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New Year's Eve: Where to Count Down to 2011

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Note: This article has been updated to include additional event information.

So you've already established proper etiquette on New Year's Eve (and believe it, the forecast still reads 29 degrees), but where are you headed to watch the ball drop?

This year's full line-up of booze-heavy dance, block, and art parties, but let's be real -- if you don't plan on sitting in traffic, you're better off staying in one spot. Here are our top picks for NYE:

Epic Red Cup Massive @ The Venue of Scottsdale
Ring in the new year with a bunch of weirdos when Warsaw Pact Entertainment invades The Venue of Scottsdale with bizarre performance art acts (Think: Strange Family Circus). The popular dj/dance event usually pops up on New Years in a remote desert location or at a random mansion around town, but this year the crew's growing up -- a little -- and inviting you along for the ride. Doors open at 8 p.m. and admission is $25 to $100.

Maybe 2011 Will Be Better @ The Compound
When we heard how many local artists would be showcasing their work in the Tempe warehouse-turned gallery and party venue, we knew it was going to be a must-see. You can expect DJs, food by Farmer Woody and coffee by Jobot, not to mention the chance to chat up some of the best creative talent in town including Jenny Ignaszewski, Yuko Yabuki, Josh Rhodes, Dan Diaz, Dumperfoo, Bucky Miller, Lalo Cota, Eric Iwersen, Michael Little, JJ Horner, and Sentrock to name a few.

Check out Sentrock's time lapse of a piece he'll be displaying on Friday night (after the jump) and you'll understand why we're a little more than psyched. The Compound, on the SE corner of University and Farmer will open its doors at 8 p.m.. Admission is free.

Adios Mother Fucker New Year's Eve Massive @ Bar Smith
Bar Smith is opening up the rooftop again (weather permitting) and hosting a massive line-up of local DJs, who will be spinning in the Daft Punk pyramid spaceship. The party kicks off at 8 p.m. at Bar Smith, 30 E Washington St. in Phoenix. Tickets are $20. For more info, check out the facebook invite.

Boardwalk Empire @ Axis-Radius
Scottsdale's Axis-Radius is going old school (think the 1920s) with this year's celebration. Boardwalk Empire will be a speakeasy-themed bash, complete with casino games, burlesque dancers and complimentary champagne splits. Doors open at 9 p.m. and tickets are $25 per person and $45 per couple. For more info, check out the event invite.

Late Entry: Quincy Ross' NYE Party @ "The Bridge"
Quincy Ross, a local photographer and owner of the arts/party venue The Q, is keeping his bridge party on the down low, but judging by his monthly Friday After First Friday parties and artist co-hort, you can expect killer music, art, and views of the fireworks. Read more about it on our music blog, Up on the Sun.   

Quick Tips:
- Yes, there are block parties on Mill Avenue in Tempe and at CityScape in downtown Phoenix, but unless you're really into fighting crowds, Live, or Jimmy Eat World you might want to skip out and check out one of the events above, or our full NYE guide here. And if you're throwing a party of your own and looking for fireworks, stay tuned for our DIY fireworks guide tomorrow.  

- Avoid a DUI: Taxis are typically booked out for the after-party, so call ahead to one of the companies below or consider the LightRail, one of the Scottsdale golf carts (Bunny Rides: 602-405-2106 (Runs from 4 p.m.-3 a.m.) or Swift Rides: 602-909-2288 (Runs from 9 p.m.-3 a.m.)), or one of the many pedi-cabs that will be running over dodging the shenanigans throughout the night.
AAA Yellow Cab: 602-252-2000
All-State Cab: 602-275-8888‎
Checker Cab: 602-257-1818
Discount Cab: 602-200-2000

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