A peek at New Year’s Eve in Maricopa

By Robert Soares

December 29, 2012 - 2:57 pm
Disco balls will be shining New Year's Eve in Maricopa; these are at UltraStar Multi-tainment Center. Robert Soares photo

If you’re looking for live music, a dinner buffet, a Scottsdale night club experience or a Mardi Gras themed casino party, you don’t have to leave Maricopa to find it on New Year’s Eve, and you certainly don’t have to drive to your destination yourself.

O’Shays Pub & Grill

O’Shays Pub & Grill kitchen manager Pete Arvizu said he is “hoping for all of Maricopa” to show up at the restaurant’s New Year’s Eve party.

The party will take place 10 p.m. Monday to 2 a.m. Tuesday. There will be $1 Jell-O shots and some surprise drink specials.

Arvizu said last year’s party was “extremely busy” and the same is expected this year.

The pub is at 20800 N. John Wayne Parkway, No. 101.

Raceway Bar & Grill

The restaurant, 49237 W. Papago Road, will be open 11 a.m. Monday until 2 a.m. Tuesday.

A special dinner buffet starts at 7 p.m. and is $35 per plate with choices such as prime rib, stuffed pork loin, pasta, lemon caper chicken, and more. Buffet reservations are filling up fast. Reservations can be made by calling 520-568-0808.

There will be live rock and country music courtesy of The East Side Boyz and includes a $10 cover charge.

Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino

Harrah’s invites you to celebrate the New Year Mardi Gras style.

Starting at noon on Monday, every 15 minutes there will a parade of music and staff in Mardi Gras outfits until 5:45 p.m. There will be prizes of $100 to $500 in Free Slot Play during this time.

At 6 p.m. one winner will be guaranteed $2,013 in cash.

UltraStar Multi-tainment Center

For family fun and games, UltraStar’s movie theater will open 9:30 a.m. Monday with the last show time at 11:30 p.m. The bowling alley will be open at 9:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.

If you are looking for a night club feel, the recently opened UltraStar Multi-tainment Center will be holding a party in its 21 and up nightclub Luxe Lounge with a balloon drop at midnight. The club will be open until 2 a.m. Tuesday.

There will be surprise drink specials and live music from 9 p.m. Monday to 1 a.m. Tuesday. The band Marble Heart will perform; no cover charge.

UltraStar manager Casey St. Pierre is no stranger to the night club business as an experienced Scottsdale club manager. He said he hopes to bring Scottsdale nightlife to Maricopa, and has featured popular Scottsdale DJs at Luxe Lounge.

The casino and multi-tainment center are located off State Route 347 just south of Maricopa.


As New Year’s Eve festivities get underway, the Maricopa Police Department has coordinated additional manpower to patrol the streets and implement a roving impaired driver task force. The city of Maricopa wants to provide residents with safe transportation options by offering special late night runs of the COMET shuttle service.

Shuttle service will begin at 10 p.m. and is $1 per person for a one-way trip. Interested riders can begin calling for reservations at 7 a.m. Monday and until 2 a.m. Tuesday.

Riders can be picked up from their homes or any Maricopa location, including Harrah’s Ak-Chin and UltraStar Multi-tainment Center.

To make a reservation for shuttle service, call 602-740-6579.

For residents who are going to drink this holiday, the Maricopa Police Department encourages carpooling with friends and a designated driver.


The use of fireworks is prohibited within city limits. However, use of novelty items are permitted, such as snappers, party poppers, glow worms and sparklers.




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