My New Year's Eve always begins in the same fashion, as my buddies and I head to American Airlines Center for the annual NYE game with the Dallas Stars hosting the Los Angeles Kings at 7 p.m. When the game ends around 9:30, the Big D NYE in the AT&T Plaza between the arena and the W Hotel will be ready to kick into high gear. Meanwhile, there are plenty of others who will choose to go the house party route and avoid being on the roads for what many refer to as "Amateur Night."
Should you choose to get out and experience New Year's Eve in DFW, here is a random sampling of some of the bigger scenes for the biggest party night of the year, Dec. 31, 2013:
SUNDANCE SQUARE NEW YEAR'S EVE CELEBRATION begins at 10:30 in the sparkling new Sundance Square Plaza located in the heart of the Bass' downtown Fort Worth development. Entertainment will be provided by Professor D, billed as America's Best Party Band. Champagne, wine and other beverages will be available for purchase.
BIG D NYE is entering its seventh year as the largest New Year's Eve party in the Central Time Zone. The free event runs from 7 p.m. to midnight and features live entertainment and fireworks. Last year's party drew over 35,000 people, so if you would like to experience this party without the crowd, it will be broadcast live on WFAA-Channel 8.
NEW YEAR'S EVE ALTITUDE is taking place in the dynamic space that previously housed the Ghostbar on the 33rd floor of the W Hotel. The party will feature three DJs, champagne toast and a great view of the Big D NYE fireworks. Tickets and bottle service are available at 214-397-4123.
NEW YEAR'S EVE FEATURING ENFERNO will take place at SISU Uptown. The site of this year's DFW.com Hot Issue photo shoot is complete with poolside cabanas and will feature party favors and a midnight champagne toast. For information on party packages and to RSVP, call 214-697-1163.
10TH ANNUAL DREAM NYE is billed as the biggest New Year's Eve party in Texas. It is taking place at the eM lounge at 1500 Dragon St. in Dallas and features 10 DJs, 12 bars, 40 'Dream Maker Showgirls,' in three different rooms with an expected crowd of over 4,000 people. The party will also a $10,000 cash, prize and confetti balloon drop. Tickets begin at $30 with VIP packages up to $5000. For further information and tickets, visit here.
VICE in the underground level of the Tower in Sundance Square in downtown Fort Worth is the site for the New Year's Eve Exclusive that will feature a live countdown, champagne toast and entertainment from DJ Droz. General admission tickets are $20, VIP tickets are $25 with VIP Tables ranging from $600-to $800. For further information and tickets, visit here.
LONE STAR LIVE in Sundance Square is hosting a NYE bash featuring live comedy in Hyena's , which recently celebrated its 20th anniversary and live music from the Dick Beldings in the Queen City Music Hall.
FLYING SAUCER DRAUGHT EMPORIUM IN SUNDANCE SQUARE is hosting a New Year's Eve party with live music from local band Live 80. Reservations for indoor tables are available for $100 up to four people and $25 for each additional person. General admission is $10 per person. Further information is available by calling 817-336-7470.
KUNG FU SALOON, the very popular Uptown spot is hosting its second NYE party with the them of Moulin Rouge. There's no cover if you are wanting to get in to play Skee Ball or Ms. PacMan, but since this place is always crowded, bottle service is available. For further information, call 214-730-0283.
CONCRETE COWBOY in Uptown is hosting the NYE Hodown party with doors opening at 8 p.m., no cover and a midnight toast. Table reservations are available by calling 214-934-1959.
NEW YEAR'S EVE 2014 party at Sfuzzi in Uptown features no cover and special guest DJ NVS. Dinner reservations and table service are available at 214-953-0300.
NYE 2014 LE FREAK will be at the Glass Cactus at the Gaylord Texan on Lake Grapevine. General admission tickets are $125 and include entry to the 39,000 square-foot venue, deluxe hor d'oeuvres, live entertainment, party favors, and a champagne toast at midnight.
PLUSH in downtown Dallas is the site for the Official KISS FM with Billy the Kidd on-site providing entertainment on one of the mega-club's four floors. Advanced tickets are available for $30 with table service available by calling 214-606-1203.
LEVU in Dallas is hosting its second NYE party fresh off its one-year anniversary bash. The NYE party will feature a four-DJ lineup highlighted by a special guest DJ, gift bags for all attendees, confetti and balloon drops and a champagne toast at midnight.
NYE 2014 AT CLUB 8 is taking place at the new club located near the Galleria. Pre-sale tickets are available for $35 with VIP packages up to $3,000.
PETE'S DUELING PIANO BAR in downtown Fort Worth is hosting its New Year's Eve Extravaganza beginning at 8 p.m. and running until 2 a.m. Since this show sells out every year, table reservations at $75 per person with a minimum of four people are recommended and available here.
NEW YEAR'S EVE AT FIVE SIXTY BY WOLFGANG PUCK allows party-goers to ring in the New Year from Reunion Tower from 9 p.m to 1 a.m. Entertainment is provided by DJ J-Barnes and there will be a champagne toast at midnight. Tickets are $200 and are available here.
I93 NYE BALL is taking place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown Dallas. The event features a gourmet dinner, live countdown and performances, party favors and a champagne toast. Tickets start at $30 with VIP and bottle service available at 469-951-8915.
NEW YEAR'S EVE AT THE POUR HOUSE in Fort Worth will feature a performance by the Rental Rockers. For further information, visit here.
THE TRAVIS in Dallas is hosting its New Year's Eve party with table service and reservations available by calling 214-205-6040. The Travis is located in the spot that previously housed the popular Rio Room and prior to that, Suite.
AVENU LOUNGE in Uptown is hosting its second edition of New Year's in Paris where the popular ultra lounge will give away an all-expenses paid trip for two to Paris, France.
CANDLEROOM in Dallas, which recently celebrated its 10th anniversary, is hosting its annual New Year's Eve party entitled Fire & Ice. The party will feature a balloon drop, party favors and a champagne toast. For information and to get on the list, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
NEW YEAR'S EVE MYSTERY BASH is taking place at Dave & Buster's in the Arlington Highlands. Showroom doors open at 8 p.m. and reservations are required. Cost is $65.95 per person. Further information available by calling 972-978-9715.
NYLO LAS COLINAS hotel is hosting its New Year's Eve party with a dinner buffet and champagne toast. The hotel also features an NYE package that includes accommodations in a guest loft or suite, two tickets to the party and a late check out on New Year's Day.
A FASHIONABLE NEW YEAR'S EVE will take place at the Fashion Industry Gallery. The event will feature a red carpet entry and entertainment by DJ Humble. Tickets are $80 for ladies and $100 for men with VIP tables available for $175 and VIP rooms for $1,500.
NEW YEAR'S EVE MASQUERADE will take place at McFadden's Addison. There will be $5,000 in cash and prizes that will drop in place of a ball at midnight. Tickets are $25-$100 with each package including dinner, buffet and a bottle of champagne per guest. For further information and tickets, visit here.
EMERALD CITY BAND's ROCK THE 14 New Year's Eve party will take place at the Intercontinental Dallas in Addison. The night begins with a meet-and-greet with the band for those with Dinner and Room packages. Doors open for all ticket holders at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $70 to $1,750.
Happy New Year everybody!
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