LAS VEGAS: Top 5 New Year’s Eve Parties

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December is now upon us and it’s time to get serious about where you will be celebrating New Year’s Eve. Las Vegas is always rockin’ with a party on every corner and rooms fill up fast, so do not delay. The choices abound, but we’ve whittled down the list to a more manageable 5, to make travel planning even easier.

Here are some of our favorite choices to ring in the New Year:

COSMOPOLITAN
The Cosmopolitan has several events going on but the celebration at The Ice Rink is where I’d want to be. You’ll be high above the Strip in a winter wonderland, skating your cares away and listening to Bruno Mars in concert on a marquee made of 65 digital panels. (He’s performing live downstairs at The Chelsea.) Tickets include cocktails.
Where: The Ice Rink, Cosmopolitan
When: 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Cost: $99 – $150 (Must be 21 to attend)

DOWNTOWN/FREMONT STREET
The Fremont Street Experience hosts one of Sin City’s biggest NYE parties, spanning several blocks, under the light canopy (which will be displaying a special light show that evening). This year’s party theme is “Rock in the New Year” and will feature 9 hours of live music on 3 stages, including Vince Neil (of Motley Crue) and Loverboy. The midnight countdown includes a dazzling fireworks display and revelers can duck into any number of casinos to warm up, try their hand at a game of poker, or freshen up their drinks.
Where: Fremont Street
When: Gates open at 6 p.m.
Cost: $40 (Must be 21 to attend)

ARIA
The Gold Boutique Nightclub and Lounge inside the Aria hotel is throwing a NYE Countdown hosted by JabbaWockeeZ, winners of America’s Best Dance Crew (and currently entertaining guests at their new customized theater at the Luxor). In addition to the drama and dance of this high-energy group, The Bangerz will deejay the event. First two hours feature an open bar, people, so don’t be late!
Where: The Ice Rink, Aria
When: Starts at 9 p.m.
Cost: $50 for the ladies; $75 for gents; table reservations start at $1,200 (Must be 21 to attend)

CAESARS PALACE
Pure Nightclub at Caesers recently won the Lifetime Achievement Award in the annual Vegas Seven Nightclub Awards and on New Year’s this plush venue with gorgeous Strip views will make you a believer. This is the cream of the crop and always deserves a visit no matter what time of year you visit Las Vegas. Known for hosting celebrities on a regular basis, you can hobnob with the best at this venue. Open bar from 9 p.m. to midnight.
Where: Pure Nightclub, Caesers Palace
When: 8 p.m. to 4 a.m..
Cost: $50 for the ladies; $100 for gents; Tickets here

PLANET HOLLYWOOD
How about a “Bottomless New Year’s Eve” at Koi Ultra Lounge? Planet Hollywood is set dead center in the middle of the Strip, giving you a bird’s eye view of all the revelry and fireworks along Las Vegas Boulevard. Tickets include an open bar and party favors.
Where: Koi Ultra Lounge, Planet Hollywood
When: 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Cost: $40 for the ladies; $60 for gents;  bottle service $150 – $200 Tickets here

NOTE: The Las Vegas Strip will be closed to ALL auto traffic after 6 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, so plan appropriately.

 

LAS VEGAS: Downtown Container Park Debut

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The face of downtown Las Vegas will be forever changed in the next few weeks when the new Downtown Container Park makes its debut. What began as an empty plot of land has been transformed into a vibrant, walkable retail and entertainment district composed of recycled shipping containers, a train caboose, and Xtreme Cubes which will house cafes & bars, boutiques & galleries, and so much more.

This urban revitalization is the brainchild of the Downtown Project, “a group of passionate people committed to helping to transform Downtown Las Vegas into the most community-focused large city in the world.”  This is just one of their many projects which is slowly changing the face of downtown Las Vegas, year by year.

The Downtown Container Park will be host to more than 40 tenants, including Big Ern’s BBQ, The Beatnik coffee shop, Pork & Beans, Pinches Tacos, Sasa Sweets dessert shop, Bin 702 wine bar, The Boozery, and museum stores for the Mob Museum and the Neon Museum. The space with the most flair, though, just might be Bolt Barbers, which will be housed in a vintage train caboose. There is also a children’s playground, outdoor theater, and large public art pieces (including a 40-foot preying mantis that shoots flames).

Downtown Container Park
Where
: Between 7th & 8th streets x Fremont
When: Early November