End of the world is a good reason to party in Vegas Dec. 21

The Mayan calendar comes to an end on Dec. 21, 2012, and some people believe that means it’s the end of the world as we know it. If the world is ending, you might as well go out in style at a raging party and there’s no better place to party than in Las Vegas. Several bars and clubs around town will be hosting “End of the World” parties so you have plenty of options when deciding how to spend your final hours.

Things kick off on Thursday, Dec. 20 as Eli Roth’s Goretorium celebrates the end of the world with a final soiree at Baby Dolls lounge located inside the attraction. Guests are encouraged to dress up as their favorite dead celebrity while enjoying $5 Mayan’s Blood cocktails all night long. Costumed guests will be eligible to participate in the “Who do you want to meet when the world ends?” costume contest. Participants will receive prizes for the most creative costumes. A sexy burlesque performance by Ivana Blaze and Jenn O. Cide, live industrial-goth DJ spinning last requests, will lead up to the final countdown of the world’s end at midnight.

Fremont Street’s newest addition, Commonwealth, will host a party and offer a toast to say goodbye to the world during its “La Fin du Monde” bash on Friday, Dec. 21.  Revelers will salute the end of the Mayan calendar with Unibroue’s stout Belgian-style tripel, La Fin du Monde, which will be on draft at Commonwealth. The party will conclude at the stroke of midnight with a toast, a balloon release and a chance for partygoers to win a year’s worth of the prized brew.

M Resort joins forces with Alien Tequila and Ciroc Vodka to present an out-of-this-world party Dec. 21 in the Ravello Lounge from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. Guests will be transported to another world with Alien margaritas, tequila flights and Ciroc drink specials.  DJ KoKo will be spinning and partiers will receive tokens from another world from sexy female aliens. The first 50 people will receive a commemorative bottle of Alien Tequila. Ladies can join the party for free, $5 for locals and $10 for non-locals.

PBR Rock Bar inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino invites revelers to “Drink Our Bar Dry” in celebration of the End of the World on Friday, Dec. 21. The bar will lower the price of drinks every hour by $1 starting at midnight. Drinks will be priced at $5 at midnight and lower to $4 at 1 a.m.; $3 at 2 a.m.; $2 at 3 a.m.; and 4 a.m. to close all well drinks will cost only $1.

Rí Rá Las Vegas celebrate the End of the World on Dec. 21 with drink specials, a “Last Meal” dinner menu and two toasts – one to celebrate Ireland’s survival at 4:01 p.m. and a traditional midnight toast when Las Vegas survives at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 22. The Last Meal dinner menu will include beer-battered zucchini, beef Wellington, rack of lamb, PBJ & milk and chocolate mousse for dessert. Hot Cockalorum, featuring New York musicians David Barclow and Isaac Alderson, will keep the party going from 9 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. by blending ancient Irish dance music with classic rock and pop songs. Partiers can enjoy $2 pints of Shock Top’s End of the World Midnight Wheat during the party. Rí Rá’s End of the World party is free and open to the public.

Since it could be your last Friday night ever, 1 OAK at the Mirage is throwing a party beginning at 10 p.m. with resident DJ Karma spinning the hottest tracks .

Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel is offering a variety of Apocalypse wedding packages on Dec. 21 so you can get married before Doomsday. Choose from ceremonies like the End of the Mayan Calendar wedding package; the Planet X Gazebo wedding; King of the Mayans wedding package (complete with an Elvis officiant); It’s the End of the World and I Feel Fine garden wedding; Meet the Reaper wedding (with Grim Reaper or Dracula performing the ceremony); Zombie Attack End of Days wedding; or the Party Over, Oops Out of Time package.

If you do manage to survive until Dec. 22, Ghostbar Dayclub at the Palms is holding a “Survived the End of the World Party”  to celebrate beginning at 1 p.m.


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