If you're going out tomorrow night for New Year's Eve, we'd hazard a guess that you've got designs on staying up late -- at least until midnight and maybe even beyond that. Granted, almost every place that's hosting a NYE soiree is going until 2 a.m. -- guaranteed. And while that might be the limit for some cats, there are a few with fifth-degree black belts in raging (or energy to spare) that are eager to keep rocking on until dawn or well into New Year's Day itself.
And this list is aimed squarely at them.
After surveying all that the New Year's Eve scene has to offer, we've selected six places and events that will go beyond the pale and well after last call. Hell, most don't even start until after the liquor's been locked up. As such, you'll probably have to get your buzz off of whatever energy drinks that will be served or all the endorphins generated by dancing, at least until the spirits can legally flow once again at 8 a.m.
And it a probably a good thing that January 1 happens to be a holiday since you're gonna need some major sack time to recover. Like comedian Dave Attell used to yell at the end of every episode of Insomniac: "Get some sleep!"
Hi Fi Kitchen and Cocktails
Hi Fi's after-hours party might be called Neon Sunrise, don't expect the glare of sunlight to find its way into the Scottsdale bar and eatery after dawn breaks. Heavy-duty shades will cover the patio areas before the party kicks off at 3 a.m., which will also allow all the black light illumination happening inside to stand out. If you need to nosh after going on a bender, a limited menu will be available until 6 a.m., while hair-of-the-dog types can start tying some on when liquor service picks back up at 6 a.m. The whole affair goes until 8 a.m. and tickets are $10 online.
Its nice to know that the more things change, even in Scottsdale, the more they stay the same. In the case of DJ Tranzit's annual Afterglow blowout, it's still happening at the same place, despite the location's transformation from Smashboxx into BLUR since the last edition of the after-hours NYE party. And this year it boasts a bigger lineup than before with a grand total of 11 different DJs and VJs blasting a wide spectrum of house from BLUR's Dynacord sound system for seven straight hours.
Besides Tranzit (who will perform as his alter-ego Juheun) the lineup will include the duo of Thomas Turner and Timothy Heit, Michelle Sparks, Decipha, Kuntrol, VJ [ESC], Dan Lunsford, and Jon Amaral, as well as headliners Sydney Blu and Etai Tarazi. There will also be another countdown, albeit for the amount of time left before the bar reopens at 6 a.m. A "champagne power hour" with $20 bottles goes down until 7 a.m. Afterglow runs from 3 a.m. until 10 a.m. and admission is $20.
If you're friends with Quincy Ross, no doubt you're aware that the renowned artist provocateur is planning to hold one of his signature after-hours New Year's Eve parties just after midnight on Thursday in downtown Phoenix. In fact, you've probably already gotten an online invite. Ditto for anyone in their immediate social circles, a select number of acquaintances, or anyone who just happens to be in the know or is dialed into the downtown culture scene. Ross prefers keeping things a bit word-of-mouth with his events, which makes one want to attend one all the more, and doesn't drop details on its location at 1:30 a.m., approximately an an hour before it starts.
Basically, we suggest hitting up some of your artist friends for a possible hookup on the details on Wednesday night, especially since the party is a place to see and be seen and will feature such DJ talents as Sean Watson, The Ariel, Pablo Gomez, Emile (of Bombshelters fame), and DMC champ DJ Swamp, as well as primo eats courtesy of chef Renetto-Mario Etsitty. But, as we said, y'all probably know all that already if you've gotten the invite. Admission is $20.
If there's one crowd that's down with staying up late, its ravers. And members of the local scene will be doing just at this all-night indoor dance fiesta at a currently undisclosed location, which starts at 7 p.m. and goes "until the last person stops dancing." EDM of the bounce and hardstyle variety will be on tap via DJs like Matt Dunn, Tempus, Projekt Mercury, Koliri, Gimmie, Plugz and others will go hard while fire-slinging performances and other theatrics ensue. At midnight, one patron will "drop" (no joke) as the countdown reaches zero, followed by a massive confetti bomb. Wowzers. Admission is $10 at the door (with a $3 reentry fee). Call 602-359-7160 on the day of the event for the lowdown on the location.
El Hefe Tempe & Scottsdale
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The staff at both El Hefe locations are going to be busy from just after 2 a.m. up until 6 a.m. recovering from their off-the-chain NYE activities and getting prepping big-time "Morning After" parties at each joint. Both will be "blackout parties" with shades and screens keeping out the sun. Doors open at 6 a.m. at either spot and will have full bars, multiple DJs, and mucho daydrinking revelry. Admission is free.