LIST: What’s happening New Year’s Eve in Madison
A few activities, staycations and feasts to say goodbye to 2020 and start 2021 off right.
It feels odd not to be presenting our readers with a massive New Year’s Eve listing this year featuring all the fun local parties, dinners, bar specials and activities for the kids. Obviously New Year’s Eve celebrations won’t include shoulder-to-shoulder fêtes to watch the ball drop this Dec. 31/Jan. 1, but we still found a few things happening around town that we wanted to draw your attention to. There are some special takeout dinners, limited-capacity gatherings, staycation ideas and physically distanced activities you might be interested in to ring in 2021.
A big dinner isn’t just for Christmas or Thanksgiving anymore — actually, a big feast celebrating the end of 2020 is probably exactly what we need before the New Year. Stop by Bar Corallini and grab your own four-course meal kit made for four people (or two, with leftovers) priced at $120. There is some cooking and assembly required for the meal, but don’t worry too much — Chef Giovanni includes an instruction card so you’re not left in the dark when preparing that bruschetta with pesto-marinated cherry tomatoes or eggplant parmigiana. Orders must be placed by Dec. 27 and pickup will be on Dec. 30 or Dec. 31. 2004 Atwood Ave., 709-1316, barcorallini.com
Celebrate the New Year with a little Italian twist at Cento. Start the meal off with a snack — or spuntini on Cento’s menu — and a choice of arancini, Tuscan kale, lamb meatballs or butternut squash soup. First and second courses include options of tagliatelle, potato gnocchi, roasted chicken, roasted Arctic char, lobster scampi and truffles, and beef short ribs. For dessert, enjoy an olive oil lemon tart, tiramisu or chocolate lava cake. A la carte options include sourdough bread, butcher board, warm marinated olives, roman fried artichokes or Margherita pizza. The four-course meal is priced at $75 per person, and seatings starts at 4 p.m. 122 W. Mifflin St., 284-9378, centomadison.com
Ring in 2021 — D’Vino style. For $125 per person, enjoy a seven-course cicchetti tasting, wine pairings and a midnight toast and favors. The menu features Sicilian pizza, spedini, cookies and cannolis, octopus salad, ricotta balls and stuffed shells. Tables can be booked on OpenTable/Experiences. A maximum of six-guest parties are allowed, and the capacity for the event is 24, so reserve soon if you want a spot. 116 King St., 285-9021, dvinomadison.com
Looking for a perfect date night takeout dinner to end 2020? Try Estrellón’s New Year’s Eve dinner for two. The meal starts with an organic arugula salad made with persimmons, sliced fennel, watermelon radish with toasted pistachio and a cardamom citrus dressing. The main is a herb-crusted rack of lamb with couscous, and your dessert options are Basque cake or caramel and dark chocolate ganache tart. A sparkling wine is also available at an extra cost. The dinner, priced at $125, is made ready to enjoy so all you and that special someone have to do is sit back and enjoy. Order your take-home dinner through Eventbrite. 313 W. Johnson St., 251-2111, estrellonrestaurant.com
Ian’s Pizza Garver
Sometimes, the best part of New Year’s Eve is staying in with family and watching that movie you’ve been meaning to watch. Of course, you’re going to need a big plate of greasy comfort food, like a tasty pizza, to really complete the night. Ian’s Pizza Garver is offering a baked-at-home pizza kit complete with all the toppings needed to make a 12-inch, homemade pizza. Whether you prefer a barbecue pizza or a plain sausage pizza, you’ll probably find the perfect pie for your 2021 celebration. Finish your meal with a champagne or dessert package, chock-full of classic dessert favorites, like ice cream and puppy chow. Pizza kits start at $10, and add-ons start at $6. Orders have to be placed by Dec. 30 and can be picked up at the Garver Feed Mill location on New Year’s Eve from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 3241 Garver Feed Mill, 257-4298, ianspizza.com
For the adults, Johnny Delmonico has a great wine pairing to countdown to the New Year. Try red, white and sparkling wines in the ‘Happy New Year’s 12’ package, priced at $300. If the package doesn’t quite have what you’re looking for, other beverages — including moscato, brut sparkling, chardonnay or pinot blanc — can be ordered a la carte starting at $18. Place orders online now and pickup at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday. 130 S. Pinckney St., 257-8325, app.upserve.com/s/johnny-delmonicos-madison
If you’re looking to get out of the house this New Year’s eve — in a safe way, of course — enjoy a delicious five-course meal at the Lone Girl Brewing Co. Start off the night with a crab corn chowder paired with a Townhead Belgian Blonde and chardonnay. Then dig into a plateful of ginger chicken with sautéed vegetables and sip down some Foxxy Lady Ginger Kissed Ale and pinot noir. End the night with a rich chocolate cake, paired with a tasty peppermint white stout and syrah. The dinner will be held on New Year’s Eve from 4:30 to 10 p.m. at Lone Girl. Reservations can be made online for two different time slots — either 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. or 7:30 to 10 p.m. 114 E. Main St., Waunakee, 850-7175, thelonegirl.com
Whether you want to go out this New Year’s or stay in, the Madison Club has a dinner option for you. The Twilight Celebration’s To-Go Classics Menu includes delicious options like a house garden salad, a petit filet of beef, butter-poached lobster, hazelnut mousse and a dark chocolate tart priced at $65. Orders must be placed by Dec. 28, and pick-up will be on Dec. 31 from 5 to 8 p.m. If you’re looking to get out, the Snowglobe Celebration is probably more your speed. Rent one of the outdoor dining globes from 5 to 8 p.m. or 9 to 12 a.m for a memorable, safe and phsycially distant celebration. Chef Adam Struebing even created a special menu for the night — complete with a gulf shrimp cocktail, beef tartare, a cheese and charcuterie board or a rosemary-red wine marinated steak kebab. A night in one of the Club’s snowglobes is priced at $400 for four people or $600 for six people and includes the full New Year’s Eve menu, the first round of cocktails, the rental fee and a bottle of wine. Call the Madison Club to reserve your globe. 5 E. Wilson St., 255-4861, madisonclub.org
The Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor’s Club
Dine, stay and celebrate at the Madison Concourse this New Year’s Eve with one of its guest room packages or dining options. Choose between the Concourse Premium package — which includes champagne and festive decor — priced at $119, or the Governor’s Club package, priced at $189, complete with champagne, decor and your choice of drink. If you decide to stay at the Concourse, you won’t have to go far for dinner. Dig into a four-course meal at the CIRC, priced at $65. The meal includes lobster bisque, a smoked duck breast, oven-roasted halibut and an orange mascarpone cheesecake. On the other hand, if you’re not looking to get out, don’t worry, there’s an at-home option, too. Start with an endive and pear salad with gorgonzola and toasted walnuts, followed by roasted garlic and butter-poached lobster tail. Enjoy a chocolate truffle to top off the whole night. The at-home meal is priced at $50 a person and can be ordered by phone. Hotel rooms and reservations for dine-in eating can be made online. 1 W. Dayton St., 356-8293, concoursehotel.com
Fondue is a really popular treat — whether it’s time for lunch, dinner or dessert. Obviously, the staff at the Melting Pot are no strangers to fondue, but they’re pulling out ALL the stops for the Melting Pot’s New Year’s dine-in dinner. Complete with a cheese course, salad course, entrée course and chocolate course, you’ll get your fondue, lobster, cheese, pasta and chicken fix all in one sitting. The meal is priced at $125 per couple or $65 per person. Reservations are required and can be made online. 6816 Odana Road, 833-5676, meltingpot.com/madison-wi/
With the weather cooling down, one of the best ways to spend a cold December night is by a warm fire. Merchant knows this and is offering a fire pit and dine-in experience to ring in the new year. For $50, you and your friends can rent a pit for three hours, complete with a limited special menu, Merchant cocktails and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Reservations can be made by calling or emailing the restaurant. If you’re hoping to stay home, Merchant also offers a cocktail kit, a bottle of bubbly or Ploughman’s Board for curbside pickup. 121 S. Pinckney St., 259-9799, merchantmadison.com
For a tasty, Italian dinner full of options for any eater, Osteria Papavero is probably the place to go this Dec. 31. In the pescetarian friendly dinner, you can enjoy an insalata di barbabietola, — or roasted beet salad, spring mix, toasted pecans and blue cheese dressing — a tortelli de zucca pasta dish and a whole-roasted porgy. For dessert, you’ll dig into a big plate of tiramisu or budino di caramello made with butterscotch pudding, whipped cream and cocoa powder. If you’re a big fan of ribeye, the other menu option might suit you better. Start off the meal with house-cured charcuterie, follow it up with a tortelli in brodo pasta dish and a 14-ounce ribeye, and finish the meal with a plate of tiramisu or budino di carmello. Each meal is priced at $115 for two people or $220 for four. Pickup will be Dec. 31 from 12 to 3 p.m. 128 E. Wilson St., 255-8376, osteriapapavero.com
A Pig in a Fur Coat
From appetizer to dessert, the take-and-bake dinner from A Pig in a Fur Coat has what you need for a delicious at-home dinner this holiday. The five-course menu includes a selection of charcuterie — complete with two cheeses, two cured meats, foie mousse, fig port jam, mustard, pickled vegetables, olives and crostini — a beet salad, lobster and crab salad, porchetta and a cheesecake with almond crust. The meal, priced at $100, is proportioned for two people. Meals should be ordered online and picked up from 3 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 31. 940 Williamson St., 316-3300, apiginafurcoat.com
Celebrate the new year at RED or in the comfort of your own home with RED’s New Year’s Eve feast. The $95, five-course meal includes wagyu tartare, truffle mushroom bisque, a snowglobe roll, bone-in short rib or a chef’s choice of specialty roll. Finish off the meal with a mandarin cake with white chocolate ganache and passionfruit glaze and champagne dark chocolate truffle. If you’re choosing to dine at home, orders have to be placed by 10 a.m. on Dec. 31 or until sold out. Four different sushi platters — including the ‘Thank You Next’ and ‘Hindsight is 2020’ options — are also available for take-out. 316 W. Washington Ave., 294-1234, red-madison.com
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Rollplay x Mediterranean Cafe
Rollplay and the Mediterranean Cafe are teaming up this New Year’s to bring you the ultimate feasting experience. There are two meal options — the first priced at $28 complete with one appetizer, entree and dessert from each restaurant, meaning you don’t have to pick between Rollplay’s lavendar mochi muffins or the Mediterrranean Cafe’s baklava. The other option, priced at $50 includes two appetizers, entrees and desserts from each restaurant and feeds four. Orders can be placed on the Mediterranean Cafe’s website, and meals are available for pickup or delivery. 625 State St., 251-8510, medcafemadison.com
With all of the excitement of the New Year, you’re probably going to want to give your kids a way to get that extra energy out — and what better way than jumping on a trampoline for three hours? At Sky Zone’s New Year’s Eve Glow, your kids can jump for 180 minutes, complete with dunk contests and blacklight fun for only $20.21. A pair of jumping socks, priced at $3.99 and a glow shirt, priced at $4.99, are required. The event will take place from 7 to 10 p.m., and tickets can be bought online. Check out Sky Zone’s COVID-19 precautions page to see what extra health and safety measures they’ve put in place. 2134 Beltline Highway, 856-5867, skyzone.com/madison
Whether you’re spending New Year’s in the house or out on the town (in a safe way, of course), you won’t have to worry about missing out on the Statehouse’s yummy selection. Say goodbye to 2020 with a night of food and fun, complete with the Statehouse menu and some special New Year’s Eve treats — from a half a dozen oysters to an olive oil cake. Call 535-8234 to make reservations for Dec. 31 between 4 and 9 p.m. The take-home dinner, priced at $40 per person, includes a filet mignon, red wine reduction and chocolate-covered strawberries. Add-ons for the meal — including a few breakfast items for the next morning — are available to order online. Pick-up for the meal will be from 2 to 4 p.m. on Dec. 31. For those looking for a fun way to ring in the new year on New Year’s, the Statehouse is also hosting a Bubbly Brunch, for those 21 years and older, of course. Everyone will get a complimentary glass of bubbly. Reservations should be placed by calling 535-8234. 1001 Wisconsin Place, 535-8200, statehousemadison.com
Looking for another option for you and the special someone this New Year’s Eve? Strings Ramen has a selection of its own, complete with wood ear Mushroom salad and six sui gyoza dumplings with spicy ponzu sauce, choice of two ramen entrees, two sasa dango desserts, two Japanese imported ramune softs drinks, plus two sets of Strings’ custom chopsticks & ramen spoons. The meal, priced at $49.95, is available from now until Jan. 5. Place your order now by calling Strings Ramen’s Madison location. 311 N. Frances St., 665-3837, ramenchicago.com.
Virtual Run Challenge
Nothing quite says 2020 like running a race virtually — and, with the Virtual Run Challenge’s First Run 2021 race, you’ll stay totally physically distant while competing against your fellow runners. Register for the race on the Eventbrite page, choose your own race location, run the 5k distance and submit your final results. Don’t worry, you won’t leave the race empty-handed. After you’re done smashing your goal, you’ll get a finisher’s certificate and a digital medal. Running packets will begin shipping out to those registered for the race on Dec. 26, thevirtualrunchallenge.com.
After you’ve finished your dinner, you’ll probably be craving a tasty wine. So, why not have a couple sips of some of Winestyles delicious offerings at its Bubbly Wine Tasting Event — as long as you’re at least 21. Tickets for this two-hour event are $20 and include a total of five wines from a Toso Brut to a Sauvage Pinot Noir to a Freixenet Prosecco. Staff at Winestyles are enforcing a strict attendance limit of 10 people, and tickets for the event can be purchased online on Eventbrite. 2824 Prairie Lakes Drive, Sun Prairie, 665-2675, winestyles.com/sunprairie/
If there’s another Madison-area holiday offering meal, dessert or event you’d like to see on this list, email Katelyn Black at firstname.lastname@example.org.