It’s NFR time, and no drink better embodies the cowboy way than whiskey. With that in mind, get into the spirit with Jack Daniel’s master distiller Jeff Arnette (pictured) at Blush tonight. Ladies, if JD isn’t your thing, you can still get your drink on thanks to an open champagne bar, 11 p.m.-midnight. (At Wynn, doors 9 p.m., $30, free for locals.) Try to refrain from shedding your “tears like diamonds” while indie electro-rockers Passion Pit perform at House of Blues; opening set by Vegas’ own DJ M!ke Attack. (At Mandalay Bay, doors 8 p.m., $28 in advance, $30 day-of.) Downtown, the action continues as DJ Lightknife and sometime Vegas Seven contributor/Afghan Raider Mikey Francis play Passion Pit’s unofficial after-party. Show your ticket stub for a free drink! (At Beauty Bar, 517 E. Fremont St., doors 9 p.m., no cover.) And finally, Rock ’n’ Roll Wine throws its annual Winter Wine Bash at an unexpected wonderland—Rok nightclub at New York-New York. If wine tasting isn’t reason enough to go, the entertainment for the evening, OK Go, should be. Doors 6:30 p.m., $30 including wine tasting ‘til 9:30 p.m., RockNRollWine.com, 240-3066.
The girls of Crazy Horse III are used to hearing guys shout “Show us your cans,” but tonight that’s your job, as the gentlemen’s club hosts a holiday food drive. Show them your cans—of nonperishable food items—then take advantage of the open bar and complimentary sushi 9-11 p.m. (3525 W. Russell Road., 24/7, no cover.) The Palms goes country for NFR as Miranda Lambert (pictured) plays The Pearl. She’s no Taylor Swift, but she does have a famous +1. The future Mrs. Blake Shelton joins openers Eric Church and Josh Kelley onstage at 10 p.m. ($45-$79.) Meanwhile, the Hard Rock Café on the Strip hosts two shows in one—Temper Trap and Imagine Dragons—for the price of less than one: $15 in advance (TicketWeb.com) or $20 at the door. Doors 8 p.m., show 9 p.m., ages 18-plus.
As we near the end of 2010, the year’s Party on the Rocks calendar comes to a close, as Todd Rundgren’s Johnson plays the Rocks Lounge at Red Rock. The Robert Johnson tribute blues band goes on at 10 p.m.; the concert calendar will resume in February. And let’s face it, with a name like that, it’s hard to say no. ($20.) The Palms offers plenty of party in one place, starting with seriously funny actor-comedian Aziz Ansari (Parks and Recreation; pictured) at The Pearl (8 p.m., $55-75) and the EC Twins at Rain following an opening set by DJ Zen Freeman. (Doors 11 p.m., $30, free for all locals, military, fire, police, EMTs and teachers.) If you’re looking for a more uplifting performance, choose between Friday or tonight to sing a “Hallelujah” with legendary songwriter Leonard Cohen during his second visit to Caesars Palace this year. Doors 8 p.m., $49.50-$250.
It’s all about the Ho-Ho-Ho’s tonight as The Bank hosts its sexy Santa dance-off as well as Spearmint Rhino’s holiday party. She whose bells best jingle goes home with $5,000 in prizes. (At Bellagio, doors 10:30 p.m., $35, locals free.) And over at The Mirage, Revolution welcomes “Smack That” singer Kimberly Cole (pictured) to its gay night, Closet Sundays. (Doors 10 p.m., $20, locals free.) You can celebrate what would have been Frank Sinatra’s 95th birthday tonight at a number of events around town.
After celebrating his birthday at Jet on Saturday, Ronnie from Jersey Shore returns to The Mirage as DJ Skribble lights up the booth, and South of Nowhere’s Matt Cohen blows out some candles of his own. (Doors 10:30 p.m., $30, locals free.) Or, here’s a blast from the not-so-distant past: Remember the “Thong Song”? The man who brought it to us, Sisqó, still has a thing for the ladies, and tonight kicks off a limited engagement alongside Lorena Peril at Luxor’s topless revue, Fantasy. 10:30 p.m., $43-65, nightly through Dec. 25.
Civic politics can be dull, but booze always helps—look at Mayor Oscar Goodman! Tonight the Las Vegas Entrepreneurs Business Network and Main Street Chamber team up with Three Square to host a party at Caramel, dubbed Meet Up With Main Street. The party provides the rare chance to rub elbows with several boozed-up business-minded folks, and win some great prizes while supporting the great cause. At Bellagio, doors 6 p.m., no cover.
It’s finally here: Opening day of the Cosmopolitan. Lucky for us, this is no VIP-only affair. Free entertainment abounds as Mayer Hawthorne (pictured) performs at Book & Stage at 9 and 11 p.m., Beats Antique plays Bond at 8 and 10:30 p.m., and the three-tier Chandelier Bar hosts Aussie sister act Nervo 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Killers frontman Brandon Flowers’ show is invite-only, but everyone can check out the action as the hotel is broadcasting the entire performance on its marquee. Alternatively, you can avoid the crowds and head to Crown Nightclub at the Rio, where Jerry Casale of ’80s supergroup Devo DJs. Doors 10 p.m., $10 locals, $20 non-locals.