New Year’s Eve Party Guide

Get down with the countdown. Where will you be at the stroke of midnight?

Superstar DJs

Tonight, you’re going to need a lot of bass. SMASH! and HyperAudio present Shelter at Beauty Bar with Grammy-nominated headliner, the creator of intelligent drum and bass, Photek ( Add to that two areas of face-melting sound, custom video mapping and visuals, plus no dress code, no bottle service, no $20 drinks and no BS! 517 E. Fremont St., 9 p.m.,

As the cherished nightclub Body English reopens on Dec. 28, the momentum picks up where it left off with a DJ set from Kele of British indie-rockers Bloc Party, plus Adam 12 of She Wants Revenge and rising EDM talent Richard Beynon. In the Hard Rock Hotel, 10 p.m.,

Marquee undergoes a new Metamorphosis production in conjunction with resident DJ/producer Benny Benassi headlining the transition into 2013. Open bar and passed hors d’oeuvres from 9 to 11 p.m., with a champagne toast at midnight. In the Cosmopolitan, 9 p.m.,

Our pick for potentially the best New Year’s Eve DJ set, house music maestro Eric Prydz, headlines at Surrender with support from the lovely and talented Tara Brooks. In Encore, 9 p.m.,

Yeaaaah! Have a crunk New Year with Lil Jon over at Tryst as he spins a special DJ set with hosted Belvedere bar from 9-11 p.m. Jon offers his advice on how to get the most out of your partying. In Wynn, 9 p.m.,

Remember all the “Levels” of 2012 with Grammy-nominated Swedish DJ/producer Avicii at XS. In Encore, 9 p.m.,

Celebrity Sightings

Think pink this New Year’s Eve as rapper Nicki Minaj hosts the affair at Pure. In Caesars Palace, 8 p.m.,

They’re the only reality couple we’ve seen that genuinely seem to adore each other—well, most of the time. Ice-T and Coco welcome 2013 while hosting at LAX. Get toasty with an open bar from 9 p.m. to midnight. In Luxor, 8 p.m.,

Double the celebrity, double the fun at both Tao and Lavo. Hip-hop artist J. Cole leads the countdown at Tao alongside DJ Ross One, while singer/actress Brandy and DJ Five are on hype duty at Lavo; passed hors d’oeuvres from 9 p.m. to midnight and open bar until 11 p.m., and access to both clubs with one ticket once 2013 hits. In the Venetian and Palazzo, 9 p.m., and

Pool season might be over, but there’s a good chance of a strip-down and Speedo sighting when Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte hosts at Gallery. DJs Reach, Duane King, Pizzo, Konnex and Z-One will provide the musical motivation for him to get crazy like his buddy Prince Harry, and the four-hour open bar doesn’t hurt, either. In Planet Hollywood, 9 p.m.,

It isn’t New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas unless a Kardashian is perched atop a VIP booth somewhere, microphone in hand to conduct the countdown. The family’s biggest asset, Kim Kardashian, does the honors at 1 Oak, while DJ Que provides the tunes. In The Mirage, 10:30 p.m.,

Delve into the elaborate theatrics of The Act with a surprise performance, celebrities and a complimentary open bar until 11 p.m. In the Shoppes at the Palazzo, 9 p.m.,

If you really want to impress the folks back home—or at least make them think you hobnobbed with the stars—Madame Tussauds transforms into Waxx Ultra Lounge, complete with DJs and bottle service. In the Venetian, 9 p.m.,

Live Performances

Last chance to party at Rain! The megaclub reopens for one last weekend and a final New Year’s Eve bash with Travis Barker and Yelawolf headlining. In the Palms, 9 p.m.,

The Dreamer/The Believer, Common, is in the house at Hyde where he’ll perform live. In Bellagio, 9 p.m.,

Over at Bagatelle, partygoers will experience the world of Lucent Dossier performing throughout the evening. Singer Robin Thicke will also take the stage, and Stan Courtois from Malosax is on DJ duty. In the Tropicana, 9 p.m.,

“Til Death” do we party this New Year’s Eve when Wynter Gordon flies to Moon for the big celebration. In the Palms, 9 p.m.,

How can a New Year’s Eve party not be Fun when the band of the same name is headlining? Haze welcomes the group behind “We Are Young” and “Some Nights” for a special performance and to host the countdown, plus DJ E-Rock. In Aria, 9:30 p.m.,

Show your liver no “Mercy” as award-winning hip-hop star 2 Chainz performs live at Chateau for a “Midnight in Paris” party alongside DJ Orator. In Paris, 8 p.m.,

All the other kids with the “Pumped Up Kicks” will be at The Bank when Foster the People perform that hit and more. DJ Karma also spins. In Bellagio, 10 p.m.,

“Get It Shawty” at Revolution as multi-platinum R&B singer Lloyd hosts and performs that hit, plus “Bed Rock,” “Lay It Down” and more along with an open bar until midnight. In The Mirage, 10 p.m.,

If you prefer a full-on concert experience instead of a three-song set or so in a nightclub, check out Grammy Award-winners The Black Keys in concert for some “Gold on the Ceiling” at The Joint with special guests Divine Fits. In Hard Rock Hotel, 9:30 p.m.,

The Red Hot Chili Peppers concert at the Chelsea might be sold out of general admission tickets, but there’s still a few options if you want to catch a glimpse of the band—and of the NYE fireworks. Blvd Social Club will hold a viewing party to watch the concert live on the 65-foot-tall marquee. Or you can opt for baller status with a table purchase to the concert or as part of a VIP room package. In the Cosmopolitan, 10 p.m.,


For one of the best views of the fireworks and a party to boot, Vegas Banger and Benny Black will be bumping tunes 55 floors above the city at Ghostbar. In the Palms, 8 p.m.,

There’s no party bound to elevate your night more than the Tower Parties at the Stratosphere, where New Year’s is covered top to bottom with multiple levels of festivities, plus a special show from resident headliner Frankie Moreno and open bar. 8:30 p.m.,


Party corner-to-corner on Fremont Street for the price of one. First stop by the new Commonwealth. New York duo Pink Cashmere will lay down classic-rock-style blues guitar over choice house beats. Catty-corner in the parking lot at the forthcoming Park on Fremont, DJ Overwork throws a concert amid food trucks and bars. And $35 gets you access to both venues, plus a raffle ticket for a Fiat and complimentary drink ticket. Confetti cannon show at midnight. 525 E. Fremont St., 8 p.m.,

Keep it casual down at the recently opened Triple B: Backstage Bar & Billiards as co-owner DJ Lethal of House of Pain commands the party along with special guests. 601 E. Fremont St., 10 p.m.,

Fremont Street Experience’s Downtown Countdown under the Viva Vision video canopy hosts a concert with co-headliners Buckcherry and Queensryche, plus special guest Quiet Riot, Pop Evil and Otherwise. 6 p.m.,

Turn the clock back to the Atomic Era with the Gold Spike’s ’50s-and-’60s-inspired bash channeling vintage Vegas with retro tunes from DJ Lucky LaRue. 217 Las Vegas Blvd. North, 9 p.m.,

Off-Strip Parties

Get your Sounds of the Underground on when the New Galaxy crew continues the tradition with Glow 2013 and old-school good vibes with DJ Opel, Canada, EzzKid, Breadman Lives and more at the Fort Cheyenne Events Center. 2428 E. Cheyenne Ave., 8 p.m.,

For a twist on the traditional festivities, join the Collective Zoo crew for A Great Gatsby New Year’s Eve black-tie affair. Enjoy the swanky sounds of the Roaring ’20s with the UNLV jazz quartet in one room while DJs Anthony Passion, MICS, Well Groomed and Kid Conrad bump popular sounds in the other. Oh, and did we mention it’s in an airport hangar? The Sky Combat Ace Hangar at Henderson Executive Airport, 8 p.m.,

Skip the Strip for the Silverton’s New Year’s Eve bash, which offers an all-you-can-drink wristband for the entire hotel and Veil Pavilion from 7 to 10 p.m., dance party and a champagne toast at midnight. 7 p.m.,

If you’re up on the west side, ring in the New Year at Revolver, where admission includes two free drinks, a champagne toast at midnight, party favors and $3 shots, $2 wells and $1 drafts until midnight. In Santa Fe Station, 9 p.m.,


The party starts early—10 p.m.—for Drai’s After Hours in honor of the countdown, and it just might go until 1 p.m., like last year. In Bill’s Gambling Hall,

Afterhours at the Artisan also starts during regular hours for NYE as the ultimate energetic party machine, Donald Glaude, will be on the decks along with DJs Crime, Jordan Stevens and JustIn Key. 1501 W. Sahara Ave, 10 p.m.,

Have a titillating New Year’s as Playboy model and World Series of Poker Ladies Tournament winner Nicolette Shea hosts at Crazy Horse III, followed by a late-night industry appreciation breakfast and endless Bloody Marys from 4-8 a.m. 3525 W. Russell Road,

Nightclub Alternatives

Ring in 2013 as if it’s 1933 with a gangsters-and-gun-molls mob attire costume party at Rí Rá Las Vegas. And if you just can’t hang until midnight, make it an early one and ring in the Irish New Year instead at 4 p.m. in honor of the pub’s homeland. In The Shoppes at Mandalay Bay Place, 11 a.m.,

Get intimate with DJ Wendi Cakes at Tabú with surprise celebrity appearances and performances and open bar from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. In the MGM Grand, 9 p.m.,

Howl at midnight with the sassy ladies of Coyote Ugly Bar & Dance Saloon as they shimmy and shake atop the bar, with bottomless drinks from 9 p.m.-midnight. In New York-New York, 6 p.m.,

Does an entire year of 13 make you a bit nervous? Gilley’s Saloon, Dance Hall & Bar-B-Que flips it around for a Lucky ’13 New Year’s Eve party with a three-hour open bar, party favors, live entertainment and views of fireworks and stumbling partiers on the Strip. In Treasure Island, 9 p.m.,

Party Dinners

Officially “Unveiled” tonight, the new nightlife and dining concept SHe rings in the New Year with sounds by Mikey Swift and an open bar until midnight. In Crystals at CityCenter, 9 p.m.,

Sushi, sake and socialize your way into 2013 with an exclusive eight-course premier chef tasting menu courtesy of executive chef John Chien Lee at Social House. In Crystals at CityCenter, noon till late night,

The New Year’s Eve edition of Magnum Mondays is under way at STK with S.K.A.M. Artist DJ Homicide hopping on the decks at 9 p.m. Opt for an open-bar package or go all out dining at three seatings throughout the evening. In the Cosmopolitan, 5:30 p.m.,

Have the sweetest New Year’s at Sugar Factory not only because Miss Joy is spinning, but with views of Bellagio’s fountains and a four-course meal from chef Matthew Piekarski. In Paris, 7:30 p.m.,

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