With 2018 still less than a month old, there’s time to set some resolutions for the new year. But instead of setting the bar high, why not aim for something achievable AND fun like exploring the abundance of nightlife adventures that exist here on the Cape.

There may be no better time to do so than now, and not because this blog started off with New Year’s resolutions. But because in the winter, you can enjoy these hotspots without the crowds that come during the height of the summer.

A Dose of Laughter
Nothing beats the winter doldrums like a good hearty laugh and there’s certainly no lack of that here on the Cape. Both the Sea Crest Beach Hotel in North Falmouth and the Cape Codder Resort & Spa in Hyannis will be hosting upcoming shows that are sure to tickle your funny bone.

On Saturday, February 24, the Sea Crest welcomes the self-proclaimed “funny musician” Dave Andrews (8 pm), followed by an appearance on Saturday, March 24 by Boston comedy legend Steve Sweeney, who has starred in such comedies as "There's Something About Mary" and "Me, Myself & Irene."

Before Sweeney comes to town, the psychic comic Jon Stetson, who has appeared on the CBS drama “The Mentalist”, will dazzle audiences with his interactive show at the Cape Codder on Saturday, March 10. Afterwards, make sure to stop into the Grand Cru Wine Bar, located in the Hyannis resort, which features live music every Friday and Saturday night. Other upcoming dinner theater shows at the Cape Codder include the Dynamic Dueling Piano Duo (March 3).

Back to the comedy – during the month of February, the Cape Cod Theatre Company (home of the Harwich Junior Theatre) will be performing the family-friendly musical “Really Rosie” from February 2-25 on the main stage. The popular musical was created by Maurice Sendak ("Where the Wild Things Are") and award-winning singer/songwriter Carole King.

Even Cape Cod Beer will get into the act when it hosts two laughter-inducing shows as part of its Cape Cod Rocking Comedy Night on February 10. Taking the stage will be Boston’s World Gone Crazy Comedy Band, along with local radio personalities and stand-up comedians Adrienne Baumann and Gary Marino.

A Toast to the New Year
That’s not all Cape Cod Beer has. Yes, they have a great selection of traditional and not-so-traditional brews. But they also have a line-up of entertainment that makes it worth the trip to Phinneys Lane in Hyannis no matter what the temperature. From their monthly concert series – Cape Cod’s “most dangerous band” Thee Midnight Society appears on Friday, February 9 – to their Yappy Hours, where dogs are welcome, to their hula hoop fitness classes, washed down with some hops, Cape Cod Beer offers entertainment well beyond the pint.

For those who would rather sit back and enjoy the show, the Cape has plenty of venues where you can do just that. When it comes to bars, take your pick between The Squire in Chatham, Liam Maguire’s Irish Pub in Falmouth, and Dino’s Sports Bar in Mashpee, all of which feature the best in live music. The Crown & Anchor in Provincetown reopens for the season with Piano Man Bobby Wetherbee on February 17.

A former church, the Wellfleet Preservation Hall provides a truly unique concert setting; in the beginning of March, they will welcome the Grammy-nominated band The Groovalottos for an evening of soul, funk, and blues.

In Yarmouth, guests will find a hub of creativity at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod, which regularly ends the week with Friday paint nights where wine (or beer) is welcome. The center also plays host to jazz concerts, dance parties, art receptions, and more.

Escape for a Night Out
If you’re looking for an escape (literally) from the typical night out, there’s only one choice - Riddle. Located in Mashpee Commons, this is Cape Cod’s only escape room. Bring your closest friends and choose from one of five themed rooms, ranging from an ode to the 80s to a pirate escapade. You’ll have 60 minutes to use clues to answer your way out.

If successful, hop on over to the nearby Lanes Bowl & Bistro, which has brought an ultra-chic aesthetic to the sport of bowling. With a slate of weekly entertainment that includes trivia and live music, it’s more than a bowling alley. And as the weather warms, the outdoor bar, which features cornhole and bocce, is an ideal backdrop for an evening out with friends.

And this March, Ryan Family Amusements (locations across Cape Cod) will celebrate its 60th anniversary by launching its latest venture – Ten Pin Eatery at Cape Cod Mall – with Chapin’s Restaurant Group. The 300-seat restaurant will feature a full-service bar, more than 20 televisions and six large-screen laser projectors, an arcade room, 11 bowling lanes, and a Cape Cod-themed laser tag facility.

Let the adventures begin!