The holidays have a way of sneaking up on you, especially in Houston. One minute, you’re waiting for the temperature to drop below 90 so you can take your dog for a nice long walk, and the next the clock’s about to strike midnight on New Year’s Eve and you’re considering taking your dog for another nice long walk because you totally forgot to make plans.
Even if you’re one of those people who thinks the night always disappoints, Houston’s NYE event lineup this year has serious bangers. Kiss 2019 goodbye by dancing at a secret underground nightclub, popping Champagne at a rooftop party with views of the downtown skyline, or skipping the typical party crowds at a rare beer dinner. Here’s exactly how to ring in 2020 in Houston.
Sip rum at a NYE rooftop party
Hit up the stylish 77 Degrees rooftop bar (located above Jack & Ginger’s in Midtown) to get the best views of the Downtown skyline. With four levels of cabana-style seating (including swing seats), neon lights, and a library of Caribbean-inspired cocktails, its rum-soaked New Year’s Eve Party brings the fun starting at 9pm.
Cost: GA tickets are $20
Dance past midnight at a secret underground nightclub
Party under the city at Houston’s hottest new Downtown nightclub, accessed by two unmarked elevators that unveil a hidden 5,300sqft space that evokes the feel of an “eclectic billionaire’s basement.” On NYE, the aptly named BASE will host the in-crowd starting at 9pm, with unlimited drink packages, luxurious decor, and dope music and lighting all night long.
Cost: Limited presale bar packages run $50
Experience sensory overload at MAD
River Oaks District
The buzziest restaurant in town is going MAD for the New Year, hosting a roaring ‘20s-themed affair that includes dancing, passed hors d'oeuvres (here, inspired Spanish tapas), and a champagne toast from 10pm to 2am. Tasting menu reservations will also be available from 5:30-8:30pm for those who want to dine on things like foie torchon, Ibérico de Bellota skirt steak, lobster and clam bomba rice, and handcrafted chocolate bombon before the party.
Cost: Party tickets are $100 per person; the tasting dinner menu is $125 per person
Party among lasers and confetti cannons at Pour Behavior
This mega party destination promises a sensational night of New Year’s Eve shenanigans starting at 8pm, rocking a high energy atmosphere complete with lasers, free bites from the kitchen, and DJs spinning Top 40, Hip Hop, House, and Mash-Up tracks. There’ll also be a live video wall countdown just before the clock strikes twelve, and huge balloon drop and confetti cannons at midnight.
Cost: Tickets start at $20 for presale GA, with VIP table packages available
Celebrate the Year of the Unicorn with El Big Bad
Tequila-soaked party bar El BIg Bad invented a special cocktail for its annual NYE bash, and it’s called The Unicorn: imagine a giant margarita, then throw an upside down bottle of Korbel in it. Drink up, and don’t miss the Unicorn Piñata “ball drop” at midnight.
Cost: Presale tickets start at $25 (entry, buffet, midnight toast) for early bird basic and $100 (all inclusive) for early bird VIP; prices will go up