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Here’s cheers to a great night

Saturday, 31st December, 2011

LET ME ENTERTAIN YOU: Ex-local Zackari Watt is back to sing at the Astra tonight to help bring in the New Year. LET ME ENTERTAIN YOU: Ex-local Zackari Watt is back to sing at the Astra tonight to help bring in the New Year.

Pubs and clubs will be buzzing with excitement tonight as people celebrate the end of one year and the beginning of the next.

The Astra is having a four-course dinner, dance and show which starts at 6.30pm.

Owner David Trinder said the evening will cost $88 per head and tickets were selling fast.

He said ex-local Zackari Watt was back to perform on New Year’s Eve.

Zackari recently sang in Andrew Bevarne’s Jazz Night and was a hit, according to Mr Trinder’s wife, Mary-anne.

“He is sensational,” she said.

Zackari will sing classics from the likes of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin.

The Southern Cross was a hit will locals last year, according to licensee John Groenendijk. It will host the same type of entertainment tonight with four rooms open - the main bar with the top 40 jukebox, the bistro with karaoke, a white room with a DJ with laser lights, and the balcony room for people wishing to relax with free massages from a masseuse.

Mr Groenendijk said there will be strict enforcement of responsible serving of alcohol.

“There is a lockout by 11.30 so if you are not in by then, sorry, you miss out and after 10pm we will only be allowing people to buy two drinks at a time,” he said.

“Last year was really popular. It was a great success so we thought we would repeat it.”

Mr Groenendijk said the Broken Earth Cafe will offer a two-course meal for $55 and a three-course meal for $75. He said there will be a seafood-themed menu especially developed for New Year’s Eve.

“We will also be giving out free taxi vouchers to help people make their way down from the restaurant.”

Mr Groenendijk encouraged people to ring for a booking.

The Musicians’ Club will have Mildura band “The Union”, while the Night Train will host a “Glow Party” with $6 cocktails and spirits until 11pm.

There will be prizes for the best dressed, the bar will be open from 10pm to 3am and there will be free entry between 10pm and 11pm for those in costume.

Club Legion will host a two-course dinner for $25 with entertainment by Peter Coad and the Coad sisters, and Jim Hermel.

The Democratic Club will have “Under My Thumb”, a Rolling Stone” tribute band, which will play from 9pm to late. There will be a 1am lockout and the club will close at 2am.

The Mulga Hill Tavern, Black Lion Inn, Rising Sun and the Palace will also be open for partygoers tonight.

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