It comes but once a year! Say “out with the old and in with the new” at a celebration fit for the history books. Not just any fete will do, however, and we have the dish on the Top 5 places to see and be seen on Dec. 31. Make sure you’re at one of these New Year’s Eve parties to ring in 2011 with a guaranteed good time.
1 Fiesta Bowl Block Party
Between 5 p.m. and 12:30 a.m., the city's biggest New Year's Eve party will be taking over Mill Avenue, complete with fireworks; confetti; drinks; 30 entertainers on 10 stages; a street theater; dancing; and performances by magician Craig Davis, pianists from the Big Bang dueling piano bar, headliner Jimmy Eat World and others. There will be beer gardens open to those ages 21 and older, and admission to the entire event is $20. Come out and celebrate with 100,000 of your closest friends on New Year's Eve.
Mill Avenue District, Tempe, AZ web
2 Hotel Valley Ho's Guys and Dolls 'Til Sputnik Falls
Don your best Rat Pack-esque attire and head to Hotel Valley Ho on Dec. 31 for a four-course dinner with drink pairings from sponsors Veuve Clicquot, Moet & Chandon and Belvedere Vodka. There are two seatings: Reserve at table at 6:30 p.m. for $95 per person, or at 9:30 p.m. for $125 per person. After dinner, mix and mingle while enjoying dancing in ZuZu Lounge, 1950s beats by DJ P-Body, and a champagne toast at midnight on the roof of the Valley Ho. Better still, spend the night in one of the hotel's signature guest rooms ($199 per night) or Tower Suites ($409 per night); or, choose a three-night package and enjoy brunch for two on Jan. 1, plus a split of Veuve Cliquot upon arrival (room package $399, suite package $999). For reservations, call 480.248.2000.
6850 E. Main Street, Scottsdale, AZ 480.248.2000 web
3 Axis/Radius' "Boardwalk Empire" Party
Axis/Radius in Downtown Scottsdale will be hosting a "Boardwalk Empire"-themed party beginning at 9 p.m. on Dec. 31. Immerse yourself in the 1920s with dapper attire, flappers, burlesque dancers, party favors and complimentary champagne splits for a toast at midnight. Must be 21 or older to attend and tickets are $29 per person or $49 per couple. Buy tickets in advance on the club's Web site.
7340 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale, AZ 480.970.1112 web
4 W Scottsdale's Carnaval Masquerade
This decadent New Year's Eve party at W Scottsdale invites guests to dress in their finest masquerade-going attire for an evening of intrigue and celebrating. Admission is $50 for women and $100 for men. But the real way to go is to book a stay, beginning from $499. An overnight reservation includes not only access to the carnaval celebration, but also one masquerade mask and one feather boa (one per bed), one split of champagne, complimentary parking, and admission to a hosted reception in the Living Room from 7 to 9 p.m. to kickoff the evening of Dec. 31. Book online for stays Dec. 30 through Jan. 2 or call 877.782.0104 and ask for promo code WSY. See the W Scottsdale's Web site for special VIP packages for the party.
7277 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale, AZ 480.970.2100 web
5 The Ritz-Carlton Dinner and Party
The Ritz-Carlton is offering two seatings for a sumptuous New Year's Eve dinner at the luxe bistro 24, with the first seating at 5:30 p.m. and the second at 8:30 p.m. The early dinner will feature an amuse bouche, spotty prawn bisque, fennel and tarragon cream, beef Wellington, seared foie gras and perigordine sauce, and Concord grape sorbet. The late seating will include duck rillette and seared scallops, and a buffet of dessert pastries, in addition to the early dinner's same menu. To enhance the mood, there will be jazz music by Nicole Pesce and Jeffrey Hattrick, and dancing in the Lobby Lounge, as well as a complimentary glass of champagne for the midnight toast. If you want to top the night off with a room after your meal, dinner guests receive a special room rate of $159 when booking with promo code HO9. Reservations for dinner are required, and are $95 for the early seating and $135 for the late seating.
2401 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ 602.468.0700 web