All the usual New Year’s Eve complaints are justified and well-worn: It’s strictly for twice-a-year drinkers; you can’t get a cab; it never lives up to the hype, etc. But how about the fact that your choice of venues comes down to dealing with the total shitshows on the Strip and Fremont Street, or going to one of your favorite haunts that’s crickets-chirping empty because everyone else is at one of those shitshows? The perfect New Year’s Eve should have 20 to 40 percent more people than normal at your favorite bar, a well-dressed crowd that can handle their booze for a reasonable period of time, and a well-earned slur-off between you and whoever’s left upright come 3 a.m. Short of that, what’s the alternative? House parties? And run the risk of the Champagne running dry by 12:15? We’re not barbarians, you know.
A Peek at Life Is Beautiful 2017
Gorillaz are coming to Las Vegas for the first time ever. 2016’s Grammy winner for best new artist, Chance the Rapper, will return. English rockers Muse will bring their dizzying live show to the streets of Downtown. And that’s just the top of an eclectic bill that features more than 70 acts, along with comedy, interactive art installations, a group art exhibit featuring the work of Mark Ryden, Tara McPherson and Shepard Fairey and much more. Last year saw more than 137,000 attendees trod the festival footprint. Who’s ready for more?
Best of the City 2016
Our seventh annual celebration of all things Las Vegas, from the best place to fix your speeding ticket to the best Bloody Mary.