New Year's Eve Guide 2013

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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.

Sky Lounge
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.

7419 E. Indian Plaza Dr., Scottsdale
The Auld Lang Syne acrion will be going down in marathon fashion at Smashboxx as it offers more than 12 hours worth of clubbing thrills via back-to-back parties, each offering different DJs in the mix. First, Thomas James will sling the beats during New Years Eve Blackout Edition Volume 3, which will also features half-priced drinks and free food available until 10 p.m. Bottle service is strongly encouraged. 8 p.m., $20. See Then, the club reopens an after last call for Afterglow 2013, which stars house music mistress Sydney Blu and a slew of local talents -- including DJs Tranzit, Decipha, MCB, Michelle Sparks, and Brett Ortiz — who will spin until 11 a.m. $20. Visit or call 480-946-3510.

Steel Horse Saloon
1818 W. Bell Road
New Year's Eve bash with live music by High 'n' Tight, party favors, a midnight champagne toast, food, and more. 9 p.m. Call 602-942-8778.

Tempe Tavern
1810 E. Apache Blvd., Tempe
Local music veterans will be in abundance at this New Year's Eve gig, which will offer performance by Dead Hot Workshop, Mark Zubia's newest band, The Persuaders, Ghetto Cowgirl, and others. 8 p.m. Call 480-794-1706.

TT Roadhouse
2915 N. 68th St., Scottsdale
New Year's Eve party with drink specials, free champagne at midnight, and music from the joint's infamous jukebox. 8 p.m. Call 480-947-8723.

Yucca Tap Room
29 W. Southern Ave., Tempe
After a few months' hiatus away from local stages, The Love Me Nots return to the music scene for a special New Year's Eve performance along with a few special guests. 8 p.m. Call 480-967-4777.

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