Winter weather not stopping New Year’s Eve parties

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Despite the winter storm system that could bring possibly icy conditions to Central Texas on New Year’s Eve, bars and venues anticipate people will still ring in the new year in downtown Austin.

“I think the crowd we’re going to get, it’s still going to come and it’s going to be a great party,” said Jessie Davis, Palm Door venue manager. The Sixth Street business is having its one-year anniversary with the ‘Studio Palm Door.’

Workers spent the day decorating the warehouse to resemble Studio 54, the iconic New York disco club from the early 80s. An LED dance floor, disco balls and streamers drape the venue, but Davis said they had to make some last minute changes because of the weather.

“We had a really cool lounge area set up we had a TV that had a DVD of a fire place going on to get people kind of warm,” said Davis. “We would have liked to have the lounge furniture outside to show case our outside area but I think what we were able to do and transform our inside room.”

Across town places with rooftops and outdoor patios bundled up those areas with tarps and heaters.

Handlebar, a bar located on 4th and Brazos, is also hosting a New Year’s Eve Party and still plans on having a band play on the rooftop patio. Michael Huntington, general manager, said they knew winter weather was in the future and prepped for it.

“Once you get the body heat, plus the heaters up here, it’s definitely not going to feel like 31 degrees or however cold it’s supposed to be tonight,” said Huntington.

Earlier this week the city the decided to postpone its New Year’s Eve celebration at Butler Park because of the weather. Some bar owners believe this may free up parents to go attend other events downtown. Here’s a list of the events happening in Austin.

There are several ways to get home safely for people who plan to go out. Capital Metro is offering free rides after 6 p.m.

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