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New Year in Las Vegas

Discussion in 'Vegas Nightlife' started by CDx24, May 30, 2013.

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  1. CDx24

    CDx24 Tourist

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    Travelling to Vegas on 27th December from Glasgow, UK and looking for some advice about where to go for New Years Eve.

    My boyfriend and I have been to Vegas twice before, this time last year we stayed at New York New York and on our first trip in October 2011. As mad as it may sound we have never taken full advantage of the night life we are both 24 but look younger so not sure if that is what puts us off anddue to having so much planned for the daytime so looking for tips of where is good. This year we are staying in the Tropicanna Paradise Tower - any advice or reviews of the hotel would be great too.

    We have visited most of the hotels, Freemont St, done desert tours and a few shows - Love at the Mirage, Zumanity at New York New York and Elvis show at the Aria. Would you recommend any other shows or trips? Not too keen on helicopters so think the Grand Canyon would be out for this trip. Also do any of you know if there are any boxing fights planned around this time or when this information would be released? Thinking this would be a great Christmas gift for my boyfriend.


    Thanks for any advice in advance.
    Clare
     
  2. lasvegas_limo_driver

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    Vegas NYE

    New Years in Vegas is a great time, but kind of a pain. The strip typically gets blocked off from Venetian to MGM. There are 2 ways to go. Every hotel has some sort of a special celebration, live music and a good time. If your looking to do a club here are my thoughts. It isn't cheap, most places will typically be 100-250 per person for entry, some places will be a little cheaper. most clubs will offer a dinner or snacks. if you are thinking about getting a table, even though just for the 2 of you, you should look at around $3,000, but some places less. The block party is pretty cool as well but with all the people, its pretty much150,000-250,000 people crammed in a mile and half road. Tons of music, lots of alcohol, lots of dumb people with tons of security. The biggest thing to decide is how much you want to spend.
     
  3. CDx24

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    Thanks for that. Initially I thought the Ghost bar would be amazing with the view of the strip there but then read about the road closure so thinking we should look into somewhere close to Tropicana. Where would you say is best at that end of the strip? Not really set on a budget but $3000 seems crazy for 2 people so will not be looking to get a table, that's almost as much as flights from U.K and hotel is costing us.

    Thanks again
     
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    New Years in Vegas is nuts...so many people they close the road because the side walks are too full to move. All the clubs will have crazy covers...we did RPM at Tropicana on the 30th in 2011 and it was $30 cover.

    For the actual count down we stood right at the center of Tropicana Ave. and Las Vegas Blvd. and watched the fireworks...
     
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    For boxing: I doubt there would be anything going on in Las Vegas at that time. The UFC will likely have something going on the weekend before or, more likely, the weekend just after New Years Eve.

    For nightlife: If you are thinking of something on New Years Eve itself all the clubs will have a celebrity hosting a New Years Eve party. You will have to buy tickets to get in (announcements of who and what prices are won't come out until late November and early December) and the prices are usually pretty steep just for admission ($150-500) and the clubs will be very packed.
    Even just going to a bar will be hard on NYE as most will have some kind of cover charge and a line up of people waiting to get in.
    Down on Fremont Street they do a party as well. Lots of people and also an admission to get in.

    However, all that said: pretty much the whole strip area becomes one big party zone with hundreds of thousands of people out there celebrating, drinking, having fun.


    Almost all the shows will still be going on as scheduled but that ties in to that time of year as a whole: all of the above is how it is on New Years Eve itself. But the thing to remember is that its going to be generally a lot busier the 2-3 days before and the 2-3 days after. You aren't going to find huge line ups to get in to bars on the night of the 29th, as an example, but the bars will probably be pretty busy, the casinos will be pretty busy, all restaurants (especially the buffets) will be pretty busy. And for shows what you will find is that a lot of them are going to be selling out and the selection of choices at the half price booths is going to be lesser than what it usually is.
     
  6. StormHawk

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    If you want to fork over the couple grand for a table, I'd imagine that Hakkasan, Light, and Marquee will be the top 3 clubs at that end of the strip and al totally nuts. I'd look into LAX or Gallery as second tier, less expensive options.
     
  7. valsdad

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    My wife and I spent two nights at the Mandarin for NYE. Tables in the bar were quite expensive, but all guests were invited to a complimentary party with a DJ and a dance floor set up in the sky lobby. Drinks were extra but it was great fun. We were able to go into the bar and stand near the windows to watch the fireworks.
     
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    I would guess that table prices will start significantly higher than 2 grand at Hakkasan, Light, and Marquee.
    For example, last NYE table prices at Foundation Room (a lounge, not a club) started at 2 grand for the least desirable tables.
     
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    The new clubs are looking at 10k minimum. Most will be 3k, groups of guys your 5k minimum
     
  10. CDx24

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    Thanks for all the info guys. Wow will need to start saving now! Have any of you been to the NYNY Brooklyn Bridge party? Saw this mentioned elsewhere and looks like it may be a good option, and is the open bar restricted or is there a good selection of drinks on offer?

    Thanks Auggie we will look at pre-booking shows from here so we don't miss out.
     
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    I can recommend Ghost Bar for New Years Eve, excellent view of the fireworks and didn't seem overly crowded when i was there (NYE 2011-12). There was a good mix of people in there and it was pretty lively.

    We bought tickets in advance for around $250 which included entry and drinks for the night. We were staying at Rio so the road closure wasn't a problem for us, but you could easily get to the Palms earlier and have dinner there perhaps aswell.

    If I was to do New Years Eve again I'd probably stay on the strip for the party just to experience that side of things, but you won't go far wrong with any of the roof top bars if that's what you want to do.
     
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    Fremont street is a pretty fun way to spend NYE.
     
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    Does anyone known if information has been released for this year yet? Can't seem to find anything online but here in Glasgow there is a lot of bars & clubs advertising their NYE parties
     
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    The nine fine Irishman at NYNY had a party the past few years that is pretty reasonable and there is access to the Brooklyn bridge area outside so you have indoor/outdoor areas for the party...it isn't the club scene but it was a lot of fun when I did it a few years ago. I believe it was 150.00 BUT that included open bar for the evening...
     
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    It takes clubs and whomever they are bringing in as talent a little time to work their deals . Most won't announce till after Halloween. They wait and see what's trending but DJs or celebs sit back to see where best deal is.
     
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    Me again! I have been in touch with NYNY and their Brooklyn Bridge party won't be taking place this year. A little bit disappointed as that sounded ideal! Now looking at other options. I know Calvin Harris is playing at Hakkasan but prices seem a little excessive for guys even though it would be pretty cool to go see a Scottish guy in one of the biggest clubs in Vegas.
    I have saw the Stratosphere have released their details for the tower party which includes an open bar and seems pretty reasonable. The only thing is the trip back to the Tropicana, can any of you regulars give an insight to how bad it would be trying to make our way up the strip? We would probably book tickets to the after party but as we have a 10 hour flight home at 8pm the next day I doubt we would be partying to 8am.
     
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    I have one piece of advice for you: pick the ideal place you'd like to be when "the ball drops". And be there a few hours prior. Because with the hundreds of thousands of people, you will not be able to manuveur the strip AT ALL. Also note, properties lock their doors and only let in registered guests.

    Have a NYE blast!
     
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    My biggest advice is to stay where you might go for NYE. Or close to it. Taxi waits will be an hour plus. Limos I think most companies do 6-8 hr minimum. the strip will be closed from Treasure island to MGM.
     
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    Las Vegas Limo Driver said the most important thing.
    Plan your NYE activity close to where you are staying.
    I have been to Las Vegas 8-9 times for NYE and have enjoyed most of the trips.
    It is crowded and table minimums are high but there is a ton of energy and party atmosphere.
    The Strip starts closing around 6pm and cabs will be impossible to find after 7:00pm.
    I heard about people being stranded for hours trying to get back to the Strip.
    Most large hotels have multiple parties of different levels.
    The big nightclubs will be $$$$$$$ but there may be smaller parties close to where you stay.
    Start checking the websites early December and book something that looks good.Waiting until you get to Las Vegas may be too late.

    There is a UFC event at the MGM on 12/28.If you don't have an invite the cheap seats will be $500+

    Most of the activity on the Strip is near center Strip,Bellagio to Venetian,where they will probably have a stage setup.
    Downtown also has a pay party but keep in mind stay very close to where you plan to spend NYE .
    For me, I was on the Strip once and it is like Times Square.
    Shoulder to shoulder with 200,000 drunks is not for me.
    You will not be able to walk into casinos that you are not staying at for a drink or to gamble until well after 3:00am.They will be barricaded and only room key holders can get in.

    Good luck and have fun.I'll be partying at Aria that night.
     
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    stay where u plan to party cant be express most.
    you will be walking as there will be no cabs ,road closed and everything you can think off.plan ahead
     
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