Food & Drink

Your Complete Guide to Celebrating New Year's Eve in Las Vegas

Published On 12/28/2016 Published On 12/28/2016
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1. GHOSTBAR 4321 W Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89103

It’s easy to impress your friends from out of town with a view of the Strip from the 55th floor of the Palms. Grab a drink, step outside, and look knowledgeable when you point and say things like, “Look… there’s the airport.” Head inside and check out Ghost's equally impressive interior-- the entirety this plush bar is bedecked in black, white, and fuchsia with massive chandelier light fixtures and tufted velvet setées.

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2. Hard Rock Cafe 3771 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Located right on the Strip, Hard Rock Cafe captures all the bombastic pizazz of Vegas: blazing neon lights, rock and roll memorabilia mounted on every available square inch of wall, with an open-air dining room that offers an unobstructed view of Las Vegas Boulevard. The electrically charged ambience proves enthralling, whether you’re here to catch a show at the music venue or simply craving a bite from their New American menu (pro tip: with its beer-battered onions, chipotle major, and garlic ketchup, the Atomic! Burger is one of the best in the city). Bonus points if you can make it into their VIP lounge.

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3. Skyfall Lounge 3940 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89119

Skyfall is located within the 43-story Delano Las Vegas, an upscale hotel with chic, modern suites, floor-to-ceiling windows and luxe bathrooms (can you say jacuzzis). Take in panoramic views of the Strip at this breathtaking cocktail lounge and roof bar. It doesn't even matter that the drinks are good when you have a view like this (but rest assured, with Death & Co bartenders at the helm, the drinks are damn good). Skyfall Lounge is socated adajacent to Rivea, French master chef Alain Ducasse's elegant ode to French/Med fusion fare.

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4. Gilley's 3300 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109

True to its original sign outside the Frontier Casino that reads "Cold Beer... Dirty Girls..." the Old West saloon and dance hall has been reincarnated in a whopping 14,000-square-foot space with a stage for live music, faux-tin roofing, and an outdoor patio overlooking the Strip. And because no incarnation of the West would be complete without it, Gilley's offers a full barbecue feast that's available until midnight, with rib meat that falls right off the bone, brisket and pulled pork slathered Texas-style sauce. Oh, and a mechanical bull.

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5. The Palm 3500 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Located at the Forum Shops in Caesars Palace, The Palm has a been a staple in the Strip's dining scene since it opened in the early '90s, cooking up a menu of classic dishes that reflect the team's Italian-American background -- from prime aged steaks and jumbo Nova Scotia lobsters to chicken parm and veal martini. The wood-laden space with white-clothed tables and cartoon sketches all over the walls is always bustling with parties celebrating birthdays, stopping in after catching a show, or grabbing lunch during a work convention.

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6. SW Steakhouse 3131 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Another dining outpost within the Wynn resort, the culinary breadth of Chef David Walzog’s SW Steakhouse reaches far beyond that of just steak. While the chili-rubbed double rib eye is the ultimate highlight of the menu, small bites like the black truffle cream corn and the sautéed Hudson Valley foie gras are equally decadent. Unlike other steak-obsessed spots in the area, SW also boasts solid vegetarian opens, like savory red quinoa and farro salads and rich entrées like roasted maitake mushrooms with eggplant caponata. The space manages to be cavernous while still feeling like a chic, classy bistro; diners seated at a table with views of the infamous “Lake of Dreams” and vibrant waterfall should feel especially lucky.

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7. Trevi Italian Restaurant 3500 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Located within The Forum Shops at the legendary Caesar, this mega Italian restaurant serves up classic Italian comfort food to tourists and shopping locals. Known for their homemade pastas and gelato, Trevi is a destination venue that lives up to its reputation. With a private dining room upstairs, Trevi regularly hosts large gatherings like wedding receptions and business retreats, so their service is always quick and professional. The space also boasts "outdoor" seating (under a painted sky) next to the giant "Fountain of the Gods" inside of the shopping center, for a small taste of what it's like to dine in Italy. Nestled in the Caesar, this Italian joint's known for its deep-dish lasagna pizza and the walk-up gelato bar for dessert.

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8. Sugarcane 3355 Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV

The Venetian has a spiffy feature (no, it's not blinds) in Sugarcane, a raw bar and grill with a global menu that's so diverse it's hard to pin down. Guests can choose from a wide array of dishes, from seafood towers and raw delights (crudos and carpaccios), small plates like pig ear pad thai, and large ones like bone-in ribeye with foie gras and creamy polenta. An open-fire grill births the best of them, though, with head-on shrimp, chimichurri steak and Japanese eggplant served charred and hot. In the separate lounge area, rum cocktails assume a seat of honor on the drink menu (the place is called sugarcane, after all) as it's infused with beets and shaken into mojitos, swirled with kiwi puree, or poured into updates on the old fashioned.

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9. Katsuya 2535 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109

With locations across the country and the world, Katsuya is a sleek, modern Japanese restaurant with a reputation for innovation and quality. Owned and operated by one of the few Master Sushi Chefs in America, Chef Katsuya Uechi, this chain never ever forsakes quality, always serving the freshest seafood possible prepared with the best techniques. Known for celebrity sightings as well as for the food, this is a very popular spot in a venue that isn't exactly huge. Go early to get a seat and check out their happy hour, or be prepared to make a reservation in advance.

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10. La Cave 3131 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Walk through a glass entryway into this wine bar/resto (which features cobblewood oak flooring and a large red LED sign reading "In Vino Veritas") to enjoy a massive wine list available by the whole/half bottle, glass, or even ounce, plus paired modern American fare.

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11. N9NE Steakhouse Las Vegas 4321 W Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89103

Simulating the hip, celebrity-friendly energy of its host Palms Casino, N9NE Steakhouse serves gourmet cuts and fresh seafood, as well as a renowned s'mores dessert made with orange Grand Marnier and amaretto hazelnut flavored marshmallows with white and dark chocolate ganache-covered graham crackers. Though the dim lighting might hint at a classic steakhouse setting, a color-changing ceiling and caviar bar push for a trendier, VIP atmosphere.

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12. Heritage Steak 3400 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

The third restaurant from Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio, this 220-seat steakhouse housed inside The Mirage cooks up quality, antibiotic-free meats over an open flame. The lighting here is dim enough to make your table feel like a personal restaurant, and contemporary decor touches like glass vases and wood accents elevate your dry aged rib eye meal into a sleek and polished dining experience.

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13. House of Blues 3950 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89119

The Las Vegas outpost of this national chain of live music venues manages to hold its own on the flashy Strip, offering a stacked lineup of sought-after musicians, plus a restaurant and bar with mostly Southern eats, such as St. Louis-style ribs, po-boys, and shrimp & grits. Like its sister venues across the country, it doesn't have a bad spot in the house to watch everyone from Billy Idol to Slash perform, and sports an eclectic, Asian-inspired decor. Not to mention, this location offers the chain's famous Gospel Brunch, too, when you can indulge in an all-you-can-eat buffet (chicken & waffles, anyone?) while local acts perform traditional and contemporary Gospel music.

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14. Rockhouse 3535 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Rockhouse is an adult's playground, set right on the Strip in the middle of America's least responsible city: Vegas. With 9000sqft of space, this warehouse-sized venue has three bars, 83 TVs, pool tables, beer-pong tables, tire swings, and a mechanical bull. This place was clearly expensive to build, but they're not pretentious at the Rockhouse—the overall vibe here is of a Southern dive bar, from the weathered wood to the industrial lighting. Their food is cooked to match, as this self-described "ultra dive bar" churns out a steady stream of bar food classics like sliders, wings, and hot dogs. A menu of inventive and boozy cocktails is also available, patronizingly divided between "girly drinks" and "manly drinks."

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15. Clique Bar & Lounge 3708 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Eschewing the sheen of many overdone bars along the strip, CLIQUE offers a classic, intimate lounging experience where you can hold a conversation without yelling into your friends' ears. While a DJ might be on location to spin lounge sounds, you're not there to dance -- you're there to sip on a cocktail prepared tableside, and indulge in finger foods like street tacos, sliders and salads.

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16. The Still 3400 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Located in the storied Mirage on the Strip, The Still is a classy sports cave with more than 50 domestic and imported craft beers on tap, 27 flat-screens for game day, and contemporary twists on bar food churned out of its kitchen, which is actually a refurbished Airstream trailer that the team found abandoned in the back hills of Tennessee. Treat yourself to filet mignon tips, lobster rolls, or street-style tacos with al pastor chicken, pineapple slaw, and salsa. The perfect ending to those tacos (and any trip to The Still) is a soft-serve sundae, particularly the Churro De Leche Crunch with crunchy Mexican churros, condensed milk, cinnamon, and chocolate curls.

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17. Gold Spike 217 Las Vegas Blvd N, Las Vegas, NV 89101

The Gold Spike is an old-school casino that got bought by Zappos, gutted and had the slot machines taken out. It’s now a glorified rec room for employees (or anyone who wants to show up). Play Connect Four on the wall, shoot some pool or test your skills with a giant-sized Jenga set. Otherwise, grab a drink and have a seat by the fire pits in the backyard.

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18. Gold Diggers 129 Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV 89101

This is the closets thing to a nightclub downtown.

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19. JEWEL Nightclub 3730 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89158

Located in Aria Resort & Casino, JEWEL is smaller than the mega-clubs you'll find along the Strip, but it still turns up with the best of them, offering an LED-lit space with bottle service, attentive staff, and big-name DJs ranging from Drake to Steve Aoki to the Chainsmokers. Because JEWEL is more compact, it tends to get pretty cramped in its bi-level space (both the balcony and dance floor offer prime views of the DJ, though), so if you're looking for some breathing room, the move is to request a table for your group, particularly in one of the five themed VIP rooms up top.

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20. XS Nightclub 3121 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Palm trees, pools and parties await you in a gold-plated, mirrored interior at Winn’s premiere nightclub XS. With table service both indoors and outdoors to serve the 100 VIP tables spread throughout, you can expect lines at one of Vegas’s most indulgent and most beloved nightclubs to be snake far beyond the door. When you’re ready to escape the dance floor (and its EDM soundtrack), try your hand at one of the poolside blackjack tables outdoors. But don’t spend it all -- you’ll need a hefty chunk of change to close out that bar tab.

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21. LAVO 3325 Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89101

Lavo is a bi-level restaurant & casino/nightclub that balances Mediterranean dining against Vegas-style performance art and grandeur — see: the $5000 copper tub in the dining room.. The restaurant's floor boasts high ceilings, aged and carved wood ceiling and low-hanging chandeliers for a top-notch night of romance and opulence. Ingredients come straight from Italy every week and are used to create gourmet pastas, pizzas and other classic Italian dishes.

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22. TAO 3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Tao has a little something for everyone. Perfect for date nights with its koi pound, hanging Buddha statue and cocktail lounge, the dining space (just like the menu) offers a mishmash of Chinese, Japanese and Thai cultures. Take them all in with a full plate of salmon, halibut or yellowtail sushi, spicy dumpling soup or traditional dim sum. Pro tip: come early to watch the sunset on Tao's beach before it closes, then eat. Finish around 10pm and you can head straight over to the nightclub for a live DJ set and an endless cocktail selection.

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23. Borracha 2300 Paseo Verde Pkwy, Henderson, NV 89052

To help make this Mexican eatery visually outstanding, Borracha lassoed the help of Mexico City-based artist Oscar Flores to paint Day of the Dead-themed murals all across the interior. The menu pays tribute to the Mexican tradition, with festive tacos like halibut cheeks al pastor and a coconut citrus salad, that can be paired with one of the spicy margaritas on offer.

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24. Salute 11011 W Charleston, , 89135

Inspired by Southern Italian cuisine, Salute serves traditional and innovative fare such as class spaghetti and meatballs, salmon carpaccio, truffle tagliatelle, and linguini with zucchini flowers and walnut pesto.

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25. The Angry Butcher 5111 Boulder Hwy, Las Vegas, NV 89122

Situated inside Sam's Town Hotel & Gambling Hall, this contemporary steakhouse may be located down in Whitney, but it outshines plenty of meals you'd find on the Strip with, well, strip -- New York strip, that is. Friendly and welcoming with arched doors and an airy outdoor patio, the Angry Butcher is anything but angry, serving prime cuts of steak (flat iron, bone-in ribeye) and upscale seafood dishes (lobster tails, king crab legs) with a smile, and with a craft cocktail or glass of California red. What really sets its steaks apart are the accompanying sauces, such as green peppercorn and chimichurri, as well as the substantial sides of mac & cheese, creamed corn, and butter whipped potatoes.

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26. Wolfgang Puck Bar and Grill Summerlin 10955 Oval Park Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89135

Celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck has gone casual with this New American spot right off the Strip. With slightly upscale takes on comfort foods like pizza, pasta, salads, and grilled proteins, this is a classic American grill menu highlighted with offbeat ingredients like tuna tartare and shishito peppers. The interior is bright and welcoming, with industrial furnishings and a long wooden bar, perfect for lingering with a cocktail after dinner. With a dog-friendly patio outside and some seriously good happy hour deals inside, this restaurant is a great spot to stop for a weekday meal.

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27. Standard & Pour 11261 S Eastern Ave, Henderson, NV 89052

It’s a good thing that Henderson’s Standard & Pour serves small plates because you’re going to have a tough time choosing from the trendy gastropub’s menu selections of new American veggies, fish, meat, and dessert. Start off with the whole smoked romanesco; despite its lumpy appearance, this mutant cauliflower-broccoli baby has a smooth flavor paired with capers, red onions, golden raisins, and fine herbs. Other favorites include the date and bleu cheese jam on bacon bread (basically an adult PB&J) and the crispy oysters with sriracha egg salad (#spicy). Indulge in the beverage program, which offers catchy drinks like the First Date or the Man Candy, both of which air on the sweet side. Don’t leave without checking out the balcony; not only does it have extra plush green velvet bench seating, but it also has a killer view of the Valley.

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28. Remedy's Tavern 3265 Saint Rose Pkwy, Henderson, NV 89052

Classic cocktails and well drinks are complemented by impressive eats like pot roast spring rolls, and a cream-cheese-and-bacon-topped jalapeño popper burger.

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29. Elixir - A Local Lounge 2920 N Green Valley Pkwy, Henderson, NV 89014

This dimly-lit, moody bar is known for its signature (namesake cocktail) -- Absolut Citron, lemon liqueur, cherry juice, and a candy garnish.

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30. Distill 10820 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89135

This local hangout is packed with 18 TVs so you can catch all of the action in your favorite games regardless of where you turn your head. There’re solid food options like roasted bourbon BBQ chicken, and speciality drinks, including the house-made coffee and orange-cinnamon infused whiskeys.

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31. Surrender 3121 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109

You'll want to dress to impress at this lavish after-hours club at the Wynn Resort, where you can hit the 5,000sqft dance floor for guest appearances from DJs like Diplo and Will.I.Am. It usually gets pretty packed in front of the DJ booth, so if you're looking for some air, head to the spacious pool area behind it, which has become the real draw at Surrender anyway. There's plenty of room underneath the tall palm trees there (and at the extra bar areas and gaming tables) to get as far away from the pounding music as you like and kick back with friends and cocktails.

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32. Andrea's 3131 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Encore's sprawling new Asian palace Andrea's is home to two chefs: one of the Executive variety named Joseph Elevado, who trained under Nobu Matsuhisa, plus "Musical Chef" Steve Angello, a member of EDM trio Swedish House Mafia, who for some reason changed his name from Steven Angello Josefsson Fragogiannis, and is not an actual person who cooks things.

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33. Pub 1842 3799 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

This gastropub located in the MGM Grand serves rare whiskeys, a great beer selection, and pub food like nachos, lobster bakes, and a famed Peanut Butter Crunch burger with thick smears of actual peanut butter. And while casual is the go-to sensibility here, fine dining veteran Michael Mina makes the concept even more enticing with ping pong and darts in the bar area.

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34. Della's Kitchen 3940 Las Vegas Blvd S, Vegas, NV 89119

Located in the south beach-inspired resort The Delano, Della's Kitchen serves rustic, responsibly-sourced dishes like a toasted cheese panini, and a burger made with grass-fed beef, aged cheddar, and smoked pork belly. In line with the menu, the spaces exudes a warm, farmhouse austerity via lime green chairs, warm lighting, and high ceilings that succeed in enabling intimate conversation.

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35. DW Bistro 6115 S Fort Apache Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89148

At this longtime locals' hangout, the Jamaican influence is felt not only in the food but also with the cocktails, in offerings like the New Amsterdam vodka combined with jerk-spiced bloody mary mix.