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Best Las Vegas Bars to Spend New Year’s Eve At
The weather outside may be frightful, but inside, the toddy’s are hot, the music is hotter, and 2020 waits just around the corner to surprise us all. I’ve found a bar for just about every style and budget. From the unassuming but totally rocking to the sophisticated and totally rocking, you are certain to find a place to drown sorrows you didn’t even know you had. Check out the best Las Vegas bars for New Year’s Eve.
1 OAK Nightclub Las Vegas
Rapper and DJ Lil John will be bringing the crunk to the 1 OAK Nightclub this New Year’s Eve, making sure everybody present enters the next decade properly. Tickets for the party are still available online as of this writing (December 24th) and are $53.04 for the ladies and $79.03 for the men.
1 Oak describes its dress code as “upscale chic.” Yeah, I don’t know what that means, either, but the Nightclub provides a helpful list of stuff you shouldn’t wear: “Hats, t-shirts, chains, excessive jewelry, athletic wear, shorts, baggy attire, sunglasses, sandals/flats, and tennis shoes.” They just described my entire wardrobe.
You need to be 21 to attend. The doors will open at 8pm December 31st, and your ticket gets you dancing and partying, and an open bar from 9pm until 11pm, after which the partying and dancing continues, but drinks are gonna cost.
There’s always more info at the 1 OAK Nightclub website.
Cabo Wabo Cantina, Planet Hollywood Resort
Cabo Wabo is not only a great place to get your party on for New Year’s Eve, but it’s also a great street-level location to watch the “Big 20” fireworks at the turn of the new year. Located in the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Las Vegas, Cabo Wabo has a Strip-facing patio where revelers can marvel at all the colors in the sky at midnight, December 31st.
Two hundred bucks gets you an open bar and access to the patio, as well as to the dancing and live entertainment. While there is no dress code at Cabo Wabo, this is a New Year’s Eve celebration, perhaps the biggest event you will attend in 2020, so show some style. If you’re unsure, guys, just look at what your date is wearing, then put on the male equivalent of that.
There’s more info at the Cabo Wabo website.
Double Down Saloon, Paradise Road
Not too keen on getting dressed up and putting on the Ritz? Then think about attending the Double Down Saloon’s “Atomic Mayhem’s Twstd DSK0: A Dysfunktional Danse Party.” You can dance to everything from funk to punk, from new wave to psychobilly—it will all be blasting away throughout the night. You don’t like this song? Wait for the next one. It’ll make your ears bleed, but in a good way. Seriously, what else would you expect from the Double Down?
Hailed as one of the best dive bars in Las Vegas, you’ll find the Double Down Saloon about a mile east of the Strip, nestled in a tiny strip mall across the street from a strip club. The party starts off at 10pm and is free to anyone who is 21 years of age and willing to listen to ska. You can learn more with a visit to the Double Down website.
Foundation Room, Mandalay Bay
Feeling classy and want to show it? You can’t go wrong with a table for up to four at Mandalay Bay’s Foundation Room. For a mere $2,000 (that’s just $500 for each of the four), you and up to three others can dine and dance and drink stuff you’ll be paying for long after the hangover has dissipated.
That two grand gets your gang of four admitted into the Foundation Room Lounge 63 floors up, one bottle of premium champagne, and one bottle of what the Foundation calls “premium spirit” but the rest of us call booze or hard likker.
If you’re in a frugal state of mind, you and your date can also gain admission to the party at $300 per person, but this won’t guarantee a table, or even seating, for that matter. More importantly, you won’t have access to the Lounge’s patio to watch the fireworks. Choose wisely, grasshopper.
There’s w-a-y more info in the Foundation Room’s online New Year’s Eve brochure.
Fremont Street Experience, Downtown Las Vegas
Fremont Street Experience doesn’t have a single bar. It has more than 50 of them—at least for the America’s Party it is throwing to celebrate the end of 2019 and the beginning of some other year (I forget which). Fremont Street has been a mecca of sorts for New Year’s Eve revelers since at least the Pleistocene era, and for good reason. With the exception of Times Square—in that other place that claims to never sleep—Fremont Street is the only place you can party with tens of thousands of other people.
In addition to regular shows on the huge overhead LED screen—recently refurbished and improved for this event—there will be four stages featuring name entertainment throughout the evening.
What names, you ask? How about The Chainsmokers, Imagine Dragons, Steve Aoki, and Tiesto? Incidentally, one of the four stages is reserved for EDM music, dancers, and aerialists—yes, I said aerialists.
Fremont Street will be gated off during the party, and admission is a pittance—$45 per person. There’s no dress code available, but if there was, I suspect it would be something along the lines of “dress warmly.” You can purchase tickets or find additional information at the Fremont Street Experience website.
Hakkasan Nightclub, MGM Grand
Who needs fireworks when you can party until next year under the Hakkasan Grid? Swirling, ever-changing lights dancing above your head to DJ Steve Aoki’s musical selections will help you deal with the dazed and confused feelings you’ll get from the open bar between 8pm and 10pm Tuesday, December 31st.
Naturally, you must be at least 21 years of age and dressed appropriately to get in. The Nightclub does not have a particularly stringent dress code, but this is New Year’s Eve, baby! Dress for success, and by success, I mean make yourself attractive to the opposite sex, whatever that may be. Tickets for the event are available online, and women can attend for $79.69 while the men must pay $131.98.
There are also VIP tickets for sale online—$100 for ladies, $150 for men—which include a $100 “bar card” to cover your dinking needs after the open bar closes at 10pm. There’s always more info at the Hakkasan website.
PT’s Taverns, Everywhere
PT’s Taverns is a chain of small casinos featuring video poker, keno, and slot machines. If you live anywhere in Las Vegas Valley, there’s at least one PT’s Tavern within walking distance of you.
PT’s Taverns are the gambling equivalent to the neighborhood bar. They are places where it is possible that everybody does know your name. In any case, if you prefer to gamble a little for New Year’s Eve, have a of champagne, and then go home and sleep the Sleep of the Just, PT’s Taverns is your huckleberry.
At midnight New Year’s Eve, PT’s Taverns will treat all its guests to a complimentary glass of champagne, and then until 6am, it will offer $4 shots of Jameson’s along with half-price pizzas. Jimmy Stewart was right—It’s a Good Life.
There’s more info to be found at the PT’s Taverns website.
If you still can’t make up your mind about which Las Vegas bar to spend New Year’s Eve at, do what I do: Get somebody else to do your thinking for you. In this case, just sign up for the Las Vegas New Year’s Eve Pub Crawl organized and run by LA Epic Club Crawls Las Vegas. You gotta love it when everything works out just right.
While LA Epic Club Crawls is being coy about the specific bars it will crawl, we can guess they’re going to be visiting a soupçon of the hottest clubs in Vegas during one of the four tours they’re presenting. How? They are telling us nothing, but they are revealing everything—including the clubs at which each of the four tours will end. They are:
- Chateau Nightclub, Paris Las Vegas
- XS Nightclub, Wynn Las Vegas
- Jewel Nightclub, Aria Resort & Casino
- Encore Beach Club, Wynn Las Vegas
The pub crawls run from $89 to $109, and that includes entry into the various clubs along the way (no additional cover charges), drink specials and activities at each stop, and a team of party hosts to accompany each group of revelers from venue to venue. They have a strictly-enforced dress code—it’s “Dress to impress.” You can learn more with a visit to the LA Epic Club Crawls Las Vegas website.
SkyBar, Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas
Get all tarted up and chum with the upper-crusties at the SkyBar’s New Year’s Eve Cocktail Party.
The SkyBar at the Waldorf is ringing in 2020 with style and elegance with something they call a “Burlesque-inspired New Year’s Eve Party.” Well, what would you call a party sponsored by two great champagne makers like Moët and Chandon? And don’t say “shindig” because that would make me very cross.
Not only do you get a great view of the “Big 20” fireworks show, but there will be plenty of live entertainment and hundreds of other people living beyond their means with whom you can commiserate while sipping champagne from some lady’s slipper.
Waldorf Hotel guests are offered discounted rates, while those of us not currently quite that liquid can join the festivities for as little as $150 per person—if we buy our tickets prior to December 31st; tickets bought on New Year’s Ever are $200 per person. Additionally, the price for reserving a table at the SkyBar starts at $1,000.
Incidentally, the regular dress code at SkyBar is “Smart Casual,” so consider that to be a good starting level to use while selecting your wardrobe for the New Year’s Eve festivities. You can learn more about the Skybar’s New Year’s Eve festivities with a visit to the Waldorf Astoria’s Home for the Holidays page.
Skyfall Lounge, Delano Las Vegas
Don’t confuse the Waldorf’s SkyBar with the Delano’s Skyfall. One is clearly hoity-toity, while the other is fancy-schmancy. With that information in mind, you should have no problem differentiating between the two.
Seriously, though, to celebrate the end of 2019 and the beginning of 2020—something that will happen only once in your lifetime, by the way—Skyfall Lounge at the Delano Las Vegas is throwing a “Prohibition Party” for New Year’s Eve. Tickets are currently at $220 per person, which includes an open bar. The dress code is “Nightlife Attire.”
Incidentally, Skyfall Lounge is located on the 64th floor of the Delano Hotel, right next to Rivea restaurant. The Lounge has huge windows offering an expansive view of the Las Vegas skyline, as well as the “Big 20” fireworks display.
There’s always more info at the Skyfall Lounge website.
What to Remember About New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas
Just remember that wherever in Sin City you choose to celebrate New Year’s Eve, there will be thousands of others with the same idea. Plan your trip carefully and arrive much earlier than you would normally. And always have a Plan B for parking arrangements, since most self-parking and valet garages will be full by 5pm New Year’s Eve.
In fact, since you will be partying quite hardy indeed, I recommend you have Uber or Lyft (or both) on your smartphone. Dress warmly, have fun, and what the heck—do something you’ll live to regret. Happy New Year!
Oh, one last thing: There are many other bars and clubs in the Las Vegas area that are perfectly suitable for your NYE activities. I talked about a few of them here when discussing the best happy hours in Las Vegas.
And if all you’re looking for is the best place to watch the fireworks on New Year’s Eve on the Vegas Strip, check out this post.