Whether you're looking for a night on the town or a nice cozy spot with champagne in hand, we've got a sampling of options that are sure to help you ring in the New Year with style and class, and they're all within an hour's drive.

Whether you're looking for a night on the town or a nice cozy spot with champagne in hand, we've got a sampling of options that are sure to help you ring in the New Year with style and class, and all within an hour's drive.

Fire & Ice at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino will hold a New Year's Eve party beginning at 9:30 p.m., featuring R&B band Group Therapy, of Wilmington. Group Therapy recently shared the stage with such national acts as Kool and The Gang and Average White Band.

Guests can also expect delicious hors d'oeuvres (9-11 p.m.) and light snacks (11 p.m. to 1 a.m.). The event will include champagne, party favors and a cash bar with New Year's themed cocktails.


WHERE SportZone, 235 Stadium Street, Smyrna

WHEN 9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31

COST No cover

INFO thesportszone.info or 223-1808

While waiting for the ball to drop, enjoy fresh tunes spun by DJ Karl at SportZone in Smyrna, beginning at 9 p.m. And enjoy some tasty eats like mozzarella sticks and/or ribs, and a cold drink, since SportZone's kitchen will be open until close. Bubbly and party favors will also be available.


WHERE Sheridan's Irish Pub, 42 West Commerce St., Smyrna

WHEN 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31

COST No cover

INFO sheridansirishpub-smyrna.com or 659-5566

Sheridan's Irish Pub in Smyrna will host a live performance by acoustic duo Benny & Hill at 7 p.m., followed by a dance party with DJ Jay at 9 p.m. The kitchen will be open all night, so feel free to get your grub on with traditional Irish dishes like shepherd's pie and fish 'n ships to pub staples like burgers and buffalo wings. Don't forget to make room in your tummy for champagne at midnight.


WHERE The Brick Hotel, Restaurant & Tavern on the Circle, 18 The Circle, Georgetown

WHEN 5 p.m. to 1 a.m., Monday, Dec. 31

COST $55 and up

INFO (302) 855-5800

Turn New Year's Eve into a short getaway with an overnight stay at The Brick Hotel, Restaurant and Tavern on The Circle. Located right in the center of Georgetown, the 177 year old structure has served as hotel, county courthouse and even post office and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Currently owned by Lynn Lester and her husband, The Brick is always bustling with locals and travelers who appreciate the cozy comforts of by-gone eras, phenomenal food and stellar service.

But, for New Year's Eve, they go all out.

Right now, there's a $175 package that includes a stay in a queen or king room, a welcome bottle of champagne or the house wine and a $25 gift card towards your NYE meal. Or, skip the stay and just take advantage of the four-course prix fixe meal. For $55 per person, enjoy a meal that includes shrimp bisque, clams casino and filet mignon with lobster tail or a light salad, cream of crab soup and herb-roasted leg of lamb. Is a dessert included? Of course. The chef will have a delectable selection of scrumptious and sinful delights.

The night's entertainment will start at 6 p.m. with dinner music by Fonsie Scott. Then, ring in the new year with Cathy Gorman from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. But, don't leave the party early. The big moment of the night is the Moose Drop, which features a large moose that gets lowered into a drinker's dream martini glass.

With a $10 cover charge, guests can also just come for the late night entertainment and enjoy the separate a la carte menu items. However, the rooms and dinner seats fill up quickly, so reservations are strongly encouraged.


WHERE Clear Space Theatre, 20 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth Beach

WHEN 9 p.m., Monday, Dec. 31

COST $50 per person

INFO www.clearspacetheatre.org

If you prefer classic show tunes and big band music, then Rehoboth Beach's Clear Space Theatre is the place to be. Things get started at 9 p.m., when the talented CST vocalists take the stage, serenading the audience with a selection of unforgettable showtunes. Afterwards, dance right into the New Year with a live swing band, led by CST's artistic director Doug Yetter.

Enjoy hors d'oeuvres all evening as well as a bevy of unbelievable desserts. Then, at midnight, join in the champagne toast. Tickets and information is available at www.clearspacetheatre.org.

However, if the long drive to the beach seems a bit daunting, keep in mind that the theater is located in the heart of Rehoboth Beach, quite close to all the best restaurants and hotels. Hotel Rehoboth and Boardwalk Plaza both have holiday packages so pick your favorite and start a new tradition of New Year's at the beach. For more information, visit www.boardwalkplaza.com or www.hotelrehoboth.com.