Your Ultimate Guide to New Year's Downtown

We know – you’re not the only one thinking, “Where the heck did 2021 go?” But alas, the countdown to 2022 has begun, and we are here to give you a roundup of how to ring in the New Year Downtown!


Why choose one place, when you have a whole neighborhood at your fingertips? Grab your friends and spend New Year’s Eve bar hopping to the spots that kept you going all year long, From Angel Share and Dean’s, to McIntyre’s and Secret Garden, the fun shouldn’t stop at just one—the more, the merrier.

Celebrating with your significant other? Before you make your rounds around town, kiss 2021 goodbye under Mistletoe on the Go at Market Square Park! #XOMistletoe #MarketSquareHOU

Didn’t do much traveling this year? No worries, Batanga has you covered with Passport To 2022. With no cover charge, celebrate with party favors, a champagne toast and live music from none other than DJ Steve. Did we mention they also have a special dinner offer of filet mignon and a crab cake for $49—talk about bringing in the New Year right!


For something a bit more extravagant, grab tickets to POST HTX’s New Year’s Eve Celebration (Starting at $65) with fireworks, cirque-style performers, live DJ’s, drinks and more – all atop the Skylawn.


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Sip in style at Downtown’s new urban winery, Pur Noire for their exclusive party, Célébrer. Grab tickets ($99) to celebrate the release of their first sparkling wine while you enjoy delicious bites and live music from Houston Groove Society!


The chance to whip out your favorite costume is here! Grab tickets to these classy celebrations with champagne toasts to cheers in the New Year!

Walk into 2022 with style at Art of Eve, a red-carpet event at Ballroom at Bayou Place celebrating art! Get tickets (starting at $50) and check out work from local & national artists, jam to five DJ’s and enjoy festive photo-ops.

The word for New Years Eve at El Big Bad is UNICORN! Come dressed in your favorite unicorn attire for the costume contest, sip on specialty unicorn cocktails and watch the “Unicorn Piñata Ball” drop at midnight. Grab tickets (starting at $25) for the NYE Year of The Unicorn Party and enjoy a complimentary buffet and party favors! 

Whether you’re making memories at the Black & White Masquerade Ball at the JW Marriott (starting at $120), dancing at Lily & Bloom’s Masquerade Ball (starting at $120), rocking your Roaring 20s fit at Prohibition Nights (starting at $85) at the C. Baldwin, toasting in the Four Seasons Hotel lobby at A New Year’s State of Mind (starting at $75), or enjoying casino-night Gatsby-style (starting at $115) at Hilton-Americas Houston, there are plenty of themed happenings to bring in the new year with a bang!


Can you name a better way to ring in 2022 than feasting like a King or Queen? Elevate your New Year’s Eve dinner by making reservations and enjoying prix fixe holiday menus at some of Downtown’s best restaurants.


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Three or four-course standard or premium menus are available with live music from David De La Garza and midnight champagne toast.

Price per person: Starting at $55

Reservations: Book Online


Four-course menu

Price per person: $79

Reservations: Call 713-400-3330


Four-course menu

Price per person: $129.95

Reservations: Call 713-658-1995


Countdown to the New Year with your family at the Houston Public Library at the Noon New Year’s Eve Countdown Party with storytime, crafts and a fun ball drop at noon! After, head to the Vision Board Party to think about what inspires you and map out your plan for 2022! *Registration is required for both events.

If that doesn’t pump you up, head to the Toyota Center and watch the Houston Rockets take on the Miami Heat for a New Year’s Eve showdown! Grab special tickets (starting at $21) that include admission and your choice of two beverages. Along the way, take a stroll through City Lights at Avenida Houston. 

Keep the energy high at The Rustic with free live music (with RSVP) from DJ Hiram on New Year's Eve! 


After a night filled with fun and celebrations, keep the good times rolling at MKT BAR. Enjoy a New Year’s Day Brunch with a funky performance from Hot City Brass Band. Groove and grub while you kick off the first day of 2022 right! 


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