Spend New Year’s Eve in Tempe

It’s time to ring in 2018! And, more importantly, time to decide where to celebrate New Year’s Eve! Tempe has everything from champagne balls, live music, luminarias, 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 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:

What better way to celebrate NYE than with fireworks at midnight, brought to you by Four Peaks Brewing Company, and a hearty dose of fun in Downtown Tempe. Check out these awesome parties happening in Downtown Tempe:

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
Head to El Hefe and Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row in Downtown Tempe for their 2018 Champagne Ball! Two parties, one ticket! You can’t miss this 3rd Annual Champagne Ball, featuring a 40 ft. stage in the middle of 6th St. with performances by AZ’s top local DJs. Confetti blasts, champagne inflatables, ball drop and champagne tubs – all in one spot. General admission tickets are $20 and VIP tickets are $40. Visit to purchase tickets.

Cabin Tempe
410 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 968-0663
Ring in the New Year at one of the newest additions to Downtown Tempe’s nightlife, Cabin Tempe. They’re offering two floors of bottles, kegs, Jell-O shots, and everything else you’ll need for the perfect house party! Sounds by DJ T3, hosted by Natasha Castles from LIVE 101.5.  Call 480-400-9328 ASAP to reserve a table or your own personal keg.

Fat Tuesdays New Year’s Blow Out
Centerpoint on Mill, 680 S. Mill Ave. #106, Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 967-3917
Fat Tuesday Tempe has been throwing the biggest New Years Eve party for the last 27 years. Head to Fat Tuesdays on Sunday, December 31st to send 2017 off with a bang. Ring in the New Year on their huge extended patio and dance your bootie off on one of their two dance floors with four DJs. Grab a drink from one of their three bars., and don’t miss the champagne toast at midnight. The party is from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. Visit to purchase tickets.

Handlebar Tempe
680 S. Mill Ave. #109, Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 474-4888
Get Lucky in 2018 at Handlebar Tempe! Try your luck at midnight and all night long with a raffle for a 50 inch TV and various prizes at midnight, or give the shot prize wheel a spin for various prizes such as Handlebar SWAG and extra TV raffle tickets. Enjoy complimentary champagne toast at midnight along with drink and shot specials through out the evening.

Shady Park Tempe
26 E. University Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 474-4222
Spend New Years Eve at Shady Park! Get ready for a night filled with live electronic music by 
Electric Mantis + LYFTD, art and surprises under the trees and stars! Champagne Toast at Midnight for all guests! Purchase tickets at

Culinary Dropout at the Yard Tempe
149 S. Farmer Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 240-1601
Tickle your taste buds on New Year’s eve at Culinary Dropout at the Yard Tempe! Guests will be able to enjoy a special menu that evening including choices such as an antipasti spread, smoked salmon toast, BBQ pork ribs, rainbow trout, chocolate s’mores pudding, and of course, Brut Champagne. The kitchen is open until 12 a.m., and the bar will be open until 1 a.m. Call (480) 240-1601 to make your reservation.

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 Sunday, 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 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. To make this night extra special, guests will enjoy a champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight. 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 three course dinner menu and champagne toast for December 31st. Reservations are highly recommended. Please call (602) 431-2370 or reserve on Dinner and champagne toast is $75 per person.

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. They will offer their full menu or you can order the NYE Special for $49.99, which includes surf and turf and champagne toast. From 8 p.m. to close, they’ll have The Sink or Swim Band live on stage! RSVP TODAY!

Party at Dave & Buster’s
2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 966-9338
Ring in the New Year at Dave & Buster’s at Tempe Marketplace with games, dinner, drinks and more family fun! Enjoy an appetizer buffet, unlimited soft drinks, a $20 or $25 Power Card and so much more! To learn more and purchase tickets, visit

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! Everyone will enjoy the prize-filled Balloon Drop at 4 p.m. – everyone wins! There will be a complimentary champagne toast at midnight, fun party favors and an interactive photo booth. The New Year’s Eve Package includes all you can play activities – bowling, billiards, laser tag and more. And guests won’t go hungry either – the package includes dinner too! Visit the website for package prices, No reservations needed – just show up for fun!

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.