Fireworks and champagne for the New Year

See & Be Seen in 2013

Mom always said, “don’t drink on an empty stomach”, well, at least I think she did. Regardless, on the eve of one of the biggest drinking-fueled holidays, chowing down beforehand to soak up the booze is essential. All dressed up and nowhere to go? Here are a few suggestions for some local NYE festivities that are sure to leave a few foggy memories for the next morning.

Champagne glasses for New Years

Feast for the New Year

Drop what you’re doing and listen up! Reservations are still available for Uchi’s NYE dinner. Say what? For $150, both Uchi and Uchiko are hosting a six-course chef’s tasting menu designed for two people (walk-in seats also available at the sushi bar). Those with late rezos can celebrate with a midnight toast.

If you’re venturing downtown to ring in the New Year, TRACE at W Austin is serving up a killer prix fixe menu from 5:30 – 7:30 for those who are looking for a pre-party dinner option. For $95/person or $145 w/ wine pairings, fuel up on Gulf Shrimp Bisque, Pumpkin Ravioli, Filet Mignon Oscar or Roasted Sea Scallops and of course Pastry Chef O’Leary’s wonderfully addicting desserts.

Stop into landmark steakhouse Sullivan’s, a great spot to grab dinner before hitting your final destination or to enjoy a low-key evening. For $59/person before 6:30 and $79 after, indulge in a 4-course meal with highlights like the Seafood Tasting for two, Filet Mignon, 16oz Ribeye, Triple Cut Lamb Chops, or Bananas Foster Bread Pudding, all accompanied by live music throughout the night.

Handlebar in Austin open late for New Years

Sleep all day, party all night

If you’re looking to stay incognito for the night, put on your best stache and party at HandleBar’s Moustache Masquerade Ball. At the all-inclusive party, take in the impressive downtown views from their rooftop patio complete with 3 full bars, music from DJ Protégé and a champagne toast at midnight. Guests will also be entered to win a 2012 Honda Ruckus scooter. Tickets are $125.

Feel like staying home? You’re in luck - W Austin invites you to celebrate in their Living Room – we can almost guarantee it’s a little swankier than yours. Watch the ball drop following the welcome cocktail hour from 9:30-midnight and enjoy bites and bubbles all night. Call to reserve seating (512) 542-3686.

So wherever it is that you end up ringing in the New Year, have a blast and remember to be safe and call a cab.

Happy New Year y’all!

Glittler party for New Years at Cultivate PR