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1. Put on your most fabulous dress or bowtie and dine at one of downtown’s finest restaurants. We just love Roaring Fork, Uchi and Chez Nous…Word to the wise, just make sure you check if the restaurant has a set menu before making reservations, so there are no surprises on the bill or the taste buds.
 
2. Don’t forget about the kiddos! Austin’s New Year is a free event on Auditorium Shores. This alcohol-free family friendly festivity showcases Austin’s diverse artistic community through art, films and live music.  A few of the great Austin favorite bands and performers you might catch include Joe McDermott, Lavelle White, Nizami and Vitera!  This fun event ends with a fireworks finale right on Auditorium Shores, immediately after Carolyn Wonderland’s set on the mainstage.  Expect downtown road closures and a big crowd for this annual event.
 
3. Make sure to checkout Republic Live’s NYE 2012! It is Austin’s newest concert and event venue. It’s located in the warehouse district and holds 750+ people! There will be a massive balloon drop, confetti explosion, party favors and surprise performers. A great spot to checkout their killer sound and lighting systems with Top 40, Dance, and Hip Hop music.
 
4. Host a dinner party! Provide a fabulous four-course dinner or have everyone bring a dish. Perfect for those looking for a quieter evening…But still looking to party with friends. Need help planning *any time of the year*? The Simplifiers are always just a ring away at 512-695-7744!
 
5. Looking for something swanky to do?  Make it an all night affair and book a package with Intercontinental Hotel. “The package includes overnight accommodations and breakfast buffet for two each morning, as well as a reserved table for two for the New Years Eve Party in Stephen F’s Bar. The New Year’s Eve party, sponsored by Moët Hennessey and Louis Roederer Champagne, features live swinging prohibition era jazz by The Danielle Reich Trio, a cigar roller on the terrace hand rolling quality cigars to order, complimentary Moët ‘Imperial’ Brut Champagne and a New Year’s toast.  Classic cocktails, traditional balloon drop, special New Year’s small plate menu and hors d’oeuvres from Chef, Patrick Newman, will be offered for this end of year celebration (http://austin.intercontinental.com/specials.php).”
 
6. The Omni Hotel and Resort is throwing a Mediterranean New Year Party. Come dance until 3am with DJ Kamel who will be mixing top hits, Arabic and international music. Enjoy a three-course dinner, champagne toast at midnight, hookah bar and a cash bar.
 
7. Looking for a relaxing New Year’s Eve getaway? Reserve a room at Lakeway Resort and Spa and enjoy a three-course dinner at the Travis Restaurant. Afterwards, join them in Josey’s at 8pm for a New Year’s Eve Party. “Andrea Marie and The Magnolia Band will provide entertainment from 9pm-1am.  Late night snacks and drink specials are available.  Complimentary glass of champagne to ring in 2012!”
 
8. In the mood for something luxurious and decadent? Enjoy your New Year’s Eve at The Driskill including a reception with passed Hor d’oeuvres, beer and wine…A four-course dinner…Live music and dancing to The Original Recipe Band…Balloon drop and champagne toast…And party favors. PLUS enter for a chance to win a two-night stay in The Cattle Baron Suite!
 
9. Make it a night in with the family. Create memories with the kiddos or just you and your hubby. We know there are TONS of things to do in Austin…But it’s okay to stay in for a fabulous dinner at home complete with home movies and board games. Pop the bubbly at midnight and give your kiddos some sparkling grape juice. If you’re brave, give them little poppers to ring in the New Year!
 
10. And of course there is always 6th Street…But venture out only if you dare!
 
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…plus, a bonus tip for the geek inside all of us:  Pinballz Arcade is having a NYE party from 9pm-2am, with free beer provided by Independence Brewery for those 21+.  They have over 200+ pinball machines, plus all the cool arcade games from your childhood to have you running around like a little schoolgirl with a red Dixie cup full of tokens and a smile.  Black Knight 2000, Twilight Zone, Theatre of Magic, oh my!!!  More details on their kickass shindig here!
 
Orginal Article By: Simplifiers
 
Martha Small Homes –  MarthaSmallHomes.com – 512-587-0308 – Martha@MarthaSmallHomes.com

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