Quite possibly the biggest party night of the year since the Super Bowl, tonight the town is exploding with hot events in all corners. From upscale restaurants to downright dirty dive bars, everybody is ringing in the New Year with cheer. Read on to find out what¹s going on in and around your favorite digs. -- Matt Sonzala
Anderson Fair 2007 Grant, 713-528-8576, www.andersonfair.com
Jam down to the sounds of Shake Russell, Ann Armstrong, Steve Hughes and -- it wouldn't be NYE at Anderson Fair without him -- Bill Cade, "singing in" the New Year. Cover includes snacks, champagne and party favors. $25.
Big John's Sports Bar 6150 Wilcrest, 281-498-3499, www.bigjohnsbar.com
This is one of the only New Year's celebrations without a cover charge. Big John's has been doing it for 20 years. Tonight ring in the New Year at a special Karaoke New Year's Eve Party with Extreme Karaoke. There'll be a champagne toast and party favors.
The Black Swan Omni Houston Hotel 4 Riverway, 713-871-8181
Tonight enjoy a swank, lively celebration, with a high-energy DJ featuring hits from the '80s and '90s. Party favors, champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight. 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m., $40.
Boaka Bar 1008 Prairie, 713-225-6372, www.boakabar.com
You won't want to miss this New Year's Eve bash with DJ Cipher of the Krackernuttz. Spinning the hottest in hip-hop, R&B, dancehall and more. 8 p.m.
Bossa 610 Main, 713-223-2622, www.e-brands.net
This ultrahip downtown eatery will have three seatings -- 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m. -- that will feature a four-course dinner and champagne toast. The 9:30 p.m. seating will feature live entertainment from the Mark Townes Band. Reservations are required and are being accepted now. Enjoy a fantastic selection of food, including duck, pork tenderloin, sunfish and more.
Byzantio Cafe/Bar 403 W. Gray, 713-520-6896 Come discover the Greek in you. Join the good folks at Byzantio this New Year's Eve and celebrate their one-year anniversary with International DJ Grendas of OUZO FM. Free.
Cactus Moon 7 W. Main, Humble, 281-446-2202, www.cactusmoonbluescafe.com
Enjoy the sounds of Malford Milligan. Hotel packages are available. $20.
Champps Americana 1121 Uptown Park Blvd., 713-627-2333, www.champps.com
Why go to Vegas when you can go Uptown and enjoy a special casino night complete with blackjack, craps and Texas Hold 'Em? Expect prizes, champagne toast, balloon drop and drink specials. A special menu will be available. Free.
Clicks Billiards 13380 Northwest Fwy., 713-895-9992, www.clicks.com/houston
Clicks Billiards, one of the finest upscale billiard rooms in town, is throwing a spectacular New Year's Bash. You'll love their beautiful Gold Crown pool tables, which are in immaculate condition. There are also video games, dart lanes and Tornado foosball tables. You won't find a better place to have a good time.
Continental Club 3700 Main, 713-529-9989, www.continentalclub.com
There's no cover at this New Year's Eve bash with the Allen Oldies Band and the El Orbits.
Cosmos Cafe 69 Heights Blvd., 713-802-2144
The Cosmos Cafe New Year's party features live music by the super-fabulous Norma Zenteno. Partiers pay $20 cover charge, $10 for champagne, and $45 for the sit-down dinner (which includes cover charge). Reservations strongly recommended.
Crowne Plaza Downtown 1700 Smith, 713-739-8800
Party, then spend the night in luxury. Special package for $99 plus tax includes champagne upon arrival and breakfast for two until noon. Complimentary parking is included. Be safe: Party downtown and stay downtown. Complimentary shuttle till 2 a.m. to and from select downtown locations. Enjoy dinner in the Brazos Restaurant.
Darkhorse Tavern 2207 Washington Ave., 713-426-2442, www.dhtavern.com
Ring in the New Year with drink specials, live music, party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. Never a cover charge and plenty of free parking at the best laid-back, no-attitude place to celebrate the New Year.
Dave & Buster¹s 6010 Richmond, 713-952-2233, www.daveandbusters.com You'll love the theatrics of Joey and Maria's Italian Comedy Wedding. There will also be a DJ, dancing, free billiards, photos, a champagne toast and a countdown at midnight.
Elvia's International 2727 Fondren, 713-266-9631
Latin sensations Mi Rumba will play live for your enjoyment. Dinner, dancing, live music, party favors and a champagne toast will round out the night. Seating begins at 8 p.m. $25.
Encounters 5718 Fairdale, 713-532-0840, www.encountersclub.com
Houston's hottest club for, um, adult extracurricular activities is offering a special hotel package at the Sheraton Four Points. $99 per night includes a 10 a.m. breakfast with a 3 p.m. checkout and limo service to and from Encounters. Go ahead and shack up with somethin'. $40 per couple.
Firehouse Saloon and Eatery 5930 Southwest Fwy., 713-977-1962
Root, toot and boot-scoot your way on out tonight and party to the sounds of Honeybrowne and Mark Miller. Cover includes midnight champagne, party favors and breakfast. $20.
Fitzgerald's 2706 White Oak Dr., 713-862-3838, www.fitzlive.com
Trip away at this special New Year's bash with Us and Them -- The Ultimate Pink Floyd Experience. Word has it if you close your eyes real tight, you'll never know you're not experiencing the real thing.