New Year's Eve 2012 Guide

Houston Press New Year's Eve Bash

House of Blues, 1204 Caroline


Think no one party is enough to ring in the new year? The Houston Press has got you covered. Our New Year's Eve Bash at the House of Blues is actually several parties under one roof. Enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet in the Foundation Room starting at 6 p.m. The women from the Ruby Revue Burlesque Show strut their stuff in the Peacock Room at 9:30 p.m. Reckless Kelly and opening artist Whiskey Myers take over things in the main room at 9:30 p.m. And Thunderpants turns the clock back with a Totally 80s show on the Crossroads Stage at 10 p.m. $20 to $75.

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.

J. BLACK'S Feel Good Kitchen and Lounge

110 South Heights Blvd., 713-862-7818

J. BLACK'S will be having a New Year's Eve Countdown with a buffet and champagne toast. Prices are $40 for an individual ticket, $500 for a reserved table for four and $600 for a reserved table for six. The event begins at 7 p.m.

Kemah Boardwalk

215 Kipp Ave., 281-334-9880

Kemah will have ride discounts, live music with Velvet Punch in the Plaza and a fireworks display from the Bay. Free.

Kingston's Rum Bar

11342 Beechnut, 281-495-0088

Head over to Kingston's for its Second Annual New Year's Eve Caribbean Rum Festival featuring DJ Renaki, guest DJ VYBZ, DJ Trouble and others. The festival starts at 10 p.m. No cover is required until 2013. Guests must RSVP for bottle service.

Kitchen Incubator LLC

907 Franklin

Take part in a Craft Beer New Year at this League of Extraordinary Gentlemen-themed party. The fun begins with a beer-pairing dinner true to the steampunk theme at 7:30 p.m., with guests enjoying a Victorian banquet and great beers. At 10 p.m., the doors open to partygoers for beer tastings and craft hors d'oeuvres complete with a champagne yeast midnight toast. There will also be a hot-air balloon launch. Entry is $20 for the party alone and $75 for the dinner. This event is a costume party, so guests are encouraged to get creative.

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.

Lucky's Pub

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.

Moody Gardens

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.

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