Downtown Franklin knows how to throw a party, and New Year’s Eve is no exception! In the past, we’ve had many a party to ring in the fresh season, and this year is no exception. Folks we know hosting bashes and special occasions are:

  • Bunganut Pig 

The restaurant on Columba Avenue will produce another fun New Year’s Eve party, with fan-favorite Resistance Band–who offers ’70s tunes for plenty of dancing opportunities! Don’t miss the Pig’s energetic pub atmosphere and live performance.

Call 615-794-4777 to make reservations.To make a reservation ahead of time, it is $15 per person. Pricing includes the show, party favors plus a midnight champagne toast. For those procrastinators, it is $10 per person at the door the night of NYE. That price includes the show only.

  • Cork & Cow 

The swanky restaurant on Fourth Avenue is offering a four-course meal to usher in the new year–in high style! The gourmet offerings range from Maine lobster bisque and porcini-dusted Alaskan halibut to seared duck breast and a lobster, shrimp and mussels dish. View the menu here.

The cost for the four-course offering and spending the evening with these swanky folks gourmet meal is $95 per person. Reservations can be made by calling 615-538-6021.


  • Franklin Mercantile Deli info coming.

  • The Franklin Theatre 

The historic venue will ring out 2013 and “swing-in” the New Year with an evening of gourmet food, big band music, and dancing. The historic venue will offer two shows on New Year’s Eve; one for the early birds, and another for those guests who want to celebrate midnight on Main Street. The world-famous Glenn Miller Orchestra will regale Theatre audiences during both sets with its popular big-band tunes.To honor the era that first welcomed the Ca. 1937 Franklin Theatre, the evening promises period swank with a 21stcentury flair from the legendary dance band.

Adding to the festive occasion, both sets of Theatregoers have the opportunity to purchase a dinner-and-a-show New Year’s Eve package in conjunction with GRAY’S on Main. The three-story bar and restaurant just across Main Street will prepare a special prix fixe meal with suggested drink pairings for those who would like to begin their evening at GRAY’S before heading to the Glenn Miller concert.

The first show will begin at 6 p.m., and tickets start at $65. The second bash—which always includes dancing—begins at 9:30 p.m. and continues until after midnight.  Tickets for the later show are $75.

Those who would like to purchase the GRAY’S dinner package in addition to the performances should call the Franklin Theatre at 615-538-2076 or go online for more information. For more details on ticketing for this special evening, contact Layne Barton at or visit

  • GRAY’S on Main
    update: the restaurant only has a few seats left for its first-floor seating, and its second-floor dinner & a show. 

GRAY’S will toast to the New Year while once again nodding to the past, with a vintage circus-themed event that includes a prix fixe menu, interactive performances and more. New Year’s Eve participants who arrive after 8 p.m. will enjoy an enchanted evening that uses tableside performers—think jugglers, mimes, aerialists, illusionists and other skilled artists—and costumes to transport the audience to a menagerie-like event.In addition to the mystical atmosphere, participants will be served a three-course gourmet meal with suggested drink pairings that follow the theme. Preceding the on-floor performances, Americana band SHEL will regale the crowd with Vaudeville vibes and folk tunes. Dancing is encouraged.

Those wanting to participate in the nostaglic bash will purchase a $95 ticket, which includes a three-course meal, tableside entertainment, the SHEL performance and a champagne toast. The evening begins on the second floor at 8 p.m. and ends at 1 a.m. Guests are encouraged to channel their best Moulin Rougeimpression, and break out swanky attire for the bash.

From 4 p.m. to midnight on New Year’s Eve, GRAY’S is also accepting reservations on its first floor for a chef-selected, three-course meal and complimentary glass of champagne. The cost is $75 a person.

For more information about the New Year’s Eve night, visit To make your reservation, call (615) 435-3603. Limited seating is available.

  • Kimbro’s Pickin’ Parlor 

The music venue on S. Margin Street will take a different approach to ringin’ in the New Year! This go ’round, they’re inviting their Deconstructed songwriter’s crew to entertain the crowd until the ball drops at midnight. The night begins at 7 p.m. and is open to the public. Owner Will Jordan has promised a special NYE menu, “jammin’” in each room, cornhole tournaments, drinking jenga, s’mores around the fire pit and more. Sleeveless Joel Meeks is the host, and there will be a champagne toast to usher in the new year. No cover! Call (615) 599-2946 for more details.

  • Puckett’s Boat House
    update: Puckett’s Boat House is sold out. 

The Boat House is adding some French Quarter flavor to downtown Franklin on New Year’s Eve, ringing in 2014 with a live show and a celebratory menu full of chef-selected favorites! The Southern seafood-focused eatery is hosting L’Angélus, a high-energy Cajun band composed of four siblings who entertain audiences with New Orleans-influenced fiddle tunes, swing, saxophone-driven swamp pop, and R&B music.In addition to the authentic bayou tunes, the Boat House has created a special menu for the event.

Seating for the L’Angélus show will begin at 9 p.m. and the performance will start kickin’ 10 p.m. until midnight.Tickets to the show are $15 per person, and include a midnight champagne toast. Call 615-790-2309 to reserve your seat. For more information, visit Boat House is also providing the special New Year’s Eve menu from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., for guests who can’t make the show.

  • Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant is hosting a New Year’s Eve celebration, though it’s already sold out!
  • Red Pony

The sophisticated restaurant on downtown’s Main Street, is offering a four-course dinner to celebrate the upcoming year! Guests can expect menu offerings the likes of grilled kale salad, mushroom-goat cheese raviolo, seared scallops, beef short ribs, seared tuna, vanilla-poached shrimp and lobster and more!

To see the full menu, click here. The cost for the gourmet meal and a lovely evening is $80 per person. Reservations can be made by calling 615-595-7669.


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