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Year in review: DFW nightlife scene

Posted 8:15am on Monday, Dec. 31, 2012

Following the epic 2011 that brought North Texas Super Bowl XLV, the NBA Finals and the World Series, it only makes sense that 2012 would be a bit of a letdown. However, there was still plenty of action around our area.

It has been quite a tumultuous year on the DFW nightlife scene. On the up side, we welcomed new hot spots Reservoir off Fort Worth's West 7th, Sisu and Revive in Uptown and LeVu in downtown Dallas; but we also bid farewell to such longtime stalwarts as Ghostbar on the 33rd floor of the W Hotel, Kinki Lounge on Lower Greenville and Wish Ultralounge on the corner of Knox and 75.

Here is a glance back at a few of the high points from the 2012 DFW scene:

The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders 2013 Swimsuit Calendar Release Party inside the Glass Cactus at the Gaylord on Lake Grapevine was an invitation-only event featuring the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders signing calendars and taking pictures with VIPs, sponsors and behind-the-scenes people from the making of the calendar.

The sparkling new LEVU Lounge on Pacific in downtown Dallas (in the spot that previously housed Seven nightclub) had its grand opening on Dec. 28. A great crowd was on hand for the upscale spot, which will be a "see and be seen" place for the Dallas nightlife crowd for the foreseeable future.

The opening weekend of Reservoir was so packed it caused a traffic jam in the West 7th corridor. Ever since, the open air bar/restaurant has had a one-in and one-out policy, due in no small part to the amazing amount of hot girls that have made this their hangout.

The grand opening of Mist inside WinStar World Casino had a great vibe that was enhanced by the packed house a few steps away at the Global Events Center for the Blink 182 concert. The upscale club is a great addition to the world's second largest casino, which already has a plethora of restaurants and bars.

The Kung Fu Saloon was an instant hit in Uptown as the DFW party crowd took to the laid-back atmosphere of the place, which has 24 beers on tap and 20 vintage arcade games, including Donkey Kong, Double Dragon, Tron, Mortal Kombat and Ms. Pac Man. The five Skee-Ball lanes are also very popular.

Sisu Uptown Resort opened in mid-September in a two-story building and features three bars and a pool that turned into a people-watching mecca. The pool is open until 2 a.m. and features private cabanas. There's also an extensive wine list to choose from while you lounge poolside.

The Colonial is technically during the day, but Fort Worth's annual golf tournament is a huge event on the North Texas social calendar, and always attracts beautiful women to the 13th hole party area and the coveted 'Special Badge Required" areas, including the Champions Club and the country club's clubhouse. Colonial also feeds into a huge nightlife week in Fort Worth at spots such as the Woodshed Smokehouse, Sundance Square and the West 7th district.

The Twin Peaks 2012 All-Star Bikini Contest took place at the Palladium Ballroom inside Gilley's Dallas and featured 20 of the hottest ladies from the breastaurant's locations across America. The winner, Tember from Omaha, took home $5,000. As an added bonus, I got to go behind the scenes on the Twin Peaks 2013 Calendar shoot a few weeks later.

Bone Daddy's House of Smoke held its inaugural golf tournament, only this event had a twist. Rather than spending 18 holes (translation:close to five hours) in the Texas heat, the beautiful ladies of Bone Daddy’s hung out with the 418 golfers at Top Golf in Allen.

As great as it is party-hopping all over DFW throughout the year, it’s hard to top the photo shoot of the DFW.com Hot Issue. This year, we took photos of the beautiful people of North Texas, poolside at the Hilton Anatole and Revive above Glass lounge in Uptown. We also had a one-on-one photo shoot with future NFL Hall of Fame wide receiver Terrell Owens at Michael Johnson Performance in McKinney.

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