Tuesday, December 14, 2010 , Updated 10:43 a.m., December 15, 2010
Top 10 things to do in North Texas on New Year’s Eve
When nine just isn't enough.
After a few too many glasses of champagne, it's really fun to count down from 10 and ring in the New Year. Heck, in Texas, we do it twice. In honor of those blessed 10 seconds, here are your top 10 things to do on New Year's Eve in Dallas-Fort Worth:
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10. Get it while it's hot. Club Dada is sure they'll be open for New Year's Eve, and they snagged an impressive lineup: Smile Smile, Air Review, and Telegraph Canyon. The storied venue has been on-again, off-again, so here's hoping your New Year's Eve is nothing like that.
9. Pretend you're in New York City. Big D NYE in Victory Park is about as neon-lit as you'll find in these here parts. It's free to party in front of the American Airlines Center while local band Sleeperstar plays. And there are fireworks!
8. Laugh. Norm McDonald, Tom Green, and Iliza Shlesinger perform at 100.3 Jack FM's Brew Ha Ha on New Year's Eve. This comedy show is, by our count, the best big comedy show in the DFW area on NYE. Tickets are $47.50-$92.50.
7. Throw back. Dallas' Hotel St Germain turns into a 1930s nightclub on New Year's Eve. Best enjoyed by adults who like to linger over candlelit dinner and sip cocktails, this party features a choice of a five course dinner or a seven course dinner. Seven!
6. Go to the ball, dahling. We are suckers for themed parties. The The Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas – which is in Irving -- hosts a masquerade with tickets for $175 each, or a $370 package for a hotel room and two tickets. (Hint: Get the room.) It's a pricey way to spend NYE, but there's something so alluring about sipping champagne from behind a feathered mask.
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5. NYE at T-R-E-E-S. It rhymes, right? Celebrate at Deep Ellum's storied live music venue with an all-ages party. The lineup includes Ishi, El Ten Eleven,
The Burning Hotels Binary Sunrise, Romp Almighty, and White Mountain. (Editor's note: The Burning Hotels are not playing this show anymore; a source says they canceled. Binary Sunrise will play instead.)
4. Save some money. A fantastic show at the Granada is only $15 at the door. Fifteen bucks! That's less than your cab ride home – the cab you will hopefully be taking after enjoying a few too many cans of Lone Star while you rock to Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights, Somebody's Darling, and Lary Gee.
3. Have a brewskie in style. The hippest place in town to get a beer right now is the Meddlesome Moth in Dallas' Design District. It's swanky but chill. And they have damn good mussels. New Year’s Eve at the Moth means a prix fixe menu with hand-selected beers. You'd be silly not to make reservations.
2. Get a package deal. Sometimes the best thing to do on New Year's Eve is pay a flat fee and drink all you want. Plaza of the Americas in Dallas hosts such a party, where from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., there's a top shelf open bar. Tickets start at $49.50 and include the best part of the night: a performance by Ghostland Observatory. They were recently in Dallas in October, and their concert included a lights show that will be spectacular at their NYE performance.
1. Settle in for some alt-country. One of the best local lineups in town on New Year's Eve is the Old 97’s, The O’s, and the Whiskey Folk Ramblers at the House of Blues. You'll ring in 2011 with a smile on your face and a beer in your hand. Does it get better than that?
What we won't be doing New Year's Day is running five miles. But if you're that ready to start 2011 right, you can enjoy delicious food later that evening at Charlie Palmer, where they host a New Year's Day dinner for those tardy enough to miss dinner the night before.
Know of any events we didn't mention? Tell us in the comments section below.