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Downtown Guide For New Year's Eve 2021

by Downtown Phoenix Inc.
Arts & Culture Bars & Nightlife Featured Downtown Phoenix Inc. December 29, 2021

Kalliope is a three-story mobile dance party machine with 70,000 watts of high-fidelity audio, dynamic lasers, flame effects and a sea of multi-colored LEDs. She will be star of the show at the Walter Where?House on New Year’s Eve Friday, Dec. 31, 2021. (Photo: Lauren Potter, 2018)

Count down to 2022 with live music, outdoor parties, multi-course dinners and more. Each establishment has its own COVID-19 safety precautions, with some requiring proof of vaccination or a negative test within 72 hours for entry. So call ahead or visit each website in advance for more info. For tips on how to celebrate the holidays safely, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A Night In Old Hollywood @ The Ainsworth

Details: 3 S. Second Street / 602-296-7976

Channeling the glitz and glam of old Hollywood, The Ainsworth is encouraging New Year’s guests to dress like a star while drinking, dining and dancing the night away. Tickets start at $40 and include a complimentary glass of champagne upon arrival, live music, and a hand-crafted, four-course menu for an additional charge.

Hassle-Free 007 Bond NYE @ Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour

Details: 1 W. Jefferson Street / 602-340-1924

Avoid the crowds and chaos typical of bars on New Year’s Eve. Instead, enjoy tasty cocktails and delicious food in an intimate setting with friends and family at Bitter and Twisted’s Hassle-Free NYE. Reservations are limited. 

Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails is offering a five-course, prix-fixe dinner. After dinner, head upstairs for the countdown at Lustre Rooftop Bar. (Photo: Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails)

New Year’s Eve Dinner @ Blue Hound

Details: 2 E. Jefferson Street / 602-258-0231

Before counting down the last hours of 2021, end the year on a decadent note with a five-course, prix-fixe dinner. New Year’s dining is available from 6-8:30 p.m. Looking to party in one place? After dinner, head upstairs for the countdown at Lustre Rooftop Bar, and end the night at Hotel Palomar

Happy Noon Year Celebration @ Children’s Museum of Phoenix

Details: 215 N. Seventh Street / 602-253-0501

Let’s be real, the kids are never going to make it to midnight. Instead, ring in the New Year with your littles at the Happy Noon Year Celebration. Enjoy sparkling apple cider, music, dancing, a noisemaker activity, and festive balloon drop in the atrium. Admission for this special event is $26 for non-members and $10 for members. Children under the age of 1 are free. Choose from two time slots: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

2022 NYE Party @ The Churchill

Details: 901 N. First Street

DJ Panic will be spinning tunes in The Churchill courtyard, amidst cocktails, food and friends. Raffle tickets are just $5 each, with prizes from Bunky Boutique, Now or Never, Phoenix General, First Place Coffee, and many others. Proceeds benefit Native American Connections, so you can support a great cause while winning cool stuff. There is no cover, but you must be 21 and older to enter after 10 p.m. Seating is first come, first served, with a few limited table reservations available.

Each New Year’s table reservation at Copper Blues includes admission fee, party favors, a champagne bottle of your choice, a midnight toast, and live music throughout the night (Photo: Copper Blues Rock Pub & Kitchen).

New Year’s Eve Rock Gold @ Copper Blues

Details: 50 W. Jefferson Street / 480-719-5005

Dive into the heart of rock and roll during Copper Blues’ New Year’s party. Each table reservation will include admission fee, party favors, a midnight champagne toast, and of course, live music throughout the night. Tickets available on the Copper Blues website. 

New Year’s Eve With Futuristic @ Crescent Ballroom

Details: 308 N. Second Avenue / 602-716-2222

Support Arizona’s own Futuristic at his album release party with Khiry, Toure Masters, Samara Cyn, Oswin Benjamin, Sam Opoku and Dela Preme. Gaining recognition since his album “The Rise,” he’s known for the single “The Greatest,” which came out in 2015. The music video shows Futuristic dressed as a nerd rapping for people at his old school, McClintock High School in Tempe. Tickets start at $20.

Guests at The Duce’s Black Tie Gala can also enjoy a four-course dinner for an additional $50 per person. Seating is first come, first served. (Photo: The Duce)

Black Tie New Year’s Eve Gala at The Duce

Details: 525 S. Central Ave. / 602-866-3823

What’s New Year’s Eve without dinner and a show? Live music kicks off at 8 p.m. and goes through 2 a.m. in the Phoenix Warehouse District. Tickets start at $45. This is a 21 and older event. 

Pretty in Pink New Year’s Eve Party @ FOUND:RE Phoenix

Details: 1100 N. Central Avenue

Don your favorite pink outfit for a night of neon, sequins and glitter. Tickets start at $25 and include party favors, selfie stations, music, dancing, and a rosé champagne toast at midnight.

Get a front-row seat to the best views in the Valley at From The Rooftop, Cambria Hotel’s rooftop bar. (Photo: From The Rooftop)

Cheers To A New Year @ From The Rooftop

Details: 222 E. Portland Street / 602-675-4108

Located atop the Cambria Hotel — From The Rooftop has some of the best views in the Valley. General admission is $25 and includes a midnight champagne toast. This is an all-outdoor party, but there is a large fire pit and space heaters to keep guests toasty until 1 a.m.

The Great Soiree New Year’ Eve @ Hotel San Carlos

Details: 202 N. Central Avenue / 602-253-4121

The Great Soiree is an homage to the Roaring Twenties, featuring live jazz, burlesque, flamenco, social dancing and more at the historic Hotel San Carlos. Dress up in your best ’20s or ’30s attire, otherwise cocktail or formal attire is required. Dinner reservations can be made at Centrico (located inside the Hotel San Carlos) prior to the show by calling 602-254-8226. You can also receive a discount on hotel stay at $99 plus tax for a single queen bed or $109 plus tax for two queens.

Chef Stephen Jones of The Larder and the Delta (pictured) will be hosting an intimate dining experience on New Year’s Eve. (Photo: Kyle Niemier)

New Year’s Eve @ The Larder + The Delta

Details: 200 W. Portland Street / 408-409-8520

Celebrate the end of 2021 Southern style. From the kitchen of James Beard Award semifinalist Chef Stephen Jones, The Larder + The Delta will host a delicious five-course dinner for $100 a person. Reservations are limited. 

The “Big City Nights” cocktail at Little Rituals actually has an edible mural printed on top. (Photo: Kyle Niemier)

No-Hassle New Year’s Eve 2021 @ Little Rituals

Details: 132 S. Central Avenue, Fourth Floor / 602-603-2050

Panoramic views of the Valley, craft cocktails and champagne in an intimate, upscale environment — Little Rituals is hosting a one-of-a-kind New Year’s experience. Doors open at 8 p.m. and reservations are limited.

With 6,400 square feet of space that includes an indoor lounge and a 4,000-square-foot outdoor patio, Luckys has plenty of space to spread out. (Photo: Zee Peralta)

2021-2022 New Year’s Bash @ Lucky’s Indoor Outdoor

Details: 817 N. Second Street / 602-975-8156

Start off 2022 with good tunes, booze, bubbles, and plenty of Christmas lights at Luckys Indoor Outdoor on Friday, Dec. 31 from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Private tables are now sold out, but there’s plenty of room for walk-ins, with entry starting at $10. This event is 21 and over.

Lustre’s specialty New Year’s Eve cocktails feature Belvedere, Nolet, Hennessy and Moet. (Photo: Lustre Rooftop Bar)

New Year’s Eve Under the Stars @ Lustre Rooftop Bar

Details: 2 E. Jefferson Street / 602-258-0231

Celebrate the New Year under the stars — featuring a live DJ, high-end cocktails, and freshly-rolled specialty cigars. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Dennis Rowland, Delphine Cortez, Joel Robin & Friends @ The Nash

Details: 110 E. Roosevelt Street / 602-795-0464

Dennis Rowland and Delphine Cortez will sing some of their most-requested songs, plus new material for upcoming recording projects. Joel Robin will be on piano, with Max Beckman on bass, Dan Tomlinson on drums and Jerry Donato on sax. The evening will include a dessert bar, champagne toast, and a count down to ring in the New Year. Tickets start at $57.

The upstairs bar at Pa’La features plush couches and plenty of intimate seating. (Photo: Fara Illich)

New Year’s Eve Omakase @ Pa’La

Details: 132 E. Washington Street / 602-368-3052

There are two seatings available: 5-6 p.m. for $100 per person, or 8-9 p.m. for $125 per person. Choices include kusshi oysters with tomato ponzu, hiramasa yellowtail with grapefruit and ikura caviar, beef tataki with wood-fired mushrooms, wood-fired octopus, Norwegian halibut, an Argentinian New York strip steak, chocolate panna cotta and more.

Metamorphosis NYE Block Party @ The Pemberton PHX 

Details: 1121 N. Second Street 

Set against the 100-year-old historic Pemberton property, enjoy cocktails, 10 DJs, two stages, fire spinners, live painting, food and drink vendors, art installations, and a complimentary champagne toast. Tickets start at $20 and the doors open at 8 p.m.

New Year’s Eve Celebration with Leslie Odom, Jr. and The Phoenix Symphony @ Symphony Hall

Details: 75 N. Second Street / 602-495-1999

This year’s annual New Year’s celebration features the Tony and Grammy-Award winning star of “Hamilton,” Leslie Odom, Jr. Esteemed vocalist, actor, author and songwriter, Odom’s enormous range of talent has made him a household name, and one of the most renowned entertainers of our time. You won’t want to miss this incredible evening with The Phoenix Symphony. Tickets start at $44.

Fronted by singer Camille Sledge (pictured), Phoenix Aftobeat Orchesta is comprised of a diverse collective of musicians and artists with a variety of styles. (Photo: Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra)

New Year’s Eve Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra @ Valley Bar

Details: 130 N. Central Avenue

Let the Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra guide you into the New Year with a funky mix of Afrobeats, Soca, Dancehall, Reggaeton and Hip Hop. Enjoy eye-popping visuals, all kinds of fun games, and the best cocktails in town. Doors open at 8 p.m. and tickets are $15.

New Year’s Eve 2022 Block Party @ Walter Where?House

Details: 702 N. 21st Avenue

After a one-year hiatus due to the pandemic, Crescent Concerts and Walter Productions are bringing back the annual New Year’s Eve Block Party, now in its 10th year. Previously planned for Margaret T. Hance Park, the party was moved to the 25,000-square-foot Walter Where?House, due to inclement weather forecasts. There will be three stages of live music including the the Walter Stage featuring Kalliope, Club 2000s featuring DJ Jeffrey, and the Hip Hop and R&B Stage featuring DJs Jme Lee and Pootiecat.