So you want to give 2016 the middle finger it deserves, but don’t want to do it on the Strip? Understandable. You shouldn’t start a beautiful brand-new year elbow to elbow with anonymous drunkards, shoving your way to your car as you try to beat the after-midnight traffic. If you’re going to ring in 2017 with reveling lushes, you stay in your own neighborhood! Besides, your dollar goes further when you go local on New Year’s Eve—Uber surge pricing shouldn’t sting as much since you’re closer to home, and ticket prices tend to be a fraction of what you’ll pay on the Strip.
Because costumes and masks are so much more fun than formal wear, local dining favorite Honey Salt is hosting a Mardi Gras–themed New Year’s bash with a Cajun and Creole menu (8:30 p.m., $75, honeysalt.com) that includes crawfish gumbo and jambalaya, with beignets for dessert.
Vince Neil says he isn’t performing at Donald Trump’s inauguration, but you can catch him at Eastside Cannery on NYE. The Mötley Crüe frontman, who also calls Las Vegas home, is ringing in the New Year with a solo show (9:30 p.m., $40+, eastsidecannery.com)—but there’s little doubt you’re in for a full-blown Crüe concert. Just Google set lists from Neil’s recent performances and you’ll find all the band’s hits: “Dr. Feelgood,” “Home Sweet Home,” “Girls, Girls, Girls”—everything except “Rock ’n’ Roll Junkie,” and that’s a shame.
Speaking of solo acts, Dennis DeYoung is performing “The Music of Styx” at the South Point (8 p.m., $175, southpointcasino.com) on New Year’s Eve. The package also includes an open bar, a four-course dinner and a Champagne toast. If rock and/or roll isn’t your thing, the resort is hosting a full day of New Year’s events, with doo-wop music from The Alley Cats in the afternoon and ’80s Night With the Spazmatics.
Also south of the Strip, the Silverton is advertising a Skip the Strip New Year’s Eve bash that’s just $25 (in advance; $40 day of, silvertoncasino.com) for “bottomless drinks” and a dance party in the Veil Pavilion. Your ticket will also get you a $5 buffet discount and bottomless assorted beverages at casino bars.
And speaking of the suburbs, you have your pick of parties if you live close to any Station Casinos property, but here’s one that sounds uniquely Vegas: dinner and a show with the Vegas Goodfellas big band at Santa Fe Station’s Chrome showroom. Your ticket (5 p.m. and 8 p.m., $99, stationcasinos.com) includes a four-course dinner, a Champagne toast and party favors.
If four courses aren’t enough, Panevino Italian Grille is offering a five-course menu (and vegan menu) (9:30 p.m., $185, panevinolasvegas.com) as part of its New Year’s Eve package. This is also where you’ll get one of the closest unobstructed views of the Boulevard’s fireworks without being on the Strip or climbing up on your roof.
You can also get out of town, without really getting out of town, and welcome 2017 at Monte Lago Village at Lake Las Vegas. Restaurants around the lake are advertising a special menu, but the highlight of the evening is a 90-minute adults-only cruise ($30, lakelasvegas.com) that leaves the marina at 11 p.m. You’ll be treated to hors d’oeuvres and a free glass of Champagne while watching the midnight fireworks over the water.