Last minute tips for your Vegas New Year’s Eve

You know tomorrow is New Year’s Eve, right? Yes, person who just started to slightly panic. You let time get away from you and now you’ve got no plans, no tickets and no one to kiss who won’t then slap you and scream, “How the hell did you get in my kitchen?!” It’s alright. At least you’re in Vegas. We specialize in last minute parties. We’re going to take care of you and make sure you have a wonderful New Year’s, just please return the favor by not throwing up on our streets, floors, stairs, other guests, water features, plants or really anywhere that isn’t a bathroom. Actually, just don’t throw up at all. Control yourselves. Deal? Good. On we go.

See how stress-free they all are? Photo courtesy of Ghostbar.

See how stress-free they all are? Photo courtesy of Ghostbar.

Don’t Stress

We like to believe this isn’t one of those stressful holidays where you have to buy a gift for someone, hope they like it, then watch them exchange it for what they really wanted. But we know that even without the hassle of picking out the right color light saber toy, a holiday in a major tourist town can be stressful. So please remember that everyone is just here to have fun and they all want the same for you.

Yes, there will be lots and lots of people on the Las Vegas Strip and in Downtown Las Vegas. If that’s your idea of fun and you don’t mind rubbing shoulders with a few dozen strangers, then more power and deodorant to you. If that doesn’t seem cool to you, there are still places you can get your NYE on without having to swim through a sea of people just to get to the door.

  • Ghostbar at the Palms is off the Strip but will have an amazing view of the city and the fireworks.
  • Voodoo Lounge at the Rio will have a great view too and is offering some affordable packages.
  • Foxtail at SLS is on the Strip but is nestled nicely between the hectic part and the downtown part, giving you the best of both worlds and a chance to swoon over Nick Jonas as you spend most of the night comparing your date to him.
  • Golden Tiki west of the Strip will have live music and their own brand of fun.
  • Stoney’s Rockin’ Country at Town Square will have a country NYE with live music.
  • Southpoint Hotel and Casino will do an 80’s night in their event hall.

And you can always ditch the clubs all together and just hang out at a cool bar for New Year’s. The bars downtown will be packed but fantastic. And bars like Ellis Island, Center Bar at Hard Rock, Artisan Boutique Ultra Lounge and pretty much everything at the Orleans will have fun parties going on. If all of that is too crowded, you can always have a chill night in your hotel room with some champagne and someone smoochable.

Such a pretty view from Drai's. Photo courtesy of Drai's Nightclub.

Such a pretty view from Drai’s. Photo courtesy of Drai’s Nightclub.

Hit the club and bar if you still can

If crowds aren’t a problem for you, but you’d rather not be standing outside in what we’ll call cold weather (cue snickers from any tourist from an actually cold climate), you can still take a shot at getting into some clubs or bars where you can then take shots to warm up. Nightclub/bar parties with tickets still out there include:

  • Drai’s with Nikki Minaj
  • Lax with DJ Reach and Nina Sky
  • Vanity with Pete Wentz
  • Omnia with Calvin Harris
  • Hakkasan with Tiesto
  • XS with Alesso
  • Marquee with Fetty Wap and Bruno Mars
  • Rockhouse at the Venetian
  • PBR Rock Bar at the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood
  • Gold Spike with Empire Records having a ’90s party in the backyard
  • Evolve Vegas NYE, the only gay New Year’s Eve celebration held on the famous Las Vegas Strip
  • and more

If you have a particular club or bar you want to go to be sure to check soon. If you wait too long and don’t get into the club you want we won’t say we told you so, but we also won’t let you into our private party at our office. It’s only for employees, our families, our “special friends,” our families’ “special friends,” our postal carriers, our pets and our pets’ “special friends.”

Who needs drunk millenials when you can do this? Photo courtesy of the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

Who needs drunk millenials when you can do this? Photo courtesy of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

Forget clubs and bars and slow things down

Maybe you’re not into crowds, clubs or bars, but you still want to have a nice New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas. We totally understand. Some people are over the noise. For you we have some lovely options that will let you have a good time but will probably save you from having to repeatedly spout the line, “…these goddamn millenials!”

  • Smith Center is having a Broadway Extravaganza with live performances
  • The Ice Rink at The Cosmopolitan will have a wonderful view of the fireworks as well as food, drinks and music (Yes that means a DJ)
  • The Westgate Hotel and Casino will offer a sophisticated dinner, live music and an outdoor view of the fireworks with champagne, for all you romantics out there

You don’t have to go crazy on New Year’s Eve, and you don’t have to start 2016 with a hangover. Sure, it was fun in your youth, but if you’re past all that and you want something with a little more class, these are some great options.

This is the kind of crowding we're talking about. Photo courtesy of Fremont Street Experience.

This is the kind of crowding we’re talking about. Photo courtesy of Fremont Street Experience.

Be punctual

This is something we have to tell people every year and every year we see people fall into two camps: Either they ignore us completely and end up spending midnight in a cab or they get to the party at freaking 4 p.m. and wonder why they’re passed out by 9. So here’s what happens to the Strip and downtown on New Year’s Eve:

Las Vegas Metro Police Department will close down bunches of roads around the Strip, including Las Vegas Boulevard, in the early evening. That sounds intimidating, but there’s almost always a way to still get to where you want to go. If you’re in a cab then your driver should know. If you’re in a Lyft or Uber, then work together to find the best route. You don’t need to worry about being physically on the Strip before the roads close. Metro isn’t trying to trap anyone. But you also shouldn’t trust your navigation app when it says your destination is 20 minutes away, no matter how sexy the British robot voice sounds.

Our advice is plan to get near the party in plenty of time to grab some food and maybe pre-game before you hit the actual club, bar or random sidewalk where you plan to ring in the new year. The party keeps going well after midnight, so plan for that too. Here’s a sample schedule that you can tweak to your liking:

  • 7 p.m. – Head to the Strip if you’re not already there.
  • 8 p.m. – Find a place to get some food, whether that’s at a fancy restaurant or from a Walgreens on the Strip. Never party on an empty stomach.
  • 10 p.m. – Pre-game at a bar near the club where lines are shorter and drinks are (slightly) cheaper.
  • 11 p.m. – Get to the club and start your partying.
  • 12 a.m. -Celebrate the dawn of 2016 with the perfect amount of partying in you.
  • 3 a.m. – Head back to the hotel room.

If you’re already staying on the Strip, then this will change slightly. It shouldn’t take you an hour to go from your hotel room to the restaurant unless you walk really slowly or are easily distracted by shiny objects. There’s no shame in that. We have lots of distractingly shiny objects here. But if your travels around the Strip are a concern, the Las Vegas Monorail will be open non-stop for 44 hours over the holiday. So get your passes and move easily up and down the Las Vegas Strip.

Oh, and we also have a handy list of advice for people who want to just hit the Strip and see what happens:

  • Good luck and godspeed, you crazy bastards
This is the level of chill we expect out of you. Photo courtesy of Fremont Street Experience.

This is the level of chill we expect out of you. Photo courtesy of Fremont Street Experience.

Respect the rules

We’re not turning into our parents, we promise, but there are certain restrictions that have to be put in place so a few idiots don’t ruin things for everyone. So please don’t be one of those idiots. Control your intoxication. Don’t drink more than you can handle. Don’t be the reason we have to make new rules for next year. Here are a few other things to remember:

  • Alcohol laws in Las Vegas are simple yet complicated. Yes, you can drink outside, but glass bottles are not allowed on the Strip. Nor are metal cans or bottles. If you want to take your cocktail or beer outside, be sure to get a plastic cup, which the casino or bar should provide.
  • If you buy a sealed bottle of alcohol like a forty, a fifth or a mini bottle from a liquor store, you can’t drink it on the premises or within 1,000 feet.
  • You can bring your own booze in a plastic flask, but casinos might not let you in with it.
  • Do not under any circumstances drink inside a vehicle, even if you’re not driving.
  • Don’t bring your large bags or backpacks to your New Year’s party or to the Strip. Leave them at home or in your hotel room. Las Vegas Metro Police Department has already issued a warning that large backpacks and bags will not be allowed. We can’t actually think of a way to make this one funny so just don’t do it.
  • Don’t wear masks or elaborate costumes that cover your face. This one is less absolute, but use good judgement. It’s already against the rules in most casinos anyway, so apply that same rule to everywhere you go. Yes, that means you’ll have to go without your Kylo Ren costume. He’s not iconic enough yet. Not enough people will get it.
Just a beautiful short o Las Vegas Vegas and fireworks. Phot courtesy of Steve Marcus.

Just a beautiful shot of Las Vegas and fireworks. Photo courtesy of Steve Marcus.

Remember what city you’re in

You’re in Las Vegas for New Year’s Eve. Keep that in mind. You’re in party central for the planet on the day half the world is partying. There will be lots of drunk people. It will be cold outside. It will be crowded and you will have absolutely have a blast.

Comments

I came from a little town in the Midwest. And believe me, I’m never going back. It’s probably nice if you love grass and snow; but I love the lights, the glamour, and the flocks of tourists seeking fun and fortune. Once the sun goes down, I’ll be the first one out hitting the clubs or just wandering the Strip for a little nighttime adventure. Passing through Bond on my way to Lily Bar, or taking a shortcut through Double Helix before landing at Parasol Up/Down, I’m the one you’ll randomly bump into – only sometimes literally – strolling through Sin City’s liquored veins – and loving every minute of it.