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Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino
5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler
Multiple celebrations are planned for those eager to bid farewell to 2012, including a performance by Greywolf in the Encore Lounge from 6 p.m. until 1:30 a.m. and songstress Katie Dix will offer everything from country to pop inside AiRIA Unplugged starting at 9 p.m. Admission to both shows is free. Meanwhile, the Ovations Live! Showroom will host jam band Powerdrive beginning at 8 p.m., $25-$300. 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 throughout the hotel and will boast a "speakeasy reminiscent of the Roaring Twenties." Acrobats and professional ice skaters will entertain, photo ops with a vintage 1920s automobile will be available, and both DJ Soloman and jazz/pop artist Scott Keo will perform. 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.
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.
District American Kitchen
320 N. 3rd St.
Locavores and foodies alike can partake in this downtown eatery's New Year's Eve repast, which celebrates the end of Arizona's centennial and features fresh ingredients from around the state. The amuse, for example, consists of Schreiner's bacon-wrapped dates filled with Black Mesa Ranch goat cheese and drizzled with organic agave nectar, while the squash soup boasts butter-poached sweet shrimp from Gila Bend and griddled heirloom zucchini quick bread finished with toasted pepitas and burnt mesquite marshmallow. Pairings with Arizona wines are also available for $30. First seating is at 5:30 p.m. ($59 per person for adults, $30 for children 12 and under); and the second seating follows at 8 p.m. ($69 for adults, $34 for kids). Reservations are required. 602-817-5400.
Draft House on the Reef
393 W. Warner Rd., Chandler
A "high-energy, high volume hip-hop" affairs will take place at the Draft House, which will include complimentary hats, noisemakers, party favors, and a midnight champagne toast. Call 480-963-5520 for more info.
4425 N. Saddlebag Trail, Scottsdale
Mark the arrival of El Año Nuevo in grand fashion at this ultra-popular taqueria, which is likely to be a filled with plenty of party monsters. DJ Diesel will be working the ones and twos until last call. 8 p.m. General admission is $20 for ladies, $40 for men. Table service and VIP packages start at $400. El Hefe will then reopen on New Year's Day its annual "Morning After" affair featuring DJ Thomas James and a slew of daydrinkers. 6 a.m., Tuesday, January 1. Call 480-433-6282.
Hula's Modern Tiki
4700 N. Central Ave.
The island-inspired CenPho spot will throw its annual Anti-New Years Eve Bash, a laidback celebration that's distinctive alternative to other amped-up fiestas. An all-night happy hour will take place as the staff serves savory food specials and hands out free party favors to patrons. Hip entertainment, a midnight toast with bubbly, and other surprises will also be on the menu. 6 p.m. Call 602-265-8454.
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.
Rusconi's American Kitchen
10637 N. Tatum Blvd.
The crack kitchen staff will prepare a unique three-course tasting menu in honor of New Year's Eve. Two seatings will be available, with the second featuring a sparkling toast. Reservations requested. Call 480-483-0009 for times and more info.
6900 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale
New American cuisine will be in abundance on Searsucker's New Year's Eve five-course menu. Options include such delights as lobster bisque, crème fraiche and sauce vierge, and white asparagus salad. 5:30 p.m., $75 per person. Reservations requested. Call 480-664-3777.
Thirsty Lion Pub & Grill
2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe
A special New Year's Eve dinner will be served from 5 to 9 p.m. and a live performance by CooBee Coo will take place. The establishment will also serve as a stop on the Tempe Marketplace New Year's Eve pub crawl. Call 480-968-2920.
Bars & Clubs
910 N. McClintock Dr., Tempe
Carribbean & African New Year's Eve Party, where DJ Dark Vader, DJ Skool Boi, DJ Buck Roger, and DJ Tony will spin reggae, dancehall, and other hot tracks. Long Islands, Guinness, Heineken and Red Stripe are all available for $3 until 10:30 p.m. and bottle service packages range from $300 to $500. 9 p.m. Call 602-321-8972 for admission info.
Anderson's Fifth Estate
6820 E. 5th Ave., Scottsdale
A few of the regulars from the defunct Atomic Cafe (including Ricky D. and Reverend Dale) are hosting their latest throwback night, 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.