We gotta say, that was a pretty sane New Year’s Eve, if we’re judging it against our own history. Monday’s hangover was minimal—by minimal we mean cleared up by early afternoon—and we’re feeling pretty relaxed and confident about those resolutions that we’ll get to eventually.
Those few days after a new year are usually tame in Las Vegas. The big musicians and celebrities are back at work doing what they do after treating us to a holiday spectacle that we don’t really deserve but we get anyway because we live in the world’s greatest city.
In case you couldn’t see straight enough to make out that famous person partying next to you on Sunday night, here’s how it all went down.
All Rise at The Venetian
The Venetian reeled in a truckload of celebs for the weekend, starting with Katie Holmes and Victoria Justice at Friday night’s opening of the new Black Tap Craft Burgers and Beer near the sports book.
But it was New York Yankees all-star and unanimous 2017 Rookie of the Year Aaron Judge who drew the most looks when he stopped into TAO Restaurant for dinner on Saturday night. The 6-foot-7 right fielder, who set a Major League Baseball record in 2017 for most home runs by a rookie (52) and will grace the cover of this year’s MLB The Show 18, dined with friends before heading up to TAO Nightclub, where Jermaine Dupri was leading the party. Also in the TAO crowd: rapper Lil’ Fate.
On New Year’s Eve at TAO, headliner Gucci Mane led the midnight countdown while treating fans to a selection of his hits, as his new wife, Keyshia Ka’oir, partied nearby in the VIP section.
Next door at The Palazzo’s LAVO restaurant, Juicy J (who we love for that song “Shell Shocked” from 2014’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie) performed to the New Year’s Eve crowd. J’s wife, Regina Perera, who must be a huge TMNT fan, was also in the house.
Bruno Hits Up The Bank
Bruno Mars pulled double duty, closing out 2017 with back-to-back shows at Park Theater on Saturday and Sunday, and then hosting a Happy New Year bash at The Bank inside Bellagio. Bruno led the night’s countdown before treating fans to a special performance. The guy works.
The Chainsmokers Get Some Help From Usher
Wynn Nightlife resident headliners The Chainsmokers were the big draw at XS Nightclub this year, and we don’t know if it was planned, but at some point Usher got out of his seat in the VIP area and joined the duo on stage.
Together they staged Mr. Raymond’s 2004 smash “Confessions,” which is cool and all, but we were kinda hoping for “Bad Girl.” That’s just a personal favorite.
Despite the late-night sipping Hibiki Japanese whiskey, Usher must have been feeling good, because he was spotted walking around Downtown Las Vegas’ Container Park on Monday. We get it—we can’t stay away from that awesome tree fort either.
Drai’s Does New Year’s With a Trio of Stars
What a weekend to be at Drai’s Nightclub on the roof of The Cromwell. Not only did you get that view, but you got night after night of headliners, with DJ Esco and Texas Chainsaw 3-D star Trey Songz on Friday, Future on Saturday and Takers star Chris Brown on New Year’s Eve.
Foo Fighters, French Montana Rock The Cosmopolitan
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas can add another notch in its belt after blowing guests away with its New Year’s Weekend lineup. Zac Brown Band and Duran Duran got the party started on Friday and Saturday nights, respectively, warming the crowd for Sunday’s Foo Fighters show.
On Saturday night, Foo founder and GOAT musician Dave Grohl had dinner in Beauty & Essex’s private dining room, The Jewelry Box. We’re told the menu included tuna poke tacos, Mexican street corn ravioli and a 34-ounce Tomahawk Ribeye.
Grohl and his bandmates hit The Chelsea stage the next night, treating fans to a little something new (“Run” from 2017’s Concrete and Gold) and a lot of classic Foo Fighters tracks. Check out the setlist: You got “Learning to Fly” and West Canann High School football fight song “My Hero” in there, plus “The Best of You,” then “Everlong” as the last song of the night. Damn, what a treat.
Over at The Cosmopolitan’s Marquee Nightclub, it was phones up all night long for French Montana. The “Unforgettable” and “Dirty Sexy Money” artist capped the weekend with a show that included special guest appearances by Nav and Belly. We’re told reality television show participant Evelyn Loazada (Basketball Wives) was also in the house.
Hakkasan Group Stage Strip-Wide Blowout
Some of us are still rubbing our eyes after Hakkasan Group’s monster New Year’s Weekend parties. You’d need more hands to count all of the artists, so here’s a refresher:
Party Favor, Tiësto and Steve Aoki got it done at namesake nightclub Hakkasan Las Vegas on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, respectively. But Aoki made the most noise, with help from UFC octagon announcer Bruce Buffer, who led the midnight countdown to 2018. Then the balloons and the confetti started falling, and everything went blurry.
We’re told the crowd got wet at Aria’s Jewel Nightclub when headliner Lil Jon started spraying champagne as the clock struck midnight. Mr. Jon capped a weekend at Jewel that included performances by DJs Justin Credible and Irie.
And at Caesars Palace mega-club Omnia, it was resident headliner Calvin Harris leading the countdown to 2018. You probably had a killer view of the fireworks if you could find room on the club’s outdoor terrace. Omnia’s New Year’s Weekend also featured Zedd, who just got reupped as a 2018 Hakkasan headliner (congratulations!), and Travis Scott.
All in all, we’d say it was a successful New Year’s Eve. Now we’re going back to the couch. See you in a week or two.