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Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino
5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler
New Year’s Eve revelry will be taking place all throughout Wild Horse Pass as multiple celebrations are planned for those eager to bid farewell to 2012. First, the Ovations Live! Showroom will host music from jam band Powerdrive beginning at 8 p.m., $25-$300. Meanwhile, songstress Katie Dix will offer everything from country to pop during an special edition of AiRIA Unplugged starting at 9 p.m. in the club. Admission is free. Finally, the members of Greywolf will perform classic rock hits in the Encore Lounge from 6 p.m. until 1:30 a.m. Admission is free. Call 800-946-4452.
W Scottsdale Hotel
7277 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale
A convivial atmosphere of luxe libations and Prohibition-era stylishness will ensue at the W on New Year’s Eve during the ultra-stylish Great Gatsby soiree. Inspired by the iconic F. Scott Fitzgerald novel, the star-studded affair takes place both in the lobby and up on the hotel’s second floor Wet Deck and will boast a “speakeasy reminiscent of the Roaring Twenties,” as well as posh cocktails, and the chance to spot celebs. 8 p.m. Admission to the event only is $75 for ladies, $100 for guys. See www.wscottsdaletickets.com. A slew of special cabana, VIP, and room options See www.wscottsdalehotel.com/newyears.
Bars & Clubs
Anderson's Fifth Estate
6820 E. 5th Ave., Scottsdale
Before rolling the calendar forward to 2013, wind the clocks back the mid-1990s when The Atomic Cafe was one of the epicenters of the hard rock and industrial scenes. A few of the now-defunct club's regulars (including Ricky D. and Reverend Dale) are hosting their latest Atomic Cafe throwback night on New Year's Eve, which will feature DJs AKA, Halo, Nixx, and Aaron B. spinning everything from classic alternative and ska-punk to old school industrial and goth. Shot specials, a champagne toast at midnight, and $4 well drinks, wines, and drafts will be available. 9:30 p.m., $7. Call 602-524-8973.
7340 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale
The folks at Steve Levine Entertainment are expecting all sorts of licentious behavior to ensue on New Year's Eve during the Seven Sexy Sins soiree. 9 p.m.; $25 general admission; $45 for VIP service. Call 480-970-1112.
7341 E. 6th Ave., Scottsdale
Barney's will offer three floors of New Year's Eve revelry, as well as primo drink deals, spins by DJ Pulse, complimentary champagne, free party favors, and a special dinner menu, which will be served until 1 a.m. Free rides to and from the bar on the Barney Bus will also be available. 8 p.m. Call 480-949-6535.
The Blooze Bar
12014 N. 32nd St.
New Year's Eve party with rock 'n' roll from Terashain and Lit Up, a champagne toast at midnight, and more. 8 p.m., $5. Call 602-788-4574.
2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe
Local pro ballers will be in the house for the Celebrity New Year's Eve Countdown, including Jared Dudley and P.J. Tucker from the Phoenix Suns and O'Brien Schofield of the Arizona Cardinals. DJ Bamboozle will spin the hits and champagne toast happens at midnight. 9 p.m., $10 pre-sale. Call 480-894-1111.
6770 Sunrise Blvd., Glendale
Special packages for this Westgate joint's New Year's Eve include two hours of penny drinks available from the bar, party favors, champagne, and more. 8 p.m., $40 per person. Call 623-877-5225.
CK's Tavern & Grill
4142 E. Chandler Blvd.
Live music with The Dickensons, food and drink specials, complimentary champagne, and more. 9:30 p.m. Call 480-706-5564.
50 W. Jefferson St.
Live music with The Instant Classics, midnight champagne toast, and more. 8:30 p.m.; $25 general admission; $40 for reserved tables; $60 for the dinner-and-show package. Call 480-719-5005.
3861 E. Baseline Rd., Gilbert
Music from Herb N' Life and The Vintage Squares, as well as free high fives at midnight. 9 p.m., $5. Call 480-558-7540.
308 N. 2nd Ave.
Always-eclectic Sean Watson will stage the yearly Amateur Night on New Year's Eve, featuring a mix of burgeoning local DJ and EDM talent, such as Deux Yeux and Pastries with Teeth, along with scene veterans like Roya. Artist Matt Castleberry will project eye-catching video and other visuals on the walls and a champagne toast goes down at midnight. 9 p.m., free. Call 602-716-2222.
Dollhouse Cocktail Lounge
7419 E. Indian Plaza Dr., Scottsdale
Bottles will be popping and bubbly will be flowing during the Champagne Supernova party, where free catered eats and half-priced drinks can be had until 10 p.m. and Aaron Taylor from 104.7 FM will rain down hot tracks from the DJ booth. 8 p.m., $20. See www.electrostub.com. Call 480-499-5190.
El Santo Cantina
7301 E. Butherus Dr., Scottsdale
House music guru Wolfgang Gartner has a busy night planned for New Year's Eve. The blockbuster beatsmith — who specializes in epic tracks of an electro and progressive bent — is scheduled to perform in Denver earlier in the evening before jetting off to this Mexican-inspired beach bar in North Scotts-dale to headline the Last Dance New Year's Eve party. Australian EDM wunderkind Walden and locals Turner and Heit will open the event (and might just have to bust out with extended sets in case Gartner's flight is delayed). 9 p.m.; $30 general admission, $75 for VIP treatment. Call 480-584-3801 or see www.relentlessbeats.com.