The 2016 Houston New Year's Eve Guide
It’s time to say goodbye to 2016 and ring in the new year, and what better way to do so than with a rocking New Year’s Eve in Houston? Whether it’s a night on the town complete with midnight champagne toasts, a romantic four-course meal at one of the city’s finest restaurants, a dazzling family-friendly affair or an all-night rager with DJs, balloon drops and a unicorn piñata, this New Year’s Eve Guide has you covered. Get the bubbly ready — here’s to 2017!
Aces of Taste Presents Destination: Paris
This private New Year’s Eve dining and dancing experience features a four-course French meal beginning at 7:30 p.m., followed by Parisian-style partying until 2 a.m. Guests can enjoy just the dinner, just the party, or both. The dinner cost starts at $95 pre-sale and features dishes such as foie gras mousse and huckleberry jam with toated brioche, a duo of duck and blueberry clafouti. The Parisan Party starts at $75 and includes passed appetizers until 11 p.m, four drink tickets, a midnight toast, and DJs from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. The combo cost starts at $140. Houston Press readers can get 20 percent off with the coupon code HPNYE20, valid until Thursday, December 29. Online sales end Friday, December 30 and tickets will not be sold at the door. The limited presale prices are subject to increase later this month.
7326 Southwest Freeway
Mint Condition and Kelly Price will be rocking the house at Arena Theatre this New Year’s Eve. Tickets are $59.50 per person and the show starts at 9 p.m.
Ars Lyrica at Hobby Center
Ars Lyrica presents Bachanalia: Cantatas for the New Year. The festive program rings in the New Year with cantatas J. S. Bach wrote specifically for the holiday, in addition to other celebratory works. The evening offers dinner at 7:30 p.m., a show at 9 p.m. and a gala at 10:30 p.m.
The Big Easy Social and Pleasure Club
Houston legacy and Texas blues guitarist Alan Haynes is closing out 2016 with a show at soulful social club The Big Easy. The best part? Cover is just $10.
The BLT Lucky #13 New Year’s Eve Party
Lucky’s Pub, 801 St. Emanuel
Warehouse Live, 813 St. Emanuel
The duo of EaDo party venues are joining forces with SportsMonkey for the annual BLT (Black Tie, Lingerie, Toga) Party. The celebration includes an all-inclusive bar from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., with more than 40,000 square feet of party space, live music and dancing all night long, party favors and a midnight toast. There will also be food trucks on site. Tickets start at $79.
Boardwalk FantaSea New Year’s Eve Cruise
555 Bradford, Kemah
Dine, drink and dance the night away over beautiful Clear Lake and Galveston Bay on this cruise from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. The night will include dinner, a live DJ, two full-service bars, party favors and a midnight champagne toast featuring a souvenir champagne glass. Tickets are $159.99 per person, $155.99 for seniors 55 and up, and $151.99 for military.
Boheme’s NYE Carnival
Boheme is celebrating with a NYE Carnival Celebration. Guests can expect Brazilian dancers, a salsa band and DJ, and food and drinks from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Children’s Museum’s Rockin’ New Year’s Noon Bash
The Children’s Museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with an end-of-year bash ringing in the new year at the stroke of noon. Families can expect a parade and a shimmering ball drop, just like they do it in Times Square, with other fun including a brass band, a Brazilian drum pre-show and a DJ after party.
800 Town and Country
The perfect place to begin the New Year, the CITYCENTRE district will offer an array of happenings from its many restaurants, retailers and lounges. Beginning at 9:30 p.m. in the plaza, the excitement builds with a live performance by Bristol Fashion, capped off as the clock strikes midnight with a spectacular confetti drop.
The Continental Club’s No Cover New Year’s Eve
The free-to-attend show features The Allen Oldies Band, with the party going from 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.
The Dogwood Midtown’s New Year’s Eve 2017
The party goes from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., with DJ T Gray, a midnight ball drop and a champagne toast, and group seating and bottle service are available. General admission tickets are $30.
El Big Bad’s The Year of the Unicorn New Year’s Eve
There’s no cover charge for this tequila temple’s NYE rager. El Big Bad will be offering $6 off its “Unicorn Margarita” — a margarita with an upside-down bottle of champagne in it — all night long. There will also be a midnight toast, and a second toast at 1 a.m., plus a DJ and a unicorn piñata drop at midnight. The party runs from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Emporio Brazilian Café
12288 Westheimer, #210A
This family-friendly NYE offers a Brazilian buffet and cash bar from 8:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.
George Ranch Historical Park’s New Year’s Eve Historical Bash
10215 FM 762, Richmond
From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., families can prepare for the countdown to 2017 with a historical mask-making and noisemaking craft event. At noon, a countdown will be held at the 1830s Jones Stock Farm, followed by a special New Year’s Eve meal at 12:30 p.m. in the 1930s George Home Yard. Guests can also enjoy the last day of “Christmas in the Park.” Make sure to stop by the 1860s Ryon Prairie Home for some wassail and Christmas treat samples, or catch Treehouse Story Time with Santa Claus at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Reservations for the New Year’s Eve historic meal are strongly recommended and can be made by calling 281-343-0218 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Goode Co. Armadillo Palace’s ¡PACHANGA! A BORDER TOWN BASH
Celebrate the holiday with a rowdy revival of the Pachanga, an authentic Texas fiesta with border-style street food, cervezas, spirits and night-long entertainment. Conjunto Los Pinkys will headline the night and Houston DJ group Bombón will play a high-energy mix of progressive beats with traditional Latin flair all night long.? Tickets for the event are on sale for $40 to $175.
The Hilton Galveston Island Resort
From 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., the resort will pull out all the stops with live entertainment, party favors, midnight balloon drop and a delectable dinner buffet that includes an elaborate salad bar, chicken marsala, chef’s catch of the day, carved roast beef station and a decadent dessert display. Cost is $199 per couple.
The Holiday Inn Resort Galveston
The Holiday Inn Resort Galveston — On the Beach will host a New Year’s Eve celebration, with live music, a DJ, party favors, light hors d’oeuvres, midnight toast and balloon drop, from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Tickets start at $75, with Kids’ Night Out tickets priced at $20 for children age five to 12.
Hotel Derek’s ’80s Prom New Year’s Eve Party
2525 West Loop South
Don your best ’80s attire for a night of totally rad fun, beginning when doors open at 7 p.m. Cost is $125 per person (includes a buffet dinner, spiked punch fountain, chocolate fountain/candy station and a champagne toast at midnight). The hotel is also offering a Stay & Play Package if you’re looking to keep the NYE celebration going, which includes two tickets to the ’80s Prom Party, an overnight stay, breakfast and Bloody Mary’s for two the next morning, valet parking and 2 p.m. checkout. Contact email@example.com to reserve a spot.
Hotel Sorella’s New Year’s Eve Bash
Save your spot at Hotel Sorella CITYCENTRE’s annual New Year’s Eve bash by reserving an overnight stay with the Quite the Night Monnalisa package. Priced from $419 per room for single or double occupancy, the experience includes a Champagne arrival gift and entry for two to the fête, where you’ll dance to live music all night and celebrate 2017 with a Champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight. Pre- and post-nights are available from $119 in conjunction with the package, and Radio Milano will feature a fabulous New Year’s Day brunch.
The H-Town Countdown
Silver Street Studios, 2000 Edwards
This all-inclusive event flaunts a slew of the finest in entertainment — from ’80s glam cover band LC ROCKS to Houston’s 104.1 KRBE DJ Tony Styles — bringing this New Year’s party to its knees. Guests can expect plenty of fully stocked bars complete with experienced bartenders as well as flying aerialists, confetti and a balloon drop. Tickets ($125) include an open bar and a midnight champagne toast. The promoters have also partnered with the Hilton Americas-Houston to offer event-goers a special NYE room price.
Howl at the Moon’s New Year’s Eve 2017
Midtown’s beloved dueling piano bar is offering a variety of packages this New Year’s Eve. The standing-room Just Dance package is $30 per person, with half-price drinks from 9 to 11 p.m. The Party Rock package starts at $80 per person and includes guaranteed reserved rail seating, half-price drinks from 7 to 11 p.m., a gourmet buffet from 7 to 9 p.m., a champagne toast and party favors. The Champagne Supernova package starts at $100 per person, with half-price drinks from 7 to 11 p.m., a gourmet buffet from 7 to 9 p.m., a complimentary champagne bottle for the table and party favors.
Kemah Boardwalk’s New Year’s Eve Family Celebration
215 Kipp, Kemah
Enjoy a family-friendly celebration with live music in the plaza and fireworks at 10 p.m.
Memorial City’s New Year’s Eve at The Square
303 Memorial City
Dine out at your favorite Memorial City restaurant, and then enjoy live music on The Square — complete with a screening of the ball drop from Times Square on the big screen, a champagne toast at midnight and a magical confetti shower.
Midtown NYE 2017 Festival
3rd Floor and Pub Fiction: 2303 Smith
Irish Cowboy: 2300
Partygoers can hit three venues — Pub Fiction, Irish Cowboy and 3rd Floor — for Midtown’s hottest NYE celebration, complete with DJs, midnight champagne toasts and complimentary hors d’oeuvres from 7 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $25 pre-sale until noon on Saturday, December 31, and $30 general admission after.
Mildred’s Umbrella’s Anything Goes New Year’s Eve Anti-Gala
Studio 101, 1824 Spring
Tired of 2016? Kick it out with a bang at this ANYTHING GOES night. Fancy dress or jeans and sweats, all are welcome for an evening of #MUandchill. Guests can expect a craft corner, Xbox on the projector, board games, party favors, a grilled cheese station, complimentary beer from Saint Arnold, the 11:45 p.m. “Out-With-The-Bad” ceremony and a midnight champagne toast. The party runs from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., and tickets are $25 per person or $40 per couple presale through December 24 and $35 per person and $50 per couple regular price at the door.
MKT BAR’s New Year’s Eve Global Dance Party
From 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., embark on a culinary and musical adventure with DJ Sun at this global dance party with a mix of festive and upbeat grooves from around the world. The international musical genres will be paired with MKT’s cultural cuisine, topped off with guilty pleasures at midnight to keep partygoers satisfied and dancing all night. Admission includes food, a midnight Champagne toast and more surprises to be announced. General admission tickets are $45 presale and $55 at the door, with VIP packages available.
All That Glitters NYE Ball 2017
1911 Bagby in Midtown
Ring in 2017 at Houston's #1 NYE Ball for its second year. Stilt walkers, jugglers, performers, burlesque cake shows and more ! 3 Stories of music including Atmos, Kanny Fresh, DJ ND, Chris Luera, Nos, Taboo & Eyad. Event includes; three areas to party, midnight countdown, balloon drop, champagne toast, laser show and more! Tickets start at $50 and are expected to increase.
No DWI Free Holiday Rides
Sutliff & Stout, an injury and accident law firm, offers free, sober rides for people in Houston through its No DWI Free Holiday Rides program. The program is simple: make the right choice to take a taxi or use a ride sharing service to get home if you’ve been drinking, pay for it up front, and the firm will reimburse you for it via PayPal (restrictions apply). Rides must be in the Houston metro area, between 5 p.m. Saturday, December 31 and 10 a.m. Sunday, January 1. Additional rules apply.
Prohibition Supperclub’s The Jazz Age New Year’s Eve at The Astorian
Although Prohibition Supperclub & Bar will be closed for a private event New Year’s night, the owners have partnered with The Astorian for an unforgettable Gatsby-themed party. The landmark building will be the backdrop for a festive performance and party that will also feature an open bar, buffet, passed hors d’oeuvres, DJ Mishka, Saxophonist Eddie A. and party favors. Tickets start at $160.
Proof Rooftop Lounge’s Confetti NYE 2017 Red Carpet Affair
Proof Rooftop Lounge will roll out the red carpet for you and your guests to walk on and encourage you to wear your finest duds (black and white attire suggested). Guests can expected a heated patio, massive balloon drop, beats from DJ Stellar, midnight Champagne toast and VIP bottle service, available by reservation.
The San Luis Resort, Spa & Conference Center’s New Year’s Eve Celebration
Celebrate the New Year at “Under the Stars in Central Park,” hosted from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. in the luxurious Grand Ballroom ($209 per person). The night will feature a four-course feast, live music, party hats and favors, a Champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight.
Southern Empress’ New Year’s Eve Cruise
7037 Kingston Cove, Willis
The newly remodeled Southern Empress has planned a New Year’s Eve cruise in Conroe. The cruise leaves at 9:30 p.m. and will stop in the middle of the lake to view fireworks from one of the neighboring resorts. Guests can hit the cash bar and enjoy a glass of champagne and three stories of views, a live band and fine dining. Tickets are $88.50 per person.
Stereo Live’s 9th Annual New Year’s Eve Ball
Canadian electronic group Keys N Krates will be headlining this annual NYE blowout. Tickets are $30 to $40.
Sugar Land’s New Year’s Eve on the Square
Sugar Land Town Square
Highway 6 and U.S. 59 Frontage Road
Sugar Land residents, friends and neighbors are invited to a spectacular party that will bring back the award-nominated and much-anticipated 3D Midnight Show. Energetic music and state-of the-art lighting effects will fill Sugar Land Town Square with energy and a vibrant party atmosphere, electrifying a children’s celebration (with fireworks finale) from 7 to 9 p.m. and an adults’ celebration (with the 3D Midnight Show) from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Katy: 1030 Memorial Brook, 281-406-3176
Spring: 560 Spring Park Center, 832-200-0106
Webster: 21401 Gulf Freeway, 281-657-1300
Experience an epic night of fun and an abundant amount of glow sticks and other glow-y things. Top Golf invites guests to skip the crowded bar scene and reserve an all-inclusive bay package for your group that features party favors and unlimited Topgolf from 9 p.m. to close. Pricing and packages vary by location.
The Westin at The Woodlands
2 Waterway Square Place
Usher in 2017 with a night to remember, beginning your with sips of Champagne and dinner at celebrated, chef-driven CURRENT restaurant overlooking Waterway Square. Afterward, step into a chic party with priority entrance to SideBar, and count down to midnight with a DJ, dancing, favors and a complimentary toast as the clock strikes 12.
Wining & Dining
Enjoy a 13|31 Anniversary Dinner with Houston Dairymaids and a New Year’s Eve celebration with a theme of 1920s “Midnight in Paris.” The multi-course dinner begins with hors d’oeuvres and bubbly at 6:30 p.m. and costs $125 per person ($150 for the dinner and after party). At 10 p.m., the wine bar will be open for reserved table and bar seating ($39 per person), including a double Champagne toast; and reserved couch seating ($60 per person), including a double Champagne toast plus a bottle of bubbly and a cheese plate.
Añejo: Mexican Table + Tequila Bar
1180-1 Uptown Park Boulevard
For New Year’s Eve, Añejo will be open from 5 p.m. to close, offering a special four-course dinner for $55, excluding tax and tip.
Arnaldo Richards’ Picos New Year’s Eve in Havana
Ring in 2017 with welcome cocktails and a four-course dinner, plus live entertainment, a cigar lounge and photo booth, dance floor and midnight Champagne toast. Tickets start at $175 and the party goes from 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.
Ring in the new year at Arthur Ave with a special four-course meal that will feature classic Italian dishes meant for good luck. There will be two seatings, at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Cost is $45 per person.
800 Bagby, Suite 400
Celebrate 2017 with Latin band Walter Suhr & Mango Punch!, with doors opening at 7 p.m. and live entertainment from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Tickets are $145 per person plus tax and include three drink tickets, a champagne toast, party favors, prizes and a four-course meal. Enjoy dishes such as a trio of angel wings, empanadas, lobster chupe, churrasco steak and tres leches.
1962 West Gray
Ring in the new year with dinner and drinks at Brasserie 19. Order from the dinner menu and enjoy a complimentary Champagne toast at midnight. The next morning from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m, dig into 2017 with a bite from the restaurant’s brunch menu.
Brennan’s of Houston
Guests can dine on a special NYE feast featuring a hoppin’ John and caviar lagniappe and three courses with options including snapping turtle soup, creole lobster and cognac bisque, foie gras reveillon, Gulf Coast shrimp and grits, Black Hill Ranch Lamb osso bucco, Tender Belly Tomahawk pork chop, Rougaroux rum carrot cake and creole bread pudding, to name a few. Reservations can be made from 5 to 9:45 p.m.
Open from 5 p.m., Charivari will be offering a create-your-own NYE menu for $95 per person. Choose from dishes such as pumpkin lobster bisque, wild mushroom ravioli with black winter truffle, pan-fried foie gras with marsala reduction, beef filet tournedos, “schnitzel Charivari,” and Swiss chocolate hazelnut tart.
Crú Food & Wine Bar
9595 Six Pines Drive, #650, The Woodlands
2800 Kirby, #B-130
Enjoy a three-course dinner — featuring dishes such as Maine lobster and jumbo lump crab scampi, Barolo-braised short rib, and molten chocolate lava cake — for $50 (early seating from 5:30 to 8 p.m.) to $65 per person (gala seating from 8:30 to 10 p.m.).
Join the neighborhood restaurant and bar for dinner and help raise a glass (or two) to say so long to 2016. This year’s event features a four-course menu by head chef Kent Domas, complimentary wine and cocktail pairings, and a DJ playing all night long. Tickets cost $80, and with each ticket, guests will receive a drink ticket good for one champagne cocktail to ring in the new year at midnight, redeemable at either Johnny’s Gold Brick or Canard, both conveniently located in the Heights. Seatings are available from 7 to 10 p.m.
Eloise Nichols Grill & Liqours
Offering a specialized à la carte NYE menu, alongside the regular dinner menu, the chef will begin the evening with a complimentary amuse-bouche and a mignardise to top off the meal. Three drink pairings will be offered with the specials menu, alongside discounted bottles of Champagne and a complimentary toast at midnight. The kitchen will close at 11 p.m. and the restaurant at 12:30 a.m.
Etoile Cuisine et Bar
1101-11 Uptown Park
The restaurant will be open on New Year’s Eve and will offer prix fixe menus for $76 per person. The special Bonne Année menu features four courses, including options such as duck foie gras “au torchon” with prune mousseline and toasted brioche; fillet of sea bass in beurre blanc; and sous-vide 1885 Farm beef tenderloin in a porcini mushroom sauce, and finishes with a decadent Valrhona chocolate cake with blood orange sorbet for dessert.
Fielding’s Local Kitchen + Bar
26400 Kuykendahl, The Woodlands
Enjoy a NYE celebration with a three-course early-seating menu available for $59 per person from 5 to 8 p.m. and a four-course late-seating menu with live music, champagne toast and balloon drop for $109 per person from 8 to 11 p.m.
Harold’s Tap Room’s New Year’s Eve
350 West 19th
Harold’s Restaurant, located upstairs, will be closed for a private event, but Harold’s Tap Room, located downstairs, will ring in the New Year with complimentary Champagne cocktails at midnight and party favors for all guests. All craft draft beers will be $5 and the Ring My Bell cocktail, featuring cardamom and pear-infused vodka, lemon juice and St. Elderflower liqueur topped off with champagne, will be $6 all night. A raffle drawing will take place at 11 p.m., and guests must be present to win.
Helen Greek Food and Wine
Toast the new year at Helen Greek Food and Wine with an ancient Greek dinner that will feature all-Greek wines impossible to find anywhere else in the city. There will be two seatings, at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tickets are $200 per person and can be purchased at eventbrite.com.
La Fisheria will be open and offering its regular dinner menu, along with a special sparkling wine.
Le Bistro at the Culinary Institute LeNôtre
The restaurant at LeNôtre cooking school will play host to a delightful New Year’s Eve celebration. Attendees will be treated to a full, unique fine-dining buffet of gourmet dishes while dancing the night away with Houston’s favorite pop and disco twosome, Bubba & Greg Duo. Tickets for this event are $85 (plus tax and gratuity), and must be purchased in advance. Menus and tickets are available online.
1800 Post Oak
Enjoy a special NYE menu, plus a gift from La Table, decorations, live entertainment and a sparkling toast at midnight.
Chef Nicole Routhier of Le Colonial in River Oaks District is crafting a special three- and four-course menu to ring in the new year. The restaurant will offer seatings at 4 p.m., priced at $65 per person, and 8 p.m. for $125 per person. The first seating offers a three-course dinner and the second seating will feature a “gala” style, four-course dinner with a live band, party favors and a champagne toast. The upstairs lounge will be available for diners as well as partygoers who want to forgo dinner. A $50 cover will be in effect after 9 p.m.
Mia Bella Trattoria
1201 San Jacinto
110 Vintage Park
16535 Southwest Freeway
All three locations will be open regular hours and serve a four-course NYE dinner, priced at $60 per person, in addition to the regular menu. Indulge in dishes such as duck confit and caramelized leek tart, poached Dover sole with langostinos and spinach gnocchi, and a white and dark chocolate mousse crepe.
Part & Parcel at the Whitehall Hotel
The swanky bar at the Whitehall Hotel will be open to the public during regular hours (4 p.m. to 1 a.m.), with no cover. Partygoers can expect live music from This Is Our Band from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Snack on molten Oaxaca queso flameado, adobo-crusted chicken wings and street tacos filled with delectables like fried oysters, barbacoa and chicharrón as you toast the new year with craft cocktails, local beers, wines and bubbles.
The Pass & Provisions
The Pass will be ringing in the new year with a special seven-course tasting menu, priced at $175 per person (excluding tax and tip). The feast begins at 7 p.m., and wine and mixed-beverage pairings will be available. In Provisions, a four-course prix fixe menu will be available for $75 per person (excluding tax and tip).
PESKA Seafood Culture
1700 Post Oak
The countdown to 2017 begins at 9 p.m. with a New Year’s Eve party featuring DJ-spinning and bubbly toast at midnight. A three-course dinner menu ($75) and a four-course menu ($95) will be available from 5 to 8 p.m.
5015 Westheimer (Galleria)
5000 Katy Mills (Katy Mills)
Ring in the new year with fun for the whole family. Kids under ten can enjoy a buffet, free goodies and sparkling cider, plus a countdown to the new year. Hours are 5 to 7 p.m. at the Galleria location and 6 to 8 p.m. at Katy Mills.
Spend New Year’s Eve in the cozy log cabin and a “hangover” brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. the morning after. The New Year’s Day Brunch will feature spiked egg nog and hot chocolate, football games on three screens, and comforting dishes like black eyed peas and greens, smoked duck gumbo, fried oysters and short rib benedict.
Not only is Ritual offering a prix-fixe menu of drool-worthy cuisine, it’s also offering the chance for one lucky guest to win two tickets to Super Bowl LI at the restaurant’s NYE Midnight Revelry & Super Bowl Giveaway. Guests will also win major prizes such as a 70-inch flat screen TV, Bose headphones, Rockets tickets, a Canon camera, a four-course wine dinner at Ritual, jewelry, and Apple watches. New Year’s Eve diners will be able to be seated earlier in the evening for $75 per person and will receive a four-course prix-fixe menu along with beer, wine or cocktail pairings. Guests who choose to dine later in the evening will receive a six-course prix-fixe menu along with beer, wine or cocktail pairings for $199 per person and will automatically be entered to win all the prizes given away that night. Only 250 tickets will be sold for the exclusive $199 prix-fixe option.
1080 Uptown Park
Save the Champagne for midnight and bid adieu to 2016 with a special four-course New Year’s Eve Dinner at Hotel Granduca’s elegant restaurant. Cost is $95 per person, with additional Champagne pairing for $65 per person. Reservations are available from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
State of Grace
The restaurant will be open on New Year’s Eve and will be serving a pre-fixed menu.
The River Oaks District steakhouse will be open on New Year’s Eve with its regular dinner menu.
Uchi will offer a special New Year’s Eve omakase menu (featuring a seven-course feast, priced at $175 for two people), in addition to the full menu, with complimentary Champagne at midnight.
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