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See even more events in our Voice Places New Year's Eve 2012 calendar.
Between conspiracy theories about the Mayan calendar and political promises of apocalypse if the other side wins, it’s about time we had a reason to celebrate the future, even if only for a night. So, this New Year’s Eve, take the time to swing by your favorite bar, club or restaurant and drink in some positivity for a change. And champagne. Don’t forget the champagne.
BlackFinn American Grille
1910 Bagby, 713-651-9550
BlackFinn celebrates Lucky Number '13, as they call it, with live entertainment and an upscale dinner ($100) and VIP passes ($250 and up). A $15 general admission pass allows guests to enjoy music, the casino, party favors and a midnight champagne toast. The doors open at 8 p.m.
6535 Dumfries, 713-364-3648
This year, head over to Chancellors for a massive countdown party featuring DJ Chilly Will, complimentary champagne, a VIP room and special guest Jordan Babineaux. The event is being hosted by former Pittsburgh Steeler Corl Bucknor and runs from 8 p.m. till at 2 a.m. Entry is $40 for general admission and $100 for VIP admission.
800 Town and Country Blvd., 713-629-5200
Starting at 7 p.m., a DJ will provide live entertainment. In addition to visiting one of the many restaurants in the area, CityCentre invites guests to stay overnight at Hotel Sorella as part of a package deal with the Monnalisa Bar that starts at $299 and includes a balloon drop, a glass of champagne and live entertainment by the Norma Zenteno Band, as well as a night's stay in the hotel. Other restaurants and establishments in the area will be offering specials as well, and the evening at the Centre will finish off with a fireworks display at midnight.
909 Texas, 713-224-5299
The Crystal Ballroom at the Rice Hotel holds the Crystal Ball New Year's Eve Party from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. The event is all-inclusive and features a DJ in the Empire Room, live music by Overdrive in the ballroom proper and a breakfast buffet (courtesy of Sambuca Restaurant) at 1 a.m. Tickets are $115 and can be purchased online.
410 Bagby, 713-223-3474
Bring the kids in on the fun with Sharkey's New Year's Eve Bash. Watch the balloon drop and help usher in 2013 with Sharkey and his friends in the Nautilus Ballroom with your choice of party from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. or 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Guests of all ages will delight in tasty New Year's treats from the buffet, prizes and a bird show. Photos with Sharkey and Nero are also available. Reservations are required. The buffet is $14.99 for kids and $22.99 for adults, with all-day adventure passes included in the event costs.
8 Kemah Boardwalk, 281-969-4774
Take a cruise in Galveston for a front-row-seat view of a fireworks display on the water. The event will include fine dining with a dual-entrée meal and a cash bar, dancing, live entertainment and a midnight champagne toast. The fun starts at 9 p.m. and ends at 12:30 a.m. Admission is $99, $94 for seniors and military personnel.
2706 White Oak, 713-862-3838
Celebrate New Year's Eve with Free Press Houston's For-Eve-r Cataclysm and Houston musicians such as Robert Ellis; Buxton; B L A C K I E; B.E. Godfrey; Infinite Apaches; Deep Cuts; Bombón DJs; Alex, Bobby and Pancho; and Nick Greer and the G's. Fitz will be giving away free passes to Free Press Summer Fest 2013 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 before 10 p.m. and $5 after. Entry is $10 for everyone else. Doors open at 8 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Houston
1200 Louisiana, 713-654-1234
For the 35th year in a row, Houston's longest-running New Year's Eve party continues with entertainment from two live bands and a DJ, party favors and a drop of 50,000 balloons. Roger Creager, The Fab 5 and DJ 33-1/3 provide the music. Guests can enjoy the party for the general admission price of $89, which includes four drink tickets and full access to live entertainment. For those who want to make the night last a little longer, there's a special package for couples that also includes an overnight stay at the hotel for the cost of $299, or for the added fun of dinner for two at the Spindletop restaurant, $569. Those who'd rather not go the package route can always head over to the Regency Buffet for $60 per person. The event starts at 7 p.m. and ends at 1 a.m.
Kung Fu Saloon
5317 Washington, 713-864-0642
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 celebration features cabaret performances by Mandy Lauderdale, masquerade masks and party favors.
801 Saint Emanuel, 713-522-2010
Celebrate New Year's Eve with Sports Monkey's ninth annual BLT (Black Tie, Lingerie, Toga) New Year's Eve Party at Lucky's Pub, with an inclusive bar from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., live music from Adrenaline and Alter Ego, multiple DJs including Kungfu Pimp, a midnight toast, party favors and the presence of Rockstar Photographer Tre'. 21 and up; tickets are $79. Packages for discounted hotel rooms or tables are also available.