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The Ultimate Guide to New Year's Eve in Houston

Ring in 2015 with blowout feasts, champagne toasts and more
December 22, 2014
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by Marcy de Luna

There is no shortage of ways to ring in 2015 in Houston. Whether you plan to attend a blowout feast or dinner and a burlesque show, the champagne will pretty much be flowing everywhere. Find the perfect NYE night out for you with our guide below.

Blowout Feasts

Triniti

This name’s nod to the culinary triad of sweet, savory and spirits will be showcased in the New Year’s Eve menu ($150 per person before 8 PM; $175 after 8 PM), which will feature dishes like an amuse-bouche of pear, champagne and almond crumble, a carrot-and-mushroom tagliatelle and short rib with cornbread French toast. The deal here includes a wine pairing with all eight courses. 

Pax Americana

There’s never a dull moment at this lively Montrose spot. The four-course meal ($75 per person; extra $45 for optional beverage pairing) includes a mix of day-boat Gulf seafood, meats and vegetables, all sourced and foraged locally. Pax also has a few surprises up its sleeve with additional amuse-bouche courses and an all-veggie option. 

Glass Wall Restaurant

A culinary fixture in Houston’s historic Heights since 2006, Glass Wall has just undergone a facelift and is ready to enter the new year in style. The regular menu will be available so guests can enjoy their all-time favorites, along with specials such as a warm lobster Waldorf salad and housemade chocolate bombe with truffles. At midnight, enjoy a champagne toast with complimentary party favors and balloons.

Damian’s Cucina Italiana

The upscale Italian eatery in Midtown will offer a three-course dinner ($64.95 per person). Expect the likes of shrimp sautéed with garlic, white wine and butter, veal mostarda served with fried zucchini and banana bread pudding smothered in bourbon sauce.

Dinner and a Show

Prohibition Supperclub and Bar

Expect the unexpected at this swank Downtown venue, where guests will be transported to a time when speakeasies, flappers and lavish spending dominated the night. Highlights on the decadent, five-course menu (5-10 PM; $75 per person) include a savory crab and crawfish cheesecake, smoked cauliflower and caviar soup, and grilled whiskey-marinated Texas quail with hot pepper jam. Starting at 10 PM, burlesque troop the Moonlight Dolls will hit the stage for a production adapted from Fitzgerald’s “Tales of the Jazz Age.”

Okra Charity Saloon

Buy a drink, get a ticket and vote for your favorite of eight charities, all in the running to take home the bar’s proceeds for the month. When the clock strikes midnight, guests will receive a glass of special punch as a mega balloon drop takes place. As always, there is no cover. 

Dance Parties

The Nightingale Room

Revelers can enjoy a big dance party at Downtown Houston’s newest high-energy bar. From an expanded shots menu to vinyl spins — plus a midnight balloon drop and champagne toast — it's guaranteed to be a good time. If you’re starting your night early, select bottles of champagne will be half off until 9 PM. Reserve a table or simply walk in — there is no cover.

Down House

Join the Heights-area eatery for dinner ($100 per person) and raise a glass (or two) to the New Year. The four-course menu, including local vegetables with a togarashi Japanese spice mix and steamed Gulf fish with risotto and grilled lemon vinaigrette, also comes with complimentary wine and cocktail pairings. Nosh and then groove to beats spun by a live DJ and have a midnight toast.

Boozy Celebrations

Julep

We can’t think of a better way to ring in the New Year than with two of our favorite things — bubbles and bourbon at Julep. Offerings include a seafood tower (lobster, Dungeness crab, crab claws, shrimp and oysters), a bottle of champagne and a bourbon tasting. RSVP for three seatings: 4-7 PM, 7-10 PM and 10 PM-2 AM.

Anvil Bar and Refuge

This Montrose bar will gear up for 2015 with a balloon drop, midnight toast at midnight and menu of bubbly cocktails.. A select list of 10 drinks will be half-price all night long.

Day-After Brunches

Hugo’s 

Recover from the big night with this Mexican hot spot's Return to Life Brunch Buffet ($31 per person/$12 per child) with all-you-can-eat menudo (tripe soup), seafood cocktail and shrimp enchiladas.

Radio Milano

Keep your New Year's celebration going with a midday buffet at the newly opened Italian spot at CityCentre, featuring separate stations for pasta, meats and salads along with housemade pizzas and foccacia (11 AM-3 PM; $35 per person and $17 per child).

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