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Las Vegas — By Lynn Goya on December 23, 2009 at 2:13 pm

Vegas New Year’s Eve Sparkles

Last year Vegas toned down its New Year’s Eve celebration, but don’t expect a subdued experience this year.  With the opening of City Center and a reworked fireworks display, the center of the Strip should be a place to party hearty in 2009.  And who wouldn’t want to celebrate the last of 2009 which marks the end of the Decade from Hell?  Good riddance, we say!  And may 2010 be a better year.


So grab your sweetheart and prepare to party.  Vegas shuts down Las Vegas Blvd., as usual, to enhance safety during its biggest night of revelry.  America’s Party: Las Vegas New Year 2010 will include a spectacular fireworks show by Fireworks by Grucci of New York who will fire from MGM Grand, Planet Hollywood, Aria, Caesars Palace, Treasure Island (TI), Venetian and the Stratosphere.  The group recently created the spectacular Grand Opening of the Atlantis Hotel and The Palm Jumeirah in Dubai and has executed numerous presidential inaugurations and citywide celebrations.

Restaurants, nightclubs, ultra-lounges, meta-lounges and regular lounges, shows and bars pull out all the stops for New Year’s Eve, as well, so take your pick but book early because many places reach their limit and shut the doors.  Many guests choose to book a room and wander throughout various properties on the last night of the year, but rooms, too, go fast, especially affordable rooms.  With the recession, however, this may be the best year ever to experience Vegas’ unique celebration with the added luxury of resting your head on you pillow without driving home.  If you are driving and drinking – don’t.  Police are vigilant and the city offers free cab rides home upon request.

Hotels lock their doors to non-guests during the height of the festivities to prevent too many revelers from coming inside and crushing guests.  The city puts up port-a-potties to accommodate non-hotel guests locked in the street.

Fremont Experience and hotels including the Golden Nugget downtown have their own celebrations with live music, a display of light from the canopy and specials throughout the experience.

New Years Eve Celebrations

Fremont Street Experience – America’s Biggest Block Party features six-hours of live entertainment and a special New Year’s Eve Sound & Light Show.  Downtown room packages include a two-night stay (December 31 and January 1) and two party tickets to the Grand Events Center for $549 (plus tax). Additional room nights may be booked at best available rate. Book at 800.634.3454. Ask about adding two wristbands, subject to availability, an additional $20. Must book a room on 12/31/09 to receive this deal.

Gold Diggers – Dance the night away at this nightclub boasting a huge balcony overlooking America’s Biggest Block Party on Fremont Street Experience.  Admission is $50 per person and includes a midnight champagne toast.  Buy tickets online or call 866-946-5336.  Table reservations and bottle service available on request.

Grand Events Center – Dine on a 4-course meal with an open bar, plus a midnight Champagne toast, a live band and party favors. $149 per person (plus tax). For tickets and information call 866.946.5336 or Book Online.

Stratosphere Hotel & Tower offers six party packages including SUPERNOVA 108: the Indoor/Outdoor Observation Deck Party ($199 per person) from 9 p.m. – 1 p.m..  The party includes a view of the fireworks, DJ and Dancers, open bar, food stations, unlimited Thrill Rides (some restrictions apply), party favors and a Champagne Toast.  ANDROMEDA 107: the Romance Lounge Party ($99 per person with no guaranteed seating) from 8 p.m. – 2 a.m. includes a cash bar, view of the fireworks, live band and party favors. ORION 106: the Top of the World Party offers either a 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. seating 4-course dinner with a cash bar ($149 per person) or a 9 p.m. – midnight seating with a 5-course dinner, view of fireworks, party favors and a Campagne Toast ($200 per person). SIRIUS 104: Private Party with Observation Deck Access ($275/person ($250/person for 2) 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. includes a Martini bar, butler-served Hors d’oeuvres, an open bar and plasma screen television in a lounge setting. The CONSTELLATION: the Back Alley Bar Party (8 p.m. – 5 a.m., $10 Cover) includes live music and cash bar and food.  ALPHA RISING: the C Bar Party (10 p.m. – 5 a.m.) is free with a cash bar and DJ.

The Suncoast Hotel and Casino offers a $33 per person New Year’s Eve with San Fernando in the Suncoast Showroom at 9 p.m.  Call 702-636-7111 for reservations.

FIRST Food & Bar’s Inaugural New Year’s Bash ($130 per person) goes from 10 p.m. – 1 a.m. and includes great views up and down the Strip, an open bar and a selection of Chef Sam DeMarco’s Greatest Food Hits.

Pony up $1,000 for the Platinum Package that includes admission for up to eight people and a bottle of Dom Perignon, a bottle of premium vodka a window-side booth for viewing the fireworks, a welcome kit and personal server and busboy. Private group packages are available for a flat fee. For more information on group packages, please contact Cesilia Berumen at 702-234-0752; call 702-607-3478 for all other tickets.

The JOHN MAYER TRIO (Special guest Mayer Hawthorne & the County) plays at 9 p.m. (from $96) at Jerry’s Nugget Casino.  The casino will also be giving away “loads of cash,” and food including $10,000 in cash prizes at the free DJ Dance Party inside the Royal Street Theater! from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Throughout the evening, in both the casino and Royal Street Theater, Jerry’s Nugget will be showering guests with complimentary party favors, hors d’oeuvres and baked goods. When the clock strikes 12, everyone will get to enjoy a complimentary champagne toast! To win cash and prizes players must check in all their tickets at the More Club Kiosk before 7:45 p.m. There will be four drawings with 11 winners on New Year’s Eve, Thursday, Dec. 31:

  • 8 p.m. – four winners being paid $250 each
  • 9 p.m. – four winners being paid $250 each
  • 10 p.m. – two winners being paid $500 each
  • 11 p.m. – one winner being paid $1,000

All winners must be present to win. Upon winning, each winner will have the opportunity to spin the New Year’s Bonus Prize Wheel. To win, a player must spin the wheel, making a full rotation, and land on the New Year’s Bonus slot. The first winner to spin will have a chance to win $250, should the player not land on the bonus slot, the $250 will then go towards the next winner to spin plus another $250. The $250 will continue to accumulate until a winner hits the New Year’s Bonus slot. Once awarded, the bonus will start over at $250 and grow from there.

Hot Seat Cash Awards

From 8:15 p.m. to 12 midnight on Thursday, Dec. 31, Jerry’s Nugget will host its Hot Seat Cash Awards in honor of New Year’s Eve where 40 lucky players will receive $100 instant cash. To participate, gamers must be playing slots, video poker or video keno throughout the giveaway period and have their More Club card inserted at the time of play. Throughout the four hour period, players will be randomly selected to win $100 cash. There is no limit to the number of times a player can win during that period.

Players must be a More Club member to participate. A complete listing of rules for all promotions is available inside The More Club Rewards Center at Jerry’s Nugget.

Station Casinos offers a variety of entertainment options for New New Year’s Eve including performances by the Paradiso Girls, Yellow Brick Road and Sin City Sinners, among others. Most shows are free or will be noted below if they have a minimal cover charge.

Green Valley Ranch

New Year’s Eve – Thursday, Dec. 31:

  • Ovation – Michael Grimm Band performs from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Grimm performs his personal blend of music where a country boy melds soul and rock accompanied by his 12-piece band.
  • Quinn’s Irish Pub – Royal Purple Rockers perform from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. followed by Darby O’Gill & The Little People from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. Guests must be 21 years or older.
  • Ovation – Sin City Sinners rock into the New Year with special guest Dizzy Reed of Guns N’ Roses from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. The event is hosted by Vinny Paul of Pantera and Brandi M. from “Rock of Love” and “Charm School.” Tickets are $29.95 plus tax and fees in advance and $34.95 plus tax and fees at the door. Guests must be 21 years or older.
  • Red Rock Resort

New Year’s Eve – Thursday, Dec. 31:

  • CHERRY Nightclub – Enjoy a live performance by the Paradiso Girls and rock your way into 2010 with doors at 9 p.m. Girl group the Paradiso Girls is made up of five girls from five different countries: Chelsea Korka from United States, Aria Cascaval from France, Lauren Bennett from United Kingdom, Kelly Beckett from Barbados and Shar Mae Amor from Philippines. Their debut single “Patron Tequila” featuring Lil’ Jon and Eve reached No. 3 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Club chart. Their debut album Crazy Horse is slated for a January 2010 release. Advanced tickets are $75 plus tax and fees and include an open bar. Beginning Dec. 26, tickets are $100 plus tax and fees. Admission without the open bar wrist band is $50 plus tax and fees. Table reservations can be made by calling 702-493-0507. Guests must be 21 years or older.
  • Rocks Lounge – A DJ spins the hottest tunes into 2010 from 9:30 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. Guests must be 21 years or older.

Texas Station

New Year’s Eve – Thursday, Dec. 31:

  • South Padre – Lingerie party with DJ Mica from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Cover is $20 for men and $10 for women. Women wearing lingerie drink free champagne all night. VIP booth reservations can be made by calling 702-672-3667. Guests must be 21 years and older.

Boulder Station

New Year’s Eve – Thursday, Dec. 31:

  • The RailheadYellow Brick Road (YBR) performs from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. This Las Vegas-based classic rock tribute band takes on the entire classic rock/pop spectrum with an emphasis on details and inflections. Tickets are $34.95 plus tax and fees and guests must be 21 years or older.

Aliante Station

New Year’s Eve – Thursday, Dec. 31:

  • ETA Lounge– DJ Simon rings in the New Year with guests’ favorite songs from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. Guests must be 21 years or older.
  • Access Showroom – KCEP FM 88.1 New Year’s Eve Gala Fundraiser with doors at 9 p.m. Tickets are $38 plus fees. Guests must be 21 years or older.
  • Grand Ballroom – Singer-impressionist Tom Stevens performs his repertoire of uncanny characters, including Dean Martin, Willie Nelson, Ray Charles and Elvis, among numerous others. Doors are at 6:30 p.m. for the New Year’s show and tickets are $89.99 plus tax and fees and include a speakeasy costume contest and dinner. Guests must be 21 years or older.
  • Fiesta Henderson

New Year’s Eve – Thursday, Dec. 31:

  • Cerveza Cantina – Cat Daddy rings in the New Year from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Guests must be 21 years or older.

Caesar’s Palace pulls out the stops for New Year’s Eve with a wealth of dining options. For reservations, call 702-731-7731. Prices exclude tax and gratuity.  Citywide fireworks will be presented at midnight, weather permitting.

Society Café Encore, named one of Esquire magazine’s “Best New Restaurants in America” in their November 2009 issue, begins seating at 6 p.m. for their New Year’s Eve feast ($95 per person all-inclusive of taxes and gratuity):· Starter – Shellfish for Two: Florida Stone Crab with Mustard Dipping Sauce, Kumumoto Oysters with Yuzu Vinaigrette, Poached Tiger Shrimp with Traditional Cocktail Sauce; Choice of Appetizer: Roasted Cauliflower Soup with Chimay Cheese Puff or  Mixed Greens with Roasted Beets, Candied Pecans, Local Apples and Ice Wine-Cider Vinaigrette.  Choice of Entrée: Land and Sea with Filet Mignon and Butter Poached Lobster, Truffled Mashed Potato, Baby Root Vegetables and Madeira Bordelaise or East Coast West Coast with Maine Lobster Cake and Pan Roasted Hawaiian Moi with Baby Root Vegetables and Saffron Mussel Broth.  Dessert – Chocolate Banana Vision. Reservations are encouraged and can be made by calling (702) 248-DINE (3463) or (888) 352-DINE (3463).

Meet famed chef Bradley Ogden who will be in Las Vegas to welcome 2010 with guests in his name-sake restaurant.  Named 2004 Best New Restaurant in the nation by the renowned James Beard Foundation, the restaurant will offer revelers a 4-course prix fixe tasting menu ($119 per person).  The amuse: Kumamoto Oyster with Russian Osetra and Cauliflower Confetti.  The first course selections: Gilroy Garlic Soup; Hierloom Beet Salad or Glazed Squab Breast.  For the second course: Marinated Alaskan King Crab; Roasted Columbian River Sturgeon or Atlantic Diver Scallops.  For the main course: Braised Kobe Short Rib; South Dakota Bison Tenderloin or Grilled Veal Chop.  The desserts: Maple Panna Cotta; Duo of Chocolate Mousse or Baked Alaska.

Payard Pâtisserie & Bistro’s award-winning Pastry Chef François Payard creates a special menu ($65 per person) to kick off the New Year.  The amuse bouche is a choice of Beef Tapenade Crustini, Vegetable Vol aux Vent, Oyster Shot with Caviar; Foie Gras Terrine with Cranberry and Quince Chutney Balsamic Reduction and Brioche Toast or Purple and White Asparagus Salad with a Fresh Black Truffle Vinaigrette.  For the entrée, select from Roasted Rack of Lamb with Parsnip Puree and Thyme; Red Snapper with Winter Vegetable Cocotte or Fillet of Beef Rossini. Guests will enjoy Pink Champagne Rose Granite and the Payard Dessert Cart with Petit Four and Chocolate.  Dinner service begins at 5:30 p.m.

Rao’s Prix Fixe New Year’s Eve menu (begins at $160 per person) is available from 5 to 10:30 p.m.  For antipasti, enjoy from Cacciuco Alla Livornese with Livorno Style Fish Soup prepared with Monkfish, Calamari, Eel, Mediterranean Black Mussels in Fresh Tomato and White Wine Sauce Served Over Italian Garlic Bread; Insalata Di Mare with Steamed Calamari, Shrimp, Pei Mussels, Lobster and Crabmeat garnished with Celery, Gaeta Olives and Parsley; or Insalata Caprese with Rosso Bruno and Heirloom Tomatoes, Buffalo Mozzarella with Extra Virgin Olive Oil, fresh Basil, Garlic and fresh Oregano Marinate.  For the primi piatti, Black Tagliolini Ai Frutti Di Mare with Clams, Pei Mussels, Calamari, Shrimp and Sea Scallops, White Wine and a touch of tomatoes over freshly made black (Squid Ink) Tagliolini; Risotto Con Zucchini, Carrote E Crescione Vialone Rice Cooked with Baby Zucchini, Baby Carrots and Watercress or Gnocchetti Ai Gamberetti with small fresh potato Gnocchi in spicy fresh Tomato and Shrimp Sauce.  For the secondi piatti, Dentice Alla Livornese or Red Snapper, pan seared over Sautéed Spinach topped with Tomato, Caper Berries, Gaeta Olive Sauce; Surf and Turf; or Ossobuco Alla Milanese, a braised veal shank with “Gremolatta” sauce over saffron and Veal Marrow Risotto.  Dessert and a glass of Rao’s Prosecco or a Bellini is included.

Restaurant Guy Savoy: Guest can either order a la carte or sample one of two classic menus created by world-renowned Guy Savoy.  Menu Elegance ($240 per person) features Marinated Lobster, Salad and Gelée of Summer Herbs; Crispy Sea Bass with Delicate Spices; Artichoke and Black Truffle Soup served with Toasted Mushroom Brioche, and Black Truffle Butter; “Poached-Roasted“ Baby Chicken, Couscous of Cauliflower, Spinach Puree and Mustard Jus; Fruit and Chocolate.

Menu Prestige (from $390 per person) offers Oysters en Gelée; Marinated Lobster, Salad and Gelée of Summer Herbs; “Colors of Caviar”; Crispy Sea Bass with Delicate Spices; Foie-Gras “en Papillotte” and Radish Bouillon; Artichoke and Black Truffle Soup served with Toasted Mushroom Brioche and Black Truffle Butter; Roasted Veal Chop, Black Truffle Potato Purée, Young Vegetables Braised in Veal Jus; Selection de Fromages Affinés; Coconut and Chocolate Fondant, Crunchy Praline and Chicory Cream.

Serendipity 3: Revelers will enjoy the fireworks display from Serendipity 3’s patio ($103 per person) while dining on the all-you-can-eat buffet open from 10:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. that will feature spudnicks; Wild Wild West Wings; Chicken Strips Vegas Style; Mini Pizza Bagels; Mini Summer Bries; Pigs in a Blanket; Mac & Cheese and unlimited cotton candy martinis, beer, signature mojitos, wine and their signature Frrrozen Hot Chocolate “Shots.”  From 12:30 a.m. to 3 a.m. Serendipity will serve select signature entrees and breakfast items including the famous “Hangover Omelet.”

Dos Caminos Las Vegas at The Palazzo at the Venetian offers its take on a New Year’s Eve menu.  Starters include Ceviche de Ostiones ($16) with Kumamoto Oysters on the half shell and Serrano chile-key lime marinade, osetra caviar, micro cilantro; Clayuda de Venado ($15) uses Venison barbacoa, roasted garlic chickpea puree, Humbolt fog goat cheese, red onion marmalade on red chile “flat bread.  Entree offerings are Aged Porterhouse for Two ($68) with Jalapeno “tater tots”, piloncillo roasted butternut squash and Pasilla chile butter or Alaskan King Crab Mojo de Ajo ($42) with Cilantro rice, seared greens, toasted garlic and chile de arbol mojo and homemade flour tortillas.  Herb Crusted Halibut ($26) features roasted poblano-hominy croquette, French green beans, Hoja santa, epazote and roasted tomatillo salsa verde.  For desert, the restaurant offers DC Baked Alaska ($9) with Mexican chocolate brownie, raspberry-white chocolate ice cream, toasted marshmallow and Mexican chocolate sauce.  Call 702-577-9600 for reservations.

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