Top Ten Places to Ring in the New Year in Downtown

2017 is coming to a close and let’s face it, New Year’s Eve is a hard night to plan. Skip the anxiety that comes with planning a house party and ring in 2018 in style at any of these end of year celebrations in the heart of Downtown instead. 

Potente’s New Year’s Eve Celebration
If you’re looking to elevate your 2017 sendoff, Potente has just the soiree for you. In addition to indulging in their five-course caviar and truffle prix fixe menu and complimentary champagne, the upscale Italian restaurant is offering a professional photo op with the Houston Astros World Series trophy! Start the year off feeling like a champ with a classy night of fine dining and a selfie with one of Houston’s proudest possessions. Reservations required.

Hearsay Gastro Lounge’s NYE
Strap on your most dapper duds for a swinging good time at Hearsay Gastro Lounge’s roaring 20’s theme blowout. Offering a full cocktail menu and special dinner options, you’ll feel like the bee’s knees getting your Great Drinksby on as the balloons drop at midnight. The party starts at 4 pm and reservations are required. 

Crystal Ballroom New Year’s Eve Party
The Crystal Ballroom and Lawless Spirits have united forces to throw the ultimate New Year's Eve dance party. Their all-inclusive ticket grants guests access to drinks from six premium bars, live music by the Mockingbirds followed by a DJ set, and midnight champagne toast. Purchase a VIP ticket and kick your night up a notch with a chef appetizer buffet at 9 pm, premium cocktails, and 1 am street taco buffet on top of all the other party perks.

Hyatt Regency Houston New Year's Eve Party

Kick off 2018 at the Hyatt Regency’s 40th annual New Year’s Eve Party. Houston’s longest-running New Year’s Eve party boasts a 50,000 balloon drop from the hotel’s 33-story atrium, two live bands, a DJ and fabulous room packages.

House of Blues’ A Very Metal New Year’s Eve
There will be plenty of head-banging at the House of Blues’ “A Very Metal New Year’s Eve” party. The punk bash will pay tribute to a handful of rock and metal gods including Ozzy Osbourne, KISS and others with special performances by Ozz, KISS ALIKE, JudasX, and No Remorse- A Tribute to Metallica. Must be 21+ to raise a glass at this rockin’ celebration.

Prohibition’s Jazz Age NYE Countdown
For those looking to party with the infamous and glittering lost generation, make your way to Prohibition Theatre. The Moonlight Dolls are taking it back to the roaring twenties with an immersive performance of The Jazz Age, filled with evocative jazz music, dance and comedy. Tickets are available for their 6 pm, 8 pm, and 11 pm shows.

Henke & Pilot’s 2018 NYE Winter Wonderland

Close out 2017 in a winter wonderland fashion at Henke & Pillot’s 4th Annual New Year’s Eve Bash. The magical themed night will feature a red carpet, several entertainers throughout the night including DJ Loon, a myriad of party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. Tickets start at $20.

MKT Bar’s '80s Prom New Year's Eve Party
Travel back to the days of metal bands and leg warmers at MKT Bar’s ‘80s Prom NYE Party. Ring in the New Year paying homage to the classic decade with a tubular prom king and queen voting, vintage arcade games, Polaroid cameras along with food and drink specials, and a worldly bubbly menu!

Pete’s Dueling Piano New Year’s Eve Party
Channel your inner Mariah Carey and sing in the New Year at Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar’s New Year’s Eve celebration. Complete with non-stop shows, party favors, and a champagne toast, you won’t help but to clap-along, sing-along and drink-along at the SING LOUD karaoke bash. Secure your spot by calling 713-337-7383.

El Big Bad’s Year of the Unicorn
El Big Bad’s end of year bash will include signature Unicorn cocktails, a great DJ set, along with a unicorn costume contest and special unicorn piñata drop at midnight! This is one magical fiesta you won’t want to miss.

From all of us at the Downtown District, please have a happy and SAFE new year!

For the complete list of New Year’s Eve parties in Downtown, visit our online calendar.

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