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Where to Find Cheap New Year's Eve Parties and Happenings in San Antonio


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Whether you're looking to tank up, watch the fireworks from a great view or simply kick off the new year in a fun social setting, River City does not disappoint with these hot spots that are actually on the cheap.

Shenanygans II // Trust Shenanygans to come through with a fun AF NYE bash. A DJ will spin up some tunes, party favors will be available while they last, and there will be a free champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight. No cover, 8am-2am, 8827 TX-151 @ Potranco STE 106, (210) 257-9726,

Web House // This divey spot is throwing one hell of a party, y'all. From fresh seafood and a champagne toast, to plenty of live music throughout the evening, you're bound to have a blast here. $5, 9pm-2am, 320 Blanco Road, (210) 531-0100,

Evil Olive // Ages 21 and older, cheers to the new year with a champagne toast at midnight, OMG Sounds and an appetizer buffet. $5 online, $10 at the door, doors open at 6pm, Evil Olive Elixir Lounge, 2950 Thousand Oaks Suite #5, (210) 495-0970,

Sala Diaz // With a dystopian future theme, this art space will be getting trippy for NYE. Dress up with your best gear and get ready for a night of dancing and space-flavored punch to dance like it's your last day on earth. Oh, and you'll have a solid view of the downtown fireworks. 8pm-1am, 517 Stieren St,

The Friendly Spot // Countdown to 2019 with friends! This Southtown hot spot will be showing Spurs game (thanks Slab Cinema!) and welcoming the kiddos and doggos. Stick around for the free champagne toast at midnight. Noon-12:30am, 943 S Alamo St, (210) 224-2337,

Thirsty Horse Saloon // With $100 giveaways every 15 minutes and a grand prize of $2,019, you'll want to post up at Thirsty Horse. There will also be a champagne toast and live music. $10-$15, 7pm-2am, 2335 NW Military Hwy, (210) 348-1513,

Cherrity Bar // This family-friendly hangout will offer live music, great drinks and even better food to bring in the new year. Happy hour runs 5 to 7 p.m. with half-priced appetizers plus drink specials. There will even be fireworks at midnight. 5pm, 302 Montana St, (210) 598-0496,

Regalia Art Gala // Fun + charity on New Year's? You bet—don your best "art-inspired formal wear and costumes" to help the Inspire Community Art Center offer scholarships to kids from low-income families. Creativity at its finest, this event includes live music, burlesque dancers, fire-eaters (yes, fire-eaters), and art auction and more! (Food stations also available.) $8-$22, 7pm-1am, Brick, 108 Blue Star, (210) 262-8653,

St. Anthony Hotel // Take in a terrific view of the fireworks downtown atop this hotel's Sky Terrace and enjoy a full top shelf bar and music by Island-Bluetones. $10, 9pm-2am, 300 E Travis St, St. A Sky Terrace, (210) 227-4392,

HEAT Nightclub // If you want your night to get lit, trust the HEAT to come through for you. Enjoy $3 wells all night long plus a champagne toast at midnight. 9pm-3am, 1500 N Main Ave, (210) 202-9853,

The South Chicken and Waffles // "An alternative to the club scene," you'll be able to celebrate New Year's a day early at this open mic night (18+ only). Songs will be sung, comedy judged, music played and poetry waxed here, and of course don't forget to try their delicious food. $10, Sunday Dec. 30, 7 pm-9 pm, The South Chicken and Waffles, 5739 Callaghan Rd #100, (210) 647-6677,

Dad's Karaoke // Be ready to boogie all night to disco tracks and down a glass of champagne at midnight. 8pm, 2615 Mossrock Drive, (210) 267-5703,

Red Oak Ballroom // Advertised as the "biggest and sexiest" formal gala in the city, from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. guests can enjoy a "midnight champagne confetti explosion" and party favors while they dance across two ballrooms to eight DJs and jazz music. $15+, 9pm-2am, Red Oak Ballroom (Park North Shopping Center), 618 NW Loop 410 #207a, (210) 731-0645,

Jokesters 22 // One lucky winner attending this bash will catch a $1000 cash and a prize during the ballon drop at midnight! Even if you don't, this Winter Wonderland is sure to be a great time with live DJs and music on the patio, photo booths and a view of the fireworks downtown. More expensive packages also include party favors, reserved seating and access to the comedy show. $15 presale, $25 general admission, 6pm-midnight, Jokesters 22 Pub N Grub, 713 South Alamo Street, (210) 616-2504,

Tucker's Kozy Korner // The East Side mainstay will be celebrating its 70th anniversary, so come ready to party! There will be live music from a Japanese band plus champagne specials. 5pm-2am, 1338 E Houston St,

Sanchos // With live music throughout the evening, Sanchos will be having a blast. Expect a limbo and twist contest, a midnight champagne toast and a solid view of the fireworks. And for the hell of it, wear a toga! No cover, 9pm-2am, 628 Jackson St, (210) 320-1840,

Lowcountry // Go country and celebrate with Lowcountry. The chill bar will have bubbly and sparklers, plus a solid view of the fireworks at Hemisfair. 4pm-2am, 318 Martinez St, (210) 560-2224,

Smoke BBQ Brew Venue // "San Antonio's Largest Indoor Party" includes seven venues, three DJs and two live bands all within one building! From 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. come dance at this masquerade-themed event, enjoy small appetizers and a signature cocktail all included with the ticket. Access to the bar will be limited to the first 150 people, so early arrival is encouraged. $15 presale, $25 at the door, 8pm-2am, Smoke BBQ Brew Venue, 1170 East Commerce Street, (210) 253-9919,

Royal Palace Ballroom // Dinner, live music and an Elvis Presley impersonator? Thank ya very much! Tickets include party favors, a champagne toast and menudo — call to reserve a table. $20 presale, $25 at the door, 7:30pm-1am, Royal Palace Ballroom, 3506 Southwest Military Drive, (210) 924-5651,

Bar Louie (La Cantera or Stone Oak) // A classy Black and White Masquerade party with a champagne toast and party favors included with the ticket, this event is inspired by Truman Capote's 1966 Black and White Ball, often nicknamed "the Party of the Century." Tickets do not reserve seating, however, so arrive early! $20, 8pm-2am, Multiple locations,

Downtown Social and Pour Haus — New Braunfels // Featuring a live performance with R&B, soul and funk band Soul Sessions along with country singer Natalie Rose, tickets to this event include entry to both bars and a champagne toast. Guests can also enjoy food, drinks, games, bowling and a photo booth at the event. $20 online, $30 at the door, 7pm-12:30am, 386 W San Antonio St, New Braunfels, (830) 214-6650,

Shane Smith & the Saints — New Braunfels //
A 21 and over concert, general admission tickets include access to two bars, the dance floor, an outside patio and La Cantina kitchen. For $250, fans can reserve a table upstairs right next to the stage which includes tickets and seats for four, four meals from La Cantina, table goodies and a champagne toast at midnight. $20 general admission, 9pm, Conway's, 262 W Jahn Street, New Braunfels, (830) 620-5376,

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