On the Radar: Hard Rock New Year's Eve and "Awesome" Black and White New Year's

sushi from 9 to 11 p.m. (I can’t say that it sounds the best decision before plying people with insane amounts of alcohol, but whatever), free Jell-O shots, $4 “Awesome Bombs” (they really want you to know how awesome it is), a balloon drop, champagne toast, red carpet snapshots, and a hot-young-hip crowd dressed in all black and white. Hard Rock New Year’s Eve, Thurs., Dec. 31, midnight, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, 5223 Orient Road, Tampa, free, seminolehardrocktampa.com; Awesome Black and White New Year’s Party, Thurs., Dec. 31, 9 p.m.-3 a.m., RAW Bar Sushi, 777 N. Ashley Dr., Tampa, $15-$30, awesomeevents.org.

Welcome to On the Radar: New Year's Eve Edition, where we preview up-and-coming events to mark your calendar for. When I think of Floyd’s nightclub, the images that immediately jump to mind are overpriced drinks, scantily clad ladies and blaring, bass-y beats. Hard Rocks’ New Year’s Eve Celebration promises to deliver much of the same, but with the added bonuses of a balloon drop and about a bajillion big screen TVs tuned to the Times Square Ball Drop.

If the thought of checkpoint-riddled I-4 scares you, stay closer to home and check out the “Awesome” Black and White New Year’s Party at RAW Bar. They’re handing out free

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