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The Hit List: Holiday Party On!

Christmas is less than two weeks away, but some of Houston’s hot-ticket restaurants still have private spaces available. Whether you desire a chic cocktail fete, terrace dining under the stars, a glitzy bash for hundreds, or a private chef’s table with a few choice clients, here are some options to help you get this party started!

Mr. Peeples

Hotel Icon’s (220 Main St., 713.224.4266) cool penthouse suite boasts room for 40 and a private rooftop terrace with spectacular skyline views. The rest of the lavish rustic-chic hotel, with its Line & Lariat resto in the lobby, sports more than 7,000 square feet of event space for up to 250 guests. Book the elegant underground wine vault for a unique experience, with views of the culinary team in the background.

CityCentre’s Hotel Sorella (800 Sorella Court, 713.973.1600) features a 15,000 square-foot meeting and events space, plus a variety of additional venues within the hotel. At its Bistro Alex (713.827.3545), find semi-private seating for up to 65 guests, or book the Chef’s Table for an intimate party of four. Also reserve indoor and outdoor seating for up to 100 at Bistro Bar.

Mr. Peeples (1911 Bagby St., 713.652.0711) knows how to throw a party with flash and class! Its Ghost Bar has VIP seating with a swanky pool table and cocktail lounge, while the second floor has private event spaces for parties of all sizes. Its Skyline room with a view of Downtown holds 80, and the Brazos room accommodates 200.

In the heart of Uptown, Philippe Restaurant + Lounge (1800 Post Oak Blvd., 713.439.1000) will make you merry: The upstairs dining room seats 120, the Chef’s Table serves 16, and the downstairs private dining room seats parties from 10 to 60. All venues offer 30-plus tasting menus of French-meets-Texas cuisine. Plus, Phil’s Lounge has room for 75 of your closest friends, with an impressive wines-by-the-glass menu.

The wine cognoscenti book ahead for the luxurious, dimly lit Bordeaux Room or Reserve Room of The Tasting Room (1101-8 Uptown Park Blvd., 713.622.4477, and other locations). The two private rooms seat 40 or 60 respectively and proffer full menus by chef Jonathan LeBlanc. Extensive wine menus showcase top picks at different price points. Semi-private spaces are also available at some locations.