WITH 2023 (FINALLY) AROUND THE CORNER, restaurants, lounges, and your favorite Houston hot spots are now gearing up for the city’s most festive New Year’s celebrations. It’s officially that time of year to pop open some bubbly (or another seasonally-themed cocktail of choice), cue the fireworks, and countdown into the new year with your fellow Houstonians.
If your posse is still figuring out what to do, don’t worry: the city will be brimming with events. From laid-back get-togethers at neighborhood sports bars to luxe downtown soirees with decorative cocktails and savory eats at every corner, there’s a New Year’s event that fits whatever atmosphere you want to be in when you greet 2023. Dine at Brennan’s in Midtown or a’Bouzy in River Oaks for an elevated NYE evening, or Charleston your way over to the Four Seasons Hotel for the ultimate Roaring '20s extravaganza. Kids are welcome at the New Year’s Noon Bash at Children’s Museum Houston一which will feature a mid-day ball drop一or the family-friendly outdoor concert at CityCentre ending conveniently at 8 p.m. (meaning you can still make bedtime!).
Regardless of what mood you’re in at the end of 2022, Houston’s late-night scene has room for all types of party-goers. Here are 23 places to ring in New Year’s 2023 in Houston.
Where to Eat on New Year’s Eve in Houston
GALLERIA | SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31 | 6 P.M. | $60
What’s a fancier way to ring in the new year than with a four course meal? Celebrate NYE at Bosscat Kitchen and Libations in the Galleria-area with its special New Year’s menu, offering scrumptious selections like beef wellington, chicken and corn chowder, winter-themed cobb salad, grilled veggie ravioli, and pan-seared white fish. Topping off the night is a glass of champagne with a chocolate and bourbon buttermilk pie.
HEIGHTS | SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31 | 8 P.M. | $100–150
Tequila, cocktails, a complimentary midnight champagne toast, buffet, hors d'oeuvres, and a carving station will keep you going throughout a night of dancing with live music and various DJs. Enjoy dressing up for this fun, elegant event.
MONTROSE | SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31 | SEATINGS AT 6, 8, 10 P.M. | $85
A four-course meal, live music from a DJ, and sparkling wine. Sound good? Head to Traveler’s Table for Viet-Cajun fried oyster, beetroot tartare, tea smoked duck, and other delicious amuse-bouche and entrees. For dessert, try Mexican-spiced flourless chocolate cake or New Orleans bourbon bread pudding. Finish off the night with spiked holiday eggnog as you welcome in the new year.
RIVER OAKS | SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31 | 11 p.m.一12 a.m.
Use a saber to crack open some champagne at a’Bouzy. Splurge on the evening and order from an elegant French dinner menu, with options like stuffed wild Alaskan salmon or trout meunière.
MONTROSE | SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31 | SEATINGS AT 6 AND 9:15 P.M. | $135–195
Head over to Tony’s for a four-course meal with some special Telmont Champagne for a New Year’s toast. The lavish dinner will feature a live performance by Nick and the Hits at the second seating at 9:15 p.m. Both seatings will have a ball drop and a toast, and dinner options include pansoti, alba white truffles, butter poached lobster tail, and more.
RIVER OAKS | SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31 | 5 P.M. 一11 P.M. | TICKETS START AT $145
Join State of Grace for a New Year’s Eve to remember as executive chef John Quinn serves up a four-course meal that is sure to enrich your palate: Choose from wagyu tartare, pappardelle, crispy snapper, chocolate pudding cake, and other delectable options.
MIDTOWN | SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31 | 5:30 P.M.–11:30 P.M.
Drive over to this Houston favorite as the restaurant indulges you in Texas-Creole dishes. Featuring champagne and live music, Brennan’s NYE party is the place to say goodbye to the old and welcome in the new.
HEIGHTS | SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31 | 5 P.M.–11 P.M. | $150
Karne, a new Korean steak house in the Heights known for their wagyu steaks, authentic Korean dishes, and seasonal seafood sourced from nearby MKT, will be hosting an upscale dining experience. DJ Demo Cruz will provide the tunes to accompany your six-course meal featuring seasonal dishes and amuse-bouches, in addition to Karne’s regular menu.
RIVER OAKS | SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31 | 11:30 A.M.–2:30 P.M., 4:30 P.M.–10 P.M.
Southern Italian comfort food (featuring plenty of pasta dishes, prosciutto and mozzarella appetizers, and authentic gelato for dessert) is served in a casual atmosphere at Numero28 Highland Village. Their NYE festivities kick off with a cocktail-friendly lunch hour, followed by a dinner.
New Year’s Eve Parties in Houston
DOWNTOWN | SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31 | 9 P.M.–1 A.M. | TICKETS START AT $75
Throw on your best cocktail dress for this swanky, DJ-fueled New Year’s event complete with a midnight champagne toast. Four Seasons Hotel Houston is hosting a party with late-night refreshments, party favors, and a special spot for NYE pics.
SUGAR LAND | SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31 | 8 P.M.–2 A.M. | $50-100
The Roof on the Lake in Sugar Land is putting together a dinner buffet and champagne toast. Dance your way into 2023 with a live band and DJ. Don’t forget to take pictures for the 'Gram at the photo booth with party props to spice things up.
EADO | SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31 | 9 P.M.–2 A.M. | TICKETS START AT $25
Get dressed up in your most elegant gown or suit for a tasteful toast of the new year at Tribeca. Decorated from floor to ceiling with stylish decor, this venue is a swanky spot to enjoy music from some of Houston’s most popular DJs while enjoying a glass of champagne (or two, or three) as you welcome the new year in high fashion.
EADO | SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31 | 8 P.M.–2 A.M. | TICKETS START AT $25
Build up an appetite for a midnight breakfast buffet and stick around for an epic balloon drop at Grooves of Houston in EaDo. With a VIP casino lounge, complimentary photo booth, and a champagne toast, this NYE shindig will be a blast.
WESTCHASE | SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31 | 9 P.M.–2 A.M. | $10-20
A champagne toast and nonstop dancing await you at Jamaica Jamaica Ultra Lounge. Spend New Year’s Eve at this popular nightclub in Westchase for tropical island–style food, hookah, live music, and a balloon drop at midnight.
HILTON AMERICAS-HOUSTON HOTEL | SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31 | 9 P.M.–2 A.M | TICKETS START AT $139
Bring in 2023 Gatsby-style at Hilton Americas-Houston Hotel. Sip prepaid cocktails courtesy of Tito’s Vodka, show off your best dancing skills on the ballroom dance floor, partake in some light-hearted gambling at the casino, and count down the seconds 'til midnight. This Prohibition-era party doesn’t come with any Prohibition laws attached, so you can party in the atmosphere of a speakeasy without any bootlegging necessary.
MULTIPLE LOCATIONS | SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31 | 10 P.M.–2 A.M. | $125
Two Hotel ZaZa locations (Museum District and Memorial City) will be hosting a lavish bash. Both events will be ending 2022 on a glamorous note with restaurants Monarch and Tipping Point hosting live DJs and serving specialty cocktails, bubbly, and other refreshments.
SAN LEON | SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31 | 6 P.M.
For a cinematic celebration, park with valet, enter on the red carpet, and snap a pic under the spotlight with a Once Upon a Time in Hollywood themed night. This extravagant event will include a champagne toast, special refreshments, a balloon drop, and more.
THE MORAN CITYCENTRE | FRIDAY, DECEMBER 30–SUNDAY, JANUARY 1 | PACKAGES START AT $399
Spend your entire holiday weekend (or just a night) at the Moran in CityCentre, where you can lounge in your luxurious room sipping champagne, or mix and mingle with other guests at a Queen or Journey tribute concert. The party doesn’t have to stop in the daytime, either: you can dine at the Moran’s Mediterranean restaurant, Radio Milano, on NYE or January 1 at its bottomless bloody mary holiday brunch.
Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Events in Houston
CHILDREN’S MUSEUM HOUSTON | SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31 | 10 A.M.–3 P.M. | $15
Get cider-wasted with the kids at Rockin’ New Year’s Noon. The annual end-of-year bash returns to Children’s Museum Houston with nonstop fun starting early with a ball drop just like Times Square (only at noon, so way before their bedtime).
KEMAH | SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31 | 1 P.M. | FREE
If you’re looking for live fireworks to end 2022 with a beautiful bang, take a trip down to Kemah Boardwalk. Enjoy the free concert, take a ride on the Boardwalk Bullet, or indulge in some funnel cake before the light show. Plus, it’s casual, free, and family-friendly.
CITYCENTRE | SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31 | 11 A.M.一1 P.M. | FREE
There’s no lack of New Year’s Eve events at CityCentre, and this year, you can bring the whole family to the plaza for an early celebration that includes a DJ, caricature artists, face painting, and temporary tattoos. This event will be fun for all ages.
CITYCENTRE | SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31 | 3 P.M.–8 P.M. | FREE
End your year with a concert featuring beats from frequent CityCentre DJ John David Finney, and stick around for a performance by the Mockingbirds. A LuckyShots photo booth will be conveniently stationed nearby to capture all the good times.
REDEMPTION SQUARE | SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31 | 7 P.M. | FREE
If you’re looking for an entertaining NYE bash to take the kids to, plus some beautiful views of Lake Houston, Redemption Square will have live music and fireworks. While you’re there, you can also grab a bite at Bocca Italian Kitchen, or come back on Monday to pick up some late Christmas gifts at Pretty Little Things Boutique.