Vegas | New Year's Eve
There is still something to be said for spending New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas. No matter the era, it still ranks high as one of the most exciting places in the world to kiss your sweetie at midnight.
You decide if you want to enjoy the festivities inside or out, but if you’re coming to my party, you better find your sparkliest dress and sexiest shoes because we are going party hopping on The Strip!
With the party starting late in the night, we simply must indulge in some of the finest meals available in Las Vegas. We shall start with the ultimate in fine dining, Joel Robuchon at the MGM Grand Hotel. The meal alone is an experience in itself. This is the perfect place to start if you want a long, quiet dinner to last all through the night. Don’t be fooled by the tiny portions. They are tiny but mighty. Items featured on their New Year’s Eve Menu Degustation include Le Caviar, Le Foie Gras, and La Châtaigne, a delicate chestnut cream with celeriac foam. Price per person is $475. For reservations call: 702-891-7925
If French food is a little too stuffy for your party mood on New Year’s Eve, then head over to any of the three Light Group restaurants Stack at the Mirage, Fix at the Bellagio, or Union at Aria Las Vegas for a Create Your Own Gala Menu based off of scrumptous items and includes choice of Appetizer, Salad, Entrée and Side, and Chef’s Selection of Desserts. At all three locations, there is a Bottomless Glass of Champagne option for $50 per person. Seatings are available between 5pm and 11pm. Price per person is $150.
Let Me Entertain You
There are so many exciting things happening at the close of 2011 in Vegas, but if you want your evening to be legendary, ring in your 2012 with none other than Stevie Wonder, performing at The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas‘ intimate venue, The Chelsea. General Admission pricing begins at $250 and includes an open bar for all ticket holders. There are hotel packages available starting from $1500 which includes room, tickets and play money. To get your tickets visit www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com, at 702.698.7778, toll-free at 877.551.7778 or through Ticketmaster at 1.800.745.3000. This is a 21 and older show.
Party People in the House Tonight
Speaking of Party Rocking Specialist, L.M.F.A.O., they’ll be in “Vegas B*@#$” tearing up the crowd at Haze at Aria Las Vegas. Table reservations for this party start at $3000 including bottle service and a Champagne Toast at midnight. You can also rock it without a table for $175 per person which includes admission and Champagne Toast.
Next party place, The Bank, featuring a live concert with crooner Bruno Mars. From what I understand, The Bank has gone all out to accommodate this Grammy Award Winning singer and his 9 piece band. It promises to be an event you won’t experience anywhere else. Table ressies start at $2500, but the solo entrance is available here as well for $150. Either way, you get a Champagne Toast at midnight.
And now, for the grand finale, and the most talked about addition to join the ranks of top nightclubs on the famous Las Vegas Strip…it’s the Grand Opening of 1Oak at the Mirage, hosted by the Duchess herself, Fergie. (Uh, that would be Fergalicious of the Black Eyed Peas.) Straight from NYC’s trendy Chelsea district, in collaboration with the Light Group and the Butter Group, and toted as the hottest nightclub in the world opens it doors at the Mirage on New Year’s Eve. Be the first to experience 1Oak by flying solo at $150 or feeling VIP with a table reservation starting at $3000. Again, a Champagne Toast at midnight is included in admission.
To make your presence known in Vegas this year at any of the Light Group parties, purchase tickets, reserve tables or set up dining by visiting http://www.LightGroup.com/nye.
So, how was it? Did you have an amazing time? OK, stop daydreaming! Get on the horn and book your res before there’s nothing left to book!
Now, as your Local Insider here’s some of my personal tips on how to enjoy New Year’s Eve in Vegas:
- Decide where you want to go, with who and how many now. These events book up fast, and this is not the time to be spontaneous in Vegas.
- Reservations are not suggested…they are mandatory! If you don’t have a reservation for dinner, you won’t be eating (unless you’re at a food court)…get my drift?
- Get a hotel room now. You won’t be able to move on and off the Strip with ease. Usually starting around 5:30, freeway ramps, pedestrian bridges, escalators, and the Strip itself begins to close to all traffic. Metro takes this pretty seriously. Although you can walk up and down the Strip, I personally like to stay put. The hotels have so much to offer if you plan ahead, and you don’t have to worry about coats (yes, it will be cold, it’s 45 degrees right now) and DUIs.
- If you do plan on attending one of these fabulous events and are looking to get your hair or make-up done, make sure you call your salon of choice (again, I recommend the one where you are staying) now. These salons get booked up quickly, and if a high-roller or celeb walks in and demands a do, it’s done…no matter if you were next.
I will be getting my New Year’s celebration on at the Aria. If you find me, come toast 2012 with me!
Have a safe, fun, friendly and amazingly cool New Years!
How do you like to do Vegas for New Years? Everyone has a Vegas New Year’s Eve Strip story…what’s yours?
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