While Galveston Island isn’t New York City there are plenty of options for ringing in the New Year ranging from a quiet romantic dinner to cocktails and dancing.
Where to Dine on New Year’s Eve:
• Galvez Bar & Grill at Hotel Galvez, 2024 Seawall Blvd., is offering an elegant four-course New Year’s Eve Dinner for $85 per person. Guests have a choice of Macadamia Crusted Halibut or NY Strip and Lobster Tail. While dining, guests will enjoy music by jazz duo Reg and Cary from 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Linger after dinner and enjoy a champagne toast at midnight with party favors. Advance reservations are available via Open Table or by calling (409) 765-7721.
• Number 13, 7809 Broadway, is featuring a Petite Amuse paired with champagne and fit for two for $75. Number 13 offers an amazing view and upscale ambiance.
• Rudy & Paco’s, 2028 Postoffice, is featuring a four-course dinner in celebration of their 20th anniversary. Advance reservations are suggested for this local favorite.
• Trattoria La Vigna, 412 20th Street, will be open and offer a special menu. This is a small Italian restaurant so make a reservation in advance.
• Nonno Tony’s Seafood Kitchen, Pier 21, is offering a three-course prix fixe dinner for New Year’s Eve. Advance reservations are suggested.
Where to Celebrate New Year’s Eve:
• 1888 Toujouse Bar at The Tremont House, 2300 Mechanic, is offering live jazz by Trio Du Jour including trumpeter Sparky Koerner from 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Count down the New Year at the hotel and enjoy a champagne toast and party favors at midnight.
• The Rooftop Bar at The Tremont House, 2300 Mechanic, will be open until 12:30 a.m. (weather permitting). You can ring in the New Year at Galveston’s only Rooftop Bar.
• Club 21, 2102 Postoffice, is taking reservations for New Year’s Eve and will have a live band. Advance reservations include champagne toast and reserved seating.
• DTO Galveston, 2701 Market, is the new, hippest craft cocktail bar in Galveston. The proprietors are artists when it comes to creating amazing cocktails and their menu is always changing. We encourage you to give it a try.
• Buckshot Salon, 2409 Market, is a good spot for country music and dancing. The bar is offering a champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight. And one lucky guest will receive $2017 at midnight.
• Galveston Island Brewing, 8423 Stewart Road, is hosting New Year’s Eve at the Brewery. Guests will enjoy Lavender Elderberry TIKI Wheat pin cask tapping, midnight champagne toast, New Year’s Eve swag, light appetizers and more. Purchase a wristband in advance for $35.
Family Fun on New Year’s Eve:
Moody Gardens Festival of Lights and Ice Land: Ice Sculptures, A Caribbean Christmas, One Hope Blvd, is definitely something to consider for New Year’s Eve. Festival of Lights takes you through more than a million holiday lights while Ice Land provides an undersea journey made of two million pounds of ice. Ice Land will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Festival of Lights will be open from 6 to 10 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.
In addition to various cab companies like Yellow Cab, Tropical Taxi and Jeff’s Cab, Galveston also has GetMe which is similar to Uber. Set up the app in advance so you’ll be ready to order your ride home.
Where to Stay:
• Hotel Galvez & Spa, 2024 Seawall Blvd., is ideal for those seeking historic charm in a beachfront hotel.
• The Tremont House, 2300 Mechanic, is the perfect choice for those who want to stay downtown near restaurants, nightlife and more.
• Harbor House Hotel & Marina, Pier 21, is the quaint hotel located at Pier 21 and is walkable to downtown fun.