Last year DFW was voted one of the worst places to spend New Year's Eve by WalletHub, but we are confident this year’s offerings will redeem us. There’s something for everyone with events ranging from black tie affairs to comic conventions and comedy shows to drink specials and dive bars. Whether you want to splurge on a fancy night out or simply drink and say sayonara to 2016, we’ve picked some of our favorite event offerings for New Year's Eve in Dallas.
1. Lights All Night: For those of you that are into Electronic Dance Music, Lights All Night has a lineup that is sure to please. In its sixth year, promoters stacked the bill with favorites like Above&Beyond, Deadmau5, RL Grime, and Zedd. The two-night electronic festival attracts around 40,000 people each year and accompanies its musical selections with lasers, light shows, psychedelic go-go dancers and fire spinners. The event will be held December 30th and 31st at Dallas Market Hall, and tickets can be purchased here.
2. Perot Museum’s Beats and Bubbly: If you want to try something a little different this New Years Eve, try Beats and Bubbly at the Perot Museum! The museum's five floors will be open to guests for a ‘night at the museum’ style soiree. Dress is black tie, and there will be DJ’s, bars on each floor, food available at their onsite café, and a complimentary champagne toast. General admission is $50 and VIP (which includes a private VIP lounge and hors d'oeuvres, bar, and parking) and tickets can be purchased here.
3. Backdoor Comedy New Year’s Eve Bash: Feel like ringing in the new year laughing? This New Year’s bash will feature comedian Paul Varghese (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central) and his crew, in two performances at 8 PM and 10:30 PM. In its 11th year, the club’s annual comedy event is a favorite among those in Dallas. At midnight guests attending the second performance can participate in a champagne toast followed by dancing. Tickets start at $29 and can be purchased at the door or by calling 214.328.4444.
4. [email protected] You 2016 New Year’s Eve Bash: I think everyone pretty collectively agrees that 2016 was the worst! A big ‘good riddance’ to the year that took David Bowie, Prince, Mohamed Ali, and SO MANY OTHERS will be held at the Grapevine Bar in Dallas. This is the perfect place to gather with friends, drink frozen Everclear-peach Bellinis, and share your stories about 2016’s misfortunes. Best of all? Cover on the 31st will be $1 and include drink specials all night long (and they are known for heavy pours!)
5. Brew Year’s Eve: Noble Rey Brewing Co. in Dallas is opening its doors for a NYE party that will celebrate craft beers, live music, food, and fun. The price of admission includes complimentary food and beer, plus a champagne toast at midnight. Featured brews and ciders include: Peticolas Brewing Company, Community Beer Company, Texas Ale Project, and Bishop Cider, and food will be provided by Pie Tap Pizza, Luck at Trinity Groves, and The Proper Baking Co. Musical guests will include Rise and Shine, Vodeo, and Matt Tedder.
6. Stan Lee’s Marvelous Nerd Year’s Eve: Here’s one for the nerds! This four-day long event hosted by comic book legend Stan Lee features celebrities, a pop culture convention, and nightly parties such as karaoke with a live band, a roast of Stan Lee, and much more! Guests are encouraged to celebrate Stan’s birthday and love of films, TV and comics by dressing up in cosplay, jamming out to music, and ringing in the new year nerd style. Tickets start at $20, with weekend passes around $95. You can also purchase several different ‘experiences’ which include things like cast meet and greets, autographs, and goodies!
7. Dallas NYE Ball: This 7th Annual Event will transform two floors of the Crowne Plaza Hotel into a Las Vegas Club and New York’s Time Square! Celebrate in three places at once all while sipping on fancy cocktails, enjoying a gourmet dinner (for VIP), and participating in a live countdown followed by a champagne toast. There will also be a beer pong tournament and other activities for guests to enjoy. Tickets start at $35 and go up from there, and the dress code is formal/business.
8. Watch the lights at Reunion Tower: A fireworks show, featuring more than 4,000 pyrotechnics, will end 2016 with a bang at Reunion Tower downtown. While people are discouraged from camping out at Reunion Park, several bars and restaurants downtown are hosting watch parties. Watch the show from places like Old Red Museum which is hosting a decadent event that includes dinner, dancing, and champagne, or at The W Hotel’s New Year No Rules party. NYLO Dallas Soda Bar also has a great view of the fireworks, and will be hosting a Black and White Ball