Journey To The Heart Of Dallas.

As the books close on 2013 and we look ahead at the year to come, we can't help but think of all the possibilities that lay just ahead of us.

What will the New Year bring? Will this be the year that we actually stick to our resolutions? Will twerking still be a thing? Will all of our bitcoins prove worthless? Will we still be eating sriracha and cronuts while taking selfies? Will we laugh about crack-smoking mayors whilst bitching about a government website roll-out that fails miserably?

It's an exciting time, to be sure.

And the fun all starts tonight.

New Year's Brunch at Standard Pour
Let's just face facts: You're probably hungover today. You should probably eat something — and, hey, a little hair of the dog that bit you wouldn't hurt in getting you over the proverbial hump, either. Luckily, you probably also have the day off from work. That's huge — mostly because it means you're totally free for brunch, that magical meal that contains both alcohol and food. Even better? The Standard Pour will be serving a really nice brunch menu today — one that just so happens to have cocktails provided by drink wizards Michael Martensen (formerly of Smyth/Cedars Social) and Brian McCullough, Standard Pour's in-house specialist. The drinks they're whipping up sound amazing. And, hey, there's even a black-eyed peas dish on the menu for you to help secure good luck in the coming year. — Jeremy Hughes

Heart of Dallas Bowl at The Cotton Bowl
As we've chronicled all season, the University of North Texas football program is on the way up. This season, the program solidified a platform for a level of sustained success — one unseen in the program's history to this point. But, most excitingly, It seems as Mean Green Nation's best football days may still be coming — brighter and sooner than could have been anticipated. Sure, UNLV isn't a marquee opponent by any stretch. But that doesn't mean this game is without intrigue. Questions abound. Can UNT win a bowl game for just the second time in its history? How hungover will students be for the 11 a.m. kickoff? How weird is it that Neal Smastresk, UNT's incoming president, is also currently UNLV's president? So many questions! — Stephen Young

Service Industry NYE at Candleroom
Drink champagne in public, get way too drunk and count backwards from ten in unison with everyone else in the bar when the midnight rolls around on January 2 — and, basically, just do everything else you didn't get to do last night because you were too busy slinging drinks for the masses when everybody else in town was ringing in the New Year. Because, hey, you deserve it. —CG

Rock N Shot Comedy Riot at Trees
The bartenders/service industry social media group Life Behind Bars is behind this service-industry post-NYE option that includes comedy sets from Paul Varghese, Raj Sharma and Justin Foster, plus some performances from a handful of musical acts in between. Laughter is a great way to blow off some steam. And just think: The next New Year's Eve is a whole year away! — CG

Best New Year's Ever Hangover Party! at Rubber Gloves
Misery loves company, so tonight's gathering at Gloves should prove rather cathartic for those folks that probably partied too hard the night before — or perhaps again for the service industry folks who were too busy serving up drinks to the throngs of amateur-night revelers to do any celebrating of their own. In any case: $2 Bloody Mary's and “hair of the dog” shots should help ease the pain. — CG

Cover photo by Mikel Galicia. To find out what else is going on today, this week and beyond, check out our events page.

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