New Year's Eve Photo Round Up: The Compound and Sixth Street in Tempe, Old Town Scottsdale, and Downtown Phoenix

Maybe 2013 Will Be Better at The Compound, 12/31/12 The local creative crowd came out in droves for the art-filled New Year's Eve extravaganza Maybe 2013 Will Be Better, which took place on Monday, December 31, at The Compound in Tempe. The outdoor gallery and venue - which is run by artists JJ Horner, Colton Brock, and Charles Darr -- hosted more than a hundred revelers eager to bid farewell to 2012, as well as a variety of astounding visual pieces and work from close to 50 different Valley painters, photographers, and mixed media creators.

A "who's who" of the local art scene contributed works from a number of mediums, including such names as Lalo Cota, Casebeer, Deaf Alex, Jules Demetrius, Pablo Luna, Jenny Ignaszewski, The Molten Brothers, and more. Meanwhile, local DJs like Pickster One and Djentrification kept the record decks hot all evening, and eclectic jazz ensemble Sunorus performed.

Sixth Street New Year's Eve Block Party 2012 in Downtown Tempe The intersection of Mill Avenue and Sixth Street in downtown Tempe was alive with thousands of New Year's Eve revelers as bars and nightspots such as Canteen, Robbie Fox's, Fat Tuesday, and Handlebar joined forces for a gigantic block party that encompassed all of their establishments. DJ Mr. Eaton and other selectors spun Top 40 tunes and dance hits while vast amounts of libations and spirits were consumed and many a funny hat was worn before the evening capped off with a gigantic fireworks display that sent 2012 out with a bang.

New Year's Eve in Old Town Scottsdale Clubgoers sent 2012 out in style during fashionable New Year's Eve fetes that took place at numerous nightspots in Old Town Scottsdale. As bottles were popped and kisses were exchanged, our cameras captured all the Auld Lange Syne action at several major ragers taking place over the course of the evening, including the parties at The Lodge, Dollhouse Cocktail Lounge, El Hefe Super Macho Taqueria, EPIQ Nightclub, and Axis/Radius.

New Year's Eve in Downtown Phoenix One of the benefits of bringing in the New Year in downtown Phoenix is that most of the bars are a short walking distance away. The closer it got to midnight, the more packed these nightlife hotspots were, so we made our rounds between The Lost Leaf, Copper Blues, Gypsy Bar, Monarch Theatre, Hotel Palomar, and Crescent Ballroom for your viewing pleasure.

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Claire Lawton
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