They may be best known for Texas poker, but the state is also home to legendary New Year’s Eve bar crawls. The crawls start in the afternoon and merrily make their way from watering hole to watering hole until well after midnight.
Austin and Dallas lead the way with a variety of complimentary food and drinks but make no mistake, the bars in all five of Texas’ biggest cities are doing NYE right.
#1 Dallas New Year’s Eve bar crawl
Dallas knows how to do football, go Cowboys! And a NYE bar crawl.
The city’s top pub crawl includes a variety of perks and free stuff that you won’t find in most cities. Tickets are $20-$30 and include:
- Free entry to at least eight bars
- Food and drink specials
- Midnight Champagne toast
- Food and drink specials at all bars
- NYE party favors
- Scavenger hunt
The crawl kicks off at the Nodding Donkey at 8 p.m. and winds through the Uptown District, stopping at seven other bars offering a variety of drink and food specials:
- The Nodding Donkey: $5 wells, $5 Fireball, $4 Bud Light cans
- Frida Social Club: $5 Frozen Fridas
- Kung Fu Saloon: $7.50 wells, $7 sparkler shots, $4 PBR, $4 Lonestar
- Primo’s MX Kitchen and Lounge: $5 margaritas, $5 wells, $2 tacos
- The Loon
- The Velvet Taco: $7.50 margaritas
The event is scheduled to end at 2 a.m.
#2 Austin New Year’s Eve Bar Crawl
Let’s play in Austin this NYE at the top pub crawl which includes a variety of perks and free stuff you won’t find in most cities. The event goes from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and starts at Buck Wild.
Tickets are $40-$60 and include:
- Free entry for four to six downtown Boston bars
- Four complimentary drink tickets
- A photo booth
- Champagne toast at midnight
- DJs at every bar
- VIP viewing of the NYE ball drop
- Specials on food and drink
- Shuttle service for groups of 10-45 people
Bars participating in the crawl include Buck Wild, Buck Shot, Two Bucks Bar, and Cheers Shot Bar. The list may increase by NYE.
#3 San Antonio New Year’s Eve Bar Crawl
The Alamo City’s pub crawl includes drink specials, a Champagne toast at midnight, DJs and entrance into at least six bars on the crawl route. Tickets are $19.99 and the event runs from 5 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Bars participating in the crawl include:
- Pat O’Brians
- On the Rocks
- Rio Rio
- Mad Dogs Pub
- Bier Garten Riverwalk
- The Local
The bars participating in the crawl may grow by NYE, so call Pat O’Brians to get updates on any new bars added.
#4 Fort Worth New Year’s Eve Bar Crawl
Fort Worth’s premier bar crawl starts at 5 p.m. on NYE and wraps up at 3 a.m. The event takes place in Fort Worth’s West 7th bar district and stops at some of the city’s best-loved spots such as:
- Trinity College
- Kung Fu
- El Chingon
Tickets for the crawl are $19.99 and include drink specials at various locations along the way.
#5 Houston New Year’s Eve Bar Crawl
H-Town is home to one of the best bar crawls in the state. The city’s NYE pub crawl runs from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and starts at The Garden HTX at 1-11 McGowen St.
Tickets for the crawl are $19.99. The crawl itself ends early in the night. If you want to keep the fun going, you can pay $30.99 to attend the crawl after-party at Garden HTX and ring in the new year.