Where to Ring in 2013 on New Year’s Eve in Dallas

photography by Jim Pasant

For those who haven’t settled on suitable New Year’s Eve plans, this roundup is for you. If you feel like breaking out your glow sticks and bumping against sweaty bodies to some of the best electronic DJs, it’s Lights All Night for You. Looking for a swanky affair? Try Teddy’s Room with its bottle service and burlesque performances. Of course, should a low-key night be more your taste, Dallas can also meet your needs. You’ll have to bear the requisite champagne toast, but live music, free cover, and drink specials are aplenty. Check out our list of places to ring in 2013.

Where: Absinthe Lounge
What: All That Glitters: A Fancy, Funky New Year’s Celebration
Start Time: 9 p.m.
Details: DJ spinning the best of disco, funk, the ’80s and old school hip-hop; champagne toast at midnight; and 2013 horns, hats, and glasses. Tickets here.

Where: Adair’s Saloon
Start Time: 9 p.m.
Details: Live music by Cody Jinks & The Tone Deaf Free Hippies, no cover, party favors, and a special toast at midnight

Where: The Balcony Club
Start Time: 5 p.m.
Details: Live music by 508 Park Ave. and Kenny Daniel and Friends

Where: The Boiler Room
What: New Year’s EVIL
Start Time: 8 p.m.
Details: Live music by Serosia, the Suicide Hook, and Even the Dead Love a Parade.

Where: Candleroom
What: NYE 2013
Start Time: 8 p.m.
Details: To RSVP and for table reservations, email events@candleroomdallas.com.

Where: Cameo
What: New Year’s Eve Bash
Start Time: 8 p.m.
Details: DJ, live countdown, party favors, balloon drop, and a laser show. Tickets here.

Where: Club Dada
Start Time: 8 pm
Details: Live music by Big Freedia, YNFYNTY Scroll, YeahDef, and Ocelot. Tickets here.

photography by Jerry McClure

Where: The Common Table
Start Time: 7 p.m.
Details: Two seatings for fixed menu with rare beer pairings at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., $50 for food only, $75 for food and beer, reservations required

Where: Cowboys Dancehall
What: Red River New Year’s Eve Party
Start Time: 7 p.m.
Details: Live music and dancing. Tickets here.

Where: Double Wide
Start Time: 8 p.m.
Details: Live music and dancing

Where: Fat Daddy’s
What: Look Out New Year’s Eve Party
Start Time: 9 p.m.
Details: Cover band Look Out performing and dancing

Where: Knox Street Pub
Start Time: 9 p.m.
Details: $20 cover and free drink for guys, girls get in free, bottle service available, happy hour prices all night

Where: Ku De Ta
What: New Year’s Eve 2013 benefitting North Texas Food Bank
Start Time: 9 p.m.
Details: DJs

Where: Liquid Lounge
Start Time: 8 p.m.
Details: Live entertainment by Ol’ Jug of Whiskey, Right on Red, Admiral Grey, and David Cote

photography by Dustin Thornton

Where: Fair Park
What: Lights All Night
Start Time: Dec. 29, 30, and 31 at 4 p.m.
Details:The best and brightest in electronic dance music descend on Dallas for the craziest New Year’s party basically ever (even bigger than last year). We’re talking three stages and three straight days of heart-pounding, sweat-inducing beats from Tiesto, Bassnectar, Diplo, Ghostland Observatory, Calvin Harris, and many more.

Where: Rio Room
What: Neon New Year’s
Start Time: 10 p.m.
Details: $100 a person gets you a commemorative bracelet and complimentary drinks until midnight. Bottle service also available

Where: PrimeBar
Start Time: 9 p.m.
Details: Champagne toast at midnight, buffet, DJ, party favors, event photographer

Where: Plush
What: 50 Shades of Plush Masquerade Ball
Start Time: 9 p.m.
Details: DJ on every floor, bottle service available. Tickets here.

Where: Avenu Lounge
What: A New Year In Paris
Start Time: 8 p.m.
Details: DJ Avi, champagne toast at midnight, bottle service, and tickets here.

Where: Barley House
Start Time: 8 p.m.
Details: For $35, enjoy Tom Petty covers from band Petty Theft and a breakfast buffet at midnight.

Where: Dragonfly at Hotel Zaza
Start Time: 5 p.m.
Details: Reservations for either a three- or four-course meal, or tickets to the party for $75, poolside DJ, and bottle service

Where: The Dram
What: A Masquerade Affair
Start Time: 8 p.m.
Details: $25 cover, table reservations available, DJ Feezy, champagne toast at midnight


Where: Tate’s
What: No Cover New Year’s Eve
Start Time: 9 p.m.
Details: No cover, complimentary champagne toast at midnight, $7 drink specials, DJ

Where: Round-Up Saloon
What: Masquerade NYE 2012
Start Time: 7 p.m.
Details: Tickets available in advance and at the door, dinner and breakfast buffets, cash balloon drop, and champagne toast

photography by William Neal

Where: SISU Uptown
What: Casino Royale
Start Time: 9 p.m.
Details: DJ CeCe Sheffield, $25 tickets, roulette, craps, blackjack, dinner, cocktails, laser show

Where: Teddy’s Room
What: Teddy’s Room Soiree
Start Time: 9 p.m.
Details: $50 a person or $80 a couple, bottle service packages, champagne toast at midnight, live entertainment, and burlesque performances by Vlada, The Rough Riders Band, and DJ NVS

Where: The Gin Mill
What: New Year’s Eve Masquerade Party
Start Time: 9 p.m.
Details: $10 cover charge gets you a champagne toast at midnight, DJs in both the main bar and lounge, and party favors.

Where: The Marquee
What: Red Hot New Year’s Eve
Start Time: 5 p.m.
Details: Full-dinner menu and five-course tasting dinner available for $95. DJ and dancing begin at 9:30 p.m. with a $20 cover.

Where: The People’s Last Stand
What: No Cover New Year’s
Start Time: 7 p.m.
Details: No cover charge for the evening, DJ Johnny 5, and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight.

Where: Del Frisco’s Grille
What: Meat Up. Drink Up. Count Down
Start Time: 5 p.m.
Details: Share sips, bites, and champagne with your friends

Where: The Loft Restaurant & Lounge
What: NYLO NYE
Start Time: 9 p.m.
Details: 2 for 1 appetizers, full-dinner menu, entertainment by dueling pianist Ron Logan, and a champagne toast at midnight.

Where: Sons of Hermann Hall
What: Swing in the New Year
Start Time: 8 p.m.
Details: Swing lessons courtesy of Rhythm Room before performances by Singapore Slingers and Shoot Low Sheriff

Where: The Texas Theatre
What: The Shape of Things to Come NYE 2013
Start Time: 8 p.m.
Details: Dress in the style of another decade for live music by Tearist and Yesterday’s Gold, performances by Danielle Georgiou Dance Group, special effects, and a champagne toast. George Quartz hosts. Tickets here.

Research by intern Margaux Anbouba.