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Hyatt Regency Houston
1200 Louisiana, 713-654-1234
The Hyatt's New Year's Eve party is back again with entertainment by two live bands and a DJ, party favors and a drop of 50,000 balloons from the top of the hotel's atrium lobby. Roger Creager, The Fab 5 and DJ 33-1/3 provide the music. The party will be accessible as part of a special package for couples that also includes an overnight stay at the hotel and eight drink tickets, all for $299. The event starts at 7 p.m. and ends at 1 a.m.
Joke Joint Comedy Showcase
11460 Fuqua, #300, 281-481-1188
For a comedic New Year's Eve, visit the Joke Joint Comedy Showcase for one of its two shows, one at 8 p.m. and another at 10:30 p.m., featuring headliner Billy D. Washington. The tickets are $30 each, but if they are purchased before December 26, there is a 20 percent discount. Group discounts are also available.
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.
905 Taft, 713-523-9958
Lucio's BYOB is serving up a New Year's Eve four-course menu with items including seared sea scallops, tuna carpaccio, dry-aged rib eye, duck breast and Chilean sea bass. Tickets are $80 and include the corkage fee.
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 Phoenicia gift card. Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 at the door. Guests must be 18 years of age or older.
207 Gray, 832-582-7176
Celebrate New Year's Majorca style with a gourmet buffet open from 7 to 10 p.m., a Champagne toast, party favors, an international DJ and a downtown skyline view from the patio. The cost: $39.95 per person, which includes Champagne.
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.
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.