Procrastinator's Guide: 14 Best New Year's Eve Parties in Downtown Phoenix
December 29, 2017 by Lauren Potter
Still haven’t decided what you’re doing for New Year’s Eve? No problem. We’re here to help. Whether you’re looking to dine out or dance the night away — we’ve made a list of the 14 best parties in Downtown Phoenix so you can ring in 2018 in style.
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One ticket gets you into two of downtown’s hottest venues — Crescent Ballroom and The Van Buren. Second and Third avenues and Van Buren Street will be closed down to create an indoor-outdoor block party with multiple stages, food trucks, ample heat lamps and more. Experience the sights and sounds of Kalliope art car, and The Walter Show with DJ Sean Watson and many more. The Van Buren will be transformed into a downtown disco — Studio 18 with DJ Stoneypie, DJ Dana, and Hi-Dreams playing new and classic disco into the New Year! $15 – $19.
You’ll be plaid you went to the comfiest New Year’s Eve party in town. Party like it is 1999 by ringing in the new year in the heart of the Roosevelt Row Arts District while wearing your favorite flannels. Enjoy beer, live music, art and food trucks. There will also be plenty of fun activities like lawn games, a photo booth, and piñata drop with champagne toast at midnight. $20 – $25.
If you like your masquerade ball served with a generous side of beats, bowling and booze, this is the NYE party for you. With DJ Lockdown, complimentary champagne toast at midnight, hosted bar and appetizers available from 8-10 p.m. Special New Year’s Eve lane packages available. Tickets are $20-$300 depending on what package you choose.
End the year on a high note while feeling classy at Symphony Hall. The Phoenix Symphony will perform famous Strauss waltzes, seasonal classics as well as Broadway and contemporary favorites, all with a complimentary glass of champagne to celebrate the New Year. $69 – $250.
Enjoy a five-course, prix fixe dinner prepared by Executive Chef Sean Currid whose culinary style blends contemporary American influences with classic French cooking techniques. First seating 6 – 6:30 p.m. $90++ per person. Second seating 9-9:30 p.m. $100++ per person.
Ring in the New Year under the stars and with double the DJ vibes at Lustre Rooftop Bar. Featuring two dance floors, multiple bars, an indoor ballroom, plus plenty of heat lamps to keep you warm on a cool night. $40 – $50.
Featuring more than 50 beers, live rock music and delicious pub fare. Package options include chocolate covered strawberries and a bottle of champagne, or a charcuterie board with midnight champagne toast. All packages include reserved seating. General admission gets you entry, entertainment and a toast at midnight. $20 – $120.
Valley Bar transforms into a melting pot of New Orleans-style culture this New Year’s Eve with live burlesque, tarot card readings, and a special Southern cocktail menu. Live music by Django Reinhardt will set the vibe, plus Gypsy Swing performed by Zazu, DJentritication, DJ Vex and a special appearance by the Monroe Brass Band. $19 – $25.
With tables, bottle service and VIP available, Bar Smith will help you ring in the New Year right. Featuring two levels, eight DJs, party treats and hundreds of beautiful people. For premium services such as reserved tables and bottle service, contact Bar Smith. $20.
Dance the night away to house music and a custom light show. as the ball drops this New Year. You’ll get to enjoy multiple DJs, a photo wall, party favors, plus a champagne toast. If Santa forgot to bring you a drone for Christmas, this could be your lucky night — a drone raffle happens after midnight. $25-$30.
Celebrate the last night of 2017 with an unforgettable dinner prepared by James Beard award winner and 2 Michelin Star recipient Chef Alex Stratta. Four course prix fixe menu.
For one night only, DeSoto Central Market transforms into a prohibition-style speakeasy for a glamorous evening of dinner, dancing and drinks. Dress to impress because there’s a prize for the best-dressed couple. Live music by the Uptown Big Band. Champagne toast, desserts and hors d’oeuvres. $30.
Jazz up your New Year’s routine by pre-gaming with a night of live music at The Nash. Enjoy champagne, wine and a countdown to ring in the New Year on East Coast time — that means you’ll be done by 10 p.m. and ready to continue the party at another great event. $30 – $50.
Celebrate the New Year on the south side of the tracks at this cozy and popular live music venue. Expect party favors before you rock out with Banana Gun, The Woodworks, Sara Robinson Band and WYVES. Ring in 2018 with a champagne toast at midnight. $10.