With Backstreet closed (again) as a public nuisance, there's at least one less place to ring in 2011. But a new gay club, called Spectrum, is holding its grand opening on New Year's Eve.
Located at 616 Marshall (in the old Club 616), the 18 and up party features a $5 cover and a live band beginning at 8:30 p.m. There's a drag show at 11 p.m. and a balloon drop with prizes at midnight. Spectrum has two dance floors, which means there will be plenty of room for the 12:30 a.m. dance-off (yes, I said "dance-off.").
If the night club scene isn't your thing, spend a quieter evening at the Memphis Gay & Lesbian Community Center's New Year's Eve Party. The gathering will run from 6 to 9 p.m. (so you can still make the club if you want). Volunteers of the year will be awarded at the party.