New Year’s Eve 2014 Party Highlights
Our picks for the 30 best ways to ring in 2014 in Austin, sorted by price from cheapest to most expensive.
New Year’s Eve 2014 with Austin Boogie Crew @ Scoot Inn
Free • Scoot Inn, 1308 E. 4th Street • 9pm–2am
Free eastside bash with music by the Austin Boogie Crew DJs.
Circus on the Moon Presents: 2nd Annual New Year’s Eve Bash
Donations encouraged • 21st Street Co-Op, 707 West 21st St. • 8pm–6:30am
DIY-style shindig with music by The Sun Machine, Calliope Musicals, TransContinental Trip, Ghostbunny, and maybe a few others, plus a midnight balloon drop and other shenanigans.
Browngrass New Year’s Eve with Sour Bridges @ The Rattle Inn
Free • The Rattle Inn, 610 Nueces St. • 10pm–1am
No cover, midnight champagne toast, all-night drink specials, and music by Sour Bridges.
Austin’s New Year @ Auditorium Shores
Free • Auditorium Shores, South 1st Street & Riverside Drive • 5–10:30pm
The official City of Austin NYE party features music by Groundwork Music Orchestra, Peterson Brothers, Gina Chavez, the Warren Hood Band, and Sara Hickman, as well as a selection of short film screenings, dancing performances, activities, and a fireworks finale at 10pm.
Brew Exchange Presents The Great NYE Party
Free • Brew Exchange, 706 W. 6th St. • 7pm
Roaring 20s theme party with music by DJ Mike Swing and a champagne toast at midnight.
New Year’s Eve @ Freedmen’s
No cover • Freedmen’s, 2402 San Gabriel St. • 4–10pm
This one ends at 10 but it’s a solid pregame option, with champagne cocktails, barbecue tapas specials, $2 Lone Star drafts, and music by The Silver Fox.
New Year’s Eve @ Flying Saucer
Free; $25 reserved seat package available • Flying Saucer, 815 W. 47th St. • 9pm–2am
Reservation package includes personal bottle of Moet for the table, party favors, and a brewery swag bag.
NYE @ Chicago House
$5 before 11pm / $10 after • Chicago House, 607 Trinity St. • 9pm–2am
20 beers on tap, music by DJ Casey Cuts, drink specials, and “champagne fountains flowing all night long.”
The Final New Year’s Eve at Cheer Up Charlie’s
$7 • Cheer Up Charlie’s, 1104 E. 6th St. • 7pm–2am
Music by The Sour Notes, SPEAK, Letting Up Despite Great Faults, and Dana Falconberry. First 100 cocktails sponsored by Tito’s Handmade Vodka.
Totally Awesome ’80s NYE Bash
$10 GA / $50 VIP • Austin Roller Rink, 11600 Manchaca Rd. • 9pm–2am
80s-themed dance party at a roller rink with a costume contest, DJs, karaoke room, photobooth, a balloon drop with $500 in prizes, and a midnight champagne toast. VIP tickets include your own personal roped-off section with bartenders pouring all you can drink.
New Year’s Eve @ Sahara Lounge
$15/person; $25/two • Sahara Lounge, 1413 Webberville Rd. • 8pm–2am
Reggae-themed shindig with live music by Zoumountchi and Root Dimension Reggae, plus a buffet with French and Jamaican dishes, a champagne toast, fire pit, and party favors.
New Year’s Eve 2013 at TenOak
$15 GA / $45+ VIP • TenOak, 409 Colorado St. • 6pm–2am
General admission ticket includes champagne toast at midnight, party favors and balloon drops. Several VIP reservation options available.
Purple Rain 30th Anniversary Party @ Red 7
$20/advance; $25/door • Red 7, 611 E. 7th St. • 9pm–2am
Foot Patrol performs the classic Prince album in its entirety. Plus: Karaoke Apocalypse.
NYE 1994! Presented by Hotel Hot Burrito
$20 • Hotel Vegas / The Volstead / Gypsy Lounge, 1500 East 6th St. • 7pm–2am
30 tribute bands on five stages, performing sets inspired by the hottest bands of 1994.
Shakey Graves / Robert Ellis / Whiskey Shivers @ The Parish
$20 GA / $45 VIP • The Parish, 214 E. 6th St. • 8pm–2am
Good bands + great venue = fun way to ring in 2014. The $25 VIP add-on includes a bottle of champagne, a Parish T-shirt, and early entry.
A Very Peligrosa New Year’s Eve
$20 • Frank, 407 Colorado St. • 9pm–2am
A night of cumbia, salsa, and Afrofunk dancing with music by Toy Selectah, Milkman, El Dusty, Chorizo Funk, and DJ Orion. Midnight toast, good food, good music.
The NYE Consecutive Dance w/ Alvin Crow @ The Broken Spoke
$20 • The Broken Spoke, 3201 South Lamar Blvd. • 9pm
Two-step your way into the new year in true Texas style with Alvin Crow.
New Year’s Revolution at Spider House
$25 • Spiderhouse Ballroom, 2906 Fruth St. • 8pm–2am
Three stages, six bands, three DJs, art installations, food trucks, champagne toast, and a ball drop at midnight. Nice little lineup featuring Marmalakes and T-Bird & The Breaks.
The Grupo Fantasma Mariachi Maskerade Ball
$30/advance; $35/at the door; $60/VIP • The Belmont, 305 West 6th St. • 7:30pm
Masks, mariachis, champagne, and music by Grupo Fantasma and Piñata Protest.
New Year’s Eve Improv Extravaganza
$30 • The Hideout Theatre, 617 Congress Ave. • Shows at 8pm and 10:30pm
Improv games, scenes and a champagne toast at midnight.
Wood & Wire / Milkdrive @ Stubb’s Indoors
$40 • Stubb’s, 801 Red River St. • 9pm–2am
Each ticket includes a complimentary buffet and champagne toast.
NYE Bash at The Hole in the Wall
$40 • Hole in the Wall, 2538 Guadalupe • 9pm–2am
Open bar, music by Big Britches, and a midnight champagne toast.
80s Breakfast Club Feast & Dance Party Bash
$50 • Palm Door on 6th, 508 E. 6th St. • 9pm–2am
1980s-style New Year’s Eve bash celebrating the grand opening of Palm Door’s new location on 6th Street — featuring music by DJ ulovei, an 80s costume contest, photobooth, appetizers from 9–11pm, champagne toast at midnight, and an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet from 12:30–2am.
NYE at Kung Fu Saloon w/ The Hood Internet
$50 • Kung Fu Saloon, 510 Rio Grande St. • 7pm–2am
Massive New Year’s bro-down with a solid lineup of music by The Hood Internet, Zeale, and Suite 709.
Speakeasy’s Legendary New Year’s Eve Bash
$50/GA, $75+ VIP packages • Speakeasy, 412 Congress Ave. • 8pm–2am
General admission tickets include champagne for toasting at midnight, party favors and balloon drops on all floors. Live music by Spacerockers, plus special guest DJs in three different rooms.
Top Five Parties Over $50 (Oh, You Fancy!)
A few options for all the high-rollers out there…
Jimmie Vaughan & The Tilt-A-Whirl Band / Peterson Brothers Band @ Continental Club
$55 • Continental Club, 1315 S. Congress Ave. • 9pm–2am
Good Texas live music and a champagne toast at midnight.
The Goodnight New Year’s Eve Casino Night
$100 • The Goodnight, 2700 W. Anderson Lane • 10pm–2am
All-inclusive fiesta with an open bar, unlimited bowling, casino games, champagne, and a raffle with prizes including a trip to Vegas.
New Year’s Masquerade Ball @ Rio
$100 • RIO Rooftop & Restaurant, 601 Rio Grande St. • 9pm–2am
Hosted bar (til 11pm), party favors, champagne toast and late-night hors d’oeuvres.
New Year’s Eve Rocks Rainey Street for the African Children’s Choir
$180/GA, $250/VIP • Lustre Pearl, 97 Rainey Street • 7:30pm–2am
NYE party on Rainey featuring an eclectic cast of characters including Matchbox 20’s Rob Thomas, The African Children’s Choir, and host Taylor Kitsch.
Remix & Revelry at The W Austin
$225 • The W Austin, 200 Lavaca St. • 8:30pm–2am
One of Austin’s classiest (and most expensive) NYE affairs, The W’s soiree features an open bar, “dinner by the bite” (?), midnight champagne toast, and music by Max Frost, Emily Wolfe, and Luis Banuelos.