Time for Tahoe’s New Year’s bash — And pubclub.com can hose off, eh?
Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority and tahoeactivities.com certainly suggest that Lake Tahoe is a fun place for New Year’s Eve.
They call it “Blue Year’s Eve” and paint a picture of Lake Tahoe Boulevard as Blue Avenue, where locals and visitors can enjoy nightlife, gaming, dining, shopping, entertainment and events. They detail many options available, from nightclubs to family events, snowsports to cruises around the Alpine lake.
But take heed: The folks at pubclub.com are not big fans, labeling the area as one of its places to avoid on New Year’s Eve, along with New York City and Los Angeles:
“Lake Tahoe. There was a time when this was one of the best NYE places in the States. Unfortunately, that time has passed. The main street is clogged with revelers, same as always, but lately the peace-loving breed has been replaced by a bunch of mulletheads. These are idiots who think having a good time consists of throwing beer bottles and picking fights. The best part about Tahoe for New Year’s is being on the top of Heavenly mountain on a sunny New Year’s Day looking down at the gorgeous blue lake below. Then skiing down to the Tahoe Pub at the end of the day for a treat that is far too rare in this country — a cold Canadian brew on tap.
“Top Tip: Lake Tahoe is actually an area containing several resorts. The South Shore is the most happening place, especially for tourists. The North Shore is more composed as it is comprised primarily of people from San Francisco who have weekend cottages.
“Weather: We were there in 2002 and it was awesome. But as at any place with ski resorts, it could be cold, snowing, breezy … Definitely pack a ski jacket.”
Take warning, but take it with a grain of salt: After all, this is a Web site that unironically uses the phrases “happening place” and “ski jacket,” and seems a little scared that it might snow in the middle of winter in the Sierra. New Orleans, Vegas, Miami and Key West got much higher marks, which prompts a little reminder: pubclub evidently doesn’t like mullets.
(And isn’t it a little hypocritical to extol the virtues of Canadian beer while ripping on people with mullets? How can you have one without the other? Not to mention the profusion of good beverages here in California — Mount Tallac’s amber ale springs to mind.)
For people willing to forsake those cottages, the South Shore would seem to have quite a few options, for a variety of levels of composure:
The avenue gets bluer around Stateline on Blue Year’s Eve, particularly near the MontBleu Resort Casino and Spa, which plays host to two big New Year’s events: the Ultra Ball New Year’s Eve Celebration and the Midnight Blu New Year’s Eve celebration. The doors of the Opal Ultra Lounge open for the former at 8 p.m., and tickets are $40 in advance or $50 at the door, with a $75 “bounce pass” to the Midnight Blu party, which begins at the same time at the Blu Nightclub, and in turn offers a bounce pass for the Ultra Ball. In addition, magician Rick Thomas wraps up five nights of shows with a 9 p.m. performance.
Nearby at Harveys, DJ Slick D and Hard Nox play the Hard Rock Café from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., while Allen Havey and Mark Reedy finish off a six-night stand at The Improv.
Harrah’s invites partygoers to ring in the New Year with style at VEX Nighclub’s New Year’s Eve party, which features a laser show, house DJs and go-go dancers. The price of admission includes champagne until midnight and party favors.
The Hard Rock Cafe inside Harveys will have DJ Slick featuring HARDKNOX starting at 10 p.m. Tickets are $35 in advance and $50 at the door and include a champagne toast. Go to http://www.hardrocklaketahoe.tix.com
One of two New Year’s Eve cruises departs from Zephyr Cove Resort in Nevada at 6:30 p.m. Passengers on the MS Dixie II can enjoy a sit-down dinner, champagne toast, a band, a magician and party favors. The cruise returns at 10 p.m. There also will be a cruise out of the Ski Run Marina in California: The Tahoe Queen departs at 9 p.m. and returns at 12:45 a.m. The price of the cruise includes a toast, dinner, a band, party favors, tax and a surcharge.
Farther out — and far out! — Kirkwood Mountain Resort is holding a disco for kids from 7-10 p.m. in the Red Cliffs Day Lodge, and families might want to stay to take in the annual fireworks show and torchlight parade.
And they’ll definitely want pack a ski jacket: It could be snowing, and who would want to have to deal with that?