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Ta-ta, 2011

Kiss the year goodbye at a hot New Year's Eve party.

The New Year is coming around the corner once again, and according to the timekeepers of an ancient civilization, this one will surely be our last. So, in light of your imminent demise, why not give 2011 a proper send-off with some food, a little music, and a glass or seven of champagne? Don't worry, you'll have help kissing 2011 goodbye from these Houston establishments.

Bar Munich
2616 Louisiana, 713-523-1008
www.barmunich.com

Usher in 2012 with Bar Munich, which will have DJ KnightTrax spinning tunes, a midnight countdown and a champagne toast. There will be no cover. All guests are invited to wear whatever they want, but encouraged to dig out the ugliest sweater in their closet and compete in the Bar's That's a Damn Ugly Sweater Contest.

Ciao Bello
5161 San Felipe, 713-960-0333
www.ciaobellohouston.com

For New Year's Eve, there will be a regular menu and open seating, with the option of a special multi-course menu at $55 per person. There will also be live music featuring Lou Carrington and dancing.

CityCentre
800 Town and Country Blvd., 713-629-5200
www.citycentrehouston.com

Starting at 8:30 p.m., music will play all night, leading up to a fireworks finale at midnight. For the full experience, CityCentre invites guests to stay overnight at Hotel Sorella as part of a package deal with the Monnalisa Bar, which starts at $289 and includes a balloon drop, a glass of champagne and live entertainment by the Norma Zenteno Band, as well as a night's sleep in the hotel. Another package includes all of the above, plus a dinner at the Bistro Alex, and starts at $499. Other restaurants and establishments in the area will be offering specials as well.

Crystal Ballroom
909 Texas, 713-224-5299
www.sambucarestaurant.com/newyears/cb

The Crystal Ballroom at the Rice Hotel will be holding the Crystal Ball New Year's Eve Party from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. The event is all-inclusive, and will feature five bars, a DJ in the Empire Room, live music by Drive in the ballroom proper, and a breakfast buffet (courtesy of Sambuca Restaurant) at 1 a.m. Tickets can be purchased online and cost $100.

Dan Electro's Guitar Bar
1031 E. 24th St., 713-862-8707
www.danelectrosguitarbar.com

Dan Electro's will be hosting a free New Year's Eve show featuring Little Brian and the Travelers. There will be funk, zydeco, blues and roots jams to keep the guests dancing till they drop and, of course, a champagne toast. There is no cover charge.

Downtown Aquarium
410 Bagby, 713-223-3474
www.aquariumrestaurants.com

Bring the kids in on the fun with Sharkey's New Year's Eve Bash. Watch the ball drop and help usher in 2012 with Sharkey and his friends in the Nautilus Ballroom. Guests of all ages will delight in tasty New Year's treats from the buffet, and a kid's balloon drop, contests, giveaways and discounted passes are also available. Reservations are required.

Fitzgerald's
2706 White Oak Dr., 713-862-3838
www.fitzlivemusic.com

Celebrate New Year's Eve with Free Press and Houston bands such as Buxton, Fat Tony, Muhammadali, Hearts of Animals, Venemous Maximus, Sorne, Electric Touch, Dead Roses, Brains for Dinner, Ceeplus Bad Knives and a few surprises. Fitz will be giving away free passes to Free Press Summer Fest 2012 and other Fitz shows as well as a wide variety of T-shirts. All ages are welcome; entry is free for everybody 21 and older, and $10 for everyone else. Doors will open at 8 p.m. The show starts at 8:30 p.m.

House of Blues
Foundation Room
1204 Caroline, 832-667-7732
www.houseofblues.com

House of Blues Houston will be holding its New Year's Eve VIP Ball in the Foundation Room starting at 6 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The price of general admission is $50, and it's 21 and up. The event includes a buffet, party favors, a DJ and a champagne toast at midnight.

H Town Bar and Grill
5111 Washington, 713-868-1005
www.htowngrill.com

From 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., hit the H Town Grill for some champagne, DJ tunes and unlimited drinks. The cost of entry is $50.

Kris Bistro
7070 Allensby, 713-358-5079
www.krisbistro.com

Kris Bistro will be open until 12:30 a.m. for its French Champagne Reveillon.

Kung Fu Saloon
5317 Washington, #A, 713-864-0642
www.kungfusaloon.com

Head over to the Kung Fu Saloon for its New Year's Eve Masquerade party from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. The all-inclusive party will feature DJ Ice, a champagne toast, an ice shot block, masquerade masks, and food courtesy of Chatter's Café, all for $100.

La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa
600 La Torretta Blvd., Montgomery, 936-448-4400
www.latorrettalakeresort.com

Ring in 2012 with La Toretta's New Year's Eve Package. The country-style celebrations will feature the Scooter Brown Band and The Josh Ward Band providing live music as guests dance the night away in the Versailles Ballroom. Attendees will party all night and enjoy premier beverages, party favors, champagne, balloons, streamers and confetti, then get to sleep in late the next day, with checkout pushed to 2 p.m.

Lucky Strike Lanes and Lounge
1201 San Jacinto, 713-957-7671
www.summityoungsingles.org

The young single-adult ministry of Houston's First Baptist Church invites young single adults to welcome 2012 with bowling, DJ and dancing, karaoke, a game room, heavy hors d'oeuvres, desserts and more at the Suits And Sneakers New Year's Eve Party. The event runs from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., and entry will cost $44 in advance and $49 at the door.

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