Happy New Year: The 2013 Houston Press New Year's Eve Guide

Find out how to ring in the new year.

La Casa Del Caballo

322 Westheimer, 832-623-6467

For New Year's Eve dinner, La Casa Del Caballo is offering $45 and $65 specials, although the normal menu will also be available. The first glass of wine or sparkling wine is free, and those who reserve a table on the restaurant's second floor will be entertained with live guitar music from 6 p.m. to midnight.

Lucky's Pub, Warehouse Live and Mojeauxs

801 St. Emanuel, 713-522-2010

Celebrate New Year's Eve with Sports Monkey's tenth annual BLT (Black Tie, Lingerie, Toga) New Year's Eve Party at Lucky's Pub, Warehouse Live and Mojeauxs, with an inclusive bar from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., live music from Adrenaline and Soul Junkies, multiple DJs including DJ Bizonee of the Boothpimps, a midnight toast, party favors and the presence of Rockstar Photographer Tre'. Twenty-one and up; advance 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 New Year's Eve Soul Celebration. Starting at 9 p.m. and ending at 2 a.m., this party features hors d'oeuvres, a Champagne toast at midnight, a $500 gift card dance contest to the doo-wop and soul tunes of Mad Maude and The Hatters as well as '60s soul, pop and rock 45s spun by DJ Tempty. Dance contestants (couples or individuals) must sign up at the bar by 10:59 p.m. Contestants will be announced and the contest will begin at 11 p.m. Three finalists will be chosen by MKT BAR judges, and will then dance for the audience and judges until no later than 11:45 p.m., when the winner will receive a $500 YUMMY! Phoenicia gift card. Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 at the door. Guests must be 18 years of age or older.

Omni Houston Galleria Hotel

4 Riverway, 713-871-8181

The Omni is eager to contribute to your holiday happiness any way it can, starting with its New Year's Eve dinner at Noe Grill from 5 to 10 p.m. with a five-course Champagne tasting dinner, although a seasonal à la carte menu will also be available. The dinner is $89.95 per person (plus tax and gratuity). Also of interest at the Omni is its New Year's Eve Party at the Black Swan Nightclub from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., which will include musical entertainment, an appearance by a magician, a Champagne toast, hors d'oeuvres, a balloon drop, a photo booth, live feed of Time Square's celebration and entry to win a complimentary stay at the hotel. Tickets are $60, or $75 at the door if the event is not sold out. After the party, feel free to indulge in the New Year's Eve Room Package, which includes deluxe room accommodations, chocolate-covered strawberries and a bottle of Champagne in your room, New Year's Day Breakfast Buffet and a 4 p.m. late checkout.

Osteria Mazzantini

2200 Post Oak Blvd., 713-993-9898

Chef Paul of Osteria Mazzantini has created a special New Year's Eve menu that will feature such choices as steak tartare, seared red snapper, truffled spaghettini and panna cotta. The first seating, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., includes a three-course meal for $65 per guest or $100 with the sommelier's wine suggestions; the second seating, from 8 to 11 p.m., includes a five-course meal for $95 per guest, or $155 with the sommelier's wine suggestions. Tax and gratuity are not included in the price.

Pete's Dueling Piano Bar

1201 Fannin, Suite 310, 713-337-7383

The celebration begins at 7 p.m. with four piano players providing live entertainment. The party's attractions also include party favors, light hors d'oeuvres, singing and a bottle of Champagne for table reservations. Reserved seating is available for $300 per table of four, $45 per bar stool and general admission starting at $20 per person. Reservations are recommended.

Red Oak Ballroom

800 W. Sam Houston Parkway, 832-512-6515

DJs Ebonix, Jonnie J, Aggravated, J Que and Mr. Rogers will be gathering at the Red Oak Ballroom to entertain all comers at the Rock the Clock New Year's Eve celebration. The party will feature a fireworks showcase at midnight, two party rooms filled with holiday lights, a light show, confetti, party favors and a picture booth. VIP ticket holders will also be granted access to the Remy V Casino room to play blackjack, poker and craps. Ticket prices range from $35 to $1,100 depending on degree of access. The event begins at 9 p.m.

Sam Houston Park

1000 Bagby

Free Press Houston is ringing in the New Year with live music, local food and drinks, interactive light and art, vendors and more at its celebration, FPH NYE. See Gil Talk, George Clinton, Big Freedia and other performers all on two stages. The gates open at 4 p.m. Guests must be 18 or older. General admission is $45. High-roller packages are available at $200 for one person and $500 for a couple.

Sambuca Restaurant

909 Texas, 713-224-5299

Sambuca Restaurant will offer a special four-course menu for the evening featuring such main courses as chicken salsa verde, miso seabass and hickory-smoked prime pork chop. Live music will be provided by the band FM, and a bar will be accessible to guests after they finish their meals. There are two seating times available, one at 7 p.m. and one at 9:30 p.m. The first seating has a two-hour limit to allow for the second seating, and tickets are $49 to $59. The second seating includes a balloon drop and Champagne toast at midnight, and will range from $75 to $100. The cheaper option at both times excludes views of the band. Tip and alcohol are not included in ticket prices.

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