PUBLICANS are preparing for the wildest and final night of the year when Toowoomba lets its hair down to celebrate the arrival of 2013.
There are plenty of options for partygoers who last the distance to the midnight countdown.
For a touch of style, the Irish Club Hotel's Black and Bling party will be the place to be with guys wearing their finest black garments and girls "blinging it up" with glittery jewellery and flashy dresses.
The Cube Hotel owner Brett Hofstee said an extraterrestrial arrival would mark the year's end with a bang at the Margaret St nightclub.
"We have a confetti UFO hired for midnight," he said.
"It's a big electric thing we've hired out that will be put up on the ceiling.
"It will spew out confetti for about 10 minutes straight (when the countdown ends)."
Mr Hofstee said staff were prepared for the biggest night of the year.
"We're fully staffed and have five bars open, so we're well-prepared," he said.
For punters who want to escape the mayhem, the Southern Hotel will provide a safe haven.
"I'll be Facebooking something along the lines of 'If you don't want to be in with the crowds, we're just running business as usual," assistant manager Glen Morton said.
And last, but certainly not least, Toowoomba Regional Council will be hosting its second annual New Year's Eve fireworks program, supported by Westpac Bank.
A family fun night will be held at Frogs Hollow from 5pm to 8pm, with the actual fireworks to be launched at 7.40pm.
If they cannot last the distance, sky-watchers can settle for a 6.50pm laser display that will light up the skies.
Pubs and clubs:
The Spotted Cow
- $99 package includes drinks and savoury food, premium beers and wines from 7pm to midnight and spirits from 10pm to midnight.
- Entertainment by covers band Woolly Cookies.
Irish Club Hotel
- Black and Bling party - guys in black, girls in all their sparkly finery.
- Lucky door prizes.
- Best-dressed competitions.
- Music by Hot Wired.
- Drink deals and bistro.
The Cube Hotel
- Pre-drink party from 5-10pm. $69 package includes all food and drink.
- Ceiling-fixed UFO to release confetti at midnight.
- Free glow sticks, leis and performances by dancers.
- Kiss and Tell party - get a photo of you and someone else kissing in the club for a chance to win four tickets and accommodation to Summafieldayze.
- Gold Coast DJs Daniel Deniro and Andy Ski.
- Come As You Are party.
- No dress-ups, no frocks.
- Live racing, live music by Gung Ho and great prizes.
- Third annual beach party.
- Free entry and prizes for best-dressed.
- VIP party from 8-9pm. RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org or use Tatts app on iPhone.
Beat the New Year's hangover
NEW Year's Eve and its associated over-indulgence are upon us again.
For us weak-willed mortals who seldom pull up stumps at a reasonable hour and blood-alcohol level, having a well-rehearsed anti-hangover regime is a must.
We put the call out for the best hangover cures to quell those nasty liquor-demons of 2013.
The ideas ranged from the all-too-sensible ("Just don't drink") to the downright ridiculous ("Just don't drink").
Here is the list. Do with it what you will:
- Start the morning with Vegemite on toast. There is something magic in the salty/yeasty mixture which does wonders for a troubled soul.
- Swallow down a thick slick of grease to slide you into the new year. Find the oiliest, most calorific and delicious (can't go wrong with bacon) foodstuffs and create a slippery Frankenstein of a breakfast. Your dietitian might have something to say about this.
- Drink enough water to re-hydrate your depleted cells before bed but not enough to cause, when coupled with the "swaying sky syndrome", to cause bedtime seasickness.
- Don't forget to eat! In all the revelry, keeping stomach fodder levels high can often take a back seat. This is a rookie mistake. If platters of nibblies are going around at your New Year's Eve party, distract the waiter and commandeer that grub for you and a few select peers.
- Coffee or no coffee... that is the question. Slamming down a gallon of brain-perking caffeine is tempting after a particularly demented evening, but authorities are torn over whether it helps or hurts. We're told caffeine can cause further dehydration, but we will let you decide on that one.
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