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Best New Year’s Eve Austin Parties To Ring In 2020

December 19, 2019

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‘Tis the season to be bubbly.

SEE ALSO: 15 Local Austin Gifts To Give This Holiday Season

Where are you going to ring in the New Year? I checked the listings and got you covered for the best New Year’s Eve Austin parties, Austin restaurants serving NYE dinners and New Year Day brunches!



Pitchfork Pretty is a vibrant, upscale restaurant in East Austin naturally embracing the city’s quirkiness, down-home traditions, and growing cosmopolitan sensibilities. The award-winning restaurant was recently named the #2 Best Restaurant in Austin by The Austin American-Statesman. Ring in the new year with a six-course prix fixe menu which includes 1 round of bubbles.

WHEN: December 31st, 2019 from 5pm – 10pm

TICKETS: $85 per person (not including tax + gratuity), reserve here



Kick-off your New Year’s Eve celebrations at Fresa’s official Pre-Party, featuring a delicious buffet, drinks, and more. Tickets are $15 and include wood-grilled chicken buffet, one drink ticket for a special New Year’s Eve cocktail, happy hour prices at the bar, and New Year’s Eve swag. The event will have open seating inside and on the patio.

WHEN: December 31st, 2019 from 5pm – 8pm




Chef Fermín Núñez has prepared a special tasting menu exclusively for Suerte’s New Year’s Eve Fiesta. Dinner includes a selection of botanas, five savory courses and dessert for $100 per person, with the option to add a $50 mixed beverage pairing.

WHEN: December 31st, 2019 from 5:30pm – 9pm

RESERVATIONS: make reservations here



Special New Year’s Eve menu with caviar, royal red shrimp, dry-aged NY strip, and more.

RESERVATIONS: make reservations here



$125 for a prix fixe menu.

RESERVATIONS: Call 512-333-0737 or email info@hestiaaustin.com.



Uchi will offer a special New Year’s Eve Omakase with 10 courses meant for two people sharing. Tables are reservation only, but small party walk-ins can enjoy full service dining at the sushi and wine bar. Guests dining at midnight will receive a complimentary glass of sparkling wine.



Olamaie will be offering a three-course pre-fixe menu to help celebrate the arrival of 2020. It will feature a menu of favorites with some special touches. Their a la carte menu will be unavailable that evening.

RESERVATIONS: make reservations here


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Through Christmas Eve, Whisler’s is featuring its annual Toys for Tots menu! A portion of the proceeds of the festive menu will go toward the charity.

  • Oaxacan Hot Chocolate – El Silencio mezcal, Grand Marnier, house Mexican hot chocolate recipe with cayenne,
    fresh whip cream and a cookie
  • Whisler’s Good Ol’ Fashioned EggNog – Traditional eggnog recipe that has been passed down for generations
  • Mama’s Hot Toddy – Bourbon, pear brandy, ginger and lemon


La Condesa

New Year’s Eve is falling on a Taco Tuesday and we’re calling that a sign. Even if you don’t want to ring in the New Year surrounded by dope-ass tacos — 1, who are you?? and 2, we’ve still got you covered with specials like confit brisket in mole ixtepecano and roasted beets with flying-ant salsa. Complimentary bubbles and a special menu celebrating the flavors of Oaxaca.

WHEN: December 31st, 2019 from 5pm – 10pm, rsvp here


Sway West Lake Hills

Ring in the new year with some spice — enjoy modern thai food from Sway. To celebrate the new decade, Chef Billy Sciacca is serving up high-end specials, reserves, and cocktail specials for the night. Highlights include:

  • Short rib boat noodles
  • braised short rib fillet medallions, purple beet marinated egg, condensed lemongrass beef bone broth, thin fresh egg noodles, shemeji mushrooms, baby bok chow, whiskey aged fish sauce, smoked shoyu
  • Warm charred seafood salad
  • red prawn, calamari, crab salad tossed in seafood nahm jim, pistachios, thai herbs + chilis, jasmine rice

WHEN: December 31st, 2019 from 5 pm – 10 pm


new year’s eve austin PARTIES


Austin's Central Library

A VERY AUSTIN NYE 2019 | rooftop garden of
Austin’s Central Library

This is Austin’s ultimate NYE party with front row seats of the fireworks show! The second annual Very Austin New Year’s Eve is on the rooftop garden of Austin’s Central Library, named TIME Magazine’s 2018 World’s 100 Greatest Places! Enjoy breathtaking views of downtown and Lady Bird Lake and take in the fireworks from the very front row. With a performance from White Denim, dj sets throughout the night, food from your favorite Austin restaurants and a full open bar – the night is guaranteed to be memorable.


  • Open Bar (Beer, Wine & Spirits; upgraded bar available for purchase)
  • Heavy Apps & Late Night Snacks from ELM Restaurant Group
  • Midnight Champagne Toast & Rooftop View overlooking Auditorium Shores’ Fireworks Show
  • Performance from White Denim from 10p-11p
  • Live DJ tunes to ring in the New Year
  • Photobooth
  • Raffle Contest with Giveaways benefitting Keep Austin Beautiful
  • Party Favors
  • Includes parking in the Central Library Garage

DETAILS: Tuesday, December 31 from 8:30pm – 12:30am at Austin’s Central Library rooftop

TICKETS: Tickets are available for $250 per person, proceeds from each ticket will be donated to
Keep Austin Beautiful. Buy here.


Photo credit: Alex Parker

Keep It Quiet NYE Party | Fair Market

Keep It Quiet is transforming east side venue, Fair Market, into a spectacular ‘The Great Gatsby’-themed setting for a New Year’s Eve party to remember. The NYE party will hold an evening of delight and decadence for party-goers. Guests will enjoy an open bar featuring beer, wine, local liquors, and craft cocktails, unlimited pizza from Austin’s Salvation Pizza, tunes from renowned DJ Buck Rodgers and DJ Ferno, and Instagrammable activations and photo ops throughout the space. There will be a balloon drop at midnight, and each guest will also receive Keep It Quiet party favors.

VIP tickets take the night up a notch, offering a designated lounge, exclusive craft cocktail and champagne bar, dedicated pizza bar, and additional VIP swag. VIP tickets can be purchased for $149.

DETAILS: Tuesday, December 31 from 9 pm to 2 am at Fair Market

TICKETS: $99 for GA and $149 for VIP. A portion of ticket sales will benefit Austin Pets Alive! Buy here



Ring in 2020 with a decadent tribute to one of history’s greatest decades: The Roaring 20’s! The Roosevelt Room is back with its annual smash-hit New Year’s Eve party.

Featuring a special, one-night-only cocktail menu of 1920s & pre-Prohibition era libations, the evening will also feature a curated menu of bubbly selections for toasting and revelry. DJ Phauxkis will fill the room with upbeat electro-swing throughout the evening and Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve as well as the Ball Drop at Midnight will be live-streamed onto The Roosevelt Room’s big screen projector. The required attire is semi-formal to formal, with vintage touches being a plus.

DETAILS: Tuesday, December 31st from 7 pm – 2 am

TICKETS: Tickets in several different package options are available for purchase via Eventbrite



Whisler’s is hosting their annual New Year’s Eve bash! DJ Jeff Strange will be returning to play a legendary, all vinyl set from 10pm to 2am. The new winter menu will be up and ready for grabs. You better make sure to stay for the champagne toast at midnight. NO COVER!

DETAILS: 10pm to 2am at Whisler’s



Celebrate NYE in Here Nor There’s underground lounge decked out for the occasion, and enjoy:

  • 3 complimentary drinks of your choice – choose from our one-night-only NYE menu or any of our usual house specialties.
  • A complimentary champagne toast at midnight followed by midnight snacks.
  • Funk, disco, and hip-hop beats by DJ Mickey Jay!

DETAILS: December 31 from 10 PM – 2 AM

TICKETS: $150/person and can be purchased via the ‘Events’ section of the Here Nor There app. 



Avoiding the city crowds? The Domain’s Lavaca Rock Rose is the move for NYE this year. Lavaca Rock Rose will have a DJ and $25 champagne bottles with a $10 cover after 9pm.



Sour Duck Market is heading Back to the Food Truck and ringing in a new decade with a retrofuture themed New Year’s Eve party, beginning at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, December 31. For one night only, guests can enjoy futuristic favorites cooked and served out of the Sour Duck smoker. Tickets are $40 at the door and include entry, bites throughout the evening and a complimentary midnight toast. Children under 8 years old enter free before 8 p.m.

Bartenders will be serving favorites from the full list of draft cocktails alongside a special batch of Dolorian punch. A separate Champagne station will keep the bubbles flowing well into the new year. Come hungry! Robots are rumored to be serving passed bites of family-friendly favorites including goat barbacoa tacos, pizzas from the future, mini burgers, tots, sweet potato, and pretzels.

DJ Supafly will be spinning bumpin’ beats from 8 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. Beep beep! All hoverboard parking is free of charge.

DETAILS: Tuesday, December 31 at 6 p.m.

TICKETS: $40 at the door (Price includes entry + food)


A Very South Congress New Year’s Eve | South Congress Hotel

Come on down and celebrate the new decade in the heart of the place we love best — the effortless and unwavering South Congress. The street is the theme, y’all! Dress up, dress down, bring your friends, fly solo. South Congress welcomes any which way, and so do we.

Party on with champagne, snacks + music all night from artists like Medicine Man Revival, DJ ulovei + more. Let’s celebrate a new decade in the heart of the place we love best — the effortless and unwavering South Congress.

DETAILS: December 31st, 2019 from 9pm – 1am

TICKETS: Free, free, free + open to the public. RSVP HERE



TLC Austin

TLC New Year’s Day Bathrobe & Bingo Brunch | 11a-3p

Roll out of bed and brunch with TLC on New Year’s Day! Wear your favorite bathrobe or pajamas and join us for:

  • Bingo benefiting Cupid’s Charity for the Children’s Tumor Foundation
  • Great prizes!
  • Live DJ
  • Full Menu + Brunch
  • New Year’s Day Southern Plate with Texas Caviar, Jalapeno & Cheese Cornbread, Greens and Fried Pork Chops!
  • TLC Bloody Marys (with bacon, shrimp and more!)
  • Brunch Punch
  • Texas-Sized Mimosas


Forthright NYD Brunch | 9a-3p

Come by for a straightforward brunch and try some Forthright classics like Avocado Toast with poached eggs or Chicken and Waffles. Or, get adventurous with new items like Toasted Coconut French Toast or the revamped Wild Mushroom Toast and Brunch Burger. Mimosas will be $2 all day.


New Year’s Day Hangover Brunch at La Condesa

This next year is going to be a year of healing and of getting rid of toxic things and to be honest, nothing soaks up alcohol quite like masa. We’re talking Pancakes Azules: blue corn pancakes with citrus marmalade, piloncillo syrup, and honey butter. It’s called #selfcare and it starts with our Hangover Brunch. Check out the full menu ahead of time — it’ll make it way easier to order through the massive headache and humbling realization that you aren’t 23 anymore.

WHEN: January 1, 2020 from 11am – 3pm




To celebrate the new year, the recently opened North Austin eatery is offering an all-you-can-eat New Year’s Day brunch buffet. Menu items include Braised Short Rib Hash, BYOG (Build Your Own Granola), Beer-Brined Chicken Chilaquiles, Biscuits and Gravy, Deviled Eggs and much, much more.

WHEN: January 1, 2020 from 11am – 2pm

PRICING: brunch buffet is $35 per person ($15 for kids ages 12 and under)


Salt Traders

ST is here for you and all of your post-NYE party recovery needs. Start 2020 off right this year at Salt Traders and celebrate with an oyster special – a dozen oysters for $20.20. In addition to oysters, drink specials will be flowing! Enjoy $6 Espolon Tequila Sunrise, $18 mimosa carafes (orange juice or grapefruit juice), and $6 mimosas. Sometimes a little hair of the dog is just what the doctor ordered to start the new year off right.


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Easy Tiger

Start the New Year off right with a dog-friendly brunch benefitting Emancipet! Bring your pups to the Beer Garden and help celebrate Easy Tiger’s partnership with Emancipet, an organization working to provide low-cost spay/neuter and vet services in Central Texas.

With Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Easy Tiger is proud to donate more than $1,500 to Emancipet in 2019 through our ‘Salty Dog’ cocktail special! Help us kick off another year of donations by ordering a “Salty Dog’ at Brunch – $1 from each drink purchase is donated directly to Emancipet.

LIVE MUSIC: Central Texas Bluegrass Association on the Beer Garden stage (12-3PM)

On the Menu: Salty Dog: Tito’s Vodka, Basil-Jalapeño Simple Syrup, Grapefruit Juice, Salt, Lime

Leashed and friendly pups are welcome on the Beer Garden patio.


Jane Ko is the Austin blogger behind A Taste of Koko, Austin's top food and travel blog featuring the hottest restaurants and weekend getaways. Jane has been a speaker at South by Southwest (SXSW), Texas Conference for Women, BlogHer, and more on entrepreneurship and social media. She lives in Austin Texas with her dog and cat.


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