Even in a recession, New Year’s Eve brings out people looking for a lavish celebration to send out the old and ring in the new, which can mean great things for your bar or nightclub. Here we’ve compiled some of our favorite events from NYE 2010 that just may spark your creativity for your event this year — and send sparks flying inside the bar.
The Rockhouse, Las Vegas
In a not-so-subtle manner, guests at The Rockhouse in Las Vegas said exactly what was on their mind at the F#@* 2009! New Year’s Eve event. The concept is fairly standard — DJ playing the year’s top hits, a Champagne toast, favors — but it’s got a clever name, which is half the battle.
Last year, Global Adrenaline and Outfit Events heated up the Hilton Chicago for the official Playboy New Year’s Eve celebration. They’ll follow up the performance from 2009 rap sensation Pitbull with hit rapper T-Pain in 2010, as well as plenty of DJs spinning throughout the area. Party tickets ($135 early-bird rate) include a four-hour premium open bar, hors d’oeuvres and buffet, midnight Champagne toast, video countdown and confetti explosion, and more than 4,000 partygoers, while the Playboy VIP Lounge tickets ($185 early-bird rate) include a five-hour premium open bar, a meet and greet with eight Playboy Playmates, live casino gambling and more. To top it all off, guests have a safe way to end the night with overnight accommodations available right inside the hotel.
DMK Burger Bar, Chicago
We love anything that gives back to the community, so of course we loved DMK Burger Bar’s idea to request $10 from each guest go to the Greater Chicago Food Depository rather than pay a cover.
Downtown After Dark, venues in Pennsylvania
Everyone loves New Year’s Eve, and everyone loves vacations. So Ron Kamionka joined up with Vacation Adventures International to offer vacation giveaways to the Bahamas and Mexico. The fun twist: The locations featured balloon drops every hour that evening leading up to midnight, and the balloons contained vouchers for the trips.
J Restaurant & Lounge, Los Angeles
Last year, J Restaurant & Lounge invited guests to enjoy the music — but not just any music. The evening started with a live cover band, Identity Theft, who played hits from the ’80s, and then five DJs spun hits from the ’90s and ’00s leading up to the top hits of 2009. The space features two dance floors and guests could enjoy a $75 New Year’s Eve dinner to start the evening before moving on to the dance party.
Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas
Never one to be outdone by the competition, N9NE Group brought the stars out to welcome 2010 to Sin City. DJ Paul Oakenfold brightened up Rain Nightclub, DJ Z-Trip sailed at Moon Nightclub, ’80s cover band Flashback Heart Attack heated up ghostbar and rock band Maroon 5 crooned at Playboy Club. Packages ranged from $75-$475 for general admission to VIP All Venue Access & Hosted Bar.
HOME Nightclub, St. Charles, Mo.
Though the club is now closed, HOME Nightclub inside the Ameristar Casino Resort Spa had a clever idea to kick off 2010: a New Year’s Eve Fantasy Masquerade Ball, inviting guests to come donned in masks, hats and flashy costumes.
Prohibition and Living Room, Minneapolis
Sacrilege? Perhaps. Creative? Absolutely. The W Minneapolis–The Foshay and its Prohibition and Living Room lounges invited guests to forgive their sins at the White Out Party before they resolve to change on Jan. 1. Guests wore white to reflect their “renewed innocence,” while Father Timothy Alevios took confessions and Justin Styles, aka Dr. Innocence manned the music booth.
Crimson Lounge, Chicago
For revelers who couldn’t travel the globe in 2009, Crimson Lounge brought the world to them with the First Class Ticket: Escape to Exotic Destinations party. The evening showcased the musical stylings, culture and cuisine of Paris, Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro, Dubai and Chicago. The $135 First Class Ticket package included four and a half hours of an ultra-premium open bar, a Champagne reception, stationed and passed hors d’oeuvres, themed travel video experience, balloon drop at midnight, five countries under one roof and entry in a grand prize giveaway of a complimentary one night stay at Hotel Sax and bottle service for Crimson Lounge.