New Year's Eve Guide
Your guide to New Year's Eve in Austin: Hottest parties to ring in 2016
What are you doing New Year's Eve? From the mild to the wild, Austin has something for everyone. Kiss 2015 goodbye and ring in the new year with one of these special celebrations.
Big Fancy Dance Party at laV
Wear your best to this sophisticated shindig and enjoy oysters, cheese, and charcuterie while you boogie the night away. Stop by the photo booth to make a memory and enjoy sparklers in the garden. At the stroke of midnight, toast with Veuve Cliquot Champagne. Tickets are $75.
No Cover New Year's Eve at Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden
Two words: lobster sausage. End 2015 on a culinary high note with Banger's special NYE menu of smoked prime rib, charred Swiss chard, bacon potato gratin, and, of course, lobster sausage poached in butter. Beginning at 7 pm, take in sets from Them Duqaines and Teddy Long, and ring in the new year with complimentary pony bottles of Miller High Life.
New Year's Eve at Rebel Pizza Bar
You just can't go wrong with a pizza party, and Rebel Pizza Bar's offerings do not disappoint. A $27 ticket gets all-you-can-eat pizza, a Champagne toast, and party favors. Happy hour prices are in effect all day and night, and every TV screen will be dedicated to college playoff games.
Aerial Spectacular at Austin Music Hall
If you like a good show, sit back and watch as 30 aerialists defy gravity over 18 acts. Following the spectacle, count down to a balloon and confetti drop with a Champagne toast. DJ Miss Genafire will provide the music while you dance into the new year. Austin Music Hall is in its final days, so be sure to swing by and bid farewell to the 20-year-old venue. Tickets start at $75.
NYE 1979 at Hotel Vegas
Party like it's 1979 with Hotel Vegas' extensive catalog of classic tunes covered by Austin's hottest bands. The night will play out like a mini-festival with over 30 bands taking the stage to cover the likes of Olivia Newton John, David Bowie, Brian Eno, The Pretenders, and Joy Division. Tickets are $27.37.
Totally Awesome '80s at The Austin Roller Rink
Skate back in time to the Austin Roller Rink with food, booze, music, and more. Wear your '80s gear for a chance to win the costume contest. Enjoy live entertainment all night long or make your own in the karaoke room and visit the photo booth to capture the magic. Balloons drop and glasses clink at midnight with a Champagne toast. Early bird tickets are already sold out but take advantage of the presale and save $10. Tickets at the door are $40.
Casino Night at The Goodnight
Feeling lucky? Head to The Goodnight for just about every type of amusement you could hope for. The venue boasts a pet-friendly party patio, billiards, skee ball, bowling, and an air guitar recording studio. Celebrate the new year with passed appetizers, a Champagne toast, and unlimited casino games all night. The $100 admission gets you all that and a raffle ticket for a trip to Las Vegas for two.
Big Freedia's NYE Party at Mohawk
"New Year, Mo Azz" is the credo at this vibrant event. Big Freedia and the crew will shake it into the new year with high-energy New Orleans bounce music. Give 2015 the booty and enter 2016 drenched in sweat, as Big Freedia fans always come to dance. Tickets are $25.
NYE Bash 2016 at Lucky Lounge
Dust off your cloche and your string of pearls and get down to the speakeasy. Lucky Lounge celebrates the prohibition era, just without all the prohibition. Drink bubbly at midnight in your best flapper garb and snap a pic in the photo booth to commemorate the occasion. Tickets start at $25.
Black and Gold New Years at Wanderlust Yoga
This is not a yoga class, but it could be considered a yogi party since it takes place at one of Austin's finest yoga studios. Let loose for an evening with psychedelic visuals, a metallic photo booth, and a midnight toast. Enjoy beer from Zilker Brewing Company, vodka from BFD Vodka, Kosmic Kombucha, and more. Leave the yoga pants at home and step out in your best cocktail attire for this special evening. Tickets start at $74.84.
Austin's New Year at Auditorium Shores
This free celebration won't take you all the way to midnight, but it will blow your mind with a killer lineup and a fireworks finale. Enjoy good-time bands like Grupo Fantasma and Golden Dawn Arkestra at this annual alcohol-free event presented by the City of Austin.