Kick Off 2023 in Houston with One of These 8 New Year’s Day Events

Think the party has to end just after midnight? No way!

By Claire Anderson

Bloody marys, comedy shows, meditation sessions, and more.

THE DAY AFTER NEW YEAR’S EVE, you may be wanting to kick back, stay in, and let 2023 begin on a calm and cozy note after a night spent partying it up, Houston-style (well, maybe after that hangover goes away). You deserve it, after all that 2022 put you through! But perhaps you’re still looking for something to do to greet the new year this Sunday, and start making those resolutions a reality. You could just go to the gym… but let’s face it, that can wait until after the holidays are over.

Maybe you’re still feeling the weekend rush and want to make the most out of what’s left of your holiday break with a few more parties (and/or drinks). If you’re still in the spirit to mix, mingle, and dance the day away on January 1, there are plenty of exciting H-Town events still going on to start 2023 off strong, like a rave at Bauhaus Houston or an evening at The Riot Comedy Club. If you’re just in the mood for a casual sit-down with friends and fam, you can check out the brunches we’ve collected here for a midday pancake break. Finally, there’s no better way to start nailing those New Year’s resolutions than with a Sunday morning meditation sesh at Houston Zen Center.

Whatever your New Year’s resolutions may be, read on to find a New Year’s Day activity in Houston that will start off your 2023 perfectly. So look no further, party people: this list is all you need.

Tito's Vodka Bloody Mary Brunch 

December 31 thru January 1 | 11 a.m.–1 p.m. | The Moran CityCentre | $60

Happening on NYE and NYD, the Bloody Mary Brunch event will be taking place at Radio Milano, the in-house Mediterranean restaurant of The Moran Hotel in CityCentre. In addition to bottomless bloody marys, courtesy of Austin-owned Tito’s Vodka, the brunch will offer a buffet-style menu of Texas french toast, chicken and waffles, a variety of salads and sides, fruit pies, and a prime rib carving station (because why not?). You can attend as a special event to kick off 2023 in tasty style, or book a New Year’s package with The Moran and enjoy spending New Year’s Eve in luxury, too.

New Year's Day Brunch 

Sunday, January 1 | 11 a.m.–3 p.m. | Hugo’s | $42

Another buffet-style brunch will be offered by authentic Mexican restaurant Hugo’s in Montrose. Traditional Mexican brunch dishes like huevos poblanos, made with poached eggs over cornbread, or mole de olla, a soup made with oxtail, vegetables, and cilantro, and served with hot tortillas, will be served alongside seasonal sweet treats like pumpkin cheesecake and Mexican pumpkin ricotta donuts. Brunch de Año Nuevo will also feature live guitar music from Hugo’s house band Viento, so you can sway to the rhythm with a spiced Michoacan margarita or blackberry mojito in hand.

New Year's Day Brunch 

Sunday, January 1 | 10 a.m.一2 p.m. | Pinstripes | $35

Time to strike out 2022. Pinstripes, a bowling venue and Italian-American restaurant in Upper Kirby, offers waffle, omelet, ham and rib-carving stations on their brunch buffet menu一in addition to a luxe milk chocolate fondue fountain with Ghirardelli triple chocolate brownies, caramelized cheesecake, and chocolate chip cookies for dipping. Kids can dig in, too, whether they’re hungry for french fries or a shrimp cocktail. Speaking of cocktails, Pinstripes offers all the classics, from Manhattans to mules.


Sunday, January 1 | 4 p.m. | Bauhaus Houston | $20

If you’re ready to start your 2023 out with a 12-hour techno-house rave一we mean, who doesn’t?一then now’s your chance. Head downtown to Bauhaus Houston, where the New Year’s resolution is non-stop dancing. The event, beginning at 4 p.m. Sunday and going well into the night, is headlined by international house DJs Gene Farris, Chelina Manuhutu, and Miguelle & Tons, and will also feature techno and house music from other DJs throughout the night across its main, patio, and lounge stages.

New Year's Day Bottomless Hangover Brunch 

Sunday, January 1 | 11 a.m.一2 p.m. | Hull & Oak at The Laura Hotel | $75

This brunch at Hull & Oak, the Southern-style restaurant at The Laura Hotel downtown, promises to cure your NYE hangover with bottomless John Dalys, bloody marys, and mimosas. Okay, so there will also be food to eat, like honey garlic chicken and waffles, vegetarian and vegan options like avocado and fruit bowls, and Greek yogurt parfait, plus some lucky black eyed peas. Enjoy a tasty (and boozy) day out with the people you’re looking forward to spending the new year with.

The Tequila Garden Houston Day Party  

Sunday, January 1 | 4 p.m.一11 p.m. | Varsity Sporting Club | Free

The party never stops in Houston, even if the sun hasn’t set yet. Come out to Varsity Sporting Club in Montrose for a fun sports bar party with friends featuring plenty of wine, beer, champagne, and other spirits to sip while you watch a game on TV, or play one yourself.

Sunday Night New Years Day Comedy

Sunday, January 1 | 7 p.m.一8:30 p.m. | Rudyard’s | Tickets start at $10

The Riot, a comedy club based out of Rudyard’s in Montrose (which serves up high-quality, all-American bar food like pizza, meaty sandwiches, burgers, and Frito pie alongside IPA beers, ales, ciders, and more drinks) offers weekly comedy shows featuring a mixture of locally and nationally renowned stand-up comedians, as well as open mic nights for amateurs with enough of a funny bone to get on stage themselves. New Year’s Day will present a group of comics commenting on the week’s news in a show called ‘Viral’, hosted by local owners of The Riot and comedians themselves, Brian Gendron and Zach Lyons.

New Year's Day Celebration

Sunday, January 1 | 11:30 a.m.一12:30 p.m. | Houston Zen Center | Free

If meditation is on your resolutions list this year一and was also on your list last year一let Houston Zen Center in the Heights help guide you on your path to enlightenment. The center, which offers Zen meditation classes and sessions in-person and on Zoom, will host a brief New Year’s event to bring offerings to the coming year. Get there early for guided chanting and meditation beginning at 8:20 a.m., or the Dharma Talk at 9:45 a.m., where you can ask questions about meditation, discuss your experiences, and enjoy a relaxed New Year’s morning with other practitioners (and soon-to-be practitioners).

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