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Dallas NYE '17: Our Ultimate List of Where Not To Go
If you're anything like me, sometimes going out isn't always on the radar — especially if the time to go is NYE.
Sure, it's fun to ring in the new year with a dramatic countdown and a passionate kiss at midnight. Champagne flutes clinking left and right are pretty much a definite. Someone will inevitably party too hardy (and leave a mess behind). Oh yeah, and there's that whole watching the ball drop thing.
Yeah. I'll pass.
If you have to go out on NYE but you don't plan to hit up the party scenes, here's a list of eight places to totally avoid when it comes to not celebrating NYE '17 in DFW.
1. Downtown Dallashttps://www.instagram.com/p/BOQ4149DIzN/
Avoid this like the plague. If you think downtown Dallas on a regular day is bad, this is the worst. There are some pretty ritzy parties happening and you don't want to get caught up in the madness. Some specifics: avoid the Old Red Museum area (Royalty), the W Dallas-Victory Hotel and Crowne Plaza Hotel. There's also a chance to run into Stan Lee, though — he'll be at the Marvelous Nerd Year's Eve in and around the Sheraton Hotel (so if you don't care about seeing Stan, I'd avoid it, too).
While downtown may bring the ritz, Uptown always has it — and this year is no different. Uptown is known for their luxury living and high-priced lattes, so it's no surprise it's a place to avoid when it comes to NYE bashes. They're going to be pop, pop, poppin' there — specifically at Avenu Lounge, Next Door (and basically everything on McKinney Avenue), Sidebar and the area near Hotel Crescent Court (multiple parties are happening around there).
3. Deep Ellumhttps://www.instagram.com/p/BNcwp8jjZaZ/
Don't even think about it.
4. South Dallas/Fair Parkhttps://www.instagram.com/p/BNyBjGbB3IK/
The State Fair of Texas may be over, but the Fair Park area is still one with heavily congested traffic. If you don't have to be there, don't. It's always a cluster.
5. Victory Parkhttps://www.instagram.com/p/BON7-QzhS6J/
If you've been to Victory Park, it's probably because of a show at the American Airlines Center or to visit the Hard Rock Cafe. Avoid this area stat. If you think Lady Gaga on a Saturday night is wild, try a hockey game between the Dallas Stars vs. Florida Panthers. And just across the street will be one of the biggest parties in all of Dallas at the W Dallas-Victory Hotel. You'll be driving in circles if you come here because parking will be nonexistent.
6. Design Districthttps://www.instagram.com/p/BNu9bHFDdYl/
Generally, my favorite place to explore in Dallas, this is one of the places with the biggest parties. Just on the other side of Victory Park (I-35E), Dragon Street comes alive for the 7th Annual Dream One World NYE party at Avalon and the Toast 2017, A Charity New Years Gala at The Chandelier Room. Basically don't even think about going there or around North Riverfront Blvd. You're going to see a lot of overflow traffic, and I'd expect a pretty long wait. This is where the real VIP come to party.
7. Downtown Fort Worthhttps://www.instagram.com/p/BODc8jKBQx_/
Did you think we weren't going to mention Fort Worth? This is NYE after all, and even if you think you'll party it up in our sister city, we still have a few places to avoid.
Sundance Square is the hottest part of downtown Fort Worth, so expect a ton of parties. Luckily downtown is slightly more contained that in Dallas, so if you do have to go, you can probably park nearby.
8. West Seventh Street Districthttps://www.instagram.com/p/BM-quJghFjs/
Another area in Fort Worth to avoid, the West 7th Street Neighborhood. This is the area between 7th and Lancaster Avenue, and the bar scene is quite wild. I know for sure Trophy Ranch, Landmark Bar & Kitchen and The Social House will all be having VIP treatment parties, plus I've heard there's even a burlesque party happening at Fort Worth's newest bar, Hooky.
So now that you know where not to go, you can sit back, pop open that champagne and toast to 2017 from the luxury of your own home.
Here's to the new year!