LAS VEGAS - New Year's Eve is the biggest night of the year for Las Vegas Boulevard. Hundreds of thousands of people will pack the 4.2-mile Strip to usher in 2012.
The packed and festive atmosphere that attracts so many people here year after year, however, is exactly what others want to avoid.
Scottie Godino owns Born and Raised Tavern and Lounge near Buffalo Drive and Warm Springs Road. The bar's distance from the Strip and downtown is one of its selling points for locals who wish to avoid the crowds New Year's Eve.
"The mayhem, it's great, but it's a crazy party down there… We're trying to alleviate the stress of people having to drive down there. They can come here," Godino said. "We had a party last year. It was pretty successful. I think we give an option that most don't. It feels like a lounge feel where you can kind of hang with the people, have a good time, get dressed up, be in an appropriate place and not have to deal with the Strip."
Born and Raised expects 100 to 150 people Saturday night. The bar will offer bottle specials, a DJ and complimentary champagne at midnight.
New Year's Eve revelers can choose from a number of local bars and taverns throughout the valley. If you wish to party at a casino, you actually have more options off the Strip than on it. The Cannery, Sam's Town, and M Resort are among the many casinos throwing parties this holiday weekend.
"It's a lot of work. The biggest challenge is the banquets. A lot of the banquet staff in town work at multiple properties, and it takes a lot of work to be able to put together the staff and make sure we have the adequate staff," said M Resort General Manager Jody Lake.
This is the M's third New Year's Eve since it opened. The casino offers free entertainment and plenty of space for both locals and tourists.
"It's a great crowd for us, great level of energy, a lot of excitement, and it's the busiest night of the year by far," Lake said.
For those who wish to stay home New Year's Eve, 8 News NOW will have live coverage of the New Year's Eve festivities beginning at 10 p.m.