It’s almost time to put 2020 behind us and welcome in 2021. If you’re in Las Vegas, there’s no fireworks show on the Strip or extravagant nightclub parties this year due to the city’s restrictions on large gatherings, but you can still grab drinks and celebrate in style.
Here’s our guide on what you should drink on New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas.
Yeats Punch at The Dorsey Cocktail Bar
The Dorsey Cocktail Bar offers its seasonal Yeats Punch until Dec. 31, so try it before it’s gone. Served in a swan and ladled into glasses, it’s a blend of Jamaican rum, Irish whiskey, lime and pineapple juices, sweetened ginger juice, Allspice dram and club soda, garnished with freshly grated nutmeg, candy canes and rosemary sprigs. After sharing it with your group, take your celebration to the next level with a New Year’s Eve cocktail package at The Dorsey. The NYE packages are also offered at Electra Cocktail Club and Rosina Cocktail Lounge.
The Venetian, 3355 S. Las Vegas Blvd.; venetian.com; @venetianvegas @thedorsey_lv
Bubbles & Berries at LAVO
On New Year’s Eve, enjoy an Italian feast at LAVO while sipping on a cocktail perfect for the occasion. LAVO’s Bubbles & Berries combines Absolut Elyx vodka, St. Germain and fresh strawberries, topped with G.H. Mumm Rose Champagne for a sweet yet crisp and bubbly finish. Depending on your party’s size, you can order the Bubbles & Berries in a carafe or pitcher. If you dine at LAVO after 9:30 p.m., you’ll get a supper club experience complete with a DJ and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight.
The Palazzo, 3325 S. Las Vegas Blvd.; palazzo.com or lavolv.com; @palazzovegas @lavolv
Pear Fizz at Vista Cocktail Lounge
Vista Cocktail Lounge is a great place to grab a drink, especially on New Year’s Eve. One cocktail that comes to mind is the Pear Fizz, a mix of Grey Goose La Poire vodka, St. Germain elderflower liqueur, lime, egg white and soda. Sip the Pear Fizz in style while enjoying the sophisticated atmosphere and LED-screen scenery. If you’re looking to extend your night with an intimate private party vibe, get VIP treatment with bottle service for you and three other guests.
Caesars Palace, 3570 S. Las Vegas Blvd.; caesarspalace.com or vistacocktaillounge.com; @caesarspalace @vistavegas
Smoking Dragon at TAO
If you dine at TAO Asian Bistro for New Year’s Eve, order the Smoking Dragon to go with your meal. The Smoking Dragon blends Angel’s Envy XO Rum Barrel Finished Rye, Martini & Rossi Riserva Speciale Rubino sweet vermouth, a rosemary port wine reduction and Peychaud’s bitters, cold smoked with shaved hickory and served tableside. This unique cocktail is perfect for two or four guests. Beginning at 9 p.m., Eric D-Lux brings the sounds to TAO Lounge to take you into 2021.
Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian, 3377 S. Las Vegas Blvd.; venetian.com or taolasvegas.com; @venetianvegas @taolasvegas
Lemon Drop at Mayfair Supper Club
Inspired by supper clubs worldwide, the Mayfair Supper Club is an excellent way to spend New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas. The upscale establishment offers a unique dinner and show experience, complete with signature cocktails such as the Lemon Drop, which is poured into a citrus bubble that pops and releases scents that enhance the drink’s flavors. Besides dinner and entertainment, you’ll get up-close views of the iconic Fountains of Bellagio.
Bellagio, 3600 S. Las Vegas Blvd.; bellagio.com or themayfairlv.com; @bellagio @themayfairlv
Beauty Elixir at Beauty & Essex
Fresh strawberry and house cucumber water add a crisp, refreshing note to the Beauty Elixir, a spritz-style cocktail made with Bombay Sapphire gin and sparkling rosé wine. Sip on this Beauty & Essex signature drink while enjoying the exquisite New Year’s Eve pre-fixe dinner menu and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight (available for seatings after 9:30 p.m.).
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, 3708 S. Las Vegas Blvd., cosmopolitanlasvegas.com or beautyandessexlv.com; @cosmopolitan_lv @beautyandessexlv
The Press Gin & Tonic at Press
The PRESS Gin and Tonic is a crisp, clean – and untraditional – cocktail that you should consider for New Year’s Eve. It would hardly do a year like 2020 justice to drink something traditional like champagne; that’s why the beverage team at Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas recommends it. The brightness and beauty of the PRESS Gin and Tonic is an omen to a bright and beautiful 2021.
Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas, 3960 S. Las Vegas Blvd.; fourseasons.com; @fslasvegas
Spicy Fifty at Bound Cocktail Lounge
If you’re looking for a spicy way to celebrate New Year’s Eve, head to Bound Cocktail Lounge for the Spicy Fifty cocktail, made with Stoli Vanil vodka, elderflower syrup, fresh lime juice, honey syrup and chili peppers. It’s the perfect drink to heat up the last night of 2020. But don’t stop there. Elevate your New Year’s Eve night at Bound with an excellent bottle service package for two or four guests.
The Cromwell, 3595 S. Las Vegas Blvd., thecromwell.com; @cromwellvegas
A Little Birdie at Juniper Cocktail Lounge
If you choose to ring in 2021 at the Juniper Cocktail Lounge, be sure to order A Little Birdie, one of the most popular cocktails on the menu. A Little Birdie is a nice blend of gin, vermouth, lemon juice and strawberry syrup. The unique cocktail is served in rare bird-shaped glassware with mint leaves serving as the tail feathers.
Park MGM, 3770 S. Las Vegas Blvd.; parkmgm.com or junipercocktail.com; @parkmgm @junipercocktail
Champagne at SkyBar
Celebrate New Year’s Eve in high-class style at SkyBar, high atop Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas. SkyBar offers a selection of wines, beers, sakes, mocktails and luxurious experiences, but you should also consider the Bubbles & Bites promotion. In partnership with Moët & Chandon, you can sip on a glass of Veuve Clicquot or Chandon Brut paired with lobster arancini bites.
Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas, 3452 S. Las Vegas Blvd.; waldorfastorialasvegas.com; @walasvegas
*Please note: All venues require a reservation on New Year’s Eve. Contact the venue directly for more information. The Las Vegas Strip will be closed to vehicle traffic from Spring Mountain Road to Russell Road around 6:30 p.m., so plan accordingly.
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