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Las Vegas New Year’s Eve Guide 2009

All the parties, concerts and clubs fit to visit for the last night of 2009

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A woman holds on to two beers during Tribute Palooza, the New Year’s Eve party at the Fremont Street Experience in downtown Las Vegas on Wednesday, December 31, 2008.
Photo: Leila Navidi

Every year, New Year's Eve turns Las Vegas into one even bigger than normal party with thousands of visitors flooding the Strip to partake in the cork-popping fun. The clubs pull out all the stops with concerts, legendary DJs and celebrity hosts, and a handful of brand new venues will open their doors eager to become your favorite destination of 2010.

CityCenter is primed to celebrate its first Dec. 31st with blow out bashes at Eve Nightclub at Crystals and Gold Lounge and Haze at Aria. Leaving the scene will be Body English, which will say goodbye to clubbers as the Hard Rock's newest edition, Vanity, welcomes them in. John Mayer and Maroon 5 headline at The Joint and the Pearl, respectively, and local bands will be taking the stage at several downtown venues. The nightlife options are literally in the triple digits, so pick your poison carefully, and remember, this will be an all-nighter... so wear comfortable shoes.

Concerts

John Mayer performs at Michael Jackson's public memorial service at Staples Center on July 7, 2009, in Los Angeles.

John Mayer performs at Michael Jackson's public memorial service at Staples Center on July 7, 2009, in Los Angeles.

John Mayer Trio at The Joint: Grammy Award-winning musician John Mayer will be performing on New Year's Eve at The Joint at The Hard Rock along with special guest Mayer Hawthorne & the County.

Maroon 5 at The Pearl: Ring in the New Year with Maroon 5 at The Pearl at the Palms. Say goodbye to 2009 to the tune of hits like "Harder to Breathe," "This Love," "She Will Be Loved" and "Sunday Morning."

New Year's Eve at the Fremont Street Experience: Eight fabulous tribute bands, a countdown by Mayor Oscar Goodman and virtual fireworks, it doesn't get much more Vegas than the Fremont Street Experience's NYE party.

Grand opening of Smokin' Hot Aces: Lake Effect Mud rings in the opening of the Venetian's newest night spot, Smokin' Hot Aces, along with a performance from DJVJ CB Shaw. Enjoy a premium open bar from 8 p.m.-11 p.m., a champagne toast and a complimentary continental breakfast buffet at 3 a.m.

LA Guns at the Chrome Showroom: The LA Guns will be performing live at the Chrome Showroom at Santa Fe Station along with local DJ Michael Toast.

Slaughter at Feelgood's: Classic rock band Slaughter will be performing live at Feelgood's where guests can welcome the New Year with a champagne toast and a post-midnight jam by guitarist Jeff Bland's aptly-named band, Blandini.

The Dan Band at Dick's Last Resort: You know The Dan Band, even if you don't know that you do. Featured in films like The Hangover (the eventual wedding entertainment) and Old School, TDB will be performing live at Dick's Last Resort at Excalibur.

Purple Reign at the House of Blues: Prince tribute band Purple Reign will be performing live in the courtyard at the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay.

Rock and Ring in 2010 at Cheyenne Saloon: Cheyenne Saloon's New Year's lineup includes Zombie Shaker Box, Protest, Clear Reflections and History at its Best. Check out Zombie Shaker Box in our Local Band Guide.

Neon Reverb fundraiser with ACoSA at The Bunkhouse: MetaMetaProductions presents a Neon Reverb fundraiser with local favorites ACoSA, Hungry Cloud and The Mad Caps performing. Admission is $10, or for $20 guests can score an open bar during the kick ass concert. Check out Hungry Cloud, A Crowd of Small Adventures and The Mad Caps in our Local Band Guide.

Robin Thicke performs at the Bank in the Bellagio on Nov. 21, 2009.

Robin Thicke performs at the Bank in the Bellagio on Nov. 21, 2009.

Robin Thicke at The Bank: The Bank at Bellagio will celebrate the New Year with a party hosted by award-winning recording artist Robin Thicke. Guests can enjoy a complimentary champagne toast at midnight.

Frankie Avalon at The Cannery Casino & Hotel: The Cannery Casino & Hotel will offer a dinner and a show package this New Year's Eve. Dine at Waverly's Steakhouse or Vino's Italian Restaurant then see Frankie Avalon in concert.

New Year's Eve at The Pub with Zowie Bowie: The Pub at Monte Carlo will offer a variety of party options for patrons on New Year's Eve. Live entertainment starts at 9 p.m. with Zowie Bowie taking the stage from 11 p.m.-1 a.m.

New Year's Eve at Magaritaville: Margaritaville will host a New Year's Eve party with live entertainment from 10 p.m. on, appetizers, open bar, party favors, a New Year's toast and access to the rooftop to watch the fireworks display. You'll even get a souvenir to remember the experience, beside that Jan. 1 hangover.

The Spazmatics at Harrah's Carnaval Court: Experience New Year's Eve outdoors at Carnaval Court overlooking The Strip. Enjoy performances by The Spazmatics, The Crashers and DJ L1. The price of admission includes the first drink.

Club parties

DJ Vice at Vanity: New Year, new nightclub, new resort tower at the Hard Rock. The HRH tower is home to brand new, ultra swank nightclub Vanity where guest DJ Vice will be spinning live to welcome 2010. Guests can enjoy an open bar from 9 p.m. until midnight and, of course, a champagne toast.

Holly Madison.

Holly Madison.

Holly Madison hosts at Prive: Peepshow headliner and Playboy beauty Holly Madison will be hosting the party at Prive where Jermaine Dupri will perform. The price of admission includes an open bar.

Maroon 5's afterparty at Playboy Club: Maroon 5 will be hosting at the Playboy Club following their performance at The Pearl. The group has been producing popular hits including "Harder to Breathe" and "She Will be Loved" since 2002.

New Year's Eve at Ibar: Ibar at the Rio will offer an open bar for $150; VIP table packages start at $300 and include a champagne toast. Both packages include party favors and admission to VooDoo Lounge after 12:30 a.m.

New Year's Eve at Drai's Afterhours: Bedtime at New Year's comes sometime after brunch the next morning. Maximize your party time at Drai's where cover charge is $30 for ladies, $50 for gents in advance. Party goes from 10 p.m.-11 a.m.

High Society 2010 at Blush: Blush Boutique Nightclub at The Wynn will sashay into January with High Society 2010, featuring a sponsored open bar 9-11 p.m. and a champagne toast.

DJ Eric Cubeechee celebrates his birthday at Christian Audigier.

DJ Eric Cubeechee celebrates his birthday at Christian Audigier.

Body English closing party with DJs Vice and Eric Cubeechee: Body English will say goodbye (for now) with a grand closing party starring DJs Vice and Eric Cubeechee. Guests can enjoy an open bar all night long and a champagne toast at midnight.

Mini Gaga and the Perry Twins at Krave: Guest DJs the Perry Twins will man the decks at Krave where guests can enjoy a balloon drop and a performance by Mini Gaga. Afterhours begin at 4 a.m. In the Krave Lounge, check out Candybar—"for girls who like girls" – with DJ Nuxx and resident DJ Lisa Pittman, plus a countdown by Rachel Wenman and a live performance by Jessica Chavez. Complimentary champagne bar is included with the price of admission.

The Sinful Snow Ball at VooDoo Lounge : VooDoo Lounge presents The Sinful Snow Ball, featuring DJ Quickie Mart and VJ Mega Man with performances by the Serpentine Sorceress, Fire & Ice, The VooDoo Dolls and hosted by Jeff G.

51 Fifty at Wasted Space: DJ/Drummer duo 51 Fifty (aka DJs Presto One and Dustin Johnson) will be performing live at Wasted Space. Enjoy an open bar all night long and a champagne toast at midnight.

Twenty-Ten Celebration at V Bar: V Bar at Venetian presents the Twenty-Ten Celebration with DJ/VJ Andrew B, a champagne toast and party favors.

New Year's Eve at Tryst and XS: Tryst Nightclub at the Wynn and XS at Encore will both be hosting New Year's Eve parties where seeing and being seen is at least half the fun. Admission for each event is $150 for gentlemen and $75 for ladies.

Christina Aguilera.

Christina Aguilera.

Christina Aguilera at Tao: Stunning songstress Christina Aguilera will host the party at Tao. Present your ticket stub at Lavo after midnight for complimentary admission.

Resolve Afterhours 2010 at Ossum's BASSment: Lance Sherman and John Musso present Resolve Afterhours 2010 at Ossum's BASSment at Soulzburry with DJs Brian Hart, Sien Pileggi, Frank Charles, Spacebyrdz (Oscar Molina, DJ Annexx) and Fabian Arche. Party will continue on Friday and Saturday with doors at 4 a.m. each night.

New Year's Eve at Hawaiian Tropic Zone: Enjoy a great view of the Strip and enjoy a premium open bar from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m. at Hawaiian Tropic Zone.

Mandalay Bay Block Party: Celebrate New Year's Eve at Mandalay Bay with the resort's "Block Party." The property's top restaurants will set up catering stations along Restaurant Row and serve guests select dishes at a total cost of $30. A variety of beverage sponsors including ABSOLUT, Southern Wine and Spirits and Bud Light will host booths offering specialty drinks, and beginning at approximately 9 p.m., Michael Mina's StripSteak will serve as the headquarters for entertainment, with a DJ spinning high-energy music throughout the evening. The "Block Party" pass includes one sponsored drink per pass holder at each of the five locations, including Mizuya, THElounge, Race & Sports Bar, Orchid Lounge and Rick Moonen's RM seafood.

Grand opening of Eve and Beso: Eva Longoria Parker will host a New Year's Eve party to celebrate the grand opening of her own Beso restaurant and Eve nightclub at Crystals. Advanced tickets are available for $125 and include hors d'oeuvres, an open bar from 8 p.m.-11 p.m. and a champagne toast at midnight.

Mix Master Mike at the Hard Rock Cafe: Guest DJs Mix Master Mike of the Beastie Boys and DJ Muggs of Cypress Hill will be spinning live at the Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip. All United States Military can get into the New Year’s Eve celebration at Hard Rock Cafe on the Las Vegas Strip for free. To get tickets, go to the Hard Rock Cafe Rock Shop on the Las Vegas Strip starting 12/30/09 to 12/31/09 and show valid military ID.

Galactic Dec-a-dance New Year's Eve party at the Arts Factory: Ring in the New Year in cultured style at the Galactic Dec-a-dance party at the Arts Factory Downtown. Dress in futuristic formalwear; enjoy appetizers; and raise your glass in a champagne toast at midnight.

Fergie performs at The Venetian Ballroom on Dec. 31, 2008.

Fergie performs at The Venetian Ballroom on Dec. 31, 2008.

The Black Eyed Peas at LAX: The Black Eyed Peas gotta feeling that New Year's Eve's gonna be a good, good night at LAX. The pop group will host the party at the Luxor nightclub.

New Year's Eve at CatHouse: CatHouse's general admission tickets are $50 per person and the open bar package is $100 per person. All table service packages start at $1,000 and include two super-premium bottles and one bottle of Dom Perignon.

The Bridge Bash at NYNY: New York-New York will host The Bridge Bash to usher in 2010. An open premium bar both will keep partiers pleased on the bridge and at Nine Fine Irishmen with entertainment by DJ Chris Landry and go-go dancers.

New Year's Eve at Mix: See the New Year's Eve fireworks from high atop Mandalay Bay at Mix Lounge. All guests dining after 8:30 p.m. will receive a champagne toast and admission to Mix Lounge. General admission is $100 per guest without table service and includes a glass of champagne.

New Year's Eve party at Tabu: Party with the beautiful people at Tabú Ultra Lounge where the party includes an open bar from 9 p.m.-11 p.m. and complimentary party favors

The Fruit Loop New Year's Eve Party: The Fruit Loop New Year's Eve Party provides access to five clubs: Piranha, Free Zone, 8 ½ Ultralounge, The Buffalo and Gipsy. Frenchie Davis will be performing live at Piranha.

New Year's Eve at the El Cortez: The El Cortez Hotel and Casino will ring in 2010 by offering guests the opportunity to win one of five $2010 cash prizes at its New Year’s Eve party. Party goers can enjoy an open bar, hors d’ouvres, live entertainment and a champagne toast at midnight in the Fiesta Room.

New Year's Eve with Z-Trip at Moon: Rain resident DJ Z-Trip, the man behind Z-Trip's Revolution, will take his skills upstairs for NYE. The DJ will showcase his genre-blurring style at Moon Nightclub, where guests can also take in a spectacular view of the Las Vegas Strip.

Totally Rad '80s party at Rumjungle: Guests at Rumjungle's Totally Rad '80s New Year's Eve party can enjoy complimentary party favors, a celebrity DJ and champagne toast at midnight.

New Year's Eve at Aria's Deuce Lounge: New Year's Eve at Aria's Deuce Lounge includes VIP admission and a hosted bar from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Table reservation packages start at $100 per person with a minimum of four people per group.

Madam Malixa at One Six Sky Lounge: Madam Malixa will be spinning live at One Six Sky Lounge, where the price of admission includes hors d'oeuvres, a champagne toast and party favors, plus a great view of the city and none of the horrendous traffic.

New Year's Gala at Studio 54: The party at Studio 54 will include an open bar from 9 p.m.-11 p.m. and complimentary party favors.

Nicole Richie and Joel Madden at Lavo: Nicole Richie will host the party at the Palazzo's Lavo, where entry includes an open bar and passed hors d'oeuvres from 9 p.m.-11 p.m. and a champagne toast at midnight. Richie's man, DJ Joel Madden, will spin live along with Eric D Lux. Present your ticket stub at Tao after midnight for complimentary admission.

Rhumbash 2010 at Rhumbar: Party Strip-side at Rhumbar at the Mirage where the entry price includes party favors and a midnight champagne toast. For guests that want an all-inclusive experience, the unlimited bar package is available for $125 per person, and the VIP package, which includes premium VIP seating and bottles of Stolichnaya Elit vodka and Vueve Clicquot champagne for tables of four or more, is available for $200 per person.

New Year's Eve at Haze Nightclub: Aria's new nightclub will be opening its doors on New Year's Eve for a grand opening party like no other. Be one of the first to see Haze and dance to world renowned DJ Tiesto in the Light Group's new mega club.

2010 New Year's Eve celebration at Deja Vu Erotic Ultra Lounge: Ring in the new year with DJ Bam Bam, DJ Exodus, Jeffery Thomas, Robert Gangi and Double Down Charlie Brown, all spinning live at Deja Vu Erotic Ultra Lounge. From 6 p.m.-9 p.m., there will be two for one drinks and no cover. Starting at 9 p.m., there will be a $40 cover per person or $60 per couple, which includes admission into the afterhours party and all-you-can-drink champagne from 11 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Catch the midnight fireworks display over the Strip from Deja Vu's rooftop.

Musician Pete Wentz celebrates his 30th birthday at The Bank Nightclub inside the Bellagio.

Musician Pete Wentz celebrates his 30th birthday at The Bank Nightclub inside the Bellagio.

Pete Wentz' Rockstar New Year's Celebration at Jet: Jet Nightclub at Mirage will present a special New Year's countdown by Fall Out Boy rocker Pete Wentz and DJ Skeet Skeet.

New Year's Eve celebration at Gold Lounge: Enter 2010 in style at Cirque du Soleil's newest nightlife venue, Gold Lounge at Aria. Party with Cirque performers, and enjoy a hosted bar and passed appetizers from 9 p.m.-12 a.m.

New Year's Eve with Paul Oakenfold at Rain: Paul Oakenfold, one of the world's most iconic DJ/producers and resident at Perfecto Vegas, will spin one of his internationally acclaimed sets inside Rain Nightclub. Joining him at the decks will be Las Vegas Weekly's pick for Best Rising Star DJ Jordan Stevens.

The Affair at Risque: Before saying goodbye to Vegas for good in January, Risque will host The Affair, featuring DJ KrisCut and Mr. Bob with DJ Kowax and Jeffery Thomas. An all night open bar is available for $125.

50 Cent at the Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip.

50 Cent at the Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip.

50 Cent at Pure: Rapper 50 Cent and LA DJ Marshall Barnes will be hosting on New Year's Eve at Pure Nightclub at Caesars Palace.

New Year's Eve at Rok Vegas: Rok Vegas's $50 general admission includes a champagne toast at midnight. The $150 premium admission includes an open bar from 9 p.m. until midnight.

New Year's Eve with G-Minor at Revolution Lounge: The Beatles Revolution Lounge at the Mirage will feature G-Minor spinning all night to close out 2009 and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Check out DJ G-Minor in our Local DJ Guide.

New Year's Eve at Caramel: If you don't want to venture into one of the bigger clubs this New Year's Eve, Caramel at Bellagio can offer you the ultra lounge experience and a more intimate setting. Caramel also will offer a light fare menu from 5 p.m.-7 p.m.

New Year's Eve at Brand Lounge with DJ Dilemma: DJ Dilemma will be spinning live at Brand Lounge at Monte Carlo. Price of admission includes a hosted bar from 9 p.m.-11 p.m.

New Year's Eve with Flashback Heart Attack at Ghostbar: Guests at Ghostbar will turn back the hands of time and rock in the New Year in '80s style, as they enjoy a unique performance by acclaimed cover band, Flashback Heart Attack.

New Year's Eve with DJ Epic 1 at Diablo's: DJ Epic 1 will spin you into the new year at Diablo's Cantina at Monte Carlo. Cover band The Street will be performing live on the second floor stage with Epic 1 downstairs. The price of admission includes an all-you-can-drink hosted bar from 9 p.m. -11 p.m.

New Year's Eve at Forbes KTV Nightclub: Forbes KTV Nightclub will host a New Year's Eve party featuring private and semi-private karaoke suites for up to 20 guests with drinks, appetizers and breakfast served in each suite. A cash bar is also available.

F@ck 2009 party at Rockhouse: Forget 2009 ever happened at the F@ck 2009 New Year's Eve party at Rockhouse. DJ Inferno and Resident DJ Joey Da Juice will spin you into a new decade, and the bar will offer a variety of Absolut Vodka drink specials. To officially #@CK 2009, be sure to snag a few of Rockhouse's signature New Year's Eve-branded condoms to start the new year off right.

McFadden's New Year's Eve Party: For $75 per person guests at McFadden's New Year's Eve party can enjoy a top-shelf open bar and all-you-can-eat dinner buffet from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. Say goodbye to 2009 with live music, a midnight balloon drop and champagne toast.

Scott Ian of Anthrax at Dead Man's Hand: Scott Ian of the rock band Anthrax will hit the DJ booth at Dead Man's Hand inside the Playground. Bottles of champagne will also be available for $100.

Shwayze at Christian Audigier: Rapper Shwayze will host the New Year's Eve party at Christian Audigier. Expect to hear tunes like "Corona and Lime" and "Get U Home."

New Year's Eve at Coyote Ugly: The Coyotes at Coyote Ugly will give you their special version of a champagne toast at midnight. Don't worry about a tux or gown for this party; Daisy Dukes are encouraged.

Local bar and restaurant parties

Inaugural New Year's Eve bash at FIRST Food & Bar: Guests at FIRST Food & Bar can enjoy an open bar and selections of Chef Sam DeMarco's greatest hits of shareable culinary delights throughout the celebration. A platinum package is available at $1,000 and includes admission for six to eight people with all the amenities listed above, plus a bottle of Dom Perignon, a bottle of premium vodka, a window-side booth with a view of The Strip, a FIRST Food & Bar "welcome kit" and personal server and busboy.

DJ Tat Money at Brass Lounge: DJs Tat Money, 5'8", S. Boogie and Johnny Fever will be spinning live at Brass Lounge. Admission is $10 or $25 for all-you-can-drink draughts and well drinks.

New Year's Eve at Bar Louie: Bar Louie will offer $70 bottles of Moet White Star Champagne and happy hour food and beverage prices from 4 p.m.-9 p.m. and 11 p.m. until closing. Indulge in appetizers for half off, $3 draft beers, $4 wines and $5 martinis.

Midnight Masquerade Ball at Blue Martini: Blue Martini at Town Square will host a party that brings Halloween into December, the Midnight Masquerade Ball. Doors open at 8 p.m. and live entertainment starts at 8:30 p.m. There will be a champagne toast at midnight and, we can only hope, plenty of masks.

New Year's Eve at Serendipity: Serendipity will open its doors for a New Year's Eve party with a fantastic view of the Strip. An all-you-can-eat buffet will be offered from 10:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. featuring spudnicks, Wild Wild West Wings, chicken strips Vegas style, mini pizza bagels, mini summer bries, pigs in a blanket, mac and cheese and unlimited cotton candy martinis, beer, signature mojitos, wine and Serendipity's signature Frrrozen Hot Chocolate “Shots.” From 12:30 a.m. to 3 a.m., Serendipity will offer select signature entrees and breakfast items including the famous “Hangover Omelet.”

Grape Escape New Year's Eve Party at The Grape: The Grape at Town Square is hosting the Grape Escape New Year's Eve Party. Guests can enjoy an open bar all night that includes select wine, liquor and beer plus hors d'oeuvres, a carving station, seafood bar and a chocolate fountain. There will be a champagne toast at midnight, and live music and cigars will be available on the patio.

New Year's Eve at Frankie's Tiki Room: Frankie’s Tiki Room will celebrate the New Year in true island fashion by offering partygoers complimentary Fink Bomb Shots at 2 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 1.

New Year's Eve at Pete's Dueling Piano Bar: Welcome 2010 with some rock 'n' roll piano tunes at Pete's Dueling Piano Bar. There will be a $20 cover at the door and $62.50 per person to reserve a table with a four person per table minimum. Couples who prefer a private table, can book one for $250. Noisemakers and champagne will be provided for those with reservations.

New Year's Eve at Alexis Park: Klymaxx and DJ Thump will host the New Year's Eve party at the Apollo Ballroom at Alexis Park Resort.

The Get Back at Beauty Bar: Beauty Bar will host a New Year's Eve edition of The Get Back funky soul dance party with DJs John Doe, Danny Boy, Phoreyz, Aurajin and 8-Bits, plus guest DJs Johnny Fever, Shoe, Roccanova, $HR3D and Johnny Rox.

Rock 'n Roll Wine New Year's Eve party: Cafe Ba Ba Reeba presents the Fifth Annual Rock 'n Roll Wine New Year's Eve party with a five-course dinner and DJ.

Carlos Sanchez at the Downtown Cocktail Room: Guest DJs Carlos Sanchez and Douglas Gibbs will be spinning live at the Downtown Cocktail Room, where party favors will be provided and there will be no cover for the well-dressed and well-behaved.

New Year's Eve buffet at Firefly: The Firefly location Downtown at The Plaza will have a New Year's Eve buffet with open bar from 10 p.m. until midnight, a champagne toast, flamenco dancers, DJ and party favors.

New Year's Eve at Japonais: Japonais will have a live DJ spinning for New Year's Eve. Guests can enjoy a champagne toast included with the $100 cover if you arrive between 8:30 p.m.-11 p.m.

New Year's Eve at Koi Lounge: Koi Lounge at Planet Hollywood will offer an open bar, complimentary passed appetizers, champagne toast, party favors and tunes by a DJ. The cost is $85 per person, or VIP tables with a Strip view are available for $150 per person.

Red Bull's No Limits New Year's Eve at Lagasse's Stadium: Lagasse's Stadium presents Red Bull's No Limits New Year's Eve featuring DJs Geometrix and Enferno, an open bar and passed appetizers from 8:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Champagne will flow at midnight.

New Year's Eve at PT's Pub: Select PTs Pubs will have live DJs plus free party favors, specialty shots and a champagne toast at midnight.

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