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Oct 16, 2012 12:33 PM

Fireworks New Years Eve 2012/2013

We are going to be in Las Vegas this NYE. We love good food (tend toward local/organic, but only thing we do not eat is pork), fireworks, theatre, and music. We are not too interested in party crowds and casinos.

I've been told they shoot the fireworks from the roofs of casinos. If it's going to be cold, cold, cold, it would be nice to watch the fireworks from somewhere warm and higher up. Since we have tickets for an early show, we are thinking of a late(r) dinner with views.

We'll be in the vicinity of S Las Vegas Blvd (The Strip) and Flamingo Rd. Will there be any public transport up and down The Strip? If not, it needs to be within a mile of that intersection...

What recommendations do people have for a romantic party of two?


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  1. It is complete mayhem in Vegas and gridlock on the strip/downtown for NYE.
    Maybe your best bet is at the Palms which is off the strip and have dinner at Alize and party at the Playboy Club and don't leave and ask for a high floor room facing the strip.
    You need to make reservations now since Vegas sells out fast.

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    1. re: Beach Chick

      My husband was looking at the Palms, but we probably would like to experience a little of the strip on NYE . We do already have hotel reservations at Platinum and I've seen that people watch the fireworks from its roof. Palms is across the freeway, about 1.2 miles from the strip, while Platinum is less than 1/2 mile from the strip.

      Anyone know what the restaurant at the Platinum Hotel is like?

      1. re: sfpcnik

        "Anyone know what the restaurant at the Platinum Hotel is like?"

        Open for breakfast and lunch only.

        Best viewing from there is Voodoo Lounge on top of the Rio. Voodoo restaurant only one floor below. **Usually** free entrance to the club from the restaurant. But I would check with the manager of the restaurant, double check with the manager of the club and triple check with hotel manager.

        If you are staying in the Platinum, try to get room facing east, towards the strip. If you get that lucky, pick a restaurant in the Palms that isn't having a party and have an early dinner, watch the fireworks from your room. Or make friends with somebody who does have an east facing room. If all else fails, do what many locals do. Get thee to the upper deck of the Rio's parking garage. PERFECT view of the strip. After the fireworks, walk to the Strip and take in the madness.

        1. re: shamu613

          I think you mean a west facing room. The Platinum is east of the Strip. Therefore, any east facing rooms will be facing away from the Strip.

    2. Expect it to be very, very cold on NYE. Are you looking for a restaurant to watch the fireworks? The Strip is closed to all but pedestrian traffic. You'll need to walk. Anywhere high up and within a mile of Flamingo and the Strip will only in a casino. The Playboy Club has been closed since June of this year.

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      1. re: Eric

        Yes, I'm expecting it to be cold. Wool tights under long pants really help - scarf/hat/gloves don't necessarily ruin the look...

        And yes, I'm thinking of a restaurant from which we could watch the fireworks. Do we miss some of the show if we're not on the street looking up?