Say Goodbye to 2016 with These
Excellent Things to Do in Austin

We can all agree that 2016 was a doozy (the loss of our Starman, our Purple Prince, our Princess, certain recent elections that have us baffled – the list goes on…) But, in the immortal words of the late, great George Michael, we’ve “gotta have faith!”

If you are looking for some great things to do in Austin this New Year’s Eve, we have you covered with some stellar events for good vibes galore. Get ready to ring in 2017 with a glass of bubbly and a big dose of optimism!

The Roosevelt Room

one of the best thing to do in austin this NYE

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Where: The Roosevelt Room, 307 W 5th St, Austin, Texas 78701

When: Saturday, December 31, 9 p.m.-2:30 a.m.

How Much: Tickets range from $20 to $50. Grab one here!

One of the most epic things to do in Austin this weekend in happening on West 5th. The Roosevelt Room is throwing a NYE double-billed bash, ATX NYE 2017, at both The Roosevelt Room and The Madison this year.

Each party has a different vibe. The Madison will feature $1,000 cash drop at midnight and specials on Crown, Ciroc, Patron and Hennessy with modern hip-hop tunes from DJ Hella Yella and DJ Grip.  On the flip side, one can class it up at The Roosevelt Room with live music from Motown/funk band, Distinguished Soundz. These tickets include a complimentary champagne toast at midnight (with champagne bottle service for those who purchase tickets for section reservation).

Tickets can be purchased for one or both events.

Backbeat

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Image Courtesy of Backbeat

Where: Backbeat, 1300 South Lamar Blvd, Austin, Texas 78704

When: Saturday, December 31, 4 p.m.-2 a.m.

How Much: Open to the public!

This New Year’s Eve, Backbeat is offering a special limited cocktail menu with an emphasis on Champagne and whiskey drinks, plus large format punches available for groups of 4, 6 or 8. No need to worry about a cover – there isn’t one! One our our favorite things to do in Austin is to catch some sparks, so make sure you’re there by 10 p.m. to watch the downtown fireworks display from Backbeat’s rooftop!

drink.well.

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Image Courtesy of drink.well.

Where: drink.well., 207 East 53rd St, Austin, Texas 78751

When: Saturday, December 31

How Much: Open to the public!

Head to the North Loop haven, drink.well., this New Year’s Eve for a special cocktail and food menu without paying a cover. Plus, everyone will receive a Champagne toast at midnight!

Eden East

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Where: Eden East, 755 Springdale Rd., Austin, Texas 78702

When: Friday, December 30, and Saturday, December 31

How Much: No reservation necessary and menu is à la carte!

Eden East is serving a special New Year’s Eve dinner on the farm on both Friday and Saturday in honor of the holiday. Guests can expect to enjoy culinary delights like Venison Carpaccio, Duck Liver Mousse and Braised Texas Shortribs.

Grizzelda’s

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Image Courtesy of Grizzelda’s

Where: Grizzelda’s, 105 Tillery St, Austin, Texas 78702

When: Saturday, December 31

How Much: Open to the public!

Looking to keep it a little low-key? The newly opened Grizzelda’s will offer their full menu along with some exciting New Year’s inspired specials!

 

Péché

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Image Courtesy of Péché

Where: Péché,  208 West 4th St, Austin, Texas 78701

When: Saturday, December 31

How Much: Open to the public! Reservations encouraged.

Not so crazy for bubbles? Ring in 2017 with some help from the Green Fairy! Along with service of their regular French fare with specials, Péché will feature a midnight absinthe toast!

 

Isla

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Image Courtesy of Isla

Where: Isla,  208 West 4th St., Austin, Texas 78701

When: Saturday, December 31

How Much: Open to the public! Reservations encouraged.

Austin’s own Peruvian paradise, Isla, will host a Peruvian New Year’s Eve Feast with a midnight Pisco toast! The feast includes cebiche, skewers, miso frita, jalea (a dish of fried, lightly breaded tuna) and more.

Jacoby’s Restaurant & Mercantile

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Image Courtesy of Jacoby’s

Where: Jacoby’s Restaurant & Mercantile, 3235 East Cesar Chavez St, Austin, Texas 78702

When: Wednesday, December 28 through Saturday, December 31

How Much: Open to the public!

Jacoby’s Restaurant & Mercantile will offer a special New Year’s Eve menu from Wednesday through Saturday featuring items such as Osso Bucco and Tempura Fried Oysters. Save some dough for their killer brunch on New Year’s Day. You won’t want to miss it!

The Hightower

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Image Courtesy of The Hightower

Where: The Hightower, 1209 East 7th St, Austin, Texas 78702

When: Saturday, December 31

How Much: Open to the public!

On a bit of a budget? Sometimes you can find things to do in Austin that fit your wallet – even during the holidays.

The Hightower is giving each guest a complimentary bubbly cocktail called the Sparkling Bon Vivant while dining in. Hooray for fine food and surprise freebies!

CANTINE Italian Café & Bar

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Image Courtesy of CANTINE Italian Café & Bar

Where: CANTINE Italian Café & Bar, 1100 S Lamar Blvd #2115, Austin, Texas 78704

When: Saturday, December 31

How Much: Open to the public!

CANTINE Italian Café & Bar will feature a special coursed menu (available à la carte) to celebrate the New Year. Stop in on New Year’s Eve for Pierre Péters Grower Champagne, Cauliflower Bisque with Black Truffle, Ravioli with wild Texas Venison and more.

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