This post is written by Anthony Cordo, Visitor Services Manager for Experience Columbus.

The New Year is approaching, but before we can welcome it in we’ve got to get in to a bar! Check out some of the ideas below and their highlights to decide where you and your friends will enjoy the party.

Gresso’s: New Year’s Eve Party Cover: $59 Includes: open bar (well and domestic drinks), champagne toast, D.J., buffet, shuttle service. Why: this is a fantastic neighborhood hotspot and on NYE it’s a favorite choice to enjoy life with your friends without emptying your wallet. You’re not likely to find a place as popular as this with an all-inclusive cover this low. Know before you go: pre-purchase your admission over the phone – it’s always sold out at the door.

Barrio Tapas Lounge: New Years Eve Cover: $5 Includes: Old-School hip-hop party, D.J. Patrick, drink specials. Why: Barrio has great food.

Newport Music Hall: Ekoostik Hookah Admission: $30 Includes: admission to the concert. Why: Ekoostik Hookah is a fun live music experience!

House Wine: New Year’s Eve at House Wine Cover: none. Why: This can be an affordable plan – you pay for what you drink. If you’re a wine-o this is a good option!

Shadowbox Live: New Year’s Eve at Shadowbox Live Cover: $100 ($180 for two) Includes: Two bands, dancing, dinner and dessert banquet, champagne toast at midnight. Why: the folks over at Shadowbox Live know how to throw a fine party, and this NYE bash should appeal to people who like live music. Know before you go: reservations required.

Park Street Complex: New Year’s Eve Extravaganza Cover: $10 Includes: multiple D.J.s, party favors, circus performers, a ball drop at midnight. Why: if you’re looking for a club scene to ring in 2012 this is one of the best options. The complex is three attached bars, and each one has a great dancing scene. Know before you go: dress hot – everyone else will.

Camelot Cellars Winery: Venetian Masquerade Ball Cover: $25 ($40 for two) Includes: special wine prices, champagne at midnight, appetizers. Why: this is a fancy way to celebrate in masquerade style.

Hyatt Regency Columbus: NYE on High Cover: $129-499 Includes: open bar, eleven bands (Lt Dan’s New Legs, Reagonomics, and others), D.J.s. Why: this is one of the best known NYE celebrations; it’s been going on for thirty years! Know before you go: book a room at the hotel in advance as part of the package.