2010, we hardly knew ya.
Seems like just yesterday that we were basking in the glow of the NBA All-Star Game at Cowboys Stadium or the Rangers "claw"-ing their way to the World Series for the first time. Now it's time to kiss oh-10 goodbye.
There are so many choices for New Year's Eve in DFW, and everybody has their own special way of celebrating. High rollers will inevitably have their limos make a beeline for the most trendy nightclubs -- places where they can see and be seen, and give their American Express Black Card a workout.
Then there are the hopeless romantics, who get chills at the mere thought of champagne, roses and that all-important New Year's Eve kiss at the stroke of midnight. While others -- you know who you are -- prefer to stay home and curl up in front of the flat-screen in their pj's with a quart of Blue Bell at their side.
Well, we've got all of you covered in our handy-dandy DFW.com guide to Kissing 2010 Goodbye in Style.
Before we get started, there is one event that serves as an "All of the Above" for New Year's Eve. The fourth annual Big D NYE at AT&T Plaza, outside of American Airlines Center, is the closest thing that you will find to Times Square in DFW. The scene will gain an additional 20,000 people when the Dallas Stars New Year's Eve game ends around 9:30 p.m. There will be live music, headlined by Sleeperstar and the Bright, and the whole shindig will be broadcast on WFAA. At midnight, there will be fireworks, literally.
However you celebrate, be safe and have a blast. Happy New Year!
For high rollers
Ghostbar Dallas New Year's Eve
This is always a hot ticket. The club that floats 33 floors above downtown Dallas in the W Hotel always attracts the beautiful people. Advance tickets to the event, featuring MTV icon DJ Skribble, are $100. If you should want to stay the night at the W, rooms range from $429-$599. n9negroup.com/; 214-720-9909
Gaylord Texan New Year's Eve Party
The annual event at the Gaylord Texan on Lake Grapevine will feature '70s-style entertainment by the popular Le Freak. Individual tickets are $149 and include a full buffet dinner, two drink tickets, a champagne toast at midnight, party favors and complimentary self-parking. Room plus party packages range from $465.25 to $939.50. Call 817-778-2000.
One of the hottest scenes in downtown Fort Worth will be at this nightclub, under the Tower. Presale packages include 12 people for $1,100 and 20 people for $1,750. The price includes bottles of Ciroc vodka and Veuve Clicquot Champagne. For reservations, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
For hopeless romantics
Romance package, Omni Hotel
If you want to steer clear of the club scene and enjoy a New Year's escape, the Omni Hotel in downtown Fort Worth has a Romance Package, beginning at $163 per night. Imagine: When you arrive, the bed will be turned down with a rose placed on it. You get an ice bucket with two personal-size bottles of bubbly. The next morning, you get breakfast for two with mimosas. www.omnihotels.com
If you've been saving up to try this elegant restaurant in Museum Place, New Year's Eve is as special a night as any. Eddie V's will be serving its menu of seafood specialties and steak, with no NYE price hikes. You can have a romantic dinner and then retire to the V Lounge, where there will be live music until 2 a.m. Reservations are strongly recommended. Call 817-336-8000.
Being centrally located in downtown Fort Worth, on Main Street, is only one of the reasons that Grace is a good choice on this big night. It is offering its dinner menu, as well as party favors and champagne. The bar will be a good scene, and the terrace, which is equipped with heaters, will be open. For reservations, call 817-877-3388.
For the club hoppers
The popular club on West Seventh is usually bathed in blue, but New Year's Eve will be a white night -- as in a white dress code and the bar will be transformed in all-white decor. Cover is $20 per person at the door, and that includes a champagne toast. Or you can make table reservations for $25 (minimum of four people), including a free appetizer and a bottle of champagne for the table. Ironically, live music will be performed by Jettison Blue. This is also a great chance to check out PH's new addition, the "Garage," which will have Top 40 house music all night. And there is a big surprise planned for midnight, so don't leave early. For more info, call 817-335-2575 and ask for Rachel. www.pourhousefw.com
Always a great place to spend New Year's Eve, the 8.0 patio will be one of the best scenes in all of DFW, if the weather cooperates. The Jet Poets will be performing, and there will be party favors and a champagne toast. There will be $25 table reservations (minimum of four), a $15 cover and a special three-course menu. Call 817-336-0880.
This upscale bar on Lower Greenville is hosting "Kinki Show Girls" for its New Year's Eve bash. It is a cool spot that can be wild and sophisticated at the same time. It's at 3606 Greenville Ave.; call 214-874-0400.
For musical hipsters
Billy Bob's Texas
The "World's Largest Honky-Tonk" is a great spot for New Year's Eve. This year's concert will be the Eli Young Band. Tickets are $35, or $20 for general admission. Call 817-624-7117.
The live-music spot in Dallas will feature Ishi and Fort Worth's Burning Hotels on New Year's Eve. Also appearing will be El Ten Eleven and Romp Almighty. treesdallas.com; 214-741-1122.
Lookout will be performing at Fat Daddy's, 500 Taylor St., in downtown Fort Worth. The band with the tag, "No Wigs, No Gimmicks, Just Rock," is a big draw when it performs in Fort Worth. www.fatdaddyssc.com; 817-870-2111.
The 39,000-square-foot nightclub at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine is featuring a New Year's Eve bash with beloved '80s geek-rockers The Spazmatics. Standing-room-only general admission is available through Ticketmaster, www.ticketmaster.com, for $79 and includes a champagne toast at midnight and party favors. Overnight packages start at $379 per couple. www.gaylordhotels.com/gaylord-texan; 817-722-9039.
For something completely different
"The Countdown Party" runs from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. and includes "Glow" bowling with music and videos, Laser Tag, rock climbing, billiards, a giant pizza buffet, party favors, noisemakers and up to three chances to win an iPad. Packages are available; individual tickets are $40. www.alleycatsbowl.com; 817-784-2695.
More Than a Game NYE Super Party
With Super Bowl XLV set for Feb. 6 at Cowboys Stadium, Downtown Arlington is throwing a bash to start off the city's huge year. This event at the Arlington Museum of Art features dance music by FM, catering by A Sophisticated Affair and a cash bar. Tickets are $50-$60. downtownarlington.org
Finish the year laughing your ass off at the Improv in Arlington Highlands. Tommy Davidson, best known as an original cast member of In Living Color and such timeless classics as Booty Call, will headline. Call 817-635-5555.
One of the many complaints about New Year's Eve is the dangers of "Amateur Night" on the roads. An option that gets around that legitimate concern is to have a house party. Ideally it will not be your house and there will be plenty of beds once everyone has watched the ball drop in Times Square.
Should you decide you want nothing to do with New Year's Eve, there's always The Twilight Zone marathon on Syfy or, better yet, you can watch Jersey Shore's Snooki drop inside a ball in New York on MTV's New Year's Eve special and be grateful that you are home tucked in bed.
No matter how you choose to spend New Year's Eve, do not forget that the undefeated TCU Horned Frogs play the Wisconsin Badgers in the Rose Bowl, at 4:10 p.m. New Year's Day. So grab a hangover lunch (see page 22) and get ready to start off the new year right. Happy 2011 to everybody!