Here are 11 ways to celebrate New Year's Eve in Las Vegas -- whether with synchronized fireworks or concerts by the likes of Bruno Mars, John Legend, Kristin Chenoweth and Maroon 5 -- and two ways to recover. Among the choices:
Seven Strip hotels will herald the New Year with a synchronized fireworks display. The Stratosphere is offering a Tower VIP Party. For $350, guests will have access to all the activities on levels 103, 104 and 108, including a four-hour, premium-brand open bar, food stations, DJs, dancers and spectacular views of the pyrotechnics. Info and reservations: (800) 998-6937.
The viewing platform atop the Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas will provide prime fireworks viewing from 460 feet above the Strip. For $200, guests will receive admission to the deck (limited to no more than 80 people), endless Domaine Chandon from 11 p.m. to midnight and a photograph. Reservations: (702) 777-7776.
The party at the Mandarin Oriental promises to be a refined affair. The hotel's 23rd floor will be the site of a gala that includes live music and dancing. At midnight, the floor-to-ceiling windows will afford good views of the fireworks. General admission is $150 per person. Tables at Mandarin Bar and Tea Lounge start at $500. Info and reservations: (702) 590-8882.
New Year's Eve is the only time all year long that admission is charged at the Fremont Street Experience. A $40 wristband, available at various entry points, provides access from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., with concerts by Blues Traveler, Loverboy and Vince Neil. Guests must be 21 or older. Info: (702) 678-5777.
You can avoid the crowds and the high prices with the Skip the Strip bash at the Silverton at the Blue Diamond exit from I-15. For $20, you get an all-you-can-drink from 7-10 p.m., plus admission to the DJ dance party starting at 10 p.m. Info and tickets: (702) 263-7777.
Downtown restaurant Park on Fremont doesn't care whether Jan. 1 diners show up for the Hangover Brunch in their party frocks or their PJs. No promises, but the Ranch Skillet - a mix of sausage, onions, peppers, cheese and salsa served over a bed of red potatoes – may be just what's needed to kick-start 2014. Info: (702) 834-3160.