Poppin’ bottles in Vegas for New Year’s Eve

There are people who spend rent on bottle service and those who play it safe by heavily pre-gaming. No matter what you choose, every choice is the right one when it comes to New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas. Whether you’re a veteran who conquers New Year’s every year with style or a newbie just looking to have a good time The Strip, here are some ideas to help you start the new year off right. We’re going to break it down for you based on your budget so listen up party people.

Photo credit: The Mirage

For the “I probably shouldn’t spend this money, but $50 won’t kill me” kind of person:

If you’re stingy or forgot to ask for money during the holidays, don’t worry we got your backs on this New Year’s Eve in Vegas. Everyone thinks that if you want to have a good time in Vegas for NYE, you automatically have to go to a club. Well, we’re here to tell you that it’s not nice to assume things. Haven’t you heard that saying? This time it only applies to you though #sorrynotsorry. We have plenty more bars than we do clubs, and they are just as awesome. Oh, and they’ll be half the price. Head to The Still at The Mirage for a chill time and a $50 open bar. Not only do you get to drink until the clock strikes 12, there’s live music from Rein Garcia. Garcia will be serenading the crowd, so our advice is to grab someone at midnight and plant a smooch. Talk about one unforgettable kiss. If you still want to go crazy, head downtown to Gold Spike or Commonwealth. There’s nothing like old school games, cool DJs and hanging with 500 of your closest friends.

Photo credit: The Palazzo Las Vegas

For the “I can spare a buck and I want to have a good time, but don’t want to go overboard” kind of people:

This is Vegas.com and we approve this message. Shout out to all the event planners who put together organized events for NYE. We really appreciate your time and effort for the betterment of the community. Instead of looking like an ant scurrying around the ant hill with thousands of other people, choose to be the person watching from above and laughing at all the people trying to score one drink. At events like the Eiffel Tower Experience, The High Roller, The Vortex at The LINQ Hotel & Casino and parties at The Stratosphere, they give you an open bar and a bird’s eye view to people watch while sipping on your cool refreshing cocktail. If you want to go to more of an upbeat party where the spotlight is on you as a socialite, check out Hard Rock Café or Sake Rok, they might not give you a view to people watch, but you’ll still have a damn good time. And last but not least, Minus5 Ice Bar. Head to the one in Mandalay Place or the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian | The Palazzo and embrace the Vegas culture and party all day and night because this party is going on for 13 hours. For $250 per person, you’ll get two cocktails, a 5×7 framed photo (so you can remember something no matter how much you drink), a Russian hat and wait for it…a faux fur coat! So, when you walk out at 1 a.m., everyone will be looking at you and wondering if you’re a celebrity. These parties are about $250 – $400. Yeah, it’s a little more, but you can’t put a price on skipping the chaos. Trust us when we say, you’ll be more relaxed and you won’t have to elbow your way to a cocktail.

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For the “It’s time to let it all hang out. We aren’t holding anything back. Let’s make it rain” kind of people:

It’s obvious that the nightclubs in Vegas reign supreme when it comes to New Years. If you need proof, Google “Omnia chandelier,” you’ll have at least 10 minutes of entertainment if you check out the videos, and that’s from the comfort of your couch. Not only will you be dancing the night away with 1,000 of your favorite friends, but the best of the best entertainment is lining up and telling every other venue “bring it on mate.” Take The Bank at Bellagio for example, for $100 you’ll have the chance to dance the night away with Bruno Mars serenading you. We don’t know about you, but the Mars man has expensive tickets and this is one helluva steal! But, if you’re not a fan and want to drift towards some baby making R&B music to get the new year started off right, head to Drais where Chris Brown will get the bumpin’ and grindin’ started early. And then, there’s always the classic EDM music with The Chainsmokers at XS or Calvin Harris at Omnia. There’s literally no chance any of this can go wrong. So, pick your fave, put on your Sunday’s best and head to the dance floor. It’s time to chase the sunrise and start NYE for a story that will be told for years to come.


I’m sexy, I’m cute, I’m popular to boot…oh wait, this isn’t the intro to Bring It On. Hi, my name is Shaun and I’m a walking ‘90s cliché. Born and raised in Vegas, I’ve seen more casino implosions than most. You could call me an O.G. Vegas native because I’ve been here longer than Celine Dion (and that’s long). The ever changing scene keeps me on my toes and I’m always looking for those hole-in-the-wall experiences most veteran visitors don’t have till their 10th trip. If this were a superhero movie, I’d be the perfect sidekick during your Vegas vacay – you brought your tights, right? Let’s conquer this city, who’s with me?