West Seattle New Year’s Eve: What’s up as 2014 closes out

(Photo by John Hinkey)
This is it – goodbye to 2014! Before the New Year’s Eve highlights, two more Olympics views:

(Panorama by Chris Frankovich)
Now, on with what’s up in this year’s final hours:

NEW YEAR’S EVE FOOD DRIVE: At Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor), open until 5 tonight, a food drive. As proprietor Lora Swift explains, “We’ll be offering free 8 oz lattes to anyone who brings in a non-perishable food item. It’s a way for everyone to end 2014 on a good note!” (4410 California SW)

RESTAURANTS OPEN TODAY/TONIGHT AND/OR TOMORROW: Here again is our holiday restaurant list, including which local restaurants told us they would be open tonight and/or tomorrow. (Please note, as always, plans might have changed since our research, so if you have an update to report, text/call us ASAP – 206-293-6302 – thank you!)

TAKE A NEW YEAR’S EVE WALK: Hosted by the Emerald City Wanderers and St John the Baptist Episcopal Church, and sanctioned by the American Volkssport Association: Noncompetitive 5- and 10-kilometer walks starting from the church, no fee – “And there’ll be hot soup to chase away any chills.” Start any time between 4 and 7 pm. (California/Hanford)

NEW YEAR’S EVE DINNER AT CASSIS (WSB sponsor): See the special prix-fixe menu here. (2820 Alki SW)

CORNER BAR AND NOT-SO-SILENT-NIGHT PARADE: 6 pm start for the annual New Year’s Eve celebration at and around Highland Park Improvement Club – first the Not So Silent Night Parade, then the Sage Comet, then the Corner Bar, as noted on the HPIC website. Be there! (12th/Holden)

BURNING BOWL CEREMONY: 7 pm at Westside Unitarian Universalist Congregation: “Ceremonies that involve fire as a cleansing ritual go back to ancient times. The service will include music, readings, prayers, singing, and the burning bowl ceremony.” (7141 California SW)

SACRED HOOP: A “more-ceremonial way” to welcome the New Year. 8 pm-1 am at the Duwamish Tribe Longhouse. Details here. (4705 W. Marginal Way SW)

NYE AT SKYLARK CAFE/CLUB: 9 pm, New Year’s Eve with Hibou, 9 pm. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

NYE AT YEN WOR VILLAGE: Guy will start karaoke at 9 pm, stop it down for about 10 minutes of countdowns to the New Year’s arrival at midnight, then continue karaoke until 2 pm. (California/College)

NYE AT FEEDBACK LOUNGE: New Year’s Eve party with Off The Hook Band, 9:30 pm, no cover, champagne at midnight. (6451 California SW)

P.S. – WEST SEATTLE LIGHTS FINALE: Last night this year to visit the music-synched West Seattle Lights/Helmstetler Family Spectacular. See the schedule here. Bring food to donate to the West Seattle Food Bank. (3908 SW Charlestown)

AND SPEAKING OF LIGHTS … if you’re new to West Seattle, yes, you can see the Space Needle fireworks (midnight) from north-facing north West Seattle. But don’t rush out at quarter till midnight and expect to find a great spot at the last minute. Trust us. (And if you notice that the Needle’s pink, no, it’s not for breast-cancer awareness; it’s a commercial sponsor.)

IN THE HOLIDAY GUIDE: At westseattleblog.com/westseattleholidays – even more of what’s up tonight – and, what’s up for New Year’s Day tomorrow!

7 Replies to "West Seattle New Year's Eve: What's up as 2014 closes out"

  • Fargus December 31, 2014 (12:47 pm)

    I’m all alone out here for the holidays and was wondering if there’s a place to go tonight that I won’t stand out as an even bigger loser.

  • AG December 31, 2014 (1:10 pm)

    Holiday restaurant list link is broken from both this post and the holiday page. FYI.

    Fargus – go to the Feedback or West5 – either is a pretty good spot to sit at the bar, chat up the person next to you and have a good time solo. Locol is also exceptionally welcoming to singles. Have a wonderful night. You’re not a loser for flying solo tonight.

    • WSB December 31, 2014 (1:22 pm)

      I just had to make a change and hadn’t re-URL’d, thanks.

  • Guy December 31, 2014 (2:25 pm)

    @ Fargus: come to the Yen Wor Village to watch or participate in karaoke. You will fit right in.

  • Fargus December 31, 2014 (4:44 pm)

    Thanks everyone. I better go shower!

  • Nate Wells January 1, 2015 (12:26 am)

    Just watched the fireworks at the Space Needle on tv…whoever dreamed up the playlist needs to be fired…totally sucked.

    • WSB January 1, 2015 (12:42 am)

      I produced a few fireworks broadcasts (4th of July) in my TV years and always campaigned to have the music dropped entirely – thought the natural sound and crowd noise was preferable – if we had to have music, I pushed for something energetic. Anyway, as for this year’s broadcast, the one I found a headscratcher was Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together,” close to the start. ~40-year-old song, slow tempo. Doesn’t make me think “fireworks” …

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