Holidays

Spend New Year’s Eve in Tempe

I think we can all agree that 2021 is a year that we’re all ready to welcome with open arms! Here are a few Tempe restaurants where you can have dinner, dine-in or to-go, and ring in the New Year in a way that’s perfect for you.  

You can also visit the Downtown Tempe Authority website to find a list of New Year’s Eve events that are happening in bars and restaurants in Downtown Tempe.  

Alter Ego at the Canopy by Hilton Tempe Downtown

108 E. University Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (602) 612-7871  
Ring in the New Year with dinner at Alter Ego. There will be two seating times, 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. and dinner will be $65 per person plus tax and gratuity. Wine pairings can be added for $35 per person. Reservations are required and dinner guests can also go to Alibi, the rooftop bar, after dinner until 1 a.m. Make a reservation on Open Table or call (602) 612-7871. View the NYE menu on the Alter Ego website.   

House of Tricks

114 E. 7th St., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 968-1114 
Raise a complimentary glass of bubbly on New Year’s Eve to accompany your meal. It’s House of Tricks’ gift to you, and the perfect way to kick 2020 to the curb. Celebrate the evening in your own way; whether it’s a four-course dinner deluxe, or simply cocktails and starters to round out the year. Their chefs are creating three outstanding daily specials for New Year’s Eve, including: 

STARTER: Seared honey-glazed scallops with edamame succotash and soft, creamy grits 
ENTREE: Cornmeal & rosemary crusted prime rib with cheddar-garlic au gratin potatoes, smoked au jus, braised Swiss chard and horseradish butter 
DESSERT: Pistachio crème brûlée with candied orange and chocolate sables   

House of Tricks will offer their full menu, plus specials from 5-10 p.m. for curbside pickup or dine-in. Reservations are highly recommended. Visit https://www.houseoftricks.com/events/new-years-eve-party/ for more information.  

Bar Louie

Tempe Marketplace | 2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (602) 609-6400
Give 2020 a proper send off at Bar Louie at Tempe Marketplace. They’ll be open until 1 a.m. on New Year’s Eve. If you’re more comfortable spending the evening at home, order online from Bar Louie and get 20% off with the code “LATER2020”.

Top of the Rock at Phoenix Marriott Resort Tempe at The Buttes

2000 W. Westcourt Way, Tempe, AZ 85282 | (602) 431-2370 
Ring in the New Year with awesome views of the city skyline at Top of the Rock. They are serving dinner from 5-10 p.m. and reservations are available by calling or through Open Table. View the full menu on their Instagram page.  

Amuse Bouche: Imported cured meats and cheeses, hazelnut croquant and nectarine mostarda 
Choice of soup of salad: Warm Vichyssoise or Jumbo Scallops Tataki 
Choice of Entrée: Prime Filet Mignon or Grass-Fed Venison Loin, Slow Roasted Ora King Salmon, Breast of Duck or Charred Fennel and Beluga Lentils 
And a Dessert Duo 

Top of the Rock in Tempe at sunset

Culinary Dropout

149 S. Farmer Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 240-1601 
Tempe’s Culinary Dropout will be open on New Year’s Eve from 11 a.m. to midnight. Specials offered from 4 p.m. to close include Rock Shrimp and Scallop Bouillabaisse and a NYE Cocktail Trio with bubbly wine, a choice of a Culinary Dropout signature cocktail and spiced whiskey. Visit their website for more New Year’s Eve info. Reservations are highly recommended.  

Four Peaks Brewing Company

1340 E. 8th St. #104, Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 303-9967
Reserve your spot at the “86 2020 NYE Beer Dinner” at Four Peaks on 8th Street. Seating times are at 4:30 and 4:45 p.m. Tickets are $65 per person and include a 5-course meal paired with beers, a champagne toast, a special gift from Four Peaks and a discount code from Lyft for a safe ride to and from the brewery. Order your tickets and view the menu

Tracy Dempsey Originals

1323 W. University Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (602) 376-9021 
Make your New Year’s Eve at home special with a tray or savory or sweet treats for two from Tracy Dempsey Originals. The Cocktail & Champagne Worthy savory tray for two people is $45 and the Cookies, Chocolates and Cake Bites tray for two is $30. The savory option will have delicious bites such as baked brie and crackers, martini buttons and bacon wrapped dates. The sweet tray will include items such as flourless chocolate cake, shortbreads and chocolate dipped strawberries. Order yours by 10 a.m. on Christmas Day for pick-up next week. Visit the holiday page on the Tracy Dempsey Originals website for more info.

You can also order sparkling wine or champagne in prices ranges from mid-$20 to mid-$60.

Salut Kitchen & Bar

1435 E. University Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 625-3600
Dine at the charming restaurant Salut Kitchen & Bar. Maintaining their restaurant hours of 3-10 p.m. and Happy Hour specials from 3-6 p.m. You’ll devour delicious Mediterranean and American cuisine with a European flair and enjoy more than 100 wines by the glass or bottle. Experience a lovely evening with delectable food and ambiance to get you ready for the New Year. 

Zoppé Circus Live: A Drive-In Socially Distance Event

1500 N. McClintock Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281
Enjoy a historic multi-media event with a unique experience at the Zoppé Circus Live: A Drive-In Socially Distance Event at Big Surf Waterpark, December 26, 2020 through January 4, 2021. Gates open one hour before show and close 15 minutes after show starts. Click here for the New Year’s Eve show.

Toni Smith
Written Toni Smith

An Arizona native, Toni Smith loves to dine out, conquer hiking trails, go to concerts and survive hot yoga classes. She has also never met a dog she didn’t love instantly. She lives in Tempe with her husband and daughter.

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