New Year's Eve Guide 2005

Where to tuck it in -- or let it all hang out

Fitzgerald's, 2706 White Oak Dr., 713-862-3838,

New Year's Eve party: two floors of peace and music! Us & Them Pink Floyd Experience, plus Houston all-star tributes to Janis Joplin, the Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Santana and Led Zeppelin. $10.

Fratelli's Italian Restaurant, 10989 Northwest Fwy., 713-957-1150,

Fratelli's will serve a special five-course Veneto-inspired meal paired with two glasses of sparkling wine to celebrate the New Year. Seating begins at 5 p.m. Party hats, noisemakers and confetti are included. $36 per person, plus tax. Call for reservations.

Grasshopper, 506 Main, 713-222-1442,

At the third annual New Year's Eve Casino Night, celebrate Las Vegas-style at Grasshopper, Houston's hottest downtown nightclub. Welcome in the New Year with an open bar while playing blackjack, roulette and craps. All-inclusive packages available presale at $75 for singles and $125 for couples. Get your tickets early, by phone or online.

The Great Caruso, 10001 Westheimer, suite 1090, 713-780-4900,

Houston's only dinner theater allows you to wine and dine while listening to a live musical performance. There are three shows on New Year's Eve, each offering a three-course meal. Call for reservations.

Hard Rock Cafe, 502 Texas, 713-227-1392,

This party will be rocking all night long with an all-night dance party including complimentary champagne at midnight and party favors. Call for reservations.

Havana Latin Bar & Grill, 818 Travis, 713-222-2254

Sit-down dinner with party favors and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Music by Batacha and DJ Frankie Boy. Call for reservations.

Hugo's, 1602 Westheimer, 713-524-7744,

Celebrate the New Year in a unique setting, with live music by Vinton, a full bar, an award-winning wine list and an extensive margarita menu. Open for brunch on New Year's Day with live music. Call to make reservations.

Ibiza Food & Wine Bar, 2450 Louisiana, 713-524-0004,

Enjoy the menu that has made Ibiza a star on the Houston restaurant scene and garnered consistent rave reviews. Champagne toast at midnight. Reservations required.

India's Restaurant, 5704 Richmond, 713-266-0131

Celebrate the New Year with bottomless champagne and a special three-course menu.

Kiran's, 4100 Westheimer, 713-960-8472

Ring in the New Year with a bang at Kiran's, which is offering two seatings on New Year's Eve, both with a five-course chef's tasting menu. For early birds, seating is from 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The cost is $65 per person plus tax and gratuity, featuring live music. The second seating, from 9 p.m. to 9.30 p.m., will include live music, a champagne toast at midnight and breakfast, and will feature belly dancing. Cost for the second seating is $95 per person plus tax and gratuity. Call for reservations.

Laidback Manor Restaurant, 706 Main, 713-227-0402

Laidback Manor Restaurant will be offering six- and eight-course tasting meals. $85 for the six-course menu with wine progression; $125 for the eight-course menu without wine progression. Wine progression will be available on both seatings. Celebrate New Year's with the Laidback Manor and feed your curiosity. Call for reservations.

La Strada, 5161 San Felipe, 713-850-9999; and 322 Westheimer, 713-523-1014

Take your pick of La Stradas tonight. The Montrose location will have an off-the-menu meal, a DJ, dancing and champagne toast at midnight. The San Felipe location will have a semi-set menu, a DJ, dancing and a midnight champagne toast with a New Year's Casino Night theme. First seating 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Second seating 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

La Tapatia, multiple locations,

Open late with various dinner and drink specials. Visit their Web site for more information.

Little Napoli Ristorante Italiano & Bar, 1001 Texas, 713-225-3900

New Year's Bash with open buffet, live DJ, complimentary champagne, party favors and a drawing to win a two-hour trip with AIM Limousine and other prizes. $75 per person.

Live Sports Café, 407 Main, 713-228-5483,

Party at with Live Sports' New Year's on Ice. Where else are you going to see it snow? The one and only Reverend Butter will be making live ice sculptures while DJ T. Gray spins anything and everything. If that's not enough entertainment for the night, there will be video performances by VJ Patrick Flanagan. 18 and up to party, but 21 to drink. $40 for couples, $30 for individuals. VIP packages also available.

Lure, 2900 N. Braeswood, 877-372-9615

The Arabia Shrine Center transforms into an ultrachic lounge and club for a one-night New Year's spectacular. Live music will be provided by Moodafaruka, playing an eclectic multicultural mix of flamenco, Middle Eastern, Spanish and Western music. Houston's dynamic belly-dancing duo Amirat performs their fun-loving and free-spirited dances, and the Empyrean Fire Tribe will perform their daring and exotic show. There will be delicious tapas and an open bar all night long. At midnight, guests will join in for a New Year's countdown and toast.

M Bar, 402 Main, 713-222-1022

Join M Bar for the definitive New Year's party on Main Street. Three levels, three DJs, champagne toast at midnight with a balloon drop, plus a live performance by international recording artist Jeanie Tracy. Advance tickets $25. Call for more information.

Magic Island, 2215 Southwest Fwy., 713-526-2442,

Add a little mystery to your New Year's at Magic Island. The New Year's Eve package includes a three-course dinner, Las Vegas-style magic and comedy show, the award-winning Oscar Munoz Strolling Magicians, live music by Gail Best and LJ in the Den of Osiris, countdown at midnight with Scott Hollingsworth, champagne toast and party favors. Call for reservations.

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