New Year's Eve in Las Vegas!
Two Parties Bring in People to Ring in 2013
Fremont Street is some experience with the crowds and canopy show.
Las Vegas, New Year's Eve – It's certainly no sin to spend New Year's Eve in Sin City.
And for 2012-13 the city is really ringing in the New Year with a pair of bashes that the city hopes matches what is happening in Times Square.
NYE at Vegas' America's Party on Freemont Street.
Called America's Party, it's an explosive combination of a fireworks show from one end of the Strip to another and a series of cover bands on two stages downtown.
New Year's Eve Las Vegas Downtown Fremont Street
The canopy does the countdown on Fremont Street.
The Fremont Street scene at America's Party, Las Vegas Fremont Street.
Long the backup player to the sizzling, sexy sister down on the Strip, downtown is looking to rock in 2012-13. There's a lineup of bands from 6:15-midnight, at which time the "canopy fireworks" start.
It's not quite the super show of past years when five bands jammed on the stages, but rather a more manageable three, and at a cost of $20 instead of $80.
And the bands are rockin' and rolling. The event features cover bands; in the past it's been Fan Halen and tribute bands for U2, Bon Jovi, No Doubt & Gwen Stefani.
The setup is pretty casual, just walk in and out of the casinos and shops while drinking cocktails out of football-shaped containers.
Cocktail stations are set up throughout the area and rarely does getting a drink require a wait. A light and sound show runs overhead on the lighted "canopy" and confetti showers down at midnight.
The gates open at 6 p.m. (no one under 18 allowed). Some restaurants offer packages for entrance and dinner.
It takes place on Fremont Street at – or actually under it – in what is known as the Fremont Street Experience. This is a light and sound show on the canopy above the street. At midnight it changes to electronic "fireworks."
Downtown is a big block party and people wander in and out of the casinos and shops. The casinos here are much smaller and less glitzy than on the Strip but this "old Vegas" style suits many.
The scantily-clad Golden Gate girls
are a real attraction on Fremont Street.
One cool aspect of Fremont Street is the Strip-type girls dancing in front of – and in – the Golden Gate casino.
New Year's Eve on the Las Vegas Strip
The Strip is blocked off to traffic and cars and cabs are replaced by partiers.
The length of the Strip has fireworks, quite the spectacle at midnight.
The pulse of Vegas pounds on New Year's Eve. The length of the strip has fireworks, quite the spectacle at midnight.
On any given day – or night – of the year, the world-famous Strip is buzzing with activity. On Dec. 31, it's busy all day and really picks up after dark, especially in front of Caesars and the Flamingo, mainly because of their central location.
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The casinos are buzzing and it's perfectly legal to take drinks from bars and casinos onto the Strip (usually in plastic "to go" cups). There are concerts and shows at the various bars and clubs in the casinos. By 11, the Strip is already moving with a countdown to midnight followed by more music.
The concert-goers then file out of the venue and into the casinos, lounges, bars and the Strip, creating quite a festive atmosphere. There are lots of single people at these concerts looking for midnight kisses, so this is always a good call.
All of Vegas' clubs have NYE events, some with celebrity hosts. They are too numerous here to mention and those just planning on showing up and seeing what happens may be spending the countdown waiting in a line.
PubClub in Las Vegas, The New Year's Eve Experience
The PubClubbers paused for a pose during the NYE casino pub crawl.
It was Viva Las Vegas for PubClub.com on one New Year's, as a large group of us gathered in the City of Sin and Fun for a weekend celebration.
Talk about ringing in the New Year in style – we went on a bar crawl through several casinos on the Strip (dubbed the Casino Crawl), made child's play out of the nightclub in the Hard Rock and transported ourselves into the next year with several thousand revelers at the downtown Fremont Street Experience. For three days, we rocked and rolled through the streets, pubs and clubs of another of America's cities that never sleeps.
Our instigator was Stan Ruiz whose company – Spiderlink.com – uses one of its massive server systems to host this web site. Stan led us around with the ease and confidence of a cruise ship captain. We, in turn, followed him like ducks at the Peabody Hotel.
Take PubClub.com's lead and warm up for NYE in Vegas with a casino crawl.
With 30 people in the group, the trip had all the potential of either Titanic or the Love Boat, but we neither sank nor swam in that direction. Instead, we cruised through Vegas like pirates in the Caribbean, with our bounty consisting mainly of beer.
The treasures we captured were priceless, timeless memories of causing a stir while passing through the casinos, of kidnapping strangers along the way until they staggered out of the group unable to keep pace, of wondering how the heck all those NYE hours passed so quickly.
The adventure began on Dec. 29, at the Hard Rock Hotel's club, where we had a VIP private booth (right by the oxygen machine, it must be noted). Its Hard Rock location made it ideal for quick escapes to the mingle-happy Circle Bar, a perfect pub-club combination without leaving the building.
The Casino Crawl was mobile madness. We hit lounge bars in Luxor, Tropicana, MGM and New York, New York. The latter two were the most lively, the MGM featuring live entertainment from a pink-wigged, glittery female band and New York, New York a raucous crowd that welcomed us with open arms. NYNY's lounge also has great music and a dance floor and was so lively we abandoned a plan to hit the Monte Carlo and tossed out our anchor right there.
The next night was New Year's Eve and passed on the Strip and instead headed to Fremont Street where, as noted above, one can freely roam with drinks the size of footballs. Live bands provided music. We met for a nice dinner at Hugo's Cellar,then spun off into small groups to explore the scene and fill our footballs.
At 11:30, we gathered in front of the Golden Nugget and led the entire street in warm-up cheers. At midnight, the place exploded in celebration, confetti and kisses. We then retreated to the closest casino and spent the rest of the night attempting (largely unsuccessfully) to pay for our weekend at the gaming tables.
Most people left the next day, but three stayed an extra night.
For the entire party group, our ship for the New Year had come in.
Our photo journal includes shots from the Casino Crawl, the Fremont Street Experience and, with the Hard rock club. Captan' Stan is sporting shades, bottom photo.