By Chris Lane
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We have some hefty issues to face in the next year, like, oh, who our next president's going to be. So tonight let it all hang out. You know half the city will be hurting tomorrow, and with so many venues vying for your attention, it's easy to see why. Here's our guide to the city's best New Year's Eve parties. Happy 2008!
The acclaimed restaurant is offering an indulgent, five-course dinner for two. After your belly is full, party on the veranda, then slumber in style. Special packages available.
1103 S. Shepherd, 713-521-2239
If you're feeling more adult then kid tonight, then you'll enjoy the fireplace seating, live jazz and four-course feast at this cozy and low-key celebration. $69 per person, including a midnight champagne toast. Seating starts at 5:30 p.m.
Baker St. Pub & Grill
5510 Morningside, Suite 100
For an easy night of celebrating, hop over to the Village and enjoy no cover, live music, free party favors, a midnight balloon drop and a champagne toast.
The Balinese Room
2107 Seawall Blvd., Galveston
Take a step back to the 1940s with all this historic building has to offer in glam and kitsch. Piano-pounding boogaloo queen Eden Brent headlines this New Year's party. Entry is $35 and includes buffet, party favors and a midnight toast. Doors open at 7 p.m.
2424 Dunstan Rd., 713-522-7602
This hip restaurant in the Village will offer a hearty three-course menu. Be prepared for a tough choice between tasty entrées like corn-crusted sea bass, crunchy nut-laced chicken or wild mushroom crepes. A champagne toast rounds off the night at midnight. $69 per person.
Big Easy Social & Pleasure Club
5731 Kirby, 713-523-9999
Bourbon Street Sports Bar
803 S. Mason, Suite 400, 281-398-2424
Soul Junkies will entertain you for the last few hours of 2007. At midnight, there will be a champagne toast and party favors.
2670 Sage, 713-304-3265
Tonight enjoy a four-hour premium open bar, four-course Mi Luna Tapas selection and Godiva-covered strawberries. Hang around until midnight for the Veuve Clicquot champagne toast and video countdown with confetti storm.
The Children's Museum Houston
1500 Binz St., 713-522-1138
Let the kids celebrate the New Year, but still go to bed on time. Design your own float and take part in the parade, then count down the New Year at noon. Live music by the New Birth Brass Band. $5.
Crú A Wine Bar
9595 Six Pines Dr., Suite 650
The Woodlands, 281-465-9463
Crú will ring in the New Year with food and wine, noisemakers, dancing and music. Choose a 5 p.m. seating for $50 per person, or dine at 8 p.m. and stay till late for $75 per person, including champagne during the first seconds of 2008.
The Crystal Ballroom at the Rice Hotel
909 Texas, 713-227-7423
This Crystal Ball is sure to tinkle. Lavish, dramatic and rich in history, this 11,000-square-foot ballroom will have five premium bars, one DJ in the Empire Room and live music from the Shapeshifters in the ballroom.
12710 Telge Rd., Cypress, 281-304-7766
The McClanahans will help Cypress Saloon ring in the New Year. $12 cover includes snacks, party favors and complimentary champagne toast.
510 Gray, 713-659-4900
This hip, unpretentious Midtown lounge is making it easy tonight with an all-inclusive party. Pay one fee that includes entry, food, open bar, music, dancing, champagne toast, strawberries and party favors. And don't forget entertainment with live magicians and go-go dancers. There's a reason this party sells out. $115.
400 Dallas, 713-759-0202
If drinking and eating aren't enough entertainment for you, then check out Keith & Margo's Murder Mystery Midnight Madness. Dress up for the occasion and enjoy dancing between mysteries. 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.
410 Bagby, 713-223-3474
Take the kids here tonight to get them all tuckered out for the babysitter. Watch Sharkey's New Year's Eve ball drop while you eat and dance. $15.99 per adult; $9.99 per kid. 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Firkin & Phoenix
1915 Westheimer, 713-526-3100
For its Phantom of the Phoenix party, this pub is boasting three countdowns tonight at 11 p.m., midnight and 1 a.m. That's three tries to hook up with that hottie. Prizes will be given throughout the night, but you must have a mask to win.
2706 White Oak, 713-862-3838
Remember years past with the Pink Floyd tribute show Us and Them. $10 general admission; $15 balcony with champagne toast and party favors at midnight. 8 p.m.
705 Main (at Capitol), 713-228-PINT
This downtown bar hosts live music from Roblicious and the Grau so Loud Band. Free champagne toast at midnight, fun pictures, party favors and raffle prizes. Cover is $10 at the door; reservations are $15 per seat.