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Goat Head Saloon
1423 S. Country Club Dr., Mesa
Joan Jett tribute Bad Reputation and local cover band Rock City Rebels will lay down some licks. 8 p.m., $12-$13. Call 480-464-8030.
1371 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler
Drink and dance at this East Valley establishment's "Playboy Mansion Party." Go-go dancers will strut their stuff, spirits will flow down an ice luge, complimentary champagne will be served, and both Bootleg Frantic and DJs will perform. A four-course steak and shrimp dinner will be also available for $18.95 per person. 5 p.m. Call 480-899-6735.
4280 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale
Hip-hop beats and Top 40 tracks will be spun by DJ Dario during Surge Entertainment's New Year's Eve soiree. VIP packages offering Magnum Moet White Star, Ciroc, and Patron are available for $750. 10 p.m.; $20 presale, $25 at the door. Call 480-429-4494 or see www.surgenights.com.
13825 N. 32nd St.
New Year's Eve bash featuring R&B music. 8 p.m.; $8-$10. Call 602-992-1007.
Marc's Sports Grill and Nightlife
4494 W. Peoria Ave, Glendale
DJs and dancing in the main bar, karaoke in the MarcTini Lounge, party favors, a free champagne toast, and four balloon drops. Free before 9 p.m., $4 thereafter. Call 623-842-1053.
Monkey Pants Bar & Grill
3223 S. Mill Ave., Tempe
The pranksters at this goofy Tempe bar will hold the "New Years Shirtless Rocking Eve and White Sale," which may or may not include hourly champagne toasts for all the European time zones, as well as "hug tag and deep tissue massages from our security guy Elliot." 8 p.m. Call 480-377-8100.
2120 W. Guadalupe Rd., Mesa
Music by Rock Addix, drink specials, party favors, midnight champagne toast, and a free shuttle service (within a five-mile radius). 8 p.m., $10. Call 480-756-6069.
4338 W. Bell Rd., Glendale
J. David Sloan and Western Bred will provide a country-filled countdown to 2012 at this party, which also features a midnight champagne toast. 7:30 p.m., $10. Reservations are $25, which can also be applied toward food and drink purchases. Call 602-547-9406.
Red Revolver Lounge
7316 E. Stetson Dr., Scottsdale
Dr. Fever will be in the DJ booth and there's a free champagne toast at midnight. 8 p.m., $20. Call 480-946-2005.
1019 E. Indian School Rd.
New Year's Eve party with Cold Shott and the Hurricane Horns and a champagne toast. 8 p.m., $15. Call 602-265-4842.
Rips Ales & Cocktails
3045 N. 16th St.
The dance floor is likely to be packed when Roya and Adrian Flanagan spin indie, '80s, and Britpop songs during Obscura's Final Countdown. As always, cheap drinks will be served and giveaways of CDs and concerts tickets will be doled out. 8 p.m.; $5 before 10 p.m., $10 thereafter. Call 602-266-0015.
The Sail Inn
26 S. Farmer Ave., Tempe
Musical hybrids and hyphenates will be in excess during this New Year's Eve event, whether it's the breathy ska-folk of Sara McAllister, the blues-laced Americana of The Sugar Thieves, the jazzy funk of Four Year Plan, or even the "psychiatry-couch rock" of Strange Young Things. Free food, party favors, and primo views of the Tempe fireworks at midnight are also promised. 7 p.m., $10 (which includes top-shelf liquor the entire night). Call 480-966-9565.
4343 N. 7th Ave.
The Baroque digs of this cathedral-like dance club will be transformed into a Batcave of sorts for the "dark and gloomy" Necropolis party. Post-punk, death rock, gothic, early EBM, and darkwave will be spun by DJs Noiz.Fkr, AKA, Benom, and Aeternum. 9 p.m.; $5 after 10 p.m.
9868 W. Northern Ave., Peoria
"GLOW! 2012" black tie affair with illuminated commemorative cups for the first 100 people, glowing party favors, body painters, hosted Skyy bar until 9 p.m. and music from DJ Bazar. 8 p.m., $5. Call 623-877-6444.
1001 N. Tatum Blvd.
7200 W. Ray Rd., Chandler
All you'll need during the "Fast Times at Sandbar High" parties taking place at either location are some tasty waves, a cool buzz, and you'll be fine. If you require something more, bartenders will pour Harvey Wallbangers, Tequila Sunrises, and Slow Comfortable Screws. Free Coronitas will be available at midnight and rad BMX bikes will be given away during the event. 8 p.m., free. Call 480-961-1700 or 480-585-5900.
The Shout! House
6770 N. Sunrise Blvd., Glendale
Burlesque-themed dueling piano show and New Year's Eve celebration featuring a prime rib buffet dinner, souvenir glassware, champagne toast at midnight, party favors, and more. 6 p.m., $20-$85. Call 623-772-1500.
7333 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale
The promoters of this New Year's Eve extravaganza are promising that "only the Valley's most influential" will be poppin' bottles inside Suede while listening to DJs and toasting 2012 with champagne. VIP packages are available. 9 p.m. Call 480-406-0838.
Steel Horse Saloon
1818 W. Bell Rd.
Toast the new year with rock from High & Tight, drink special, and a free champagne toast followed by a breakfast buffet. 8 p.m. Call 602-942-8778.
2808 E. Indian School Rd.
Music by Headroom, drink specials, and more. 9:30 p.m. Call 602-840-0991.
1810 E. Apache Blvd., Tempe
Dead Hot Workshop offer a special New Year's Ever show with The Persuaders, and Ghetto Cowgirl. 9 p.m. Call 480-794-1706.