It's not too late to plan that very important New Year's Eve date with your spouse or special someone and there are a several celebrations going on throughout the Houston area. From dining and dancing to overnights, couples can spend sometime together ringing in the New Year on a very special date night.
2222 West Loop South
Give your New Year’s Eve celebration a Royal start and finish in one of Royal Sonesta’s chic, just renovated accommodations. Kick off your mini getaway with a toast from a welcome bottle of champagne with commemorative glasses. After a night out on the town or at the Axis lounge, a sophisticated new Galleria area hotspot located inside the hotel, get ready to enter 2014 in the luxurious surroundings of your king room. The “New Year’s Eve” package starts at just $169 per room, per night and also includes overnight valet parking.The package is based on double occupancy and subject to availability. Children under 17 stay free with an adult, and the offer excludes groups. To make your reservation call 713.627.7600 or click here.
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220 Main Street
Ring in the New Year in the heart of the downtown historic district with Hotel ICON’s “Double Date ICONic New Year’s” package. You’ll enjoy two deluxe guestrooms, a four-course dinner for four in the Wine Vault with wine pairings, a midnight champagne toast in your room, breakfast for four on New Year’s Day at LINE & LARIAT, overnight valet parking for two vehicles and late check-out - all for $2,014. To make your reservation please call 800.627.7468 or click here.
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14703 Park Row Blvd.
The Wyndham covers all the "w" of who, what, when, where and why this New Year’s Eve with the “Wyndham NYE” package. Your evening begins with a three-course dinner for two before popping your personal bottle of champagne to enjoy before the ball drops. Sleep in with a late checkout and a breakfast buffet for two the following morning at Park Restaurant & Grille. The package starts at $199 per room, per night for standard accommodations. To make your reservation please call 281.558.5580 or click here.
800 Sorella Court
Celebrate the New Year in style at Hotel Sorella CITYCENTRE, Houston’s only Conde Nast Traveler Gold List property. Indulge in a five-course, prix fixe dinner at the acclaimed Bistro or make an evening of your celebration with “The Quite the Night Monnalisa” package that includes champagne in guestroom on arrival, plus tickets for two to Monnalisa bar’s annual party, where you’ll have the best seat in the house for CITYCENTRE’s midnight fireworks spectacular. The overnight package starts at $319 for double occupancy.
The festivities begin the Lobby Lounge at 5 pm with wine and cocktail service set to the soothing sounds of a quartet. The Bistro will offer a dinner seating at 6 priced at $79 per person and at 9 or $99. Menu highlights include a Lox, caviar and crème fraiche amuse bouche; 24 Hour Beef Short Rib with Yukon potato mousseline, heirloom carrots, foie gras and bordelaise; Saba Lacquered Pork Belly with ham hock braised black eyed peas and apple salad; and Butternut Squash Ravioli with sage brown butter, duck prosciutto and pecorino romano.
The excitement builds a DJ begins spinning in CITYCENTRE plaza at 7 and Del Castillo takes the stage in Monnalisa at 10:30(admission $50 per person), followed by a balloon drop and champagne toast as the clock strikes 12.
New Year’s Day, recharge with The Bistro’s Mimosa New Year’s Day Brunch, priced at $75 per couple.
2815 S Shepherd Drive
Treat yourself at Triniti, which will be offering two seating windows. The first is a five-course dinner at 5 pm priced at $75 per person with a $55 per person wine pairing option. Allow two hours for dining. The second is an eight-course dinner beginning at 8:30 pm which is priced at $120 with a $75 pairing option. Menu items include Lobster Pho with coconut noodle, Thai basil, lemongrass vinaigrette and a chili glaze; Brussels Sprouts & Grapes with orange sabayon and shaved foie gras; Surf & Turf; Agnolotti with black eyed pea and veal tongue pastrami; Rock Shrimp and “Grits” with cornbread pudding, port salut and caviar; Rolled Quail with spinach and pine nut stuffing and pomegranate mustard; and Filet of Beef with potato ribbons, soubise and pimms butter.
After dinner, make your way toward the lounge where the real celebration begins. Dance to music by DJ Sun from 9 pm until 1 am with a brief break at midnight for a champagne toast. Special champagne cocktails from The Ladies of Libation will be served for $10 each all evening long. No cover for the bar, lounge or patio. To make a reservation, please call 713.527.9090 or visit them online.
1800 Post Oak Blvd.
Philippe Restaurant + Lounge showcases a decadent New Year’s Eve menu featuring a four-course prix fixe menu. The price is $105 per person including a champagne toast, and the addition of a wine pairing is $40 per person. The dinner includes:Goat Cheese, Artichoke + Endive Salad with candied pecans and cranberry dressing; Chilean Sea Bass Paupilette with garlic chili, Sicilian olives, lemon potato tart and black inter truffle; Grilled Surf &Turf with half lobster and Wagyu strip steak, beech mushroom, scallion, baby turnips and red miso butter; plus the Dessert Duo of baked Alaska with chocolate hazelnut, cherry and vanilla ice creams, warm flourless chocolate cake and ambrosia salad.
The regular, a la carte menu will also be available all evening, and Phil's Wine Lounge will be serving cocktails and bar bites. To make a reservation, please call 713.439.1000.
3908 Westheimer Road - 713.621.5800
799 Town and Country Blvd. -713.331.2792
“RA”ck the night away on New Year’s Eve at RA Sushi Bar Restaurant. Both the Highland Village and CITYCENTRE locations will host a celebratory bash from 7 pm until close. Guest DJs will be spinning party-worthy beats, and food and drink specials will start at just $4. Keep the evening going with a variety of drink specials, such as $6 Kirin Bombers, $5 Blushing Geisha and $1 Hot Sake. Toast to 2014 with Lunetta Prosecco, $18 for a bottle or $5 a glass.
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3701 Travis Street
Sparrow Bar + Cookshop will be celebrating New Year’s Eve with a four-course, prix fixe menu featuring a champagne cocktail toast. The cost is $75 per person with optional wine pairings for $30 per person. Menu options include Vanilla Bean Cured Salmon with skyr labneh, preserved lemon and beet chutney; Beef Cheek Tagine with Israeli couscous; Tempura of Tuna Shashimi with orange chili sauce, wasabi and roe; Gruyere Beignets with red pepper “jam”; Sunchoke Soup; Winter Slaw with citrus and meringue pecans and miso happy; Chicken Fried Chicken Confit Leg with sweet-hot mustard creamed leeks, Duck “Sirloin” with cranberry gastrique; Antelope Cutlet with red onion cream gravy; Lamb Tenderloin with green olive tapenade; Country Style Vegetable Curry with tofu and rice paper; Quince Crisp, Bananas Foster Cheesecake, Warm Date Butter Tart and Houston Dairymaids Cheese Pair. To make a reservation, please call 713.524.6922.
607 W Gray Street
Join Eleven XI for your last indulgence of 2013. The 5 pm seating showcases a four-course, prix fixe menu priced at $65 per person with $20 and $40 per person beverage pairings, which include wine, beer or cocktail options. A five-course menu is available with seatings at 7 and 9 pm and is priced at $85 with $25 and $50 beverage pairing options.
Menu highlights include Smoked Heirloom Tomato & Lobster Bisque; Bibb Lettuce Stack with purple haze goat cheese, smoked duck breast vinaigrette and chicken fried Nueske’s bacon; Classic Caesar Salad with herb focaccia croutons; Braised Short Rib Ravioli with caramelized pearl onions and truffle infused demi-glace; Chargrilled Salmon with bamboo infused risotto and miso infused broth; and Pecan Smoked Prime Rib with olive oil and goat cheese whipped potatoes plus grilled asparagus. A champagne toast will accompany the house made desserts at each seating. To make a reservation, please call 713.529.5811.
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800 W. Sam Houston Pkwy
All that glitters is gold at STRAITS Asian Bistro & Lounge this New Year’s Eve. Dress like King Midas and receive the royal treatment with bottle service packages while dancing the night away with DJ ERIC. A special menu will be available in the dining room until 10 pm and light bites will be served until 1 am. Highlights from the NYE menu include Crispy Soft Shell Crab and Caviar, White Korma Braised Beef Shank, Wok Charred Sea Scallops and Pecan Roasted Rack of Lamb.
Other party highlights include red carpet and velvet rope entry, satellite bar, complimentary photo booth and a Gogo dancer. There will be a $10 cover charge for the Glitter and Gold New Years Eve Party. To make reservations for dinner or bottle service please call 713.365.9922.
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1201 Lake Woodlands Drive
Join Mi Cocina for a Tex-Mex meal and margaritas before heading to your New Year’s Eve party. On December 31, Mi Cocina will be serving their full menu from 11 am until 9 pm. Start your dinner with one of Mi Cocina’s new menu items, Red Chile Chicken Pozole, a spicy Mexican soup with chicken, hominy, cabbage, cilantro and lime. For your main course enjoy customer favorites like the Tacos “De Brisket” or Crispy Chicken Enchiladas Verdes. And what would a Tex-Mex meal be without margaritas? Try the Mambo Taxi, Mi Cocina’s legendary and classic frozen margarita featuring Sauza Blanco tequila with Mi Cocina house made Sangria. Looking to add a little spice to your night? The recently added Jalapeno-Agave Margarita is made with Sweet Heat Agave nectar topped with both a frozen margarita base and chilled, shaken margarita rocks with jalapeno salsa. End your dining experience on a sweet note with another new addition to Mi Coinca’s menu, Churros. This sharable dessert is light and crunchy, dusted with cinnamon and sugar and served with traditional cajeta caramel and Mexican chocolate dipping sauces.
GreenStreet is planning an array of New Year’s Eve festivities that will have everyone feeling like a rock star! From a carousel of concerts at the House of Blues to a decadent masquerade party at III Forks, downtown party revelers will find no shortage of fun this holiday season!
House of Blues New Year’s Eve Bash, hipsters will get their chance to get their party started right! Featured performances include Woodlands native Hayes Carll with guests JD McPherson and Mike and the Moonpies; the ultimate tropical dance party hosted by Fat Tony y La Comadre Mel, an 80’s theme celebration with Thunderpants as well as an evening full of dancing with DJ Charlee Brown. Single tickets range from $10 - $45 (plus applicable fees). All-inclusive packages range from $200 - $400 per ticket (exclusive of fees). The Music Hall is open to guests of all ages while the events in the Bronze Peacock Room, Crossroads and Foundation Room are open to guests ages 21 and up. Door and show times vary. Tickets for all shows and packages are on sale now and are available at the House of Blues Box Office, Company Store, by calling 800.745.3000 and online at www.HouseOfBlues.com and www.Ticketmaster.com.
Book a reservation at III Forks where you’ll not only enjoy one of the finest steaks in town, but also ring in the New Year in style as the iconic restaurant presents its Masquerade Party on Tuesday, December 31 from 10 p.m. – 1 a.m. Slip on that mysterious party mask and dine on a custom menu made exclusively for the evening’s celebrations. Sparkly party favors and live music help complement the atmosphere throughout the night! For a complete look at III Forks’ menu and offerings, visit www.iiiforks.com.
The fun begins at 7 p.m. at Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar on December 31 with four of your favorite piano players taking center stage and battling it out all night long. Reservations are recommended as this event sells out every year. Party favors, light hors d'oeuvres and a bottle of champagne are included for all table reservations. For more information or to book a reservation, call 713.337.7383 or visit www.petesduelingpianobar.com.
Want to ring the New Year with some luck? Lucky Strike is offering a convenient and cost-conscious New Year’s Eve package. You and a crew of eight to ten can enjoy one hour of bowling and shoe rentals plus a loaded appetizer platter and bottle of champagne for $300. To learn more about party specials and other Lucky Strike Bowling events, call 713-343-3300.
GreenStreet is located at 1201 Fannin and spans four city blocks. To visit, hop on the free Greenlink bus and exit at Dallas and San Jacinto, take Metro Rail to Main Street Square Metro Station or enjoy a quick walk from many of the nearby landmarks. Visitors also can safely access the complex from the parking garage on Clay between Main and Fannin via a Sky Bridge.
Happy Holidays wherever you are and Best Wishes for a Happy New Year.