It’s the most glittery night of the year — the night of sparkly dresses and sparkling wine. Sure, you could stay home on New Year’s Eve and reflect on the decade that was, waiting for the Times Square ball drop. Or you can celebrate the year ahead with fellow Austinites at one of the many venues hosting New Year’s Eve parties.
With soirees in this town ranging from Austin casual to fancy black-tie with everything from prix fixe dinners to dancing all night long, you have a bit of a choose-your-own-adventure situation on your hands. All you have to decide is what kind of fun you’re seeking.
Here are some options for New Year’s Eve parties around town.
The Thinkery’s Noon Year's Eve Balloon Drop and Bubble Wrap Stomp. There’s no need to stay up late to celebrate the new year — or for the kids to miss out. The Thinkery hosts a morning and afternoon event with three simultaneous balloon drops and bubble wrap stomps, two for all ages and one just for toddlers, among other activities. 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 31. $25 for non-members. 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org/events.
2020 Eve Day at St. Elmo Brewing. Toast to the new year a few hours early at the South Austin brewery’s afternoon bash, featuring DJ beats, kids’ activities, a 5 p.m. toast with St. Elmo’s Champ beer and Soursop bites. Ring in 2020 when Europe does. Noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 31. 440 E. Saint Elmo Road. facebook.com/events/2839472992732560.
The Roosevelt Room's Roaring ’20s New Year’s Eve Party. One of Austin’s most venerated cocktail bars is throwing it back to one of the best decades for cocktails in the country with this fancy affair (semi-formal to formal attire required). The Roosevelt Room promises a one-night-only menu of 1920s and pre-Prohibition drinks, as well as a considerable list of bubbly wines. And did we mention you’ll be able to watch the ball drop via the bar’s big screen projector? 7 p.m. Dec. 31. $50-$1,200. 307 W. Fifth St. roaring20sNYE2020.eventbrite.com.
Eberly’s Disco Revival New Year’s Eve celebration. Disco is not dead, at least for one night. The South Lamar restaurant will have four rooms with an assortment of themed entertainment, such as aerialists and roller-skating ’70s dance numbers. Eberly will have bites and desserts from its chefs, as well as a midnight toast with bubbly. Tickets are $100. The event sells out every year. 8 p.m. Dec. 31. 615 S. Lamar Blvd. eberly.ticketleap.com/new-years-eve-disco.
New Year’s Eve at Geraldine’s. The fourth-floor restaurant at Hotel Van Zandt will have dinner specials — such as sausage-wrapped rack of lamb and tuna carpaccio — before rooftop fireworks, sparkling wine and music from Akina Adderley and the Lex Land Trio. 9 p.m. Dec. 31. 605 Davis St. facebook.com/events/537069360186353.
Champagne Karaoke at Last Straw. Belt out your feelings about another decade down with the tropical-themed bar’s 21 and up celebration. There will be a special drinks menu and plant-based party food — and a daiquiri toast at midnight, instead of the usual champagne. 6 p.m. Dec. 31. 1914 E. Sixth St. facebook.com/events/2423679614511459.
New Year’s Eve bash at Live Oak at the Four Seasons. Go down the rabbit hole for a late night of "Alice in Wonderland"-themed fun at the Four Seasons’ lobby bar. Live Oak transforms "with red-, black- and white-checkered decor, hanging tea cups, abundant flower displays and much more to get guests" into a Mad Hatter state of mind, according to the hotel. There will be themed cocktails served in potion bottles, a midnight balloon drop and more. 9 p.m. Dec. 31. $55 at the door. 98 San Jacinto Blvd. fourseasons.com/austin/dining/lounges/live-oak.
Back to the 80s Dance Party & Pre Fixe Dinner at Hopfields. Shoulder pads? Leotards? Spandex leggings? Wear it all and then pose in a Polaroid photo booth at Hopfields’ New Year’s Eve festivities. Tickets include entry to both the dinner and the dance party, but you also can just go to the party. Dinner at 7 p.m., party at 9:30 p.m. Dec. 31. $35-$110. 3110 Guadalupe St. facebook.com/events/566303014153491.
New Year’s Eve Party Through the Decades at Whitestone Brewery. The Cedar Park brewery isn’t limiting this themed soiree to a single time period. Dress in the attire of your favorite decade, enjoy a DJ mix of hits throughout the years and sip on specialty beers before the midnight countdown and balloon drop. 8 p.m. Dec. 31. $5 cash at the door. 601 E. Whitestone Blvd., Cedar Park. facebook.com/events/2259136611050791.
NYE at W Austin: Let Them Eat Cake. This New Year’s Eve bash is sure to be extra lavish by the very nature of its theme — a party of which Marie Antoinette would approve. Come dressed to impress. There are several ticketing levels, depending upon how downright decadent you want to get. 9 p.m. Dec. 31. $100-$400. 200 Lavaca St. eventbrite.com/e/nye-at-w-austin-let-them-eat-cake-tickets-74454743141.
New Year’s Eve & Chill at Black Star Co-op. Just kind of over all the hoopla about a new year and new beginnings, blah blah blah? Black Star aims to be a cozy haven away from it all, though there will still be a toast at 11 p.m. An hourly $4 beer special list will be announced soon. 11 a.m. Dec. 31. 7020 Easy Wind Drive. facebook.com/events/442053136704766.
The story has been updated to reflect that Black Star Co-op’s champagne toast is at 11 p.m.