Kiss 2008 goodbye in style

1080 Uptown Park Blvd., 713-418-1012

Ristorante Cavour features two special menus for New Year's Eve. There'll be a five-course meal featuring bigeye tuna, Maine lobster ravioli, black Sichuan pepper crusted buffalo tenderloin, dessert and more. The cost is $90 per person.

Ritz Cabaret

10520 Gulf Fwy., 713-944-6445

Join Desirous Party for the fifth annual F.L.F. (formal, lingerie, fetish) Ball running from 8 p.m. to midnight. Enjoy two dance floors, three raised dance stages, dance poles and cages, and DJ Red on the main stage. There will be discounted drink prices at five bar stations, a huge balloon drop from the second-level atrium at midnight, party favors and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. There'll also be a midnight breakfast buffet for two.


530 Texas, 713-236-1100

Come on down for a party for the people.

Rudyard's Pub

2010 Waugh Dr., 713-521-0521

Performers such as Tody Castillo will be playing on New Year's Eve.

San Luis Hotel Galveston

5222 Seawall Blvd., 409-744-1500

Celebrate New Year's Eve carnival-style at the San Luis Hotel Galveston, 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., at a New Year's extravaganza complete with a four-course culinary feast in the elaborately decorated ballroom. Following dinner, guests will continue the celebration among the towering columns of feathers, orchids, hanging candles and generous libations. There will be dancing to the melodies of The Billie Ledbetter 22-Piece Orchestra, with favors, a champagne toast and a balloon drop at the stroke of midnight. Cost for the event is $170 per person. Enjoy the event plus overnight accommodations at the San Luis Hotel starting at only $469 per couple.

Shakespeare Pub

14129 Memorial Dr., 281-497-4625

Spend New Year's Eve at Houston's Home of the Blues and Zydeco for a performance by John McVey and The Stumble at 10 p.m. There will be no cover. Drink specials all night.

The Shamrock Inn

9161 S. Gessner, 713-777-5700

Toast the New Year at midnight at the Shamrock Inn to the live music of Dog Party. There will be a full menu until 11 p.m. No cover.

Sheraton Suites Galleria (Greenbriar Room)

2400 W. Loop S., 713-586-2444

The Sheraton will be the site of the "5 Minutes to Midnight — NYE Affair 2009" party, which features World Famous DJ "Def Jam Blaster." Starting at 8 p.m. and ending at 2 a.m., this party will have favors and noisemakers, drink specials all night, hors d'oeuvres and a buffet, and a champagne toast at midnight. Bottle service and table reservations are available for everyone 21 or older.

Sonoma Wine Bar and Cafe

2720 Richmond, 713-526-9463

Sonoma will be kicking off the New Year with a "New Year's Eve Wine Dinner," complete with a delicious three-course meal with special wine selections. The cost is $34.95 without wine pairing and $69.95 with wine, plus tax and gratuity. These prices include party favors. The regular menu will also be available on New Year's Eve. Please call for reservations; seating is limited.

South Beach

810 Pacific St, 713-529-7623

South Beach will be hosting the Masterbeat 2009 World Tour countdown, complete with DJ Roland Belmares of L.A. and a free CD for 100 lucky people. There'll be a complimentary champagne toast at midnight, with the doors opening at 9 p.m. and staying open until 5 a.m. For VIP admission, a $15 cover is required in advance.

Splendor Gentlemen's Club

7440 W. Greens Rd., 281-477-3000

This New Year's Eve, loosen yourself up by paying a visit to the largest gentleman's club in Houston, named Best Strip Club by the Houston Press in 2007.

Stafford Centre

10505 Cash Rd. (at Murphy Rd.)

The 2009 New Year's Rockin' Eve Bash with The Fab 5 will be held at the Stafford Centre. Churrascos is bringing in the dinner (there'll be plantains at every table as a warmup) with a midnight champagne toast.

Star Fleet Yachts (Kemah)

Star Fleet Marina, 280 Grove Rd., 281-334-4692

Star Fleet Yachts will be holding its 2008/2009 New Year's Eve Party Cruise. Ring in the New Year with dinner and dancing, complimentary beer, wine and champagne, and a large selection of gourmet snacks as the ship navigates Clear Lake and Galveston Bay. The cost is $99 per person ($126.46 with service charge and sales tax) for a three-hour cruise on Clear Lake and Galveston Bay. There will be a cash bar for cocktails and a DJ.

Sweet Temptation

1504 Airline Dr., 713-861-0300­restaurant

For their New Year's Eve celebration, there will be a $55 four-course menu. Feel free to match up your wine to their menu, as the party is BYOB. Call to make your reservation.

Table 7 Bistro

720 A Fannin, 713-227-4800

A dinner package will be available for $60 per person. The room accommodations start at $79 at the Club Quarters Hotel.

The Tasting Room Midtown

114 Gray, 713-528-6402

This New Year's Eve will be ushered in with half-price champagne by the glass, retail pricing on all bottles of bubbly and the sounds of DJ Flash Gordon Parks as he gets you in the mood for 2009. The party starts at 9 p.m.

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