Ringing in the New Year: The 2013 Houston Press New Year's Eve Guide

Find out where to celebrate in the Bayou City.

Rainbow Lodge

2011 Ella Blvd., 713-861-8666

The Rainbow Lodge is offering a special New Year's Eve four-course menu featuring selections such as smoked-duck gumbo, grilled prime rib tenderloin filet and chocolate terrine, with sparkling wine included. Reservations are available from 5 through 10 p.m. and cost $77 per person (before tax and gratuity).

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 lights and art, vendors and more at its celebration, FPH NYE. See Girl Talk, George Clinton, Big Freedia and other performers 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 sea bass 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.

San Luis Resort

5222 Seawall Blvd., Galveston, 800-445-0090

The San Luis Resort's New Year's theme is an Evening on the Red Carpet. The night will feature a four-course dinner, 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 $199 per person, but packages including resort stays (priced from $599 per couple) are also available. Another San Luis option is the Steakhouse and Grotto, which will feature a special prix fixe menu, or the Hollywood Glamour-themed party at H2O Ultra Lounge.

60 Degrees Mastercrafted

2300 Westheimer, 713-360-7757

60 Degrees Mastercrafted will have a special four-course prix fixe menu with offerings such as Akaushi beef tenderloin-oyster purses, lobster bisque, Dover sole filet grenobloise and baked Alaska. The event includes a complimentary Champagne toast and has two seatings, one at 6 p.m. for $75 and one at 9 p.m. for $115. The second seating will include live musical entertainment.

Stafford Centre

10505 Cash Rd., 281-208-6900

Head to the Stafford Centre for the Rockin' New Year's Eve Bash featuring a performance by Password. Guests can dance, enjoy the live musical entertainment, and help themselves to the party favors and midnight Champagne toast. The price is $55 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.

Stark Naked Theatre

Studio 101, Spring Street Studios, 1824 Spring,

Stark Naked Theatre Company presents its second annual New Year's Eve celebration hosted by Artistic Directors Philip Lehl and Kim Tobin. The festivities begin at 8 p.m. in STUDIO 101 at Spring Street Studios, and the $25 ticket price (available in advance online at or at the door on the night of the event) includes beer — furnished by Saint Arnold — and wine, food from Mockingbird Bistro and Torchy's Tacos. There will be dancing to live music provided by Instrumental Surf Rock Band The Neptones. Guests can have their caricature drawn by cartoonist Tom Rye, and experience a midnight balloon drop and champagne toast. As an added surprise, Tobin and Lehl will announce the title of the play that Stark Naked Theatre will produce in the spring. Door prizes, silent auction items and more.

Stereo Live

6400 Richmond, 832-251-9600 and Disco Donnie Presents will be having their Sixth Annual New Year's Eve Ball at Stereo Live. Myon and Shane 54 will perform as the night's DJs. Customers 18 years and older are welcome. Regular tickets are $30, and VIP tickets are $45. 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. The party will feature live musical entertainment as well as a fireworks display.

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