It is undeniable that 2021 has been an eventful year. Whether this year has passed in the blink of an eye or you can’t wait to start the New Year, 2022 is just a few days away.
Don’t panic if you haven’t made any plans yet: Austin restaurants and bars of all shapes and sizes are ready to keep you entertained as you transition to another trip around the sun.
Buy your tickets quickly, as these events all sell out. And you might want to revisit your event on the day some, like ACL Live’s New Years Eve show, are canceled due to COVID.
Bob Schneider’s New Years Party at Paramount Theater | 713 avenue du Congrès.
Bob Schneider will be back for his annual New Years Eve show. (The Paramount Theater)
Meet Austin-based musician and former The Ugly Americans and The Scabs frontman Bob Schneider live and in concert at Paramount Theater’s annual tradition. The multi-talented artist is an author and painter in addition to the dozen albums he has released during his career. Ticket prices range from $ 30 to $ 100 depending on the section, doors open at 8 p.m. and the show begins an hour later. The event will require guests to present proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test from the past 48 hours.
The Driskill Bar | 604 Brazos Street
The bar at Hotel Driskill is open on a first come, first served basis this year. (The Driskill Hotel)
The Driskill Hotel kicks off the New Year with a free music show. Starting at 7 p.m., Austin’s Bruce Smith Band, Ruby Dee and the Snakehandlers take the stage from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Guests can choose from a beer, wine or cocktails at the bar, but everyone will be treated to a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Entrance is free but with limited space, guests will be admitted on a first come, first served basis.
Fireworks from afar | virtual
The City recommends checking for road closures due to fireworks before setting off. (City of Austin)
Ringing in the New Years in a classic way, the city of Austin is bringing back its annual fireworks show safely due to COVID-19. Broadcasting live from ATXN starting at 10pm on New Years Eve, fireworks will be fired from Vic Mathias Shores on 700 W. Riverside Drive. The typical city activities, vendors and entertainment won’t be present in the park, but whether you are watching from home or safely in the park, the city wishes all residents “lots of light and hope. for 2022 “.
New Year’s Pre-Party at Fresa’s | 1703 S 1st street
Fresa’s celebration will end early, at 8 p.m. (Fresa’s / Instagram)
Enjoy your New Years Eve with a feast of Mexican cuisine at Fresa! A ticket to the celebration will get you an array of fries and salsa, grilled achiote and citrus chicken, esquites, grilled sweet potatoes, a kale Caesar salad with rice and beans, all under buffet style. Desserts, like brown butter brownies or Mexican wedding cookies and a drink ticket for a special celebratory cocktail. Tickets cost $ 20 or $ 10 for children under 10 and the celebration runs from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Leather and Lace at Oilcan Harry’s | 211 4th Street West
The downtown bar only has a VIP package. (Oilcan Harry’s)
Manifest a fabulous year by starting 2022 at the downtown bar, Oilcan Harry’s, for not one, but two shows. Emerald Van Cartier will host the Starlight show at 8 p.m. followed by Crave, hosted by Maeve Haven at 10:30 p.m. Tickets range from $ 20 to $ 50, depending on whether you prefer the VIP experience, but each ticket includes admission to the two shows and a free champagne toast at midnight.
Simi Estiatorio | 106 E 6th Street
Simi Estiatorio will be offering a prix fixe menu for their NYE feast. (Simi / Instagram)
To celebrate the New Year of land, sea and delicious Mediterranean-inspired dishes, Simi Estiatorio is hosting an upscale New Year’s Eve gala worthy of a Greek god. With two seats, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., the luxury, four-course prix fixe feast features options of lamb skewers, swordfish souvlaki, baklava and specialty cocktails for $ 145 per person. Live performances by DJs Jen Lasher, Lefty, Rodolfo Ciid and Mike Lozano will keep you entertained in the meantime. Reservations for the celebration are required.
Fierce Whiskers Distillery – Whiskey & Whimsy Event | 5333 Fleming Ct
Austin’s newest distillery, Fierce Whiskers, is hosting a Whiskey & Whimsy New Years Eve party to welcome 2022. Guests can expect live music, a wild list of whimsical performances from GOVINDA + ILLUMINATRA ENTERTAINMENT and cocktails made with fiery spirits from Fierce Whiskers from 9:00 pm to 1:00 am Tickets are $ 200 and include all entertainment plus unlimited cocktails and light snacks.
Roll on a fantastic new year!