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4312 N. Brown Ave., Scottsdale
New Year's Eve party with a hosted Ciroc bar from 9 to 10 p.m., house music and hits spun by Jon Amaral, VIP packages, a midnight champagne toast, and more. 8 p.m. Call 480-747-1633.
Goat Head Saloon
1423 S. Country Club Dr., Mesa
Tribute bands The Ravones, which pays homage to punk rock legends The Ramones, and KISS Alive, which sends up Gene Simmons and company, will perform. A "Miss KISS" contest for great prizes will also take place. 9 p.m., $10. Call 602-505-2067.
4139 W. Bell Rd.
Get your swank on at this westside New Year's Eve wingding, which will offer spin sessions by DJ Mikee Mike and DJ MCX, free bubbly and a cash balloon drop at midnight, and a complimentary bottle of champagne with the purchase of Skyy bottle serve. 8 p.m. Call 602-843-6100.
4280 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale
DJ Kyko and DJ Dario will serve up hip-hop and Latin jams during the Surge Nights New Year's Eve Celebration. Folks who wanna live large can partake in numerous VIP options that are available, ranging from the $1,500 Platinum package (which features a double size magnum of Belvedere Vodka, Moet champagne, entry for 15 people, and other serious spirits) to the more affordable $750 Silver package (boasting Ciroc, Nuva, and bubbly. 9 p.m., $20 general admission. Call 602-314-9967 or see www.surgenights.com.
Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville
6751 N. Sunset Blvd., Glendale
New Year's Eve party with party favors, drink specials, live music from the Crown Kings, a free champagne toast, and more. Reserved seating and VIP bottle service is also available. 7 p.m. Call 623-772-0011.
3110 N. Central Ave.
If you happen to have some partying mojo left on the morning after (or want to do the whole "hair of the dog" thing), Kobalt will be holding an Adventures in Hangovers affair on New Year's Day. A Bloody Mary bar, games, and a performance by TC Taylor and other drag artists are also planned. 8 a.m., Tuesday, January 1. Call 602-264-5307.
2350 W. Northern Ave.
Holiday Jazz Night with dining, drinking, and live music from the ensemble of David Valdivia, Vic Kotner, Tim Downs, and Eric Bart, 6:30 p.m., free. Call 602-864-0043.
Marc's Sports Grill & Nightlife
4494 W. Peoria Ave., Glendale
New Year's Eve Bash boasting laraoke in the MarcTini Lounge, as well as DJs and dancing in the main bar, starting at 9 p.m. Four balloon drops, free party favors and noisemakers, and complimentary champagne for the midnight toast are also planned. 11 a.m.-2 a.m.; $5 after 9 p.m. Call 623-842-1053.
7295 E. Stetson Dr., Scottsdale
Rock 'n' roll bands Riot for Romance and Black Moods are scheduled to perform on New Year's Eve at this Old Town nightspot, as is R&B/blues act Soul Power. 8 p.m., $10. Call 480-970-0500.
9425 W. Coyotes Blvd., Glendale
This Westgate nightlife spot will offer a wild NYE celebration with champagne, a dinner buffet, balloon drop, party favors, gift bags, and specials on premium liquors. 8 p.m., $30. Call 623-872-0022.
1019 E. Indian School Road
The members of Cold Shott and the Hurricane Horns host their annual New Year's affair, which will include party favors and a midnight champagne toast. 8 p.m.; $12 pre-sale, $15 at the door. Call 602-265-4842.
Rocky Point Cantina
1001 E. 8th St., Tempe
There will be a slew of both bottles and models at the 18-and-over Turn on the Lights New Year's Bash at this Tempe spot, which will be hosted by Hollywood SuPa and Tray Gutter. Those of drinking age can partake in $5 bombers until midnight, as well as $5 well cocktails and Patron shots all evening. 9 p.m. Call 480-968-7879.
The Rogue Bar
423 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
The fetishistic freaks of Cupcake are planning a twisted affair entitled New Years 2013 Berserk! Cirque!, which will involve live performances by Xylogrind, Doctor Bones, and The Infamous Boom Boom, as well as giveaways, go-go girls, absinthe, and a "best dressed" contest for prizes. Resident DJs Self.Destrukt and Defense.Mekanizm will spin electro, dubstep, industrial and other hard-hitting genres all night. 8 p.m.; $10 general admission, $30 for VIPs (which includes penny drinks all night). Call 480-947-3580.
The Shout! House
6770 N. Sunrise Blvd., Glendale
The dueling pianos will get plenty of action during the Shout House's New Year's Eve celebration, which features a prime rib buffet, souvenir glassware, champagne toast at midnight, party favors, and more. 6 p.m., prices and packages vary. Call 623-772-1500 for more information.
132 E. Washington St.
Welcome the arrival of 2013 under the stars as the Sky Lounge's second floor retractable roof will be opened for a special lowering of a New Year's Eve ball at midnight during the Latin club's celebration of El Año Nuevo. That won't be the only thing coming from the heavens, as a balloon drop and a colorful raining of confetti is also planned. DJ Cesar Tercero and DJ Waldo will spin salsa, merengue, bachata, and reggaeton upstairs while DJ Daffy and DJ S drop Latin hip-hop and Top 40 downstairs. 9 p.m.; $10 pre-sale, $15 and up at the door for general admission; $20 pre-sale, $25 at the door for the VIP package (includes complimentary finger foods, infused chocolate-covered strawberries, assigned seating, and other perks). Call 602-330-3362.