If you’re looking for a wild and unforgettable New Year’s Eve experience, you can’t go wrong in Las Vegas. The celebrations are second to none in terms of sheer spectacle and outrageous revelry to ring in the new year. The entire Las Vegas Strip, as well as Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas, is closed to traffic to accommodate the crowds of excited party-goers welcoming 2019 with the annual countdown and fireworks show. Here’s your guide to the most extravagant and fun-filled events that will make this New Year’s Eve celebration the most memorable yet.
107 Skylounge Celebration @ Stratosphere
This Stratosphere Hotel & Casino, located on the Strip, offers 360-degree views of the city—and therefore a prime spot from which to view the midnight fireworks. The 107 Skylounge Celebration, which runs from 10:00 pm to 4:00 am, costs $199 per person. Included in this price is a 2-hour open bar from opening to midnight, during which time a limited food menu is also available. A DJ will be spinning onstage, and festive party favors will be distributed before the fireworks display.
Drai’s @ the Cromwell
Catch the New Year’s Eve celebration at Drai’s Nightclub. With the rooftop club located at the heart of the Strip, guests will have the best views of the firework show while overlooking the famous city lights. The hip-hop club will be hosting a five-day celebration with DJ Esco kicking off the party on Thursday. While Fabolous, Lil Wayne, and Big Sean keep the festivities going throughout the weekend. To bring in the new year, Future will take the stage for a live performance on New Year’s Eve. For NYE 2019, tickets will cost $100 for females and $150 for males. Dress code will be strictly enforced, so be sure to be dressed in your best nightclub attire.
On the Record @ Park MGM
There’s a lot of buzz surrounding the grand opening of this speakeasy nightclub and record store, but a lot of mystery as well. No one knows what, exactly, to expect at the New Year’s Eve unveiling of On the Record, but it sounds like it will provide you with a lively story to tell in the coming year. The only details we can nail down are their craft cocktails are world-class, the venue will be a nostalgic tribute to famous music hubs of the past, and this New Year’s Eve is your chance to be the first to experience it!
Fremont Street Experience
Fremont Street Experience is a seven-block entertainment district in historic downtown Las Vegas, Nevada. If you really want to see Fremont Street at its best, you can’t miss one of the most epic New Year’s Eve parties in Las Vegas, “America’s Party Downtown”.
Live music featuring 12 different bands on four stages will run from 6:00 pm to 4:00 am, and admission begins at 5:00 pm for those with ticketed wristbands (priced at $45). Note that Fremont Street will be closed to non-ticket holders starting at 4:00 pm and this is an adults-only event. Capacity is limited, so be sure to book ahead.
Margaritaville’s New Year’s Eve Party @ The Flamingo
If you’re not in the mood to dress up this New Year’s Eve, Margaritaville at The Flamingo is a more casual and relaxed tropical-themed bash that will have you sipping margaritas well past the countdown. With doors opening at 9:00 pm, the price of $99 will get you 3 hours of premium open bar access, live musical performances, dancing, commemorative party favors, open seating, and a midnight champagne toast. Take the Flamingo/Caesars Palace station exit to easily get to Margaritaville in a matter of minutes from anywhere on the Strip.
Tao Nightclub @ The Venetian
As for the club scene on New Year’s Eve, Tao Nightclub at The Venetian will be hosting an epic party featuring headliner Gucci Mane to kick off 2019. Upscale dress codes will be enforced, so don’t try showing up in jeans and a baseball cap. Tickets are expected to sell out, so purchasing early is highly recommended. Male general admission is $150, and female general admission is $75, which includes hors-d’oeuvres and open bar service from 9:00 to 11:00 pm.
Chateau @ Paris
This high-end celebration at Chateau Nightclub at Paris features a gorgeous view of the fireworks and a champagne toast at midnight, as well as optional VIP table packages for those looking to party in style. General tickets for this year’s event are $125, which includes open bar access for 3 hours from 9:00 pm to midnight. You can easily access Chateau Nightclub by using the Bally’s/Paris monorail station to avoid the hectic traffic on New Year’s Eve.
The Ice Rink @ The Cosmopolitan
The Cosmopolitan’s rooftop Boulevard Pool has been transformed into The Ice Rink for the holiday season and offers a unique way to say farewell to 2018 in Las Vegas. This is also an event that is open to the entire family, so you won’t have to guess if the atmosphere will be age-appropriate. General admission is $150 for adults and $50 for anyone under the age of 21. The Ice Rink party features ice skating, a live DJ, open bar for those over 21, and an unrivaled view of the New Year’s Eve fireworks display.
Hakkasan @ MGM Grand
Hakkasan at MGM continues to be one of the hottest spots on the Strip with the best DJs and hip-hop artists always making their rounds. This New Year’s Eve, J. Cole will be headlining the wild festivities as you dance the night away with the best Las Vegas crowd. Doors open at 8:00 pm with $125 general admission for guys and $75 for ladies. You can also purchase a VIP Bar Card for an additional $75. Use the MGM monorail station for direct access to Hakkasan Nightclub.
The Brooklyn Bridge @ New York – New York
This exclusive bash will take place just outside of the New York – New York Hotel & Casino on their Brooklyn Bridge on the Las Vegas Strip. This is the perfect spot to view the fireworks show at midnight while being completely immersed in all the New Year’s Eve action. There will be DJs mixing up the year’s biggest hits and bartenders pumping out cold beers and cocktails. General admission is $150 and includes access to the Bridge Party, open bar, DJs, dancing, and the best view of the fireworks show you’ll find on the Strip. You can get to the Brooklyn Bridge by exiting the MGM monorail station and crossing over Las Vegas Blvd.
The High Roller @ LINQ
Book a spot on this eye-catching observation wheel and watch the fireworks from 550 feet above the Strip. For $150 per person, you’ll receive a unique vantage point and a champagne toast at midnight. This is a popular option and space is limited, so if this spot ranks high on your to-do list, be sure to book well in advance. Also, avoid the crowds by using the Harrah’s/The Linq monorail station for direct access to the High Roller.
Jewel Nightclub @ Aria
Jewel Nightclub, located at Aria, is another popular Las Vegas evening destination if you’re looking for DJs, dancing, and a good time. This year’s New Year’s Eve celebration will feature headliner Tyga and an open bar for the first 2 hours of the night. Doors open at 9:00 pm with pre-sale tickets selling for $77.93 for guys and $52.41 for ladies. You also have the option for a package deal that will add a four-course dinner at Herringbone Restaurant for an additional $120 per person.
Important Things to Consider
Before you put on those dancing shoes, here are a few pointers to help ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable experience in Las Vegas on New Year’s Eve:
* Plan ahead. Book spots at your chosen destinations in advance, and arrive as early as possible. If you want to be at a certain spot in time for the midnight fireworks, get there by 11:00 pm. Otherwise, you could be stuck waiting outside when the clock strikes twelve.
* Bundle up. It’s winter in the desert, and the temperatures will drop significantly once the sun goes down. Dress in warm layers—you can always shed a few at the club if they get to be too much.
* Be prepared for crowds. It’s hard to wrap your head around the number of people who will be packed into the streets along the Strip and the downtown area, but be forewarned that it will be exceedingly difficult to make your way around if you’re driving. This is one of the ways the monorail will come in handy as your method of transportation.
With most of the best New Year’s Eve parties taking place along the Las Vegas Strip, you can avoid crowds, traffic, and expensive parking by using the monorail this year. Remember that the Strip will be closed to traffic and the number of pedestrians will be exceptionally high on that night. Check out our Monorail Station Guide for station locations, maps, hours, and tips on how to get to your destinations on the Las Vegas Strip.