As 2018 fades into 2019, the promise of a new year also brings the promise of some excellent New Year’s Eve parties in Arizona. Start your year off right by celebrating at one of these gatherings.
W Scottsdale will bring 2018 to an electric finish with VIRTUALIS. This neon-fueled New Year’s Eve party will transform the W Scottsdale rooftop WET Deck into a futuristic wonderland complete with VR goggles, holograms, LED light shows and a DJ booth emanating techno beats from a rocket ship primed for takeoff. The night will conclude with a W ball drop and a firework show. Tickets are $50 for women and $75 for men at wscottsdaletickets.com. For VIP table reservations, contact [email protected] or call 602.405.0099. W Scottsdale will also offer overnight room packages from $489 including two tickets to the party, a Detox.Retox.Repeat swag bag and a late 4:00 pm check-out Tuesday, January 1. To book, visit wscottsdalehotel.com/newyearseve.
Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row Scottsdale
The Scottsdale location of Whiskey Row is hosting “Whiskey at Midnight” for New Year’s Eve. This champagne-themed party will include festive décor, drink specials, and music by DJ Real. No cover entry till 11:00 pm, otherwise general admission is $20 and VIP tickets are $40. Presale tickets are available at www.dierkswhiskyrow.com. VIP table service is also available.
LUSTRE Rooftop Bar
This New Year’s Eve, LUSTRE Rooftop Bar presents: Au Revoir 2018. Taking inspiration from the famed Parisian Red Light District in Paris, guests will feel like they’re worlds away while they dance the night away under the stars. The evening will include two DJs, an exclusive VIP dance floor, a hosted scotch and cigar lounge, a hosted champagne bar, and more. General admission is $50 ($45 before December 20) and all-access admission is $150 ($135 before December 20). For more information and to purchase tickets, visit hotelpalomar-phoenix.com.
El Hefe/Dierks Bentley Whiskey Row Tempe
This New Year’s Eve, El Hefe and Whiskey Row are teaming up once again to host “The Champagne Ball,” an annual block party on Mill Avenue and the biggest NYE party in Tempe. Get entry to two of the top bars on the Mill for the price of one. Guests will enjoy a champagne theme throughout both venues and a full stage outside with music by DJ Diesel, DJ Thomas James, and DJ Ekoh. No cover entry till 11 p.m., otherwise general admission is $20 and VIP tickets are $40. Presale tickets are available at either www.elhefe.com or www.dierkswhiskyrow.com. VIP table service is also available.
This New Year’s Eve, Royal Palms is paying homage to the decade in which the estate was built with a Roaring Twenties NYE extravaganza. Enjoy two distinct party spaces to dance the night away, with a jazz band in one ballroom and a DJ in the other. Attire is cocktail, with a fashion nod to the 1920s encouraged. Each ticket includes two alcoholic beverages (house wine, spirits, and beer.) a champagne toast at midnight featuring Moet + Chandon, tapas, a seafood raw bar, and a dessert bar, a photo booth, and brief fireworks display at midnight. The party runs from 9:00 pm to 12:30 am, tickets are $150 and are available at eventbrite.com.
The New Year’s Eve dance party at Sanctuary Resort on Camelback Mountain begins at 9:30 p.m. and goes on until 1:30 a.m., complete with a dance floor and live music by DJ Hybrid. Priced at $1,100 for a table of four and $1,650 for a table of six, the Dinner Package includes a four-course prix fixe holiday menu, a bottle of Louis Roederer Cristal Brut, and party favors. Tax and gratuity are additional, and space is limited. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 480.607.2300.
Riot House Scottsdale
Scottsdale’s newest nightlife venue will host “The World Is Yours,” a Scarface and pink-neon themed party this New Year’s Eve. Get ready to kick off the celebrations starting at 8:00 pm with music by DJ Cutswell. General Admission is $40. A VIP Package for two is $300 which includes a bottle of Veuve Champagne and priority entry. Presale tickets are available at www.riothousescottsdale.com. VIP table service is also available.
Arizona’s biggest New Year’s Eve experience returns with its two-day blowout on December 30 and 31 at Rawhide in Chandler. This event has a massive lineup of artists including DJ Diesel (aka Shaquille O’Neal), Nightmre, Skrillex and many more. Select ticket tiers are still available starting at $219 up to $769 per person. Table packages are also available. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit decadencearizona.com.
El Hefe Scottsdale
El Hefe Scottsdale is hosting “Countdown to Confetti” this New Year’s Eve, starting at 8:00 pm. Decked out in traditional gold, black and silver décor, this hotspot will be counting down all evening until midnight and features music by DJ Convince. After welcoming in 2019, El Hefe will reopen at 6:00 am on January 1 for more madness. No cover entry until 11:00 pm. General admission is $20 and VIP tickets are $40, which includes priority entry and a penny glass of champagne. Presale tickets are available at www.elhefe.com.
Talking Stick Resort
The Salt River Grand Ballroom is host to Vintage Vegas – three old-school Vegas-themed parties in one. The Star Room, Neon Room, and Speakeasy all host different live entertainment options. Admission includes a wristband good for six drinks, all of the entertainment options, a champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight. Doors open and entertainment begins at 9:00 pm. Tickets are $125. For more information, visit talkingstickresort.com.
Westgate Entertainment District
If you prefer checking out multiple parties for your New Year’s Eve celebration, Westgate Entertainment District in Glendale is host to a variety of events. The Lola is a brand new, craft cocktail lounge hosting a Great Gatsby-themed bash with special dining packages. Bar Louie is hosting a masquerade party, Low Key Piano Bar is hosting “A Night at the Oscars”, and at McFadden’s Glendale, Disco Inferno will be the theme of the evening. Many of the other restaurants and bars will be hosting their own celebrations as well. For more information and pricing for each location, visit westgateaz.com.
Rott n’ Grapes
To bring in the beginning of a new year, Rott n’ Grapes in downtown Phoenix is offering an evening-long celebration. The night begins with a prix-fixe three-course meal, then the party continues into the new year with a DJ, dancing, and unlimited bubbles, beer, and wine. Dinner seating is from 5:00 pm to 9:30 and the doors for the party portion of the evening open at 9:30. Guests can purchase dinner and NYE party tickets for $95 per person. Reservations and ticket purchases can be made online at RottnGrapes.com.