Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Top 6 parties on New Year’s Eve in DFW
Alas, another year has come and gone. Soon the clink of champagne glasses will ring coast to coast, welcoming in the New Year. But you don’t have to be at Times Square to enjoy the countdown. Here are six righteous things to do in Dallas-Fort Worth on New Year’s Eve.
Pretend its NYE in NYC — Bundle up and join more than 30,000 other people in Victory Park for the 7th annual Big D NYE celebration, our version of the Times Square tradition, except Reunion Tower stays put. Musical performers Fifty Dollar Dynasty, The Tontons, Green River Ordinance, Delta Rae and DJ Ro Parrish will keep the bodies rocking in the plaza outside of American Airlines Center before the countdown and fireworks show at midnight. Big D NYE is free to attend and the party runs from 7 p.m. to 12:30 am. Hot chocolate, water and libations will be for sale onsite. Sound too cold? The concert will also be broadcast on WFAA Channel 8 if you prefer to watch from home.
Go inside the ball — If you want to be part of the action without elbowing through crowds, post up at the top of Reunion Tower. Both Five Sixty and Cloud 9 inside the ball will have sanctioned events for the evening, but you’ll have to pay a pretty penny for the view. Five Sixty is offering a five-course dinner for $175 a head, with an optional wine pairing for an extra $45. Cloud 9 is hosting a dance party from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. with a champagne toast at midnight. Tickets are $200 and include hors d’oeurves, a sushi station and drinks.
Take in some culture — Access Dallas, LiveNation, KissFM and Red Bull have combined forces to throw One World NYE, arguably the most glamorous party in the city. Dallas' South Side Ballroom will host 16 DJs across three rooms in the venue, which will be transformed into the partyscapes of New York City, Dubai and Ibiza. Expect belly dancers, Maxim models, fire dancers and aerial artists to provide a visual feast of entertainment. Tickets range from $35 (general admission) to $70 (VIP) and include NYE party favors and a champagne toast at midnight.
Count down in Sundance Square — Dallas can’t have all the fun! Fort Worth throws its own outdoor soiree in the heart of Sundance Square in downtown, with 11-piece cover band Professor D leading the party train into 2014. The event is free to attend and libations will be available for purchase on site. Music starts at 10:30 p.m., so there’s plenty of time beforehand to grab dinner. (But where? See our list of 46 restaurants open on NYE here.)
Go back in time with 'Ol Blue Eyes — Vocalist Steve Lippia will lead the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra down memory lane through the timeless catalog of Frank Sinatra in Simply Sinatra, closing out the year with style and grace. Tickets to the performance at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth range from $29 to $80, and the music kicks off at 7:30 p.m.
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Rock in the New Year — Venues around North Texas will be hosting bands to ring in the New Year. Our top picks for concerts include Larry g(EE) NYE at South Side Music Hall, featuring local support from The Rich Girls and Party Police; Jonathan Tyler & the Northern Lights at Granada Theater; Somebody’s Darling, Whiskey Folk, Goodnight Ned and Bad Mountain at Club Dada; and a drag show at The Brick featuring Derrick Barry as Britney Spears.
Stick around for dessert — Foodies have plenty of places to get their fix on New Year’s Eve, as restaurants throughout the region host special pre fixe menus. Our top picks include a Great Gatsby-inspired menu at Max’s Wine Dive (menu priced a la carte); tapas and cocktails at Cook Hall ($75/person); New Year’s Eve beer dinner at Holy Grail Pub ($65/person); and dinner at Dragonfly ($125/person), which includes the price of a ticket to Hotel ZaZa’s Speakeasy NYE Party. Check out other dinners happening around town.
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