New Year’s Eve Guide 2015

Everywhere you could be for the big ‘3 … 2 … 1 …’

Calvin Harris | Photo by Al Powers

Calvin Harris holds down Hakkasan on NYE.  | Photo by Al Powers

Style editor Melinda Sheckells talks NYE 2015 on 100.5 KXNT. Listen to the broadcast below.


New Year’s Eve is no time for turning down. That’s why Surrender has tapped rapper/producer Lil Jon to ensure the club and the bottles keep poppin’. Opt for an Ultimate VIP package ($50,000-$100,000) for dinner and drinks, prime dance floor real estate and a meet-and-greet with Mr. Yeahhhh! himself. In Encore, 9 p.m.,

Zedd is a Grammy Award-winning artist, and has produced music for such superstars as Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga. He also happens to throw a bangin’ party. With the man behind the smash hit “Clarity” at XS, this New Year’s Eve is bound to be epic. In Encore, 10 p.m.,

Calvin Harris continues to top charts and set records, so it’s no wonder that his Hakkasan appearance is one of the most in-demand on the Strip. The club will offer a half-million-dollar bottle package for the most extreme of high-rollers, complete with diamond cuff links and a diamond necklace, among other fancy goodies. But even the largest nightclub in the world is known to sell out before huge events, so don’t wait any longer. In MGM Grand, 8 p.m.,

Find out why DJ Khaled is always touting his slogan “We the Best” by catching his special DJ set at Lavo. The outdoor terrace provides a nice platform from which to witness the fireworks on the Strip, and the two-hour open bar with three hours of passed hors d’oeuvres are nice perks that come with the performance. Ticket holders also get free entry into Tao nightclub after midnight. Learn a little more about your host in our interview with Khaled. In the Venetian, 9 p.m.,

Swedish spinner Alesso wraps up 2014 with his biggest smash yet, the Tove Lo-assisted “Heroes (We Could Be).” Join him in celebrating a banner year at Light, and be mesmerized by the Cirque du Soleil performers above the DJ Booth. In Mandalay Bay, 9 p.m.,

Jersey Shore favorite Pauly D will have the fist-pumping honors at Vanity. Ladies enjoy complimentary drinks from the casino floor bars from 7-11 p.m. In Hard Rock Hotel, 9 p.m.,

Former Swedish House Mafia member Steve Angello recently kicked off his “Reflections” residency at Life, and New Year’s Eve will be the second installment of his series. Ticket holders enjoy open bar from 9-11 p.m., a Champagne toast at midnight and complimentary entry after 12:30 a.m. to sister venues Sayers Club and Foxtail. In SLS, 9 p.m.,


Drake hosts Marquee

Drake hosts Marquee

Drake will host one of the biggest nights of the year at Marquee, and his guests will be pleased with a two-hour premium open bar, three hours of heavy passed hors d’oeuvres and a Champagne toast at midnight. Tickets also include complimentary entry into the Dayclub Dome party on Jan. 1, featuring DJ sets by Carnage and Cash Cash, with a free Champagne brunch from 1-2:30 p.m. In the Cosmopolitan, 9 p.m.,

Join Snoop Dogg at Tao for the final installment of his 1920s-inspired Snoopadelic Cabaret. The emcee pulls double-duty at this bash: DJing and performing his hits on the LED stage. And forget Prohibition. Partygoers get to enjoy premium open bar 9 p.m.-11 p.m., as well as heavy passed hors d’oeuvres from 9 p.m.-midnight. In the Venetian, 9 p.m.,

Grammy Award winners Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson gave us one fabulous collaboration with this year’s single “Uptown Funk!” Now Mars is teaming with producer Jermaine Dupri to deliver an epic New Year’s Eve at Tryst. Dupri handles the turntables, and Mars will likely hop on the mic. In Wynn, 10 p.m.,

Ring in the New Year with RuPaul’s Drag Race queens Alyssa Edwards and Shangela Laquifa Wadley at Liason, the first gay nightclub in a Las Vegas Strip casino. The old-school Hollywood glam theme will make this decadent night one to remember. In Bally’s, 9 p.m.,


Lucky Foo's | Photo by Anthony Mair

Lucky Foo’s | Photo by Anthony Mair

One of few restaurants in Las Vegas to offer vibe-dining year-round will keep up the tradition for its New Year’s Eve celebration. Guests at STK will be greeted with a glass of Moët & Chandon Impérial, and this year’s celebration will feature the usual live DJ in a party atmosphere with a black-tie theme and a prix-fixe menu. In the Cosmopolitan,

You can head off-Strip for a “Classic Vegas” supper club event at Lucky Foo’s. Visited by EDM celebrities the likes of Tiësto, Martin Garrix and Steve Aoki, the hot new Asian restaurant is bringing the lavish vibe of the Strip to the suburbs. Table service with a dinner menu and a bottle of Champagne is available, or partygoers can choose individual admission with passed appetizers and a Champagne toast at midnight. A hosted bar and party favors will also liven the party throughout the evening. 8955 S. Eastern Ave., 9 p.m.,

Honey Salt transforms into an ’80s prom night with its 8:30 p.m. dinner seating. Guests are encouraged to dress in ’80s-era formal attire, and a prom king and queen coronation will highlight the evening which also includes a live DJ and a Champagne toast at midnight. 1031 S. Rampart Blvd., 8:30 p.m.,

Diablo’s Cantina is not only a destination for Mexican cuisine, but it also has a balcony overlooking the Strip and on New Year’s Eve offers a fiesta with dancing all night. DJ Dilemma spins upstairs, while DJ Epic One plays downstairs. Expect a wild tequila toast at midnight. In Monte Carlo, 8 p.m. upstairs and 9 p.m. downstairs,

Whist Stove & Spirits is holding it down for Henderson with a four- or five-course menu, photo booth and party favors for guests. A complimentary Champagne toast at midnight is also included. For those looking to party a little longer, Due & Proper is open 24 hours right next door. In the District at Green Valley Ranch, 10 p.m.,


Fizz Champagne Lounge | Photo by Anthony Mair

Fizz Champagne Lounge | Photo by Anthony Mair

Feel like line dancing? Gilley’s New Year’s Eve Hoedown includes an open bar from 9 p.m.-midnight, live music, party favors and views of the Strip fireworks. Five-dollar bull rides are also available for you adventurous types. In T.I., 9 p.m.,

If you wanna get rowdy, rock out at Rockhouse with an open bar from 9 p.m.-midnight for general admission. A premium open bar is available for a greater fee, or get comfy at a VIP table. DJs will play all night, and a late-night menu is available. In the Venetian, 9 p.m.,

Put your pinky out at Fizz, where general-admission guests can enjoy a three-hour premium open bar with passed hors d’oeuvres. Naturally, there will also be a Champagne toast at midnight. VIP packages are also available if you feel like stepping it up a notch. In Caesars Palace, 9 p.m.,

Catch DJ Gusto and Fatman Scoop at the Midnight Mix Red Bull Lounge, just off the Palazzo casino floor. Perks include passed hors d’oeuvres and a three-hour premium open bar. Scoop will lead the countdown to midnight at the pinnacle of the evening. In the Venetian, 9 p.m., 702-414-9000.

Sayers Club offers a swanky and sultry alternative for ringing in the New Year. House band, Sessions, will serenade partygoers till the midnight Champagne toast, while the Sayers patio is a prime location for viewing the fireworks. There’s also an open bar from 9 p.m. till midnight, and attendees will get admission to neighboring venues Life and Foxtail after 12:30 a.m. In SLS, 9 p.m.,

Carouse at Cabo Wabo for a patio party, or drink all night in the Loft. Both areas will host open bars all night, and the full Cabo Wabo menu will be available anywhere in the venue. There will also be a live DJ and a complimentary Champagne toast at midnight. The Cantina dining room will have free admission. In Planet Hollywood, 9 p.m.,


Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga | Photo by Steven Klein

Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga | Photo by Steven Klein

Rap phenom Iggy Azalea closes her breakout year with a full concert at Drai’s. This means you can sing-along to “Fancy” while dressed to the nines. Not only that, but partying at this rooftop nightclub means you also get a stellar view of the Strip fireworks show. In the Cromwell, 9 p.m.,

We haven’t heard much from R&B crooner Miguel this year, so we’re seriously hoping he’ll tease new material at Hyde. Either way, admission to the night spot includes the live performance, hors d’oeuvres from 9-11 p.m., open bar from 9 p.m.-midnight, and a Champagne toast when the clock strikes 12. In Bellagio, 9 p.m.,

Feel the love as hip-hop heartthrob Trey Songz serenades The Bank. The “Bottoms Up” singer is bringing along Bay Area beat slinger DJ E-Rock to keep you moving while he’s off the mic. Embrace open bar from 9-10 p.m. In Bellagio, 9 p.m.,

Why settle for one headliner when you can have two? Rapper Macklemore and his producing partner Ryan Lewis are ready to give you more bang and beats for your buck. Join the duo at 1 Oak and get there early as drinks flow freely from 9-10 p.m. In The Mirage, 9 p.m.,

Throw back a cocktail or two with Robin Thicke at Foxtail. You’ll be treated to open bar till 12:30 a.m., so your New Year gets off to a good start. And for nostalgia’s sake, you can bet Thicke will perform his biggest hit, “Blurred Lines.” In SLS, 9 p.m.,

Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga combine forces at the Chelsea. Expect to hear numbers from their 2014 jazz album, Cheek to Cheek, and to see the most eclectic audience anywhere on the Strip. In the Cosmopolitan, 9 p.m.,

Let’s face it: We all know the lyrics to at least six Maroon 5 songs. Adam Levine and Co. have been cranking out the catchy, inescapable singles for more than a decade. Look forward to lots of hits when they rock Mandalay Bay Events Center on New Year’s Eve. In Mandalay Bay, 8 p.m.,

Class it up at The Smith Center with Emmy- and Grammy-nominated performer Michael Feinstein. The man known as “The Ambassador of the Great American Songbook” will be joined by Broadway’s Laura Osnes and American Idol Season 11 standout Jessica Sanchez. In the Smith Center, 7:30 p.m.,

Wanna ring in the New Year by rocking out? Undo your up ’do and join alternative thrashers Sevendust in Vinyl. In Hard Rock Hotel, 9 p.m.,

This Brooklyn Bowl appearance may be the Roots’ fifth show in Las Vegas this year, but you should know it won’t be repetitive. The hip-hop band is known for mixing impromptu medleys and unexpected covers into their sets. If you don’t get enough tonight, catch them again Jan. 2-3. At the Linq, 8 p.m.,


Photo by Anthony Mair

Photo by Anthony Mair

Can’t decide how to spend the night? Chateau satisfies multiple tastes with EDM in the main room, decades of pop on the terrace and Top 40 on the roof. Go for general admission, which includes three-hour open bar and a midnight toast, or opt for a VIP table and bottle service. In Paris Las Vegas, 9 p.m.,

Want to bypass the Strip but still get a great view? Sitting 55 floors atop the Palms’ Ivory Tower, Ghostbar offers the perfect vantage point. Choose from signature cocktails or a hosted bar, then stargaze on the patio or cozy up in a booth. In the Palms, 8 p.m.,

Enjoy a little fresh air at the Cosmopolitan’s Boulevard Pool Ice Rink. Get there early to score skates before rentals run out, then take in the stellar views as well as sounds by DJ Atom E. Fire-pit reservations are available by contacting 8 p.m.,

The High Roller operates as usual until 10:30 p.m., after which it will be available only for private cabin rentals. Impress your closest 25-40 friends with VIP amenities such as Champagne toasts and cupcakes. Those who splurge on the 777 package will be placed at the highest point of the wheel at midnight. At the Linq,

Stratosphere offers several options for pyrotechnic sightseeing. Join Pin Up’s Claire Sinclair for a four-hour open bar at the 108 Tower Party (8:30 p.m.) or go below for three hours of open bar at the Level 107 Lounge Party (9:30 p.m.). Real life pinup model Sabina Kelley hosts a post-midnight party in the Stratosphere Theater.


Puddles brings his pity party to Commonwealth.

Puddles brings his pity party to Commonwealth.

It’s an average Wednesday night of Karate Karaoke at Beauty Bar. Come by to show off your sing-along skills (Journey, anyone?), and stay for a $6 beer and shot special. 517 Fremont St., 9 p.m.,

Where can you find 13 tribute bands and Mayor Carolyn Goodman in one place? Under the canopy of the Fremont Street Experience, of course. The more than nine-hour jam-a-thon begins at 6:15 p.m. Goodman leads the New Year’s countdown before the actual and Viva Vision fireworks are set off.

Puddles, the 7-foot singing clown, headlines Commonwealth’s festivities. The big man will perform at 11 p.m., 11:45 p.m. and 12:45 a.m. General admission includes a Champagne toast at midnight, or you can opt for a $50 all-you-can-drink package. 525 Fremont St., 6 p.m.,

Velveteen Rabbit keeps the Arts District rocking with tunes from local DJ duo Totescity starting at 10 p.m. Look your best for a photo booth from 10 p.m.-midnight. 1218 S. Main St., 7 p.m.,

This time last year, Bunkhouse was still undergoing a face-lift. Now you can rock out to the sounds of local bands Crazy Chief, Rusty Maples, Same Sex Mary and Mercy Music, who will all grace the recently refreshed stage. 124 S. 11th St., 7 p.m.,

“Ring it in right” at Insert Coin(s), where the so-named bottle package includes a bottle of Moët & Chandon, four beers, four shots and Resqwater hangover remedy. DJs Charlie Darker and Silent John cover the ones and twos. 512 Fremont St., 8 p.m.,

Atomic Liquors offers a midnight Champagne toast, and they’re staying open till 4 a.m. So you don’t have to go home … you can stay here! 917 Fremont St., 4 p.m.,


Artisan | Photo by Tony Tran

Artisan | Photo by Tony Tran

Celebrating on the north side of town? Swing by Aliante’s Access Showroom for a performance by jazz/R&B fusion group DW3 with saxophonist Elan Trotman. Or join the go-go dancers and DJs at ETA Lounge. 7300 N. Aliante Pkwy., 9 p.m.,

Ain’t no party like an Artisan party, ’cause an Artisan party lasts until 8 a.m. Sip complimentary Champagne from 10 p.m.-midnight and groove to residents Justin Key, Zach the Ripper, Joey Mazzola, Javier Alba and Chris Aurelius. Dinner, bottle and room packages are also available for those who wanna go big and not go home. 1501 W. Sahara Ave., 10 p.m.,

Plop down 20 bucks at Silverton for a wristband that grants you all-you-can-drink draft beers, well cocktails and house wine at any casino bar from 7-10 p.m.. You’ll also get access to a dance party in Veil Pavilion (where, sadly, it’s back to a cash bar). 3333 Blue Diamond Rd., 7 p.m.,

Times Square may have a ball drop, but Revolver promises a balloon drop at the stroke of midnight. The country saloon also offers two complimentary well or draft drinks, party favors, a Champagne toast and a DJ to provide your line-dancing soundtrack. In Santa Fe Station, 9 p.m.,

Red Rock Resort has a giant party under one roof. Manhattan’s celebration will be broadcast at Lobby Bar, where ladies drink free from 8-9 p.m. Rocks Lounge has live music from Elvis Monroe from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. (open 9 p.m.) and Cherry nightclub reopens for the evening (10 p.m.) with DJ G Squared on the turntables. 11011 W. Charleston Blvd.,

Get hyped at Henderson’s Green Valley Ranch Resort. There you can carouse at Lobby Bar with DJ CB Shaw and receive party favors and a Champagne toast. At Drop Bar, you’ll get the same amenities with sounds by DJ Andrew B. 2300 Paseo Verde Pkwy., 7 p.m.,

Kiss 2014 goodbye at Blue Martini, and indulge in open bar and passed appetizers from 8-10 p.m. Admission also includes live music and a glass of bubbly at midnight. In Town Square, 8 p.m.,

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