While Payson may not play host to the world’s greatest New Year’s party, taking place in Times Square, there are still plenty of places to raise a glass with friends and celebrate. Here are seven places to bring in 2009.
Mazatzal Hotel and Casino
Celebrate 2009 with a prime rib and lobster tail dinner prepared by chefs at Mazatzal Casino for $50 including a champagne toast at midnight. The ’50s themed party will also have pianist Paul Penning, the Stilettos and mentalist Massimo on hand to entertain throughout the night. Doors open at 6 p.m., with dinner served at 7 p.m.
The casino offers a complimentary shuttle service with pickup to and from home at the beginning and end of the night. To make reservations, call (800) 777-7529, ext. 1001.
Coffee lovers can roast in the new year at Fireside Espresso in the Swiss Village Shops on Beeline Highway. Everyone is welcome to come, play board games, sing karaoke or just hang out with family, said owner Amy Anderson. Patrons can enjoy a slice from the Pizza Factory while listening to live music and ring in the new year with a sparkling cider toast. Festivities start around 7 p.m. and continue until 1 a.m. No alcohol will be served.
Creekside Steak House
If steak is more your forte, head over to the Creekside Steak House on the loop at Christopher Creek for a stripped shrimp, seafood bisque, prime rib and scallops dinner.
The Ron Gibson band will provide entertainment and dancing is optional. Dinner will be served from 5 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Cost is $49.95 and includes a toast at midnight. There is a $10 cover fee, waived if you eat there.
For more information, call (928) 478-4389.
The Buffalo Bar and Grill
The local band Code Blue will help you bring in 2009 at the Buffalo Bar and Grill, at 311 S. Beeline Highway, starting at 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. There are no cover fees and party favors and food will be served. From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., a dinner special of sirloin for two is $19.95.
Rim Country Lanes
Rim Country Lanes will host adult and family celebrations Wednesday. A family bowling party will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Rent a lane for two hours, including shoe rental, for $40. There will be free games and an apple cider toast at 8:30 p.m.
The adult party starts goes from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Unlimited bowling is only $20 per person. A champagne toast is offered along with party favors and a prize wheel. For more information, call (928) 474-9589.
Kohl’s Ranch Lodge
The historic Kohl’s Ranch Lodge, 17 miles east of Payson, is offering a New Year’s getaway package. For $125, two guests can enjoy an overnight stay in a lodge room, a rib eye and king crab legs dinner at the Zane Grey Steakhouse and a champagne toast at midnight.
Joe and Kathryn Miracle will provide live entertainment starting at 9 p.m. For more information, call (928) 478-4211.
The Elks Lodge
The Elks Lodge, at 1206 N. Beeline Highway, is offering a New Year’s bash for members and guests starting at 6 p.m. with cocktails and dinner at 7 p.m. Cost of admission is $15 and one nonperishable food item to be donated to Marcy’s Kids. Dinner will be beef Wellington, Italian wedding soup, baby green beans, scalloped potatoes and dessert. Brooks and Yoder will provide live entertainment.