Let's face it: When it really comes down to it, most New Year's Eve parties tend to be all alike. Setting aside such particulars as which specific DJs are spinning or what live entertainment options are available, pretty much the same things happen: Libations are freely available, hokey party favors are everywhere, a countdown takes place at midnight, and champagne flows like water.
Since New Year's Eve only comes once a year, it would behoove you to make the most of it. In order to do so, we've found five Auld Lang Syne events happening around the Metro Phoenix area that are a bit unusual or unique...to say the least. Read on if you're interested in sending out 2012 in atypical style.
New Queer's Eve at The Rogue Nightlife gadabout and hipster provocateur Craig Citizen has been busy lately planning a rather curious affair that's taking place on Friday night at the Rogue that's certainly unlike anything we've ever witnessed at the popular Scottsdale dive bar. According to the lanky lothario, it's going to be a booze-soaked "punk-trash drag show" boasting wild performances by such debaucherous female illusionists as Holly Peña Popper, Ninah Leven, and Gia. Citizen will DJ between each act and a New Year's countdown takes place every hour. "It's going to be pretty epic if all cylinders fire," he says. We can only hope. The event starts at 9 p.m. Admission is free.
Hangar New Year's Eve Party at Chandler Air Service Ever party in a gigantic airplane hangar? You'll do just that on Monday, December 31, if you can jet on over to the East Valley location of this Chandler aviation company and flight school. While you won't be able to join the vaunted "mile high club," a massive indoor stage will be constructed inside the facilities and will host spin sessions by DJs Munition Muff and Rome. As with any dance party worth its weight in beats, glowsticks and other illuminated toys will be in abundance. An enormous balloon drop takes place at midnight and the party runs until 2 a.m. Soar into the stratosphere starting at 8 p.m. Admission is $10 per person or $15 per pair.
Great Gatsby Party at W Scottsdale Hotel To borrow some slang from the 1920s, anything and everything having to do with F. Scott Fitzgerald's landmark novel The Great Gatsby seems to be the bee's knees right about now due to the buildup to next spring's cinematic adaptation of the literary classic. Which means it's the perfect time for the folks at the ultra-upscale W Hotel to stage an ultra-stylish New Year's party inspired by the tome. A convivial atmosphere of luxe libations and Prohibition-era stylishness will ensue at the W on Monday, December 31, as 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. Go Gatsby starting at 8 p.m. 8 p.m. Admission to the event only is $75 for ladies, $100 for guys. A slew of special cabana, VIP, and room options are also available. See www.wscottsdaletickets.com.
Berserk! Cirque! at The Rogue The fetishistic freaks behind the monthly Cupcake! dance party (and bazaar of the bizarre) are planning a entirely scandalous and twisted fiesta that will offer live performances by Xylogrind 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 hard-hitting industrial and electro all night. This frenzy of fun starts at 8 p.m. General admission is $10, VIP access (which includes penny drinks all night) is $30.
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Epic Red Cup New Year's Eve at The Box Better invest in a case of energy shots or a big bottle of B-12 if you hope to experience the entirety of this annual under-the-radar New Year's Dance party, which is scheduled to last the better part of an entire day. Kicking of at 8 p.m. at a downtown Phoenix warehouse venue known only as "The Box," the marathon affair will include 18 straight hours of DJs, dancers, bizarre costumes, body suspension artists, and a host of raucous revelers. Besides all the illumination cast by countless LEDs and an array colorful stage lighting, the flame-flinging performers of such local troupes as Prometheus Fire Arts and Mourning Fyre will light up the joint, albeit and a safe and controlled fashion. Admission is $40 in advance, $50 at the door. See www.warsawpactaz.com or call 480-289-1868 for more information.