Las Vegas New Year’s Eve: To Drink

You may have noticed a significant omission in our last New Year’s Eve story—after all, how could we write a party round-up without including one of the biggest party cities of them all? But that’s only because what’s planned in Las Vegas for 2012 is so big, it required its own day. Herewith, our guide to the best of New Year’s Eve festivities in the hotels on the strip:

For a straight up club experience, the Spectacular Spectacular at The Palms sounds like it will be just that, with Paul Oakenfold playing at Rain, the John Legend afterparty (more on that later) at Moon, Miss Nevada USA hosting at Ghostbar, and a horde of Playboy bunnies taking over the Playboy Club. Naturally we’d suggest the VIP pass, for unlimited access to a selection of top-shelf liquor from 10pm to 1am at all the venues. At the Venetian and Palazzo, there’s a similarly comprehensive situation, with their five combined bars hosting Midnight Mix from 10pm to 2am, while DJ Sam Ronson spins on the terrace at Lavo, in the Palazzo, from 9pm to midnight, finishing up with a major fireworks display.

For a loungey experience, the heavenly bodies of Cirque du Soleil will be lighting up the room at Gold Lounge at the Aria Hotel, while the heavenly bodies of the Kardashian siblings will be spread around town, hosting (for better or worse) what are sure to be hot tickets: Kim at Tao at the Venetian, Kourtney and Scott at Chateau Gardens at Paris Las Vegas, and Rob at Tryst at the Wynn. And make room for some nostalgia: Pamela Anderson will host at Studio 54 at the MGM Grand, a big goodbye bash at the 14 –year-old venue, which will be closing early next year, while starlet Taryn Manning will be hosting at Tabu with DJ Kid Jay.

Stay tuned for our guide to Las Vegas’ most lavish eateries, up next…

The Club World Awards

For the last six years the Club World Awards have been presented at a huge gala in Miami during the Winter Music Conference. Club World Magazine, formerly known as Club Systems International Magazine, is a book strictly for the club industry. I spoke to Club World Awards’ honcho Kerri Mason who told me that, “this year’s awards ceremony was canceled because of the perception that the economy would stop many from attending the WMC.” This turned out to be only partly true and according to Kerri, “the gala will be back on next year.” I am one of the twelve judges who vote on the people or organizations that have excelled in the past year and the votes are weighted so that you vote for the best, second best, and so on. I don’t know the names of the other judges as it is a big secret – I guess it’s so they can’t be bribed — but I am perceived to be above reproach and I’m therefore allowed to show myself. Here is this year’s ballot for your interest. I will reveal the winners here exclusively, tomorrow or Wednesday.

Rank 1-6 Best Superclub 6 Circa, Toronto 3 Palladium, Acapulco 1 Pacha, New York 4 Rain, Las Vegas 2 Pure, Las Vegas 5 The Pool at Harrah’s, Atlantic City

Rank 1-6 Best Club 5 Beta, Denver 1 Cielo, New York 2 LAX, Las Vegas 4 Ruby Skye, San Francisco 6 Stereo @ Parkwest, Miami 3 Smart Bar, Chicago

Rank 1-6 Best Lounge 3 Aero Bar, Miami Beach 4 Apple Lounge, West Hollywood 6 Mynt Lounge, Miami Beach 2 Playboy Club, Las Vegas 1 Tabu Ultra Lounge, Las Vegas 5 Slide, San Francisco

Rank 1-6 Best New 2 Beta, Denver 4 Home, St. Louis 5 Lavo, Las Vegas 1 Prive, Las Vegas 6 Shrine, Mashantucket 3 Versus, Los Angeles

Rank 1-6 Best Sound System 1 Advanced Audio Technology, Glo 4 FBP Group, Body English 5 Systems By Shorty, Splash Bar 2 Mike McCray of Sound Investment & Speed of Sound, Beta 3 Louis Puig & David Padilla, Stereo @ Parkwest 6 The Pool at Harrah’s

Rank 1-5 Best Lighting System 3 Aerobar, Miami Beach 1 Lighting Methods, Glo 5 FBP Group, Lavo 2 Lighting Methods, Palladium 4 SJ Lighting, Versus Rank 1-5 Best Video System 3 FBP Group, Lavo 2 Ohm Productions, Tattoo Bar 1 SJ Lighting & Sound Investment, Rokvegas 4 Mike McCray, Beta 5 US Communications, Hawaiian Tropic Zone

Rank 1-6 Best Interior Design 6 Aramik Gragosian, Versus 4 AvroKO, Lavo 5 Deepsleep Studio, Parkwest 1 Jeffrey Beers International, Fuse 2 Niemitz Design, Shrine 3 Seed Design, Christian Audigier

Promotion Rank 1-6 Best One-Off 1 DJ Am & Travis Barker at LAX 5 Labor Day with Kaskade and Deadmau5 at Wet Republic 2 Made, Pacha & AM Only present One Night Only 4 N9Ne Group presents Midsummer’s Night Dream 3 Made Event, Sunday School for Degenerates 6 Steve Lockwood, Vegas Blondeshell Awards

Rank 1-6 Best Party 2 Summer Surprise Series at Pure 6 Aquatic at The Pool at Harrah’s 1 Dance.Here.Now. at Cielo 3 Glow at Ibiza 5 Godskitchen at Body English 4 Perfecto at Rain

Technicians Rank 1-6 Best Resident DJ 5 Colette, Smart Bar Chicago 4 DJ Vice, Lavo Las Vegas 1 Francois K, Cielo New York 6 Oscar G, Space Miami 3 Paul Oakenfold, Rain Las Vegas 2 Victor Calderone, Pacha New York

Rank 1-6 Best Resident LJ 2 Eric Moyano, Bliss Lounge New Jersey 5 Eyeball, Mixx Atlantic City 3 Jeff Novak, LAX Las Vegas 4 Jose Vargas, Glo Westbury 6 Matt Beecher, mur.mur. Atlantic City 1 Timmy Lights, Pacha New York

Rank 1-5 Best Resident VJ 5 DVDJ G-Funk, Beta Denver 2 Eyeball, Mixx Atlantic City 4 Roonie G, Saddle Ranch Los Angeles 3 VJ Psyberpixie, Set 1 United Vision, Pacha New York

Rank 1-6 Best Sound Product 3 Cerwin Vega Passive Series Subs 1 Funktion-One Dance Stack Array Engineer 4 Sencore SP495 SoundPro EX 5 Martin Audio Omniline Micro-Line Array System 6 Crest Audio CC5200 Amplifier

Rank 1-6 Best DJ Product 6 Ultrasone Pro DJ Headphones 4 Stanton Da Scratch 3 Pioneer MEP-7000 & SEP-C1 5 Allen & Heath XONE:4D 2 Denon DN-HS5500 1 Traktor Scratch Pro 2 JBL VP Series

Best LED Product 2 Megalite Axis LED 1 MBT LED Panel 4 Elation Professional FlexLED Tape 3 American DJ Accu LED MH 5 Chauvet COLORdash BATTEN

Rank 1-5 Best Video Product 1 Edirol V-8 Video Mixer 5 Green Hippo Hippotizer V3 R2 Media Servers 2 DJScreen.com DJ Screen 3 Numark ArKaos GrandVJ software 4 Sencore/Lumagen RadianceXD

Rank 1-6 Best Lighting Product 1 Robe Color Wash 2500E AT 5 Elation Professional Design 300 Series 2 Martin Professional SmartMAC 6 MADRIX – LED Lighting Control Software 3 Road Hog Full Boar 4 Chauvet Q-Spot 250 LED

Rank 1-5 Best Effect Product 4 Omnisistem Magic Box 3 MediaLas Showlaser System Infinity 5 Technological Artisans ClubCat Laser 2 X-Laser XA100G Skywriter 1 Martin RGB Laser 1.6

People’s Choice Rank 1-6 Best DJ Set 4 Danny Tenaglia “Futurism” Party 1 DJ AM & DJ Jazzy Jeff at Shrine 2 Pacha NYC presents David Guetta 3 The Martinez Brothers, ÉTÉ D’AMOUR 6 Kaskade, SF Love Fest 5 Erick Morillo at Tao Memorial Day Weekend

Service Rank 1-5 Best Bottle Service 5 Christian Audigier, Las Vegas 1 LAX, Las Vegas 4 Shrine, Mashantucket 3 Tabu Ultra Lounge, Las Vegas 2 The Bank, Las Vegas