Las Vegas Backstage Access has scoured the plethora of deals (and steals) in Las Vegas for New Year’s Eve and we think for the money, the best place to be is the Crazy Horse III. They’re offering unlimited well drinks the entire evening, free admittance, and free limo rides all for $40. If you want a bottle of good champagne, it’s $100.
More than that, their entertainment complex, now called Party On (was Afterhours) is featuring a free birthday celebration party for Scott Ian of Anthrax. And you can also hang out to listen and dance to Slipknot’s Corey Taylor and the Junk Beer Kidnap Band. They’ll be having lots of surprise guests during the evening.
Equally important, instead of fighting the over 300,000 revelers on the Strip to travel anywhere, their conveniently located off of Interstate 15 at 3525 W. Russell Road. Phone 702-673-1700.
Everything in Las Vegas does not need to emphasize the new and expensive ritzy venues. Take for example the Fremont Street Experience in “old” Las Vegas. For only $10 (locals) to $20 (visitors) they’re offering a “TributePalooza” this New Year’s Eve featuring the tribute bands of INXS, U2, Depeche Mode, Van Halen, No Doubt, Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith and Guns N’ Roses.
Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman will lead the countdown in a fireworks show in a specially designed New Year’s show that will take place under the street-long video screen canopy.
Only people age 21 and older will be allowed.
The concerts start at 6 p.m. For more information, please call 702-678-5600.
It must be nice. Despite record Las Vegas unemployment, layoffs, foreclosures, and other nefarious economic indicators, this evening at the stroke of midnight, somehow $500,000 of fireworks will shoot skyward from the rooftops of MGM Grand, Planet Hollywood, Caesars Palace, Treasure Island, The Venetian, Stratosphere, and the brand new entry this year- the top of CityCenter’s Aria.
In seven minutes and eleven seconds the fireworks extravaganza, dubbed “America’s Party: A Vegas Celebration” will be over and one for the history books.
For the past four days, 65 pyrotechnicians from the famed Grucci brothers have been rigging the big bangs to delight Las Vegas locals and mesmerize an estimated 315,000 out-of-town partiers.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department will have every commissioned officer – all 3,200 of them – keeping order in Sin City. The Strip will be close to vehicular traffic and several on-ramps and exits on Interstate 15 will be shut down starting about 6:30 p.m.
And if you were thinking on bringing your six-shooter and firing it wildly into the air, think again. Police are promising to step up enforcement of firearms laws to reduce celebratory gunfire to ring in the New Year.
Anyone for just imbibing on sparkling grape juice and crackers in their abode?
Despite high Las Vegas unemployment, foreclosures, and a stifling recessionary environment, that’s not stopping Las Vegas casinos from pulling out all the stops and opening new nightclubs this New Year’s Eve.
The 25,000-square-foot Haze nightclub, the newest offering from the Light Group, will be opening its doors tomorrow night at Aria in the new CityCenter. Also at CityCenter, Eva Langoria Parker’s Eve nightclub will be opening.
The new rock bar Smokin’ Hot Aces is also having its grand opening in The Venetian’s retail shops on New Year’s Eve, following a soft opening that started Monday.
The 14,000-square-foot Vanity nightclub – featuring a $1 million chandelier with 20,000 crystals and another 20,000 LED lights – will open on New Year’s Eve at the base of the Hard Rock’s new HRH tower (previous article by Las Vegas Backstage Access).
For fans of the Hard Rock’s Body English nightclub, the basement club will fade into oblivion on Jan.1, having its last hurrah on the same night Vanity opens.
One of the Vanity club partners is Las Vegas major leaguer Jason Giambi says celebrities will have to earn their keep. “Gone are the days where you would pay a celebrity $200,000 to just show up and you had a chance to make your make your money back,” says Giambi, adding, “I’m thankful that’s over.”
It’s been awhile since the ditzy, aging socialite Paris Hilton has been in the news. Over the weekend, however, Hilton reportedly got hitched in Las Vegas at the iconic Little Church of the West wedding chapel.
Just don’t get all excited- it was all staged for publicity during a mock wedding. The faux groom was Piers Morgan, from “Britain’s Got Talent.”
Hilton — and her revolting rat-looking dog — were dressed in white for the occasion. And there were plenty of witnesses- all dressed as Elvis and Marilyn Monroe.
The wedding will air Jan. 2 on VH1’s “Piers Morgan” show.
Southern Nevada transit officials say they are again offering free bus rides to partiers in Las Vegas on New Year’s Eve and early New Year’s Day.
The free rides on all fixed-service routes are given in hopes of keeping traffic down and intoxicated drivers off the streets.
The free rides will run from 6 p.m. Thursday until 9 a.m. on Friday.
Officials say some routes will be detoured, including the Deuce bus along the Las Vegas Strip. That’s because much of the Las Vegas Strip will be closed to vehicle traffic as revelers party in the streets.
Recession? What recession? Apparently, Las Vegas is being true to its persona- betting heavily that 1,575 new hotel rooms are just what the doctor ordered- if not now, maybe in the future?
A mere two weeks after the debut of the Aria at the $8.5 billion new CityCenter, two more casino properties have entered the Las Vegas lodging fray in a market already straining to fill the rooms it already has, witnessed by an average mid-80 percent fill rate and drastically declining room rates.
The 52-story PH Towers at Planet Hollywood Resort have just added 1,201 rooms yesterday. The rooms are being marketed at $229 midweek and $349 weekends. And the top four floors will be 16 condominiums for sale, ranging from 6,000 square feet to 18,000 square feet.
Not to be outdone, the Hard Rock Hotel also yesterday added their HRH tower, bringing 374 more rooms that include seven penthouse suites and eight spa villas. Opening with their tower is the 25,000-square-foot Reliquary Spa, a new parking garage with a porte-cochere and 40,000 square feet of new casino space. Think it ends there? Hardly. A new Hard Rock nightclub, the 14,000-square-foot Vanity, waits opening on Dec. 31, which will also mark lights out for the venerable celebrity hangout, Body English.