Bars & Nightlife Family Food, Restaurants & Dining Music & Events Spotlight Fara Illich December 30, 2013

ToastingWith free light rail service from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m., there’s never been a better time to come Downtown to experience the plethora of shindigs, dinners and entertainment kicking off the New Year. That being said, this New Year’s Eve, be sure to put on your best wares and come to the Urban Core for one (or more!) of these holiday celebrations.

CityScapeCitySkate Ice Rink
Celebrate the New Year with a spin around the rink! The CityScape ice skating rink the is the perfect prelude to a midnight toast, and a great way to spend New Year’s Eve with the family. The rink will be open from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Admission is $12 and includes rentals. Discounts available.
Coach’s Corner GrillRio de Janeiro New Year Ball Drop and End of the Year Happy Hour
Join Coach’s Corner for a special New Year happy hour from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. with a complimentary food buffet as well as food and drink specials. The party continues well into the night with $2 tacos and enchiladas, and $3 AMF, Fireball and Dos XX. And of course, it wouldn’t be a New Year’s celebration without a champagne toast at midnight!
Copper Blues – Sideshow New Year’s Eve Extravaganza
While you sip on one (or more) of the 60 beers they have on tap, enjoy live Sideshow Circus Acts “you’ll have to see to believe,” live music by The Instant Classics, and a midnight champagne toast. Tickets are $25 and include entertainment and the champagne toast. VIP tickets are also available. Doors open at 5 p.m.
Crescent BallroomNew Year’s Eve “Amateur Night”
Enjoy music by Sean Watson, DJ Kris The Fist, 2TONEDISCO, deauxyeau, and The Holy Coast inside, or head outside and check out the new outdoor disco tent with DJ Roach and DJ Dana for what they’re calling, “The biggest New Years Eve party in Downtown Phoenix.”
District American Kitchen and Wine BarNew Year’s Eve Dinner
Ring in the New Year with a special and decadent five-course menu complemented by live jazz. The first seating is from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. and is $59. The second seating from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. is $75 and includes a champagne toast. Wine paring is also available at each seating for $25.
The DuceDance Thru the Decades and Sing in the New Year
Dress your favorite decade and get a Deuce off your favorite cocktail all night. Midnight breakfast specials including hot cereal bar on the house. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the music goes live at 7 p.m. No cover.
GypsyBar“Drop the Ball” New Year’s Eve Party
GypsyBar is celebrating the New Year with complimentary party favors and a champagne toast as well as a midnight ball drop and confetti explosion. The party starts at 8 p.m. and will also have a 2-hour hosted call bar ($30) and New Year’s Eve buffet ($20). No cover.
Japanese Friendship Garden – Kadomatsu Workshop 2013
This fun and family friendly workshop is a wonderful way to bring in the New Year. All plant materials needed to make the Kadomatsu are included in the workshop price and come from the garden itself. Two seatings: 10:15 am and 11:15 am. Please reserve your seat at or contact the office ( or 602-256-3204) now to make your reservation. This is a great cultural activity to share with your friends, family and children. $30 – $35.
Lustre Rooftop Garden Legendary New Year’s Eve Party
Celebrate the memories of 2013 under the stars and with perfect views of Downtown Phoenix at Lustre’s Legendary New Year’s Eve Party. With DJ Al Page spinning and a complimentary food station, it’s the perfect way to sound off the New Year. The party is from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. and cost is $40. Purchase your tickets here.
The PressroomBlast Off New Year Eve 2014
Head off to a far-off place, where EDM and House music move you to the beat–in unison, and as one. Earth may seem far away, but you will be somewhere familiar, at the best New Year’s Eve of your life! Admission costs $65 – $125.
Province RestaurantNew Year’s Eve Dinner
Embark on a four-course New Year’s Eve dinner that infuses Latin-inspirations into each culinary creation. The first seating is from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and is $49 per person. The second seating is from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and is $65 per person. Each dinner includes a champagne toast.
San Carlos Hotel – Special room rates
Avoid driving and walk to the nearby historic San Carlos Hotel, which is offering half off regular room rates in celebration of the New Year. They have a single queen bed at $79.50/night, two double beds at $94.50/night.
Seamus McCaffery’s Irish PubNew Year’s Eve Bash featuring Rose Colored Eyes
Champagne toast and party favors for the countdown. Kitchen will be open until midnight offering the full menu with a featured special dinner selection. $5 cover.
Sheraton Phoenix Downtown HotelSpecial Room Rates
The Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel is kicking off the New Year with special holiday rates from $99.
Sky Lounge – New Year Fashion Eve
Sky Lounge is kicking off the New Year with two levels, two dance floors, three DJs, live performances and a fashion show.
Symphony Hall New Year’s Eve Celebration
Randall Craig Fleischer, a Leonard Bernstein fellow, conducts The Phoenix Symphony in the Valley’s most popular New Year’s Eve celebration. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $30-$99.
The Westin Phoenix Downtown Special Room Rates
The Westin Phoenix Downtown wants you to join them this New Year, so they’re offering special holiday rates from $99.
Don’t forget: Coors Light and Valley Metro have teamed up to provide free rides on buses, the light rail and ADA-Dial-a-Ride. Start planning your trip here.