The best way to spend NYE is surrounded by friends and with the lowest possible expectations … know that before jumping into this list! The lines for downtown venues are long, the covers are high, and there are thousands of people roaming the streets who apparently do not consume alcohol the other 364 days of the year.
That being said, it can be the pinnacle party of the holiday season with the right people, and the right venue. To help you with the latter, we’ve put together a list with ten options that will help you create a memorable farewell to 2016.
Speakeasy is great for ringing in the New Year due to the sheer size of the place. It’s basically three venues in one, which makes staying at the same bar for roughly four hours a lot more enjoyable.
Speakeasy will have a band in the main bar, and DJs in the Kaberet Room and on Terrace59 (the rooftop). Tickets start at $49, but I’d recommend spending a bit more to ensure access to the rooftop, which has a great view, and might even allow you to catch the fireworks over Lady Bird Lake.
This year’s festivities on Auditorium Shores include live performances from Ray Wylie Hubbard, Shinyribs, and almost two-dozen other artists. There will also be food trucks on-site, activities for the kids, and the grand-finale fireworks show at 10 p.m.
This is a great event for families and couples that are looking to avoid the downtown madness, but still want to get out and do something memorable on New Year’s Eve. For an added bonus, admission is free!
More info: Here
Wanna party like it’s 1999? Maybe more like ’92—the years of Hammer pants and Hypercolor? This West 6th venue is offering a champagne toast at midnight, and light appetizers for the $35 price tag.
Blackfinn is throwing a Carnival inspired party this year with a DJ, face painting, a photo booth, and much more.
Tickets start at $25 and include entrance to the event, two cocktails, a champagne toast at midnight, and party favors.
If you want to enjoy the mild winter weather in Austin underneath the oaks, look no further than Banger’s. This year they’re smoking Prime Rib, and hosting live music, and a complimentary toast at midnight of Miller High Life (the Champagne of Beers).
No cover to get in, and the party starts at 6 p.m.
More info: Here
Austin’s favorite soul band, The Nightowls, will rock the indoor stage at Stubb’s with an opening performance from Derrick Davis Band. The $60 ticket includes a champagne toast and a complimentary buffet!
The tagline for this party is “don’t go downtown,” and Jason and Deb of 101x are giving you plenty of reasons to avoid the area completely. In addition to the standard amenities at The Goodnight (bowling, karaoke, ping pong, pool, and more), this party is also all-inclusive!
That means the $100 ticket gives you access to free games, a full bar, $5000 in casino game chips, and free appetizers.
Tag this one in the ‘memorable NYE’ category. In addition to roller skating, the 4th annual bash also includes costume contests based on 80’s attire, a balloon drop at midnight, and it’s BYOB! Tickets start at $45.
2. Ghostland Observatory at Emo’s (SOLD OUT)
Unfortunately, this show has already sold out at press time. We’ll do our best to snag a pair for a giveaway, so stay tuned to our Instagram account.
You know those NYE parties you see in the movies? While not for everyone, that’s what the two-party experience (one called Neon, the other Gold) at The W Austin provides.
If you’re looking to dress to the nines, pop bottles, and you don’t mind dropping some cash— there’s nothing else in Austin quite as glittery as this celebration.
GA tickets start at $50 for Neon, and $150 for Gold.
Pro-tip: Grab some friends (up to 15) and split the cost of a table ($2,000). Tables come with two bottles and will save you money assuming you trust your friends to cover their part of the bill!
***Bonus points if you can sneak into the sold-out Willie show happening next-door at ACL Live.