There’s something to be said for getting all decked out and hitting the scene for some wild ‘n’ crazy shenanigans to enthusiastically usher in the new year. But there’s also something to be said for keeping it chill, and if that feels more like your game this year, we’ve got 7 great laid-back destinations for you to consider this New Year’s Eve.
Where to go in Phoenix for a chill NYE
If you like a little more action and adventure in your party than the club scene provides, head out to Scottsdale Old Town on a Puzzling Adventures bar crawl that involves solving puzzles to get to your next destination—and your next drink. Up to 6 people can be on your team, and one of you will need a mobile device with Internet access to play.
When: Dec 31, 11am – 2am
Where: 4321 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale
If you’re thinking of going ultra-chill this New Year’s Eve, and that involves hanging out at home in sweatpants binge-watching Netflix, why not at least let your taste buds have a dance party? Use Uber Eats to get hot and fresh dishes from more than 100 Phoenix restaurants, which means you don’t have to order in pizza—unless that’s exactly what you want, in which case delivery is available from Rosati’s, Corleone’s, zpizza, Gino’s East, and more.
Spend New Year’s Eve courtside as the Suns squash (knock on wood) the Philadelphia 76ers in a lively game of basketball. Sit back and enjoy some refreshments and bask in the crackling energy of the arena. After the game, you’ll probably be ready for some victuals, and Talking Stick Resort has you covered. We recommend the Wandering Horse Buffet, an all-you-can-eat extravaganza of world cuisines, including Mexican, Mediterranean, and Asian.
When: Dec 31, 6pm
Where: 201 E Jefferson St
It’s always a swell, swinging good time at the Royal Wonderland New Year’s Eve event, which features live big band music, floating fire pits, and buffet stations that include Mediterranean tacos and a seafood bar. Activities include cigar rolling, a photo booth, and an outdoor countdown and champagne toast against the backdrop of Camelback Mountain.
When: Dec 31, 9pm – 12:30am
Where: 5200 E Camelback Rd
Slip on your comfy-cozy flannel, and party casual at the Flannel Ball. Located in the Roosevelt Row Arts District, this artsy bash features beer, live music, an art show, a photo booth, food trucks, lawn games, and a midnight countdown with a champagne toast and piñata drop.
When: Dec 31, 9pm – 1am
Where: 1025 N 2nd St
Spend New Year’s Eve relaxing with the ones you love over a delicious 4-course dinner at award-winning Elements, serving up farm-fresh American cuisine with a little Asian mojo thrown in. The 2nd seating ends at 10:30pm, but if you want to keep the party going all night, reserve a Jade Bar table for 4 or 6, which includes the 4-course meal, a bottle of Dom, party favors, and dancing.
When: Dec 31, 5:30pm – 1am
Where: 5700 E McDonald Dr, Paradise Valley
Get folky at the Rebel Lounge on New Year’s Eve with singer-songwriter Chuck Ragan, whose impassioned compositions and eloquent lyrics will keep you mesmerized and leave you inspired well into 2018. Opening the show are the Haymarket Squares, a punkgrass trio, and roots-rockers Mr. Mudd & Mr. Gold.
When: Dec 31, 8:30pm
Where: 2303 E Indian School Rd
Taking it relatively easy and opting for a laid-back New Year’s Eve means less recovery time on New Year’s Day, which means you’ll be up for making eggs Benedict for your beloveds. Mmmmm. So get your crew together, make your plans early, and start looking forward to a chill night that you’ll have the pleasure of remembering.