Here’s a preview to a few of the more unique offerings and fun ways to ring in 2013.
Some casinos seem to have taken the safe route in booking their headline acts on the Friday and Saturday leading up to New Year’s Eve this year, as the mass singing of “Auld Lang Syne” happens to fall on a night that causes entertainment directors everywhere to cringe — Monday.
But there will be no bucking of the trend when it comes to New Year’s Eve parties in and around Atlantic City. There will be no simulated or mock ball drop on Dec. 29 just to accommodate those who can’t see themselves frothing into a festive frenzy on a Monday night. No, the biggest night for parties perennially in Atlantic City history (Halloween might give it a run for its money) will take place Dec. 31 — Monday (barring the Apocalypse) — so be there or be in Times Square.
In selecting some of the more unique NYE party alternatives — a more detailed and comprehensive list will appear in the next (Dec. 27) issue of AC Weekly — foremost on the list is this oddity at Bader Field that might have made everyone over 40 wonder if they would ever engage in such activity if they were still 23 and carefree. Headlined by famed DJ/electronic music producer Steve Aoki, the event is dubbed Life in Color and billed as “the world’s largest paint party.” It is essentially a huge concert where DJs blast electronic dance music while dousing the crowd in neon, multi-colored (and presumably non-toxic) paint. Attendees are encouraged to dress in as much white as possible. Tickets started at $99 and some ticket outlets were listed as sold out, so it seems plausible that many of today’s less youthful might have been interested in giving it a try if they could turn back time.
It is far more likely, though, that the middle-aged-and-up set would rather dig the gig going on at Boogie Nights at the Tropicana, where ’70s sensation The Village People will be performing on New Year’s Eve. Tickets start at $40 and the party starts 9:30pm. As always, it is one of many parties taking place inside the Trop on NYE, with others happening at The Palm, Anthem, Planet Rose, Providence, Ri Ra and Tango’s.
Likewise, Borgata has its usual slate of killer parties scheduled at Mixx and mur.mur nightclubs (both starting 9pm at $50 per head), and Caesars Entertainment properties that prove prime places to party on NYE include Dusk (9pm, $75) at Caesars and The Pool After Dark at Harrah’s with DJ Pauly D (8pm, $50). Revel has something going on at nearly every one of its venues, including live flamenco dancing at Amada restaurant, and parties at Ivan Kane’s Royal Jelly (starting at $100 per head, $25 after midnight) and HQ nightclub with DJ Bambi (9pm, $125).
The Casbah nightclub at Trump Taj Mahal has always been a hot spot on NYE, and this year its Lucky 13 party carries a mere $20.13 cover charge. There will be 13 flavors of vodka offered, 13 prizes awarded after midnight, and every 13th person in line gets in free. Additionally, the Taj Mahal Arena Party starts 9:30pm at the Mark G. Etess Arena. The $139 per person cover includes an open bar, dinner, dancing and live music with the Steve Delisi Orchestra. If a swanky, stylish and perhaps slightly more subdued atmosphere is more your pleasure, Ono Restaurant at the Atlantic Club will feature revered pianist Bud Noble on NYE from 9pm-1am.
The Chelsea hotel will have several packages available, including parties at C5 nightclub and the Crystal Room with general admission entry starting at $65. Also outside the casinos, the Tun Tavern has an interesting offering that includes a five-course dinner with a beer pairing for each course, hosted by Tun brewmaster Tim Kelly. It is $79.95 per person and includes a DJ and dancing from 9pm-1am.
Caffe Luciano in Longport will also offer a five-course dinner and festive atmosphere after peak dining hours are over, including live music by the Big House Band that boasts a killer rhythm section covering soul, funk, jazz, rock, pop and dance.
For more NYE ideas, pick up a copy of the Dec. 27 Atlantic City Weekly or go to acweekly.com.
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