Out with the old and in with the new. 2021 was certainly not as bad as 2020, but it had its issues. What year doesn’t? Maybe that’s why we look forward to sending the old year off with such fanfare, even as expectations for the new year are often clouded with uncertainty. For many, it’s more than a ritual, it’s a way of reconciling and taking stock, amongst friends and family. Not everybody is ready to throw caution to the wind and celebrate in the traditional ways, but for those of you who are looking for a fun outing, here are a few places with communal celebrations planned as the old year ticks down on Friday, December 31, and the new year begins anew.
The Amador Eatery & Entertainment District hosts the biggest New Year’s Eve party in town, with all five restaurants and bars combining forces for one giant end of the year extravaganza. $10 per person will get you access to all venues and a glass of bubbly for the midnight toast. For $40 per person, Chef Marc will prepare a special NYE early bird dinner from 5 –7 p.m., with a second seating from 7:30 p.m. until close. Also included are a glass of sparkling wine, and access to all venues and live music. The Glow Show begins at 6 p.m. Ages 21 and over after 9 p.m. To make reservations, call 575-541-7417.
Pecan Grill & Brewery goes all out this year with Black & Gold New Year’s Eve. The fun starts at 9 p.m. and, though there is no cover, if you want a booth, you’ll have to make reservations. DJ Smooth Groove kicks things off, with rock ‘n roll Reggae band Blaze the Nation taking you into the new year with a toast at midnight. For more information, visit the website. To make reservations, call 575-521-1099.
The Downtown Las Cruces Partnership once again presents the annual and very family friendly Las Cruces Chile Drop, at the Plaza de Las Cruces, starting at 9 p.m. The night features live music by The Memphis Band, plenty of local food trucks, and of course the dropping of a 19-foot chrome Chile featuring 400 feet of LED lighting! For more information, visit the Facebook page, or call 575-525-1955.
Or you could head south for Hotel Paso del Norte’s Roaring 20s New Year’s Eve Party. The historic John J. Pershing Ballroom is transformed into a 1920s speakeasy, bringing back all that glitz and glam from a more carefree time. $100 (plus $22 gratuity) gains you access from 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m., to enjoy action stations curated by Chef Jason, party flare, live music by Ryan G. Band and the obligatory champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight. More information and tickets available at the website.
El Paso’s newest hip and haunted venue, The Reagan, will also be serving up the celebratory magic for New Year’s Eve. For $120, they’ll team up with Trattoria Pancetta for a very special 5-course dinner, one at 6 p.m. for the early birds, the second at 8:30 p.m. for those who want to party the night away. Space is limited, so lock in your spot now! For tickets, visit the website, or call 915-497-3351.
Or, maybe food, champagne and burlesque dancers is more your style? Mesa Street Grill’s 10th annual Masquerade Party draws a full house every year, which means you’d better make your reservations now, before all seats are filled for both the early and late shows. $95 gets you in from 5-8 p.m., while $140 gets you in from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. To purchase tickets, visit the website, or call 915-532-1881.
And for something a little different, Speaking Rock presents a free 21 and over concert, starting at 7 p.m. Send 2021 packing with fists in the air, rocking out to local favorites The Ghetto Blaster, followed by alt-metal group Drowning Pool, and headlined by multi-platinum hit-makers Tonic. Doors open at 6 p.m. For more information, visit the website, or call 915-860-7777.
Back in Las Cruces, and a little more low-key, Amaro Winery & Tap Room presents live music by local chanteuse Daisy Blue, starting at 7 p.m. A $10 cover gets you party favors and a midnight toast. Kick back with handcrafted wines and New Mexico beer, as the old year dwindles down and a new one creeps into view. For more information, visit the Facebook page, or call 575-527-5310.
But let’s say you’re more of an early dinner and home in bed by midnight kind of person. There are several places to accommodate you, including:
- H. Lescombes Winery & Bistro presents its 4-Course New Year’s Eve Dinner starting at 5 p.m. You can find out more and reserve your space by calling 575-524-2408.
- Salud! de Mesilla is touting its “special bubbly and tapa extravaganza,” New Year’s Eve Bubbles 2021, from 6 – 9 p.m. $65 gets you 10 bubbly tastings and 10+ food pairings for an immersion experience. Call 575-323-3548 for info and reservations.
- Rio Grande Winery offers its chef-inspired menu, featuring a choice of whole Mediterranean Roasted Lamb, or Whole New Mexico Roasted Pig, and a glass of wine, from 4-6 p.m. $50 per person, or $90 per couple. Visit the website to make reservations, or call 575-201-3744.
- And the Mesquite Historic District’s newest bistro Willow + Blaine promises a special menu, paired with exceptional wines and handcrafted pre-prohibition cocktails in an elegant setting. Reserve a seat by calling 575-405-9444.
As always, there are celebrations and parties throughout the Mesilla Valley and surrounding areas, many of which are not included here. Google is your friend! Just remember, no matter how you choose to celebrate the end of 2021, please do it safely. We want you around to enjoy all that the Southwest has to offer, in 2022 and beyond. From everybody here at Hutton Broadcasting, Happy New Year!
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