Everyone knows that Las Vegas is the place to be for New Years. The city if overrun with tourists and the whole Strip shuts down and herds people like cattle onto the street. Once it is over, it is a minimum of a 2-hour wait for a taxi, and everything is overpriced, especially now that they are charging for parking, Uber and cabs will be hard to get and the prices premium. Or you can find the fun Off the Strip. Tell us how you celebrate, #Offstripvegas with your hidden secrets!
The Bling Pig
4515 Dean Martin Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89103
We know where we will be spending New Year’s this year, Off the Strip but still near it enough to see the explosive fireworks. On the West side of the Strip on Dean Martin, it is right behind City Center and has a full view of the Strip. Blind Pig is our choice spot to work and is now our choice spot to have a chill New Years. To be there past 9 pm, you must make reservations and will be provided a table. A complimentary champagne toast will be provided, and there is no minimum, but with the vast whiskey and wine selections, we dare you not to enjoy yourself thoroughly. Hopefully, our favorite bartenders will be there, Melissa and Aaron have always kept us coming back and ready to party. This is OffStripVegas’ personal choice for this New Year’s celebration. Bring on the Garrison Brother’s Bourbon and pasta!
217 Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas (Nevada), 89101
Gold Spike is a personal favorite for nearly every holiday. They host a masquerade ball every year, Escape Masquerade. As with every weekend, there will be a DJ spinning inside (Wizdumb) and a live band out back (Avalon Landing). You can spend as little or as much as you like, with different tiers starting with the entry for $10 with everyone receiving a complimentary champagne toast. They do have open bar options at both Gold Spike and Inspire for $70 and bottle service starting at $600. The bottle service is not just about the alcohol, but a guaranteed spot you won’t be fighting over in the festivities. If you are rolling in dough, their Real World Suite is up for grabs at $10,000 and is always rented out so hurry.
The Sand Dollar
3355 Spring Mountain Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89102
The Sand Dollar has been ringing in the New Year Las Vegas style since 1976 and has never lost its stride. The smoky live music lounge still lives just off Spring Mountain off Polaris. The Moanin’ BlackSnakes will be rocking the house with their Blues starting at 10 pm; they were voted Las Vegas’ Best Blues Band in 2014. This is an excellent way to ring in the New Year with no frills and great craft cocktails.
Stoney’s Rocking Country @Town Square
6611 S Las Vegas Blvd #160, Las Vegas, NV 89119
No matter what anyone thinks, it is damn cold in Las Vegas over New Years. Staying inside and dancing the night away while watching the fireworks on large screens has been our choice more than once and the best place to do that is Stoney’s Rocking Country Bar inside Town Square. We have celebrated many New Year’s here, drinking tequila and attempting to line dance. Carter Winter will be performing starting at 9 pm, and party favors come with your ticket. Tickets are currently $25 and will continue to go up as New Year’s Eve approaches. Guaranteed tables with tickets for 4 are $150 and 6 for $225. The line will be long past 10 pm, as it has been every year, so come early, find a seat, grab a drink, and dance. Stoney’s has some of the cheapest bottle deals in the city, so give them a call and set up your New Year’s party.
7350 Eastgate Rd #110, Henderson, NV 89011
If Downtown is too far to drive, you are obligated to an early morning New Year’s Day (ick), or better yet, you have children, Crafthaus Brewery has the solution for you. Join millions of people on the East Coast watching the New York Ball Drop right here in Vegas with delicious craft brews. Glitter Bomb Sour will be tapped for the New Year’s celebration. Make sure to bring your vinyl; they’ll be playing customer selections. This won’t be an all-night party but it perfect for those looking to pre-party before the long night or a quick celebration with the kids. Crafthaus is family friendly and has a ton of board games. If you make it earlier, there will be a brewery tour for $10 from 11 am to noon that includes four tasters.
New Year’s Arts District Bar Hop
1025 S 1st St #100, Las Vegas, NV 89101
Artifice will be celebrating New Year’s Retro-Style bringing in a revival of everyone’s favorite musical era, the 80’s. Starting at 9 pm, the party will last well into the New Year with drink specials and no cover. A few DJ’s will be spinning you back to the 80’s including Hektor Rawkerz, Xander Xero, and Allen. Located in the Arts District, you’ll be in between the fireworks of both Downtown and the Strip. The Stratosphere is within view of the parking lot and always lights the up the sky. Just down the street, Velveteen Rabbit and Rebar will be having their parties if you’re looking for a little bar hopping.
1218 S Main St, Las Vegas, NV 89104
A quaint little dive bar, the sisters who own Velveteen Rabbit know how to make a bar so well, that even when Main St. and Charleston wasn’t the best place to be, people still flocked here. With a slew of delicious beers on tap and even better craft cocktails, the vibe that runs through this place is a mixture of modern and grunge and feel just like home. Just across the street from Rebar and down the street from Artifice, it is perfect for a New Year’s Pub Crawl. They are celebrating New Year’s with DJs Sparkles and Cherry Bomb, doors open at 8 pm, and as with any good Las Vegas bar, there is no cover. A champagne toast with be provided for the stroke of midnight and their backyard has the best view of the Stratosphere. Make sure to check out the free photo booth and #Offstripvegas to join the festivities!
1225 S Main St, Las Vegas, NV 89104
Rebar is a brand new little bar with a twist; everything is for sale from the chair you sit on to the glass you drink from. It is down the street from Artifice and across the street from Velveteen Rabbit as you follow our OffStripVegas New Year’s Bar Crawl. This place is an antique lover’s dream come true; they have the best-drunk shopping. And here you can do that drunk shopping at your New Year’s celebration. Make sure to hit this bar up for their $3 draft beers, $4 house wines, and $4 well drinks EVEN THROUGH NEW YEAR’S! They will be providing a free champagne toast and of course, no cover or a minimum number of drinks. If you are craving some munchies after all your New Year’s drinking, they have Pretzel Dog’s from John Mull’s Meats (a local BBQ and meat market) or Vegan Kielbasas if you want to keep that New Year’s resolution.
No matter where or how you choose to celebrate New Year’s in Las Vegas, we certainly are the New Year’s destination of the world. Whether looking for a Strip view or something more intimate, Las Vegas has every option for you. The entire city lights up at the stroke of midnight to welcome the New Year, and we can’t wait to say good-bye to 2016 and hello to 2017. Join us at our favorite places Off the Strip or find yourself a spot on a hike and watch the city come to life. We wish you the Happiest New Year and hope you join us on our journey through all of the beautiful things Las Vegas has to offer OffStripVegas. HAPPY NEW YEAR!