There are occasional times when Las Vegas can seem—how to put this gently—“a bit much.”
But not on New Year’s Eve.
No. That’s when Vegas is just the right level of a bit much.
And to prove it to you, we’ve compiled eight extravagant activities expressly designed to usher you from this year to the next. You’re going to want to check them out.
So raise a glass, and follow us to…
Wu Year’s Eve You require: Some quality time with RZA, Method Man and Ghostface Killah before the year’s end. You’ll receive: Wu-Tang Clan live at the Axis. It’s about as close to “quality time” as you’re likely to get. Dec 31, 9pm, $63-$115, The Axis (atPlanet Hollywood), 866-919-7472,tickets here
NYE on the Vegas Monorail You require: Efficient transportation to and from various celebrations. You’ll receive: A party at the Vegas Monorail’s elegant Third Rail Lounge, along with a travel cup for bars serving different cocktails at various stations along the route. All aboard. We always wanted to say that. Dec 31, 8pm-1am, $175-$300, Third Rail Lounge (atLas Vegas Monorail), 702-699-8200,tickets here
NYE at Alto Bar You require: The supernatural ability to celebrate New Year’s Eve in multiple countries around the world. You’ll receive: A decidedly global affair at Caesars Palace’s new Alto Bar, where a champagne toast will occur every hour for 26 hours to ring in 2017 in every part of the planet. Participating in each one, while well-intentioned, is not advised. Dec 31 at 2am to Jan 1 at 4am, no cover,Alto Bar(atCaesars Palace), 866-227-5938
A Party on the High Roller You require: An extraordinarily romantic kiss at midnight. You’ll receive: A premium open bar and midnight toast aboard the High Roller observation wheel with fantastic views of the fireworks. (There will be fireworks.) Dec 31, 9:30pm, $450,High Roller(atThe LINQ), 702-322-0537,tickets here
George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic You require: An excuse to get down. As in, like, way down. You’ll receive: A live performance from George Clinton and company at the Brooklyn Bowl. Please be cognizant of the funk and proceed accordingly. Dec 31, 8pm, $48-$195,Brooklyn Bowl(atThe LINQ), 702-862-2695,tickets here
NYE Masquerade at Hyde You require: The proper venue at which to wear the hell out of your favorite suit. You’ll receive: A black tie masquerade ball at one of the poshest clubs in Vegas. Dec 31, 9pm, $63-$95,Hyde(atBellagio Hotel and Casino), 702-693-8700,tickets here
Sekushi’s NYE Dinner You require: An exceptionally good dinner to set the tone for dinners in the year ahead. You’ll receive: A prix-fixe menu involving spicy garlic edamame, omakase nigiri and a champagne pairing at the Strip’s newest sushi restaurant. 2017 will have a lot to live up to. Dec 31, $63,Sekushi(atParis Las Vegas), 702-385-0755, call for reservations
NYE at Level Up You require: A chance to work on your backswing and a place to play bubble hockey. Just… because. You’ll receive: The Hakkasan Group’s newest 12,000-square foot playground—featuring the world’s first indoor laser golf course, high-tech gaming installations and a rather colorful bar—which is opening just in time for New Year’s Eve. Opens Dec 29,Level Up(atMGM Grand)