When the Chips are Down, Las Vegas Knows How to Party

When the Chips are Down

Were you in Las Vegas for New Year’s Eve 2014? If not, it’s time to start saving for 2015. Every casino on the strip flexed its party muscle for a classic night of good time one-upmanship.

Drake, Bruno Mars, Tony Bennett, Iggy Azalea, Calvin Harris, Olivia Newton-John and Snoop Dogg were just a handful of the A-list stars who rapped, rocked, sung, and partied the new year in.

Las Vegas is a destination devoted to entertainment. Visitors expected the wow factor and they got it by the firework-filled bucketload. More than 340,000 people hit the strip and spent a whopping $226 million with a view to thrill even the most daring casino game players.

Rollin’ High…

Let’s start at the top. At 550 feet above the Las Vegas Strip, the High Roller guarantees its visitors a breathtaking view of the city. Normally, the 30-minute ride costs a modest $34.95 at night.

For New Year’s Eve, however, tickets started at $2,500 up to $5,000. The premium package included a 777 flight, cupcakes (really?), Champagne, and – most importantly – the best view in town.

Also popular with the vertigo embracing partygoer was the Tower Party bash at Stratosphere. Open bars, a $199 price tag, and a 108 storey-high view guaranteed that good times – and a great panorama of the midnight fireworks – were had by all.

Punters enjoyed Go Go dancers and drank all they could at the ‘all you can drink’ bar. For the hardcore partygoer, pin up model Sabina Kelley hosted an after party until 5.15am.

Perhaps the classiest choice on the Las Vegas New Year’s Eve menu was the delicious combo of classic crooner Tony Bennett and maverick pop icon Lady Gaga. There may have been a 60 year age gap between the two but the chemistry was plain for all to see at the Cosmopolitan owned Chelsea venue.

Also hosted by the Cosmopolitan on New Year’s Eve, was Drake at the Marquee Nightclub. The sell out event included complimentary admission to the Dome Pool Party the next day. What a great way to work off that hangover.

Doggy Style

Over at the Venetian, they brought out the big guns with live performances from DJ Fatman Scoop, at the Red Bull Midnight Mix lounge, and Snoop Dogg at the Tao.

Not to be outdone, the MGM Grand had resident DJ, and music maker extraordinaire, Calvin Harris booked for business at Hakkasan. The iconic DJ smashed it at the venue that Playboy considers to be the ‘#1 nightclub in the world’.

For revellers who like their entertainers blonde, it was a choice of either Britney Spears or Olivia Newton-John. Spears has been on the strip for sometime with her dazzling ‘Piece of Me’ show at the Planet Hollywood.

For those with longer memories, it was over to the Flamingo Las Vegas to see Olivia in her resident show ‘Summer Nights. The fans were hopelessly devoted and it was the one that they wanted… (sorry)

Booty Duty

Booty lovers enjoyed their fill of rear action with a twerky performance from everyone’s favourite ‘babe with back’: Iggy Azalea. Known for her hits ‘Fancy’ and ‘Black Widow’, Azalea performed at Drai’s Nightclub to a capacity crowd.

Her performance was featured on ABC’s bicoastal New Year’s Eve special which also included Taylor Swift, Florida Georgia Line, Bastille, Pentatonix, and Fergie.

And – just like blondes – booty comes in twos as well. Over at Caesars Palace, it was Jennifer Lopez who set the stage on fire, performing with 25 musicians in her show: ‘the Best if Yet to Come’.

For pure class, it was down to the Las Vegas mainstays, the Bellagio and Mandalay Bay, who pulled out the stops with a luxury line up for New Year’s Eve 2014.

The Bellagio invited revellers to enjoy some ‘Five Diamond flair’. All five restaurants at the casino offered gastronauts fine dining from $158 to $575 per person.

Meanwhile at Mandalay Bay, it was time to Paint the Town Gold for ‘a night you’ll want to try to remember’. Not the catchiest strapline but a solid 8 out of 10 for funny.

The musical highlight at the Mandalay was Maroon 5 at the events centre. At the Light nightclub, it was Nicky Romero who had ravers rockin’ their socks off, as the sun came up for the first day in another year.

Of course, most of us will have enjoyed a more modest New Year’s Eve. When it comes to a little Las Vegas action, the answer is at your fingertips. Whatever and wherever you partied, let’s hope you have a lucky, prosperous, and fabulous 2015.

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