Lights are twinkling, glasses are clinking, cheer is in the air and we’re basically all checked out until 2018. ‘Tis the season for gatherings and happiness – it’s the holidays in Austin! We know, we know….events and obligations abound, BUT we have a few ways to give back and blow off steam this holiday season. Plus, we have great, affordable NYE parties (because we all know that the $200, five-course meal with free roses and violin players is amateur hour). Here are the holidaze on West 6th…right after the obligatory Mariah plug.
West 6th 12 Days of Christmas | The West 6th Business association is launching its first 12 Days of Christmas-themed giveaway. An advent style competition will randomly select winners from its social media channels to win prizes like gift cards, gear, and NYE entrance from participating businesses. Giveaways begin on Monday, December 11.
Star Bar’s 24 Days of Christmas Advent Calendar | Now on its 7th day, Star Bar has a life-sized advent calendar filled with specials like free lunchbox day (or dinner or snack), $4 Texas drafts, $5 Rumplemintz, and more specials that benefit all the bar’s patrons that day.
Toys for Tots Happy Hour at Kung Fu Saloon | Dec. 6, 13, 20 | Kung Fu Saloon is holding a Toys for Tots Happy Hour each Wednesday in December until Christmas to benefit less fortunate kiddos in the Austin area. Let’s get the giving vibes rolling and bring a new, untapped toy and you’ll get a domestic beer on them! ‘Tis the season.
A Dirty Christmas Christmas Party at Dirty Bills | Dec. 10 | Austin’s favorite dive bar is amping up Christmas debauchery. Dirty Bill’s invites all to don their best tacky sweaters, Christmas costumes and other festive attire to hang out with a DIRTY Santa. Dj’s will be spinning all night long and expect to hear bar fave “All I want for Christmas” by Mariah Carey.
Frosty Gives Back Charity Party at Green Light Social | Dec. 13 | Frosty Gives Back is a local youth charity event created, conceived, & hosted by Mike Frost. Green Light Social and 12 Rivers Realty are teaming up with Frosty for an amazing drink-for-a-cause event benefitting local kids and families in need. The night kicks off with apps & eats provided by C.K. Chin’s Wu Chow. Charity presentations and Grown Up Santa photo ops and prizes are available for donors. All proceeds and donations will go to impactful organizations like Explore Austin, LifeWorks Austin and Ronald McDonald House.
Annual Festivus Party at Star Bar | Dec. 23 | The annual Festivus for the Rest of Us at Star Bar. Feats of Strength will commence promptly at 10 pm to be followed by our Airing of Grievances. The pole will stand tall and be admired.
New Year’s Eve Parties
Parlor & Yard’s NYE Celebration | Dec. 31 | Parlor & Yard is going back to the basics of celebration big milestones. This year, they’ll celebrate 85 years since prohibition failed with a classic New Year’s Eve fête. Live music will play from 9 pm to 11 pm, with DJ Big Bear spinning into 2018. Resident nom-slingers, Hot Mess, will customize a complimentary appetizer buffet in addition to a late night buffet. The bar is both private and all-inclusive and includes a champagne toast. Tickets range from $100 to $125.
Dogwood’s NYE Party | Dec. 31 | The Dogwood (West Sixth) is hosting a New Year’s Eve party from 8 pm on. General admission tickets are only $20 and include cover plus complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Table packages are also available and offer group seating, champagne, Austin’s own Deep Eddy Vodka, dedicated cocktail waitresses, and skip the line privileges (includes gratuity).
Rattle Inn NYE Party | Dec. 31 | Join us as we ‘Rattle Inn’ to the new year and welcome 2018 in BIG Texas style! FREE general admission. Open at 8 pm to the public and guests who purchased tables/booths. Booth and table are available for advance purchase and come with guaranteed seating and VIP perks. Live music will be rocking Ray’s Backstage from 10:30 pm – 12:30 am with a DJ on the upper deck!
J. Black’s NYE Celebration | Dec. 31 | Ring in the New Year with J. BLACK’S! Enjoy dinner, drinks and dancing, party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. DJs and live music throughout the soirée. Tickets are limited. Tickets range from $20 to $1,500 for a private section.