The Absolute Best Ways to Celebrate New Year's Eve in Houston

Start the year off with a bang.

2022 has got to be better than 2021… right? We damn well hope so, but either way, it’s time to kiss the past 12 months goodbye and give the next dozen a backslapping’ “What’s up!” And if you’re spending your New Year’s Eve in H-town, we know exactly how to do that. Choose your own adventure from this lineup of awesome happenings, from a dazzling rooftop firework show over the backdrop of the city skyline to a morning-after corpse-reviving brunch.

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POST Houston
POST Houston

Downtown
The Skylawn at the newly reimagined POST Houston is quite possibly the coolest place to be right now. So you should probably snag a ticket to get access to the 5.5-acre rooftop park’s NYE bash, when the panoramic skyline views get that much cooler thanks to fireworks, circus-style performers, live DJs, and booze. The first and second levels of the building (including the fantastic food hall) will be open to the public.
Cost: GA tickets run $50 per person ($1,500 for VIP bottle service)

Angel Share HTX
Angel Share HTX

Downtown
Set in the old OKRA space, Angel Share (which just so happens to be one of the coolest bars in Houston right now) will be partying until 2 am this NYE, sporting a balloon drop, confetti cannons, a countdown clock, and a midnight toast. Even better, the bar continues OKRA’s super awesome philanthropic initiative, donating a portion of its proceeds and 100% of the money spent on a special charity menu to a chosen local nonprofit each month. That means you can party well into the night and feel good about it, too.
Cost: No cover; menu prices vary

Julep cocktail | Photo by Jenn Duncan

Multiple locations
Swoon-worthy seafood towers, jazzed up cocktails, and full-on Southern charm are all on the agenda for Julep’s New Year’s Eve fete. The classic cocktail bar is pulling out all the stops, with a special Champagne cocktail menu, tunes by DJ Cherry Like Bounce, and a complimentary Champagne (or bourbon, because we really are in the south) toast at midnight. Walk-ins are welcome, though reserving a booth or table for your group is highly recommended.
Cost: Reservations start at $250 per table; menu prices vary

Uchi houston caviar
Photo courtesy of Uchi

Montrose
Uchi’s over-the-top NYE tasting menu does have oysters and caviar. And it also rocks lobster, bluefin, A5 Wagyu, and specially priced bubbly, too. Secure your reservations online or by calling 713-522-4808.
Cost: Reservations start at $150 per person

Musaafer | Photo by Julie Soefer

Galleria
Decked out in vivid velvets, brass castings, and ornate textiles, you definitely won’t feel like you’re ringing in the New Year in Houston at global jewel Musaafer. Offering a multicultural take on Indian cuisine with uber dramatic presentations, the restaurant is offering seated NYE dinners at 6 pm and 9:15 pm (which includes a midnight Champagne toast). Dine on things like Lamb Chops kissed with cashew and rosewater and Bourbon Maple Soan Papdi. Secure a reservation via OpenTable.
Cost: Reservations start at $190 per person

Photo courtesy of Gatsby’s Prime Steakhouse

Downtown
Risque burlesque and Gatsby-style opulence are on the docket for the Prohibition Nights fete at Downtown’s posh C. Baldwin hotel. Your ticket gets you access to live DJs, burlesque performances, party favors, casino games, and three hours of complimentary drinks and light bites from 10:30 pm to 1:30 am. Opt for the VIP treatment and you’re looking at early access and a private cocktail hour.
Cost: GA tickets run $89 per person ($150 for VIP)

Electric FeelGood
Electric FeelGood

Midtown
The Dogwood and sister establishment Electric FeelGood are both hosting NYE’s bonanzas, and you can hit them both for the price of one. Over at indoor-outdoor rooftop spot Dogwood, the sixth annual NYE Ball Drop is sure to be a good time, and you can end your year on a high note by boozing up and gliding down the slide at the wacky, neon-lit Electric FeelGood. Tickets get you into both bars plus a complimentary Champagne toast at midnight.
Cost: Tickets start at $30 per person

The Rustic - Houston
The Rustic - Houston

Downtown
Live country music bar and kitchen The Rustic will continue the holiday festivities with a New Year’s Day Drink The Tree celebration. Show up to wash down scratch-made tamales with beers fresh off the original beer bottle Christmas tree.
Cost: No cover; menu prices vary

MAD Houston food
Courtesy of MAD Houston

River Oaks
The over-the-top Madrid-inspired hotspot is hosting early and late seatings for a fancy-pants NYE dinner, stocked with a showstopping five-course chef's tasting menu with add-ons from wine to caviar and foie. Your meal bursts open with a Pearl Diver cocktail popper, then moves on to courses like avocado-wrapped King Crab and Lobster Cannelloni, Wagyu NY Strip, and a dreamy, mad creative dessert. Snag reservations via OpenTable.
Cost: Reservations start at $140 per person

RISE Rooftop
RISE Rooftop

Midtown
A super cool retractable roof, tented pavilion, and ultra VIP experience complete with hookahs, aerial artists, and a red carpet are all a part of the NYE celebration at 10,000-square-foot rooftop bar RISE. The DJ beats and bubbly popping will go down from 8 pm to 2 am, with balloon drops and confetti cannons at midnight. 
Cost: GA tickets run $24 per person (VIP tickets start at $40)

Topgolf
Courtesy of Topgolf

Energy Corridor
Interactive driving range bar TopGolf won’t be throwing its usual New Year’s fete, but it will be opening its bays for reservation to ring in 2022. Secure a bay to eat, drink, and smash the hell out of some golf balls as you kiss 2021 goodbye.
Cost: Reservations start at $47 per hour

Bar Boheme
Bar Boheme

Hyde Park
There’s a high-energy drag show going down on the patio at Boheme this New Year’s Eve, featuring top hits from the ‘80s, ‘90s and 2000s, plus a midnight toast, heated outdoor seating, NYE raffle, holiday food buffet, and VIP bottle service by reservation.
Cost: Reservations start at $45 per person

First Ward
Don’t know what a Unicorn is? That’s because tequila-soaked El Big Bad dreamed up the concoction: a margarita with an upside down bottle of bubbly sitting pretty inside. Hit the gastrocantina’s Year of the Unicorn celebration to try the spectacular drink, and to experience a Unicorn piñata “ball drop” at midnight. The party runs from 8 pm to 2 am.
Cost: Tickets run start at $25 per person

Downtown
We’re guessing you’ve been breaking out the joggers a little more than usual lately, and while that’s totally understandable, it may actually feel good to get dressed up again. The Downtown JW Marriott is hosting a Black & White Electric Ball that encourages you to do just that, with multiple DJs, complimentary food and drink, and party favors for the countdown.
Cost: Tickets start at $128 per person

B&B Butchers & Restaurant
B&B Butchers & Restaurant

Downtown
Complete with its regular menu of Dry-aged Beef, Crab-stuffed Lobster, and Blue Cheese-smothered Carpetbaggers On-the-Half-Shell, B&B Butchers & Steakhouse is open for NYE dinner reservations starting at 5 pm, with live music from 7 to 10 pm downstairs followed by a rooftop bash from 10 pm to 1 am (don’t worry, it’ll be heated). And if you party a bit too hard, a New Year’s Day brunch is also going down the next day.
Cost: No cover; menu prices vary

Hugo's
Hugo's

Cure your hangover a New Year’s Day brunch

Multiple locations
Badass Mexican spots Hugo’s, Caracol, and Xochi are all throwing New Year’s Day brunches to help you return to life, rocking everything from Roasted Gulf Oysters and killer Chilaquiles to live music and Sangria. For something slightly more relaxed, grab Sopes and Gravy or Mexican Hot Chicken and Masa Waffles at Mexican-American kitchen and cocktailery Monkey’s Tail, or head over to OG Tex-Mex haunt The Original Ninfa’s (both locations), where you can kick 2022 off with the ultimate hangover cure: a bowl of Red Chile Pork Posole.
Cost: Buffet access runs $45 per person; additional prices vary

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Brooke Viggiano is a contributor for Thrillist.