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

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.

BlackFinn American Grille
1910 Bagby, 713-651-9550

BlackFinn will be celebrating the New Year with its Roarin' Twenties party. For $15, guests will enjoy music, dancing, appetizers, a midnight champagne toast and party favors. The event will begin at 8 p.m.

Block 7
720 Shepherd, 713-572-2565

For $80 per couple, enjoy an appetizer to share, two salads or soups, two entrees, a dessert to share and a champagne toast at midnight.

The Capitol at St. Germain
705-B Main, 713-492-2454

The Capitol will be holding a five-course dinner complete with champagne toast at $99 per person. There will also be live musical entertainment courtesy of Soul Track Mind.

Ciao Bello
5161 San Felipe, 713-960-0333

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.

800 Town and Country Blvd., 713-629-5200

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

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

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

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.

2706 White Oak Dr., 713-862-3838

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.

Hilton Westchase
9999 Westheimer, 281-799-1922

For a stylish New Year's Eve party, head over to the Hilton Westchase to catch Angelucho's CopaCabana in action. The event will include dinner from the Excaliber Menu, a complimentary cocktail, a champagne toast, and party favors, with music from DJ Yuca Frita. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the gourmet buffet will be open from 8 to 10 p.m. Cash bar; $125 per person.

Hotel ICON
220 Main, 713-224-4266

The Hotel is celebrating the end of its 99th year in existence with a special party. The party comes in the form of a number of package deals priced from $115 to $626, and includes options such as dinner at Line and Lariat, brunch, champagne, admission to the lobby party, and, of course, a room at the hotel.

House of Blues
Foundation Room
1204 Caroline, 832-667-7732

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.

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You forgot the huge party at Prohibition. 5 DJs. 3 course optional menu. Two rooms. Burlesque show. Sax player. Bottle service. Should be one of the best.