The Absolute Best Ways to Celebrate New Year's Eve in Dallas

Start the year off with a bang.

To be sure, 2021 wasn’t quite the dumpster fire 2020 was, but it definitely was another year we won’t be sad to bid farewell. Whether you’re looking for a raging in-person party to celebrate the dawning of 2022, a quiet take-out dinner at home, or something in between those two extremes, you’ll find several can’t-miss options around Dallas for a New Year’s Eve that fits your style. That might include a staycation at a hotel, watching fireworks over downtown, or having a leisurely dinner early in the evening then seeing where the night takes you. We even have a handful of New Year’s Day brunch recommendations to keep the party going—or aid in the recovery of the night before.

Here’s everything fun to do in Dallas-Fort Worth this New Year’s.

Editor's note: Events listed here may be subject to cancelation due to the developing situation with COVID-19's Omicron variant. Please call or check websites before booking.
The Ranch at Las Colinas
The Ranch at Las Colinas

Various locations
While everyone is thinking about Saturday and Sunday brunch, you can be enjoying a final toast with friends plus a side of biscuits and gravy at a trio of restaurants offering a special Friday New Year’s Eve brunch. Those include The Ranch at Las Colinas and both the Uptown and Plano locations of Haywire.
Cost: No cover; menu prices vary

The Exchange Hall
The Exchange Hall

Downtown Dallas
The Exchange, the AT&T Discovery District’s new food hall, will feature a special tasting from 13 different onsite chefs and kitchens (including Monkey King Noodle Co., Revolver Taco, and Zalat Slices). Tickets get you access to all the eats plus two drink tickets, a DJ, and a midnight balloon drop with free bubbly. Upstairs at The Second Floor at The Exchange, an elevated 21-and-over black-white-and-gold soirée will feature a premium open bar, passed appetizers, and luxe food stations from Ounce and Ichi Ni San (including sushi, caviar, and a full seafood station). Oh, and they’ll have a balloon drop up there, too.
Cost: Downstairs event tickets run $95 per person; upstairs event tickets run $295 per person

Kimpton Pittman Hotel Dallas
Photo courtesy of Kimpton Pittman Hotel Dallas

Deep Ellum
Book a special Hangover Stayover package and kick back for a two-night stay over New Year’s Eve weekend, which includes a swanky room at the Kimpton Pittman Hotel Dallas, a $25 dining credit for New Year’s Day brunch, and a hangover survival kit. Start the night off with a special Bubbles & Bling four-course meal, complete with a midnight Champagne toast and a three-piece band at Elm & Good on the first floor.
Cost: Dinner reservations run $125 per person; hotel package prices vary

Station 4 (S4)
Station 4 (S4)

Oak Lawn
Nearly every bar in the Oak Lawn entertainment district will be hosting a New Year’s Eve event this year, and it promises to be a great time after a quiet NYE 2020. The Round-Up Saloon and Dance Hall, Station 4, JR’s, Alexandre’s, TMC, Sue Ellen’s, Dallas Woody’s, The Rose Room, Cedar Springs Tap House, and Mr. Misster will be among the venues welcoming revelers of all genders and orientations.
Cost: Cover and menu prices vary

HALL Arts Hotel
Photo courtesy of HALL Arts Hotel

Dallas Arts District
Start the night at Ellie’s inside the HALL Arts Hotel for a special a la carte menu and Champagne floats (we never thought we’d crave bubbly with ice cream until now). The head upstairs to your luxurious accommodations after watching the downtown fireworks and drone show or strolling through the arts district before midnight. The room includes a bottle of Perrier-Jouët Champagne, a Make Your Life Sweeter amenity, and perhaps the best of all—a late 2 pm checkout.
Cost: Menu and room prices vary

Hotel Vin, Autograph Collection
Hotel Vin, Autograph Collection

Grapevine
After a day of tasting around Grapevine’s many wineries, settle into Hotel Vin as they play host to a Gatsby-worthy fête spanning dinner, a casino, and dancing to big band hits from the one-and-only Hunter Sullivan Band. Plus, of course, a traditional Champagne toast at midnight.
Cost: Casino and dancing access runs $75 per person (not including drinks); all-inclusive packages run $225 per person (includes dinner, drinks, casino access, and dancing)

Stirr dallas
Photo courtesy of Stirr

Deep Ellum & Addison
For great views of downtown Dallas, head to the Deep Ellum location of STIRR, and for the vistas of Addison, go north to that location. They’ll both be offering a special multi-course menu including Snow Crab Claws and a surf-and-turf option. Afterward, retreat up to the rooftop for a live DJ and party beginning at 10 pm.
Cost: Tickets run $49.99 per person

Hotel ZaZa Dallas
Hotel ZaZa Dallas

Uptown
The gloriously over-the-top Hotel ZaZa has created an overnight package that includes access to their NYE Party followed by a New Year’s Day brunch for two. Both the NYE Party and brunch are only available to those booking a hotel stay, so they promise to be quite exclusive. Friday night, enjoy live music, pop-up cocktail bars, passed hors d’oeuvres, a Champagne toast, and bottle service add-ons. Saturday morning, step up to the extravagant buffet complete with a Mimosa and Bloody Mary bar.
Cost: Packages start at $649 each

Eataly Dallas
Eataly Dallas

NorthPark Center
When it comes to lavish Italian feasts, Eataly has the creds to wow beyond measure. Spend NYE perusing an open bar, unlimited eats, and free-flowing Prosecco, plus dancing to a DJ clear through 1 am.
Cost: Tickets run $200 per person

Fort Worth
El Chingon trades Champagne for tequila during its countdown to the new year (but don’t worry, there’ll be bubbly, too.) Dancing, DJ sets, drinks, and food will be available from the restaurant’s full menu until midnight, with the full party raging until 2 am.
Cost: Tickets start at $20 per person; menu prices vary

Lochland's Food and Spirits
Photo courtesy of Lochland's Food and Spirits

Highland Meadows
Ring in the New Year at 6 pm (AKA Dublin time), if you want to celebrate twice in one night. You can head out to another event around town, or stick around for when the clock strikes midnight in Dallas at Lochland's Food and Spirits. Toast with a pint of Guinness or grab a glass of complimentary Champagne at either celebration. You can also enter a drawing for a chance to win free bottles of Champagne for two hours beginning at 10 pm.
Cost: No cover; menu prices vary

Reunion Tower
Reunion Tower

Downtown, virtual
Reunion Tower’s Over the Top 2021 fireworks and 225-drone light show can be enjoyed in several ways this year, including live on NBC 5, live-streamed on YouTube or Facebook, or IRL downtown while listening to the firework music soundtrack on 98.7 KLUV. You can also book a room at the adjoining Hyatt Regency and catch the light show from the comfort of your plush bathrobe. And if that’s not enough, you can even reserve a spot at an onsite dinner buffet stocked with live music and cocktails.
Cost: No cover; additional prices vary

Dakota’s Steakhouse dallas
Photo courtesy of Dakota’s Steakhouse

Various locations
Whether you’re looking to end the year with a nice dinner out or prefer to hole up with take-out or delivery, several local favorites have you covered. NYE-savvy restaurants include Postino WineCafe, Truluck’s, Tulum, Jalisco Norte, Harvest Hall, Harper’s, Mercat Bistro, Te Deseo, Harwood Arms, Malai Kitchen, TJ’s Seafood Market, Dive Coastal Cuisine, Palmer’s Hot Chicken, Sloane’s Corner, Dakota’s Steakhouse, Al Biernat’s, Georgie by Curtis Stone, Up On Knox, Le Bilboquet, Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille, and Bulla Gastrobar. Reservations are strongly encouraged if you’re planning to dine-in.
Cost: Cover and menu prices vary

Various locations
Whether you stayed out late and partied all night long or called it an early one while watching the ball drop, you deserve to kick off 2022 with a fun brunch. Can’t-miss spots serving up Mimosas, Bloody Marys, egg dishes, and maybe a few lucky black-eyed peas include Elm & Good, Malai Kitchen, JAXON Texas Kitchen & Beer Garden, Lochland's Food and Spirits, TacoLingo, and Dragonfly at Hotel ZaZa.
Cost: Cover and menu prices vary

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Steven Lindsey is a Thrillist contributor.