Las Vegas for New Year’s Eve is one of the most unique places to ring in the New Year. Vegas is a party whether it’s New Year’s Eve or not so you know for the biggest night of the year they are going to bring it. In this article I go over all the options you have for the Big Night as well as some friendly tips for navigating your way through Vegas on New Year’s Eve. I’ve gone to Vegas twice for New Year’s Eve and both times were a blast.
Here are just some friendly tips and things you should know about Vegas for New Year’s Eve. They are basically everything I wish I knew before I went to Vegas for NYE the first time.
Those are my biggest general tips about New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas. Now let’s look into all the different activities you can do in Vegas on NYE.
There really is something for everyone in Vegas for NYE, and even something for every budget. This section I break into major categories the things to do for NYE in Vegas.
Trying to be economical for NYE in Las Vegas? Standing on the Strip is likely your best option. The cost? $0! This is similar to what you see in other big cities where there are massive crowds and revelry in the streets. Vegas will put on an amazing firework show at midnight as many casinos have fireworks shoot off of their roofs. It’s one of the best shows in the world so you are in for a treat for your suffering in the cold and crowded streets for several hours.
As I mentioned earlier, the police begin shutting down the Strip in the early evening (usually around 6 pm) for people who want to standout there for New Year’s Eve. This turns the Strip essentially into a massive pedestrian walk way where you are free to roam. You are also free to bring your own alcohol, just be sure to follow the rules I mentioned above.
I haven’t done this personally but it seems like a good time. Just be prepared for massive crowds, nearly the entire Strip is completely filled in from the center area near Bellagio down to the Wynn & Venetian. Be sure to dress warm! Las Vegas last year was in the 30s at night went the fireworks went off for New Year’s Eve. The best part about being on the Strip for NYE is the amazing fireworks show. If you opt for a bar or a nightclub you are unlikely to see it, if you are on the Strip you will have an amazing view.
At the opposite end of the price spectrum are the nightclubs. Let’s not beat around the bush for Las Vegas nightclubs on New Year’s Eve: they are ungodly expensive and overpriced. You may still have a great time, just know it is going to be extremely pricey as each club is charging a premium for New Year’s Eve. Let’s go over some of the 2017 NYE options with the prices as the currently stand.
Omnia Las Vegas New Year’s Eve: Calvin Harris - $125 for Females, $200 for Males
XS Las Vegas New Year’s Eve: Major Lazer - $95 for Females, $180 for Males
Hakkasan Las Vegas New Year’s Eve: Drake - $175 for Females, $250 for Males
Drais Las Vegas New Year’s Eve: Kendrick Lamar - $175 for Females, $250 for Males
Tao Las Vegas New Year’s Eve: DJ Khaled - $78 for Females, $128 for Males
Marquee Las Vegas New Year’s Eve: The Weeknd - $128 for Females, $202 for Males
Obviously there are more options for Las Vegas nightclubs but these are some of the bigger ones. Most of these prices are inflated 200%+ because it’s New Year’s Eve, so just know going in the nightclubs are going to be incredibly expensive and packed. Also keep in mind that you cannot simply leave the nightclub to see the fireworks and come back in. Be sure to check with security before you leave on New Year’s Eve or you may be stuck back in line or flat out denied re-entry.
Another option is trying to find a bar with a great view for the big fireworks show. Vegas actually has quite a few bars with outstanding views of the NYE fireworks. Here are some of the best options for bars with views in Vegas:
Ghostbar (Palms) New Year’s Eve – Ever seen people posting the cliché Vegas picture of them standing on see through glass? That’s this place. Ghostbar is located at the Palms, which is slightly off the Strip. It’s a rooftop bar with a great view of the Las Vegas Strip. If you want to be at a trendy bar with a great view of the Vegas NYE fireworks check out Ghostbar. There are options for bottle service or simply general admission tickets. Ghostbar is one of my favorite spots in Vegas so definitely give it a look for New Year’s Eve.
Voodoo Lounge (Rio) New Year’s Eve – Very similar view to Ghostbar, but closer to the Strip. Voodoo is located on the 51st floor of the Rio casino and directly faces the Strip, which is a few blocks away. Voodoo is a little less hip than Ghostbar but it will still be packed and offer a great view for the fireworks on NYE. Typically the New Year’s Eve party for the Rio is $125 on presale and $150 at the door.
Top of the World (Stratosphere) New Year’s Eve – I know, I know – really, the Stratosphere? While Stratosphere is not exactly the nicest place in town they do have an awesome restaurant on the roof with an equally awesome view. Also, because the Stratosphere is at the end of the Strip it offers an awesome view of the entire Strip and thus the NYE fireworks. Top of the world offers a variety of packages for New Year’s Eve, all of which can be seen here. It’s a cheaper option than some of the other ones and many packages even come with open bar for a few hours. Don’t dismiss this place just because it’s at the Stratosphere!
Foundation Room (Mandalay Bay) New Year’s Eve – Top of the World was a good option because it was on the roof of Stratosphere at the north end of the Las Vegas Strip. Foundation Room is on the roof of the Mandalay Bay, the casino on the south end of the Las Vegas Strip,. Foundation Room is one of my most underrated spots in Las Vegas – the views really are outstanding and I’ve always had a good time there. For New Year’s Eve they offer two options: $150 cover or $325 for cover and open bar 9-11 pm. So if you drink like a fish, consider the NYE option with open bar. Keep in mind that in Vegas cocktails are going to add up quickly.
SkyFall Lounge – The other tower at Mandalay Bay is the Delano Las Vegas, which also has a rooftop bar. It is called SkyFall Lounge and also offers a great viewing area for Las Vegas New Year’s Eve.
Obviously Las Vegas is a huge town so there are other options for New Year’s Eve that I haven’t mentioned yet. Let’s quickly go over some other options.
Just do a little planning beforehand for Las Vegas New Year’s Eve and you will be fine. Know where you are staying, where you are going, and what time your group is heading out and you will avoid a lot of headaches. The crowds will be intense and the prices are all inflated, but Vegas for New Year’s Eve is always a blast. Party safe and have a great time celebrating!