The new year will be here before we know it. If in the midst of Christmas shopping and company parties, you haven’t yet made plans, we’re here to help. Visit Houston has compiled a list of Houston’s top New Year’s Eve parties, including celebrations for kids and the whole family. Read on and make your plans to say goodbye to 2018 and ring in the new year in style.
Party in Style
Enjoy a night out on the town on New Year’s Eve at some of Houston’s best bars, restaurants and hotels, but don’t delay in buying tickets or making reservations so you don’t miss out.
Culinary and Nightlife
Welcome 2019 with a unicorn piñata, tasty food, a champagne toast, music and loads of fun at this downtown restaurant. El Big Bad’s festivities this year are ticketed so you don’t have to worry about crowds. For $25, get access to the bar before 10 p.m. and enjoy a buffet dinner and champagne toast. VIP tickets allow you to start the celebration one hour earlier, at 7 p.m., and get you access to a private buffet, two glasses of champagne and drink tickets.
Ring in the new year at the highly anticipated Bravery Chef Hall in downtown Houston. Guests will enjoy delicious food by chefs like Master Chef winner Christine Ha of The Blind Goat and Felix Flores from Cherry Block Craft Butcher & Kitchen, plus drinks, and beats by DJ Senega. Tickets are $150.
Sports fans will love to celebrate the start of the New Year at Pitch 25. Their New Year’s Eve bash features a Rockets watch party at 6 p.m., live music by the band Generations, live DJ on the pitch, balloon drop at midnight and raffles all night. Tickets start at $50.
Join the disco dancing festivities at Arnaldo Richards' Picos, a favorite located in Upper Kirby. The party includes an open bar, a four-course dinner, latin beats with Bulbo, a cigar rolling station, champagne toast at midnight and loads of fun. Tickets start at $100 for drinks and dancing only and go to $200 for VIP tickets.
For an intimate and glamorous celebration, head to Tongue-Cut Sparrow, the sophisticated bar upstairs from The Pastry War. The bar will offer two seatings on Dec. 31, one at 6 p.m. and one at 10 p.m., during which patrons will enjoy champagnes and special cocktails. Seating is limited to 30 people per seating and cost $125 per person.
For those who just want to have a good time without paying a fortune, Mongoose vs Cobra in Midtown is a good choice. Put on your best disco attire (optional) and head on over ready to groove to 70s beats while you enjoy a few drinks.
Don’t want to spend your New Year’s Eve in one spot? The Houston All-Access Pub Crawl Pass gives you access to several Midtown bars, including Mongoose vs Cobra, Belle Station and Little Woodrow's, for a very reasonable price. Buy your wristband and go from place to place as you say farewell to 2018. Tickets start at $20.
Travel back in time to the Roaring Twenties at this unique celebration that brings together dance, theatre and comedy at Prohibition Supperclub & Bar. Choose from dinner and a classic burlesque show by The Moonlight Dolls at 6 p.m. or 8:30 p.m. or a show and New Year’s Eve countdown starting at 11 p.m. that includes a complimentary breakfast buffet.
For something a little different and away from the hustle and bustle of downtown, head to Topgolf and enjoy a fun night of golf, live entertainment, food and bubbly. Bay rentals start at $200 for six guests, including unlimited play from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. The VIP package includes a bay rental, a New Year’s Eve buffet and one bottle of sparkling wine.
This lively party at the Hilton Garden Inn in Sugar Land is guaranteed to be a good time. Enjoy a gourmet buffet dinner from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. and then dance the night away to the sounds of Angelucho’s band, Copacabana, and the beats of DJ Yuca Frita. The party goes until 2 a.m. and guests may book a night at the hotel at a special rate so they can enjoy the party without worrying about the drive home. Tickets are $99 per person.
For a sophisticated evening, head out to Monnalisa Bar at Hotel Sorella. The annual party at this hip and stylish bar at Houston’s CityCentre features live music, a balloon drop and a champagne toast. The hotel also offers special New Year’s Eve packages so you can party worry-free and enjoy a delicious New Year’s Day brunch the next day.
Enjoy a Prohibition-style celebration at Bayou & Bottle in the Four Seasons Hotel. The party includes a DJ, party favors and a champagne toast and tickets are a reasonable $30 if purchased in advance.
Immerse yourself in the arts this New Year’s Eve with Ars Lyrica. Its Baroque Razzle Dazzle concert showcases violinist Adam LaMotte and Ars Lyrica instrumentalists, who will perform three concertos at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. To make it a night, add tickets for the pre-concert dinner and the post-concert party.
Spend your New Year’s Eve listening to Texas country tunes by the Josh Abbott Band at White Oak Music Hall. Tickets start at $25 but VIP tickets ($69) may be worth it, as they include a pre-show buffet dinner, a midnight champagne toast and a post-concert roof deck party.
Party for a good cause at this New Year’s Eve celebration at Bayou Place, which includes dinner, open bar, live music and dancing and breakfast tacos on the balcony. Prices are $225 per person or $400 per couple. If that’s more than you want to spend, try the late arrival package ($99), which starts at 11 p.m. and includes light bites and snacks instead of dinner. Proceeds will go to several area nonprofits.
Ring In The “Noon” Year With Kids
Kids can also take part in the fun of ringing in the new year at one of these daytime celebrations made specially for them.
Dance, eat and enjoy a kid’s balloon drop at this fun celebration at the Downtown Aquarium, which features the aquarium’s mascots Sharkey and Nero. Pick between two time slots, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. or 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and have a ball on the last day of 2018. Prices are $21.99 for kids and $29.99 for adults. Reservations are required.
This end-of-year bash rings in the New Year at the stroke of noon at the Children's Museum of Houston with a parade and ball drop. Kids will also enjoy a slew of activities and performances to help them close 2018 with a bang. After the ball drops at noon, the party continues with a live DJ. Free with museum admission.
Dancing, face painting, a photo booth and a noon hour celebration with bubbles will keep your kiddos happy at this New Year’s celebration in the plaza of CityCentre. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Head over to Memorial City Mall’s Fireplace and enjoy a dance party, face painters and balloon artists until noon when a balloon drop and lemonade toast will ring in the new year. From 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.