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New Year's Eve Guide 2005

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

Choose from two fabulous New Year's Eve dinners. Rioja is offering an early and a late seating; each features an eight-course chef's menu. Call for reservations.

Rudyard's British Pub, 2010 Waugh Dr., 713-521-0521, www.rudyards.com

J.W. Americana headlines New Year's Eve. Also on the bill are the Texas Guinness Lovers and Churchbus. Champagne at midnight. $8 at the door.

Sambuca, 909 Texas, 713-224-5299, www.sambucarestaurant.com

Houston's favorite jazz dinner club presents award- winning food and award-winning performances on New Year's Eve with a special four-course dinner, champagne toast and balloon drop. Live jazz with singer Norma Zenteno. Call for reservations.

Scott Gertner's Sky Bar and Grille, 3400 Montrose, 713-520-9688

This is "The Party with a View" featuring Scott Gertner & Band. Doors open at 8 p.m. Prices start at $25 per person.

Scott Gertner's Sports Bar and Grille, 3100 Fountainview, 713-785-1840

Salsa New Year's Eve with Salmerum. Doors open at 4 p.m. There will be party favors and food available. Salsa, merengue and rumba to the best band in Texas!

The Social, 3730 Washington Ave., 713-426-5585

New Year's Eve in the neighborhood! Enjoy a casual environment with a beautiful view of downtown. Enjoy your evening responsibly, but if you have had too much fun, The Social will get you home.

South Beach, 810 Pacific, 713-529-7623

Traditional New Year's Eve party with party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. Guest DJ Monty Q from Miami Beach, one of the top ten circuit DJs in the United States and South Florida's favorite after-hours DJ, will entertain till 5 a.m. $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

St. Pete's Dancing Marlin, 300 Main, 713-227-1511

New Orleans New Year's Eve prix fixe dinner menu ($100 per couple) includes champagne toast and midnight brunch. Musical entertainment by New Birth Brass Band and Cory Henry and the Tremé All Stars. Traditional and medicinal.

Suede Lounge, 1000 Prairie, 713-227-5500

Get in the mix for 2006! The staff at Suede welcomes you to a party like no other to celebrate New Year's Eve. For almost four years now, Suede has been a favored destination for nightlife-goers and partyers alike. This year will be no different, as they put on their final celebration of 2005 in style. So don your best attire and celebrate with them at their first ever Frostbite Delight, with a champagne toast and party favors for all.

Super Happy Fun Land, 2610 Ashland, 713- 880-2100

Enjoy Super Happy Fun Land's third annual Experimental Electronic New Year's Noise Fest! With Pedestrian Deposit (California), A Fail Association (Fort Worth), the Annoysters and many more bands to be announced. Nude to tuxedo welcome. Join the ranks of art hipsters, avant-garde weirdos and audiophiles. They're not uptight, though: Anyone who wants to have fun will have fun at Super Happy Fun Land. $8.

The Tasting Room, 1101 Uptown Park Blvd., 713-993-9800; or 114 Gray, 713-528-9463

In Uptown, bring in 2006 with mystery and romance with the New Year's Eve Masquerade. Purchase a mask and receive a midnight toast and appetizer. The Midtown location will have a red-hot New Year. Wear red and be part of the fun. Piper Heidsteck and midnight toast with purchase of Tasting Room champagne glass.

Tila's, 1111 S. Shepherd, 713-522-7654

Tila's three-course dinner includes appetizer, entrée and dessert with champagne, plus live music and party favors for a festive celebration. Dinner includes choices like crabmeat empanadas served with lime-cilantro serrano salsa and filet mignon with grilled shrimp, filled with goat cheese and Cascabel chile-mango sauce. $65 (does not include tax or gratuity). Call for reservations.

Thai Sticks Restaurant and Bar, 4319 Montrose, 713-529-4500

Special New Year's Eve menu, plus champagne toast.

Trevísio, 6550 Bertner, 713-749-0400, www.trevisiorestaurant.com

Experience Trevísio, one of Houston's most unique restaurants, located in the heart of the world-renowned Texas Medical Center and offering a stunning view of the area. Open on New Year's Day, with live jazz and singer Mickey Mosely accompanied by an ensemble. Call for reservations.

Tut's, 711 Madeley, Conroe, 936-539-1500

Enjoy Hayes Carll live, with the Sidehill Gougers opening. $25.

Under the Volcano, 2349 Bissonnet, 713-526-5282

New Birth Brass Band from New Orleans, complimentary party favors, midnight champagne toast and a breakfast buffet -- all for just $15 per person. Call to reserve your table, or just show up!

Vincent's and Nino's, 2817 W. Dallas, 713-528-4313

Vincent Mandola's original restaurant, Nino's, and his popular Vincent's, next door will each celebrate New Year's Eve with specially created menus, in addition to the regular menus. Seating will be every half-hour until 8:30 p.m. Those planning to welcome in the New Year will be seated from 9:30 p.m. on. Complimentary champagne toast and party favors at midnight. Call for reservations.

Yao Restaurant & Bar, 9755 Westheimer, 832-251-2588, www.yaorestaurant.com

Celebrate the New Year with a special four-course dinner and a bottle of champagne. $45 per person or $90 per couple. Call for reservations.

HOTELS

The Alden Hotel, 1117 Prairie, 832-200-8800, www.aldenhotels.com

This unique package includes overnight accommodations with a champagne amenity and fabulous seven-course dinner for two at 17. After dinner is the Party on the Veranda, featuring Houston's premier DJ Sun. Dancing and an early-morning breakfast. Call for reservations.

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