne toast for the countdown.

Lost Province sits at 130 N. Depot St. in downtown Boone. Call 828-265-3506 for other details.

Town Tavern Blowing Rock

Live music from BanDam begins at 10 p.m.

Enjoy free party favors all night and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight with no cover charge.

Town Tavern is located at 1182 Main St. in downtown Blowing Rock. Call 828-295-7500 for more information.

Banner Elk Sushi Club

Ring in the New Year at an acoustic jam with Band of Brothers from 7-10 p.m. followed by a DJ at Banner Elk’s favorite hot spot. Get in on the fun for $40 to enjoy dinner and the show, or just $20 for only champagne and the snow. Give them a call today and make your reservations.

Keep the party going with the same show on the following two nights, Jan. 1-2.

Want to know more? Call 828-898-1940.

Banner Elk Sushi Club is located at 140 Azalea Circle in Banner Elk.

Murphy’s Pub

Get funky with live music from Supatight and Funklestilskin at Murphy’s this year. The Asheville-based Supatight group brings its high-energy jazz fusion for an interesting sound you can’t help but love.

Murphy’s Pub is located at 747 West King St. in downtown Boone. Call 828-264-5117 for more information.

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