Yes. That recliner looks comfy, beckoning to you as well as that new
DVD you got for Christmas. But hey, 2003 was a rough year, and you
deserve a night of celebration. Here are several reasons why you
shouldn’t stay home this New Year’s Eve.
* Genio’s Restaurant will greet 2004 with entertainment by the
three-piece combo Jimmy Jammers, playing from 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. in
the bar. There is no cover.
Dinner will be served until 10:30 p.m. and the holiday menu
features steaks, fresh scallops, lobster, shrimp, pork tenderloins
The restaurant is at 1420 W. Olive Ave., Burbank. For
reservations, call 848-6937.
* Smoke House Restaurant is featuring Marvin Robinson singing
rhythm-and-blues favorites from Marvin Gaye to Earth, Wind and Fire
from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. in the bar. There is a $20 cover charge
including a champagne toast at midnight.
The restaurant is at 4420 W. Lakeside Drive, Burbank. For
reservations, call 845-3731.
* Burbank Holiday Inn’s Casting Call Lounge is having an evening
of karaoke from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. There is no cover charge.
The Carousel Restaurant is offering a special menu from 11 a.m.
to 10 p.m. ranging from $14.95 to $17.95. A special menu is also
available on New Year’s Day from noon to 10 p.m. ranging from $13.95
The Holiday Inn is at 150 E. Angeleno Ave., Burbank. For more
information, call 841-4770.
* Jax Bar and Grill is another great place to celebrate the last
hours of 2003. The owners have spiced up the offerings by not
charging a cover or drink minimum, even on New Year’s Eve.
Under the spotlight at 9 p.m. will be Dead Ringer, featuring
husband and wife Kathleen Frasca and Ron Rennells of Burbank. They
breathe new life to the swingin’ big-band classics of 1930s and ‘40s
and revisit favorites from 1960s lounge music.
Jax Bar and Grill is at 339 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. For more
information, call 500-1604. Dinner is served until 1:30 a.m.
* Sardo’s will coax guests out of their seats to either sing
karaoke or dance to music by a karaoke jockey from 9 p.m. to 1:45
a.m. There is no cover charge. Free turkey and ham snacks will be
provided beginning at 10 p.m. For romantics, a special set of slow
music will be played from midnight to 12:30 a.m. There will be a free
champagne toast at midnight along with party hats and horns.
Sardo’s is at 259 N. Pass Ave., Burbank. For information, call
* Dimples begins its Karaoke Showcase at 6 p.m. Guests can choose
songs from the nightclub’s extensive library. They take home either a
cassette, CD or DVD copy of their performance. First-time performers
also receive a souvenir photograph of their performance.
The cover charge is $10, which includes a split of champagne at
midnight. Dinner is served until 1 a.m. and the menu is New York
steak, manicotti or chicken milanesa with choice of soup or salad and
dessert. All dinners are under $25.
Dimples is at 3413 W. Olive Ave., Burbank. For reservations, call
* Burbank Bar and Grill has two musical options for celebrating
the new year. The band Breaking Below will play high-energy disco for
dancing inside the restaurant. Acoustic guitar duo Frank and Todd
will perform on the patio. A VIP dinner package is $70 per person.
Cover charge is $10 for those who come between 8 and 10 p.m. and $20
after 10 p.m. There will be free champagne for the midnight toast.
The restaurant is at 112 N. San Fernando Blvd., Burbank. For
reservations, call 848-9611.
* Glendale Centre Theatre still has seats available for its New
Year’s Eve production of Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple.” The first
show is at 6:30 p.m. and the cost is $32.50. The second show begins
at 9:30 p.m. and the cost is $37.50. Prices include a trip through
the dessert bar and a souvenir mug.
The theater is at 324 N. Orange St., Glendale. For reservations,
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