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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.
MKT Bar at Phoenicia Specialty Foods
1001 Austin, 832-360-2222
Join the folks at MKT Bar for their Black & White Ball. Starting at 9 p.m. and ending at 2 a.m., this party includes music with DJ Melodic. Entrance is $25; tickets can be purchased in advance online.
Seven Hope Blvd., Galveston Island, 888-388-8484
From 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m., dance into the new year at Moody Gardens' Midnight in the Gardens New Year's Eve Gala — A Fabulous Affair. The New Year's Eve party will feature nonstop entertainment by the premier party band Commercial Art in a lavish ballroom setting. Party guests will also enjoy an open bar, food stations courtesy of Executive Chef Urs Schmid, deluxe party favors, a champagne toast and a balloon drop at midnight. Event tickets are $425 per couple or $225 per single. Hotel packages are also available.
New Year's Eve Live
Discovery Green and George R. Brown Convention Center
New Year's Eve Live is back for the countdown to 2013. The party features live music from KC and the Sunshine Band, an art car parade and a fireworks display. It also includes a disco-themed dance area for children and a DJ battle between DJ Gonz and Elroy Boogie from the Kracker Nuttz and DJ Deuce. The free event runs from 7 p.m. to 12:15 a.m. in and around Discovery Green and George R. Brown Convention Center and is open to all ages. For the celebrations, there will be a champagne garden for of-age guests called the Bubble Garden. The St. Joseph Medical Center's Ice at Discovery Green is open for skaters; entertainment on the ice includes performances by Olympic skaters and other special guests. Concessions promise to be numerous and diverse.
Pete's Dueling Piano Bar
1201 Fannin, Suite 310, 713-337-7383
The celebration begins at 8 p.m. this New Year's Eve, when four skilled piano players will be ringing in the new year at a party complete with party favors, hors d'oeuvres, singing and a bottle of champagne for those who make table reservations. Reserved seating available for $275 per table of four, $40 per barstool and general admission starting at $20 per person.
909 Texas, 713-224-5299
Sambuca will be hosting its own New Year's Eve party, complete with a four-course meal featuring entrées such as a red snapper étouffée, stuffed chicken, miso seabass, a filet and a smoked pork chop, as well as live musical entertainment by Big Daddy. There are two seating times, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Tickets, which can be purchased online, are $39 to $49 for the first seating and $75 to $100 for the second. The later seating will include a balloon drop and champagne toast; the cheaper option at both times excludes band viewing.
San Luis Resort
5222 Seawall Blvd., Galveston, 800-445-0090
An evening at the San Luis Resort includes a four-course dinner with wine service, access to a premium bar, live music by the Billie Ledbetter Orchestra, party hats and favors, a champagne toast and a balloon drop. It begins at 8 p.m. in the grand ballroom. The event itself is $190 per person, but packages including resort stays (priced at $599 and $499 per couple) are also available. Another San Luis option is the Steakhouse, which will also feature a four-course dinner, party favors and a midnight champagne toast with the added benefit of a piano performance by Angelo Tolentino. Reservations are available from 6 to 11 p.m.
10505 Cash Rd., 281-208-6900
Head to the Stafford Centre for the Rockin' New Year's Eve Bash with a performance by The Doppelganger Band. Guests can dance, enjoy the live musical entertainment, and help themselves to the party favors and midnight champagne toast. The price is $65 for early-bird ticket buyers and $85 for regular admission. Dinner, which is included in the ticket price, is a four-course meal with dishes such as caviar and prime rib served from 7 to 9 p.m. The revelry continues until 1 a.m.
6400 Richmond, 832-251-9600
NightCulture.com and Disco Donnie Presents will be having their 5th Annual New Year's Eve Ball at Stereo Live. It features Aly & Fila, rising stars from Egypt, as well as DJ Shogun. There'll also be a countdown complete with confetti drops throughout the night and a champagne toast at midnight, as well as seven full-service bars. Doors open at 9 p.m. and close at 3 a.m. Customers 18 years and older are welcome. Regular tickets are $15, and VIP tickets are $30. Party booth packages and other specials are available.
Sugar Land Town Square
15958 City Walk, 281-275-2885
There will be a free New Year's Eve party in Sugar Land Town Square, broken up for everyone's convenience into a children's celebration from 7 to 9 p.m. and an adult celebration from 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. There'll be live musical entertainment as well as the same mesmerizing light show that thrilled the crowd last New Year's Eve.
8944 Clarkcrest, 713-661-9505
Theatre Southwest stages Neil Simon's The Last of the Red Hot Lovers for its New Year's Eve Gala play this year. The celebration includes a full buffet as well as hats and noisemakers. Prices are $55 per person or $105 per couple. Reservations are needed. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
1111 S. Shepherd, 713-522-7654
Tila's Motown New Year's Eve has returned with a live band playing Motown music to accompany its three-course dinner and champagne toast, which will be served from 5 p.m. to midnight. The price is $65 per person (plus tax and gratuity). Choose from beef tenderloin medallions, grilled shrimp enchiladas, grilled marinated salmon and more. Tila's will also be open on New Year's Day.
3755 Richmond, 713-622-6778
Tony's will be having its usual New Year's Eve celebration with two separate seatings. The second seating features a performance by Julie Johnson, a dance floor, a midnight toast and a special serving of black-eyed peas for luck. The first seating is from 6:30 to 9 p.m. and costs $95 per person. The second seating begins at 9:30 and is $150 per person.
800 Bagby, 713-622-7443
This New Year's has been dubbed "Viennese" by the performers at Ars Lyrica, who plan to celebrate with operatic renditions of Mozart and Gluck (as well as many others) in a nod to famous Viennese composers. This event features Lauren Snouffer and countertenor John Holiday in a duet. The concert starts at 9 p.m., followed by a New Year's Eve Gala and silent auction. Ticket prices ranges from $35 to $45, although presentation of a student ID will reduce the price to $22 across the board.