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Things To Do on New Year's Eve in Dallas

There's plenty to do.
There's plenty to do. Roderick Pullum
Everyone’s favorite holiday to figure out last-minute plans for is here again: New Year’s Eve.

Because you probably already have the “New year, new me” caption saved to your social media drafts, why not watch the ball drop at a new venue this year, too?

And you can skip the black-eyed peas because luckily, Dallas NYE parties are not in short supply this year.

Vetted Well Presents: '90s New Year’s Eve Party
21 and older, 9 p.m. at Alamo Drafthouse, 1005 S. Lamar
Remember back when everyone thought the world was going to end at midnight on Jan. 1, 2000? Here’s your chance to relive that without the worry of an impending apocalypse. At a modest (for a NYE party) $30, you can enjoy a DJ spinning the nostalgia-inducing hits of arguably the best decade of the 20th century, your favorite '90s movies on the back patio, a Champagne toast at midnight and a retro arcade. It’s sure to be all that and a bag of chips, and if you can’t hardly wait, get tickets now.

Beats and Bubbly 2018
9 p.m. at Perot Museum, 2201 N. Field St.
For anyone who enjoyed Big D NYE in Victory Park (R.I.P.), worry not — the year it disappeared is the same year a new party started, and this year it’s right down the street. The fourth annual Beats and Bubbly is returning to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science for NYE 2018. Attendees can enjoy the black tie bash with a DJ, access to all five levels of the museum and the famous midnight confetti countdown. And what’s a better way to ring in 2019 than to donate to charity, as a portion of the proceeds from tickets will benefit the Genesis Women’s Shelter.

Meyerson 'Til Midnight
Concert begins at 7:30 p.m., after-party at 9:30 p.m. at Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St.
Go into 2019 making history with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. For the first time ever, Dallas gets the chance to follow up DSO’s annual NYE concert with an after-party that is guaranteed to end on a literal high note. In a two-for-one, a ticket to the concert featuring Case Caglione and Nathan Olson and a Champagne toast also includes access to the after-party, with a live band, desserts and a cash bar. The swanky Opus restaurant will also be open with reservations. Also you can spend your NYE like this for tickets starting as low as $39.

New Years Eve at the Round-Up Saloon
21 and older, 8 p.m. at Round-Up Saloon, 3912 Cedar Springs Road
For something a little bit country, saddle up for 2019 at the Observer’s 2017 choice for Best Gay Bar in Dallas. With arguably the best deal on this list, you can experience a midnight cash balloon drop, hors d'oeuvres, a complimentary Champagne toast and even a breakfast buffet. Tickets are $25 or $30 at the door, but for $275, you and three friends can get your own VIP table with a bottle of Champagne to pop. You can yeehaw into the new year.

Bubbles and Bowties
21 and older, 9 p.m. at Legacy Hall, 7800 Windrose Ave., Plano
Why would you ever pass up an opportunity to wear a bow tie? Why would you pass up an opportunity to possibly win a bow tie contest? Everyone’s favorite food court/music venue hybrid, Legacy Hall, will host the party featuring DJ Yuna, drink specials and a balloon drop full of prizes. Also, if you get the drunk munchies, several of the food hall vendors will be open past the countdown. The best part about this one? If better money management is your New Year’s resolution, you’ll be off to a good start because it’s free.

Gatsby’s Penthouse
21 and older, 9 p.m. at Le Meridien Stoneleigh Penthouse, 2927 Maple Ave.
If drinking like it’s going out of style is more what you had in mind for NYE, this might be your best bet, old sport. For tickets ranging from $149 to $1,595, you can live out your own story line inspired by that book you read in high school while floating from room to room in Dallas’ upscale Le Meridien Stoneleigh hotel. Tickets include prepaid drinks and a complimentary Champagne toast, but if you and five friends want to really live like Gatsby, you can split the ballroom package, which includes a reserved table, two bottles of your choice and a bottle of Champagne.

Just watch the Reunion Tower fireworks show
This can be done almost anywhere Reunion Tower can be seen and is technically free. You can watch the nearly 10-minute show of 15,000 pounds of fireworks spewing from the ball after your NYE dinner at Trinity Groves, at the steps of Old Red Museum or from the rooftop of Happiest Hour’s Megaparty. But if you don’t want to find glitter and confetti on everything you own for the first month of 2019, you can still enjoy this one at home on TV.
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