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Party like it’s 1999

Now that all the holiday presents are unwrapped, it’s time to ring in the New Year! So if you need ideas of what to do for New Year’s Eve and where to pop open the bubbly here in Greater Phoenix, look no further.


The Real London Bus Big NYE Pub Crawl

The bus will be loaded with all the standard NYE supplies (streamers, hats, poppers etc.) and champagne of course. Everyone will meet at the Rose and Crown Pub with stops at Time Finnegan’s, The Duce (food available) and Copper Blues. Just in time for the drop and more champagne!

Details: The Real London Bus. All tickets need to be purchased in advance by December 24th. $60 per person, which includes cover at each stop. Call 480.334.8372.

Westgate Rocks New Years Eve Party

Celebrate the New Year at Westgate’s Fountain Park. The fun starts at 6 pm and includes live music, games, arts and crafts, and more.

Details: Westgate 6770 N. Sunrise Boulevard , Glendale. 6pm — 2am. Free. 623.772.4000

The Terrace Room Lounge

Celebrate the New Year in The Terrace Room lounge at Different Pointe of View beginning at 8 p.m. with live music, party favors, light far and a New Year’s champagne toast. The cost is $50 per person or complimentary for dinner guests of Different Pointe of View. Reservations are required.

Details: The Terrace Room Lounge 11111 N. 7th St, Phoenix. Call 602.866.6350

New Year’s Eve Bash at Rawhide

Ring in the New Year Western Style at Rawhide’s Steakhouse. Enjoy a delicious buffet menu, live music, dancing, party favors and a sparkling beverage to toast the New Year.

Details: Rawhide Western Town and Steakhouse 5700 W. Tham Yog North Loop Road, Chandler. 9pm — 1am. $45 Adults, $18 Kids 4-12. 480.502.5600

New Years Eve at Symphony Hall

Ring in the New Year with The Phoenix Symphony performing classics from New York to Vienna. Enjoy waltzes, Broadway tunes and more from legends like Cole Porter, Leonard Bernstein, and Rodgers and Hammerstein.

Details: Symphony Hall 75 N. Second Street, Phoenix. 7pm. Tickets $27-83. 602.495.1999

CityScape’s New Years Eve

The festivities will include live performances by local bands, ice skating, and vendors selling a variety of beer, wine and other spirits. A headlining perfomance by former LIVE front man Ed Kowalczyk will ring in the New Year.

Details: CityScape 1 E. Washington Street, Phoenix. 7pm. $20 General Admission $35 VIP Red Zone. 602.772.3900

Zoo Year’s Eve

Ring in the New Year at this annual adults-only gala with music, dancing, Zoolights, snacks and a no-host bar. Complimentary champagne will be provided at the stroke of midnight while the ball drops to ring in 2012.

Details: The Phoenix Zoo 455 N. Galvin Parkway Papago Park, Phoenix. 9:30 pm – 12:30am. $45 per person: $85 per couple. 602.273.1341

Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Block Party

As Arizona’s biggest and most exciting New Year’s Eve bash, the Fiesta Bowl Block Party is a jam-packed evening of fun and entertainment for the entire family. With rockin’ bands, beer gardens and a host of entertainers, this is one fantastic celebration you won’t want to miss.

Details: Mill Avenue District 500 S. Mill Ave, Tempe. 5:30pm — 12:30am. $20. VIP $100. 480.350.0900

Scottsdale’s Ultimate Block Party

Scottsdale’s largest party hits the streets for New Years Eve with live DJ performances, four open bars, (Dos Gringos, Rock Bar, White House and Upper Deck) and a special performance by local favorties Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers.

Details: Craftsman Court 4209 N. Craftsman, Scottsdale. 6pm. Tickets $35.

Barbra’s Rockin New Years at the Rock

Hosted by Barbra Seville, this New Year’s Party is sure to Rock your world! This Vegas style show will feature live performances, a dinner buffet, party favors and a champagne toast at midnight.

Details: The Rock 4129 N. 7th Avenue, Phoenix. 8pm. Tickets $10. 602.248.8559

Talking Stick Resorts New Years Eve Ball

This dinner and dance extravaganza presents live performances by legendary 80’s acts Morris Day and the Time and Sheena Easton. There will also be party favors and a balloon drop.

Details: Salt River Grand Ballroom at Talking Stick Resort 9800 E. Indian Bend Road, Scottsdale. 8pm. Tickets $99-150. 480.850.7777

The Goblin King New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball at FilmBar

Dance 2011 away at FilmBar in downtown Phoenix. This unique event promises to be an evening of enchantment and festivity. The $15 cover includes champagne toast at midnight, masks, party favors and appetizers. Fantasy costumes or formal attire is encouraged, masks are required.

Details: FilmBar 815 N. 2nd Street, Phoenix. 21+ only, $15. 602.595.9187

Blue Martini: Diamonds Are Forever Casino Royale

High-end lounge Blue Martini pays tribute to James Bond and hosts a black-tie soiree to ring in the New Year. Dress your best in gowns and tuxes. Open bar from 8-10pm. Reservations are encouraged.

Details: Blue Martini 5455 E. High Street, Phoenix. $25 for women, $50 for men. Tables are available by reservation only. 480.638.2583

Rip’s Ales & Cocktails: The Final Countdown at Obscura

DJ Roya and Adrian Flanagan will spin their best ‘80’s and Brit pop tracks for New Year’s Eve so be prepared to dance the night away. Get there before 10pm and pay only $5 cover. Drink specials all night long.

Details: Rip’s Ales & Cocktails 3045 N. 16th Street, Phoenix. $5 before 10pm, $10 after. 602.266.0015

Crescent Ballroom: New Year’s Eve Pahtay

DJ Sean Watson will be joined by BC/AD, Benni Beatnik, Ariel, Ellery, Hartbreaks and Aaron Hempsey and electro duo Peachcake at this FREE New Year’s Eve party.

Details: Crescent Ballroom 308 N. Second Avenue, Phoenix. FREE. 602.716.2222

MercBar New Year’s Eve

Put on your best black and white attire and be fancy while you ring in 2012. General admission guests enjoy a hosted bar from 8-11pm with hors d’oeuvres. Table specials available.

Details: MercBar 2525 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix. $50-125. 602.508.9449

Champagne Supernova New Year’s Extravaganza at Dollhouse Cocktail Lounge

Enjoy complimentary champagne, food and half-off all cocktails from 8-10pm. DJ Circle will be spinning and a complimentary midnight toast is included.

Details: Dollhouse Cocktail Lounge 7419 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale. $45 at the door, $25 in advance. Call 480.359.7118

Brunswick New Year’s Dance Party

Bowl your way to 2012. Enjoy an appetizer buffet, party favors, DJ music and a champagne toast. There will be contests, prizes and bowling of course!

Details: Brunswick Lanes 1160 S. Gilbert Road, Gilbert. Prices vary. Call 480.813.2695

New Year’s Eve at Carefree Station

Carefree Station celebrates the New Year in every American time zone! Complementary champagn toasts and party favors at 10pm, 11pm, midnight, and 1am. Live music from Jon McConnell, lobster tail and surf-and-turf dinner specials will be available in addition to regular menu items. Reservations are suggested.

Details: Carefree Station Grill & Bar 7212 Ho Hum Road, Carefree. Call 480.488.8182

Fountain Hills Theater New Year’s Eve Block Party x3

Bring the kids at 6pm for a family-friendly event with kiddie music, finger foods, soft drinks, noise makers, hats and a sparkling cider toast at 8pm. A second celebration takes place with music dancing and a buffet that ends at 10pm with a champagne toast. Then Arizona’s New Year will be celebrated at midnight with another champagne toast. Guests are welcome for all three celebrations.

Details: Fountain Hills Theater 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd, Fountain Hills. $30, $15 for age 7 and younger. 480.837.9661

National Comedy Theatre New Year’s Eve Extravaganza

This all-ages improvisational comedy performance includes a catered buffet, party favors, noise makers and balloons. A champagne and cider toast is featured at midnight. Advanced tickets required.

Details: National Comedy Theatre 1111 S. Longmore Road, Mesa. $59. 602.374.5638

Golfland New Year’s Party

Ring in the New Year at Golfland in a family friendly environment. Unlimited attractions, video games, a live DJ, dance floor and a midnight balloon drop.

Details: Mesa Golfland/Sunsplash 155 W. Hampton Avenue, Mesa. $15-18. 480.834.8319

Uncle Lucius New Year’s Eve Party

Uncle Lucius plays The Compound Grill. A champagne toast at midnight is included with ticket purchase.

Details: The Compound Grill 7000 E. Mayo Blvd, Phoenix. $25 for table seating, $20 for general admission. 480.585.5483

Axis/Radius: Welcome to the Jungle

Ring in the New Year at Axis/Radius with this “Welcome to the Jungle” themed party. Dress up as rock starts or jungle beasts. Guns N’ Roses original drummer Steven Adler will be in attendance. Complimentary champagne toast at midnight.

Details: Axis/Radius 7340 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale. $25 single, $45 couple. 480.970.1112

Pussycat Lounge: PCL NYE

Dance your way into 2012 with tunes spun by DJ Aaron Taylor. Get there early and enjoy a hosted Ciroc vodka bar from 8-10pm.

Details: Pussycat Lounge, 4426 N. Saddlebag Trail, Scottsdale. Free for women, $20 for men. 480.481.3100

American Junkie: Junkie Bash

This is the place to ring in the New Year on a budget. No cover and a hosted Ciroc vodka bar from 8-10pm. Complimentary champagne toast at midnight.

Details: American Junkie 4363 N. 75th Street, Scottsdale. 480.990.3000

W Scottsdale: New Year’s Eve Cirque Nouveau

Watch sideshow performances, musical acts and a fireworks display at this vintage circus themed party. Hotel guests have access to a hosted bar from 7-9:30pm and receive a top hat and feathered headpiece, and split of champagne.

Details: W Scottsdale Hotel and Residences 7277 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale. $75 for women, $100 for men. Hotel packages available. 480.970.2100


Shake & Twist Like 56 New Year’s Bash at Hotel Valley Ho

Make reservations for this four-course dinner served with Henriot Champagnes and Grey Goose vodka pairings. After dinner, dance in the ZuZu lounge to music spun by DJ P-Body. A rooftop champagne toast is featured at midnight. Seatings at 6:30pm and 9:30pm. Reservations recommended, special room rates available.

Details: Hotel Valley Ho 6850 E. Main Street, Scottsdale. $125 for 9:30pm seating, $95 for 6:30pm. Call 480.248.2000

The Mint: New Year’s Eve Experience 2012 ‘Vintage’

Start out the evening with a five-course prix fixe menu created by chef Jonny Chu that includes Black Dragon fish, wasabi shumai and sweet wontons. The Mint will be decked out in metallic décor so guests are encouraged to dress in silver and gold. The first 400 guests will receive swag bags.

Details: The Mint 7373 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale. $20 for women, $50 for men, $35 additional per person for dinner. 480.947.6468

Taggia at Kimpton’s FireSky Resort & Spa

Taggia offers a delicious Old Town option for your last supper of 2011. The coastal Italian restaurant is offering a four-course prix-fix menu with a delectable lineup of seafood, salad, filet and rich desserts including a torte, tarte and bombolini with ganache. For those who want to dine with wine, the Taggia team will be on hand to offer perfect pairings.

Details: Taggia at Kimpton’s FireSky Resort & Spa 4925 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Reservations recommended. 480.424.6095

Different Pointe of View

Indulge in a prix fixe holiday dinner with a choice of two seatings. The first seating is at 5 p.m. and is $125 per guest, or $175 with wine pairings. The second seating begins at 8 p.m. and is $150 per person, or $200 with wine pairings. The second seating includes a champagne toast at midnight.

Details: A Different Pointe of View 11111 N. 7th St, Phoenix. Call 602.866.6350

Rico’s American Grill

A three-course holiday menu from 6 to 10 p.m. The celebration includes a glass of champagne and live music in Rico’s Backyard as we celebrate the New Year. Cost is $42 per person and reservations are suggested.

Details: Rico’s American Grill 7677 N. 16th Street, Phoenix. Call 602.997.5850

New Year’s Eve Dinner at District Kitchen & Wine Bar

Delight in a decadent five-course New Year’s Eve dinner with wine pairings while listening to live jazz music throughout the night at District American Kitchen & Wine Bar. The delectable dinner creations showcase artisan products, herbs from the restaurant’s rooftop garden, and sustainably farmed produce from local growers. Savor traditional American comfort foods served with a classic twist this New Year’s Eve.

Details: District Kitchen & Wine Bar 320 N. 3rd St. Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel, Phoenix.First seating is from 5:30 to 7pm. Prices are $59 for adults, $30 for kids, and $30 for the wine pairing. Second seating is from 8 to 10pm. Prices are $69 for adults with a champagne toast, $34 for kids, and $30 for the wine pairing. An a la carte menu will be available for bar patrons. Complimentary three-hour self-parking validation is available. Restaurant reservations are required. Call 602.817.5400

New Year’s Eve Dinner at Zinburger

On New Year’s Eve, enjoy a prix fixe dinner for two at Zinburger at Biltmore Fashion Park. The dinner is $40 (excludes tax and gratuity), which includes two burgers or entrée salads, one side dish, a slice of pie, such as Zinburger’s decadent Banana Cream Pie, plus two drinks. For drink selections, indulge in a glass of wine, a draft beer, or one of Zinburger’s signature handcrafted shakes, such as the new Salted Caramel Shake or the Gingerbread shake of the month. The special dinner is available from 4 to 10pm.

Details: Zinburger Biltmore Fashion Park 2502 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix. For more information, call 602.424.9500

New Year’s Eve Dinner at NoRTH at Kierland

Enjoy a three course, prix fixe dinner on New Year’s Eve at NoRTH at Kierland Commons. The dinner is $40 per person from 4:30 to 5:30pm and $55 per person from 5:30 p.m. to close.

Details: NoRTH at Kierland Commons 15024 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. For reservations, call 480.948.2055

New Year’s Eve at Kai

Conclude 2011 in style at Kai, Arizona’s only Five-Star and Five-Diamond restaurant, where Executive Chef, Michael O’Dowd will present special five or nine-course tasting menus.

Details: Kai Restaurant 5594 W. Wild Horse Pass Blvd, Chandler. Reservations for the five and nine-course menus will be accepted from 5:00pm — 9:00 m. Prices for the meals range from $140 to $225 and include various ranges of optional wine-pairings. Call 602.385.5726.

NYE at Quiessence Restaurant at The Farm at South Mountain

Cheers to the end of a great 2011 and an even better 2012 with Quiessence Restaurant. We’ve crafted one of the most decadent menus ever served at Quiessence. Already have midnight plans? Enjoy dinner before the party with plenty of time to countdown!

Details: Quiessence Restaurant at The Farm at South Mountain 6106 S. 32nd Street, Phoenix. Dinner is $95 per guest with an optional sparkling wine pairings at $55 per guest. First seating 5-6pm, second seating 7-8pm. Call 602.276.0601 for reservations.

New Year’s Eve Five-Course Chef’s Tasting Menu at Prado

Toast 2012 as you enjoy a delicious five-course tasting menu featuring treats including Butter Poached Maine Lobster and Marinated Baby Heirloom Tomato and Burrata Salad.

Details: Prado 4949 E. Lincoln Drive Montelucia Resort & Spa, Paradise Valley. Reservations will be accepted for 6pm and 9pm seatings. Call 480.627.3004.

New Year’s Eve Indulgence at Elements at The Sanctuary

Choose from three seating’s to ring in the New Year. First seating’s at Elements are 5:30pm — 7pm at $125 per person and $165 with wine pairings. Second seating at Elements 8-10:30pm and includes a champagne toast at midnight. $150 per person or $190 with wine pairings. Or choose an exclusive seating in Praying Monk from 8-12:30am that includes live entertainment by Alice Tatum and her band. This special seating is $200 per person and includes a half-bottle of Veuve Clicquot champagne.

Details: Elements at The Sanctuary 5700 E. McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley. Reservations required. Call 480.948.2100.

New Year’s Eve Dinner at Deseo and Kid’s Club

Ring in the New Year with an incredible four or five-course dinner in deseo. Bring the whole family and take advantage of Kids Club packages for children ages 4-14!

Details: Deseo at The Westing Kierland 6902 E. Greenway Parkway, Phoenix. 6:00 pm seating includes a four-course prix fixe dinner at $95+ per guest. The 8:30pm seating includes a five-course prix fixe dinner and champagne toast for $125+ per guest. Reservations required 480.624.1030.

NYE: Il Terrazzo at The Phoenician

Gather around our table at Il Terrazzo for delicious à la carte offerings and a four-course prixe fixe menu – the celebration continues at Thirsty Camel -open til 2am- for live entertainment, fabulous vistas and an impressive drink menu featuring more than 80 varieties of vodka and an extensive champagne list.

Details: Il Terrazzo 6000 E. Camelback Road The Phoenician, Scottsdale. Dinner reservations required 480.423.2530

New Year’s Eve Dinner at Le Chalet

A three-course dinner begins with an aperitif and them an appetizer of salmon gravlax, followed by beef tenderloin and a dessert tray of puff pastry layered with vanilla custard and sliced strawberries, served with a glass of champagne. The second seating adds an assortment of cheese before dessert and features a champagne toast at midnight.

Details: Le Chalet 5626 W. Bell Road, Glendale. $89.95 for 8pm seating, $49.95 for 5pm. Call 602.337-8760