Five Dallas Bars (and One Doughnut Shop) That Aren't Having New Year's Eve Parties

Most places get their fancy jazz hands out for New Year's Eve. And maybe that's your thing, which is so awesome, but for some of us, we just want a drink.

We've pulled together a list of a five places that are taking it quasi low-key, but also offer solid drink options and mental space to reflect, all amongst friendly faces, of course.

If wood-paneling and inspiring bathroom graffiti appeal to you, then find yourself a booth or barstool at Lakewood Landing. On New Year's Eve it's business as usual at one of the best dives in the city, although they will have a proper Champagne toast at midnight.

If retro lighting fixtures is more your thing, saunter around the corner to Cosmo's, who will also be keeping it old-school with no cover and a midnight Champagne toast.

If good ol' American beer sees you through most of the year, then Lee Harvey's has a deal for you: $2.75 Miller High Lifes ALL NIGHT! Plus, burgers are half-priced from 3 to 10 p.m., and DJ Reid Robinson will be spinning "groovy, laid-back" tunes.

Whitehall Exchange in the Bishop Arts District refuses to commit to social media, and therefore seems to fly under radar usually. But the laid-back New Orleans vibe of the place is pretty cool and the classic cocktails, like Manhattans and an old-fashioned, keep things loose. Try the Texas Mule, which is similar to the Moscow version, only with jalapeño and mint.

The Foundry. See, it goes like this (via Facebook): "Celebrate NYE gamer style with us -- ping pong, pool & pinball -- no reservations, no cover - just a great party!" Perfect. Look for the bartender with the heavy metal T-shirt and crowbar mustache and ask him for a Lunch Box: Goldmine beer and a shot of whiskey for $5.

Glazed in Deep Ellum is making it possible to get buzzed off doughnuts. Their window will be open on New Year's Eve from 10:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Try an Irish Car Bomb made with Guinness, chocolate, whipped Bailey's Irish cream and topped with (your mind is about to be blown) Jameson chocolate ganache. Boom. Happy New Year!

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Lauren Drewes Daniels is the Dallas Observer's food editor. She started writing about local restaurants, chefs, beer and kouign-amanns in 2011. She's driven through two dirt devils and is certain they were both some type of cosmic force.