In our Food & Drink issue in December, we got on our soap box to talk about transportation on New Year’s Eve and getting a safe ride home. There’s all kinds of transportation options, some more convenient than others, some also more expensive than others. The popular vote has leaned towards Uber, with its easy accessibility, all from your phone. In order to compete with the competition, Yellow Cab also offers a phone application for accessibility. Both compete in prices; both price base on time, distance and demand. For the big night on New Year’s Eve, both will be in high demand and you can expect to pay a pretty price for rides between 12 a.m. – 3 a.m. From a personal experience last year, a cab from Nightingale Room to Garden Oaks was far less expensive than the Uber was to get downtown before the party started.
One option to highly consider, one that I will be using myself, METRO will be offering free rides on New Year’s Eve that will begin at 6 p.m. and end 6 a.m. on New Year’s Day. Visit www.ridemetro.org to see where you can grab a free ride to your destination.
Now that I know how I’m getting downtown this year, the only question I’m asking for this year’s plans – “what am I going to wear?” I’ve had my plans locked in for some time, with The Suffers announcing their NYE concert at the House of Blues earlier this year. Just this week, The Suffers – a local 10-piece soul band – made Billboard’s “10 Rock / Alternative Albums to Get You Amped For 2016” list; just to give them some credentials. This concert will sell out. Call Cactus Music to see if tickets are still available for purchase at (713) 526 – 9272 and visit www.thesuffers.com for tickets. Doors for the show will open at 8 p.m., Dec. 31, at The House of Blues at 1204 Caroline St. 77002. Bring your dancing shoes.
Paul Wall, Lil Keke, Big Pokey New Year’s Eve Bash
Something more in the neighborhood, but still on the Houston music front, Fitzgerald’s will be hosting Paul Wall, Lil Keke and Big Pokey from 6 p.m. – 2 a.m., Dec. 31, at Fitzgerald’s – 2706 White Oak Dr. 77007.
Earlier this month, Lil Keke was featured on a Houston album that played homage to the late Pimp C, “Long Live The Pimp”. You just might hear Lil Keke drop a few lines from the album Thursday night.
Grab tickets at www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1025721
James Bond New Year’s Eve Theme Party
Another party that is closer to the neighborhood and one that is sure to bring a crowd, Hughes Hangar will host their big party from 10 p.m. – 2 a.m., Dec. 31, at 2811 Washington Ave. 77007.
This celebration will immerse you in an “Old Hollywood” James Bond theme with red carpet, three “007” themed rooms, multiple DJ’s, professional photography, aerialists, signature cocktails, and much more.
Tickets for VIP offerings are sold out, but general admission can still be grabbed at www.eventbrite.com/e/james-bond-new-years-eve-theme-party-hughes-hangar-2016-nye-tickets-19543882278?aff=efbevent.
Let Go 2015: A New Year’s Eve Masquerade
The good ol’ faithful Walter’s Downtown will be hosting a masquerade themed ball with musical performances and comedy from 10 p.m. – 2 a.m., Dec. 31, at 1120 Naylor St. 77002.
You can grab limited advance tickets for $12 or $18 at the door. Wear a mask for a discount at the door when buying tickets the day of. Doors will open at 8 p.m. with the music starting at 9 p.m.
Hau’oli Makahiki Hou with the Beachcomber
The tiki torches are coming out for the party on NYE at Lei Low, another in the neighborhood option. Starting at 4 p.m., Lei Low will transform their little paradise into Don the Beachcomber’s Original 1934 hideaway in Hollywood. Enjoy a special menu of Donn’s Original Rhum Rhapsodies and the Colonel’s original garnishes and ice sculptures. Aloha e Mahalo! The party will go until 2 a.m., Dec. 31, located at 6412 N Main St. 77009.
New Year’s Eve at the Nightingale Room: The Red Party
The downtown bar is painting the town (and the bar!) red at The Nightingale Room, and are encouraging guests to don their favorite red party attire, as well. Each guest will receive a complimentary Masquerade Mask to add a little red-hot mystery, along with a complimentary champagne toast and a balloon drop at midnight. The party will start at 4 p.m. – 2 a.m., Dec. 31, at 308 Main St. 77002.
Ring in 2016 at Cottonwood
The Garden Oaks staple, Cottonwood, will be hosting live music starting at 9 p.m., will offer menu specials and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. The party will go until 2 a.m., at 3422 N. Shepherd Dr. 77018.
Let us know your plans for NYE. Cheers! Email firstname.lastname@example.org and follow on Twitter @ThirstyExplorer