New Year's Eve countdown 

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Bring in the New Year a night early with the gay and lesbian community during the 4th Annual Eve’s Eve party at the Esperanza. San Anto rockers Easy Marie add live music to the celebration, and the proceeds benefit Equality Texas and the Esperanza Peace & Justice Center. $20, 8pm Tuesday, Esperanza Peace & Justice Center, 922 San Pedro, (210) 228-0201,


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Embrace the New Year in style with elegant drinks and fine cuisine at Azuca, where chef Rene Fernandez has created a mouth-watering four-course menu. Dance to the fiery sounds of Fuego and step outside with your bubbly to catch the midnight fireworks. $63-75, 5:30pm & 7:30pm seatings Wednesday, Azuca, 713 S. Alamo,
(210) 225-5550,


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The Flying Saucer’s weekly brewery night features Bosteel’s Brewery favorite Tripel Karmeliet on New Year’s Eve. Table reservations include a bottle of Dues Brut des Flandres — a divine, sparkling Bosteel’s concoction — in addition to commemorative glasses and party favors. Free Champagne toast at midnight and no cover for those without reservations. $60 table, no cover, 7pm Wednesday, Flying Saucer, 11255 Huebner Rd., (210) 696-5080,


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Enjoy a double-shot of improv as ComedySportz takes to the stage in celebration of the Brazilian and American New Year. Teams compete for laughs in a series of games built on suggestions from the audience, and a special midnight appearance by Señor Pantalones Fuego clears the air of the nastiness that made 2008 eventful. $8, 7:30pm & 10:30pm Wednesday, Overtime Theater, 1216 West Ave., (210) 380-0326.


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Not everyone lives to see the New Year when Murder Mystery Players, Inc. show up. The night includes a chef-crafted three-course meal, Champagne toast, midnight celebration, dessert bar, live DJ, and a power card to play games in addition to the hilarious interactive murder-mystery performance. $135/couple, 7pm Wednesday, Dave & Buster’s, 440 Crossroads Blvd.,
(210) 515-1515.


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Chadd Thomas and the Crazy Kings ring in the New Year with their brand of rough-edged, countrified rock all night long, and the Mix bar provides snacks and Champagne for the midnight toast. The big beat from the Lone Star state is rarin’ to go — ace up those dancing shoes and come out swinging! Free 9pm Wednesday, The Mix, 2423 N. St. Mary’s, (210) 735-1313.



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The under-12 set can make noisemakers, create glitter 2009 spectacles, or personalize a 2009 Calendar during the Children’s Museum New Year’s experience. The museum counts down the seconds to the kid-friendly hour of 12 noon, when the party explodes with FlutterFetti and the kids celebrate with a sparkling juice toast. $7 person, under 2 free, 9am-noon Wednesday, San Antonio Children’s Museum, 305 E. Houston St., RSVP at (210) 212- 4453 ext. 1305.



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Ring in the New Year at San Antonio’s newest downtown hotspot, Acapulco Sam’s, which occupies the former Polly Esther’s building on the River Walk. Kremlin is the nightclub’s ultra-chic penthouse level, inspired by the nightlife in Moscow and specializing in VIP amenities. $2,500 balloon drop, party favors, happy-hour specials, light buffet, Champagne toast, and more. $30/40, 8pm Wednesday, Kremlin, 212 College St., (210) 220-1973.



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Robert Earl Keen’s annual New Year’s Eve concerts are a staple on the Texas Country reveler’s schedule, so much so that this year’s Gruene Hall performance is already sold out. But the usual gaggle of “extra tickets” (check Craigslist, i.e.) will likely abound, promising entry for those who really want to get in. Free tamales and popcorn, with Champagne splits available for purchase. 8pm Wednesday, Gruene Hall, 1281 Gruene Rd., (830) 606-1281.


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Fireworks will explode from the 750-foot-tall Tower of the Americas during the annual Celebrate San Antonio New Year’s festival. The biggest end-of-year celebration in the Alamo City draws a quarter of a million people downtown every year with free entertainment on six stages, 50 food and beverage booths, a children’s area, and more. Free, 6pm-1am Wednesday, HemisFair Park, 200 S. Alamo,



For a complete listing of New Year's Eve events, please visit our calendar:

This year, a sluggish economy may mean that one of the following still has room for you on New Year’s Eve. A-B makes no promises



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