On New Year's Eve in Albuquerque, there's nothing quite like counting down to midnight in the company of loved ones and friends. If you're looking for an exciting lead-up to the big moment, it's easy to find festive parties, live music, and more to ring in the new year.
The hotel hosts its annual New Year's Eve bash, which this year features the theatrical music of Vanilla Pop. Ready yourself for sequins and flamboyant antics. Admission includes dinner, dancing, and drinks and the hotel typically offers a special room package for those that want to spend the night.
Why restrict yourself to a single venue when the Albuquerque Tourism & Sightseeing Factory and New Mexico Entertainment Magazine have teamed up to organize a bar crawl? Guests will be transported by private trolley to five bars: O'Neill's Pub, Kelly's Brew Pub, The Copper Lounge Matanza Beer Kitchen, and Guild Cinema. There will be no need to wait in the lines at the door and food and drink specials will be available at each venue. You may want to book fast though, since the hosts cap the participants to 34 people for the evening.
Ring in the new with a bit of the old. The Route 66 Casino Hotel's Legend auditorium brings to the stage the iconic sounds of Louis Prima Junior and the Witnesses. This musical group brings back the swinging and jazzing stylings of the famous Italian-American singer Louis Prima, who is best known for hit songs like "Pennies From Heaven" and "When You're Smiling."
After the performance, guests can toast with tequila and chow down on perfectly seared steaks at the Thunder Road Steakhouse & Cantina. For the super-hungry party goers, the hotel also offers Buffet 66 Fresh Market, providing an all-you-can-eat-buffet.
Another option for ringing in 2020 is to attend a party in historic Old Town Albuquerque. Hotel Albuquerque typically offers a package deal for two featuring a party at the hotel's QBar Lounge. Packages include a great time at the QBar with a champagne toast at midnight, accommodations for two, breakfast for two on New Year's Day, and free parking.