Ta-ta, 2011

The New Year is coming around the corner once again, and according to the timekeepers of an ancient civilization, this one will surely be our last. So, in light of your imminent demise, why not give 2011 a proper send-off with some food, a little music, and a glass or seven of champagne? Don't worry, you'll have help kissing 2011 goodbye from these Houston establishments.

Bar Munich
2616 Louisiana, 713-523-1008

Usher in 2012 with Bar Munich, which will have DJ KnightTrax spinning tunes, a midnight countdown and a champagne toast. There will be no cover. All guests are invited to wear whatever they want, but encouraged to dig out the ugliest sweater in their closet and compete in the Bar's That's a Damn Ugly Sweater Contest.

Ciao Bello
5161 San Felipe, 713-960-0333

Upcoming Events

For New Year's Eve, there will be a regular menu and open seating, with the option of a special multi-course menu at $55 per person. There will also be live music featuring Lou Carrington and dancing.

800 Town and Country Blvd., 713-629-5200

Starting at 8:30 p.m., music will play all night, leading up to a fireworks finale at midnight. For the full experience, CityCentre invites guests to stay overnight at Hotel Sorella as part of a package deal with the Monnalisa Bar, which starts at $289 and includes a balloon drop, a glass of champagne and live entertainment by the Norma Zenteno Band, as well as a night's sleep in the hotel. Another package includes all of the above, plus a dinner at the Bistro Alex, and starts at $499. Other restaurants and establishments in the area will be offering specials as well.

Crystal Ballroom
909 Texas, 713-224-5299

The Crystal Ballroom at the Rice Hotel will be holding the Crystal Ball New Year's Eve Party from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. The event is all-inclusive, and will feature five bars, a DJ in the Empire Room, live music by Drive in the ballroom proper, and a breakfast buffet (courtesy of Sambuca Restaurant) at 1 a.m. Tickets can be purchased online and cost $100.

Dan Electro's Guitar Bar
1031 E. 24th St., 713-862-8707

Dan Electro's will be hosting a free New Year's Eve show featuring Little Brian and the Travelers. There will be funk, zydeco, blues and roots jams to keep the guests dancing till they drop and, of course, a champagne toast. There is no cover charge.

Downtown Aquarium
410 Bagby, 713-223-3474

Bring the kids in on the fun with Sharkey's New Year's Eve Bash. Watch the ball drop and help usher in 2012 with Sharkey and his friends in the Nautilus Ballroom. Guests of all ages will delight in tasty New Year's treats from the buffet, and a kid's balloon drop, contests, giveaways and discounted passes are also available. Reservations are required.

2706 White Oak Dr., 713-862-3838

Celebrate New Year's Eve with Free Press and Houston bands such as Buxton, Fat Tony, Muhammadali, Hearts of Animals, Venemous Maximus, Sorne, Electric Touch, Dead Roses, Brains for Dinner, Ceeplus Bad Knives and a few surprises. Fitz will be giving away free passes to Free Press Summer Fest 2012 and other Fitz shows as well as a wide variety of T-shirts. All ages are welcome; entry is free for everybody 21 and older, and $10 for everyone else. Doors will open at 8 p.m. The show starts at 8:30 p.m.

House of Blues
Foundation Room
1204 Caroline, 832-667-7732

House of Blues Houston will be holding its New Year's Eve VIP Ball in the Foundation Room starting at 6 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The price of general admission is $50, and it's 21 and up. The event includes a buffet, party favors, a DJ and a champagne toast at midnight.

H Town Bar and Grill
5111 Washington, 713-868-1005

From 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., hit the H Town Grill for some champagne, DJ tunes and unlimited drinks. The cost of entry is $50.

Kris Bistro
7070 Allensby, 713-358-5079

Kris Bistro will be open until 12:30 a.m. for its French Champagne Reveillon.

Kung Fu Saloon
5317 Washington, #A, 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 party will feature DJ Ice, a champagne toast, an ice shot block, masquerade masks, and food courtesy of Chatter's Café, all for $100.

La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa
600 La Torretta Blvd., Montgomery, 936-448-4400

Ring in 2012 with La Toretta's New Year's Eve Package. The country-style celebrations will feature the Scooter Brown Band and The Josh Ward Band providing live music as guests dance the night away in the Versailles Ballroom. Attendees will party all night and enjoy premier beverages, party favors, champagne, balloons, streamers and confetti, then get to sleep in late the next day, with checkout pushed to 2 p.m.


Lucky Strike Lanes and Lounge
1201 San Jacinto, 713-957-7671

The young single-adult ministry of Houston's First Baptist Church invites young single adults to welcome 2012 with bowling, DJ and dancing, karaoke, a game room, heavy hors d'oeuvres, desserts and more at the Suits And Sneakers New Year's Eve Party. The event runs from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., and entry will cost $44 in advance and $49 at the door.

Lucky's Pub
801 Saint Emanuel, 713-522-2010

Celebrate New Year's Eve with SportsMonkey's eighth 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 per person. Packages for discounted hotel rooms or tables are also available.

MKT Bar at Phoenicia Specialty Foods
1001 Austin St., 832-360-2222

Join the folks at MKT Bar for their Black and White Ball. Starting at 8 p.m. and ending at 2 a.m., this party will include hors d'oeuvres and a champagne toast, as well as music with DJ GKS and an emphasis on internationality, all for $20.

Moody Gardens
Seven Hope Blvd., Galveston, 1-888-388-8484

From 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m., count down to the new year in style with Moody Gardens at the Midnight in the Gardens New Year's Eve Gala-A Glitzy Affair.  The New Year's Eve party will feature nonstop entertainment by the premier party band Commercial Art. Guests will enjoy an open bar, elaborate food stations, deluxe party favors, a champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight.  Event tickets are $425 per couple or $225 per single.

New Year's Eve Live
Discovery Green and George R. Brown Convention Center

Taking the place of Downtown Houston's annual Gloworama celebration is the newly named New Year's Eve Live. Like its predecessor, it will feature live music, a parade and a 3-D light show. The free event will take place 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 temporary stage added to the Great Lawn, as well as a beer and champagne garden for of-age guests, with the St. Joseph Medical Center's Ice at Discovery Green remaining open for skaters. The parade will have an expanded route this year, and the 3-D light show will return, beginning at 11:30 p.m. The event will wrap up with a fireworks display. For Houstonians who cannot make it, catch Texas's only live broadcast countdown on ABC 13 from 11:05 p.m. to 12:15 a.m.

Pete's Dueling Piano Bar
1201 Fannin, Suite 310, 713-337-7383

The celebration begins at 8 p.m. this New Year's Eve, when four skilled piano players will be helping you ring in the new year at a party complete with favors, light hors d'oeuvres, singing and a bottle of champagne for table reservations. Reserved seating is available for $220 per table of four and $35 per barstool. General admission starts at $20 per person. Reservations are recommended.

Red Oak Ballroom
800 W. Sam Houston Pkwy., 713-829-6970

The Red Oak Ballroom will be hosting an event called Rock the Clock, a party celebrating the New Year with a fireworks show at midnight, a red carpet entrance with a photo booth, a light show, confetti and complimentary party favors. For VIP guests, there will also be access to the Ciroc VIP lounge, featuring craps, blackjack, poker and roulette, an open bar, complimentary hors d'oeuvres, VIP lounge seating and a midnight champagne toast. General admission is $25 and VIP is $90.

Ristorante Cavour
1080 Uptown Park Blvd., 713-418-1104

Interested in ringing in the New Year at Houston's most elegant hotel in Uptown Park? Check in to the Hotel Granduca and celebrate with vintage champagne, hand-painted flutes and signature chocolate truffles. The package includes the hotel's Signature New Year's Eve dinner in the acclaimed Ristorante Cavour, 6 to 10 p.m. at $125 per person, with an additional wine pairing. Guests will toast under the stars amid the majestic Veranda and gardens and awaken to Granduca breakfast for two in Ristorante Cavour, then stay a little longer with late check-out.

Sambuca Restaurant
909 Texas, 713-224-5299

Sambuca will be hosting its own New Year's Eve party, complete with a four-course meal, live musical entertainment by FM, and a champagne toast at midnight. The party will start at 7 p.m. and end at 1 a.m., and the tickets, which can be purchased online, cost from $39 to $100.


Skewers Mediterranean Café and Grill
3991 Richmond, 713-599-1444

Skewers will be celebrating 2011's coming to a close with a three-course dinner complete with champagne toast at 5, 7 and 8 p.m. for $35 per person. Or, for some later-night fun, there will be live entertainment with Youssef and the in-house belly dancer while guests enjoy a four-course meal and a champagne toast at midnight at $75 per person.

Stafford Centre
10505 Cash Rd., 281-208-6900

Head to the Stafford Center for the Rockin' New Year's Eve Bash with The Doppelganger Band. It will also include party favors, a midnight champagne toast, two drinks and a four-course meal. $85.

Stereo Live
6400 Richmond, 832-251-9600

Insomniac and NightCulture.com will be having their 4th Annual New Year's Eve Ball at Stereo Live. It will feature Richard Vission and Christopher Lawrence in live musical performances, a midnight countdown complete with free champagne toast, seven full-service bars, more than ten different artists and DJs, and party favors. The theme this year is Confetti Countdown, so be prepared for the 1,000 pounds of confetti that will rain down throughout the evening. Doors open at 9 p.m. and close at 4 a.m. Customers 18 years and older are welcome. Regular tickets are $20, and VIP tickets are $30.

Sugar Land Town Square
15958 City Walk, 281-276-6000

There will be a free New Year's Eve party in Sugar Land Town Square this year, with a children's celebration from 7 to 9 p.m. which will be followed by a more adult celebration from 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Entertainment will include Giant carnival puppets, roaming street performers, dueling DJs, intriguing candy sculptures, a lively musical performance by the Bourbon Street Band, and a dramatic light show will fill the Town Square with a vibrant party atmosphere. The midnight finale is the much anticipated 3-D state-of-the-art Sugar Cube drop.

Theatre Southwest
8944 Clarkcrest, 713-661-9505

Theatre Southwest holds its New Year's Gala beginning at 7:30 p.m. and ending at 2 a.m. The play Moonlight and Magnolias will be performed at 8:30 p.m.  Appetizers and beverages will be served from 7:30 to 8:30 and during intermissions. Afterward, there will be a full-course buffet dinner, followed by dancing and New Year's goodies. The prices are $55 for one or $100 for two. Reservations are needed.

1111 S. Shepherd, 713-522-7654

Tila's Motown New Year's Eve has returned and will include a live band playing Motown music from 8 p.m. to midnight, with a three-course dinner and champagne toast served from 5 p.m. to midnight. Price is $65 per person (plus tax and gratuity). Choose from beef tenderloin medallions, three chile orange roughy fillet, grilled marinated salmon and more. Tila's will also be open on New Year's Day.

3755 Richmond, 713-622-6778

As in years past, Tony's hosts two seatings for the New Year's Eve celebration. The second seating features live music by Julie Johnson and her band and a dance floor in the bar, as well as a serving of black-eyed peas. The first seating is from 6:30 to 9 p.m. and costs $95 per person (beverage, tax and gratuity not included). The second seating begins at 9:30 and is $150 per person.

6363 San Felipe, #240, 832-858-1149

Winetopia will be celebrating New Year's Eve with a Black Tie and Lingerie Affair, complete with hors d'oeuvres, a champagne toast and a balloon drop. Entrance into the party is $125 per person or $200 per couple.

Zilkha Hall (Hobby Center)
800 Bagby, 713-622-7443

Ars Lyrica Houston plans a New Year's Eve event called "Bach and Time," an all-Bach musical program. Led by Ars Lyrica Artistic Director Matthew Dirst, it features a number of Ars Lyrica favorites, including soprano Melissa Givens, countertenor Ryland Angel, tenor Zach Averyt, and bass-baritone David Grogan. The concert starts at 9 p.m. and will be followed by a New Year's Eve Gala and Silent Auction with champagne, hors d'oeuvres and donated prizes that will take place at the Founders Club in the Hobby Center. Guests will have the chance to bid on items such as Houston Grand Opera founders box seats, a weekend getaway to Silvertip Lodge in Alberta, Canada, artworks, designer jewelry, and tickets to the Houston Ballet's Rock, Roll and Tutus. Prices for the concert range from $21.25 to $41.25, and gala tickets are $60.

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