It’s finally time to kick 2009 to the curb and Las Vegas is ready to ring in the new decade with a vengeance.
Here’s a sample of some of the free parties you’ll find around town. Check out our party planner for the low down on the best of the rest.
The fireworks show has been moved back to the rooftops. Seven casinos will participate in the 7-minute show. [BTW that’s one less launch point and one less minute than last year, if you’re wondering about the affect of the economy on the fireworks portion of tonight’s festivities.]
If you plan on partying on The Strip, make sure you get to where you’re going early. Traffic restrictions will begin at around 5 pm when the I-15 exits and onramps at Tropicana, Flamingo, Spring Mountain Rd and Harmon Ave will be closed. Cars will not be allowed on Las Vegas Boulevard from Russell Road to Sahara until around 3 am.
If you’re on the street, make sure your drink of choice is in a plastic container because aluminum cans and glass bottles will not be allowed. And law enforcement is asking all attendees to refrain from carrying large back or backpacks.
7 Eleven is offering a free 12-oz cup of coffee (or any hot beverage of your choice) to all customers from midnight until 6 am. Just look for the display card on the counter of participating locations to get your late night caffeine fix.
And there’s just no excuse to drink and drive because the Regional Transportation Commission has authorized free bus service throughout the Las Vegas Valley starting at 6 pm this evening until 9 am tomorrow morning. You’ll find more information about this service and route detours at the RTC website.
However you choose to spend your New Year’s Eve, Go Las Vegas Baby wishes everyone a happy and safe celebration and best wishes for 2010.
Free New Year’s Eve Parties
Cadillac Ranch – Town Square – Free Admission/$100 All You Can Drink packages available.
The C Bar – Stratosphere – Alpha Rising New Year’s Eve Party – Free Admission – 10 pm-5 am. DJ and cash bar.
Club Fortune Casino – Free – Doors open at 8 pm. Performances by Hair Nation and opening band Kill Jimi. Complimentary appetizers and free champagne toast at midnight.
Club Madrid – Sunset Station – Free – Doors open at 9 pm. Performance by Nawgahyde. Drink specials include $2 Vodka and Red Bulls and $1 drafts from 9 pm until 11 pm.
Déjà vu Showgirls – Industrial Rd – Free with ad found in Las Vegas Weekly. DJ Paperchase. Vegas Knights perform from 1-3 am.
Dick’s Last Resort – Excalibur – Free Admission – The Dan Band performs at 11 pm.
Jerry’s Nugget – Free (two drink minimum purchase required) – Dance party with free party favors and midnight champagne toast. 9 pm-1 am.
Kahunaville – TI – Performance by Roc the Mic – 10 pm-2 am
Mandalay Bay – Block Party – Admission is free and no reservations are needed. There will be drink and food specials and live music casino wide. Special parking for locals. No reservations needed.
Playground – W Russell Rd – Free Admission/$40 all-you-can drink well cocktails from 9 pm until 3 am at Crazy Horse III Gentlemen’s Club (not valid at Dead Man’s Hand)/$100 champagne bottles all night (not valid at Dead Man’s Hand). Scott Ian’s birthday celebration and live performance by Corey Taylor and The Junk Beer Kidnap Band with surprise guests. Grand opening of Party On after hours at 3 am with DJ.