Nearly everyone is throwing some sort of New Year’s Eve celebration to ring in 2004. In an effort to make life easier on you, we highlighted a few of our favorite picks for the holiday season.
Bars and clubs
Anderson’s Fifth Estate
6820 E. Fifth Ave., Scottsdale, (480) 994-4168
Anderson’s will rock in 2004 with their Rockin’ New Year’s Eve celebration. DJ Larry Mac and DJ Dan will spin music in two rooms — one will feature alt-rock music and the other will feature retro alternative. The club will offer hourly drink and shot specials. There will also be a champagne toast and party favors. 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. $10, which includes a complimentary bottle of champagne.
7340 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale, (480) 970-1112
The dance club will host a Club Rubber Pimp ’N Ho New Year’s Eve Party that will feature DJs spinning a mix of hip-hop, progressive and house music. 8 p.m. $50 to $100 for VIP admission. Admission includes party favors (naughty trinkets and noisemakers) and a champagne toast to bring in the New Year.
Cabana’s Beach Bar & Grill
6810 E. Fifth Ave., Scottsdale, (480) 421-9055
The beach bar will present Kegs on the Beach and start the party early at 11 a.m. They’ll offer $2 keg beer and $4 burgers and brats throughout the day. During the evening, they’ll break out portable hot tubs and have a champagne toast at midnight. The cover is free before 8 p.m. and $10 thereafter.
4175 N. Goldwater Blvd., Scottsdale, (480) 947-7171 and 10825 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, (480) 348-1666
The bar will host Soiree, an upscale event, which will feature complimentary food, party favors and a champagne toast. The club suggests that patrons dress in black. 8 p.m. $50.
The north Scottsdale location will host Premiere — its first New Year’s Eve bash. Like its downtown sister, the bar will offer complimentary food, party favors and a champagne toast. 8 p.m. $75.
Dos Gringos Trailer Park
216 E University Drive, Tempe, (480) 968-7879
There will be a $2 Corona New Year’s toast along with the usual Dos Gringos festivities. 7 p.m. Free.
Throughout Mill Avenue and Tempe Beach Park, (480) 350-0911
Tempe will host its annual family-oriented Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Block Party — which USA Today deemed one of the top 10 places in the nation to ring in the New Year. More than 150,000 people are expected to be on hand for this event, which will feature carnival rides, fireworks, interactive games, food and beverage booths and live music by Live, BTO and Jackyl on the Tempe Beach Park stage. 5 p.m. $10-$15. Tickets can be purchased for $10 with a VIP card at Fry’s Food and Drug Stores.
Downtown Scottsdale on Craftsman Court
Between Third and Fifth avenues from Scottsdale Road to Marshall Way, (602) 522-1929
Scottsdale will host the Ultimate Block Party, its first ever New Year’s Eve extravaganza, this year. Alien Ant Farm, — best known for their Michael Jackson cover of "Smooth Criminal" — Valley rockers Trik Turner and cover band the Chadwicks will perform at the 21-and-over event. There will also be eight DJs, comedians from the Comedy Spot, food and beverage booths. 5 p.m. $20 in advance. $25 at the gate. Tickets can be purchased at www.ticketweb.com. Admission will include entrance into Acme Bar &
Grill, Dos Gringos, Next and Noyz.
Kazimierz World Wine Bar
7137 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, (480) 946-3004
Patrons can enjoy live music by Doc Jones & Company. There will be complimentary appetizers and a midnight toast. 7 p.m. $20-$400. The $100-$400 packages include food and beverage credit.
410 S. Mill Ave., Suite D101, Tempe, (480) 968-3301
The college-oriented dance club will feature a DJ and dancing. 6 p.m. $25-$50. The $25 package includes admission to the Tempe Block Party, a champagne toast and party favors. The $50 package includes the same features along with a multi-course buffet and second-level seating from the balcony patio where you can watch cover bands perform.
4310 N. Brown Ave., Scottsdale, (480) 425-0111
Mickey’s will host Funk Me, I’m Famous, a groovy New Year’s Eve shindig, DJs will spin funk and soul fused with old school. The bar will also offer half off their entire menu until 10 p.m. Starts at 8 p.m. $10.
The Pussycat Lounge
4426 N. Saddlebag Trail, Scottsdale, (480) 481-3100
The Scottsdale hot spot will feature a complimentary champagne table with finger foods until 10 p.m. Table reservations are encouraged. They will also hand out a copy of their new CD — a mix of formatted PCL spins — to customers. 7 p.m. $10.
7340 E. Shoeman Lane, Scottsdale, (480) 970-5000
Ring in 2004 with the Rat Pack, an old-school Italian mobster-themed New Year’s celebration. 8 p.m. $30 per person or $50 per couple. Cover includes party favors.
San Felipe’s Cantina
20825 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale, (480) 563-9495
The north Scottsdale bar will say goodbye to 2003 with a champagne toast and party favors. There will also be a DJ and dancing. Patrons can celebrate the new year by dancing on the bar — a popular club custom. 9 p.m. Free.
7316 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, (480) 663-6620
The Scottsdale lounge will host A Private Affair, hosted by DJ Steve Kushnir and friends, and feature a Tapas Style Pacific Rim-inspired menu and complimentary champagne. DJs will spin house and rock beats. 7 p.m. $40.
7307 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale (480) 970-6969
Suede will bring in the New Year with a retro-disco celebration called Boogie Nights, which will include a Korbel Champagne Split, party favors and a DJ. 7 p.m. $20. The club is also offering dinner packages that feature entrees from a special New Year’s menu.
3102 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, (480) 970-6556
The Scottsdale bar will host a New Year’s Eve Snowball Bash that will include live music, a DJ on the patio, snow machines and ice sculptures. 5 p.m. $2.
Jeff Dunham and Friends
Tempe Improv, 930 E. University Drive, (480) 921-9877).
Comic ventriloquist Jeff Dunham and rock comic Mark Eddie will perform during this holiday event. Choose from three different show packages, which include: Show and party favors only; four-course gourmet dinner, champagne, party favors, and East coast countdown; or the West Coast countdown package, which includes show, fruit and cheese platter, party favors and balloon drop. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Wed. $40-$85.
20751 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale, (480) 502-5557
Enjoy filet mignon and lobster during The Cowboy’s New Year’s Eve celebration. In addition to a three-course meal, diners will be treated to a champagne toast and dancing. Seatings run from 5 to 10 p.m.; reservations are required. Cost is $41.95 per person (plus tax and gratuity).
7133 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, (480) 946-3111
Send off 2003 in style at Cowboy Ciao. The restaurant will offer two seatings; at 6:30 p.m. diners will enjoy a four-course meal and at 9 p.m., they’ll be treated to seven delectable courses. Cost is $65 for the earlier sitting and $120 for the later sitting. Reservations are required.
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
20753 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale, (480) 538-8000
Ring in 2004 with a four-course meal on the patio at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar. The 9:30 p.m. dinner includes wine, a champagne toast and live music; cost is $125 per person (plus tax and gratuity). Reservations are required.
Jilly’s American Grill
7301 E. Butherus Drive, Scottsdale, (480) 368-8663
Live it up at Jilly’s American Grill. In addition to a four-course meal, guests can enjoy music from T.A.T.E. beginning at 9:30 p.m. Cost for the meal is $29.95 per person, with seatings starting at 6 p.m. Reservations are required.
7677 N. 16th St., Phoenix, (602) 997-5850
Enjoy Southwestern eats — from grilled red chili-glazed veal to charbroiled beef tenderloin — at Lantana Grille at the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort. Cost for the first seating, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., is $60 per person (plus tax and gratuity); cost for the second seating, from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m., is $75 per person. Reservations are required.
Lon’s at the Hermosa
5532 N. Palo Cristi, Paradise Valley, (602) 955-7878
Enjoy a four-course meal, including grilled Texas black buck antelope and other exotic eats, at Lon’s at the Hermosa. Cost for the first seating, from 6 to 7 p.m. is $75 per person (plus tax and gratuity) and $125 per person for the second seating, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Reservations are required.
Michael’s at the Citadel
18700 E. Pinnacle Peak Road, Scottsdale, (480) 515-2575
Enjoy lamb chops and pesto-roast at Michael’s at the Citadel. The 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. seating is $75 per person (plus tax and gratuity) and the 8 to 10 p.m. seating is $125 per person. The evening will include live music, a balloon drop at midnight and a champagne toast. Reservations are required.
6902 E. Greenway Parkway, Scottsdale, (480) 624-1030
Enjoy New Year’s Eve at Nuevo Latino, located at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa. The first seating, at 6 p.m., features a three-course dinner, while diners at the 8 p.m. seating will be treated to four courses. (Tax and a 21 percent gratuity will be automatically added to each check.) Cost is $60 per person for the first seating and $85 per person for the later seating.
Orange Tree Golf Resort
10601 N. 56th St., Scottsdale, (480) 443-2125
Party for a good cause at the New Year’s Eve FUNdraiser at the Orange Tree Golf Resort. The event — which benefits Habitat for Humanity — will feature a gourmet dinner, wine, champagne, party favors, fireworks and music from Vanessa Florez; festivities kick off at 7 p.m. Cost is $400 per couple ($200 of which is tax deductible). Reservations are required, as attendance is limited to 125 couples.
23023 N. Scottsdale Road, (480) 502-5600
Rawhide will host a family-friendly celebration beginning at 8 p.m. Guests will enjoy cowboy eats, from prime rib to barbecue chicken with all the fixings, along with live country music and a champagne toast at midnight. Cost is $49.95 per person (plus tax and gratuity); reservations are required.
7133 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, (480) 481-9463
Get your sake on at Sea Saw’s New Year’s Eve celebration. Chef Nobu Fukada will prepare a nine-course tasting menu paired with premium sake, wines and champagne. Seatings run from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Cost is $200 per person and reservations are required.
5200 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, (602) 808-0766
Dine on Colorado loin of lamb, grilled beef tenderloin and other delights at T. Cook’s at the Royal Palms Resort and Spa. Cost for the first seating, from 6:15 to 7 p.m. is $125 per person (plus tax and gratuity) and $150 per person for the second seating, from 9:15 to 10 p.m. Pianist Dwight Brewer will tickle the ivories throughout the evening. Reservations are required.
Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort, 7500 E. Doubletree Ranch Road, (480) 991-3388, Ext. 76
Celebrate New Year’s at a ballroom gala, which includes an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, dancing, live music by The Shining Star Band, champagne toast, party favors and midnight balloon drop. Tickets must be purchased in advance. 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Wed. $125; overnight packages are also available.
New Year’s Eve Dinner-Dance
Holiday Inn, 1600 S. Country Club, Mesa, (480) 834-1670
Ring in the New Year with a sit-down dinner, silent auction and dancing. 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Wed. $50.
New Year’s Eve Singles Dance
Bethany Community Church, Building H, 6240 S. Price Road, Tempe, (480) 786-1053
This dressy dance for singles will feature a DJ, dancing to oldies and soft rock, a light buffet, nonalcoholic drinks and party favors. 8 to 12:30 p.m. Wed. $20.
Multi-Parish Singles New Year’s Eve Dance
Embassy Suites Hotel, 1515 N. 44th St., Ahwatukee Foothills, (480) 940-3722
This semi-formal gala New Year’s Eve party for singles includes live music by Rhythm Edition Band, mixer dances, door prizes, hors d’oeuvres and a breakfast buffet. Tickets must be purchased before Dec. 28. 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Wed. $55.
New Year’s Eve Disco Dance Party
Fort McDowell Casino, Arizona Highway 87 and Fort McDowell Road, Fountain Hills, (800) 843-3678
L.A. dance band Platinum Groove will provide music during this huge, outdoor disco dance party. Inside the casino’s Lucky 7 Saloon, Todd Luxton and the Cadillacs will perform an Elvis tribute; food and drink specials will be offered all night long. 8 p.m. Wed. Free.
New Year’s Eve Family Desert Party
Rawhide Wild West Town, 23023 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, (480) 502-5600
This family event features hay wagon rides, party favors, hot chocolate, coffee, lemonade, live band and entertainment, dance instruction, children’s games, marshmallow roast and a fireworks display. Special picnic food and warm adult beverages will be available for purchase. 10 p.m. Wed. $10-$12.
The Mayor’s New Year’s Eve Party
Gilbert High School, on Elliott Road between Lindsay Road and Val Vista Drive, (480) 503-6242
Bring the children to a family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration, which offers entertainment for all ages. 7:30 p.m. Wed. $5 per family.
Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino Resort, 15406 Maricopa Road, Maricopa, (480) 802-5000
Davy Jones, the diminutive and charming member of ’60s made-for-TV quartet the Monkees will entertain in two shows. 9:30 and 11:30 p.m. Free.
Cliff Castle Casino
555 Middle Verde Road, Camp Verde, (928) 567-7999
The casino is celebrating the New Year with two Motown-themed parties and a fireworks display. Gift bags, commemorative champagne flute, party favors, and a session at the New Year’s Eve photo booth will also be offered. Must be 21 years to attend either party. 7 p.m. Wed. $10-$20.
A Broadway Christmas
Phoenix Greyhound Park, 3801 E. Washington St., (602) 279-3129
Celebrate the New Year with Broadway song favorites by Copperstate Dinner Theater entertainers in this intimate production. Includes dinner and post-show DJ-ed dancing and champagne. 7:30 p.m. $32.95.
Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, 5247 E. Brown Road, Mesa, (480) 325-6700
New Year’s goes to New York in this sweet and original holiday revue. Upscale buffet, noisemakers, champagne toast at midnight, actors’ cabaret afterward. 6 p.m. $100.
Kiss and Tell
Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert, (480) 497-1181
Make nice with your loved one while watching this relationship farce. Open dessert bar and complimentary punch and party favors. 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. $25.
Viad Corporate Center, 1850 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, (602) 264-0402
Arizona Jewish Theatre Company offers show along with (dietary law-observant) hors d’oeuvres, buffet, dessert and champagne. 7 p.m. $100.