Tonight is a night to celebrate the past year, and what's not to celebrate? Not only did we open our arms to our neighbors in need, but we also opened our arms to the nation to host our first World Series. This is one year the Bayou City will never forget.
In celebration, take your pick of parties. We have everything from an upscale, quiet evening to a downright dirty one. Let's raise our glasses together in gracious Houston style while we party the night away. Cheers!
BARS & RESTAURANTS
New Year's Eve Guide 2005
713 Restaurant and Lounge, 10001 Westheimer, suite 1040, 832-969-2082, www.houstonpwn.org
Le Femme Masquerade Soiree will be hosted at the Houston&'s newest host spot, 713 Restaurant and Lounge. Owner Peter Nguyen has graciously extended himself and his staff for the event, going as far as providing a food-tasting for the members of the organization, and assisting in the selection all hors d'oeuvres for the event. Black-tie affair with mask optional. Prices range from $35 to $200.
Arcodoro, 5000 Westheimer at Post Oak, 713-621-6858, www.arcodoro.com
Join Arcodoro in celebrating its tenth New Year's Eve in Houston! There will be early seating from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. if you plan to celebrate later somewhere else, and later seating from 9 p.m. to midnight for those who want to party with them. The la carte menu will incorporate chef de cuisine Giancarlo Ferrara's favorite dishes of 2005 with highlights of what is to come in 2006. There will be a live DJ spinning sounds from Europe and Latin America. Party favors will be provided, and you can preorder your midnight toast. Reservations are highly recommended.
Armadillo Palace, 5015 Kirby, 713-526-9700, www.thearmadillopalace.com
Live music with Jesse Dayton from 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Champagne toast at midnight and Goode Co. Taqueria breakfast tacos served from 12:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. All included in the $10 cover. No presale.
Belvedere, 1131-01 Uptown Park Blvd., 713-426-5840
Jaysen Clark, Lee Ellis and Carl Eaves are proud to bring you New Year's Eve in Black and White, featuring Blake Davidson. Attire is black and white. Call for table reservations.
Byzantio, 403 W. Gray, 713-520-OUZO (6896)
Byzantio is offering the best package deal around, with a four-hour premium free-flowing bar 10 p.m.2 a.m., hors d'oeuvres, champagne toast and party favors. Full menu available at regular price. $75 per guest. Reservations recommended.
Café Le Jadeite, 1952 W. Gray, 713-528-4288
Preset four-course dinner includes crab cake, rib eye rolls, asparagus lobster soup, Jadeite green salad, grilled Chilean sea bass or filet mignon with brandy peppercorn sauce and mango crme brle or double chocolate tower. $60 per person. Reservations highly recommended. Call for more information.
Clarks, 314 Main, 713-237-8220, www.clarksrecording.com
This New Year's Eve party will be complete with favors, a champagne toast and the improvisational funk that is Little Brother Project. SkyBlue72 kicks the night off by playing at 10 p.m. Tickets are available in advance for $15 by contacting Tyson Stargel, firstname.lastname@example.org. Cover at the door the day of will be $25.
Continental Club, 3700 Main, 713-529-9899, www.continentalclub.com
No cover, Allen Oldies Band. Doors open at 8 p.m.
Cosmos Café, 69 Heights Blvd., 713-802-2144
New Year's Eve Bash with the Swing Kings and Legendary Herb Remington, formerly of the Texas Playboys and a Texas music hall-of-famer. $10 cover charge or $35 for a sit-down dinner, which includes cover.
Dan Electro's, 1031 E. 24th St., 713-862-8707
A rockin' night with Carolyn Wonderland. Reservations recommended. Advance tickets available only at Dan Electro's.
Deco, 510 Gray, 713-659-4900
Get spoiled New Year's Eve at Deco. Enjoy champagne, strawberries, martinis, party favors and a New York City broadcast while enjoying the sounds of DJ Generic. VIP tables, valet parking and bottle service available. All-inclusive package $85 per person or $150 per couple.
Dog House Tavern, 2517 Bagby, 713-520-1118
Don't want to get dressed up or pay a cover? Join Dog House Tavern on New Year's Eve for $1 pints. It's Robert's last day, so come one, come all!
The Downtown Grand Room, 1521 Austin
This is a tribute to Studio 54. DJ Alex C. spinning '70s disco in the main room and a "Prince 1999" theme in the second room. New Year's Eve events include champagne toast at midnight, state-of-the-art sound system, elegant buffet from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m., party favors and noisemakers. Plus, watch the ball drop on two big screens. The Four Seasons Hotel Downtown Houston has joined in and will be giving all of Elite Entertainment New Year's Eve guests discount prices on all room rental prices. 21 and up welcome. Presale general admission: $90 per couple and $165 reserved tables. $75 general admission at door (after 12:30 a.m., general admission $25).
Eb5 International Art Gallery, 22557 Aldine-Westfield, suite H, Spring, 832-483-8788, www.houstonpoets.com/eb5
Houston Poets.com New Year's Eve Poetic Bash, featuring SCEF of HoustonPoets.com, James Jones, Nef Jones, E-Dub, Shai, Vocab, Joe Lee McCoy and other invited guests. 9 p.m. Complimentary champagne at midnight. $10.
El Centro, 416 Main, 713-225-1200, www.elcentro.cc
They'll be cooking up some fun on New Year's Eve with a special prix fixe dinner for two including a champagne toast. Call for reservations.
Fitzgerald's, 2706 White Oak Dr., 713-862-3838, www.fitzlive.com
New Year's Eve party: two floors of peace and music! Us & Them Pink Floyd Experience, plus Houston all-star tributes to Janis Joplin, the Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Santana and Led Zeppelin. $10.
Fratelli's Italian Restaurant, 10989 Northwest Fwy., 713-957-1150, www.fratellis.com
Fratelli's will serve a special five-course Veneto-inspired meal paired with two glasses of sparkling wine to celebrate the New Year. Seating begins at 5 p.m. Party hats, noisemakers and confetti are included. $36 per person, plus tax. Call for reservations.
Grasshopper, 506 Main, 713-222-1442, www.grasshopperhouston.com
At the third annual New Year's Eve Casino Night, celebrate Las Vegas-style at Grasshopper, Houston's hottest downtown nightclub. Welcome in the New Year with an open bar while playing blackjack, roulette and craps. All-inclusive packages available presale at $75 for singles and $125 for couples. Get your tickets early, by phone or online.
The Great Caruso, 10001 Westheimer, suite 1090, 713-780-4900, www.houstondinnertheater.com
Houston's only dinner theater allows you to wine and dine while listening to a live musical performance. There are three shows on New Year's Eve, each offering a three-course meal. Call for reservations.
Hard Rock Cafe, 502 Texas, 713-227-1392, www.hardrock.com
This party will be rocking all night long with an all-night dance party including complimentary champagne at midnight and party favors. Call for reservations.
Havana Latin Bar & Grill, 818 Travis, 713-222-2254
Sit-down dinner with party favors and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Music by Batacha and DJ Frankie Boy. Call for reservations.
Hugo's, 1602 Westheimer, 713-524-7744, www.cordua.com
Celebrate the New Year in a unique setting, with live music by Vinton, a full bar, an award-winning wine list and an extensive margarita menu. Open for brunch on New Year's Day with live music. Call to make reservations.
Ibiza Food & Wine Bar, 2450 Louisiana, 713-524-0004, www.ibizafoodandwinebar.com
Enjoy the menu that has made Ibiza a star on the Houston restaurant scene and garnered consistent rave reviews. Champagne toast at midnight. Reservations required.
India's Restaurant, 5704 Richmond, 713-266-0131
Celebrate the New Year with bottomless champagne and a special three-course menu.
Kiran's, 4100 Westheimer, 713-960-8472
Ring in the New Year with a bang at Kiran's, which is offering two seatings on New Year's Eve, both with a five-course chef's tasting menu. For early birds, seating is from 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The cost is $65 per person plus tax and gratuity, featuring live music. The second seating, from 9 p.m. to 9.30 p.m., will include live music, a champagne toast at midnight and breakfast, and will feature belly dancing. Cost for the second seating is $95 per person plus tax and gratuity. Call for reservations.
Laidback Manor Restaurant, 706 Main, 713-227-0402
Laidback Manor Restaurant will be offering six- and eight-course tasting meals. $85 for the six-course menu with wine progression; $125 for the eight-course menu without wine progression. Wine progression will be available on both seatings. Celebrate New Year's with the Laidback Manor and feed your curiosity. Call for reservations.
La Strada, 5161 San Felipe, 713-850-9999; and 322 Westheimer, 713-523-1014
Take your pick of La Stradas tonight. The Montrose location will have an off-the-menu meal, a DJ, dancing and champagne toast at midnight. The San Felipe location will have a semi-set menu, a DJ, dancing and a midnight champagne toast with a New Year's Casino Night theme. First seating 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Second seating 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
La Tapatia, multiple locations, www.latapatiamexcafe.com
Open late with various dinner and drink specials. Visit their Web site for more information.
Little Napoli Ristorante Italiano & Bar, 1001 Texas, 713-225-3900
New Year's Bash with open buffet, live DJ, complimentary champagne, party favors and a drawing to win a two-hour trip with AIM Limousine and other prizes. $75 per person.
Live Sports Café, 407 Main, 713-228-5483, www.nightfunctions.com
Party at with Live Sports' New Year's on Ice. Where else are you going to see it snow? The one and only Reverend Butter will be making live ice sculptures while DJ T. Gray spins anything and everything. If that's not enough entertainment for the night, there will be video performances by VJ Patrick Flanagan. 18 and up to party, but 21 to drink. $40 for couples, $30 for individuals. VIP packages also available.
Lure, 2900 N. Braeswood, 877-372-9615
The Arabia Shrine Center transforms into an ultrachic lounge and club for a one-night New Year's spectacular. Live music will be provided by Moodafaruka, playing an eclectic multicultural mix of flamenco, Middle Eastern, Spanish and Western music. Houston's dynamic belly-dancing duo Amirat performs their fun-loving and free-spirited dances, and the Empyrean Fire Tribe will perform their daring and exotic show. There will be delicious tapas and an open bar all night long. At midnight, guests will join in for a New Year's countdown and toast.
M Bar, 402 Main, 713-222-1022
Join M Bar for the definitive New Year's party on Main Street. Three levels, three DJs, champagne toast at midnight with a balloon drop, plus a live performance by international recording artist Jeanie Tracy. Advance tickets $25. Call for more information.
Magic Island, 2215 Southwest Fwy., 713-526-2442, www.themagicisland.com
Add a little mystery to your New Year's at Magic Island. The New Year's Eve package includes a three-course dinner, Las Vegas-style magic and comedy show, the award-winning Oscar Munoz Strolling Magicians, live music by Gail Best and LJ in the Den of Osiris, countdown at midnight with Scott Hollingsworth, champagne toast and party favors. Call for reservations.
Main Street Theater, 4617 Montrose, 713-524-6706, www.mainstreettheater.com
Main Street Theater invites Houston to ring in the New Year with champagne, sweets, song and dance. The New Year's Eve Gala begins at 8:30 p.m. with a performance of the Gershwin & Gershwin musical Pardon My English, with a new book by David Ives. After the show, the audience will enjoy champagne and gourmet desserts -- including a fabulous chocolate fountain by Chocolate Fountain Creations -- followed by dancing to the sultry tones of Mood Indigo. $75.
Meridian, 1503 Chartres, 713-225-1717, www.meridianhouston.com
The Big Mix 2006! This party is designed to provide Houston with the best talent to be rocking your night and year away in perfect style. Representing practically every genre that moves the floor into frenzy, from house, techno and progressive to hip-hop, drum 'n' bass, breaks and rock. These DJs bring it all to you in full force. To make sure you aren't gouged at the bar with the amateurs going out at night, the Meridian is offering $3 well drinks all night to keep you going into the wee hours. Green Velvet/Cajmere, Craze, Steve Porter, the Raptures, Matt Safer and more. Make sure to get presales to save on ticket costs. Limited presale tickets at $20 online, then it goes up to $30 and $40 etc. So get a move on to get your groove on this New Year's Eve with 77002.com, Boys and Girls, and more.
The Mezzanine Lounge, 2200 Southwest Fwy., suite 150, 713-528-6399, www.ticketmaster.com
Back to the '80s New Year's Eve Bash. $25 ticket includes 7 p.m. admission, party favors, complimentary VIP bar and midnight champagne toast.
Mia Bella, 2006 Lexington, 713-237-0505
Ring in 2006 with a live jazz band, balloon drop at midnight, party favors and champagne. Mia Bella is offering a special four-course dinner New Year's Eve in addition to a special la carte menu. There will be two seatings. Early seating is from 6:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. The dinner price is $40 plus tax and gratuity. Late seating is 9:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. and includes live music, party favors and a champagne toast. $50 plus tax and gratuity. Call 713-523-2428 for reservations. Call 713-237-0505 for details on events at the downtown location.
Morton's Steakhouse, 5000 Westheimer, 713-629-1946, www.mortons.com
Four seatings will be offered on New Year's Eve. Party favors will be passed out at midnight. Call for reservations.
Next Night Club, 2020 McKinney, 713-221-8833, www.whatsnexthouston.com
Next Night Club and Strictly Twisted Productions present "Bleached," their all-white New Year's Eve Ball. A $1,000 balloon drop with a complimentary champagne toast will be held at midnight. The evening will be highlighted by performances of the dance music sensation Marisol Angelique with her production group MYNT, and music provided throughout the evening with DJ Ernie from L.A. and DJ Johnny J mixing your favorite party tracks. Presale tickets are $20; $30 at the door. Bottle reservations are accepted, but are limited and going fast. All-white attire is strongly encouraged. Visit the Web site for reservations.
Numbers, 300 Westheimer, 713-526-6551
Cash balloon drop worth $2,006 and a champagne toast at midnight! Free CDs, party favors and the best music, videos and dance floor in town. Dance to DJ Wes Wallace. Doors open at 9 p.m. sharp. Reduced cover before 10 p.m. is $8 for 21-and-up and $10 for those under 21.
Opus Lounge, 412 Main, 713-222-OPUS, www.opusclub.com
The party starts at 9:30 p.m. $75 for the first 300 people; $90 for the rest, $100 at the door. Price includes five free fully flowing bars and a champagne toast at midnight. There will also be DJs and a $25,000 giveaway. For rules and regulations, visit www.opusclub.com. No purchase necessary to enter.
Ouisie's Table, 3939 San Felipe, 713-528-2264
New Year's Eve celebrants at Ouisie's Table can set their own schedule and order from a selected menu created for the evening. The menu will include a number of dishes not on the regular menu. Ordering is la carte. Reservations are required, but there are no timed seatings. The restaurant will have live music, a champagne toast at midnight and party favors. Call for reservations.
Pappasito's, several locations, www.pappasitos.com
Pappasito's is sizzling on New Year's Eve. Feast on their New Year's Eve Plato Festivo for two featuring lobster tail, brochette-style shrimp, beef and chicken fajitas, rice beans, pico de gallo, guacamole and fresh flour tortillas. Call for reservations.
Rainbow Lodge, 1 Birdsall, 713-861-8666, www.rainbow-lodge.com
Indulge in delectable cuisine in this bucolic setting before a balloon drop at midnight with complimentary champagne. There will be three rounds of seating. Call for reservations.
Red Lion Pub, 2316 S. Shepherd, 713-529-0321
New Year's Eve celebration with balloon drop. No cover! Also open Christmas Day from lunch to 7 p.m., serving a traditional turkey dinner.
Red Star, 2606 Fannin, 713-790-9933, www.newyearsmasquerade.com
New Year's Eve Masquerade: marquee tents, raised-up area, confetti cannons, strobewall countdown, massive sound system, ten bars, cyber lights display. Regular admission: $35 in advance, $55 at the door. VIP admission: $65 in advance, $85 at the door. VIP includes full access to VIP area, hors d'oeuvres, champagne, party favors, buffet, masks...
Rioja, 11920 Westheimer, 713-249-1727
Choose from two fabulous New Year's Eve dinners. Rioja is offering an early and a late seating; each features an eight-course chef's menu. Call for reservations.
Rudyard's British Pub, 2010 Waugh Dr., 713-521-0521, www.rudyards.com
J.W. Americana headlines New Year's Eve. Also on the bill are the Texas Guinness Lovers and Churchbus. Champagne at midnight. $8 at the door.
Sambuca, 909 Texas, 713-224-5299, www.sambucarestaurant.com
Houston's favorite jazz dinner club presents award- winning food and award-winning performances on New Year's Eve with a special four-course dinner, champagne toast and balloon drop. Live jazz with singer Norma Zenteno. Call for reservations.
Scott Gertner's Sky Bar and Grille, 3400 Montrose, 713-520-9688
This is "The Party with a View" featuring Scott Gertner & Band. Doors open at 8 p.m. Prices start at $25 per person.
Scott Gertner's Sports Bar and Grille, 3100 Fountainview, 713-785-1840
Salsa New Year's Eve with Salmerum. Doors open at 4 p.m. There will be party favors and food available. Salsa, merengue and rumba to the best band in Texas!
The Social, 3730 Washington Ave., 713-426-5585
New Year's Eve in the neighborhood! Enjoy a casual environment with a beautiful view of downtown. Enjoy your evening responsibly, but if you have had too much fun, The Social will get you home.
South Beach, 810 Pacific, 713-529-7623
Traditional New Year's Eve party with party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. Guest DJ Monty Q from Miami Beach, one of the top ten circuit DJs in the United States and South Florida's favorite after-hours DJ, will entertain till 5 a.m. $15 in advance, $20 at the door.
St. Pete's Dancing Marlin, 300 Main, 713-227-1511
New Orleans New Year's Eve prix fixe dinner menu ($100 per couple) includes champagne toast and midnight brunch. Musical entertainment by New Birth Brass Band and Cory Henry and the Trem All Stars. Traditional and medicinal.
Suede Lounge, 1000 Prairie, 713-227-5500
Get in the mix for 2006! The staff at Suede welcomes you to a party like no other to celebrate New Year's Eve. For almost four years now, Suede has been a favored destination for nightlife-goers and partyers alike. This year will be no different, as they put on their final celebration of 2005 in style. So don your best attire and celebrate with them at their first ever Frostbite Delight, with a champagne toast and party favors for all.
Super Happy Fun Land, 2610 Ashland, 713- 880-2100
Enjoy Super Happy Fun Land's third annual Experimental Electronic New Year's Noise Fest! With Pedestrian Deposit (California), A Fail Association (Fort Worth), the Annoysters and many more bands to be announced. Nude to tuxedo welcome. Join the ranks of art hipsters, avant-garde weirdos and audiophiles. They're not uptight, though: Anyone who wants to have fun will have fun at Super Happy Fun Land. $8.
The Tasting Room, 1101 Uptown Park Blvd., 713-993-9800; or 114 Gray, 713-528-9463
In Uptown, bring in 2006 with mystery and romance with the New Year's Eve Masquerade. Purchase a mask and receive a midnight toast and appetizer. The Midtown location will have a red-hot New Year. Wear red and be part of the fun. Piper Heidsteck and midnight toast with purchase of Tasting Room champagne glass.
Tila's, 1111 S. Shepherd, 713-522-7654
Tila's three-course dinner includes appetizer, entre and dessert with champagne, plus live music and party favors for a festive celebration. Dinner includes choices like crabmeat empanadas served with lime-cilantro serrano salsa and filet mignon with grilled shrimp, filled with goat cheese and Cascabel chile-mango sauce. $65 (does not include tax or gratuity). Call for reservations.
Thai Sticks Restaurant and Bar, 4319 Montrose, 713-529-4500
Special New Year's Eve menu, plus champagne toast.
Trevísio, 6550 Bertner, 713-749-0400, www.trevisiorestaurant.com
Experience Trevsio, one of Houston's most unique restaurants, located in the heart of the world-renowned Texas Medical Center and offering a stunning view of the area. Open on New Year's Day, with live jazz and singer Mickey Mosely accompanied by an ensemble. Call for reservations.
Tut's, 711 Madeley, Conroe, 936-539-1500
Enjoy Hayes Carll live, with the Sidehill Gougers opening. $25.
Under the Volcano, 2349 Bissonnet, 713-526-5282
New Birth Brass Band from New Orleans, complimentary party favors, midnight champagne toast and a breakfast buffet -- all for just $15 per person. Call to reserve your table, or just show up!
Vincent's and Nino's, 2817 W. Dallas, 713-528-4313
Vincent Mandola's original restaurant, Nino's, and his popular Vincent's, next door will each celebrate New Year's Eve with specially created menus, in addition to the regular menus. Seating will be every half-hour until 8:30 p.m. Those planning to welcome in the New Year will be seated from 9:30 p.m. on. Complimentary champagne toast and party favors at midnight. Call for reservations.
Yao Restaurant & Bar, 9755 Westheimer, 832-251-2588, www.yaorestaurant.com
Celebrate the New Year with a special four-course dinner and a bottle of champagne. $45 per person or $90 per couple. Call for reservations.
The Alden Hotel, 1117 Prairie, 832-200-8800, www.aldenhotels.com
This unique package includes overnight accommodations with a champagne amenity and fabulous seven-course dinner for two at 17. After dinner is the Party on the Veranda, featuring Houston's premier DJ Sun. Dancing and an early-morning breakfast. Call for reservations.
Crowne Plaza Downtown, 1700 Smith, 713-739-8800
Party, then spend the night in luxury. Special package for $139 plus tax includes champagne upon arrival and breakfast for two until noon. Complimentary valet and champagne included. Be safe: Party downtown and stay downtown. Complimentary shuttle until 2 a.m. to and from select downtown locations. Enjoy dinner in the Brazos Restaurant.
Four Seasons, 1300 Lamar, 713-650-1300, www.fourseasons.com
Quattro will host a special Gala Dinner Dance featuring a seven-course menu with champagne toast at midnight, live music and dancing. Welcome the New Year by waking up in a luxurious Four Seasons room or suite. Call for reservations.
Hotel Derek, 2525 West Loop S., 713-961-3000, www.hotelderek.com
Ring in the New Year with style with one of Hotel Derek's New Year's Eve packages: The Remarkable Room, The Bubbles Package, and The Bed, Bubbles and Bath Package. Packages include deluxe accommodations, bottle of champagne and dinner at Bistro Moderne. Call for more information.
The Houston Grand Plaza Hotel, 8686 Kirby, 713-748-3221, www.houstongrandplaza.com
Return to Elegance: A New Year's Eve Big Band Celebration offering an evening full of fun, including one night's accommodations, four-course meal with wine service, cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, champagne toast and balloon drop, Sunday-morning jazz breakfast and discounted rates on special services. Call for reservations.
The Houstonian Hotel, 111 N. Post Oak Ln., 713-735-2795, www.thehoustonian.com
Enjoy the Green Onions and the Grooves in the elegant Houstonian Grande Ballroom. Guest will enjoy a delectable dinner with live music, a champagne toast, party favors, a midnight breakfast buffet and one-night accommodations in a deluxe guest room. Also available is an overnight party for children ages five to 12. Call for reservations.
Hyatt Regency, 1200 Louisiana, 713-654-1234, www.hyattregencyhouston.com
This is the only hotel party of its kind in the city. Spanning four floors, it includes food, live music, dancing and the famous 30,000-balloon drop. Live music will be performed by Accent and Doppelganger. Several hotel packages are available. Call for reservations.
Marriott Westchase Hotel, 2900 Briarpark, 713-735-2795, www.marriott.com/houwm
Ring in the New Year at the Marriott Westchase with live entertainment from the Ricky Diaz Orchestra. Call for more information on three fantastic party packages.
Moody Gardens, Galveston, 888-388-8484
The "Midnight in the Gardens" tradition is returning to the island. The Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center will host its annual New Year's Eve gala touting a first-class black-tie extravaganza. The package features nonstop entertainment, lavish food setups, a host of premium bars including champagne stations and cocktails, and one-night accommodations in the luxurious Moody Garden Hotel. Call for reservations.
The Omni Hotel, 4 Riverway, 713-871-8181, ww.ominhotels.com
The Omni Hotel's Black Swan New Year's Eve Celebration includes party favors, hot and cold hors d'oeuvres and a midnight toast with Mot Chandon White Star Champagne. There will also be a New Year's Day brunch. Call for reservations.
Ramada Plaza Hotel, 7611 Katy Fwy.,
Celebrate in style this New Year's Eve! For only $99.99 per person, enjoy a deluxe guest room at a fabulous hotel, open bar and dinner buffet, party with a DJ and karaoke, champagne toast at midnight and full American breakfast the next day. Call for reservations.
The San Luis Resort Spa & Conference Center, Galveston, 409-744-1500
Ring in 2006 with a safari-themed celebration. The resort will transform into a jungle celebration, with exotic-inspired cuisine, decor and lively entertainment, provided by Billie Ledbetter's 22-piece orchestra, with a champagne toast at midnight.
St. Regis Hotel, 1919 Briar Oaks Ln., 713-403-2631
A black-tie evening begins the New Year's Eve festivities with live background music and a five-course dinner in the newly redesigned Remington Restaurant, complemented by a bottle of sparkling wine. The dance floor is just across the hall in the Remington Bar, where Commercial Art will keep things lively. 5:30 p.m. until 1:30 a.m. Dinner and festivities in The Remington and dancing in the bar, $175 per person plus tax and gratuity. With the dinner package likely to sell out, the hotel also offers the option of joining festivities in The Remington Bar with a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine. 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Bar-only admission is $30 per person plus tax and gratuity. Call for reservations.
The Woodlands Resort and Conference Center, 2301 N. Millbend Dr., 281-364-6323, www.woodlandsresort.com
Double your pleasure on New Year's Eve with two celebrations, The Cotton Club and The Glass Menagerie. The Woodlands Resorts revives the Cotton Club in impeccable style with music provided by Password and dancing, cocktails and a lavish plated dinner, inspired by an icon that lured the famed and infamous of a gilded generation. Or ring in the New Year in an intimate setting overlooking Lake Harrison. The Glass Menagerie Package includes dinner, champagne toast, party favors and live music by Daniel Blanchard & the Majestics. Call for reservations.
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The Children's Museum, 1500 Binz, 713-522-1138
Just because the little ones are in bed before midnight, that doesn't mean they have to be left out of the New Year';s festivities. Kids will decorate parade floats, march in an indoor parade, create noisemakers, count down to noon and much more with New Year's Noon, Houston's longest-running New Year's celebration for just for kids on Saturday, December 31. The museum will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with the parade beginning at 11:45 a.m.
Houston's The Main Event! is hosting the hottest party in the city. Dress to the nines, drink champagne and dance to live music with 10,000 to 15,000 partygoers at The Big Apple Ball in downtown. For more information, visit www.deda.org.
A night of old-school funk and soul is sure to guarantee a New Year's Eve you'll never forget. The Old School Lover's Concert at Reliant Park will set the stage for soul and R&B icons Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, the Isley Brothers, featuring Ron Isley and special guests the Whispers. Purchase tickets by phone at 713-629-3700 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.