The Big Event
Updated with more listings: The procrastinator's guide to New Year's Eve inHouston
UPDATE: We can never include every NYE event around town, but we've been adding as new spots hit our radar. Keep checking back for the latest.
Whether you're just looking for a great meal before heading to a house party (or to ring in the year with someone special and Ryan Seacrest), or searching for an all-out, all-night shindig, we've wrapped up some great options for bringing in a memorable 2010.
- Whether you are planning to party downtown or just finished watching the Rockets take on the Mavs, enjoy a dinner in the park with The Grove's a la carte menu or special 3-course dinner.
- Foodie fave Catalan and lively Ibiza are ringing in the new year with none of the assigned seating times or prix fixe menus, just the same great food and wine as the rest of the year.
- Popular new kid on the block Yelapa Playa Mexicana is pulling out all the stops with a six-course dinner of south of the border seafood-heavy faves (think gazpacho, bolinhos, and spiced guava pork) in two seatings for $78 ($108 with wine pairings).
- Wine lovers won't want to miss the four-course Texas-Provence dinner at Mockingbird Bistroto be paired with the award-winning wine list. $75/person
- Can't decide between dining and clubbing? Hit up Straitsfor a retro Singaporean five-course meal, a DJ, drink specials from Belvedere Vodka and Veuve Clicquot, plus a front row seat for the CityCentre entertainment featuring The Texas Blues Brothers tribute band and fireworks at midnight. $75/person plus $20 cover after 11 p.m.
- Start out an evening in Midtown with a five- or six-course meal at t'afiawith plenty of options to choose from. $65-$75/person
- For a break from prix fixe rules, hit the ever-fabulous RDG + Bar Anniefor open seating and the full bar and grill menus, plus a special burgers and breakfast menu starting at 11 p.m.
- Enjoy a continental New Year with a sumptuous three-course classic French feast and live music at Humble's Chez Nous. $75-$125/person
- Whether spent on the patio (decked out with space heaters in chilly weather) or the cozy upstairs annex, finish out 2009 with the four-course meal at Backstreet Café. $69/person
- It's hard to pick the high point of New Year's Eve at Hugo's, between the four-course dinner, live music by Viento and the special after-dinner coffee concoction of espresso, steamed milk, piloncillo, cinnamon and brandy called, ironically, The Drowsy Chaperone. $69/person
- The world's a cabaret at SoVino, with a cabaret-style performance by Bubba and Greg, plus a four-course prix fixe menu offered in addition to the a la carte menu. Prix fixe dinner, $45-$55/person
- Bistro Provence has something for everyone, three-course dinners served in an abbreviated early bird seating and three more leisurely seatings. $48-$70/person
- Ring in the new year Italian-style at Valentino, with two dinner menu options ($80 or $110) alongside Valentino's famous wine list.
- Celebrate New Year's Eve in style by the bay in Seabrook at Bailey's American Grille. Enjoy a five-course meal of mouthwatering upscale American favorites, dancing in the private event room to jazz and funk by the Grady Gaines band, a midnight breakfast buffet and a shuttle to local hotels. $115/person, $200/couple
- The St. Regis lets you pick your party, choosing between an early 5-course dinner at The Remington with live entertainment and dancing ($95/person), a later 4-course meal that adds a bottle of champagne ($185/person) or simply hors d'oeuvres, dancing and a midnight toast in the Remington Bar ($20/person)
- The Hobby Center is throwing a "Dance in the Decade" shindig at Artista, with a 4-course dinner, champagne, raffles and music by Mango Punch. $135/person
- Have a thoroughly modern new year at Hotel ZaZa's "Bubbles and Babes" roaring '20s-themed bash, featuring flappers, surprise performances, silent movie screenings, a five-course dinner at Monarch and plenty of booze. From $350 per couple
- Ladies, time to practice bowling in that miniskirt: New Year's Eve at Lucky Strike Lanes includes call bar, appetizer and dessert buffets, champagne toast, and DJ for $60/person and $100/couple, plus bowling and shoe rental.
- The PYTs will be partying at Vintage Lounge with an open bar and tunes by The Handsomes and DJ Melodic and Young $quaddy. $75 for advance tickets and $100 at the door, plus groups can pay $300 for a table with unlimited non-super-premium bottle service.
- Get the best of everything with Hotel Icon NYE packages, including a 5-course meal at Voice, a luxe overnight stay, champagne delivered to your room and a swinging lobby party. Starting at $220 per room.
- Assuming a flight to Monte Carlo is not in the cards, find all the same perks in the La Torretta Lake ResortNew Year's Celebration, with hors d'oeuvres, gourmet dinner stations, a casino, live music, a DJ and karaoke, plus reasonable room deals. And forget the babysitter: for $20 per child, kids can enjoy their own party with a buffet, guitar hero contest, movies and games. Party $90/person, rooms from $309 per couple including two party tickets.
- Keep it chic with NYE at theRed Room, with fierce DJs spinning, drink specials, and a champagne toast, of course. $100/person
- Have a killer New Year's at Keith and Margo's Third Annual New Year's Celebration at the Renaissance Houston Hotel. After the modern, interactive whodunit, enjoy a gourmet dinner, reception, dancing to DJ-spun tunes, and an optional room to crash in. From $139/person
- The Black Carpet NYE Party at The Tasting Room in Uptown Park combines wine lovers, hors d'oeuvres, live music, and, of course, champagne. $50/person
- There's something for everyone at Warehouse Liveand Sportsmonkey's BLT party—that's black tie, lingerie and togas—with multiple DJs and live music from Adrenaline and The Spicolis. $89/person
- Party on the wild Veranda at Alden-Houston Hotelwith an open bar, a Times Square simulcast and breakfast bites and coffee from *17, and you can start the evening with a five-course dinner at *17, and end it at a+ or in one of Alden's guest suite. From $100/person
- For a more chill Eve, hit 13 Celsius, celebrating its third anniversary with its signature understated cool, including a birthday cake, champagne and a new art installation by Jonathan Leach. $15/person
- Houston's largest NYE party is at the Hyatt Regency Houston, with three floors of festivities including tunes by Mary's Band, The Argyles, DJ 33 1/3, a special VIP room and a 50,000 balloon cascade at midnight. From $299 per room.
And don't forget to get the party started early with the Culturemap-sponsored Eve of New Year's Eve party at House of Blues on Dec. 30, featuring a disco frenzy in the Foundation Room after a HOB concert by Le Freak. Get free admission with a concert ticket stub or by emailing email@example.com and mentioning Culturemap.
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