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December Programming:

She’s Not Here, 40 North Pizza, and Old Thousand have debuted a $7 happy hour food and beverage menu with half-priced bubbles, available at all three locations. 40 North also introduces a NEW Fried Chicken Sandwich made with southern fried chicken breast, Napa-Red cabbage slaw, buttermilk dressing, house pickles, and Fresnos on a challah bun. The Fried Chicken Sandwich is available on both 40 North’s happy hour and regular menus. She’s Not Here is also adding a NEW Menchie Katsu, puffed rice panko crusted pork steak stuffed with white cheddar and fried to golden perfection and accompanied with a kewpie ranch dipping sauce, to its happy hour and late-night offerings. Seven-dollar happy hour menu highlights include (full menus available here). She’s Not Here officially began lunch service on Monday, December 17th. The Pacific-Asian cocktail bar and kitchen, located downtown in the 2ND Street District, will serve Japanese-influenced fast-casual dishes Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Midnight Cowboy has debuted a new, collectible menu,Around the World: A Travel Guide. Featuring sixteen brand-new craft cocktails and a selection of “Classic Destinations” and “Non-Alcoholic Excursions,” the menu is a celebration of the wonders of travel. The menu is designed – naturally – as a passport. Guests may acquire their own personal copy, to be stamped by Midnight Cowboy’s Passport Control, as each drink is sampled. Guests who complete their journey around the world of cocktails will receive a limited edition enamel pin commemorating their global libations journey.

The Infinite Monkey Theorem will move the Austin location of its urban winery to East Austin. Slated to open to the public in early 2019, the new space located at 702 Shady Lane will become the winery’s new Texas flagship. The award-winning winery also has its original location in Denver, CO with plans to open a new tasting room in Dallas.

Four Seasons Hotel Austin’s new restaurant is offering a series of festive drinks by head bartender Sarah Rahl for the holiday season. The line-up includes the Hearth and Haven, a bourbon cocktail with pear and cinnamon tea honey, the Forevergreen, a vibrant minty sipper and the World’s Best Buttered Rum made with barrel-aged Treaty Oak rum.

For those already tiring of Christmas cheer, W Austin’soffering up the chance to highlight your inner grinch with its Who-Tel Bar. The Grinchmas themed take-over will transform the hotel’s Secret Bar into a scene right out of Dr. Seuss’s Whoville, with a “W-centric” spin. The Who-Tel Bar will be open to the public for most nights until December 28th.

Fresa’swill once again offer a special menu this holiday season featuring tamales, tamale meals, and desserts. Pre-orders will start on Saturday, December 8 and can be placed online at www.fresaschicken.com. Same-day orders can be placed from December 22 to 24 starting at 11 a.m. until sold out. I’d love for you to consider including this news in any roundups/features you may be working on in the coming weeks! This year, Fresa’s is offering two types of tamales: Chicken Tinga or Black Bean & Cheese. Holiday desserts will include Mexican Wedding Cookies and Brown Butter Fudge Brownies by the dozen and Candy Cane Crunch Ice Cream by the pint. All three offerings will be available at both locations from December 22 to December 24 only. These special menu items will be available for pre-order or for same-day ordering. 
 
Bakery Lorraine will have pies, Buche de Noel’s and limited edition holiday-themed macarons boxes available for order at their Austin location. Inside the Buche de Noel’s are a vanilla mousse, cherry compote and a chocolate sponge soaked with kirsch syrup. This is by special order only for $45 and will start being available for pickup by Dec 12th. The pies will be $26 each and customers are able to place orders now through Thursday, December 20th. Pick up day will be Sunday, December 24th, Christmas Eve.

Independence Brewing Co. and Alamo Drafthouse have a holiday beer that has become a seasonal favorite among Alamo Drafthouse patrons—a yearly release called End Credits. The recipe for End Credits changes with each release and this year’s version is a German Chocolate Cake Stout. End Credits is available now through December 31 at all 20 Alamo Drafthouse locations in Texas and both Alamo Drafthouse locations in Denver.

For a limited time, Hopdoddy will be mixing up winter shakes such as Cranberry Cheesecake filled with cranberry, white chocolate and orange-scented cookie crumble and the Pecan Brown Sugar made with toasty pecans, maple & brown sugar, cinnamon and a hint of expresso. Pro tip: shakes can be taken To-go or can be made boozy and sipped on in-house!

Indulge in Mattie’s new featured dish for Neighborhood Family-Style Night. Made for sharing with friends, family and groups of four or more, enjoy a Beet Salad with cardamom yogurt, preserved lemon, arugula & hazelnuts + Beef Short Rib with red wine risotto, cremini mushrooms, collard greens & grilled carrots price is $24 per person.

Gibson Street Bar is decking the halls all month long for its first ever Gibson Wonderland. In true Gibson fashion, the bar will feature bountiful over-the-top decor, an instaworthy sleigh photo-op and specialty themed libations. Guests can also enjoy the holiday musical stylings of the Misfit Toys every Wednesday from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. leading up to Christmas.

COVER 3 is in the midst hosting its 9th annual Toy Drive benefitting Partnerships for Children (PFC), an Austin-based nonprofit organization that offers special resources, support and comfort for foster children and families in our community. The restaurant group is accepting donations in-store at all Austin locations now through Monday, December 10. I’d love for you to help us spread the word by sharing this news today, as well as keeping the event top-of-mind for any additional coverage opportunities in the days ahead. Those interested in participating in the toy drive are asked to bring a new and unwrapped toy to COVER 2 or any COVER 3 location (excluding San Antonio). COVER 3 will later deliver the gifts to PFC, where they will then be distributed to fulfill the holiday wishes of the 5,200+ foster children in the Austin community. Monetary donations are also being accepted, and can be made in-store or online HERE.  It is also worth noting that this toy drive is part of COVER 3’s ongoing and year-round support for the local nonprofit for which the restaurant team has raised nearly $500k in total over the past 8 years. 

SUGGESTED GIFT BUYING GIFT FROM PFC

  • Newborns (0-36 months) – Education learning toys, ride-on toys, talking books
  • Preschoolers/Grade-schoolers/Pre-teens (3-12 yrs.)
    • Girls – barbie dolls, princess-themed items, stuffed animals
    • Boys – video games, remote control vehicles, action figures
  • Teens/Young Adults (13-18 yrs.)
    • Girls – Jewelry making kits, bath and body products, scarves
    • Boys – Sports jerseys, skateboards w/ helmets, basketballs/soccer balls/footballs
  • Additional needs for holiday gifts can be found listed HERE

During December only, Perry’s Bar 79 at Perry’s Steakhouse is shaking it up with the Holiday Wine Thyme cocktail. The festive drink is made with Perry’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Hennessy VS Cognac, fresh lemon juice and served with a sprig of aromatic thyme. Price: $9 each.

AWAY Spa at W Austin has you covered with daily flash sales running through December 17th.  Additionally, if you buy $250 worth of gift cards you can get an additional $25 gift card for yourself through December 31. The flash sales are listed below

  • December 11: 20% off all gift sets today
  • December 12: Receive a Free W room fragrance (1fl oz.) with any AWAY 75 minute massage received today
  • December 13: Purchase a Foreo Luna Mini cleansing device and receive a Mini Play travel size device ($39 value).
  • December 14: Receive a nail service today and you can receive a complimentary January service of the same value.
  • December 15: Schedule a 90-minute detox massage for January for the price of a 75 minute detox massage. (Lucky Locals discount can apply, too!)
  • December 16: Bonus Lucky Locals discount day for Austin residents.
  • December 17: 20% off all holiday-themed retail products.

Second Bar + Kitchen’s downtown location adds two winter favorites to their seasonal beverage menu, including: après ski classic Verte Chaud, made with house hot chocolategreen chartreuse and Mexican vanilla whipped cream; and Housemade Hot Chocolate made with a house hot chocolate mix (cocoa powder, cinnamon, cardamom, turbinado sugar, salt, 70% chocolate chips) and hot milk.

In the spirit of giving, Craftsman has launched an “I Think, Therefore I Yam” cocktail where $2 of each $12 libation will benefit Meals on Wheels. In addition to being both charitable and delicious, this cocktail is a visual sensation illuminating each glass with a fiery glow. It consists of Waterloo Gin, Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur, lemon, house-made sweet potato purée, sugar and is topped with a flaming marshmallow.

For the remainder of 2018, The Carillon is offering their Sommelier selection of wines at unheard of prices. Hurry in, as these offers wont last! See the full selections here. Curated by Beverage Director Susie Scott, The Carillon’s full bottled wine selections are offered at half price all night long with their new Thursday night happy hour special.

 
Suerte will officially be open for brunch on the weekends from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The menu—from executive chef Fermín Núñez—will include Suerte’s take on freshly baked Mexican pastries, brunch tacos, eggs, Mexican pastries, drinks to cure your hangover and more.
 
Popular fast-casual restaurant Greenhouse Craft Food has opened its new location on the square in Georgetown, TX. Located at 708 S. Austin Ave., facing the south facade of the Williamson County Courthouse, Greenhouse Craft Food’s new site serves as the flagship location for the locally focused eatery and features both classic menu items from its Round Rock location and all new menu selections exclusive to the Georgetown restaurant. Led by Executive Chef / owner Rob Snow and Chef de Cuisine Todd Engel, the all-new, 3000 square foot Greenhouse Craft Food features a cozy, modern farmhouse design and a creative menu with an emphasis on smoked meats, weekly specials (including high-end and early bird), Texas craft beer and wines, malts and milkshakes, and more. The restaurant is open Tuesday-Thursday from 11AM – 9PM, Fridays from 11AM – 10PM, Saturdays from 9AM – 10PM and Sundays for weekend brunch, from 9AM – 3PM.
 

The Austin Trail of Lights will be open to the public from Monday, Dec. 10through Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018 in Austin’s beloved Zilker Park. For more information and to plan a trip to the Trail of Lights, please see here. Limited quantities of early access, premium tickets are also available, and guests are encouraged to purchase tickets ahead of time to secure their preferred dates. Tickets can be purchased via the online event calendar at austintrailoflights.org/calendar – pick your preferred date, then purchase tickets. The 2018 Austin Trail of Lights full entertainment calendar has been announced. ZIP Fast Passes are the ultimate convenience. ZIP Fast Passes include:

  • One hour early access to the Austin Trail of Lights at 6 p.m.
  • Enter through an exclusive ZIP entrance
  • Access to the heated Zilker Lounge with complimentary cookies, cocoa and comfortable seating
  • Premium heated washrooms
ZIP admission hours are 6-10 p.m. on Dec. 11-23. ZIP passes are $15 on Dec. 11-13, and Dec. 17-19. ZIP passes are $20 on Dec. 14-16 and Dec. 20-23. Platinum Passes are available for a VIP experience. The full Platinum package includes:
  • One hour early access to the Austin Trail of Lights at 6 p.m. through private, dedicated entry
  • Valet parking for one vehicle – parking opens at 5:30 p.m.
  • Platinum concierge planning before and our Platinum Team to guide you at the event
  • Golf cart shuttle access to the Platinum Lounge and Trailhead
  • Access to a private, heated Platinum Lounge with comfortable seating and exclusive bar
  • One drink ticket per Platinum Pass, valid at bars throughout the park
  • One ride pass per Platinum Pass, for exclusive entry to the Ferris wheel or carousel
  • Access to the Zilker Lounge where you’ll find cookies, cocoa, comfortable seating
  • Premium heated washrooms
Platinum pass prices range from $80 for an individual pass, $150 for a two-pack (includes valet parking for one car) and $260 for a four-pack of tickets (includes valet parking for one car). Platinum passes are available Dec. 10, Dec. 13-16, and Dec. 19-23.
 
Uncle Billy’s Brewery & Smokehouse, is expanding its line of distilled spirits with the release of Muddy Water coffee liqueur. The “Brewstillery” on Barton Springs Road first introduced its distilled spirits program in the spring of this year with Uncle Billy’s Bourbon Whiskey and Vodka, followed by ready-to-drink craft cocktails in cans, and is now introducing its first liqueur. Uncle Billy’s Muddy Water is delicious on its own, over ice, and in a wide variety of cocktails. Try one of our favorite specialty cocktails. Initially, Uncle Billy’s Muddy Water coffee liqueur is only be available for sale in 750ml bottles at the taproom on Barton Springs Road. It will soon be distributed throughout central Texas.  
 
Desert Door, the only domestically produced sotol made in Driftwood, Texas, is now available for purchase online in 41 states at shop.desertdoor.com through the spirits-focused e-commerce platform SpeakeasyCo. This news comes as Desert Door just celebrated its first successful year in business and its expansion of distribution sales network in bars, restaurants and liquor stores across Texas. Now with the online shop, consumers across the country will have access to the popular, unique spirit just in time for the holidays.
 

Christmas Programming

Cannon + Belle is happy to announce their special holiday buffet which will be offered only on Christmas Day, December 25 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Guests can choose from a variety of dishes including Holiday Ham, Beef Wellington, Ratatouille Risotto, Eggnog Smoothies and more. The Christmas buffet is $64 for adults, $26 for children 6-12 and free for children 5 years and under. Guests can make reservations through Yelp or by calling 512-493-4900. Reservations are highly recommended. Complimentary self-parking is available at the garage on Red River St. between 4th and 5th St. or at valet for $5.

Holiday cookie boxes will be available for purchase at Mañana from 12/12 to 12/24. The holiday cookie boxes will showcase an assortment of cookies, including Rugelach, Gingersnap, Dark Chocolate Peppermint Fudge, Sugar Cookie with Icing and Sprinkles, Linzer Window Cookie and Soft White Chocolate Cranberry Macadamia. The cookie boxes will be available for purchase in-store. Each cookie box, which features 1 dozen cookies (2 of each flavor), is $30 per box.

Although brunch is typically only available at Hotel Ella on Saturday and Sunday, Goodall’s Kitchen at Hotel Ella will serve its regular brunch menu on Monday, December 24th, from 7am to 2:30pm in light of Christmas Eve.  Goodall’s Kitchen at Hotel Ella is serving up the merriest of brunches on Christmas day. This year, the American bistro invites guests to dine à la carte with the whole family. On the menu, guests can find brunch classics such as crab benedict, buttermilk hotcakes, Goodall’s hash and a few holiday specials. Brunch will be served from 7am to 2:30pm on Christmas.

Il Brutto will feature “Panettone and Prosecco” alongside its regular dinner service from 5pm to 10pm on Christmas Eve. All guests will be given a complimentary glass of Prosecco to pair along with their dinner. A traditional Italian panettone and pandoro with mandarin chantilly cream, as well as a beef and pork cappelletti with chicken clear broth, parmigiano and lemon, will be available for those interested in purchasing the special.

Le Politique has created a special five-course Christmas Eve pre-fixe dinner menu. For $70 per person, guests can savor Coquille made withseared scallops, cauliflower velouté, basil, and Serbian caviar, and Tarte Tatin featuring a Sablé Breton, caramelized apple, bay leaf ice cream, buckwheat butterscotch. Reservations can be made by calling 512-580-7651 or by visiting https://lepolitiqueaustin.com/reservations. Reservations are available from 5pm to 10pm. Le Politique’s regular à la carte dinner menu will also be available for those who are interested in dining at Le Politique on Christmas Eve.

The Brewer’s Table will be serving its regular dinner menu. The “feast” section of the menu is a great choice for larger parties. Reservations available by calling 512.520.8199 or via OpenTable.

TRACE is offering a three course prix fixe for $62. Guests will get house made biscuits to share and then have an option for starter, entrée and dessert. Children’s menu available for $25. Reservations available via Opentable or by calling the restaurant:512-542-3600.

 

New Years Eve Programming

Uchi’s New Year’s menu offers the kind spark to make sure this year goes out with a bang! The twelve-course menu, $195 for two, includes bites like bay scallop with dashi lavash and bruleed grapefruit, mussel tortellini, king crab with brown butter and turmeric congee, and beef cheek with lemongrass, shallot and preserved blood orange bordelaise.

Pitchfork Pretty is ringing in 2019 with a special 3-course New Year’s Eve prix-fixe menu rooted in soulful cooking. Available for $125.26 per person (including tax and gratuity), the prixfixe menu includes several savory bites, as well as a choice of entrees that range from Red Shrimp with Mashed Potato, Onions and Jalapeno to Duck L’Orange with Cranberry Jus and Rye Dressing, and more. Guests can end the night with the choice of a Hibiscus Slushie, Icebox Pie, Chocolate Sorbet, or Chocolate Crémeux with Cream Cheese Ice Cream. You can view the full menu by clicking the link HERE. Wine pairings are available for an additional $35 per person. Reservations are available from 5pm to 10:45pm on Monday, 12/31 (subject to availability) and can be made via Resy or by calling the restaurant directly at (512) 494-4593

Devour in Trace is open from 6pm – 2am and will be serving an all-you-can-eat reception style smorgasbord of your favorite foods. Expect a literal fountain of queso, house made pizza rolls, beef sliders with beer cheese & crispy onions, brisket, a mountain of pork belly fried chicken, truffle bourbon milkshakes and donuts…..and so on. Come and go as you please with your Devour wristband. Tickets are $75 and includes champagne. Entertainment by DJ Mova. Event is 21+. For tickets click here.

Launderette will be ringing in the new year with its annual New Year Extravaganza, featuring a four-course pre fixe dinner for just $85 per person. And brand new this year, Fresa’s will be celebrating with a New Year’s Eve Pre-Party at the South First location from 5-8pm. The party is only $10, and includes a dinner buffet, discounted drinks and more. $85 per person / 5-10pm; Reservations available – Click HERE

Uchiko is offering dinner at $185 for two, with a nine course meal. The meal includes oysters with kasu sorbet and golden trout roe, scallop with sweet potato and persimmon, a guinea hen with foie, quince, and endive, and a wagyu ribeye with black truffle, preserved lemon, and bone marrow.

La Volpe will have a special NYE menu at $100 per person.  The menu items are the following: 1) Choice of Gulf Oyster Casino; Pickled Mushroom Bruschetta or Grilled Baby Octopus, 2) Choice of Frisee Salad or Grilled Romaine, 3) Choice of Stuffed Veal Chop, Heartbrand Filet or Grilled Swordfish, 4) Choice of dessert, Toast Glass of Champagne.  Make your reservation here or call 512-501-6713.
 
W Austin invites guests to an extravagant Vices and Virtues New Year’s Eve celebration spanning two floors. Event goers can give into their vices in the Living Room Bar where each room will be themed with a different vice accompanied by SolFire beats. Alternatively, the Virtues celebration upstairs will be dripping in glamour to help resolutions take flight with the help of Capyac music and beats by Kid Slyce. There’s a $75 cover charge to the Vices party with complimentary admission for hotel guests. The Virtues party ticket packages range from $150 to $300. An elite package to attend both parties goes for $375. Tickets can be found here.
 
Close out 2018 in an intimate setting  at APT 115 where guests can enjoy a heavy rotation of delectable hors d’oeuvres and 5 different pours of sparkling wine throughout the night. Tickets are $72 a person and can be purchased here.
 
Craftsman presents Bottomless Bubbles where champagne will flow freely all night long for guests who purchase a $35 ticket. The last night of 2018 will also hold musical stylings from three live bands and a balloon drop at midnight. Don’t care to go the bottomless route? You’re still welcome to enjoy the party free of cover and receive a complimentary glass of champagne at midnight. Tickets can be purchased here.
 
Lavaca Street Bar invites guests to say goodbye to 2018 with one last party Monday, December 31st from 9:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. Raise your glass and say cheers to the New Year with $25 champagne bottles and dance the night away to beats by DJ Hard to Pronounce. Cover charge is $10.
 
Star Bar is offering a $60 champagne package. This includes a reserved table for 4, bottle of champagne and jovial NYE accessories to celebrate in the most festive fashion possible.
 
A table for four can be reserved at Gibson Bar for $150 on NYE which includes a complimentary bottle of champagne and jubilant NYE accessories so partygoers are properly outfitted when ringing in 2019.

At $75 a person, customers at Vino Vino can enjoy a five-course meal complete with wine pairings and a complimentary midnight toast. Guests can choose a classic risotto, shrimp with fennel and saffron, Texas quail with black eyed peas and a scallion crema, or venison paired with tea glazed carrots and a madeira reduction. Check out the full menu here.

The Brewer’s Table will be offering a four course prix fixe menu for $75. The menu comes with optional beer pairings ($25) or wine pairings ($55). Welcome champagne toast also included. Guests will enjoy:Royal red shrimp ceviche, with preserved carrot jam, coconut leche de tigre, and smoked trout roe; Smoked shellfish escabeche, with grilled sourdough bread and aerated chestnut polenta; Grilled brassicas, with crispy Carolina gold rice and barley milk mornay Or 14 day dry aged pheasant, in the style of Peking, with a hisbiscus-lager glaze; Chocolate marjolaine cake, candied hazelnut butter, malt crumble

Parkside is offering a NYE dinner menu at $70 per person with optional wine pairing $25 per person, plus tax and gratuit.  Upstairs at parkside is also open for large parties.

Kemuri Tatsuya will have regular dinner service, open 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., with an á la carte menu of New Year’s Eve specials. Reservations are available online via Resy HERE. Specials for the night will include: 

  • Ikura marinated in Soy (on the Chin Mi menu)
  • Shinjuku Market style beef ribs with spicy kabocha pickle and black garlic sauce
  • Octopus kushiyaki with fried potato, chorizo oil, sour shishito
  • Smoked duck rillette with ginger and lotus, duck tongue tare, crispy duck egg meringue
  • Beef tartare with smoked miso, shiso oil, salted shishito, pickled daikon
  • Cold-smoked Shio Koji Ora King salmon belly and handles with chanterelles, baked in foil
  • Dessert: New Year’s Milk Tea with milk tea custard, sorghum cake, textures of red currant whiskey sour, smoked kabocha ganache and popped sorghum 
Juniper will be open for New Year’s Eve, serving a five-course prix fixe menu for $85 per person. Dishes to include the below and more, with upgraded “ball out” options and add-ons. Full prix fixe menu can be found HERE
  • Murder Point Oysters with italicus and champagne gelée
  • White Bean Bruschetta with pine nuts and black truffle honey (ball out option to add osetra caviar)
  • Risotto Bianco with carnaroli rice and white alba truffles (ball out option)
  • Braised leg of lamb with rosemary, gremolata and grilled carrots
  • Chocolate Ricotta Cheesecake with hazelnut, amarena and marscarpone gelato
Eberly is hosting its third annual New Year’s Eve party on December 31. Guests are invited to say “au revoir” to 2018 in style at a Parisian Masquerade-themed bash, featuring live music, casino prizes, food, drinks, and more. Tickets to the event, which sell out each year, are $150 and are available for purchase in advance of the event online. This year, the space will feature three distinct areas: the Cedar Tavern will host a masquerade ball and french circus sideshow, the study will be transformed into the Versailles Hall of Mirrors, and the Cannon Room, will be reminiscent of the Moulin Rouge Red Light District. The party will feature music by DJ Andreas Santiago of Dapper Sounds and DJ Gatsby, along with a mime, a caricature artist, and a contortionist. With the purchase of a ticket, guests will receive access to the three areas, two drink coins to exchange for special themed cocktails, bubbly toast at midnight, and hors d’oeurves, like crepes and macarons, throughout the evening. Guests are encouraged to dress in their fanciest Parisian attire and wear masks for a chance to claim the title of Best Dressed for a fabulous prize. The Cannon Room “Red Light District” will also offer an absinthe station and roulette table, where guests will have the chance to win raffle tickets to enter for luxurious prizes like a $500 Eberly gift card, staycation packages, and more. TICKETS: $150 per person in advance online HERE, limited quantities available at the door. Eberly’s dining room will be open for regular service from 5 to 10 p.m., offering an à la carte menu of French-inspired New Year’s Eve dinner specials, including: 
  • Appetizer
    Live Sea Scallop Aguachile – meyer lemon, fresno chili, cilantro
  • Pasta
    Buckwheat Tagliatelle Cacio e Pepe with Truffles 
  • Mains
    Ranger Cattle Ribeye for Two – pomme purée, bordelaise
    Dover Sole Meuniere for Two – parsley root purée, roasted root vegetables 
  • Dessert
    Crepe Suzette Cake for Two – orange scented crepes, chocolate ganache, candied orange zest, hazelnut bark
Native Hostel is hosting “Disco Sh¡t,“ a New Years Eve Party, where the hostel will be transformed into a disco inferno on Monday, December 31 from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. DJ’s will be playing your favorite disco tunes in different rooms for the perfect dance party. There will be midnight champagne bottle poppin’ as well as a ball drop and more. Guests are encouraged to dress accordingly with anything glittery, glowy, and down-right funky. Early bird tickets are available now, ranging from General Admission, Fancy pants, to limited Group Thang options. All guests will be able to join in on the dance party in the event space, a champagne toast and midnight munchies. “Fancy Pants” tickets will include exclusive access to the Parlor Room and Romper Room, along with passed hors d’oeuvres, complimentary party favors, and more. Limited group packages are also available. The different ticket options are selling fast, so interested attendees are encouraged to purchase their tickets soon HERETICKETS: Different ticket tiers available HERE$40 for GA, $80 for Fancy Pants and $1000 for Group Thang

On Monday, December 31 from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., Rose Room will be selling tickets for the party of the year, starting at $30 here. Admission gets you both into The Rose Room and 77 Degrees – guests can expect two live DJs and bottle service pricing deals depending on group size. Table sections and reserved seating are also available at both venues by calling 512-743-1400. 21 + only. 

Olive & June is offering a NYE dinner menu at $95 per person, with optional four course wine pairing at $45 per person, plus tax and gratuity.  They will have normal hours with just one extra seating at 10:00pm.

Guild is ringing in the New Year with a special six-course prix fixe dinner on New Year’s Eve. Dinner is priced at $75 per person, with an optional $35 wine pairing, and they will be taking reservations from 5 to 10 p.m. Additionally, an oyster a la carte menu will be available in the bar area, and there will be a champagne toast at midnight. For more information and to make reservations, please visit www.GuildAustin.com.

Wu Chow will have a tasting menu at $65/person, with $10 add ons of soup dumplings, and $35 add on for wine pairing. The full menu is available at WuChowAustin.com.

Ring in the New Year at Whisler’s Annual New Year’s Eve Bash. DJ Jeff Strange will be returning to play another legendary all-vinyl set from 10pm to 2am. And once again, Whislers will be dropping its annual Best Of cocktail menu featuring Whisler’s cocktail favorites of days gone by. Make sure and stay for the champagne toast at midnight!

On Monday, December 31 from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.St. Genevieve invites you to ring in the new year, as they take you back to the 1920’s for an evening of opulence, revelry, and music. Guests are encouraged to dress to impress in their best Gatsby attire. The party will feature a menu with classic prohibition cocktails of the time and entertainment provided by a live DJ. $20 cover at the door. 21 + only 

TRACE invites guests to experience an unbelievable spread of the most indulgent foods you can imagine. From a queso fountain to a truffle bourbon milkshake, TRACE has the perfect setup for your last meal before your diet.  Dinner will be served reception-style and includes champagne. Join TRACE for the most gluttonous and sinful eats and beats by DJ Mova. The cover charge is $75 and tickets can be purchased here.

Olamaie will be open for dinner on New Year’s Eve this year. They will be doing a three-course menu for $85 per person – complete with a glass of complimentary bubbles! The menu will be based on their regular menu, with a choice between dishes for each course – there will be items available for dietary restrictions as well (vegan, GF, etc.). There will also be an additional pairing available. Reservations are now open via email and OpenTable.

W Austin invites guests to an extravagant Vices and Virtues New Year’s Eve celebration spanning two floors. Event goers can give into their vices in the Living Room Bar where each room will be themed with a different vice accompanied by SolFire beats. Alternatively, the Virtues celebration upstairs will be dripping in glamour to help resolutions take flight with the help of Capyac music and beats by Kid Slyce. There’s a $75 cover charge to the Vices party with complimentary admission for hotel guests. The Virtues party ticket packages range from $150 to $300. An elite package to attend both parties goes for $375. Tickets can be found here.

 Emmer & Rye will have a special New Year’s Eve menu. The event will be $100 per person (beverage not included).

Goodall’s Kitchen at Hotel Ella is serving its regular dinner menu on New Year’s Eve. Guests are invited to savor regular dinner classics includinglocal butternut squash soup, grilled salmon and pan roasted chicken breast, as well as a few à la carte holiday specials. Dinner is served at Goodall’s Kitchen from 5pm to 10pm. 

Il Brutto will feature “Panettone and Prosecco” alongside its regular dinner service from 5pm to 10pm on New Year’s Eve. All guests will be given a complimentary glass of Prosecco to pair along with their dinner. A traditional Italian panettone and pandoro with mandarin chantilly cream, as well as a beef and pork cappelletti with chicken clear broth, parmigiano and lemon, will be available for those interested in purchasing the special.

This New Year’s Eve, La Condesa has created a number of special à la carte menu items that will be available alongside its regular dinner menu. Menu items include an ensalada with winter greens, shaved root vegetables, grapefruit vinaigrette, toasted walnuts, a ribeye paired with shishito chimichurri, refried pinto beans, tomatillo salsa, grilled soy onions, and a grilled snapper made with escabeche, ash roasted cabbage, habanero salsa, black beans, and radish. 

To ring in the new year, Le Politique has created a special five-course pre-fixe New Year’s Eve dinner. For $75 per person, guests can end 2018 with a Foie Gras Torchon made with Hudson Valley foie gras, calvados aspic, endive, braised apple, brioche, Lobster Thermidor, which features Baked lobster, brandy glaçage, gruyère, and a Mignardise made of Strawberry & Champagne pâte de fruit. Reservations, which are available from 5pm to 10pm, may be made by calling 512-580-7651 or visiting https://lepolitiqueaustin.com/reservations. Le Politique’s regular à la carte dinner menu will also be available for those who are interested in dining at Le Politique on New Year’s Eve.

South Congress Hotel will be hosting a free New Year’s Eve party with live music and DJs in the courtyard and event space. The event is open to the public. Central Standard will be open late on New Year’s Eve to accommodate the crowd; Café No Sé will be open during its regular hours. 

Ring in the New Year Peruvian style with a special Prix-Fixe Dinner at Yuyo. The special occasion menu will be offered in addition to the regular restaurant menu on December 31st. Pricing is $55 per person or $85 per person with wine pairings. Please call 512-919-4147 for reservations.

Located in the heart of downtown Austin on the corner of 7th St. and Congress Ave., Stephen F. Austin Hotel is ideally situated to be your NYE party home base. On the 31st, they’ll be throwing a 1920’s-themed ‘Putting on the Glitz’ celebration with champagne cocktails upon arrival, passed hors ‘doeuvres, coffee/desserts, midnight Champagne toast, party favors and music by DJ Gatsby for $130 per person. Roaring 20’s attire is encouraged and they’re offering a special guestroom package as well.

Dinner Menu:

Kanpachi Tiradito Con Dos Leches

ají limo leche de tigre and ají amarillo leche de tigre

Beef Tenderloin with Ají Amarillo Lobster Sauce

purple potatoes, roasted pearl onions, peruvian asparagus

Chocolate Truffle Tart

pisco-mango sabayón, dulce de leche sorbet

Cocktail Specials (Not included in prix-fixe dinner):

Kir Royale
creme de cassis and bubbles with berry garnish
Year of the Pig
brandy, lemon, and pomegranate, orange and rosemary garnish 
Amazonian Drinking Chocolate
January 1st:
 
William Chris Vineyards will be hosting theirAnnual New Year’s Day party featuring a distinctly southern BlackEyed Pea Cookoff at the vineyard in Hye, Texas on Tuesday, January 1The festivities start at 1:00 p.m. and the ticket price for general admission is $25 and will include a new year’s toast for adults, plenty of blackeyed peas and live music. Children over 12 will require a ticket. The event will also feature an eating competition, and those who want to participate will be able to sign up the day of. Tickets will be available for purchase online at www.williamchriswines.com/Experiences/Event-Calendar.
 

The Brewer’s will open for a special New Year’s day brunch. Open from 11am-2:30pm and offering its weekend brunch menu along with some special items. Reservations can be made by calling the restaurant or via OpenTable.

 
On Tuesday, January 1 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., celebrate the first day of the new year with a $16 brunch buffet at The Park which will include all the favorites such as biscuits and gravy, applewood smoked bacon, migas, sausage, french toast, pancakes, and more. The New Years Day brunch will also feature $2 mimosas with five flavors to choose from – classic orange, strawberry citrus, prickly pear, mango ginger and pineapple basil – as well as $5 build-your-own Grey Goose Bloody Mary Bar.
 
Celebrate the first day of 2019 with COVER 3’s classic brunch! From 11am-3pm, patrons are invited to enjoy select brunch items including Chilaquiles, Migas, Green Chile Beef Breakfast Enchiladas and Chicken Tinga Breakfast Enchiladas. Brunch will also feature COVER 3’s beloved U-Mix-It Bloody Mary & Bubbles Bar.The Bubbles Bar is a standalone station featuring 4 make-your-own mimosa options with cranberry, orange, grapefruit, peach nectar and pomegranate flavors as well as fresh fruit and juices, while the Bloody Mary Bar offers a selection of mixes and condiments ranging from Applewood Smoked Bacon, House-Pickled Veggies, Jalapeños, Stuffed Olives, and so much more.
 
Goodall’s Kitchen at Hotel Ella will serve its regular brunch menu on Tuesday, January 1st, from 7am to 2:30pm in honor of the New Year. Goodall’s Kitchen will also be open for dinner on New Year’s Day. The restaurant will serve its regular dinner menu from 5pm to 10pm. 
 
New Year’s Eve partygoers are invited to nurse their hangover at Le Politique’s Hangover Brunch on New Year’s Day. The French restaurant’s New Year’s Day brunch will feature brunch classics such as the Legation Burger and Croque Madame. However, there will also be a number of special à la carte menu items, including Lobster Newberg, made with sautéed lobster, sherry cream, cayenne, brioche, as well as a “Foie-ssant,” which features foie gras torchon, warm croissant, tomato jam, endive. Brunch will be served from 10:30am to 3pm.
 
Pluckers is excited to announce the first ever Anti-Resolution celebration taking place onJanuary 1 through January 6 at ALL locations.  The Anti-Resolution specials include 50% off desserts and $1 addition on price for salads. The extra dollar will be donated to the Firefly Fund, a Texas nonprofit with a primary goal to finance the acceleration of research needed to find a cure for Niemann-Pick Type C1 (NPC1). NPC1 is a rare disease that is estimated to affect only 1 in 150,000 people. NPC1 belongs to a larger group of more than 50 disorders known as lysosomal storage disorders. Patients with the disease are unable to make functional NPC1 protein which results in cell death and leads to irreversible organ damage, including brain damage.
 
January 16th
 
La Condesa is hosting the next installation of its Know Your Agave series, a spirited class led by La Condesa’s resident agave expert Josh Prewitt. The next class, which focuses on bacanora + raicilla, will be held at The Flour House at La Condesa on Wednesday, January 16th, from 7pm to 9pm. For $50 per ticket, guests are invited to expand their agave-based knowledge beyond mezcal + tequila and meet the lesser-known spirits of the familia: bacanora + raicilla. In addition to tasting and exploring spirits from the regions of Jalisco and Sanora, there will also be a curated tasting of off-the-menu snacks by Executive Chef Rick Lopez, which will guide + complement your palate along the way. Those interested in attending the class are welcome to purchase tickets by clicking the link here: allinthefamilia.splashthat.com.
 
That’s all I have for you this week, and feel free to email me at ane@thehungrychronicles.com in case I’m missing anything important going on this week.

 

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