New Year's Eve Guide 2013

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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 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

Firehouse Scottsdale
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.

Hurricane Bay
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.

Jackrabbit Lounge
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

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.

Los Compadres
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.

Martini Ranch
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.

Rhythm Room
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.

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.