New Year's Eve 2012 Guide

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.

Angelucho's Copacabana

Hilton Westchase, 9999 Westheimer, 281-799-1922

Celebrate New Year's Eve in style with a gourmet buffet and an open bar from 8 to 10 p.m., as well as entertainment by a live salsa band and DJ from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. $125.

Bistro Alex

800 Sorella Court, 713-827-3545

Bistro Alex will be offering a special four-course menu with seatings at 6 and 9 p.m. Prices are $79 and $99 respectively.

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.

Chancellors Family Center

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.

Crystal Ballroom

909 Texas, 713-224-5299

The Crystal Ballroom at the Rice Hotel holds the Crystal Ballroom 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.

DoubleTree Hotel Houston Downtown

400 Dallas, 888-876-5834

The DoubleTree will be hosting the 22nd installment of Keith and Margo's Murder Mystery Midnight Madness, which includes an hors d'oeuvres reception, gourmet dinner, single drink ticket, champagne toast at midnight and cash bar. For entertainment, there'll be actors pretending to be suspects and a comedic homicide detective to help catch the culprit, as well as a live DJ, dancing, prizes and party favors. The event begins at 8:30 p.m. and ends at 1 a.m. The price is $139 per person with gratuities included, although couples may choose to book a guest room complete with breakfast for an additional $169.

Downtown Aquarium

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.

Hotel ICON/Line and Lariat

220 Main, 832-667-4470

Hotel ICON is offering two package options on New Year's Eve. Guests can enjoy a western-themed dinner courtesy of Line and Lariat, the hotel's on-site restaurant. The dinner will include a DJ, dancing, a champagne toast and a midnight buffet. The cost is $200 per person, which includes tax and gratuities. To take the night a bit further, move up to the Landmark package, which includes admission for two to the dinner and party as well as an overnight stay, brunch and a late checkout. This package is an all-inclusive $600.

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