All events Dec. 31, unless otherwise noted.
Avenu Lounge, in the spot that previously housed Aura Lounge in Uptown, is hosting the 2011 Grand Finale. Doors open at 8, with a VIP reception 8-10 p.m. Tickets $30-$50. www.avenulounge.com
Ghostbar, atop the W Dallas Victory Hotel, is celebrating NYE with Madonna's DJ Enferno. Ghostbar's annual party always sells out, so get tickets ($75) early. www.ghostbardallas.com
Glass Cactus at the Gaylord Texan Resort on Lake Grapevine will have the greatest disco band in the world, Le Freak. Tickets $89 at Ticketmaster. Room packages available. 817-778-2805; www.gaylordhotels.com
Glass Lounge on McKinney Avenue in Dallas is sold out on an average Saturday, so expect this to be one of the hotter scenes on NYE. 214-449-5556.
Lone Star in Sundance Square, which is basically four nightclubs under one roof in downtown Fort Worth, is hosting a NYE party. Tickets $20. Free valet. lonestarniteclub.com
The One World NYE 2012 at Purgatory on Main Street in Dallas will be one of the craziest scenes in DFW, as it is 18 and up. Playboy cover model and reality star Crissy Henderson will host of the party at the massive club. Tickets range from $20 to $2,000. www.oneworldnye.com
PM Nightlife Lounge, a great upscale club inside the Joule Hotel, will have DJ Parker Lawson for its NYE bash. $100 GA tickets. www.pmnightlifelounge.com
The Pour House on West Seventh always has big crowds, and this year it is taking NYE up a notch with table reservations, a band inside the Pour House and DJ Eddie Love in the Garage. 817-335-2575; www.pourhousefw.com
Rio Room has been one of Dallas' best upscale night spots since opening last February. And it will be a hot ticket on NYE. $100 general admission. www.rioroom.com
Sfuzzi Las Colinas is hosting Casino Royale 2012, with blackjack, craps and roulette, and big prizes. This is the most popular night-life destination in Las Colinas, so expect a crowd. 214-390-9801. www.sfuzzilc.com
Take Flight at Aloft Dallas. 9 p.m.-6 a.m. Dec. 30-31. Aloft Dallas, 1033 Young St. $85-$110 for whole event. 214-761-0000; www.takeflight2012.com
Teddy's Room in Uptown is hosting the New Year's Eve 2012 Soiree, featuring complimentary Grey Goose from 8 to 10 p.m. and a burlesque performance by Dallas' own Ani Vera and the Rough Riders Band. Tickets $50, $80 per couple. www.teddysroomdallas.com
Vice in the Tower in downtown Fort Worth is always the place to see and be seen west of Cowboys Stadium. If you live in Fort Worth and have no desire to trek to Dallas on NYE but still want to see the most beautiful women, this is the place to go. Presale tickets $20 and packages range from $995 to $1,595. vicefw.com
Winston's Supperclub, one of Dallas' hottest new spots, will host a James Bond-themed bash called "Goldfinger." 214-551-1705.
Zouk, fresh off its one-year anniversary, will host the Maxim New Year's Eve 2012 party, featuring KISS FM's Billy the Kid and Maxim models. GA tickets $40. zoukdallas.com
Gaylord Texan New Year's Eve Ballroom Gala. It's the night when you just want to party, and a party band fits the bill. At this event, Downtown Fever New York will do everything from swing to pop to rock to funk to Motown and jazz. A fancy menu, cocktails, cordials and other food and drink pleasures are the plan. 9 p.m., Gaylord Texan Hotel, 1501 Gaylord Trail, Grapevine. $347.32-$547.32 per couple. 817-778-2000; www.gaylordhotels.com/gaylord-texan .
Hollywood Babylon 2012: The Beginning of the End. Dress as your favorite living or dead celebrity, then get ready for live music and dancing all night. 7 p.m., Texas Theatre, 231 W. Jefferson Blvd., Dallas. $15, $40 with catered meal. 214-948-1546; www.thetexastheatre.com
Lights All Night: This two-day dance party at the Dallas Convention Center is basically a large, authorized rave. Expect lots of heavy police patrols, but if you're dancing all night, you won't care. There are three music rooms: dance hall, bass hall and groove hall. Bands and DJs on the bill include some of the biggest in the world of dance music: Tiësto, Girl Talk, MSTRKRFT, Diplo, Ghostland Observatory, Neon Indian, RJD2, Bonobo and others. Friday and Saturday. Dallas Convention Center, 650 S. Griffin St., Dallas. General admission, two-day passes and VIP are $99-$399; hotel packages available. 214-939-2700; www.lightsallnight.com
Winstar World Casino's Big D NYE in Victory Park in Dallas is the closest thing in DFW to experiencing Times Square. The band Good Shive Low, which won an online competition for the honors to play this event, is the headlining act. There'll be fireworks and a chance to win a 2012 Chevrolet Sonic. You can bring blankets, collapsible chairs and umbrellas but no alcohol; it'll be sold at the event. And don't forget the Dallas Stars are hosting the Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins that night, so expect an additional 20,000 or so people to join the party around 9:30. 7 p.m. American Airlines Center and Victory Park, Dallas. Free. Your best bet is to take the DART Rail to Victory Station. Otherwise, parking will be a nightmare. www.bigdnye.com
8.0 does NYE. Bid 2011 adieu from the expansive patio at 8.0, in downtown Fort Worth, which will feature Cowtown staples the Villain Vanguard performing live. Cover is $15 at the door, or you can reserve a table for $25 per seat. (Call 817-336-0880 for more info.) A complimentary champagne toast at midnight and party favors are included. 111 E. Third St., Fort Worth. 817-336-0880. www.eightobar.com
Billy Bob's Texas New Year's Eve 10:30 p.m. Billy Bob's Texas, Fort Worth Stockyards. $20-$35. 2006 Nashville Star Chris Young will headline. 817-624-7117; www.billybobstexas.com
Granada Theater. New Year's bash featuring Jonathan Tyler & the Northern Lights, with Ishi and Kirby Brown. Doors open 8 p.m. Tickets $20. VIP $80. www.granadatheater.com
House of Blues New Year's Eve Spectacular. With Polyphonic Spree, the Deathray Davies and Centro-matic. 9 p.m. $15-$40. 214-978-2583; www.hob.com. And Fatt Catt's Party Like a Rockstar New Year's Eve 2011 with Independent George, the Black Doves. 8 p.m.-1:30 a.m. House of Blues, Cambridge Room, Dallas. Champagne countdown. Dress as favorite rock star. Prizes. $100. Ticketmaster. House of Blues, 2200 N. Lamar St., Dallas.
New Year's Eve Celebration at Cowboys Dance Hall Doors open 7 p.m.; concert 10:30 p.m. With Easton Corbin. Cowboys Dancehall, 2540 E. Abram St., Arlington. Tickets $20 (21 and over), $30 (ages 18-20); reserved $30; VIP $50. 817-265-1535; www.cowboysdancehall.com
New Year's Eve at The Where House. This eclectic warehouse of fun is billing itself as "the only place to keep safe from aliens, earthquakes, typhoons ... [and] meteors," so perhaps you should make plans to ring in the new year there, beginning at 9 p.m. Alongside dollar drafts and the "photo booth of doom," expect sets from the Phuss, Skeleton Coast, Botany, Slumberbuzz and the Great Big Belugas. Cover is $15, ages 21 and up only. 2510 Hemphill St., Fort Worth, 817-308-9762.
New Year's Eve with Brave Combo and the Singapore Slingers. $25, includes champagne toast at midnight. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8:30 p.m. Kessler Theater, Dallas.
New Year's Eve with Josh Weathers 8 p.m. The hardest-working man in local music plays Buttons Restaurant in Fort Worth. $25
New Year's Eve at Keys Lounge. 9 p.m. The classic rock/blues band Fender Benders play, plus a champagne toast at midnight. Fort Worth. $20.
Mark Chestnut NYE at Rio Brazos. 9 p.m. The country star comes to North Texas' newest music hall in Granbury. $75
Ricki Derek's New Year's Eve Ring-A-Ding at Scat Jazz Lounge. This option is strictly for the high rollers: it's sold out, save for the pricey booth seats (three of 'em for a cool $650). It's a swanky way to say sayonara to the past 365 days. Scat Jazz Lounge, 111 W. Fourth St., Fort Worth; 817-870-9100. www.scatjazzlounge.com
Swingin' in the New Year with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra 8 p.m. Bass Hall, Fort Worth. $29-$80. Guest conductor Jeff Tyzik leads the orchestra, with guest vocalist Carmen Bradford. 817-665-6000; www.fwsymphony.org
Whiskey Folk Ramblers at Lola's Saloon. The first 100 folks to turn up at the Fort Worth band's gig get a two-song promo featuring songs from its forthcoming album. Doors open at 6 p.m., with music also on tap from Salim Nourallah & the Travoltas, Sealion and Darstar. The $10 cover includes your choice of grub from one of the two food trucks that will be onsite; free champagne toast at midnight. Lola's Saloon, 2736 W. Sixth St., Fort Worth. www.lolasfortworth.com
Baker St. Pub & Grill New Year's Eve 6333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth. Midnight champagne toast and live music with Inflatable Love Boys. www.sherlockspubco.com
Bar Louie on West Seventh is the newest addition to the Fort Worth scene. Expect crowds to descend upon its cool rooftop patio. 817-566-9933.
Brownstone NYE 2012 10 p.m., Brownstone, Fort Worth. With DJ Elements.
Flying Saucer Draught Emporium -- Addison, annual New Year's Eve Party 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m. A '70s-themed party. Dress in your best disco attire. Music and videos from DJ Todd. Flying Saucer, 14999 Montfort Drive, Addison. $10, includes champagne toast at midnight, party favors and a chance to win a free $50 bar tab. 972-991-7093; www.beerknurd.com/stores/addison
Flying Saucer Draught Emporium -- Fort Worth 9:30 p.m., Flying Saucer, 111 E. Fourth St., Fort Worth. $10. The band will be the Flavours. 817-336-7470; www.beerknurd.com/stores/fortworth
Pete's Dueling Piano Bar, Fort Worth New Year's Eve Celebration, 8 p.m.
Sherlock's Baker Street Pub, locations in Arlington, Dallas, Addison. Midnight champagne toast and live music. www.sherlockspubco.com
Ad-Libs 25th Annual New Year's Eve Package Show 10 p.m., at Mouth (Ad-Libs sister venue), 2626 Main St., Dallas. $80 per person. Includes show, beer, wine and soft drinks, split of champagne, dinner and dessert, and more. 214-754-7050; www.ad-libs.com/html/nye.htm
Addison Improv: Todd Glass New Year's Countdown 4980 Belt Line Road, Addison. $40, includes champagne and admission. 972-404-8501; www.improv.com
Arlington Improv: John Witherspoon New Year's Countdown 309 Curtis Mathes Way, Suite 147, Arlington. $30. 817-635-5555; www.improv.com
Backdoor Comedy New Year's Eve Extravaganza. Headliners Paul Varghese and Aaron Aryanpur, plus Jan Norton and Johnny Elbow. Second show features champagne toast at midnight with a New Year's Eve countdown and dancing after the show. 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Backdoor Comedy Club, 8250 North Central Expressway, inside the Doubletree Hotel, Dallas. 214-328-4444. $27 early show; $43 late show, purchased in advance by phone or at the club on show nights Thu-Sat after 8:30 p.m.
Four Day Weekend New Year's Eve 8 p.m. (dinner) and 10 p.m. (show). North Texas' most acclaimed improv troupe. Four Day Weekend Theater, 312 Houston St., Fort Worth. $100. 817-226-4329; www.fourdayweekend.com
Hyena's Countdown to 2012 Celebration. Dallas: Tom Rhodes, Dustin Ybarra, Cris Lehman. 5321 E. Mockingbird. 214-823-5233. $15-$20 early show; $27.50-$32.50 late show. Fort Worth: Angel Salazar, Nick Guerra, Kasambwe. 605 Houston St. 817-877-5233. $15-$20 early show; $27.50-$32.50 late show. The 8 p.m. show includes a champagne toast and countdown in the lounge. 10:30 p.m. show: champagne toast, party favors. Reservations recommended. Party in the bar till 2 a.m.; www.hyenascomedynightclub.com
New Year's Eve Murder Mystery Dinner 7 p.m.-1 a.m. Hilton Hotel, DFW Lakes, Grapevine.
Stage West Presents New Year's Eve Show Stage West's annual par-tay is a must for musical-theater-lovers. Greg Dulcie and Judy Blue will do a cabaret of show tunes and standards, with Leonard McCormick on the 88s. Show starts at 9 p.m. Buffet, dancing, champagne toast and black-eyed peas after the performance. Stage West, 821 W. Vickery Blvd., Fort Worth. $70, $50 for concert only. 817-784-9378; www.stagewest.org.
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