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Our guide to the city's best New Year's parties

Firkin & Phoenix

1915 Westheimer, 713-526-3100

www.firkinandphoenix.com

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.

Fitzgerald's

2706 White Oak, 713-862-3838

www.fitzlive.com

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.

Flying Saucer

705 Main (at Capitol), 713-228-PINT

www.beerknurd.com

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.

Four Seasons

1300 Lamar, 713-650-1300

www.fourseasons.com

The always swanky hotel will be offering an early four-course seating at 5 p.m., with a second seven-course meal at 8:30 p.m. to ring in the new year. Along with the tasty food will be live music, dancing and champagne toast at midnight.

Grasshopper

506 Main, 713-222-1442

www.grasshopperhouston.com

Celebrate the new year in Vegas style. There will be two dance floors along with blackjack and roulette tables.

Gravitas

807 Taft, 713-522-0995

www.gravitasrestaurant.com

The speakeasy-themed party will feature live music and a delectable three-course menu featuring your choice of prime rib, lemon sole or crispy braised pork. Tickets are $85 each.

Hard Rock Café

502 Texas, 713-227-1392

www.hardrock.com/houston

Living up to its name, these guys will rock in the New Year with a live performance by Vital. Packages include everything you could imagine — open bar, food and party favors. 9 p.m.

Hotel Derek

2525 W. Loop S., 713-961-3000

www.hotelderek.com

Extravagant is the only way to describe a New Year's celebration that includes a helicopter ride for two at midnight. They even include the dinner and overnight accommodations in this package. More conservative packages are also available and include champagne, strawberries and next-day brunch.

Hotel Icon

220 Main, 713-224-4266

www.hotelicon.com

Tonight this hotel has many packages to choose from. Spoil yourself rotten in the last moments of 2007 with the Iconic package, which includes a five-course dinner, live entertainment, drinks and a night spent in luxury.

Houston Marriott Westchase

2900 Briarpark Dr., 713-978-7400

www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/houwm-houston-marriott-westchase

Unmask the Eve is a masquerade-themed night of high-class entertainment. Special events include performances by Tabla Girl Tina Sugandh and DJ Rocky Rhodes. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Hotel Zaza

5701 Main, 713-526-1991

www.hotelzaza.com/houston

Experience one of Houston's newest and hottest hotels for New Year's Eve. DJ Hardware will be keeping the beat; party favors and a champagne toast will round out the night. You can fly up to heaven at the Monarch Terrace or go straight to hell in the Monarch Lounge.

Hugo's

1600 Westheimer, 713-524-7744

www.hugosrestaurant.net

You know one of the best restaurants in town is going to have a killer menu tonight. Highlights include an avocado and mango salad, lobster tacos, scallops, beef tenderloin, rack of lamb and a coconut tart. There will be live music by Viento and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. $69 per person.

Hyatt Regency

1200 Louisiana, 713-654-1234

www.houstonregency.hyatt.com

This four-floor party is one of the oldest, because they know how to do things right. A balloon drop and prime rib buffet are only two of the highlights. Fried Ice Cream will entertain with pop and rock music; Mary's Band will steam up the evening with Latin music; and DJ 33 1/3 will be in the lobby. Tickets available (without a room) for $79 per person.

Improv Comedy Showcase and Restaurant

7620 Katy Fwy., 713-333-8800

www.improv2.com/houston.html

If you feel like laughing at someone and not getting beaten up for it, then check out Alonzo Bodden. He's a veteran comedian who's most recently been seen on NBC's Last Comic Standing. He performs tonight at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Tickets to the late show will include admission, appetizer and champagne toast.

Indika

516 Westheimer, 713-524-2170

www.indikausa.com

This modern Indian food restaurant wows food critics from coast to coast, including our own Robb Walsh. Tonight Anita Jaisinghani creates a six-course dinner with champagne and live music. 6:30 p.m. seating, $60; 9 p.m seating, $95.

Kubo's Sushi Bar & Grill

2414 University, 713-528-7878

www.kubos-sushi.com

If you need all the luck you can get this year, then head over for free toshikoshi-soba. Customarily toshikoshi-soba (buckwheat noodles) is served in homes and restaurants across Japan on December 31. It is thought that if you eat these noodles, you will have a long and prosperous life.

Laff Spot

17776 Tomball Pkwy., 281-955-9200

www.laffspot.com

Let yourself be entertained with food, music and laughter. After eating, jazz will be played by The Stellar Unit. Then laugh with ventriloquist team Willie Tyler & Lester, Ronnie Kenny and Andy Huggins. 7:30 p.m.

Mak Chin's

1511 Shepherd, 713-861-9888

www.makchins.com

Wear your best Chinese costumes at this Shanghai 1930s-themed party. A four-course menu will be offered with drink specials, DJ and live music.

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