If you’re open to accepting one piece of advice for celebrating New Year’s Eve at a Las Vegas nightclub, let it be this: go all in
To fully take advantage of the biggest party night of the year, you’ve got to put in work. You must accept the fact that it will be crowded, and it will be expensive. So going all in means, among other things, purchasing a ticket that will get you into the venue without a long wait, properly budgeting for that period before and after the open bar, and
determining, upon entry, where you’re going to post up for the night’s big moment, because space is always limited in the club.
This all falls under the umbrella of planning ahead. You can’t fly by the seat of your pants on New Year’s Eve. That’s how people end up standing in a crowd at some random New York-New York bar with a million regrets and no one to kiss at midnight.
Consider this your planning guide for clubs on and near the Strip, with some pre-party suggestions to keep your energy level up all night.
Las Vegas NYE Nightlife Guide
Drai’s Nightclub: If you’re searching for a venue with premier views of the Strip and the forthcoming fireworks, Drai’s Nightclub will make it worth your while with Da Boss Rick Ross set to ring in 2022 with a live performance. The first batch of tickets has already sold out and Tier 2 ($150-$250) could be next, so you may need to gather some friends for bottle service.
Drai’s seating ranges from Bungalow ($6,000 for 10 guests) to The King’s Table ($30,000 for 15 guests) and Stage seating, which is so exclusive (read: expensive) that you’ve got to ask to find out. Like a lot of clubs, Drai’s is going big all weekend long, with Jeezy and 2 Chainz bookending Rozay on December 30 and January 1, respectively. draisgroup.com
Hakkasan Las Vegas: Hakkasan isn’t messing around when it comes to New Year’s Eve. They know you want to be there when Black Coffee does his thing at midnight, and that’s why you can expect to pay top dollar for a seat. Sure, you can get into the venue at the Presale ($50- $75) and VIP ($125-$150) ticket levels, and both come with a $100 bar card. But ringing in 2022 is better with friends. Seating prices range from Booths ($2000+) to the best VIP Table in the Main Room ($15,000 for 20 guests). hakkasangroup.com
Restaurant Recommendation: MGM’s Hakkasan Restaurant will host three seatings on New Year’s Eve, at 5 p.m. (à la carte), 7 p.m. ($158 per person), and 9 p.m. ($188 per person). The restaurant will host a countdown to midnight and complimentary champagne toast if you feel like skipping the club. New Year’s Eve 2022 Restaurant Reservation Inquiry
Jewel Nightclub: Noted Vegas Golden Knights fan Lil Jon has been doing the New Year’s Eve thing so long, he won’t need much practice when he steps into the booth at ARIA’S Jewel Nightclub. The venue is offering a complimentary drinks package from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. with its Presale tickets ($50-$75) and seating ranges from Large Balcony VIP for 10 guests ($3,000) to Large Main Room Dance Floor VIP tables for 12 ($8,000). hakkasangroup.com
Restaurant Recommendation: French favorite Bardot is offering seatings at 5 p.m. ($105 per guest) and 8 p.m. (pre-payment required) on New Year’s Eve. https://aria.mgmresorts.com/en/restaurants/bardot-brasserie.html
Marquee Nightclub: While Maroon 5 does their obligatory Strip New Year’s Eve performance at The Chelsea, Aussie DJ, producer, and pro surfer FISHER takes his turn as a New Year’s Eve headliner at The Cosmopolitan’s Marquee Nightclub. Ticket tiers range from General Admission ($75-$150) to table seating throughout the venue, including Marquee’s Library ($2,000), the Boom Box ($2,000-$2,500), Salon seating ($2,500-$3,500), and the Main Room ($3,500-$10,000). http://marqueelv.taogroup.com/
Restaurant Recommendation: Spiegelworld’s Superfrico just hit the scene and will welcome its first New Year’s Eve guests with a prix-fixe dinner (and optional wine pairing) to go with its holiday cocktail menu. 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., $99,
Money, Baby!: This is the inaugural New Year’s Eve for Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, and, while Lizzo takes the stage in The Theater, the resort has tapped R&B star Kehlani to lead the festivities at its versatile Money, Baby! venue. Turntable artists Jerzy and NOODLES will also be on hand early in the evening, and the club will have a hosted bar from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Like every other party, you’ll want to get a ticket fast if this is your spot. Early Bird prices start at $89.25 but won’t stay that way for long. moneybabylv.com/events/kehlani2022
Restaurant Recommendation: TAO Group’s Casa Calavera is hosting seatings at 7 p.m. ($75 per person) and 9 p.m. ($110 per person), with, among other perks, tray- passed bites, drink packages, a midnight champagne toast, mariachi band, and a DJ. hakkasangroup.com/casacalavera/las-vegas/reservations/
OMNIA Nightclub: OMNIA’s indoor/outdoor design is likely to draw a lot of revelers looking to glimpse the Strip fireworks from the Terrace. But access will cost you, and having Grammy nominee Steve Aoki in the DJ booth is one reason tickets are moving fast. Tickets to OMNIA’s party start at the Presale level ($125-$200) and go up to VIP ($200-$275 and includes $100 bar card). If you don’t want to stand all night, seating tiers range from the Terrace
Cabana booths ($4000) to Main Room Dance Floor VIP tables ($20,000). hakkasangroup.com
Restaurant Recommendation: Get to Caesars Palace early for the second seating at Restaurant Guy Savoy. Reservations will be taken by email only. 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., $550, firstname.lastname@example.org
TAO Nightclub: The Venetian’s TAO Nightclub has recruited “CoCo” artist O.T. Genasis to lead its New Year’s Eve festivities, and tickets come with two hours of complimentary drinks. You may find TAO’s ticket prices a bit more reasonable than its megaclub competitors, ranging from General Admission ($30-$75) to Main Room Dance Floor tables ($5,000). Move fast if you want to make TAO your spot, as much of the seating has already sold out. taogroup.com
Restaurant Recommendation: Why, TAO of course. The famed Asian bistro will host three seatings on New Year’s Eve, with various minimum spend tiers. 5 p.m., taogroup.com/event/12-31-21-nye-dinner-tao-asian-bistro-las-vegas/
XS Nightclub: Wynn Nightlife will turn it up on New Year’s Eve with an indoor/outdoor bash at XS Nightclub starring the always reliable Chainsmokers. Alex and Andrew will take the stage sometime just before midnight and stage a live performance after the countdown and balloon drop. Be mindful when purchasing your ticket because there are two tiers – Under the Stars and All Access.
The former is an outdoor-only General Admission ticket tier ($50-$75) and the latter grants you access inside and outside ($150-$200). If you’re looking for a place to sit, entry level bottle reservations start at $2,500 and run up to $25,000 for Upper Dance Floor seating. Like its counterparts, Wynn is making a weekend of it, with Diplo going on December 30 and Marshmello following The Chainsmokers on January 1. wynnnightlife.com
Restaurant Recommendation: Wynn’s coastal Mexican cuisine spot Casa Playa is offering a three-course prix fixe menu with accompanying tunes by DJ Dash. 8 p.m., 1 a.m., 702-770-DINE
Zouk Nightclub: Resorts World Las Vegas will celebrate its first New Year’s Eve on the Strip with rooftop fireworks at midnight, Katy Perry in the Theatre, and all-star resident headliner Zedd at Zouk Nightclub. Ticket tiers range from General Admission ($100-$150) to seating on the Main Floor Dance Floor ($32,500 minimum spend).
You can grab a weekend pass to Zouk’s New Year’s festivities – Madison Beer on December 29, Tiesto on December 30, the aforementioned Zedd, and DJ Snake on January 1 — for $200, but that just gets you into the venue. If you want to go all in, commit to New Year’s Eve with Zedd and call your friends, because you don’t want to pay thousands of dollars to sit alone. zoukgrouplv.com/nye/
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Restaurant Recommendation: FUHU will host New Year’s Eve diners with premier seating and an expanded champagne list. 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., rwlasvegas.com/dining/fuhu