Time is ticking down with the year 2006 just hours away, yet some would-be partygoers still don’t know where they’ll be when the ball drops.
Faiza Altaf of Mesa is one of them.
Since moving to the city from a suburb in Chicago, the 25-year-old has sought new hangouts to meet people.
She figures a New Year’s Eve party will be the best way to do it. "I just don’t want to be in on New Years," Altaf said.
She might go to a dance club where she can get drinks and party the night away, but she said she definitely won’t be making an appearance at Tempe’s Fiesta Bowl Block Party.
"Block parties are more for college students, and I’m sort of past the college stage," she said.
So if you’re like Altaf and still have no clue what you’ll be doing when the clock strikes midnight, here are a few suggestions.
SCOTTSDALE NEW YEAR’S EVE 2005 CHAMPAGNE & CHEFS
Downtown Scottsdale on Craftsman Court and adjoining portions on Third and Fifth avenues, (866) 443-8849 or www.gettix.net.
The annual block party, in its third year, will feature live music on two stages, a cooking stage with performances from five celebrity chefs and fireworks. 5 p.m. $35 (includes entrance into Acme Bar & Grill, Dos Gringos, Next and Upper Deck Sports Grill) and $100 (includes unlimited drinks, food, a private stage and champagne toast). No one under 21 will be admitted.
TEMPE FIESTA BOWL BLOCK PARTY
Throughout Mill Avenue and at Tempe Beach Park, (480) 350-0909
More than 150,000 revelers are expected to attend the Valley’s granddaddy of New Year’s celebrations, which will mark its 21st year with live music from more than 40 bands on 10 stages, including headliners Blues Traveler and Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers, and fireworks, carnival rides, a champagne lounge, an outdoor dance party, freestyle motocross jumping, dueling pianos and interactive games. There also will be a countdown with the Fiesta Bowl sunburst, which will drop at midnight. 4 p.m. $15 in advance (at Fry’s with a VIP card), $20 at the gate.
7340 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale, (480) 970-1112
The swanky Scottsdale dance club offers something different with the Burlesque Ball, which will feature women attired as burlesque dancers. Penny drinks from 9 to 10 p.m., party favors, a DJ and a champagne toast at midnight. 9 p.m. $30 per person or $50 per couple.
4282 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale, (480) 970-3325
New Year’s accessories, gourmet hors d’oeuvres, complimentary gift bags and a midnight toast are included at E4. Resident DJ Kevin Brown, who will be joined by percussion and bongos, will spin high-energy house music in the dance club’s Liquid Room, while DJ Tranzl8er spins rock and hip-hop mash-ups in the Fire Room. 8 p.m. $30 per person or $50 per couple.
HYATT REGENCY SCOTTSDALE RESORT AT GAINEY RANCH
7500 E. Doubletree Ranch Road, (480) 444-1234
The resort will host its annual New Year’s Eve Ballroom Gala, which will be hosted by KEZ (99.9 FM) personality Marty Manning. There will be live music from eight-piece cover band The Shining Star, an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, a dinner and dessert sampler, party favors, a midnight balloon drop and champagne toast. 8 p.m. $150.
7340 E. Shoeman Lane, Scottsdale, (480) 970-5000
It’s James Bond meets Moulin Rouge at the dance club’s For Your Eyes Only party. The evening will include party favors, a burlesque casino, penny drinks from 9 to 10 p.m., a DJ and a champagne toast at midnight. 9 p.m. $30 per person or $50 per couple.
CASEY MOORE’S OYSTER HOUSE
850 S. Ash Ave., Tempe, (480) 968-9935
Although the bar isn’t going all out for New Year’s Eve, expect the usual big crowd at this neighborhood hot spot. The fun will include party favors, food specials and $3 Hefeweizen pints. 9 p.m. No cover before 11 p.m., $5 thereafter.
1126 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, (480) 967-3667
The sleek Scottsdale lounge decorated with pinup girls will host Resolution, which will feature a DJ spinning hip-hop and R & B, dancing and party favors. Call ahead to get your key or password for the evening to gain entry into the club. 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. No cover.
222 E. University Drive, Tempe, (480) 967-7744
If you don’t want to deal with the hassle of Mill Avenue, hit Double D’s (formerly Daisy Duke’s) Boycott Mill Avenue on New Year’s Eve party. The patio bar will have live music, giveaways and pingpong tables. There also will be $2 Miller High Life, PBR, Sangria and Pacificos, $3 anti-Mill shots and a Miller High Life toast at midnight. 9 p.m. Free.
THE J BAR AT THE JAMES HOTEL
7353 E. Indian School Road, Scottsdale, (480) 308-1100
DJ Senbad will get the party started at this see-andbe-seen hotel lounge celebration. There also will be a New Year’s toast. 9 p.m. No cover.
423 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, (480) 947-3580
The bar will host a special edition of its weekly glam rock night Slam! featuring guest DJs from saucy rockers Louis XIV and resident DJ William Reed, Dirty Dave, Colter and Frank the Rabbit. Also features drink specials, a midnight champagne toast and party favors. 9 p.m. $5 cover after 10 p.m.
3102 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, (480) 970-6556
The patio bar will roll out the red carpet, literally, for its Paparazzi Party, which will help ring in 2006 with a DJ spinning dance music outside and a performance from Valley rock favorites The Black-Moods. A champagne toast happens at midnight. 9 p.m. $2.
YUCCA TAP ROOM
29 W. Southern Ave., Tempe, (480) 967-4777
Popular Valley rockabilly trio Flathead and the rock group Steppchild will perform at a cover-free New Year’s Eve celebration. 9 p.m.
ANDERSON’S FIFTH ESTATE
6820 E. Fifth Ave., Scottsdale, (480) 994-4168
The downtown Scottsdale dance club will host an ’80s & Beyond Retro Dance Party with a live broadcast by KMXP (96.9 FM). There also will be party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. 7 p.m. $10.
DOS GRINGOS TRAILER PARK
1001 E. Eighth St., Tempe, (480) 968-8289
Celebrate the new year with A Toast With Dos. The bash will feature a variety of $2 drinks, live music from the Chris Tafoya Band and a midnight Corona toast. 8 p.m. $5.
GRAHAM CENTRAL STATION
7850 S. Priest Drive, Tempe, (480) 469-0799
The Tempe dance club, which features everything from country- to disco-themed rooms, will start the fun early with $1.25 you-call-its from 6 to 8 p.m. KISS (104.7 FM) and KMLE (107.9 FM) will be on hand for the party, which also will include a complimentary buffet, champagne toast and balloon drop. 6 p.m. $10-$15.
LAST EXIT BAR & GRILL
1425 W. Southern Ave., Tempe, (480) 557-6656
The venue is hosting a Valley music blowout with performances from rock acts Ghetto Cowgirl, Dead Hot Workshop, Let Go and Domo. There also will be a countdown and complimentary champagne toast. 8 p.m. $10.
1700 W. Drake Drive, Tempe, (480) 551-3970
The nightclub inside Phase 4 recording studio will host a night of Opulence with two dance floors, DJs, complimentary appetizers, massages, manicures, a martini bar and champagne bar. 9:30 p.m. $15.
93 E. Southern Ave., Tempe, (480) 829-1822
Girls Gone Wild — yes, the crazy franchise that encourages women to get wild for videos — will take over The Sets. The New Year’s Eve party will feature hors d’oeuvres, exotic dancers, DJs, dancing and live music from Harry Cee and the Soulful Horizons Band. 8 p.m. $20 per person or $30 per couple Saturday.
7307 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale, (480) 970-6969
The chic lounge, which features a frosted bar, will present A Sparkling New Year with a DJ, party favors, penny drinks from 9 to 10 p.m. and a champagne toast at midnight. 9 p.m. $15.
THE TEMPE IMPROV
930 E. University Drive, (480) 921-9877
"Mad TV" funnyman Frank Caliendo will headline New Year’s Eve performances. 7 and 10 p.m. (the second show will include a balloon drop and champagne toast). $40-$45.