Nightlife

Spend New Year’s Eve in Tempe

It’s time to ring in 2020! And, more importantly, time to decide where to celebrate New Year’s Eve! Tempe has everything from champagne toasts, live music, festive dinner menus and kids’ activities to choose from to celebrate.

And, to make sure that your night on the town is safe, Valley Metro is once again teaming up with Coors Light to offer free rides on Tuesday, December 31, beginning at 7 p.m., for Valley Metro rail, buses, Dial-a-Ride and Paratransit. Valley Metro will extend service until 2 a.m. and the City of Tempe will have enhanced service for several routes.

Here’s a list of top picks on where to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Tempe:

New Year’s Eve events in Downtown Tempe:

It’s time to say goodbye to 2019 and hello to 2020 in Downtown Tempe!

AURA Nightclub NYE Bash
411 South Mill Avenue, Tempe, AZ 85281
Bring in 2020 at the hottest nightclub in Downtown Tempe, AURA Nightclub! AURA Nightclub is hosting the ultimate NYE Bash with 14 VIP tables, state of the art intelligent sound and lighting, the biggest stage and the largest video wall in the city! Bottle service is available upon request.
Tickets | $20-$30 | This is an 18+ event | Full bar with valid ID

El Hefe and Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row Champagne Ball
El Hefe Mexican Restaurant – 640 S Mill Ave #110, Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 257-2797
Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row – 640 S Mill Ave #120, Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 794-1477
El Hefe Tempe and Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row Tempe are teaming up once again to host “The Champagne Ball,” the biggest NYE party in Tempe. Get entry to two of the top bars on Mill Avenue for the price of one. Guests will enjoy the champagne theme throughout both venues with live music by DJ Thomas James and DJ Ekoh starting at 8 p.m. General Admission (GA) tickets are $10. Presale tickets are available at either www.elhefe.com or www.dierkswhiskyrow.com. VIP table service is also available. For El Hefe, call or text 507-320-1602 and for Whiskey Row, call or text 615-208-5262.

Handlebar Tempe Roaring 20’s Affair
680 S. Mill Ave. #109, Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 474-4888
Handlebar Tempe is hosting a Roaring 20’s Affair!!! Enjoy music from DJ Just-In with Special Guest DJ and a champagne toast! 1920’s apparel is encouraged but not required.
Tickets | $10 Pre-Sale | $15 at the door

Low Key Piano Bar presents their 2020 Celebration
501 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281
Party your way into 2020 with Low Key Piano Bar! Be treated to lively performances by some of the greatest local artists with freshly made drinks and food to enjoy the show! General Admission tickets and table packages are available now!
Tickets | General Admission $15 | Table Packages: $100 – $1,000

Varsity Tavern and Rodeo Ranch NYE Extravaganza
501 S. Mill Ave., #200, Tempe, AZ 85281
Celebrate with Varsity Tavern, Rodeo Ranch and One One Bar for a night to remember at their NYE Extravaganza! Enjoy access to all three venues for the price of one!
Tickets | Early Bird General Admission: $10 | Early Bird VIP $15 | General Admission: $15 | VIP: $20 | Ultra VIP: $30 |Tables available upon request

Culinary Dropout at the Yard Tempe
149 S. Farmer Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 240-1601
Get out this New Year’s Eve and tickle your taste buds at Culinary Dropout at the Yard Tempe! Guests will be able to enjoy a special New Year’s Eve menu that evening till 12 a.m.

More exciting New Year’s Eve events to check out:

Noon Year’s Eve at the Phoenix Zoo
455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, AZ 85008 | (602) 286-3800
Looking for a way to ring in the New Year with the kiddos? Look no further than Noon Year’s Eve at the Phoenix Zoo. Held from 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, December 31st, this fun event is timed perfectly so the kids will be awake to celebrate with you. Full of attractions and entertainment, visitors can expect to see tons of snow including a special snow area for toddlers, a snowball target practice area, live music, games, prize drawings and giveaways. The event comes to a close at noon with a special cider and juice toast for the kids to ring in the New Year! All Noon Year’s Eve activities are included with paid admission to the Zoo.

Rustler’s Rooste
8383 S. 48th St., Phoenix, AZ 85044 | (602) 431-6474
Get a taste of the Old West at Rustler’s Rooste, located on top of a hill near the Arizona Grand Resort and South Mountain Park and Preserve. They serve up some of the best burgers, ribs, seafood and burgers in town in a fun Western atmosphere. Here, you’ll also find a tin slide, cowboy hat-adorned staff, live country music every night and even a rattlesnake appetizer. And, from their patio, you get sweeping views of the entire city. Call (602) 431-6474 to make your reservation.

New Year’s Eve at The Top of the Rock
Phoenix Marriott Tempe at the Buttes, 2000 W. Westcourt Way, Tempe, AZ 85282 | (602) 431-2370
Enjoy a delectable dinner on New Year’s Eve while overlooking an amazing view of Tempe and the Phoenix Metro area. The Top of the Rock, located at the Phoenix Marriott Tempe at The Buttes, is featuring a special five course dinner menu and champagne toast for December 31st. Reservations are highly recommended. Please call (602) 431-2370 or reserve on OpenTable.com. Dinner and champagne toast is $89.95 per person. Dinner service is from 5:00 p.m. till 10:30 p.m.

The Watershed
5350 S. Lakeshore Dr., Tempe, AZ 85283 | (480) 756-0508
Spend New Year’s Eve at the lake! The Watershed is a local favorite and offers a one of a kind lakeside location in Tempe’s Lakes neighborhood. Enjoy live music from acoustic rock and funk band, FN Unplugged from 7:30 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. RSVP TODAY!

Midday Party at Dave & Buster’s
2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 966-9338
Join Dave & Buster’s for a family New Year’s Eve celebration! Dave & Busters is offering an exciting and FUN way for you & your family to ring in the New Year! Designed for families, this event will run from 5 – 8 PM. To learn more and purchase tickets, visit their event website!

Dave & Buster’s NYE Celebration 21+
2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 966-9338
Join Dave & Buster’s for an exclusive celebration to ring in the New Year! Their amazing options are available to help you Eat, Drink, Play, Party and Ring in the New Year! All packages include a dinner buffet of all your Dave & Buster’s favorites and play in the Million Dollar Midway & access to their Rooftop Roarin’ 20’s Country Swing Dancing event!! As a guest of the New Year’s Event, you will have access to the event space, as well as our Million Dollar Midway, packed to the rafters with games and simulators! Speaking of awesome gaming options, Unlimited Video Game Play will be added to each guest Power Card who purchases our VIP package! This option will allow you to play experience All-You-Can-Play FUN of our non-redemption games until Dave & Buster’s closes! Visit their event website for ticket information.

Main Event Entertainment
8545 S. Emerald Dr., Tempe, AZ 85284 | (480) 753-1200
Make it a New Year’s Eve to remember at Main Event! Main Event has the best deal for New Year’s Eve! All-You-Can-Play Activities or All-You-Can-Play Arcade Games beginning at 4 pm for only $10.95 per person. Visit the website for package prices, No reservations needed – just show up for fun!

Opa Life Greek Cafe
227 E. Baseline Rd., Tempe, AZ 85283 | (480) 292-8180
Ring in the New Year and dance to live music from the 1950s and 1960s at Opa Life Greek Cafe. Dancing is highly encouraged! There is a $10 cover charge for non-reserved seating. Doors open at 6 p.m. and guests can order food and beverages off of the Opa Life menu. The cover charge includes a complimentary New Year’s Eve Champagne Toast at 10 p.m.

Amy Griglak
Written Amy Griglak

Originally from California, Amy loves to travel, go for runs, read all kinds of books, enjoy all things Disney, drink caramel macchiatos and explore new places and old favorites with her husband and two kiddos.

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