A Gay Ol' Fashioned New Year's

Want to stay off the roads and be with drag queens? Wilton Manors is the sort of close-knit community that offers both. Park once for the night and spend the rest of the year on foot. Start the evening at Rosie's Bar and Grill (2249 Wilton Drive, 954-567-1320, rosiesbarandgrill.com) for a dinner of roast duck or lobster tail. Stay till midnight or mosey on over to Scandal Saloon (3073 NE Sixth Ave., 954-567-2432, scandalsfla.com). Come for the sexy cowboys, stay for the balloon drop and midnight shot, and maybe win some cash or a bar tab. If you prefer bears to cowboys, head over to Ramrod (1508 NE Fourth Ave., 954-763-8219, ramrodbar.com), the oldest gay bar in Wilton Manors. Here you'll find buff bears in leather throwing the dirtiest, sweatiest NYE party to be found. At the center of it all is the Times Square-style bash, New Year's Rockin' Eve in the Shoppes of Wilton Manors (2262 Wilton Drive) complete with confetti, champagne, and a countdown to midnight.
Sat., Dec. 31, 2011
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Rebecca McBane is the arts and culture/food editor for New Times Broward-Palm Beach. She began her journalism career at the Sun Sentinel's community newspaper offshoot, Forum Publishing Group, where she worked as the editorial assistant and wrote monthly features as well as the weekly library and literature column, "Shelf Life." After a brief stint bumming around London's East End (for no conceivable reason, according to her poor mother), she returned to real life and South Florida to start at New Times as the editorial assistant in 2009. A native Floridian, Rebecca avoids the sun and beach at all costs and can most often be found in a well-air-conditioned space with the glow of a laptop on her face.
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