Plan your New Year’s Eve in Vegas

There’s just over a month to go until New Year’s Eve – one of the biggest nights of the year in Las Vegas. There will be tons of parties, shows, special dinners and much more going on to ring in 2014, so start planning your trip now. More events will be announced, but here’s what we know so far about what’s going on in Vegas for New Year’s:

Shows and Concerts

Las Vegas’ own Imagine Dragons will help rock in the new year with a show at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel Dec. 30. The band will be joined by special guests The Mowgli’s and Parade of Lights.

Robin Thicke will sing “Blurred Lines” and other hits at his show at the Palms on Dec. 29.

Robin Thicke

New Las Vegas resident performer and pop diva Britney Spears will be performing at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino Dec. 27 – 31. Catch her greatest hits like “Oops!…I Did It Again,” “Baby One More Time,” and “I’m a Slave 4 U.”

Broadway sensation Kristen Chenoweth will perform a special New Year’s Eve concert inside Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center Dec. 31. The evening will feature Chenoweth performing an array of her most memorable songs and Broadway show tunes, including music from “Wicked,” “Promises, Promises” and “Glee.”

Catch classic rockers Steve Miller Band and The Doobie Brothers for a night of greatest hits Dec. 28 at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel.

Comedic musicians The Dan Band will have audiences laughing and dancing Dec. 30 at House of Blues at Mandalay Bay. The Dan Band is known for singing originally female-performed songs with a few obscenities thrown in.

Acclaimed singer and songwriter Bruno Mars will perform at The Cosmopolitan Dec. 29.


Rock in 2014 at Sammy Hagar’s Cabo Wabo Cantina at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino Dec. 31. The all-inclusive New Year’s Eve bash will be priced at $300 per person with entry beginning at 9:30 p.m. The main dining room will transform into a nightclub with a dance floor and music. Revelers looking for a more intimate experience will enjoy the upstairs private room to relish in a five-station all-you-can-eat buffet while taking in a panoramic view of the Las Vegas Strip.  Beer pong tables and a private bar will also be available upstairs. Shots will be offered throughout the evening and guests will receive a glass of champagne at midnight to toast the New Year.

The Stratosphere is throwing a “New Year’s Everything 2014” party on Dec. 31. There will be three distinct parties to help you ring in the new year:

Stratosphere Tower

  • Tower VIP Party: Guests party on three levels of the Stratosphere Tower and enjoy an unlimited four-hour premium brand open bar, DJs, dancers, models, specialty drinks, elaborate food stations including a sushi bar, passed hors d’oeuvres and a chocolate fountain. Guests will enjoy live entertainment, a champagne toast at midnight, party favors and a spectacular view of the fireworks. The Tower VIP Party is on Level 103 and Level 104, with access to the Tower Party on Level 108.
  • Tower Party: This is a club-style party on Level 108 with unlimited four-hour premium brand bar, models, dancers, DJ MAC spinning tunes, specialty drinks, a champagne toast at midnight, party favors and a great view of the fireworks.
  • Level 107 Lounge Party: Stratosphere’s Level 107 Lounge will offer a three-hour open bar featuring premium brands, a champagne toast when the clock strikes midnight and a special New Year’s Eve appetizer cash menu from the award-winning Top of the World kitchen. The upbeat, festive lounge atmosphere will be accompanied by the popular DJ Dezie. Guests will be treated to party favors and amazing views of the fireworks.

Featuring a performance by The Swon Brothers, finalists on season four of NBC’s hit show “The Voice,” Gilley’s Saloon, Dance Hall & Bar-B-Que will ring in the New Year with a four-hour open bar, party favors and unmatched views of the revelers and fireworks on the Las Vegas Strip. Guests must be 21 years of age or older. Admission includes: VIP access to the Saloon & Dance Hall, open bar (8 p.m. to midnight), $5 mechanical bull rides, New Year’s Eve party favors and premium views of the fireworks.

This New Year’s Eve The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas offers revelers the opportunity to ring in 2014 from The Ice Rink at the Boulevard Pool. Perched high above Las Vegas Boulevard, the memorable New Year’s Eve celebration at The Ice Rink (9 p.m. – 1 a.m.) will feature a live stream on The Cosmopolitan’s 65-foot digital marquee of Grammy Award-winning recording artist Bruno Mars’ concert in the resort’s new performance venue The Chelsea. Besides watching the concert, guests at the Boulevard Pool will enjoy a premium open bar, breathtaking views of the midnight fireworks, skating on real ice and seasonal culinary offerings.

Rockhouse, located at the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian | The Palazzo, will send off 2013 in style with a live D.J., open bar and New Year’s Eve bottle service packages. From 9 p.m. – midnight, Rockhouse will offer an open bar stocked full of premium liquor, priced at $100 for pre-paid admission or $200 for admission at the door. Partygoers will greet the new year with a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. For those looking for the ultimate VIP New Year’s Eve, Rockhouse will offer a bottle service package. The VIP package includes full access to the venue, access to the plaza for the Strip’s fireworks display, VIP table for up to six people, three bottles of premium liquor, appetizer platter, party favors and midnight champagne toast. Guests who make a reservation before Dec. 15 will receive the VIP package for $1,500; reservations made after Dec. 15 will be priced at $3,000.

Tacos & Tequila (T&T) at Luxor Hotel and Casino will celebrate New Year’s Eve with an East Coast countdown party featuring the ladies of “Fantasy” Dec. 31 at 9 p.m. When the famous ball drops in Times Square at midnight EST, T&T and the ladies of “Fantasy” will welcome an early 2014 to the Strip. Amanda Avila, “Fantasy” singer, will usher in the New Year with a special rendition of “Auld Lang Syne” and all attendees will receive complimentary shots of Milagro tequila. Guests can enjoy $14 tequila flights including three pours of Milagro Blanco, Reposado and Añejo; $5 Dos Equis bottled beer; and a beer and shot special featuring a Dos Equis bottle and a Milagro shot, priced at $10. To keep the fiesta going, T&T’s resident DJ will spin the hottest beats from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Guests will be able to ring in the New Year at PBR Rock Bar’s 3,000-square-foot patio, with prime viewing of the fireworks on the Las Vegas Strip and a televised broadcast of all the action. The bar, located at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, will offer general admission packages including open bar access from 9 p.m. until midnight, complimentary champagne toast at midnight and access to Rock Bar, located inside PBR Rock Bar, and the Planet Hollywood Strip-side plaza, priced at $100 per person. Patrons will also have the option to enjoy premium open bar specials from 9 p.m. until midnight including complimentary champagne toast, access to Rock Bar and the patio, priced at $200 per person. Partygoers will bring in the New Year right with PBR Rock Bar’s Ultimate VIP Bottle Service package for up to six people. The premier package includes full access to the venue, VIP seating on the patio, three bottles of premium alcohol, appetizer platter, complimentary champagne toast, party favors and breathtaking views of the midnight fireworks show. New Year’s Eve partiers can purchase the VIP package for $1,750 until Dec. 15; the package will then be priced at $3,500.

Whether partygoers rock high-tops or low-tops, Commonwealth will ring in 2014 in style during the New Year’s Eve Chucks and Tux celebration Dec. 31. The bar, located at 525 E. Fremont St., will offer pre-sale entrance to the soiree, priced at $50. On New Year’s Eve sneaker-sporting guests will purchase entrance at the door, starting at $75. Partiers who wish to skip the line may purchase expedited entry, two drink tickets and rooftop access, priced at $100 per person. Revelers will also toast to the New Year with various table packages including the all-star package with VIP admission for four and two bottles of champagne, priced at $800. Commonwealth will also offer six VIP admission tickets and two bottles of champagne, priced at $1,000 for downstairs seating, and $1,400 for rooftop seating. Patrons who want to enjoy the ultimate rooftop experience can do so with admission for 15 and four bottles of champagne, priced at $3,100. All bottle service packages include New Year’s Eve swag and his and hers top hats.

The LVH – Las Vegas Hotel & Casino is throwing its inaugural Legendary New Year’s Eve Extravaganza on Dec. 31.

The property is planning four separate parties, all with free admission. Attendees are encouraged to move from party to party, which will include a live classic rock band, Big Chrysler, in the Shimmer Cabaret; two island-style bands, Bona Fide and Baba B in The NightClub (formerly SpaceQuest); hot Top 40 music in the Tempo lounge with DJ EZ E; and New Year’s Across America in the SuperBook where New Year’s Eve will be counted down in each time zone. All of the SuperBook’s huge screens will be in full use for the night and the party will also include VDJ Astro and dancing in the middle of the SuperBook.

Attendees will also be welcome to head to the 3rd floor pool deck beginning at 11 p.m. for spectacular live viewing of Las Vegas’ fireworks show. Cocktails and hot chocolate will be available for sale.

In addition to the four free parties, the property will also host a casino VIP New Year’s Eve Party in its Ballroom. This party includes dinner and dancing to the band, Bootiequake, as well as a champagne toast at midnight. LVH will also have its Fourth Annual New Year’s Eve Party with partners CAA International and 105.7 The Oasis in the Paradise Event Center. This event includes “old school” music including live appearances by Evelyn “Champagne” King and the R&B group, Next, dancing, party favors and a champagne toast at midnight.


The Bank welcomes T-Pain Dec. 29. The hip-hop artist will cap off a spectacular 2013 in Vegas with a guest spin in the booth. On Dec. 30 the club welcomes one of the hottest acts of 2013, Icona Pop. The group will perform its smash hit “I Love It.”  Things will wrap up with the ultimate New Year’s Eve party Dec. 31 with hip-hop and Hollywood superstar Common.

1 OAK will end 2013 with the return of Major Lazer Dec. 29. The electronic DJ duo will oversee a battle on the dance floor between the forces of The Major and its nemesis General Rubbish. 1 OAK will celebrate Dec. 31 with hip-hop sensation J. Cole.

DJ Pauly D is back for Haze’s “Turnt Up” party Dec. 28. Celebrate the end of another year Dec. 31 with a set of music by DJ E-Rock from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. and a legendary live performance by a surprise special guest. A critically acclaimed nine-time Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter will help guests ring in the new year in style.

Celebrate the new year with a special performance by Grammy Award-winning R&B group Boyz II Men at Revolution Lounge. Ring in 2014 with a two-hour open bar from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. followed by a performance from Wanya Morris and Shawn Stockman as they do a little East Coast swing into 2014.

Gold Boutique Nightclub and Lounge will celebrate the most exciting night in Las Vegas with one of its most successful groups — Jabbawockeez. The winners of season one of MTV’s “America’s Best Dance Crew” will host a countdown to 2014 with a set by their own DJ group The Bangerz.

Tao nightclub

Grammy Award-winning recording artist Miguel will lead the midnight countdown this New Year’s Eve as he headlines the celebration at Tao inside The Venetian.

DJ Vice, a longtime Tao Group resident who was just voted the No. 10 DJ in the America’s Best DJ poll from DJ Times, will spin the crowd into the New Year at Lavo at the Palazzo.

Calvin Harris is the New Year’s Eve headlining artist who will take over the main room at Hakkasan at MGM Grand Dec. 31. The Grammy Award-winning superstar will produce a show-stopping performance when he closes out 2013 with thousands of electronic music fans.

Light will kick off its three-day trilogy with “Phase 1: Ignition” on Dec. 30. Crossover dance music mastermind Nicky Romero will spin chart-topping tracks. The following night, Light presents “Phase 2: The Journey,” featuring a larger-than-life New Year’s Eve performance from world-class producer and DJ Sebastian Ingrosso. The party wraps up Jan. 1 with “Phase 3: Re-Entry” featuring Sweden’s hottest new export Alesso, performing his debut single “Nillionaire” among others.

Pop singer Keri Hilson will welcome 2014 inside LAX Nightclub at Luxor Hotel and Casino when she puts on a performance Dec. 31. The songstress is known for her hits “Knock You Down” and “Turnin’ Me On.”

Chateau Nightclub & Gardens inside Paris Las Vegas will kick off the New Year’s weekend festivities Dec. 30 with the ultimate “Pre- New Year’s Party.” On Dec. 31 the club welcomes R&B sensation Jeremih. The sultry hit-maker will serenade thousands of clubgoers and count down to 2014 on Chateau’s breathtaking Rooftop as fireworks fill the skies. Bringing the celebration to an end, DJ Hollywood hosts a special birthday celebration and kicks off the New Year Jan. 1 in true Sin City fashion.

R&B sensation The Weeknd will be at Pure for a live performance Dec. 30. On Dec. 31, Grammy-winning artist Ne-Yo counts down to midnight with a special performance.


Celebrate New Year’s Eve with a gourmet experience at the award-winning Top of the World restaurant at the Stratosphere, featuring great cuisine 800 feet above ground level. The restaurant revolves 360 degrees every 80 minutes offering panoramic views and a wide-open perspective on 2014. Executive Chef Rick Giffen has designed a delicious five-course menu to ring in the New Year, including party favors and a cash bar. Reservations are available from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. in two-hour seating blocks.

Top of the World

Sushi Roku at the Forum Shops at Caesars will be serving a six-course Omakase meal for $145 per person on New Year’s Eve. There will be two seatings: 4 p.m. – 9:45 p.m. and 10 p.m. – 1 a.m. Guests will receive a complimentary midnight champagne toast and party favors. Sushi Roku offers a beautiful view of the Strip.

Pinot Brasserie at the Venetian will be serving a celebration menu for New Year’s Eve from 5 – 10 p.m. as well as offering their full à la carte menu. The celebration menu is $135 and includes four courses. Diners can choose to add on the golden osetra caviar with traditional accompaniments for an additional $180.

Hakkasan Las Vegas Restaurant inside MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, will celebrate New Year’s Eve with an exclusive seven-course prix-fixe menu Dec. 31. Complimentary champagne will be served to guests throughout the evening as music provided by its live DJ will keep the New Year’s festivities in full force.

Michelin-starred Chef Ho Chee Boon and his team of highly skilled dim sum chefs will offer specialized menus to ring in 2014, starting at $135 per person. The menu includes savory Cantonese selections including Wok-braised Australian lobster in butter milk and almond, seared Boston live scallops in scallion sauce, a choice of Mongolian grilled lamb chop or Wok-seared beef tenderloin with sha cha sauce and more. Guests also have the choice to add the Peking duck with Tsar Nicoulai Reserve caviar to their meal, for an additional $40 per person. The meal ends with a delightful dessert, black sesame chocolate creameux, mint fondant and purple taro ice cream. A vegetarian option is available. The restaurant has also prepared world-class wine parings for the holiday that are available for an additional $70 fee per person.

Chef Akira Back prepares a special five-course culinary experience with unparalleled views of the Fountains of Bellagio and the Las Vegas Strip fireworks display at Yellowtail at Bellagio.  The meal is $295 per person. Add a sake pairing for $65 per guest.

Kumi at Mandalay Bay features a menu  of Chef Akira Back’s sushi and signature menu items for $150.

Red Square at Mandalay Bay will celebrate New Year’s Eve with a decadent four-course Gala Menu featuring a delicious array of signature items and special vodka toast at midnight for $125.

Fix Restaurant at Bellagio will offer a four-course New Year’s Eve Gala Menu with new seasonal dishes, made with the finest ingredients, and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight for $250. Add a bottomless glass of champagne for $65.

Stack at The Mirage will celebrate New Year’s Eve in a fun, contemporary atmosphere with a four-course New Year’s Eve Gala Menu for $150. DJ CQuel will spin in the lounge, hosting a special New Year’s Eve countdown. Add a bottomless glass of champagne for $50.

Enjoy a four-course New Year’s Eve Gala Menu at Brand at the Monte Carlo including all of the restaurant’s signature dishes for $150. After dinner ring in 2014 at Brand’s Lounge offering a hosted bar from 9 p.m. to midnight and table service options. DJ Guy Williams will host the countdown with a champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight. Add a bottomless glass of champagne for $50.

Mandarin Oriental welcomes 2014 with an elaborate New Year’s Eve feast and a fireworks viewing party for guests on Dec. 31. The resort will transform its 23rd floor for its New Year’s Eve Gala and will host two different seatings at Twist by Pierre Gagnaire.

Sky High New Year’s Eve
The Mandarin Bar, Tea Lounge and Sky Lobby will host the New Year’s Eve Gala featuring extraordinary décor, live music, a spacious dance floor and multicolored filled floor-to-ceiling windows framing the fireworks. The gala begins at 9 p.m. and general admission is $150 per person; tables in Mandarin Bar and Tea Lounge start at $500. The gala is complimentary to hotel guests and diners at Twist by Pierre Gagnaire.

Mandarin Oriental

New Year’s with a Twist
World-renowned Chef Pierre Gagnaire joins guests at his five-star restaurant Twist to welcome 2014 and enjoy the exclusive New Year’s Eve feast. The New Year’s Eve dinner is available in two seatings with complimentary champagne, general admission into the 23rd floor New Year’s Eve Gala as well as prime seating to view the Strip’s fireworks show. The first seating consists of four-courses priced at $350 per person and the six-course second seating is priced at $525 per person.

The four-course menu is available at 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. and includes: lobster fricassee with fresh ginger and lemongrass butter and creamy pumpkin puree with lime; warm scallop carpaccio with stew of black truffle, cuttlefish, smoked haddock, celery root and shaved chestnut; Tajima Wagyu beef au poivre with black Sarawak pepper, black truffle and Paris mushroom, and fondue of endive and mache with bacon; Pierre Gagnaire’s Grand Dessert including a crumbly shortbread with black currant syrup, apples and passion fruit marmalade; multicolored meringue with polignac almond, ganache with old rum; lemon jelly with limoncello and chocolate ice cream; and mango veloute and wedges with raspberry sorbet and coconut milk with lime.

The six-course menu is available at 9 p.m., 9:30 p.m. or 10 p.m. and features all of the courses above as well as sea urchin custard with caviar and declination of turnips, & blinis with vodka granite and traditional garnish;  duck foie gras shortbread with Chantilly and red port, red pepper puree, and a milk chocolate leaf.


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