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Scottsdale's Ultimate Block Party Craftsman Ct. between Third and Fifth aves. The annual Scottsdale New Year's Eve fete features six bands — including Gin Blossoms, The Dan Band, Dead Eyes of London, The Hypo Twins, and Flight to London — performing. Food, beverage, and street vendors will also be on hand, and a fireworks display goes down at midnight. 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. $20 in advance, $8 before 8 p.m. See www.scottsdalesultimateblockparty.com.
Tempe Improv 930 E. University Dr., Tempe www.tempeimprov.com Stand-up comedian (and star of Frank TV) Frank Caliendo will provide some yuks during a pair of New Year's Eve gigs. There's also a midnight balloon drop and toast. $60 for the 7 p.m. show, and $65 for the 10 p.m. show. Call 480-921-9877.
W Scottsdale 7277 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale www.wscottsdalemasquerade.com New Year's Eve Masquerade Ball with a champagne toast, complimentary cocktails from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m., elaborate food tastings from Sushi Roku, live performances in the Living Room and on the pool deck, a "signature W Wow Moment" at midnight, and more. 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. $50 for women, $100 for men. Call 480-970-2100.
Westgate City Center 9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale www.westgateaz.com Westgate Rocks New Year's Eve features a "Rock of Ages" theme with fashion shows, live music entertainment all night from such folks as DJ Soulman and Metalhead, food and drink, go-go dancers, giveaways, and a "roving camera" broadcasting partygoers on the outdoor mall's gigantic video wall. $20 in advance, $30 day of the event. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Call 800-905-3315 or visit www.tickets.com. A "Family Fun" event will also happen in the Fountain Park with live music, group games, arts and crafts, magicians, and more. 5-10 p.m. Free. Call 623-772-4000.
The Wrigley Mansion 2501 E. Telawa Trail www.wrigleymansion.com New Year's Eve party in Geordie's Lounge with appetizers from 8 to 10 p.m., dance music by RhythmFire, and a champagne toast at midnight. A regular dinner menu will also be offered from 5 to 10 p.m. $50 per person ($25 for dinner patrons). 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Call 602-955-4079.
Blue Agave 7000 E. Mayo Blvd., Scottsdale New Year's Eve Bash featuring penny drinks, live music, an appearance by the Three Olives promo girls, and more 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $30. Call 480-419-6375.
Cork 4991 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler www.corkrestaurant.net A five-course prix fixe menu will be served with a choice of soup (lobster bisque or French onion), salad (organic greens or freckle), entrées (duck breast or beef tenderloin), and desserts. Live music and dancing on the patio and a complimentary Cork logo champagne flute will also be offered. The later seating also includes a champagne toast and party favors. $75 per person for the 5:30 p.m. seating, $95 for the 8 p.m. seating ($20 extra for wine pairings). Reservations requested. Call 480-883-3773.
Deemo's American Grill 2501 E. Camelback Rd. www.deemosaz.com Celebrate New Year's Eve with drink specials every hour (including $3 shots and $3.50 Corona), dancing, and DJ-Z spinning R&B, old school, cumbias, and reggaeton. The dinner package includes a three-course gourmet meal, bottle of champagne, and party favors. $50 singles, $25 couples. The party-only package features party favors, and a complimentary drink. $10 before 10 p.m., $20 afterwards. Dress to impress. Open until 2 a.m. Call 602-381-6870.
Fine's Cellar 7051 E. Fifth St., Scottsdale www.finescellar.com This gourmet wine bistro will offer three New Year's Eve dining and drinking options: a four-course prix fixe dinner at 6 p.m. with three matching wines, dessert, and champagne ($95 per person); the same four-course dinner with a "Battle of the Brut" tasting of 10 classic French Brut champagnes following from 7 to 9 p.m. ($116.50 per person); or a five-course prix fixe meal matched with four wines and champagne at 8:30 p.m., as well as an after-dinner party featuring Mumm DVX Sparkling ($145 per person, $123.50 without the "Battle of the Brut"). Reservations are required. Call 480-994-3463.
Mastro's City Hall Steakhouse 6991 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale www.mastrossteakhouse.com Patrons can choose from an à la carte menu of sumptuous appetizers, gourmet entrees, and luscious desserts. Also included: live entertainment by the Crown Kings, dancing, a complimentary glass of champagne for each patron, and a toast at midnight. 5 p.m. Cost varies. Call 480-941-4700.
Mastro's Ocean Club Fish House 15045 N. Kierland Dr., Scottsdale www.mastrosoceanclub.com The gourmet seafood restaurant will offer gourmands a four-course dinner, complimentary champagne, and party favors, as well as dancing, music from Azz Izz Band, and more. Reservations are requested. 7 p.m. (with private table reservations accepted until 11 p.m.). $200 per person. Call 480-443-8555.
Mastro's Steakhouse 8852 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd., Scottsdale www.mastrossteakhouse.com Feast on a four-course dinner, enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne, dance to the piano music of Palmer Howard, and toast to 2009 at midnight. Reservations are requested. 7 p.m. (with private table reservations accepted until 11 p.m.). $175 per person. Call 480-585-9500.
NOCA 3118 E. Camelback Rd. www.restaurantnoca.com Enjoy a sumptuous multi-course gourmet dinner with different menus for the earlier and later seatings. The 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. seatings feature chestnut soup with foie gras mousse, crab salad with avocado and citrus, an entrée choice of dayboat scallops or prime beef rib eye, dessert, and a glass of Prosecco ($75 per person). The 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. seatings include sunchoke soup with crab raviolini, Riesling poached lobster, porcini mushroom agnolotti, an entrée choice of dayboat scallops or prime beef rib eye, dessert, and a glass of Prosecco ($100 per person). Patrons can also add foie gras (for $20) or fresh truffles (for $30) to their meal. Reservations required. Call 602-956-6622.