New Year’s Eve can be overwhelming. Between picking out the perfect sparkly party dress (sequins seem practically mandatory) and trying to wrangle your friends into an evening of champagne-fueled debauchery, it can be really tough to find one party that will fit everyone’s agenda. Lucky for you, we’re here to help.  We’ve found seven local parties that are sure to please even your pickiest pals. Whether you want to get all dolled up or check out some Mexican wrestlers, here are our favorite events happening in Portland, Maine.

1. A CADDYSHACK NEW YEAR’S EVE WITH THE AWESOME
at Bayside Bowl in Portland, 8pm $25
Be sure to don your best ’80s country club gear and get ready to ring in the New Year with sweet tunes of ’80s cover band The Awesome

2. BRIAN D. GRAHAM’S 10 YEAR CANCER FREE NYE BALL
at Big Easy in Portland, 8pm $25 adv/$30 dos
Get funky on New Year’s with Sly-Chi and Model Airplane. Proceeds benefit The SamFund. More info here

3. NEW YEAR’S EVE CLASH OF THE DECADES
at Empire Dine and Dance in Portland, 8pm $15
Ring 2013 in with the music from the ’80s, ’90s, and ’00s. More music than a regular Clash! Four rounds of 3 tunes at a time, per decade. More info here

4. COCKMASTER NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY
at Slainte in Portland, 9pm FREE
2012 was a good year for gay rights in Maine. Celebrate equality with a badass night of music, go-go dancers, and all sorts of crazy fun. More info here

5. ROCKIN’ NEW YEAR’S EVE
at Geno’s in Portland, 9pm TBA
Hard rock fans will herd to Geno’s Monday night for Coalsax in Crux. Bring ear plugs if you want to remain hearing in 2013. More info here

6. NEW YEAR’S EVE
at the Asylum in Portland, 8pm $7
Hip-hop upstairs and ’80s music downstairs, this two-for-one party special has got something for pretty much everyone. More info here

7. NEW YEAR’S EVE WITH SUPER LUCHA EXPLOSIVA
at SPACE Gallery in Portland, 8pm $20
Mexican wrestlers on New Year’s Eve? You’re not dreaming. See you there. More info here

 

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