Still looking for the best place to ring in the New Year? Check out our list of the best New Year’s Eve parties in the Phoenix and Scottsdale areas to celebrate the start of 2016.
Ignite your New Year at W Scottsdale. Ring in 2016 with splendor and excess as the Living Room and wet Pool Deck transform into a decadent unity of Fire & Ice. Tickets are $75 for women and $100 for men. To purchase tickets, go to wscottsdaletickets.com.
Gather and celebrate the year’s memories with a 3-hour premium reception, hors d’oeuvres by Iron Chef Jose Garces, midnight champagne toast, interactive performers, casino gaming and silent auction at The Saguaro on December 31, 2015 from 9:00pm to 2:00am. Each of The Saguaro’s four event spaces will be decorated and accentuated with glamorous dancers and other interactive entertainers. DJ Decipha from LIVE 101.5 will keep the excitement building on the dance floor with best Top 40, club hits and EDM along with DJs Slippe and Ken Mooso. LIVE 101.5’s on-air hosts, The Morning Mess, Joey Boy and Lady La, will count down to the massive midnight confetti explosion. Early-Bird Party Tickets start at $105 and include a 3-hour premium reception, champagne toast and savory hors d’oeuvres. VIP Tickets start at $145 and include access to an exclusive private VIP room, a 3-hour ultra-premium reception and lavish hors d’oeuvres created by Iron Chef Jose Garces. Visit NewYearsEveArizona.com for tickets, table reservations, group packages, hotel accommodations or for more information.
The Lodge Sasquatch Kitchen
On New Year’s Eve, The Lodge Sasquatch Kitchen will turn its cozy ski cabin-inspired, big foot-themed restaurant and bar into a Hillbilly Soirée. Where red solo cups, fried pickles and flannel are encouraged, The Lodge will host a New Year’s Eve party with various food and drink specials including: $9 stimulus package including a tall can of beer and shot, $3 Lodge drafts, $4 Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey shots, $20 tall can beer buckets and a Midnight hotdog toast. The Lodge Sasquatch Kitchen’s New Year’s Eve party starts at 8 p.m. and live music by DJ Bradley starts at 10 p.m. There is no cover fee at The Lodge’s New Year’s Eve Hillbilly Soirée.
Block Party on Mill Ave
Tempe is known for its “come as you are” attitude and New Year’s Eve is no different. Everyone (21+) is welcome to strut their stuff and slay away to make Mill Avenue the liveliest party in Arizona. Unlike previous years, this NYE is being produced by the Downtown Tempe Authority in collaboration with local bars, restaurants and merchants like CASA, Rula Bula Irish Pub & Restaurant, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, RA Sushi Bar Restaurant, Spinelli’s Pizzaria, Gordon Biersch Brewery, La Bocca Urban Pizzeria & Wine Bar, Hot N’ Juicy Crawfish and World of Beer to pull off an unforgettable party with a national performer, local bands, DJs, selfie stations and more. For just $10 per person the open air street party starts at 7pm and runs until 2am, and Valley Metro Light Rail is running free all night to make your trip home safe and easy. If you’re a bottle service kind of crew, there will be exclusive VIP experiences with Blasted Barley Beer Company, B.A.C. Lounge, Rooftop Lounge & Patio, El Hefe Super Macho Taqueria & Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row, plus a massive party-within-a-party at Fat Tuesday Bar, The Handlebar Tempe, Mill Cue Club and Zuma Grill. Joining forces will be Gringo Star Street Bar & Low Key Piano Bar with dueling pianos on the main stage. Get more information and purchase tickets at downtowntempe.com/nye2015.
DJ Z-Trip and Black Bottom Lighters will perform at Livewire on Thursday, December 31, 2015. Doors open at 9:00 p.m. and the event is ages 18+. Zach Sciacca, known as DJ Z-Trip, began his career in Phoenix back in the 1990s and in the years since has become a national sensation, known for his for skill at mixing different genres and for being the originator of the “mashup” movement. Black Bottom Lighters is a reggae influenced group from Glendale, Ariz. who have garnered a strong local fan base since their inception in 2010. This year, the group released their first full length album, 2 or 2000. “The End Up” after party will be 2am-4am with local favorites DJ Soloman and DJ MCB. For more information and tickets, visit LivewireAZ.com.
Talking Stick Resort
The best Las Vegas style New Year’s Eve party of 2015 is at Talking Stick Resort. Experience three party spaces, each offering a unique entertainment act. No matter what your music taste is you’ll be covered with performances by The Boogie Knights, DJ Diverse, DJ Tranzit and legendary tribute performances to AC/DC and Led Zeppelin. Enjoy a dinner package that offers an all-you-can-eat buffet with a vast spread of world-class dining options. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the Dinner Package and at 9 p.m. with the Party Package. Tickets for the Dinner Package are $150 per person, and tickets for the Party Package are $125 per person. To purchase tickets, call 480.850.7734.
LUSTRE Bar at Hotel Palomar in Phoenix will host a rooftop New Year’s Eve party under the stars. Guests can enjoy unique specialty cocktails and small bites from 8-10 p.m. with Live DJ’s spinning all night long, and prime city views. The “VIP Rooftop” admission includes a private menu from 8-10 p.m. The “VIP Rooftop Hightop” includes admission for 4 people, bubbles, private menu from 8-10 p.m. and a dedicated server. The “VIP Couch/Cabana” includes admission for 8 people, bubbles, private menu from 8-10 p.m. and a dedicated server. Tickets for “VIP Rooftop” are $45, “VIP Rooftop Hightop” are $250, and “VIP Couch/Cabana” are $450. To purchase tickets, visit www.eventbrite.com.
Ring in the new year at Blue Martini in Phoenix with live entertainment by The NEON starting at 8:30pm and a countdown at midnight. Doors open at 8 p.m., cocktail attire encouraged. There will be a champagne toast at midnight. Tickets are $60 pre-sale, $75 at the door. $20 cover charge after midnight. To request a reservation, call 602.481.8126 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dakota, in the heart of the Old Town Scottsdale Entertainment District, will host a Secret Garden themed New Year’s Eve party. Ticketed guests can enjoy $1 Grey Goose cocktails 8-9pm. Tickets are $40 for women, $60 for men. For VIP reservations, contact email@example.com. To purchase tickets, visit ordermytix.com.
Maya Day & Nightclub
Maya Day & Nightclub in Old Town Scottsdale will host a White Haute Wonderland themed party to ring in the New Year. The event will feature British dubstep act, Nero. VIP tickets include entry from 8 to 9pm for passed hors d’oeuvres and a 1 cent hosted bar. General admission is $40 and VIP tickets are $75. To purchase tickets, visit eventbrite.com.
Kelly’s at Southbridge
Kick-off the New Year’s weekend at Kelly’s at SouthBridge. New Year’s Eve night will have music, drink specials and a photo booth. Friday through Saturday, January 2nd, enjoy live music and a DJ. Located on Sixth Avenue in downtown Scottsdale, the 8,000 square foot upscale restaurant offers traditional pub classics mixed with modern cuisine and the perfect laid back atmosphere. For more information, visit www.kellysatsouthbridge.com.
Casablanca Lounge in Old Town Scottsdale is hosting a Masquerade Ball themed party. Doors will open at 8pm with drink specials from 8pm t 10pm. The party will feature 5 DJs, 2 rooms, 2 cigar patios, 2 private VIP areas, 1 VIP cigar patio, complimentary NYE party favors, exclusive rooftop VIP area with fireplace and more. Upscale dress code required. Masks are available onsite. Tickets start at $25. Purchase tickets online at eventbrite.com.
Flannel Ball and Art Show 2016
Celebrate the New Year in the Roosevelt Row Arts District. Party like it is 1999 at the 2016 Flannel Ball in the Alley for live music, the “New on Old” Art Show, flannel clothing from boutique vendors, food trucks, lawn games+photo booth, the Nopales Piñata countdown and drop, champagne toast, and a beer garden. Tickets are $10 until December 24th, $15 until December 30th, and $25 day of event. Tickets are limited, people of all-ages are welcome. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit eventbrite.com.
Whiskey Rose Saloon & Salt Tacos y Tequila
One night, two restaurants! Whiskey Rose and the newly opened Salt Tacos y Tequila will host a “Saints & Sinners Masquerade Ball” on New Year’s Eve. Salt will represent the “Saints” and Whiskey Rose will represent the “Sinners.” Enjoy a DJ spinning at both locations and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. The party begins at 8pm and tickets start at $20, which allows access to both venues and a free masquerade mask. Pre-order tickets from now until December 30 and receive two tickets for $20. For table reservations, contact Abe at 623.877.7673, www.whiskeyroseaz.com.
Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort
The Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort will be ringing in 2016 with a special NYC Times Square-themed New Year’s Eve celebration 8pm to 1am. Guests are invited to don their fanciest NYE attire as they celebrate the New Year and enjoy live entertainment, karaoke, dancing, holiday fare (including butler-passed hors d’oeuvres and desserts and appetizer stations), festive libations (including a complimentary holiday cocktail with ticket purchase, a cash bar), a ball drop countdown to 2016 and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight (sparkling cider for the kids). Cost for Event Only: $40/person, $10/kids 13-20 years old and free for children 12 and under. Cost for NYE Stay + Event: $150 for one guest room with double beds plus two tickets to the NYE Celebration. Tickets/Reservations: 480.857.4401 or 800.972.3574 or SanMarcosResort.com.