Let the countdown begin! 2018 is coming to an end and there are plenty of festivities happening in Downtown Houston to help you ring in the New Year. Start arranging your transportation, take out your bedazzled attire from the closet and plan ahead with this helpful guide to the best of the best New Year's Eve celebrations in Downtown. Bottles won't be the only thing poppin' that night!
One night. Two parties. All-Inclusive. The Crystal Ballroom and Lawless are uniting forces to bring you the ultimate dance party! The magical night will kick off at the Crystal Ballroom at 9 pm with six all-inclusive premium bars, live music from The Slags and a champagne toast at midnight. An upgraded general admission ticket will give you access to a table in the adjoining and glamorous bar, Lawless boasting chef bites, street tacos at 1 am and a whole lot of fun in between.
Dive into 2019 with a fun-filled day at the Downtown Aquarium. The family-friendly festivities include two kid balloon drops, a dance party, photo ops with Sharkey, Nero and other favorite mascots and a 50% discount off their All-Day Adventure Pass. All you have to do is call in advance to reserve your spot. If you ask us, that sounds like a pretty fin-tastic way to close out the year!
Looking for a lavish night filled with glamour, dancing and comedy? Prohibition Theatre is traveling back to the roaring twenties for an immersive performance of The Jazz Age, featuring the Moonlight Dolls. You’ll definitely feel like the bee’s knees partying with the infamous and glittering Lost Generation right in the heart of Downtown. Tickets are available for their 6 pm, 8:30 pm, and 11 pm shows.
Cold beer and warm vibes will be flowing at Flying Saucer for a “Brew” Year’s Eve to remember. The beer emporium will be welcoming 2019 with a $3 one-way special all night long. With 85 drafts on tap available and a robust menu, there’s no reason not to raise a glass once the clock strikes twelve. To that we say, CHEERS!
The Bo$$ 2K19 NYE celebration will take place at the House of Blues’ Foundation Room and is your one-way ticket to roll into 2019 like a VIP. The star-studded bash will be hosted by local comedian Jeff Shelly, feature music by DJ Staso, a chef-created a la carte dining menu (until 8 pm) and a special performance by Houston’s iconic rapper Slim Thug. Roll in VIP style for some one on one time with Slim Thug and your very own swag bag.
Plan to have a splashy good time at this exclusive soiree. Hosted by Houston Magazine, the all-inclusive celebration will score you a fun night of food, cocktails, dancing and a sneak peek inside the highly anticipated Bravery Chef Hall from 9 pm-2 am.
All things honky-tonk will come together at The Rustic during this boot-scootin’ shindig. Country blues artist, Charley Crockett along with Jamie Wyatt will light up the stage throughout the night and entry is free for those who reserve a spot ahead of time. Guests who opt for the $75 VIP treatment will enjoy bites, celebrity merch, a complimentary midnight champagne toast and a meet and greet with Charley Crockett himself.
JW Marriot is keeping it classy and celebrating the New Year in style. You'll start the night off with an elevated dinner at Main Kitchen indulging in a luscious seafood bar, passed hors-d'oeuvre and a complimentary glass of champagne. Keep the party going by extending your stay overnight and treating yourself to their New Year’s Eve Stay & Play Package. You’ll get complimentary access to the festivities in their Griffin Lounge, a discounted overnight stay, breakfast for two and complimentary valet. Need we say more?
Party like it’s 1990 at MKT Bar for New Year’s Eve. Bust a move all night while enjoying food and drink specials, plus a fly bubbly menu. The event is free but if your guests are all that and a bag of chips, you may want to reserve a limited VIP table for $25 per person.
Fiesta the night away at El Big Bad's Unicorn-themed end of year celebration. Guests can expect a unicorn costume contest, unicorn pinata, live music by The Matchsticks, complimentary buffet from 8-10 pm, all your favorite party favors (while supplies last) and a champagne toast at midnight. Looking to get the party started early? Consider opting for their inclusive package to kick things off at 7 pm with a fun champagne social, gain access to El Big Bad's private room and more!
Getting around Downtown
Ditch your car for the holidays and get a Lyft to Downtown, an Uber or simply stay overnight at any Downtown hotel! Our free circulator, Greenlink will also be running through 1 am on New Year's Eve, so it's even easier to get around the neighborhood this holiday season.
With that, we bid 2018 adieu. From all of us at the Downtown District, have a safe and prosperous New Year!