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First Time in Las Vegas - New Year's Eve

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First Time in Las Vegas - New Year's Eve

Myself and two of my best friends have booked to celebrate all of us becoming 30th this year, by heading to Las Vegas. We are from London, UK and we are there for a week from 27th December 2015 till 3rd January 2016. So we are there for New Year’s Eve. (Can’t wait!!)

We are staying at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino and we have booked a deluxe two queens – Triple room. It will be our first time in Las Vegas so as you can imagine we are excited as hell. Has anyone stayed at this hotel? What is it like?

I was wondering if anyone had any tips, advice on what goes on around this period, what nightclubs are good , what things we can do and also any knowledge on what the weather is like during this time.

Look forward to your response. Thank you in advance.

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1. Re: First Time in Las Vegas - New Year's Eve

I'm travelling on the same dates as you. It will be my 4th New Year in a row in Vegas.

I'm not really a clubber so I can't help you much there but I have a couple of tips.

The strip closes to traffic around 5pm on NYE, from then on it's pedestrians only. It gets very very packed so if you plan on going anywhere leave plenty of time to get there (and back again). Fireworks go off all along the strip at midnight and by that point you will hardly be able to move.

Weather is only slightly better than the UK. The sun will be out but it will be cold. After dark it gets freezing. Last New Year they forecast snow on the strip but it didn't quite happen.

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2. Re: First Time in Las Vegas - New Year's Eve

Im travelling 27th to 4th :-)

Just thought i would add that but other than that, what djg said :-)

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3. Re: First Time in Las Vegas - New Year's Eve

I'll be there those days as well and also my first time NYE. I'm looking forward to the bridge bash at NYNY if they have it this year. If not I'm sure I'll figure something else out by that time.

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4. Re: First Time in Las Vegas - New Year's Eve

You are going to get a bunch of comments that Mandalay is a bad location and you should move to a hotel at center strip. I disagree. It is far south, but there are several resorts iwithin walking distance, and you can use the various forms of transportation to get around.

Mandalay is one of my favorites on the strip and relative to many others, a great value for the room quality and food, drink and entertainment options in my opinion.

New Years eve is however a rough day to get around on the strip which closes to vehicle traffic midday, as the crowds take to the street to secure spots for the fireworks and festivities. Most resorts at some point in the evening close to people who are not guests or dont have a restaurant, club or NYE event reservation. You may want to consider making such a party reservation at one of the center strip clubs to fully experience NYE craziness.

You will have a few days before the NYE crowds hit town. Use that time to explore the strip from North to center south. Have a great time.

Edited: 24 August 2015, 15:00
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5. Re: First Time in Las Vegas - New Year's Eve

" You are going to get a bunch of comments that Mandalay is a bad location and you should move to a hotel at center strip. '

While Mandy is a wonderful Hotel its location sucks, if you have a car its fine but taking transportation every day to and from Mid strip can wear on you. Mandalay has some great top end restaurants. Do breakfast at the Veranda at the Four seasons which is attached to Mandalay Bay and don't miss having a drink atop Mix Lounge. Do have dinner at Aureole and see the four-story wine tower with its very own Wine Angel Stewards, who gracefully ascend the tower to retrieve bottles. Guests can search the 3,200 bottle touch-screen wine list.

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6. Re: First Time in Las Vegas - New Year's Eve

Its a good hotel and staying anywhere doesn't matter much if you have a car or even if you don't mind walking a bit.

I have been there during the New Year's eve. First, you should decide on how you wnat to celebrate.

If you want to see the firework, go for rooftop clubs like Drais. That is one of the most happening these days too.

Pure is another but I guess it is still closed for renovation. I will update you when I go there next month if it has opened or not. Other option is to just hang out int he streets which is the best as the strip is closed for cars after 6 Pm and you can walk and drink and enjoy the fireworks from the street. It gets a bit crazy with all people there but its fun. Normally all the nightclubs will have some celebrity coming so you might want to get the tickets or passes rightaway as they can get expensive later.

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7. Re: First Time in Las Vegas - New Year's Eve

Hey Guys. Thank you for all your responses. Sorry for late replay, been busy with work.

Excellent, I think I will try and organize a reservation in advance before we fly out. We like the look of Drais, especially with the fireworks. Thank you for the recommendation aster007. Also Aster007 please let us know about Pure, if it is still being renovated.

@soon2brn - what is the bridge bash at NYNY? please let us know more info. Also where have you chosen to stay?

@ djg and ledleyIan - where have you guys chosen to stay? who are you flying with?

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8. Re: First Time in Las Vegas - New Year's Eve

Several tips for NYE:

(1) It can be frigid COLD!!! Layer and plan for it accordingly.

(2) The strip on NYE closes around 6pm (at the latest). The entire street closes and cabs cannot get from one side of the strip to the other (including west side to east side). The monorail is running, but not helpful on your side of the street. The cabs don't start running again until street is cleaned and ready. A few years ago we went, and that was 3am. I honestly couldn't take trekking through the cold after partying at NYNY and bought a room at rack rate at NYNY just to rest that night and get back up after everything was back to normal. Expensive option, but after a night dressed up in heels dancing, walking up the strip was not happening!!

(3) Bridge Bash was a great party at NYNY. It allowed guests to party both inside and outside on the bridge, elevated from the crowds on the strip but fenced between (much less hectic). Tickets included a premium open bar at $150PP. However, I think the trip we took 3?? years ago was the last time NYNY had it, after they remodeled and added Shake Shack etc. Drai's will be a premier ticket because of its rooftop venue center strip. Plan ahead that it will cost ALOT and will likely sell out!!

(4) Crowds during that time frame in Vegas are much greater than normal. Make dinner reservations, bring a lot of money and expect table limits to be raised throughout the strip.

We had a great time on NYE and I would do it again...but many people b!tch about the crowds and lines and higher expenses. As long as you know that is coming, you can enjoy yourself immensely. Foundation Room is on the roof of your hotel and has amazing views of the strip. If all else fails, I would look into their NYE event. The fireworks are great, but a rooftop view of the entire strip from there would be great too...without all of the hassle of trying to get back to your hotel after festivities are over. Springing for a bottle service table on the patio would be my NYE splurge if going to NYE at Mandalay Bay.

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9. Re: First Time in Las Vegas - New Year's Eve

Many clubs charge cover for NYE, so window shop online and buy your tix before they are all gone and while relatively cheap (starting around $75 for ladies, $100 for men). Confirm beforehand and bring tix with you and arrive early as lines will be long. Stay close to your hotel because you will have to walk as taxi wait is 2 hours (the small handful of taxis that are on duty circumvent the Strip).

Edited: 01 September 2015, 09:39
Queens, New York
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10. Re: First Time in Las Vegas - New Year's Eve

Many clubs charge cover for NYE, so window shop online and buy you tix before they are all gone and while relatively cheap (starting around $75 for ladies, $100 for men). Confirm beforehand and bring tix with you and arrive early as lines will be long. Stay close to your hotel because you will have to walk as taxi wait is 2 hours (the small handful of taxis that are on duty circumvent the Strip).

Edited: 01 September 2015, 09:40