Pick the right nightclub for you
It's New Year's Eve, one of the busiest nights of the year for Vegas' lineup of indulgent nightclubs. Calvin Harris performs at Omnia inside Caesars Palace with an outdoor patio to watch the midnight fireworks (tickets begin at $150), Tyga is the special guest at Jewel inside the Aria (tickets begin at $52.48, open bar 9-11pm), Lil Jon performs a DJ set at 1OAK inside the Mirage (open bar 9-11pm), J. Cole plays Hakkasan at the MGM Grand (tickets begin at $75), The Chainsmokers are the headline act at XS inside Wynn Encore (tickets begin at $65, open bar 9-11pm), Dillon Francis plays Intrigue at Wynn (tickets begin at $50), Comedic rapper Lil Dicky is at On the Record, a new nightclub concept making its NYE debut at the Park MGM (tickets begin at $50, open bar 9-11pm), Future is the guest performer at Drai's hosted by Kevin Hart, with views from the rooftop deck of the Cromwell (tickets begin at $100), Ludacris is at Light inside Mandalay Bay (tickets begin at $50, open bar 9-11pm), Gucci Mane hosts the party at Tao inside the Venetian (tickets begin at $75, open bar 9-11, three hours of passed d'oeuvres, Champagne toast at midnight), and French Montana hosts the celebration at Marquee inside the Cosmopolitan (open bar 9-11pm, three hours of passed d'oeuvres, Champagne toast at midnight.)
Cost: Prices vary (see above)
The Venetian and Palazzo
Bounce between three bars -- The Dorsey, Rosina, and Electra -- while just paying admission once. You also get passed appetizers 9-11pm, reserved seating at your original bar, and complimentary champagne at Rosina 9-11pm. We're especially excited about a one-night-only "NYE Cocktail" with rum or tequila. And here's a bonus to get over that nasty New Year's Eve hangover: Return the next day wearing your wristband and receive a free drink.
Cost: Drink minimums begin at $175 per person with a seat reservation or $500 for a table of four with a bottle of Champagne or vodka included (or just wait until after midnight and enjoy all three bars for $25)
Don't let 2018 go by without checking out the new version of Spago at the Bellagio. The lakeside restaurant already has fountain views, but will also have great sightlines for the fireworks on NYE, especially from the patio. So make a reservation asap. The special seven-course "New Year's Eve Gala Dinner" at 9pm includes Japanese A5, foie gras mousse, and more.
Cost: $275 with wine pairings available