20 Cool New Year’s Eve Parties for $15 or Less
A roundup of the best places to ring in 2013 without blowing through that holiday cash
Circus on the Moon New Year’s Eve Party
8pm–2am • 403 Lightsey Road • Free
Free beer while it lasts. Free champagne. Music by Waldo & the Naturals, Airplanes Above Us, Ribbonhead, 3d Friends, TransContinental Trip, The Baker Family, and Broken Bass Box.
A NYE Diminishing Returns Cataclysm
8pm–2am • Club De Ville, 900 Red River St. • Free
Hosted bars sponsored by Shellback Rum (9pm) and Tito’s Vodka (10pm) while supplies last. Music by ThinkNoThink, ELVIS, Wounded Coyote, and Wolvie.
Hotel San Jose’s New Year’s Eve Party
8pm–Midnight • Hotel San Jose, 1316 S. Congress • Free
Dancing, DJ, photobooth.
New Year’s Eve at House Wine
9pm • House Wine, 408 Josephine St. • Free
Live music, free late-night appetizers, midnight toast.
NYE at The Hole in the Wall
8pm–2am • The Hole in the Wall, 2538 Guadalupe • Free
Music by Power Chief, Grand Champeen, Muchos Backflips! and Mike Nicolai and the Sensations. Free champagne toast at midnight.
NYE reSOULution at The Scoot Inn
10pm–2am • The Scoot Inn, East 4th and Navasota Street • Free
Free NYE soul funk dance party with a DJ set by BSears and a free champagne toast at midnight.
Noir New Years
7pm • The Blackheart, 86 Rainey St. • Free
Soul & lounge music spinning all night, champagne cocktail drink specials, and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Black attire encouraged.
New Year’s Eve at Gibson Bar
8pm • Gibson Bar, 1109 S. Lamar Blvd. • Free
DJ, photobooth, balloon drop, and champagne toast at midnight.
Austin’s New Year
5–10:30pm • Auditorium Shores, South 1st at Riverside Drive • Free
The city’s official NYE celebration: Music by Sue Young, Edison Chair, El Tule, Courtney Sanchez, Del Castillo, Residual Kid, The Seaside Swifts, Little Brave, Mobley, and others. Screenings of more than a dozen short films by Austin filmmakers. Interactive art installations, performances, and a fireworks finale.
New Year’s Eve at Cheer Up Charlie’s
8pm–2am • Cheer Up Charlie’s, 1104 E 6th St. • $5 at the door or online
Music by Deep Time, Hundred Visions, Love Inks, The Sour Notes, and others. First 100 drinks are free, sponsored by Tito’s Vodka. Free champagne toast at midnight. Photobooth.
The White Horse Second Annual Black & White New Years Eve Ball
9pm–2am • The White Horse, 500 Comal St. • $8
Music by East Cameron Folkcore, Clyde & Clem’s Whiskey Business, Sons of Fathers, and Mockingbird Loyals. Free champagne at midnight til it’s gone.
New Year’s Eve Sock Hop
9pm–2am • Shangri La, 1016 E. 6th St. • $10
Sock hop dance party with champagne toasts at midnight.
The Big Bang New Year’s Eve Party
9:30pm–2am • Swan Dive and Barbarella, 615 Red River St. • $10
Tunes by theGlitoris, DJ Harvey, and B the Beat at a party spanning both venues.
NYE Throwdown at The North Door
8pm–2am • The North Door, East 5th and Brushy Street • $10
A “classy trashy” party with prizes, whiskey, champagne, a photo booth, 40’s, and music by Not In The Face, The Couch, Sideshow Tragedy, AC/ND, and DJ Lord Soul.
New Year’s Eve at Hyde Park Bar & Grill
9:30pm–12:30am • Hyde Park Bar & Grill South, 4521 West Gate • $10
Complementary small bites, champagne toasts at 11pm (for the Times Square ball drop) and midnight, party hats & favors, and specialty cocktails.
Spider House NYE Party
8pm–2am • Spiderhouse Café & Ballroom, 2906 Fruth St. • $10 online, $15 at the door
Studio 54-style dance party with music by DJs Kinder, Lo Phi & Solar Shield, Chorizo Funk, and Prince Klassen. Live music by Amplified Heat and Jamey Simms Band.
Altercation Comedy’s End of Days Bash
8pm • The New Movement Theater, 616 Lavaca St. • $12
Comedy by Chris Cubas, Jake Flores, Rise Against’s Zach Blair, Krum Bums’ Dave Rodriguez, Mack Lindsay, The Lizard Man, Satan from Stanhope’s Unbookables, and others. Also: an “open-mic lap dance,” zany game shows for prizes, and a free “champagne of beers” toast at midnight.
A Family Affair NYE 2012
9pm–2am • Holy Mountain, 617 E. 7th St. • $12
Music by Bavu Blakes, Roxy Roca, Ulovei. Champagne toast at midnight.
New Year’s Eve Blacklight Party
7pm • Frontier Bar, 2421 Webberville Road • $15
Music by Ringo Deathstarr, Japanther, The Boxing Lesson, Megafauna, and Residual Kid. Free champagne toast at midnight. Body paint, costumes.
New Years Eve 1984
7pm–2am • Hotel Vegas and Volstead Lounge, 1500 E 6th St. / Pine Street Station, East 5th @ Waller St. • $15
A night of 80s hits performed by dozens of local musicians at three venues. Plus a limo photobooth.
Happy New Year, dudes!