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Where to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Austin

The best parties to ring in 2020

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It might be hard to believe, but 2019 is almost over. As another year comes to an end, it’s time to start making plans for how to celebrate the transition to 2020.

This year’s New Year’s Eve parties in Austin include a David Bowie-themed ball at Indian Roller, a decadent party at the W, rooftop shindigs at the Fairmont, and much, much more. However you want to spend your New Year’s Eve, you’ll find the perfect venue in Eater’s ultimate guide to the best parties to ring in the New Year in Austin. Champagne toasts (and otherwise) are usually featured too. All of the following parties take place on Tuesday, December 31.

For other New Year’s-related plans, here is Eater’s guide to New Year’s Eve dinners and New Year’s Day brunch, making sure the 2019-to-2020 transition is as delicious and celebratory as possible, and that the inevitable hangover is taken care of, as only the best of Austin’s restaurants can provide.

Is there a major New Year’s Eve party missing? Let Eater know through the tipline or within the comments.

With updates by Nadia Chaudhury.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. 800 Congress Ave

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800 Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701

For something a little different, head down to Foster ATX for its Untitled festivity, an immersive experience featuring hors d’oeuvres, a live band and DJ, open bar, portraits, dancing, a late-night breakfast bar, and so much more. The space is being transformed to recreate the vibe of ’70s New York, so era-appropriate attire is encouraged. Tickets begin at $185, and it runs from 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.

2. Irene’s

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506 West Ave
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 298-0853
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Ring in the New Year with a drag party at the downtown Austin restaurant hosted by Rhonda Jewels, with drink specials, a drag performance, and an epic countdown to 2020 with champagne toasts at midnight. This event is free to the public with VIP packages and tables available for purchase starting at $30. A portion of proceeds from the Rhonda Jewels signature cocktail, featuring Richard’s Rainwater, will be donated to Out Youth, with Tito’s contributing a matching donation. It runs from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Irene’s
Irene’s
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3. Nickel City

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1133 E 11th St
Austin, TX 78702

It’s an ‘80s-themed New Year’s Eve party at the Central East Austin neighborhood bar. While entry is free, those who want to reserve tables (complete with bottles of Perrier-Jouet grand brut and snacks), tickets are available starting at $170. It runs from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Nickel City
Nickel City
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4. The Roosevelt Room

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307 W 5th St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 494-4094
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Celebrate the end of the decade by honoring the 100th anniversary of one of the best decades in history at the essential downtown Austin bar’s Roaring ’20s bash. Revelers can partake in classic cocktails that were first introduced to the masses in the 20s and dance the night away to an electro-swing soundtrack provided by DJ Phauxkis. Multiple ticket packages are available for the evening, which culminates in a ball drop and champagne toast. Semi-formal to formal attire is required, and vintage 20s details are encouraged. It runs from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Roosevelt Room
Roosevelt Room
Marc Swendner

5. W Austin

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200 Lavaca St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 542-3600
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The downtown Austin hotel’s most lavish event of the year returns with a decadent ball fit for royalty and commoners alike. There are multiple ticket packages, including general admission with food, drink tickets, a DJ, and photo opps; or the VIP Royal Elite package featuring access to all three party levels, a lounge; and more. Austin Oddities and Ron King salon will be on hand to give party looks a royal upgrade. It runs from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

W Austin’s New Year’s Eve
W Austin’s New Year’s Eve
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6. Lamberts

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401 W 2nd St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 494-1500
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Send 2019 packing with the house party at the downtown upscale barbecue restaurant, featuring food, drinks, and live music. Tickets are $125 per person and include access to decadent barbecue buffets, two free drinks, a live performance from the Lamberts All Star Band led by local fave David Garza, and DJ sets before and after. There will also be photo opps, various activities (including Tarot card readings), a champagne tower, and so much more. It runs from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

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Lamberts
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7. Fair Market

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1100 E 5th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 710-8832
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There’s another roaring ’20s-themed New Year’s party at Fair Market. The East Austin venue is undergoing a major transformation for a spectacular soiree inspired by The Great Gatsby. Era-appropriate attire is encouraged for the shindig, which features an open bar, unlimited pizza from Salvation Pizza, instagrammable photo opps, and music from DJ Buck Rodgers and DJ Ferno. VIP tickets are also available, with a portion of all sales benefiting Austin Pets Alive. It runs from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

8. Native Hostel

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807 E 4th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 551-9947
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East Austin’s Native Hostel is giving party-goers an all-night dance party with a whole outer space theme featuring an open bar, aerial performers, free goodies, and an alien sighting or two. Various ticket levels are available, ranging from general admission (with open bar and munchies) to the Lunar Landing VIP package (private room, bar, swag, and overnight stay). It runs from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Native Hostel
Native Hostel
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111 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 473-1566
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For its first New Year’s Eve, rooftop hotel bar P6 will be celebrating with a robust open bar, an abundance of antipasti, cheese, charcuterie, desserts, and the best view of the fireworks. DJ PAT LOK and South of Everywhere will be spinning tunes all night. General admission tickets are $200 and VIP with access to what’s being called the “daybed area” are $250. It runs from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.

The outdoor terrace at P6
The outdoor terrace at P6
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10. The Liberty

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1618 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 514-0502
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Head back to the days of MySpace and burn books with East Austin bar The Liberty’s Y2K Part Deux. Dance 2019 (or 1999) away with the guilty pleasure one-hit wonders of yesteryear, enjoy drink specials that pay tribute to the (alleged) end of the world, and participate in a midnight countdown with champagne pours. Turn of the millennium threads aren’t a requirement, but definitely encouraged, so grab those JNCOs and lace up those Adidas shell toes. It runs from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.

11. Fairmont Austin

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101 Red River St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 600-2000
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Head up to the 7th floor rooftop bar Rules & Reg for an unforgettable night filled with dancing, live music, and the Fairmont’s special Human Ball Drop at midnight. Specialty cocktails and complimentary bites will be provided. Tickets begin at $60. It runs from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

12. Four Seasons Hotel Austin

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98 San Jacinto Blvd
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 478-4500
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The downtown hotel is honoring this very important date with a party themed on the mind-bending fun of Alice in Wonderland, featuring live music, a balloon drop and champagne toast at midnight, among other surprises, Live Oak’s New Year’s Eve event is always one of Austin’s premier parties. It runs from 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tickets are $55.

Four Seasons
Four Seasons
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13. Geraldine's

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605 Davis St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 476-4755
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The downtown hotel restaurant doesn’t slouch when it comes to live music, and New Year’s Eve is no exception. Geraldine’s kicks things off at 9:00 pm with a performance by the Lex Land Trio, followed by Akina Adderley at 11:00 pm. Guests can ring in 2020 on the rooftop with fireworks, bubbles, and small bites. It runs from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Geraldine’s
Geraldine’s
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14. Eberly

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615 S. Lamar
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 916-9000
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The sprawling South Lamar restaurant is being transformed into the iconic New York dance club Studio 54. This year’s party features performances by an aerialist and ’70s dance numbers with roller skaters, complimentary food from executive chef Jo Chan, and inventive desserts from pastry chef Sarah Seghi. Oh, and unlike previous New Year’s Eve parties, Eberly is opening up the rooftop for a special surprise. Tickets are $100 and it runs from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Eberly’s Cedar Tavern Bar
Eberly’s Cedar Tavern Bar
Merrick Ales

15. The Highball

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1120 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 383-8309
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Roll the dice and take a chance on this casino-themed night at the Highball, featuring lasers, confetti, and champagne mayhem. Dance the year out with a DJ playing all the best hits of the past decade, play casino games, and enjoy a champagne toast at midnight. Fancy attire encouraged. Tickets are $40 and it runs from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

16. Joann's Fine Foods

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1224 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 358-6054
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The Austin Motel restaurant is hosting a New Year’s Eve edition of its weekly burlesque bingo hosted by *Bob*. The shindig is free to attend, but reservations are strongly encouraged. Party people will be treated to disco balls, bubbles and fancy snacks from the kitchen, surprise guest stars, and prizes. Proceeds benefit the Kind Clinic. It begins at 8 p.m.

17. Hotel San José

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1316 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 444-7322
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Celebrate in the Hotel San Jose courtyard with a sparkling celebration featuring music from DJ Mija, drink specials, and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight from the hotel’s champagne tower. Even better: This event is free to attend. It runs from 8 p.m. to midnight.

18. Indian Roller

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1322, 10006 Manchaca Rd
Austin, TX 78748
(512) 761-3757
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Put on your red shoes and dance the blues at far south Austin bar Indian Roller’s David Bowie-themed bash, featuring a live tribute performance from Super Creeps and a dance party with DJ Aquamarine. There will be special drinks, activities, and more. It runs from 9 p.m. to 1:55 a.m.

19. Sour Duck Market

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1814 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 394-5776
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Sour Duck’s New Year’s Eve party is full of cocktails, food like goat barbacoa tacos and mini-burgers straight out of its smoker, a Champagne station, and music courtesy of a DJ. Circle Brewing Co. is debuting its new beer, a barrel-aged brett imperial porter called Disco Pig. Of course, Sour Duck is roasting two pigs too. Tickets are $49 at the door, and kids under the age of eight years old can come for free before 8 p.m. It begins at 6 p.m.

20. Contigo

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2027 Anchor Ln
Austin, TX 78723
(512) 614-2260
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Contigo’s New Year’s Eve party is always a good time, and with a hot toddy bar and a buffet, the 9th annual bash looks to be another blast. Ticket holders will receive a cocktail the moment they walk in the door, followed by an open bar, dinner buffet, post-midnight breakfast tacos, and the essential champagne toast. It runs from 8 p.m. to 12:15 a.m. and tickets are $125.

21. South Congress Hotel

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1603 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 920-6405
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South Congress Hotel’s free New Year’s Eve party will begin at 9 p.m., featuring live music, snacks, and DJs spinning.

1. 800 Congress Ave

800 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

For something a little different, head down to Foster ATX for its Untitled festivity, an immersive experience featuring hors d’oeuvres, a live band and DJ, open bar, portraits, dancing, a late-night breakfast bar, and so much more. The space is being transformed to recreate the vibe of ’70s New York, so era-appropriate attire is encouraged. Tickets begin at $185, and it runs from 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.

800 Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701

2. Irene’s

506 West Ave, Austin, TX 78701
Irene’s
Irene’s
Courtney Pierce/EATX

Ring in the New Year with a drag party at the downtown Austin restaurant hosted by Rhonda Jewels, with drink specials, a drag performance, and an epic countdown to 2020 with champagne toasts at midnight. This event is free to the public with VIP packages and tables available for purchase starting at $30. A portion of proceeds from the Rhonda Jewels signature cocktail, featuring Richard’s Rainwater, will be donated to Out Youth, with Tito’s contributing a matching donation. It runs from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

506 West Ave
Austin, TX 78701

3. Nickel City

1133 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702
Nickel City
Nickel City
Robert J. Lerma/EATX

It’s an ‘80s-themed New Year’s Eve party at the Central East Austin neighborhood bar. While entry is free, those who want to reserve tables (complete with bottles of Perrier-Jouet grand brut and snacks), tickets are available starting at $170. It runs from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.

1133 E 11th St
Austin, TX 78702

4. The Roosevelt Room

307 W 5th St, Austin, TX 78701
Roosevelt Room
Roosevelt Room
Marc Swendner

Celebrate the end of the decade by honoring the 100th anniversary of one of the best decades in history at the essential downtown Austin bar’s Roaring ’20s bash. Revelers can partake in classic cocktails that were first introduced to the masses in the 20s and dance the night away to an electro-swing soundtrack provided by DJ Phauxkis. Multiple ticket packages are available for the evening, which culminates in a ball drop and champagne toast. Semi-formal to formal attire is required, and vintage 20s details are encouraged. It runs from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.

307 W 5th St
Austin, TX 78701

5. W Austin

200 Lavaca St, Austin, TX 78701
W Austin’s New Year’s Eve
W Austin’s New Year’s Eve
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The downtown Austin hotel’s most lavish event of the year returns with a decadent ball fit for royalty and commoners alike. There are multiple ticket packages, including general admission with food, drink tickets, a DJ, and photo opps; or the VIP Royal Elite package featuring access to all three party levels, a lounge; and more. Austin Oddities and Ron King salon will be on hand to give party looks a royal upgrade. It runs from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

200 Lavaca St
Austin, TX 78701

6. Lamberts

401 W 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701
Lamberts
Lamberts
Lamberts/Official

Send 2019 packing with the house party at the downtown upscale barbecue restaurant, featuring food, drinks, and live music. Tickets are $125 per person and include access to decadent barbecue buffets, two free drinks, a live performance from the Lamberts All Star Band led by local fave David Garza, and DJ sets before and after. There will also be photo opps, various activities (including Tarot card readings), a champagne tower, and so much more. It runs from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

401 W 2nd St
Austin, TX 78701

7. Fair Market

1100 E 5th St, Austin, TX 78702

There’s another roaring ’20s-themed New Year’s party at Fair Market. The East Austin venue is undergoing a major transformation for a spectacular soiree inspired by The Great Gatsby. Era-appropriate attire is encouraged for the shindig, which features an open bar, unlimited pizza from Salvation Pizza, instagrammable photo opps, and music from DJ Buck Rodgers and DJ Ferno. VIP tickets are also available, with a portion of all sales benefiting Austin Pets Alive. It runs from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

1100 E 5th St
Austin, TX 78702

8. Native Hostel

807 E 4th St, Austin, TX 78702
Native Hostel
Native Hostel
Native Hostel/Facebook

East Austin’s Native Hostel is giving party-goers an all-night dance party with a whole outer space theme featuring an open bar, aerial performers, free goodies, and an alien sighting or two. Various ticket levels are available, ranging from general admission (with open bar and munchies) to the Lunar Landing VIP package (private room, bar, swag, and overnight stay). It runs from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.

807 E 4th St
Austin, TX 78702

9. P6

111 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78701
The outdoor terrace at P6
The outdoor terrace at P6
Chase Daniel

For its first New Year’s Eve, rooftop hotel bar P6 will be celebrating with a robust open bar, an abundance of antipasti, cheese, charcuterie, desserts, and the best view of the fireworks. DJ PAT LOK and South of Everywhere will be spinning tunes all night. General admission tickets are $200 and VIP with access to what’s being called the “daybed area” are $250. It runs from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.

111 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78701

10. The Liberty

1618 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702

Head back to the days of MySpace and burn books with East Austin bar The Liberty’s Y2K Part Deux. Dance 2019 (or 1999) away with the guilty pleasure one-hit wonders of yesteryear, enjoy drink specials that pay tribute to the (alleged) end of the world, and participate in a midnight countdown with champagne pours. Turn of the millennium threads aren’t a requirement, but definitely encouraged, so grab those JNCOs and lace up those Adidas shell toes. It runs from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.

1618 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

11. Fairmont Austin

101 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701

Head up to the 7th floor rooftop bar Rules & Reg for an unforgettable night filled with dancing, live music, and the Fairmont’s special Human Ball Drop at midnight. Specialty cocktails and complimentary bites will be provided. Tickets begin at $60. It runs from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

101 Red River St
Austin, TX 78701

12. Four Seasons Hotel Austin

98 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78701
Four Seasons
Four Seasons
Four Seasons [Official]

The downtown hotel is honoring this very important date with a party themed on the mind-bending fun of Alice in Wonderland, featuring live music, a balloon drop and champagne toast at midnight, among other surprises, Live Oak’s New Year’s Eve event is always one of Austin’s premier parties. It runs from 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tickets are $55.

98 San Jacinto Blvd
Austin, TX 78701

13. Geraldine's

605 Davis St, Austin, TX 78701
Geraldine’s
Geraldine’s
JR Photo/EATX

The downtown hotel restaurant doesn’t slouch when it comes to live music, and New Year’s Eve is no exception. Geraldine’s kicks things off at 9:00 pm with a performance by the Lex Land Trio, followed by Akina Adderley at 11:00 pm. Guests can ring in 2020 on the rooftop with fireworks, bubbles, and small bites. It runs from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

605 Davis St
Austin, TX 78701

14. Eberly

615 S. Lamar, Austin, TX 78704
Eberly’s Cedar Tavern Bar
Eberly’s Cedar Tavern Bar
Merrick Ales

The sprawling South Lamar restaurant is being transformed into the iconic New York dance club Studio 54. This year’s party features performances by an aerialist and ’70s dance numbers with roller skaters, complimentary food from executive chef Jo Chan, and inventive desserts from pastry chef Sarah Seghi. Oh, and unlike previous New Year’s Eve parties, Eberly is opening up the rooftop for a special surprise. Tickets are $100 and it runs from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.

615 S. Lamar
Austin, TX 78704

15. The Highball

1120 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

Roll the dice and take a chance on this casino-themed night at the Highball, featuring lasers, confetti, and champagne mayhem. Dance the year out with a DJ playing all the best hits of the past decade, play casino games, and enjoy a champagne toast at midnight. Fancy attire encouraged. Tickets are $40 and it runs from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

1120 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

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16. Joann's Fine Foods

1224 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

The Austin Motel restaurant is hosting a New Year’s Eve edition of its weekly burlesque bingo hosted by *Bob*. The shindig is free to attend, but reservations are strongly encouraged. Party people will be treated to disco balls, bubbles and fancy snacks from the kitchen, surprise guest stars, and prizes. Proceeds benefit the Kind Clinic. It begins at 8 p.m.

1224 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704

17. Hotel San José

1316 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

Celebrate in the Hotel San Jose courtyard with a sparkling celebration featuring music from DJ Mija, drink specials, and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight from the hotel’s champagne tower. Even better: This event is free to attend. It runs from 8 p.m. to midnight.

1316 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704

18. Indian Roller

1322, 10006 Manchaca Rd, Austin, TX 78748

Put on your red shoes and dance the blues at far south Austin bar Indian Roller’s David Bowie-themed bash, featuring a live tribute performance from Super Creeps and a dance party with DJ Aquamarine. There will be special drinks, activities, and more. It runs from 9 p.m. to 1:55 a.m.

1322, 10006 Manchaca Rd
Austin, TX 78748

19. Sour Duck Market

1814 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin, TX 78702

Sour Duck’s New Year’s Eve party is full of cocktails, food like goat barbacoa tacos and mini-burgers straight out of its smoker, a Champagne station, and music courtesy of a DJ. Circle Brewing Co. is debuting its new beer, a barrel-aged brett imperial porter called Disco Pig. Of course, Sour Duck is roasting two pigs too. Tickets are $49 at the door, and kids under the age of eight years old can come for free before 8 p.m. It begins at 6 p.m.

1814 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Austin, TX 78702

20. Contigo

2027 Anchor Ln, Austin, TX 78723

Contigo’s New Year’s Eve party is always a good time, and with a hot toddy bar and a buffet, the 9th annual bash looks to be another blast. Ticket holders will receive a cocktail the moment they walk in the door, followed by an open bar, dinner buffet, post-midnight breakfast tacos, and the essential champagne toast. It runs from 8 p.m. to 12:15 a.m. and tickets are $125.

2027 Anchor Ln
Austin, TX 78723

21. South Congress Hotel

1603 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

South Congress Hotel’s free New Year’s Eve party will begin at 9 p.m., featuring live music, snacks, and DJs spinning.

1603 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704

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