Let me take you through my thought process as I compiled this 2020 New Year’s Eve Guide for Dallas:
1) Yes, yes, I remember seeing a lot of these places on our Valentine’s Guide. Hot spots.
2) Oof, some of this stuff is kind of pricey!
3) Still, it all sounds quite fun. Who doesn’t love a Roaring 20s theme?
4) I think I need to make masquerade balls more of a priority in my life.
New Year’s Eve is one of those holidays where it’s really easy to justify staying in. But listen, if your kids don’t have the capacity to stay up until midnight or if they’d rather hang with their own friends, consider making it a date night. Double date or get a group together and hit the town!
Dallas has tons of parties and events going on, some of which are quite major. Take a look and see if any strike your fancy. Glitter and sequins recommended but not required.
Hint: Extra bonus list filled with even more local ideas over on Collin County Moms!
Cloud 9 at Reunion Tower (Downtown) :: Open bar, light bites from Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck, DJ, photo booth, champagne toast, and, most notably, a chance to watch their midnight fireworks show FROM THE INSIDE. See more details here. 9pm-1am. Tickets $225 per.
Courtyard by Marriott Dallas (Downtown) :: Party on the HQ Rooftop Bar with live music, party favors, drinks, dancing, passed appetizers, and a really good view of the Reunion fireworks. 7pm-2am. Tickets from $50.
Old Red Museum (Downtown) :: This event is so hot they have their own website for it: Champagne Life Royalty NYE 2020. Red carpet entry, live music, DJs, open bar, dinner, masquerade contest, cash prizes, casino games, and a fireworks watch party. Check the Eventbrite link for press and to purchase tickets. 9pm-2am. Tickets from $99.
Canvas Hotel (Cedars/Southside) :: The 2020 Dripped in Gold event features a rooftop party with great downtown views, party favors, a champagne toast, sweet & savory bites, and live performances from Souljah & Friends. You can see fireworks from this one, too. Dress code: come dressed to impress and dripped in gold, of course. 9pm-2am. Tickets are $100 or if you stay the night at the hotel you get 2 tickets included with your stay.
The Stoneleigh (Uptown) :: Le Méridien Stoneleigh Penthouse becomes Gatsby’s Penthouse and a multi-room New Year’s Eve party with surprises throughout the night. Party favors, DJs, 5 hours of open bar, and more. Dress Code: Flapper dresses and zoot suits encouraged. Otherwise, semi-formal attire. 9pm-2am. Tickets from $209.
The Statler (Downtown) :: Ring in 2020 with a Black & White Party in the historic Statler Ballroom. It’ll be a modern-day re-creation of Truman Capote’s legendary 1966 “Party Of The Century.” Drinks, live music, party favors, late night bites, and a champagne toast. 9pm-2am. Tickets from $125.
Crowne Plaza Hotel (Downtown) :: Their 10th Annual New Year’s Eve Ball covers 3 floors (2 banquet rooms + 1 club) with different styles of music on each floor, a casino, formal dress code, and lots of entertainment and party games all night long. See party link for details about the different themed floors. 7/8pm-2am. Tickets from $50.
Table 13 (Addison) :: Table 13’s atmosphere is reminiscent of the early 1960s and would be the perfect backdrop for celebrating the new year in style. They’ll feature a special NYE prix fixe menu, live music, and a champagne toast at midnight. Dinner seating starts at 8pm, see menu at the link. $100 per person.
The Manderley (DeSoto) :: This lovely event space is basically in south Dallas and their “The Champagne Life” New Year’s Eve Party features live music and DJ, an open bar, appetizer buffet, dessert bar, party favors, and a champagne toast. Dress code is all black formalwear with a hint of color. 8pm-1am. Tickets from $67.50.
The Network Bar (Trinity Groves) :: Normally a members-only bar, but on NYE anyone can attend their heist-themed Ocean’s 2020 Celebration. They’ll have a GIF photo booth, happy hour pricing all night, full menu until 9:30pm, and a champagne toast at midnight. Black tie optional, but encouraged. 8pm-1am. Tickets are $30 for non-members, free for members.
Also at Trinity Groves: Saint Rocco’s – dinner, dancing, open bar, and fireworks-watching from the rooftop. Tickets $150.
The Ritz-Carlton (Uptown) :: Enjoy musical performances, party favors, champagne toasts, and a lavish scene at Fearing’s to ring in the New Year. Party starts at 8pm. Tickets start at $100 pre-paid, $125 at the door.
Hero (Victory Park at AAC) :: Hero is an expansive modern space with vintage flare made up of 6 bars, a stage for music, and lots of open air and outdoor space. At HERO NYE 2020, enjoy complimentary bites throughout the night, dancing, games, and a champagne toast at midnight. Count down the new year and watch the ball drop on the 24-foot screen. 9pm-2am. Tickets are $50 or $100 for VIP (details at the link).
Also nearby: Happiest Hour does it up big with live DJs & performers, go-go dancers, party favors, a disco party tent, balloon drop, rooftop champagne lounge and more. Tickets from $50.
Sober 2020 Masquerade (Carrollton) :: New Year’s Eve doesn’t have to be so champagne-oriented. If you’re looking for a booze-free celebration, try the Sober 2020 Masquerade at the Dallas Palms event space. DJ, dancing, hors d’oeuvres, and mixed mocktails from the bartenders. Dress to impress! 9pm-1am. Tickets from $20.
The Royal Masquerade Ball (West End) :: The Royal Masquerade Ball at the West End Event Center will have an open bar, full casino, hors d’oeuvres, complimentary champagne, and tons of party favors. See more details and get your tickets here. 9pm-2am. Tickets from $100.
Omni Dallas at Park West (Off LBJ near Las Colinas) :: Keith & Margo’s 29th Annual Murder Mystery Midnight Madness is a murder mystery party with professional comedic actors interspersed with guests to keep you entertained as you solve a NYE dinner/dance whodunit. The evening includes hors d’oeuvres, a 4-course dinner, drink ticket, cash bar, champagne toast, dj, dancing, prizes, and more. See party link for FAQ and to purchase tickets. 8:30pm-1am. Tickets $129.75.
Nirvana Hall (Lake Highlands) :: Here’s a more casual one – a throwback 90s party – BYOB, all the 90s music you can handle, board games, cards, dominoes, and a champagne toast. 9pm-2am. Tickets are $20, $25 at the door.
Tiny Victories Old Year’s Eve (Bishop Arts):: This one’s a hip hop throwback party at a cute little bar with a DJ spinning old-school hip hop, craft cocktails, and a pizza and champagne toast at midnight. 9pm-2am. Tickets $40 per person or $70 per couple.
Te Deseo (Harwood District) :: Ring in the new year with a reservation-only dinner experience followed by a party with multiple bars, a dance floor with live DJ, champagne toast, and balloon drops. The rooftop terraza also offers an open-air cigar lounge, heated party tent, and views of downtown and the Reunion fireworks show at midnight. 8pm-2am. Tickets from $40.
Pinstack (Las Colinas, Plano, Allen) :: Pinstack hosts an all-inclusive evening of chef-prepared cuisine and fun. Choose from 3 different ticket options for things like unlimited bowling, unlimited video games, dinner buffet, and more. They’ll also have a cash bar. 8pm-1am. Tickets from $30.
Free Play (Richardson) :: Party Like it’s 1999 with arcade games, NYE swag, personal confetti cannons, photo booths, retro ball drop montage, champagne toast, and midnight breakfast buffet. 9pm-2am. Tickets $25 with early bird purchase.
Similarly: Cidercade’s NYE Bash has unlimited arcade play, BBQ buffet, confetti cannons, champagned toast, and a cereal bar at 11pm. Tickets from $30.
Alamo Drafthouse (Cedars) :: Upon arrival to this New Year’s Eve Video Dance Party, you’ll receive champagne in a commemorative glass that you get to keep. They’ll have plenty of confetti, noisemakers, and party hats as you dance to music videos from every decade. Big countdown at midnight and a view of the Reunion fireworks to boot. 10:05pm. Tickets $12.99.