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Houston’s Ultimate New Year’s Eve Guide

The Best Restaurants, Bars and Hotels For an Epic Party Night

BY // 12.29.15

Nearly 365 days have come and gone, bringing a new calendar year to the horizon. In other words … it’s time to celebrate! Whether you’re in the mood to dance the night away, or you’re looking forward to a glorious dinner with friends, we’ve gathered a list of some of the best last-minute fêtes Houston has to offer.

It’s bound to be a very happy new year.

ANVIL BAR & REFUGE 
1424 Westheimer Road
Thursday, December 31, until 2 am
Count down your favorite spirits of 2015 at Anvil’s New Year’s Eve bash. The bar will announce its favorite spirit of the year on December 31, and guests receive half-off this year’s Top 10 List. A complimentary champagne toast and balloon drop takes place at midnight.

B&B BUTCHERS & RESTAURANT 
1814 Washington Ave.
Thursday, December 31, 7 pm to 1 am
Ring in the New Year with beef, booze and bubbles at B&B Butchers’ first New Year’s Eve celebration. Guests can order from the steakhouse’s succulent dinner and cocktail menu, party favors included, all while listening to the sounds of Motown from Yvonne Washington & The Mix.

B&B is also offering 20 percent off pre-ordered champagne for your obligatory midnight toast. Reservations are required. Call 713.862.1814 or email eat@bbbutchers.com to secure your table. 

Tis' the season for B&B Butchers.
It’s the season for B&B Butchers.

BEAVER’S
2310 Decatur St.
Friday, January 1, starting at 10 am 

The morning after your NYE fête, kick off 2016 with New Year’s Day brunch at Beaver’s. Festive menu items include black-eyed pea jambalaya-stuffed cabbage rolls ($10), champagne punch cocktails ($5), Bloody Marys ($9), the Beaver Mary (vodka, tomato juice-infused with bruised celery, garlic, wasabi, pepper, salt, lime and Big Daddy’s Hot Sauce), the Squealin’ Mary (housemade bacon-infused vodka, bacon and sugar salt rim, Beaver mary mix and candied bacon), the Mary Jane (vodka, cucumber, cilantro, green tomatoes, tomatillos and ginger) and the Mescal Bloody Mary. 

Holiday Gifting

  • Casa di Lino
  • Loeffler Randall - Shoes
  • Bond No 9 - Candle
  • Mariquite Masterson
  • Oscar De La Renta - Clutch
  • Bond No 9 - Perfume
  • Loeffler Randall - Clutch
  • Cle Du Peau - Nail Polish
  • Oscar De La Renta - Earrings
  • Nocturne Studio
  • Mariquite Masterson
  • Cle Du Peau - Lip Gloss

BLACK & WHITE
1001 Studewood St
Thursday, December 31, 5 pm to 1 am 

New Year’s Eve at Heights newcomer Black & White is priced at $90 and offers a three-course seafood dinner of roasted octopus tostada (octopus ceviche served over a garlic and guajillo chili mayo spread on a crispy, corn tortilla with a slice of avocado), tenderloin and lobster (topped with foie gras and a brandy reduction, served with asparagus risotto) and blackened mahi mahi (topped with a miso reduction, served with grilled asparagus and mixed greens).

For dessert, choose from a chocolate tart, white brownie or coffee flan. Bonus: a live DJ, complimentary glass of champagne, and 30 percent off the price of champagne all night. For reservations, call 346.980.8484.

CRU FOOD & WINE BAR
9595 Six Pines Dr., The Woodlands; 2800 Kirby Dr., in West Ave
Thursday, December 31, 5:30 to 10 pm
Before a night out on the town, stop by Cru for a special New Year’s Eve dinner. The wine bar is offering a three-course prix-fixe menu that includes items like Maine lobster and jumbo lump crab scampi, Fuji apple salad, roasted rack of lamb, roasted duck breast, molten chocolate lava cake and white chocolate mousse with a crispy caramel tuile.

Guests can opt for early seating (5:30 to 8 pm) for $50 or gala seating (8:30 to 10 pm) for $65. For reservations call 281.465.9463 (The Woodlands) or 713.528.9463 (West Ave).

Indulge in a
Indulge in a five-course meal at The Durham House this New Year’s Eve.

THE DURHAM HOUSE
1200 Durham Dr.
Thursday, December 31
Bring in 2016 with Chef Don Schoenburg at The Durham House. Schoenburg will present a five-course prix-fixe menu for $90. Expect dishes like smoked kampachi with kampachi, avocado sorbet and mignonette; charred beet salad with red and yellow beets, chevre, fennel and roasted shallot vinaigrette; butter-poached lobster with sweetbreads, artichokes, mâche and shellfish emulsion; cinnamon-rubbed pork with ancient grains, charred scallions and red mole; and apple tart tatin with roasted apples, Fat Cat Creamery ice cream and caramel sauce.

Guests also have the option of wine and cocktail pairings for an additional charge. All reservations made for after 9 pm include a celebratory champagne toast. For reservations, call 713.864.5600. 

FOUR SEASONS HOTEL 
1300 Lamar St.
Thursday, December 31, first seating at 5:30 pm, second seating at 8:30 pm
Jazz into the New Year at the Four Seasons Hotel’s 1st annual New Year’s Eve Jazz Gala. Tickets include an interactive multi-course dining menu (some dishes will be prepared in the ballroom for guests) with wine pairings, a balloon drop, a midnight champagne toast and a performance by musician Paul English.

But there’s more. The after party takes place in the hotel’s Lobby Lounge with sounds from DJ Bradley David. For ticket information, visit quattrorestauranthouston.com

HOTEL ZAZA
5701 Main St.
Thursday, December 31 
The Hotel ZaZa’s annual New Year’s Eve bash is never a bad idea. For $75, prepare for a night of endless dancing, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a live DJ. Bottle service is also available through Luis Munoz at lmunoz@hotelzaza.com Overnight accommodations, also never a bad idea, begin at $495, which includes two tickets to the evening. Call 713.527.1800 for reservations. 

LA TABLE
1800 Post Oak Blvd., Houston, TX 77056
Thursday December 31, 5 pm and 9 pm; Friday, January 1, 10:30 am to 3 pm 
A special four-course dinner awaits at La Table’s New Year’s Eve fête. Courses include lobster parfait, caviar service, foie gras raviolo, and Mediterranean sea bass. Early seating begins at 5 pm for $75 per person, while party seating (which includes a special gift from La Table, live music and a midnight champagne toast) begins at 9 pm for $175 per person. For reservations, call 713.439.1000. 

La Table also offers a family-style brunch on New Years Day from 10:30 am to 3 pm. Priced at $59 ($29 for children), expect housemade pastries, a raw bar, carving station, dessert corner and more.

LAWLESS SPIRITS & KITCHEN x CRYSTAL BALLROOM 
909 Texas Ave.
Thursday, December 31, 9 pm to 2 am
Lawless Spirits & Kitchen teams up with Crystal Ballroom for a one-of-a-kind New Years Eve fête with six premium bars, live music by Empire 6, a  DJ and a 1 am breakfast taco buffet catered by Sambuca. Purchase tickets here.

THE NIGHTINGALE ROOM
308 Main St.
Thursday, December 31, until 2 am
Don your favorite crimson apparel to Nightingale Room’s New Year’s Eve Red Party. Expect a special guest DJ, festive masquerade masks, a balloon drop and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Reserve one of Nightingale’s six booths (which come with complimentary champagne all night) for $300 by emailing Mike Criss at mike@nightingaleroom.com

Step into the Roaring Twenties this New Year's Eve at Prohibition Supperclub.
Step into the Roaring Twenties this New Year’s Eve at Prohibition Supperclub.

PROHIBITION SUPPERCLUB & BAR
1008 Prairie St.
Thursday December 31, starting at 10 pm 
Be transported to the Roaring Twenties this New Year’s Eve with a performance at Prohibition Supperclub. The Moonlight Dolls will debut an adaptation of Fitzgerald’s “Tales of the Jazz Age” complete with speakeasies, flappers and live jazz music. Following the show, can partake in a Prohibition-style NYE countdown. VIP tickets and bottle/seating packages are also available. For more information, call 281.940.4636.

STATE OF GRACE
3258 Westheimer Road
Thursday, December 31, reservations until 11 pm 
River Oaks hot spot State of Grace kicks off its first New Years Eve with an $85 prix-fixe menu, as well as full oyster bar service. Dishes include an array of menu items like the lobster hushpuppies (a personal favorite), gulf blue crab “gumbo” with hill country smoked sausage, and Texas quail served with pepper jelly, cotija grits, bacon and mustard greens. Dinner includes a midnight champagne toast.

Reservations are encouraged, but walk-in guests can take advantage of an a la carte menu upon arrival. For reservations, call 832.942.5080. 

TARAKAAN
2301 Main St.
Thursday, December 31, until 2 am
In the mood for a Las Vegas-style New Year’s Eve? Midtown newcomer Tarakaan has you covered. The Pan-Asian restaurant offers a four-course prix-fixe menu for its first New Year’s Eve. Menu options include the Tarakaan tower, tandoori lobster salad, Wagyu vindaloo, Badmassh roasted chicken, Tarakaan’s signature Pandan panna cotta and chai chocolate pot de crime. The party heats up at 10 pm with a DJ, followed by a midnight champagne toast. Bonus: Tarakaan is offering Moët bottle specials starting at $65 from 11 pm to 2 am.

Tarakaan's Buddha is sure to bring you good luck in the new year.
Tarakaan’s Buddha is sure to bring you good luck in the new year.

 

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