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

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!

Alden

1117 Prairie

832-200-8800

www.aldenhotels.com

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.

Armadillo Palace

5015 Kirby, 713-526-9700

www.thearmadillopalace.com

This just might be the best deal in town. Only $5 for live music by Scooter Brown.

Backstreet Cafe

1103 S. Shepherd, 713-521-2239

www.backstreetcafe.net

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

713-942-9900

www.sherlockspubco.com/Home.aspx

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

409-762-9696

www.balineseroom.net

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.

benjy's Restaurant

2424 Dunstan Rd., 713-522-7602

www.benjys.com

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

www.bigeasyblues.com

Tonight this club we've voted our "Best Blues Venue" for more than a decade will host legendary Austin blues guitarist Alan Haynes and his band. $10. 9 p.m.

Bourbon Street Sports Bar

803 S. Mason, Suite 400, 281-398-2424

www.bourbonstreetsportsbar.com

Soul Junkies will entertain you for the last few hours of 2007. At midnight, there will be a champagne toast and party favors.

Buddha Lounge

2670 Sage, 713-304-3265

www.rockstarsentertainment.com

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.

Byzantio

403 W. Gray, 713-520-6896

www.byzantiohouston.com

$20 cover includes champagne toast, party favors and DJ. Doors open at 8 p.m.

Café Le Jadeite

1952 W. Gray, 713-528-4288

www.cafelejadeite.biz

A Special Four-Course Menu prepared in a setting that CitySearch calls "astonishing...more like a museum, than eatery." Two seatings: $65, and $85 for later seating, featuring live music and a midnight champagne toast.

Café Montrose

1609 Westheimer, 713-523-1201

www.cafemontrose.com

Tonight take your choice of venison à la parisienne or waterzooi of lobster with potato croquettes. There will be a raffle for a three-liter bottle of Chimay Grande Reserve for $5.

The Children's Museum Houston

1500 Binz St., 713-522-1138

www.cmhouston.org

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

www.cruawinebar.com

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.

Cypress Saloon

12710 Telge Rd., Cypress, 281-304-7766

www.cypresssaloon.com

The McClanahans will help Cypress Saloon ring in the New Year. $12 cover includes snacks, party favors and complimentary champagne toast.

Deco

510 Gray, 713-659-4900

www.decohouston.com

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.

Doubletree Downtown

400 Dallas, 713-759-0202

www.doubletree.com

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.

Downtown Aquarium

410 Bagby, 713-223-3474

www.aquariumrestaurants.com

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

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.

Max's Wine Dive

4720 Washington #B, 713-880-8737

www.maxswinedive.com

People don't come here just for the wine; they come for the active singles scene. And tonight will be no different. For Max's rockin' New Year's Eve dinner, choose from three seatings. Reservations required. 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.

McGonigel's Mucky Duck

2425 Norfolk, 713-528-5999

www.mcgonigels.com

Come early and enjoy the four-course dinner, or come later to listen to the sounds of Austin's Jimmy LaFave. His unique instrument and startling range are sure to get you emotional. Limited seating. Dinner at 7 p.m.

The Meridian

1503 Chartres, 713-225-1717

www.meridianhouston.com

Celebrate New Year's Eve with Evan's Blue, hosted by Zakk United & A.D. from 94.5 The Buzz. Champagne toast at midnight. Admission $25, 18 and older only. Doors open at 8 p.m. Purchase advance tickets at www.ticket­master.com or call 713-629-3700.

Mockingbird Bistro

1985 Welch, 713-533-0215

www.mockingbirdbistro.com

End your year on a high note dining in what we consider Houston's "Best Bistro." Tonight Chef John Sheely has prepared a six-course tasting paired with incredible wines.

Moody Gardens Hotel

7 Hope Blvd., Galveston, 409-741-8484

www.moodygardenshotel.com

This black-tie celebration includes a concert by Eddie Money and show band Eclipse, plus a lavish food station, open bar, champagne toast and deluxe party favors. 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.

My Bar

5406 Hwy. 6 N., 281-550-8755

www.mybarhouston.com

Victim will keep this party going with great music. At midnight, indulge in champagne toast and party favors.

Numbers

300 Westheimer, 713-526-6551

www.numbersnightclub.com

A classic H-town experience with DJ Wes Wallace spinning the best music since 1978. $2008 cash balloon drop and drink specials all night. Reduced early cover. Doors open at 9 p.m.

The Oceanaire Seafood Room

5061 Westheimer, Suite 8050

832-487-8862

www.theoceanaire.com

As their name suggests, tonight you'll have lots of seafood to choose from, such as stuffed Texas Gulf flounder, Hawaiian yellow fin tuna and 24-ounce Australian lobster tail.

Rainbow Lodge

2011 Ella Blvd., 713-861-8666

www.rainbow-lodge.com

Celebrate the end of 2007 at this picturesque spot. Seatings are at 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., with free champagne and a midnight celebration in the Tied Fly Bar.

Ramada Plaza Hotel

7611 Katy Fwy., 713-688-2222

www.ramadaplaza.net

Only $99 per person will get you an all-inclusive party without ever stepping foot in your car. There will be an open bar, lavish dinner buffet and a choice of party rooms.

Rich's

2401 San Jacinto,713-759-9606

www.richshouston.com

This hot spot has been blowing minds for more than two decades, and tonight will be no different. The Glitterball 2008 is guaranteed to be a big party with a styling crowd. For pre-sale tickets and bottle service/table packages, look online.

ROCBAR Houston

530 Texas, 713-236-1100

www.rocbartx.com

If you can't stand to stop the party at 2 a.m., then keep it rocking at the 6th Annual New Year's Eve After Party, ROC-HARD, brought to you by BEYOND Entertainment. Miami's Angelo Kortez will take you on a musical journey that does not end until 10 a.m. Live Performance by G'licious G. Doors open 3 a.m. For ticket info, visit www.spoiledboyz.net

Rouge

812 Westheimer, 713-520-7955

www.rougehouston.com

If you feel like getting dressed up tonight, then head over to this black-tie dinner. After eating, enjoy music by the Reflex in the Grand Ballroom upstairs. $100 per person.

Rudyard's British Pub

2010 Waugh, 713-521-0521

If you want to chill and drink a beer head here tonight. Live music by Catch Golden Axe, The Squishees and Kvallas.

Sambuca

909 Texas, 713-224-5299

www.sambucarestaurant.com

Tonight enjoy live music by Mark Dini while indulging in a three- or four-course dinner. 5 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. seatings.

Sam Houston Race Park

7575 N. Sam Houston Pkwy.

281-807-8700

www.shrp.com

This racetrack is joining in the celebration with its inaugural Zoom and Boom Celebration. Enjoy a night of thoroughbred racing, live music and one of the largest firework displays in all of Houston. Ticket packages include reserved seating for racing, a racing program, buffet dinner, party favors and more.

Scene Lounge

1601 Commerce,

832-896-6649

www.myspace.com/scenelounge

For a stylish New Year's Eve, reserve a table at this downtown see-and-be-seen nightclub with a pearl mosaic bar, massive top-shelf liquor menu and VIP bottle service.

Sherlock's Baker St. Pub

1997-A W. Gray, 713-521-1881

www.sherlockspubco.com

$5 advance purchase tickets get you live music plus free party favors and a midnight champagne toast and balloon drop. Tickets available at the door for $8.

Sonoma Retail Wine Bar & Boutique

2720 Richmond, 713-526-WINE

www.sonomahouston.com

Even though these guys will be celebrating with party favors, a complimentary champagne toast, and special appetizers prepared by Chef Brian, they will still be open for regular business. No set menu prices, reservations or surprises.

Spencer's for Steaks and Chops

1600 Lamar, 713-577-8325

www.spencersforsteaksandchops.com

Aside from their normal menu, there will be special offerings including a ten-ounce USDA prime bone-in filet mignon with Peruvian new potatoes and an ancho chile glaze.

St. Regis Houston

1919 Briar Oaks Ln., 713-840-7600

www.starwoodhotels.com

Big band music and a champagne toast help set the mood for 2008. Party-only tickets are $45 per person, though a five-course dinner is also available for $175 each.

Stafford Centre

10505 Cash Rd., Stafford, 281-208-6900

www.staffordcentre.com

The city of Stafford rings in the New Year with its third annual celebration. This year's party features local band The Fab 5. As always, there will be party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. Catering this year will be provided by Churrasco's Restaurant. $75 per person.

Star Fleet Entertainment Yachts

280 Grove Rd., Kemah, 281-334-4692

www.starfleetyachts.com

On a yacht, you'll have another excuse for throwing up besides alcohol. $99 per person gets you an open bar, front-row seat for the fireworks, plus buffet, DJ dancing and party favors. Board at 9 p.m. and return to dock at 12:30 a.m.

Status

2404 San Jacinto, 713-659-5400

www.statushouston.com

Miami will be celebrated at this Midtown party with $1 you-call-its and $100 bottles all night. $50 general admission.

Strip House

1200 McKinney, Suite 106, 713-659-6000

www.theglaziergroup.com

Ring in the New Year with mouthwatering specials such as Jonah Florida crab claws, a 14-ounce bone-in prime filet mignon, prime rib with horseradish popovers and broiled or steamed four-pound lobster with drawn butter. Finish off 2007 with bananas Foster with vanilla ice cream and rum.

The Tasting Room

1101-18 Uptown Park Blvd., 713-622-4477

www.tastingroomwines.com

You've been good all year long, and now it's time to be naughty. Get introduced to the naughty wine crew while listening to David Wrangler spinning. $88 per person. 7 p.m. to midnight.

Theatre Southwest

8944 Clarkcrest, 713-661-9505

www.theatresouthwest.org

Enjoy a special performance of the mystery Veronica's Room, then stay until next year. This gala will have a full buffet, noisemakers and all the other requirements for a festive evening. $50 per person; $95 per couple.

Tila's Restaurante & Bar

1111 S. Shepherd, 713-522-7654

www.tilas.com

Eat some good grub and party hardy with a three-course meal, champagne, live music and party favors.

Tommy's Seafood Steakhouse

11660 Westheimer, 281-679-1112

www.tommys.com

Enjoy a New Orleans-style celebration with Matt Lemmler, Erin Wright and Daleton Lee, featuring vocalist Diane Landry.

Tony's Restaurant

3755 Richmond, 713-622-6778

www.tonyshouston.com

Eat fabulous food, then dance to the Julie Johnson Band. Early seating, $95. Late seating $150. Call for reservations.

Toyota Center

1510 Polk, 1-866-4HOUTIX

www.rockets.com

Hang with the family tonight and be entertained as the Houston Rockets take on the Golden State Warriors. First 5,000 fans receive Rockets crazy wigs. 6 p.m.

Under the Volcano

2349 Bissonnet, 713-526-5282

If you want the feeling of New Orleans, then head over to drink and listen to the Soul Rebels Brass Band. $20 cover includes party favors, champagne toast and breakfast buffet. 9 p.m.-2 a.m.

Vargo's Restaurant

2401 Fondren, 713-782-3888

www.vargosonline.com

After enjoying this special four-course menu, head out to stroll in the nine wooded acres. Seatings from 5 p.m. $65 per person.

The Venecian

414 N. Sam Houston Pkwy., 212-843-2400

www.kbxx.com

Start your night out with some serious comedy with the Gangsta of Comedy, Capone. The 97-cent drinks should help you laugh a little harder. Stay for the after-party with a 5K balloon drop, swag bags for ladies and super hot DJs to keep the night going. Strict dress code, dress to impress. 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Venue

719 Main, 713-236-8150

www.venuehouston.com

With a light show, dancers and DJ Yaxkin, you're sure to be entertained.

Verizon Wireless Theater

520 Texas, 713-629-3700

www.verizonwirelesstheater.com

D.L. Hughley, a member of The Original Kings of Comedy, will be busting guts all night. $65.50. 8 p.m.

Vine Wine Room

12420 Memorial, 713-463-8463

www.vinewineroom.com

Start tonight here with a half bottle of premium champagne and appetizers.

Vino 100

11693 Westheimer, Suite 140

281-759-4100

www.vino100houston.com

Get ready to bubble all night with wine specials, appetizers, party favors and a midnight toast. Guillermo Serpa will provide live music. $25 to $30 per person. 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Vintage Pub

13245 Jones Rd., 281-469-9555

This gold and glam theme is sure to sparkle with live music from the Jason Cassidy Band and raffle drawings every 30 minutes for cash and prizes.

Vintropolis

10001 Westheimer, 713-532-9463

www.vintropolisbar.com

For only $15 per person or $20 per couple, enjoy free appetizers and munchies all night, a live DJ hosting a party on the heated patio, and a champagne toast at midnight. Special rates at the Westchase Marriott for Vintropolis guests.

Vogue Lounge

2800 Sage, 713-530-6339

vogueloungehouston.com

Tonight this downtown hot spot is pulling out all their bags of tricks. Along with aerial performances and dazzling fire displays, they'll have great drink specials, a large balloon drop, a champagne toast and $20,000 in prices. 9 p.m. to 4 a.m.

Warehouse Live

813 St. Emanuel, 713-629-3700

www.warehouselive.com

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Lucky's Pub

801 St. Emanuel, 713-522-2010

www.luckyspub.com

Clubmonkey is notorious for their rowdy parties, and this celebration will be no exception. BLT (Black Tie, Lingerie & Toga) IV will have live bands on one end, and DJs, dancing and plenty of drinks in between. $69 to $259. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.

The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center

2301 N. Millbend Dr., The Woodlands

www.woodlandsresort.com

Hang out at this resort all night with dinner packages to the Glass Menagerie that include live music, dancing, party favors and a champagne toast.

Woody's Pub

11835 Jones Rd., 281-955-0200,

www.myspace.com/woodyspubhouston

Breakfast buffet, champagne toast and live music by the VillainsX4. $45 for a table of four.

XO Lounge

2611 San Jacinto, 713-651-9900

www.xohouston.com

The Black & White New Year's Eve Gala features DJ X-Ray and guest DJ David Cruz spinning the best of everything. Complimentary champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight. $20.

Zilkha Hall

Hobby Center, 800 Bagby

www.thehobbycenter.org

If you're feeling like leaving 2007 in class, then join Ars Lyrica as they present the Clandestine Classics, little-known masterworks by Bach and Handel. Join the musicians for a gala champagne reception and silent auction in the Hobby Center Founders' Club after the performance. $15 to $50. 9 p.m.

Zula Restaurant

705 Main, 713-227-7052

www.zulahouston.com

These are the kinds of decisions you want to make the last night of the year. Grilled shrimp, crab cakes, masa-crusted quail, blue crab salad, Liberty Farms duck breast or Southern fried oysters?

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