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 Guinness Braised Lamb “Osso Buco” or Champagne Butter Poached Australian 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.
• BLVD Seafood, 28th & Seawall Blvd., is serving a four-course wine pairing dinner for New Year’s Eve. Advance reservations are recommended. Check their Facebook page for a menu.
• Number 13, 7809 Broadway, always features a special menu for New Year’s Eve. Check their Facebook page for details. Number 13 offers an amazing view and upscale ambiance.
• Rudy & Paco’s, 2028 Postoffice, is featuring a prix fixe dinner for $125 per person. Seating times are 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Advance reservations are required for this special evening at this local favorite.
• Saltwater Grill, 2017 Postoffice, is offering a three-course prix fixe dinner for New Year’s Eve. Advance reservations are suggested.
• Sky Bar Steak & Sushi, 2105 Postoffice, is offering a three-course prix fixe dinner for New Year’s Eve. Advance reservations are suggested.
• 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.
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.
• 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 a cash prize at midnight.
• Galveston Island Brewing, 8423 Stewart Road, is hosting New Year’s Eve at the Brewery. Guests will enjoy an open beer bar, midnight champagne toast, New Year’s Eve swag, light appetizers and live music by Castaways Radio. Purchase a wristband in advance for $40.
Family Fun on New Year’s Eve:
Moody Gardens Festival of Lights and Ice Land: Rainforest Holiday, 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 a holiday 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 and 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.