‘Tis the season to be bubbly.
Where are you going to ring in the New Year? We’ve scoured the listings and got you covered for the hottest restaurants to dine at, most popular bashes to party at and the best bottles of bubbly to toast with.
New Year’s Eve in Austin
Where to Eat
Uchi & Uchiko
Both restaurants will offer a special New Year’s Eve Omakase menu ($125 for two people), in addition to the full menu. Uchi’s ceiling will be full of balloons and both restaurants will serve complimentary champagne at midnight. Call 512.916.4808 to make a reservation.
Sway is excited to feast, drink, dance and let go from 8:00pm to 2:00am. In Thailand, monks wear yellow as a reminder of the importance of letting go, so join us on New Years Eve as we let go of 2013 and embrace 2014. Tickets include dinner, full open bar, champagne toast, dancing and more, and are available for $150 per person at theyellowrobe.splashthat.
Malverde is up all night to get lucky this year with their New Years Eve party from 9:00pm to 2:00am. Tickets include an open bar, champagne toast, a DJ, dancing and photobooth. Tickets are available for $100 per person at malverdenye.splashthat.com.
The Carillon is cooking up a special seven-course tasting menu, hand crafted by Chef Josh Watkins. The seven-course menu is $125 per person with an optional wine pairing for $85 per person. Seating times are between5:30pm and 11:00pm. Reservations are required at 512.404.3655 or TheCarillon
Ring in the new year with a savory a la carte menu prepared by Owner and Executive Chef James Holmes and Chef de Cuisine Maximillian Petty. Armed with the belief that the last meal of 2013 should go out in style, the menu includes the likes of Lavender Lamb Prosciutto, Reindeer Spare Ribs and Chocolate Ball Drop. Open during regular dinner hours, 5:30-10PM.
Finn & Porter
When New Year’s Eve calls for great taste and a touch of elegance, an evening at Finn & Porter is the place to be in Austin. The special four-course menu begins with a Chef’s Amuse, provides guest’s choice over the first three courses and ends with a Dessert Sampler (a trio of delectable sweets). Maffei’s menu includes popular dishes such as the Hot Mama sashimi, the Beet Salad with Wateroaks Farm goat cheese and a seven-ounce sirloin filet. Reservations are highly recommended by going online at finnandporter.com or by calling 512-682-2885.
Foreign and Domestic
Think old meets new, lobster and caviar and venison, bubbly with every course on a cold winter’s night, reminiscent of downtown Manhattan and disco balls – yowza! It’s gonna be a blast. New Year’s Eve dinner at 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Dinner is $100 per person including wine pairings, plus tax and tip. http://fndaustin.com/nye-dinner/
Hops & Grain
Ring in the new year with friends old and new at Hops & Grain Brewery for an affair to remember – a Black & White Affair, that is. Don your finest partying attire and celebrate like it’s 2013. Gonzo Food Truck will provide tasty food and refreshing juices, and DJ Dye-lon will be spinning as folks dance the night away. At the stroke of midnight, guests can revel in the new year amidst a balloon drop. And always one to put safety first, the crew will offer free admission to designated drivers to ensure a happy new year, indeed.
Known for its music and lounge scene, guests can expect a live DJ to spin while they eat. $65 four-course menu with complimentary champagne toast at midnight.
Celebrate over dinner with special New Year Eve seatings at TRACE. The first seating is a four-course prix fixe from 5-7pm ($115 per person) and second seating is a three-course prix fixe dinner from 8-10pm ($95 per person).
Cheers to New Year’s. Join Hillside Farmacy for their New Year’s Eve prix fixe dinner starting at 6pm for $50 with a glass of bubbles. Reserve your table today 512.628.0168.
The Bonneville will be celebrating its one year anniversary on NYE with a four-course prix fixe menu with champagne upon arrive for $70. It’s the perfect location for dining and watching the holiday fireworks!
Celebrate with Kenichi and experience inspired cuisine where innovation and tradition collide. For a memorable celebration, please book your New Year’s Eve reservation today to indulge in Austin’s finest steaks, our chic sushi bar, dessert creations and the freshest seafood. KENICHI has a full bar and the largest sake selection in Texas, as well as a unique, seasonal winter menu. For New Year’s reservations, call 512.320.8883.
4 course dinner for $75 per person, wine pairings for $35, and oyster platter for $25. For reservations email email@example.com.
Avoid downtown, and join Contigo for their New Years Eve “Contigo Style” under the new Winter Tent. This will be a straightforward affair. Open bar, buffet food, champagne toast and post midnight taco bar. $75 includes all the fun you can have in 4 hours. Purchase tickets here.
Join Blackfinn Ameripub for New Years Eve. $25 ticket gets you 2 complimentary cocktails, champagne toast at midnight, passed hors d’ouvres, party favors and DJ. $75 includes 4 courses, 4 cocktails to pair, and automatic entry into party.
Gourdough’s Public House is serving a “hangover brunch” from 11 am to 5 pm and offering cabbage and black-eyed peas in addition to their famous doughnut menu. Tickets here.
Reserve your seats for Mulberry’s downtown pre-party dinner including
Oysters, Caviar, Roast Cauliflower Soup, Beet Salad, Beef bourguignon,
Caramel Crepes and bubbly! Tickets here.
Greet 2014 with the celebration of community, art and music throughout the entire Spider House compound. Three stages, six bands, three DJs, art installations, food trucks, champagne toast, and a BALL DROP at midnight! Purchase $25 tickets here.
Parkside is marking the end of 2013 with their annual rooftop bash! Open bar, champagne toast, hors d’oeuvres and sweets, photo booth by Zappy Springs, and DJ’s from Strangetribe Productions. Tickets are $100, available here.
W Austin’s Remix & Revelry party will take over the entire second floor of the hotel, including the Terrace, making for a memorable evening with exceptional dinner-by-the-bite, an open bar, and a champagne toast at midnight. Early bird tickets available on Eventbrite for $195 per person, general admission tickets are $225 and VIP tickets are $300 per person.
San Jose Hotel
Ring it in with DJ Honeycomb with drinks, dancing and merriment at San Jose Hotel. Free event!
Casino night at an all inclusive New Year’s Eve Party at The Goodnight. Unlimited bowling and table games, 5K in chips for casino games, passed appetizers, champagne toast at midnight and full bar. $100 per person.
Dress your best and dance the night away with Father Frost and Snegurochka. Live music til 2AM with a midnight toast. $120 pre fixe New Year festive menu and champagne, seated reservation. $65 standing room only, champagne and fruit plate. Tickets available here.
Austin’s New Year
Austin’s New Year (ANY) is an annual free event on Auditorium Shores where Austin families can come together to welcome in the New Year! ANY is an alcohol-free celebration showcasing Austin’s diverse and talented creative community through art, films, and live music. And kids and adults alike won’t want to miss the exciting fireworks finale! Fireworks at 10PM at Auditorium Shores.
Located on the corner of 6th & Rio Grande, RIO is downtown Austin’s latest nightlife addition. Ring in the New Year at RIO with party favors, hosted bar, champagne toast and late night snacks. $100 tickets available here.
Popping the cork at home? Here’s some general knowledge about Champagne and sparking wines.
Not all sparkling wine is Champagne, but all Champagne is sparkling wine
Champagne refers to the region from which the sparking beverage hails. Meaning, Champagne is sparkling wine from the Champagne region in France.
Descriptive terms can be deceptive
“Extra Dry” can actually be “kind of sweet.” Who knew
- Extra Brut: “Extra” dry, meaning least sweet
- Brut: Dry, and the most common
- Extra Dry: This means dry, but not as dry as brut
- Sec/Demi-sec: Fairly sweet
- Doux: Very sweet
How to pop bottles on a budget
The holidays are the time to splurge a little on that nice bottle of Champagne, but when reaching for that second bottle or when you are in need of bubbly for a party, reach for the big names’ California counterparts. Or, international bubbles, like Cava and Prosecco, which may fit your budget better.
Serve it Cold
The temperature of Champagne can make or break the bubbly if not kept and served properly. The ideal serving temperature is around 45 degrees Fahrenheit
Serve it in elegance
Like the serving temperature, Champagne shouldn’t be served in just any glass. The flute glass is your go-to for creating the best experience for your guests. A long-stemmed flute glass is the ideal holder for Champagne, as it is designed to strengthen the aromas and aid the flow of bubbles.
‘Tis the season to be bubbly! As always, don’t hesitate to ask the team at Twin Liquors to help you when making your upcoming Champagne, wine or spirits selection.