San Antonians have no shortage of options when it comes to New Year's Eve festivities. Where is the perfect place for your friends to pop the champagne? Whether you are looking for a laid-back evening or a lavish black-tie event, consider one of these parties to ring in the new year.
Celebrate the new year along the River Walk at this sleek Tex-Mex restaurant and bar. A dinner buffet serving all the favorites like fajitas and tres leches will be available until 11 pm, after which guests are welcome to stay and ring in the new year with a champagne toast at the bar. Bonus: Acenar will also be hosting a brunch with a Bloody Mary bar on New Year's Day from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm.
Burleson Yard Beer Garden
Ring in 2017 under the stars with good people and even better brews. This beer garden is known to host local food truck favorites (Fat Tummy Empanadas, anyone?) and has an extensive collection of Texas brews on tap. If you are looking for a New Year's Eve celebration where you can kick back and not worry about fancy attire or cover charges, this is it.
Celebrate San Antonio
This downtown celebration is the largest free New Year's Eve event in Texas. Equal parts carnival, concert, and "fireworks extravaganza," the party is a citywide tradition. This family-friendly event will bring in dozens of local and international performers, as well as over 50 food and beverage booths. To have a fantastic view of the best fireworks display in the city make sure you arrive early to HemisFair Park or La Villita and secure a good spot.
High Street Wine Company
This chic, cozy wine bar and shop is a new addition to the Historic Pearl. It's hosting an '80s party to remember with a champagne tower, balloon drop, and raw oyster bar. Also on New Year's Eve, every bottle of wine priced under $200 will be 25 percent off if you drink it there.
Howl at the Moon
Another great option along the River Walk, Howl at the Moon offers an unparalleled karaoke experience. Rest assured, you can expect no different from the New Year's Eve celebration. With free party favors and drink tickets with entry, it will be a wild and fun bash.
The Pearl's new venue will be hosting New Year's Eve shows at 6 pm and 10 pm. Though tickets are pricey, guests can expect a full dinner (with prime rib, crab cakes, shrimp, and parmesan risotto on the menu) and live music by Doc Watkins and His Orchestra. With the lively jazz music and cocktail attire, this party is sure to be elegant and entertaining.
This eclectic Southtown eatery and bar will be ringing in the new year with delicious food and cocktails. Guests can choose to attend "The Mother of All Suppers," "Daddy of All Parties," or even better — both! The supper will be a prix fixe, four-course dinner; the party portion will include cocktails and live music from Michael Martin and the Infidels.
Possibly the swankiest celebration in the city, the party at Paramour on New Year's Eve will be extravagant. With a spectacular rooftop view of the downtown fireworks, open bar, and midnight tequila toast, it is well worth the splurge.
The New Year's Eve feast will include a wide selection, from a whole-roasted pig to rum cake. The party doesn't stop there, as there will also be live music, a champagne toast, and cocktails. The party is discounted for guests of the hotel, so consider booking a room for the night. A staycation on the River Walk for New Year's Eve would be the perfect way to end the year.
Tony G's Soul Food
Another great option for the foodies among us, Tony G's will be offering not one, but two buffets on New Year's Eve. The first dinner buffet will include the usual soul food staples, while the midnight buffet will serve menudo and gumbo. Guests will also party the night away to funk and R&B favorites performed by a live band.