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2008 HOUSTON PRESS NEW YEAR'S EVE GUIDE

Kiss 2008 goodbye in style

Hard Rock Cafe

502 Texas, 713-227-1392

www.hardrock.com/houston

This New Year's Eve, you can spend the night at the Hard Rock Cafe dancing to the live music of Nothing More, Innerstate, Dmitri's Rail and, at about 1 a.m., Dremnt the End. For the ticket price of $50, enjoy the VIP lounge for the Champagne Toast at midnight, the WHY bracelet and a dinner buffet as well as party favors. Otherwise, tickets are $25 ahead of time and $50 at the door. The Cafe will also be holding a silent auction and raffle. Doors open at 9 p.m.

Hotel ICON

220 Main, 713-224-ICON

www.hotelicon.com

There are two packages available here for New Year's. With "The Countdown," you can dance off an indulgent tasting menu prepared by award-winning chef Michael Kramer and come back again the next day for more. Your package will include champagne delivered to your room upon arrival, a five-course dinner for two in VOICE, DJ and video entertainment, party favors, a midnight champagne toast, valet parking and brunch in VOICE on New Year's Day. Prices start at $545, excluding tax and gratuities. Subject to availability. The other package, "Don't Drop the Ball," includes complimentary valet parking, champagne delivery upon check-in, the five-course dinner for two, dancing and a midnight champagne toast in VOICE restaurant and lounge. Prices start at $495, excluding tax and gratuities. Subject to availability.

Hotel ZaZa

5701 Main, 713-526-1991

www.hotelzaza.com/houston

Celebrate the New Year with Hotel ZaZa's Winter Wonderland New Year's Eve Soirée from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. There'll be entertainment by DJ Guillaume, dancing and a champagne toast. Cascading "snow," a ten-foot-tall birch tree, "snow drifts" of rock salt, ZaZa ice princesses and specialty winter-blue martinis complete the winter transformation. As midnight approaches, party revelers will receive party favors and noisemakers. Two overnight packages are available, the "NYE" and the "Wonderland." The "NYE" package includes accommodations for two, champagne upon arrival, entry into the New Year's Eve party with a midnight champagne toast, breakfast buffet for two in Monarch on New Year's Day and overnight valet parking. Prices start at $395 plus tax. The Wonderland package also includes accommodations for two, champagne upon arrival, entry into the New Year's Eve party, breakfast buffet for two and a four-course dinner for two. Admission to the Winter Wonderland Soiree New Year's Eve Party is $50 per person. Reservations are recommended for New Year's Eve packages and bottle service; Wonderland dinner available only to Wonderland package guests.

House of Blues

1204 Caroline, 1-888-40-BLUES

www.hob.com/houston

At the House of Blues there'll be two parties in one house. The downstairs party will be holding the Totally '80s Ball featuring Thunderpants, who rock the House until 2 a.m. The $30 admission includes hors d'oeuvres and a champagne toast at midnight. Call 1-888-40-BLUES for tickets. The upstairs party will feature the Eli Young Band. Dinner and hotel packages range from $75 to $150 and include a gourmet dinner in the House of Blues Restaurant or Foundation Room. Call 832-667-7732 to make reservations.

Hugo's

1600 Westheimer, 713-524-7744

www.hugosrestaurant.net

Celebrate at Hugo's with their special four-course menu, live music by Viento and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Prices are $69 for adults and $12 for children.

IBAR

506 Main, 713-223-4227

Everyone's invited to the New Year's Eve party at IBAR, starting at 9 p.m. DJ Remarkable is up first, followed by DJ Hi-C. Call for advance tickets, table and bottle service. Be aware that the dress code is strictly enforced.

Improv Comedy Club Houston

7620 Katy Fwy., space 431, 713-333-8800

www.improvhouston.com

Charlie Murphy (the funnier brother of Eddie) performs New Year's Eve at 8 and 10:30 p.m.

Indika

516 Westheimer, 713-524-2170

www.indikausa.com

Enjoy truffles, champagne and music at Indika this New Year's Eve. Early seating is from 6 to 6:30 p.m. at $75. Late seating starts at 9 p.m. for $100.

Jet Lounge

1515 Pease, 713-659-2000

www.thejetloungehouston.com

There will be a New Year's Eve Party here, with music aplenty.

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 (buckwheat noodles) at Kubo's; this dish is served in homes and restaurants across Japan on December 31. It is thought that if you eat these noodles, you'll have a long and prosperous life.

La Carafe

813 Congress, 713-229-9399

Enjoy an intimate setting at no cover.

La Griglia

2002 W. Gray, 713-526-4700

www.lagrigliarestaurant.com

Seatings at 5:30, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Enjoy special seasonal selections in addition to their regular dinner menu, and ring in the New Year with one of their delicious ­desserts.

La Torretta Del Lago

600 La Torretta Blvd., 936-448-4400

www.latorrettadellagoresortandspa.com

Starting at 7 p.m., La Torretta's evening will include wine and hors d'oeuvres to start things off, then dinner, dancing and the ceremonial toast with ice-cold bubbly at midnight. Prices are $125 per person, though a special New Year's Eve Tower Suite rate of $199 per night is available. There are also children's events at $50 per child. Limited availability.

Lucky's Pub & Warehouse Live

801 St. Emanuel / 813 St. Emanuel

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