New Year’s Eve in Austin: Parties, Meals and Concerts to Kick off 2023
Relish in a multi-course meal, dance all night or enjoy live music at one of these epic events
By Avery Matschek
It’s almost time to bid adieu to 2022! With the start of 2023 just around the corner, we’ve compiled a list of the best and brightest celebrations happening around town. Whether you’re looking for an intimate dinner or a disco dance party, discover your New Year’s Eve plans from the options below.
Local icon Bob Schneider and special guests Primo the Alien and Big Skinny will perform at the beloved Paramount Theatre this New Year’s Eve. Schneider, a singer-songwriter who has released more than 12 albums in his illustrious career, has hosted this annual tradition at the glittering venue for many years. Get your tickets here!
Lawn opens at 6 p.m.
The City of Austin’s annual celebration will return to Auditorium Shores at 6 p.m. with a free night of live music, food trucks and a 21-plus beer hall. Performers like The Texas Gentlemen and Taméca Jones will take the stage before the spectacular midnight firework show. Visitors can access a street closure and parking map here and can reserve a parking space through Pavemint for the RiverSouth Garage and One Texas Center.
Carpenters Hall seatings available from 6 to 10 p.m.
Carpenter Hotel event from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
The Carpenter Hotel has Austinites covered for a full New Year’s Eve experience, starting with a decadent four-course meal at Carpenters Hall and continuing with Heaven’s in Your Headphones: New Year’s Eve, featuring a DJ set from Ali Shaheed Muhammad of A Tribe Called Quest. Dinner is $100 per person, with an optional $50 wine pairing, and diners can add the disco to their agenda for a discounted rate of $60.
Live at the Hotel Vegas and Volstead Danceteria, check out the music of icons like Olivia Newton-John and Steely Dan, as performed by local bands. Tickets for this 21-plus dance party are available for less than $25, making it one of the more budget-friendly celebrations in town.
9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m.
This one’s for the kids! The Thinkery is always a family favorite, and this limited capacity affair will include balloon drops and bubble wrap stomps, as well as crafting and music. There’s no need to stay up until midnight as the event will be held at two kid-friendly times, 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tickets are available here.
Doors open at 9 p.m.
Vinyl Ranch’s Disko Cowboy will bring his signature vibes to the W Austin to wrap up the year, and the electrifying DJ’s show will surely get you on the dance floor! The hotel also has room specials so attendees can stay downtown for a spectacular holiday staycation.
9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Bring on the pink! Wax Myrtle’s will kick off the new year with a disco celebration in honor of Austin’s LGBTQIA2+ history. There will be drag performances throughout the night, along with music by DJ Chorizo Funk, shareable dishes and a full bar. A portion of ticket proceeds will be donated directly to Rainbow Connections, a nonprofit focused on connecting and uplifting Austin’s elderly LGBTQIA2+ community. Get your tickets here.
8 to 10:30 p.m.
Downtown hotspot Devil May Care is “stopping the clock” with a night of passed bites, cocktails, entertainment and a champagne toast. The event will be held from 8 to 10:30 p.m., before late night table service begins at 10:30 p.m. Full details and tickets are available here.
5 p.m. to close
Prix-fixe menus can be hit or miss, but Summer House on Music Lane has wonderful options on their holiday four-course menu, available for $105 per person. Each course has two options, including a French Onion Tart or Crunch Salad for the first course, and Caramelized Scallops or Beef Tenderloin for the third course. Reservations are now open.
Doors open at 9 p.m.
Superstition, which opens to the public on Dec. 29, will host their inaugural New Year’s Eve party with a DJ set by Justice. The brand-new nightclub brings incredible entertainment and top notch bottle service together in a grand downtown Austin space. For tickets and more information, click here.
Canje will be serving up an immersive multi-course Latin-Caribbean dinner this holiday. The night will start with bites and a rum cocktail on the eatery’s heated patio, before stepping into the dining room for the dinner, which will highlight the flavors of Cuba, Haiti and Puerto Rico. Following the meal, guests can return to the patio for music from South of Everywhere at 9 p.m. Reservations are available here.
9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Catch the Saturday Night Fever at Electric Shuffle, a newly-opened shuffleboard bar in downtown Austin! Attendees are invited to join the party in a groovy getup as they usher in 2023 with an open bar, midnight toast and pizza drop to satisfy those late night cravings. Early bird pricing starts at $125, with general admission coming in at $150.
8 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Boogie all night with sounds from DJ Just Jim at Hotel San José’s Get Down Saturday Night. Beyond the music, visitors will also enjoy a champagne tower and balloon drop. This event is free to attend.
Country fans can enjoy a show by Texas singer Pat Green at one of our favorite music venues in town, ACL Live at the Moody Theater. With hits like Wave on Wave and Carry On, concert-goers will surely sing along as Green helps ring in the new year with guests Corey Kent and Kody West. Tickets are on sale now.
3 p.m. to midnight
Step into DrinkWell, a cozy and comfortable bar in the North Loop neighborhood, for a delicious cocktail and easy-going gathering. The bar will be serving its amazing food, along with bubbly drinks and a variety of sparkling wines from the limited edition House of Effervescence cocktail menu. No cover and no reservations are required, plus happy hour will be available until 5:30 p.m.
9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
The South Congress Hotel is an excellent hangout spot no matter the day, but throw in some live music, DJ sets and dancing and you’ve got yourself a can’t miss NYE party. A $25 pre-sale ticket will guarantee entrance to the festivities, and tickets will cost $35 at the door.
Speakeasy has thrown their incredible bash every year since 1997, making it one of Austin’s longest running ways to honor the new year. Cocktail attire is encouraged for this live music and bottle service-filled evening. There are many ticket options, from presale general admission to VIP group packages.
9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Looking for a rooftop get-together? Zanzibar is hosting an island-themed celebration seven stories above the city. Complete with music from DJ Devin Taylor, an incredible view of fireworks at 10 p.m., a midnight countdown and complimentary sparkling wine toast, this exclusive event is a great way to welcome 2023.
Doors open at 8:30 p.m.
Howards Bar & Club, which opened this October in Clarksville, will welcome DJ and producer Jessy Lanza for a New Year’s Eve soirée. Guests are welcome to dress in a “Futuristic Formal” dress code for the holiday. Tickets are $150 per person and available here. For information on a limited number of VIP booths, email email@example.com.
Lenoir’s gorgeous wine garden is the perfect venue for the restaurant’s annual fête. Doors open at 8 p.m., and admission includes unlimited bites and two drink tickets per person. Plus, Mrs. Glass will be on hand to perform live music from 9 a.m. to midnight.
Open to the public
The Driskill Bar is a classic locale in downtown Austin, and this year, the hotel bar will be hosting performances from Rockin Lloyd Tripp and Ruby Dee & the Snakehandlers, as well as a sparkling wine toast at midnight. This event is open to the public and reservations are not required.
One of the buzziest movies of the year, Don’t Worry Darling, will serve as the inspiration behind L’Oca d’Oro’s Dec. 31st dinner. The menu will include oysters on the half shell, french onion dip and other dishes inspired by the luxury and beauty of the film’s 1950s era. Make reservations here for the meal, which is $100 per person, plus an optional $60 beverage pairing.
DipDipDip Tatsu-Ya is offering a special, chef-curated Omakase dinner this Dec. 31. Enjoy oysters on the half shell, sukiyaki dip, day boat scallops and so much more. Reservations are required for the meal, which costs $150 per person with an additional sake pairing available for $75.
6 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Head to Jonestown to experience The Lucky Rabbit Live Music Bar & Kitchen’s Lucky New Year’s Eve Party this year. The festivities kick off at 6 p.m. with live music, a photo booth and classic New Year’s Eve dishes. Stay until midnight to experience the complimentary Champagne toast when attendees will cheer “Rabbit Rabbit Rabbit” in unison for good luck. Entry is free and open to the public. All ages welcome.
7 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Travel back in time at The Roosevelt Room’s Roaring 20s NYE Party, a seated celebration in one of the city’s best bars. The bar team will serve up a menu of 12 cocktails that were created in the 20s and throughout the pre-Prohibition era, including the French 75 and the Mamie Taylor. A number of seats and table options are now available for the event, which has a semi-formal to formal dress code.