What's better than getting annihilated only scant steps from the comfort of your own bed? Getting annihilated mere steps from someone else's bed! Make other folks clean up after you at one of Atlanta's many hotel parties going down on New Year's Eve: At the Hyatt Regency's "Downtown Countdown 2006," $119 (or $200 for VIP) gets you five themed rooms of open bars, buffets and a balloon drop plus performances starting at 8:30 p.m. by acts including Arrested Development, Dave Matthews Cover Band, Zac Brown, Cigar Store Indians, Zydefunk and 13 Stories. If there's more sport to your New Year's Eve than competitive drinking, check out the W Hotel's "New Year's Eve Stay-dium" and "Good Catch" packages, which offer the most plush viewing environment possible (albeit starting at $299 a room) for the Atlanta-held Peach and Sugar Bowls, available at whotels.com.
Prefer a boom room full of boom? Check out some of what clubs are offering: Q-100 presents "All the Hits" at an extravaganza held at Vision and featuring DJ Ruckus and Kemit spinning rock, house and dance, Newk dropping '80s remixes, Carlos Morales bringing the Latin music, and Andre Perry doing a live broadcast all for $30-$50 beginning at 8 p.m. Eleven50 offers the club's infamous "10 Minutes of Madness" starting at 11:50 p.m., but there will be plenty of madness before and after thanks to the Men with Records crew (featuring DJ Grabass, um, Starboy), Kevin O, J-Luv, Klever and Prince Presto in three themed rooms for $30. At MJQ/the Drunken Unicorn, $10 gets you three rooms featuring, among others, DJs including Prefuse 73, LebLaze, Brian Parris, Jamal, Rob Wonder and Cullen Cole, plus performances by Gates of Berlin, Snowden and Rizzudo. J. Carter (SolFusion) celebrates the upscale elegance and exuberance of Harlem's Cotton Club at the Fox Theater hosted by Ryan Cameron and featuring DJs Mars, Doc, Trauma, Kemit and Jamad for $50-$100. In Like Flynn, 95.5 the Beat, and Beneath the Noise take over Compound, putting soulful Latin house and live instrumental augmentation in the "Tenshi Gardens," EBM in "Ride," a live radio broadcast by DJ Kidd in party area "MB1," and offering an underground hip-hop showcase in a stand-alone tent, plus some late-night breakfast with that bump and all for $45. Hey, look, In Like Flynn is also across town, along with Surface, as sponsors of the grand opening of new nightclub Fever (on Cheshire Bridge in the old Deux Plex spot), where Numinous and Habersham, Jonathan Allyn and Ian James, among others, will kick off the new two-level club's arrival for $35.
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