New Year’s Eve Date Night Ideas: 2020 Edition

Real talk: New Year’s Eve is eternally over-hyped and often more expensive than Valentine’s Day when it comes to ticket prices and reservations. HOWEVER, there’s something undeniably fun about getting dressed up and being out on the town when the ball drops. I cannot let go of that When Harry Met Sally-style New Year’s Eve romance!

If you’re interested in making NYE a date night or a night out with couples and friends, here are some fun ways you can make it happen. Hint: Lots more ideas over on Dallas Moms if you are inclined to party in that neck of the woods.

New Year's Eve Plano 2020

Blue Martini (Shops at Legacy) :: This upscale, contemporary “locals bar” will host a Roaring 20s party tonight. Live music and DJ’s all night, countdown and champagne toast at midnight. Dress code: elegant attire. General admission is SRO but you can purchase/reserve tables. See party link for details and to get tickets. 8pm-3am. Tickets from $20.

Edith’s French Bistro (Plano/Granite Park) :: For a low-key yet chic 2020 Celebration, Edith’s will have 2 prix-fixe menus and live music entertainment during dinner. Reservations required. Seating starts at 6pm. From $29 per person.

Union Bear Brewing (Plano/Granite Park) :: This Brew Year’s Eve Party includes a special NYE menu, premium photo booth, throwback music from the DJ, and a countdown and free champagne toast. No reservations or tickets required. Brewery hours 11am-1am. Free entry.

Bonnie Ruth’s (Plano/Park & Preston) :: Their New Year’s Eve party includes a prix-fixe menu, 4-piece band, and Rat Pack vibes. Reserve your table at 8pm or later and you can keep it until midnight when they’ll have party favors and a champagne toast. This would be great for a group! See party link for menu and reservation details. Starting at $60 per person.

Haywire (Legacy West) :: Champagne & drink specials, Box Garden entertainment, and fun up on the roof at Haywire. You can also reserve a table on the 2nd floor for a pre-party dinner (kitchen hours are extended to 11pm). 7pm-12am. Free admission to rooftop.

Whiskey Cake (Legacy West) :: Choose from a regular dinner reservation or a special 5-course pairing dinner with cocktails, wine, and bubbly. Stay for the party with a DJ and photo booth to ring in the new year. See party link for details on the menu and partnership deal with The Sandman hotel. 7pm-1am.

Kai (Legacy West) :: Enjoy swanky vibes, live DJ, and Pan-Asian dining options at the Kai New Year’s Eve party. See link for details on the VIP Veuve Cliquot Experience Lounge in the Magenta Room. Doors at 9pm. Free entry to the restaurant, VIP experience $125 per person.

Legacy Hall (Legacy West) :: NYE at Legacy Hall has a Roaring 2020s theme, which means you should show up in flapper attire and snazzy suits. Attend the Bootlegger Bash for free or purchase a VIP ticket for better seating, apps and dessert, and other extras. Balloon drop at midnight. See party link for more details and the purchase tickets. 9pm-2am. VIP tickets $50.

Sambuca 360 (Plano) :: How about a Wigs Out Dinner & Dance Party? Start the evening with a 3- or 4-course dinner and then dance the night away under dramatic lights and elaborate décor. Come as you are, or as you wish, with a wig that complements your party style. 7pm-2am. Dinner and dancing from $65 per person. General admission (no dinner) $35.

The Grand Center (Plano) :: Come for a Hollywood/Bollywood Star Night at this Plano event space. They’ll have electric energy with decor, DJ, dance performances, prizes, apps & dinner, party favors, plus babysitting and kids’ activities. See party link for details on ticket packages. 9pm-2am. Tickets from $100 per couple, $50 per person, and $35 for each kids package.

Verona Villa (Frisco) :: Mystique at the Mansion is back again with an open bar, full casino, hors d’oeuvres, complimentary champagne, Top 40 hip hop mashups, and tons of party favors at the luxurious Verona Villa. 9pm-2am. Tickets from $100.

City Works (Frisco/The Star) :: New Year’s Eve at City Works will feature passed hors d’oeuvres, photo booth, live video DJ, 4-hour open bar, and champagne toast. See link for menu and details. 9pm-1am. Tickets $80 before 12/25, $90 after.

Concrete Cowboy (Frisco/The Star) :: This high-energy restaurant/bar/night club will have a New Year’s Eve Celebration with DJ, passed hors d’oeuvres and sweet bites, and a champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight. See party link for package details and to purchase tickets. 7pm-2am. Tickets $40 per couple, $50 per person.

Lone Star Wine Cellars (Historic Downtown McKinney) :: Their Happy New Year Party will have everyone’s favorite duo Ken & Cathy to provide the music for this special evening. Free champagne toast at midnight. Doors at 5pm, music begins at 8pm.

Harry’s at the Harbor (McKinney) :: This elegant European-style location will have a Roaring 20s Celebration with dinner service from 4-9pm, a black tie charity casino party at 10pm, a champagne toast at midnight, and raffle prizes at 1am. Call for reservations: 214-592-0240.

Strikz (Frisco) :: This all-inclusive New Year’s Eve Party includes bowling, laser tag, billiards, video games, and food and drinks. There are actually two parties to choose from: an early evening Family Fun Party from 5-8pm or the NYE Bash from 9pm-1am. Both with a countdown! See party link for all the details and to get tickets. Pricing from $30-40.

Pinstack (Plano or Allen locations) :: 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.

Katie Lewis
Katie grew up in Dallas, went to SMU, and spent 10 post-college years in Austin, where she and her husband Mick welcomed Gemma in 2011 and Ryker in 2013. They all moved to central Fort Worth almost 4 years ago and have found it to be quite fun and a great place for kids. Katie is horrible at social media but will admit to a preference for her Twitter timeline these days. Favorite uses for her phone: reading library books and listening to comedy podcasts. Least favorite uses: making and receiving calls. She's forever down to watch any show that's British, supernatural, or on The CW. If you can quote Death Becomes Her, Big Business, or the 1987 Shelley Long flop Hello Again, please get in touch because you are most certainly kindred spirits.