Ballarat gears up for a big night to welcome 2014

SOME of Ballarat’s finest entertainment hot spots will help you count down to 2014 with a series of events to welcome the new year.

Live music venue The Main Bar will hold an exclusive NYE party featuring four hours of non-stop music with 1930s French gypsy swing band Hot Club Swing and the venue’s house band with guitarist Wayne Parker, bassist Ian Riethoff, dummer Daryl Eastcott and vocalist Dani Fry. Tickets cost $80 with supper and drink cards provided. For bookings, call 0439 311 668.

The George Hotel will host its New Year’s Eve party at The Lounge featuring Melbourne five-piece 1980s band Flashback ’80s as well as live music at The Cider Bar. Tickets cost $25 at the door and include two house beverages. For bookings, call 5333 4866.

Celebrations continue at Babushka Lounge with a special evening of burlesque. Theatre Burlesque will visit the venue for a night of sinful entertainment and hilarity followed by decadent dance tunes. The event costs $30 and includes dinner and a glass of wine. For bookings, visit

For something more relaxed, Jackson’s & Co will host an evening focused on food with complimentary drinks from 6.30pm to 7.30pm and a five-course signature menu served from 7.30pm. Cost is $65. For bookings, call 0408 365 738.

At Battler’s Tavern, you can enjoy the sounds of Heaven and Hell as well as Chasing Mojo from 9pm while Irish Murphy’s will have the sounds of Le Crunch to ring in the new year.

For something out of town, Novotel Forest Resort in Creswick will provide a $75 buffet dinner alongside some DJ tunes. For bookings, call 5345 9600.

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