We’ve all had that less than perfect New Year’s Eve in which we waited until the last minute to make reservations or buy tickets, and the party wound up starting without us.
Heed those lessons this year, especially if you’re planning to spend December 31 in a Las Vegas nightclub. Can you imagine the humility of hearing the crowd roar at midnight while you’re still standing in line to get in?
In case you haven’t decided on your destination, here are seven of our picks.
Calvin Harris at Omnia Nightclub
The Caesars Palace megaclub is actually three parties in one this year, with Harris headlining in the main room, fellow DJ Turbulence holding it down in Heart of Omnia lounge and Mondo at the decks on the Strip-side outdoor terrace. The latter is a prime viewing spot for midnight fireworks, so set a reminder on your phone. 8 p.m., $125–$275, omniaclubs.com
The resident headliners return to close out a year in which they’ve toured the globe, dropped their debut studio album and racked up Billboard, Grammy and American Music Awards statues. XS will have an open bar (essential for New Year’s Eve) until 11 p.m., but if you’re looking for table service, you better be ready to pay big time. Seats on the upper and lower dance floors are going for $37,000. 10:30 p.m., $75–$200, xslasvegas.com
Chris Brown at Drai’s
It’s a black-tie affair on the rooftop of The Cromwell, hosted by the Heartbreak on a Full Moon artist, who follows Future and Trey Songz on New Year’s weekend. When you’re not watching the stage, you can watch New Year’s Eve unfold on the Strip below and the fireworks at midnight. Every ticket comes with two glasses of champagne, and when that’s gone, bring cash. $125–$175, draisgroup.com
French Montana at Marquee Las Vegas
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas loaded up on talent again this year, with Foo Fighters in The Chelsea and French Montana at Marquee nightclub. For the latter, you’re getting your money’s worth, with a premium open bar until 11 p.m., heavily passed hors d’oeuvres until midnight and a complimentary glass of champagne when the ball drops. The Cosmopolitan’s Beauty & Essex restaurant is even offering 15 percent off dinner to ticket holders, so make those reservations before it’s too late. 9 p.m., $46–$110, cosmopolitanlasvegas.com
Ludacris at The Light
In retrospect, The Fate of the Furious was pretty weak and mostly forgettable. But we can’t blame Ludacris: It just doesn’t make any damn sense to have two hackers on the Fast team. That needs to get fixed before the next sequel, and in the meantime, we can enjoy Luda at Mandalay Bay’s The Light. Your ticket includes an open bar from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m., which should have you feeling good and ready to hit the dance floor when he takes the stage. 9 p.m., $50–$100, thelightvegas.com
Marshmello at Intrigue
Marshmello kept us bouncing in 2017 with tracks like “You and Me” and (personal fave) “Chasing Colours,” and he’s closing things out with a bash inside Wynn Las Vegas’ Intrigue nightclub. If you’re really lucky (or maybe you’ve got a great connection), you can even sneak inside “club within a club” The Living Room. 10:30 p.m., $50–$100, intriguevegas.com
Steve Aoki at Hakkasan Nightclub
Hakkasan will host an open bar until 10 p.m., and if you’re willing to shell out a little bit more for a ticket, you can get a $100 bar card that will keep you from reaching for your wallet during the party. Steve Aoki is going on the main floor, with DJ Melo-D spinning upstairs at Hakkasan’s Ling Ling Club. 8 p.m., $50–$75, hakkasanlv.com
Looking for more ways to ring in 2018? From concerts to family-friendly activities and everything in between, check out our New Year’s Eve 2017 guide.