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New Year's Eve Guide 2005

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

Main Street Theater, 4617 Montrose, 713-524-6706, www.mainstreettheater.com

Main Street Theater invites Houston to ring in the New Year with champagne, sweets, song and dance. The New Year's Eve Gala begins at 8:30 p.m. with a performance of the Gershwin & Gershwin musical Pardon My English, with a new book by David Ives. After the show, the audience will enjoy champagne and gourmet desserts -- including a fabulous chocolate fountain by Chocolate Fountain Creations -- followed by dancing to the sultry tones of Mood Indigo. $75.

Meridian, 1503 Chartres, 713-225-1717, www.meridianhouston.com

The Big Mix 2006! This party is designed to provide Houston with the best talent to be rocking your night and year away in perfect style. Representing practically every genre that moves the floor into frenzy, from house, techno and progressive to hip-hop, drum 'n' bass, breaks and rock. These DJs bring it all to you in full force. To make sure you aren't gouged at the bar with the amateurs going out at night, the Meridian is offering $3 well drinks all night to keep you going into the wee hours. Green Velvet/Cajmere, Craze, Steve Porter, the Raptures, Matt Safer and more. Make sure to get presales to save on ticket costs. Limited presale tickets at $20 online, then it goes up to $30 and $40 etc. So get a move on to get your groove on this New Year's Eve with 77002.com, Boys and Girls, and more.

The Mezzanine Lounge, 2200 Southwest Fwy., suite 150, 713-528-6399, www.ticketmaster.com

Back to the '80s New Year's Eve Bash. $25 ticket includes 7 p.m. admission, party favors, complimentary VIP bar and midnight champagne toast.

Mia Bella, 2006 Lexington, 713-237-0505

Ring in 2006 with a live jazz band, balloon drop at midnight, party favors and champagne. Mia Bella is offering a special four-course dinner New Year's Eve in addition to a special á la carte menu. There will be two seatings. Early seating is from 6:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. The dinner price is $40 plus tax and gratuity. Late seating is 9:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. and includes live music, party favors and a champagne toast. $50 plus tax and gratuity. Call 713-523-2428 for reservations. Call 713-237-0505 for details on events at the downtown location.

Morton's Steakhouse, 5000 Westheimer, 713-629-1946, www.mortons.com

Four seatings will be offered on New Year's Eve. Party favors will be passed out at midnight. Call for reservations.

Next Night Club, 2020 McKinney, 713-221-8833, www.whatsnexthouston.com

Next Night Club and Strictly Twisted Productions present "Bleached," their all-white New Year's Eve Ball. A $1,000 balloon drop with a complimentary champagne toast will be held at midnight. The evening will be highlighted by performances of the dance music sensation Marisol Angelique with her production group MYNT, and music provided throughout the evening with DJ Ernie from L.A. and DJ Johnny J mixing your favorite party tracks. Presale tickets are $20; $30 at the door. Bottle reservations are accepted, but are limited and going fast. All-white attire is strongly encouraged. Visit the Web site for reservations.

Numbers, 300 Westheimer, 713-526-6551

Cash balloon drop worth $2,006 and a champagne toast at midnight! Free CDs, party favors and the best music, videos and dance floor in town. Dance to DJ Wes Wallace. Doors open at 9 p.m. sharp. Reduced cover before 10 p.m. is $8 for 21-and-up and $10 for those under 21.

Opus Lounge, 412 Main, 713-222-OPUS, www.opusclub.com

The party starts at 9:30 p.m. $75 for the first 300 people; $90 for the rest, $100 at the door. Price includes five free fully flowing bars and a champagne toast at midnight. There will also be DJs and a $25,000 giveaway. For rules and regulations, visit www.opusclub.com. No purchase necessary to enter.

Ouisie's Table, 3939 San Felipe, 713-528-2264

New Year's Eve celebrants at Ouisie's Table can set their own schedule and order from a selected menu created for the evening. The menu will include a number of dishes not on the regular menu. Ordering is à la carte. Reservations are required, but there are no timed seatings. The restaurant will have live music, a champagne toast at midnight and party favors. Call for reservations.

Pappasito's, several locations, www.pappasitos.com

Pappasito's is sizzling on New Year's Eve. Feast on their New Year's Eve Plato Festivo for two featuring lobster tail, brochette-style shrimp, beef and chicken fajitas, rice beans, pico de gallo, guacamole and fresh flour tortillas. Call for reservations.

Rainbow Lodge, 1 Birdsall, 713-861-8666, www.rainbow-lodge.com

Indulge in delectable cuisine in this bucolic setting before a balloon drop at midnight with complimentary champagne. There will be three rounds of seating. Call for reservations.

Red Lion Pub, 2316 S. Shepherd, 713-529-0321

New Year's Eve celebration with balloon drop. No cover! Also open Christmas Day from lunch to 7 p.m., serving a traditional turkey dinner.

Red Star, 2606 Fannin, 713-790-9933, www.newyearsmasquerade.com

New Year's Eve Masquerade: marquee tents, raised-up area, confetti cannons, strobewall countdown, massive sound system, ten bars, cyber lights display. Regular admission: $35 in advance, $55 at the door. VIP admission: $65 in advance, $85 at the door. VIP includes full access to VIP area, hors d'oeuvres, champagne, party favors, buffet, masks...

Rioja, 11920 Westheimer, 713-249-1727

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