Best Places in DFW to Bring in the New Year

The countdown is officially on to … well, the countdown. The New Year is right around the corner and that’s certainly cause for celebration. So put on your best your sequins and suits; here are the can’t-miss parties to help you usher in 2019.

Reunion Tower Over the Top NYE 2018

Reunion Tower will illuminate the night sky in the final moments of 2018 with a fireworks show featuring more than 4,000 pyrotechnics. While organizers are not encouraging people camp out in Reunion Park, they are partnering with several local venues for watch parties.

View the spectacle from the Old Red Museum in downtown, which is hosting New Year’s Eve 2019 Champagne Life: Royalty at the Castle. The event includes dinner, with the option of table service, and dancing to the tune of Natural Change Band and celebrity DJs. ($75-$20,000; buy tickets)

We highly recommend posting up on a patio for the fireworks. Happiest Hour near American Airlines Center has a rooftop patio with 360-degree views of downtown Dallas. On New Year’s Eve, there will be a “megaparty” with a $35 cover, which includes balloon drops, dancing and drinking, including a complimentary Champagne toast at midnight. ($35-$5,000; buy tickets)

Saint Rocco’s Italian restaurant in Trinity Groves offers another patio with a front row seat to the fireworks. It’s hosting a party for the all-inclusive price of $150, which includes a dinner buffet, Champagne toast at midnight, entertainment from the Limelight Band. ($150; buy tickets)

If you’re looking do to something more casual, consider making a dinner reservation at one of the other restaurants in Trinity Groves and sticking around for drinks on the patio. No matter which eatery you choose, the patio offers an excellent view of Reunion Tower. Even better: Take a stroll on the Continental Avenue Pedestrian Bridge to find a spot. Just remember to bundle up.

Don’t want to leave your couch? No problem. Reunion Tower Over the Top NYE fireworks will be broadcast on KXAS-TV (NBC5) and streamed on the tower’s Facebook page.

Lonestar NYE Live

Everything is bigger at Texas Live, the entertainment complex adjacent to Globe Life Park in Arlington. And the inaugural Lonestar NYE Live event is no different. The venue hopes to welcome 10,000 people to eat and drink at its numerous restaurants and bars, and dance alongside the two-stepping staff at PBR Texas cowboy bar. In its outdoor plaza, Texas Live plans to host live music and a midnight fireworks show, which folks can attend for free. Tickets start at $75 to gain access to the happenings inside. Pro tip: Use the code “autumn” to receive $20 off.

Dec. 31 from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Texas Live, 1650 E. Randol Mill Rd., Arlington. $35-$300. Buy tickets.

New Year’s Celebration at Scat Jazz Lounge

Fort Worth’s premiere jazz club, Scat Lounge, is hosting a New Year’s Eve soiree with a live performance by Red Young and His Hot Horns. Tickets include admission to the show, passed finger foods, a balloon drop and Champagne toast at midnight.

Dec. 31 at 9 p.m. at Scat Jazz Lounge, 111 West 4th St., Fort Worth. $85-$650. Buy tickets.

NYE Swim Party

Most New Year’s Eve celebrations are not kid-friendly, but if you don’t want to pay for a babysitter, consider the NYE Swim Party at Epic Waters. The indoor water park in Grand Prairie is hosting a daylong party for all ages that includes raffles, duck races, tunes from a DJ and “ball drops” at 3 p.m., 9 p.m. and midnight to accommodate your family’s bedtime. You can also indulge in a prime rib buffet for an extra $30.

Dec. 31 from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. at Epic Waters, 2970 Epic Pl., Grand Prairie. $29-$69. Buy tickets.

Dallas NYE Ball

Polish your dancing shoes. The Dallas NYE Ball transforms three levels of the Crowne Plaza Hotel into dance floors, each showcasing a different genre of music. The top floor will be dedicated to “throwback” tunes from the 1980s and ’90s. The second floor will be setup like Las Vegas-style club, featuring hip-hop, top 40 and electronic music in one room, and reggeton and Latin music in another. On the bottom level, expect pop music and a beer pong tournament with cash prizes for the winner. The event also offers dinner to VIP ticket holders for an extra fee.

Dec. 31 from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1015 Elm St., Dallas. $50-$1,000. Buy tickets.

Brew Years Eve

Raise a pint to the New Year at the local Noble Rey Brewing Co. in Dallas. The brewery opens its doors for Brew Years Eve, a night of live music from local acts J/O/E and Matthew and the Arrogant Sea, plus plenty of beer to compliment the good times. Food trucks will also be parked onsite. The brewery is unique among the Dallas scene because it offers vintage arcade games and video games for patrons to play for free. When’s the last time you played Street Fighter in heels?

Dec. 31 from 7 p.m. to midnight at Noble Rey Brewing Co., 2636 Farrington St., Dallas. $50-$125. Buy tickets.

Free Bryce Merritt concert

Don’t want to spend a fortune on New Year’s Eve? Good news: You don’t have to. Nashville-based pop singer Bryce Merritt for free at The Rustic in Uptown. All this event requires is an RSVP to attend; however, there is a VIP option ($50) that includes access to a lounge with premium viewing, passed appetizers, and a complimentary Champagne toast.

Dec. 31 from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at The Rustic, 3656 Howell St., Dallas. Free to $50. RSVP or buy tickets.

Keith and Margo’s 28th Annual Murder Mystery Midnight Madness

Scenario: You’re attending a New Year’s Eve dinner and dance party when suddenly someone is murdered. That’s the premise for an immersive mystery dinner where attendees are tasked with solving the crime. A ticket to this night of killer entertainment includes appetizers, a gourmet dinner, one drink ticket and a Champagne toast. Additional drinks will be available for purchase.

Dec. 31 from 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Omni Dallas Hotel at Park West, 1590 Lyndon B. Johnson Fwy., Dallas. $129. Buy tickets.

The Ultimate New Year’s Eve Party

Emerald City Band has performed at every House of Blues venue in the country and at the White House, but on New Year’s Eve, they prefer to rock their hometown of Dallas. The 35-year-old mainstay of the music scene comes to the Hilton Anatole for the Ultimate New Year’s Eve Party, which includes dancing and party favors, plus amenities such as dinner for an extra fee.

Dec. 31 from 6:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. to the Hilton Anatole, 2201 N. Stemmons Fwy., Dallas. $85-2,050. Buy tickets.

New Year’s Eve with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra

If you’re partial to classical symphonies over club DJs, head to the Meyerson Symphony Center in downtown Dallas for a special New Year’s Eve production by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Be transported to Austria with waltzes from composers such as Johann Strauss Jr. The price of admission includes a champagne toast at intermission, and the show concludes at 9:30 p.m., which leaves plenty of time to find a place to catch the fireworks at Reunion Tower or watch the ball drop from the comfort of your couch.

Dec. 31 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St., Dallas. $54-$245 (prices may increase closer to performance date). Buy tickets.

106.1 Kiss-FM New Year’s Eve

Radio personality Kellie Rasberry of the Kidd Kraddick in the Morning Show hosts a dinner and dance party at the Hilton hotel at Granite Park in Plano. An all-inclusive ticket buys appetizers, dinner, and access to an open bar, plus tunes from KiddNation DJ Mike Morse to help you boogie all the way into 2019.

Dec. 31 from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Hilton Dallas/Plano Granite Park, 5805 Granite Pkwy., Plano. $142 for single tickets, $275 for couples. Buy tickets.

Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights

The Granada Theater in Dallas hosts Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights for the group’s 11th NYE performance at the historic venue. Tyler, who is from Dallas but now lives in Nashville, leads the local lineup with support from the Vandoliers and Ottoman Turks. Expect country, blues, and rock music to be on full display, alongside enough grit and melody for a foot-stomping good time.

Dec. 31 at 9 p.m. at Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Ave., Dallas. $20-$70. Buy tickets.

Gatsby’s Penthouse – New Year’s Eve 2019

Break out your swankiest 1920s outfit and get ready to get zozzled at this New Year’s Eve soiree. DJs will be located throughout the two-story penthouse at Dallas’ Le Meridien Stoneleigh hotel spinning hip-hop, EDM and top 40 hits. Not exactly in theme, but it promises to be bee’s knees with an all-inclusive price that offers ticketholders an open bar, party favors and good vibes.

Dec. 31 from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Le Meridien Stoneleigh, 2927 Maple Ave., Dallas. $139-$1,495. Buy tickets.

Lights All Night

Dance the year away at this Dallas original. Lights All Night festival began in 2010 as a one-night party and has since grown into a nationally renown event that attracts about 40,000 people annually. The two nights of electronic music showcase some of the biggest names in the biz, including this year’s headliners DiploGucci ManeTiesto and Kaskade. Expect a sensory feast of lasers, light shows, confetti cannons and costumes.

Note: The event does not happen on New Year’s Eve this year, but it’s still a worthy dance party. That means you can pre-party for 2019 and keep it chill on NYE.

Dec. 28-29 at Dallas Market Hall, 2100 Stemmons Fwy., Dallas. $99.95-$249.95. Buy tickets.

Backdoor Comedy New Year’s Eve Bash

If comedy is more your thing, prepare to laugh all the way to 2019 at Backdoor Comedy’s New Year’s Eve celebration with Dallas-bred comedian Paul Varghese. The show features Varghese, who’s been on Last Comic Standing and Comedy Central, “and friends” including comic Linda Stogner in two performances at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. The latter includes a midnight champagne toast followed by dancing plus tickets to a future comedy show.

Dec. 31 at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. at Backdoor Comedy Club, 8250 N. Central Expressway, Dallas. $29-$50. Buy tickets by calling the box office at 214-328-4444.

Beats and Bubbly

The name of this event says it all. The Perot Museum of Nature and Science and blog The Skinny Arm are hosting an adults-only night at the museum to ring in the New Year. Grab a drink and explore the Perot’s numerous halls featuring interactive exhibits about sports, dinosaurs, weather and more. The best part: You don’t have to share them with kids.Tunes come courtesy of DJ Bradford, who will set the mood as the clock counts down to 2019. This is a black-tie affair.

Dec. 31 from 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, 2201 N. Field St., Dallas. $110-$160. Buy tickets.

Hops and Boots NYE

The hops suggest beer and the boots suggest two-steppin’. If that pleases your Texan heart, head to Texas Ale Project on New Year’s Eve for a little bit of both. Musician Robin Lore caters the tunes, while local restaurant Slow Bone caters the eats. The price of admission includes a commemorative glass and pours of the brewery’s latest special beers. Bonus: Texas Ale Project is located in the Design District with ample viewing of Reunion Tower, which means you’ll be able to see the fireworks there at midnight. Suggested attire is country casual.

Dec. 31 from 7 p.m. to 11:55 p.m. at Texas Ale Project, 1001 N. Riverfront Blvd., Dallas. $60-$600. Buy tickets.

New Year’s Eve Black and White Party

If you’ve wanted to check out the new and improved Statler hotel, New Year’s Eve is your chance. Attendees to the Black and White Party will gain access to the hotel ballroom with an open bar, food stands and live music from In10City Band. The party is an homage to Truman Captoe’s famous Party of the Centuryin 1966, so come dressed for the occasion.

Dec. 31 from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the Statler, 1914 Commerce St., Dallas. $100-$10,00. Buy tickets.

Party Like It’s 2088

Free Play arcade is always a good place to satisfy your inner child with vintage games, but NYE offers a few added bonuses to cap off the year. Think Champagne, a photo booth, confetti launchers and a midnight waffle buffet.

Dec. 31 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Free Play Richardson, 1730 E. Belt Line Rd., Richardson. $25-$40. Buy tickets.

Neon Indian

Denton-bred musician Alan Palomo is returning to his North Texas roots for a DJ set at It’ll Do dance club in Dallas. Expect funky beats to help you start 2019 off on the grooviest foot possible.

Dec. 31 at 9 p.m. at It’ll Do Dallas, 4322 Elm St., Dallas. $20.19. Buy tickets.

Bubbles and Bowties

Legacy Hall, Plano’s buzzy food hall-plus-concert venue, is hosting a massive New Year’s Eve party that locals can attend for free. Admittance will be restricted to guests 21-and-up starting at 9 p.m., when DJ Yuna takes the outdoor stage to heat up the dance floor. The hall’s numerous bars and restaurant stalls will be open to serve dinner and a few will be open until 1 a.m., so you can soak up the suds before heading home. Expect drink specials, a balloon drop and a bow-tie contest.

Dec. 31 from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Legacy Hall, 7800 Windrose Ave., Plano. Free.

Roaring into 2019: A Modern Gatsby Experience

Prepare to be puttin’ on the ritz for a glamorous celebration, fittingly, at the Ritz-Carlton’s Modern Gatsby Experience. A general admission ticket includes appetizers and a free glass of Perrier Jouet Champagne Burt Grand at midnight — fancy! — plus live music courtesy of the Grammy award-winning New Orleans Jazz Orchestra. A DJ takes over at midnight to start 2019 off with a bang.

Dec. 31 from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at The Ritz-Carlton, 2121 McKinney Ave., Dallas. $35-$20,000. Buy tickets.

’90s New Year’s Eve Party

The spirit of the 1990s will be in full force at Vetted Well restaurant at Alamo Drafthouse in Dallas on NYE. Stop by to enjoy a DJ slinging classic decade tunes, a pop-up arcade, ’90s movies playing on the back patio, themed cocktails and more. Bonus: Vetted Well also has a patio where you’ll be able to see the fireworks show at Reunion Tower.

Dec. 31 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Vetted Well (Alamo Drafthouse), 1005 S. Lamar St., Dallas. $30. Buy tickets.

Countdown ’til Noon

If midnight is past your kids’ bedtime — or yours, no judgement — head the Sci-Tech Discovery Center in Frisco for an early NYE celebration. The event includes scientific demonstrations that include explosions (cool!), face painting, trampoline jumping, and more. It all culminates with a ball and balloon drop at noon.

Dec. 31 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Sci-Tech Discovery Center, 8004 N. Dallas Pkwy., Frisco. $10-$12. Buy tickets.

Bomb Ass New Year’s Eve

The Bomb Factory in Deep Ellum welcomes locals to get groovy with the Taylor Pace Orchestra, a live big band that’s versed in all the hits from Bruno Mars to Blackstreet. General admission tickets include a complimentary Champagne toast at midnight, while VIP tickets buy access to an open bar.

Dec. 31 at 8 p.m. at the Bomb Factory, 2713 Canton St., Dallas. $69-$199. Buy tickets.

Going Out in Style

If all you need on NYE is an open bar, consider City Works your place. The craft beer-centric restaurant is hosting parties at its locations in Frisco and Fort Worth, complete with open bars (9 p.m. to 1 a.m.) and passed appetizers. Other specials include bottles of Champagne for $20.19 — see what they did there? — and $100 gift cards to the snappiest dressed patrons.

Dec. 31 at 9 p.m. at City Works Fort Worth (5288 Monahans Ave.) and City Works Frisco (3680 The Star Blvd., Suite 1300). $80-$90. Buy tickets to attend in Fort Worth and Frisco.

See all the New Year’s Eve happenings here.

Fireworks fly from Reunion Tower during the New Year's Eve event in Dallas on December 31, 2016.

Fireworks fly from Reunion Tower during the New Year’s Eve event in Dallas on December 31, 2016.

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