There's more going on in the Mid-City neighborhood tomorrow night for New Year's Eve than the suddenly high-profile bonfire.
Finn McCool's Irish Pub, the seat of the city's soccer-and-rugby-loving expat community, will host its annual "Irish New Year's" with a countdown to 6 p.m., when the New Year is marked in Ireland's time zone. This is a pretty good option for those who want to get revved up early, do a big countdown, sing Auld Lang Syne with a brogue chorus and be home and abed before the amateurs have even downed their first Jager bomb.
Or it could simply be the first heat for a long night leading up to and beyond the stroke of New Year's in our central time zone.
For those up late and feeling the need for a little more fuel, as Bukowski might say, the Ruby Slipper Café will open for wee-hour dining. The café is normally open for breakfast and lunch only, but will transform itself into a late-night diner on Jan. 1, serving its breakfast menu from 12:30 a.m. to 4 a.m. for hungry revelers.
Their migas, pictured below, will go a long way to chasing off that dog that wants to bite you. Should its jaws connect, however, the café reopens at 9 a.m. that morning for normal breakfast service with "hair of the dog" drink specials.
-- Ian McNulty