The hottest parties in Vegas for New Year’s Eve 2013

No place compares to Las Vegas when it comes to celebrating on New Year’s Eve. Don’t worry about missing New York City’s famous crystal ball drop in Times Square. Forget about the bells that chime for midnight at London’s Big Ben clock tower. Pay no heed to the fireworks on Sydney’s Harbor Bridge or at Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana Beach. In Sin City, which is packed to the brim with nightclubs and bars, you’ll be too busy partying. Ring in 2014 at one of the big bashes being held at these resorts!

Paris Hilton

Heiress-turned-DJ Paris Hilton will mix the music up at Hyde Bellagio on New Year's Eve

Everyone at Hyde Bellagio will be rocking out on New Year’s Eve thanks to tunes spun by media, fashion and music maven Paris Hilton, who is taking over the DJ booth for an exclusive performance that will carry the club into 2014. The Bank nightclub will also boast a precious music commodity on its stage with hip-hop hotshot Common making a special appearance. And partiers in Lily Bar & Lounge will mark the biggest night of the year with musician Daniel Park and a glass of Veuve Clicquot to toast at midnight.

Haze Nightclub
has an unforgettable year-ending bash planned with music by DJ E-Rock, a two-hour open bar and a performance from nine-time Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter John Legend. Gold Boutique Nightclub and Lounge is observing New Year’s Eve with the Jabbawockeez dance troupe. They will lead the countdown to 2014 with a set by their own DJ group, The Bangerz. The Deuce Lounge has some sexy fun in store for guests. Party goers can spend the evening with Claire Sinclair, the star of “Pin Up” as she conducts a burlesque-style countdown to 2014. DJ Mike Fusion will set the tone with a selection of high-energy music.

Monte Carlo
Be part of the New Year’s Eve Celebration at The Pub, where there’ll be a mash-up of music including house, EDM and Top 40 provided by a DJ as well as a live band and dancers. Brand Steakhouse and Lounge will have a special atmosphere courtesy of DJ Guy Williams, who will lead the countdown into 2014 with a champagne toast and balloon drop. You’re sure to break a few resolutions right off the bat if you ring in the New Year at Diablo’s Cantina. Whoop it up on the outdoor balcony with an amazing view of the Strip. You can also show off your dance moves in the fiesta-like party atmosphere with DJ Dilemma spinning upstairs and DJ Epic One downstairs. There will even be a tequila toast at midnight. Or have a cool time at the Minus 5 Ice Bar (note: there is second location in Las Vegas inside The Shoppes at Mandalay Place in Mandalay Bay), where everything is handcrafted from ice – including the walls, tables, bars and glasses. Minus 5 will celebrate the arrival of 2014 around the world, offering complimentary champagne toasts to guests every hour on the hour, beginning at 2 p.m. (for Auckland, New Zealand) and running all the way through the time zones until it’s midnight in Vegas.

Calvin Harris and DJ Ross One

Double your entertainment with Calvin Harris and DJ Ross One at Hakkasan Las Vegas on Dec. 31

MGM Grand
The star of the show at Hakkasan Las Vegas is Calvin Harris, who will be taking over the main room for New Year’s Eve, while DJ Ross One will man the turntables in the adjacent Ling Ling Club. Another exciting spot at MGM Grand on Dec. 31 will be the recently opened Beacher’s Madhouse, which will offer a Vaudeville-inspired spectacle as part of its nightclub experience.

Red Rock Resort
At Rocks Lounge, welcome the New Year with Zowie Bowie, featuring Chris Phillips. “American Idol” alum Josh Royse will take charge of the festivities in the Onyx Bar.

Green Valley Ranch Resort
For a great time with no admission cost, head to this stylish resort in Henderson. At the Lobby Bar, a DJ will spinning music until the wee hours. In the Drop Bar, Jeremy James takes the early shift followed by DJ Andrew B, who will direct the countdown. Darby O’Gill & The Little People will appear at Quinn’s Irish Pub.

The Mirage
Hip-hop sensation J. Cole, who has two No. 1 albums to his name, will step onstage at 1 Oak Las Vegas to commemorate the biggest night of the year. At The Beatles Revolution Lounge, you can view a special performance by R&B group Boyz II Men as Wanya Morris and Shawn Stockman do a little East Coast swing into 2014!

Tryst on New Year's Eve 2013

Champagne showers were part of the festivities at New Year's Eve 2012 at Tryst

Wynn Las Vegas and Encore
At Tryst in Wynn Las Vegas, merrymakers can listen to Lil Jon while standing beneath a beautiful 90-foot waterfall as the clock strikes midnight. Alternatively, revelers can head over to Encore to see Diplo at Surrender or bask in the excitement created by EDM superstar Kaskade in XS.

The Venetian and The Palazzo
Come to Tao Nightclub in The Venetian to enjoy a special performance by Miguel, the multitalented artist behind the hits “Adorn” and “#Beautiful” (sung by Mariah Carey), on New Year’s Eve. He’ll be joined by DJ Politik. At Lavo in The Palazzo you can get your groove on during a party helmed by DJ Vice. Or head over to the Rockhouse in the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian | The Palazzo for a rollicking gathering, complete with DJs and an open bar.

New York-New York
Nine Fine Irishmen
is airing the New Year’s Eve broadcast live from Ireland. The spirited Emerald Isle bar will also showcase music by the Irish band Sin É Rí-Rá. The Sporting House will ring in 2014 with live entertainment by DJ Vinyl Dave, an open bar, party favors and a midnight champagne toast. At the resort’s Center Bar, you can listen DJ-spun music, watch a live broadcast of Las Vegas’ fireworks and take advantage of a bottomless sparkling wine package. There’ll be plenty of fun on tap at Coyote Ugly Bar & Dance Saloon, where the sexy servers known as “Coyotes” will dance on the bar and hand out party favors during what’s sure to be a rowdy affair. Last but not least, the Bar at Times Square will air the New Year’s Eve broadcast live from New York and have musical entertainment courtesy of dueling pianos.

Fizz Las Vegas at Caesars Palace (Photo by Tim Hancock)

Have a sip of bubbly at Fizz Las Vegas (Photo by Tim Hancock)

Caesars Palace
The newly opened champagne lounge and bar, Fizz Las Vegas, is uncorking some fun with a Roaring ’20s New Year’s Eve gala that includes specialty champagne cocktails, Dom Pérignon by the glass and passed hors d’oeuvres. Guests are encouraged to wear 1920s-era clothing. Pure Nightclub is welcoming Grammy Award-winning singer/songerwriter Ne-Yo, who will count down the clock out on the terrace as fireworks fill the sky. He’ll also perform some of his chart-topping hits, like “Sexy Love,” “So Sick” and “Let Me Love You.”

As you might expect, the sleek LAX Nightclub is welcoming a top-tier entertainer at its year-ending bash – pop singer Keri Hilson, who is known for her hits “Knock You Down” and “Turnin’ Me On.”

Party like its 2014 at the tallest freestanding observation tower in the U.S. There are several events that all boast panoramic views of the fireworks and Las Vegas’ shimmering lights. DJ Dezie will set an upbeat atmosphere at the Level 107 Lounge Party. You can also enjoy an awesome club-style party at the Air Bar Fireworks Tower Party, which will feature the music of DJ Mac as well as models, dancers, specialty drinks and a midnight toast.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
On Dec. 31, Body English Nightclub & Afterhours is hosting the official after-concert party for Juicy J with a DJ set by Mike WiLL Made It.

Ryan Lochte

Celebrate with Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte at SHe by Morton's

The Shops at Crystals in CityCenter
The upstairs nightclub at SHe by Morton’s will be the site of a New Year’s Eve bash. Olympic gold medalists Ryan Lochte and Cullen Jones will usher in 2014 with a countdown to midnight while guests dance the night away to beats provided by DJ Twisted.

Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino
Attend a rockin’ celebration at Sammy Hagar’s Cabo Wabo Cantina, situated at the south entrance of the Miracle Mile Shops. It will be an all-you-can-eat-and-drink experience that includes five food stations, cocktails and live music. Or delight in the fireworks on the Strip-side patio at PBR Rock Bar & Grill, at the north entrance of the Miracle Mile Shops. Live DJs will be on hand here all night long.

Mandalay Bay
Light Nightclub
will be in the midst of a three-day celebration to usher in 2014. On Dec. 31, you can embark on “Phase 2: The Journey,” featuring a performance from world-class DJ and producer Sebastian Ingrosso. The House of Blues Foundation Room on the 63rd floor of Mandalay Bay is a truly unique venue where you can listen to live DJs in three different rooms and admire a bird’s-eye view of the Las Vegas fireworks show. Mix Lounge, located atop THEhotel at Mandalay Bay, will host a party called Soiree d’Or with another fabulous view of the Strip and the city’s New Year’s Eve fireworks show. The night will consist of a gold carpet entrance, Cirque-style performers, Soiree d’Or models and a midnight gold balloon drop. At eyecandy sound lounge & bar, indulge in the themed Möet & Chandon Champagne Room, boasting models and go-go dancers in gold attire. The resort’s Orchid Lounge and Coffee will kick off New Year’s Eve with a James Bond-themed Treasure Vault. Sponsored by Diageo, it will feature a gold cigar lounge with giveaways (such as gold chocolate coins and gold lipstick) and an interactive photo booth. In addition, the Mizuya Lounge will present a fairy tale-themed experience by creating the Golden Goose Lounge. Sponsored by Grey Goose, expect to see twinkling gold trees, balloons and glittering décor – along with character models of Mother Goose, Goldilocks and Prince Charming. Mandalay Bay’s race and sports book will house the Gold Medal Lounge sponsored by Anheuser-Busch, which will offer three draft beer bars, giveaways and games such as foosball, air hockey and cornhole. Finally, THElounge in THEhotel at Mandalay Bay will serve up the resort’s exclusive barrel spirits and Sinatra Select by Jack Daniel’s while the music of Ol’ Blue Eyes plays in the background.


Hear Jeremih sing and count down 2013 at Chateau Nightclub & Gardens

Paris Las Vegas
Looking for someplace that’s got a one-of-a-kind view of the Strip as well as a musical performer beyond compare? Go to Chateau Nightclub & Gardens on Dec. 31, when R&B sensation Jeremih will serenade guests and count down to 2014 on the club’s breathtaking rooftop patio as fireworks fly high in the sky.

Santa Fe Station
Ring in 2014 at Revolver with DJ Sinner. There will also be a party in the 4949 Lounge with DJs Mariah and CW.

Sunset Station
Hang loose and let your hair down on the dance floor of Club Madrid or sit back and relax at the Gaudi Bar as DJ Lee Orchard sets a celebratory mood.

Texas Station
Follow the classic rock tribute band Yellow Brick Road into 2014 at South Padre nightclub.

Boulder Station
At The Railhead, guests can get funky while bidding adieu to 2013 with Volume 1, a band known for its mix of mainstream, hip-hop and top 40 music. There will also be a DJ shaking things up in Kixx Bar.

Palace Station
Known for fostering a party vibe every time they play, Nuff Said will send out 2013 in style at Jack’s Irish Pub.


Listen to Chuckie live at Marquee Nightclub on New Year's Eve

The Cosmopolitan
Marquee Nightclub is throwing an event on Dec. 31 dubbed “A Dapper and Dashing Dirty Dutch 2014” with Chuckie, who hails from Amsterdam. For a night to remember, skate under the stars at the Ice Rink, built on the resort’s Boulevard Pool deck. In addition to partaking in an abundance of cocktails, guests will behold amazing views of the Strip and the fireworks. Plus, the 65-foot digital marquee will broadcast Bruno Mars’ performance from inside The Chelsea, a new concert venue at The Cosmopolitan.

Fiesta Rancho and Fiesta Henderson
The lounges at these two locals-oriented properties will be rockin’ on New Year’s Eve. See John Earl & The Boogieman Band in Fiesta Rancho’s Cabo Lounge and Route 66 in Fiesta Henderson’s Coco Lounge.


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