Cozying up to your sweetie for a midnight kiss is definitely the best way to start off a new year. No matter what kind of couple you are, we’ve found the perfect party for you on New Year’s Eve in Austin.
See what the buzz is about at the gorgeous Cedar Bar Tavern at Eberly. The Roaring ‘20s-themed bash boasts aerial entertainment, delicious snacks, and a hosted bar by Belvedere & Moet Hennessy. Before the party, reserve a spot at Eberly’s lavish prix-fixe dinner (that includes black-eyed peas, naturally). Purchase tickets, $100 or $200 with dinner, at eventbrite.com. 615 S. Lamar Blvd., 512-916-9000
The party at this posh SoCo hotel will feature DJs, scrumptious specials from Café No Sé, and a Champagne toast at midnight. The after-party? Well, that’s up to you. Free. 1603 S. Congress Ave., 512-920-6405
With its stunning silver bar and blue velvet interior, Sophia’s definitely exemplifies romance. After a welcome glass of prosecco, special four-course meal, and party favors (!), dance the night away with a live DJ. Purchase tickets $85 and up at sophiasaustin.uvtix.com. 500 W. Sixth St., 512-580-9990
Inspired by the best underground dance scenes, Justine’s tapped designer Emily Andelin to construct a "multiplex of art and hedonism." Featuring a live show by Syrian icon Omar Souleyman, performances by DJs and breakdancers, late-night bites, and an open bar, the party at this French hot spot is sure to be one for the ages. Purchase tickets, $200, at eventbrite.com. 4710 E. Fifth St., 512-385-2900
Oysters and caviar start the four-course prix-fixe dinner at Austin’s most recognized fine dining institution, and the menu only gets more indulgent from there. Kevin Lovejoy will be playing the baby grand to complete the atmosphere. Purchase tickets, $100, at jeffreysofaustin.tocktix.com. 1204 W. Lynn St., 512-477-5584
The rooftop patio at Backbeat offers beautiful sights with a view of Austin’s fireworks show. A special cocktail menu and Moët & Chandon midnight toast round out the festivities at this stylish spot. Free. 1300 S. Lamar Blvd., 512-551-9980