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Your Guide to the Guides: New Year's Eve

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If you're still trying to figure out your plans for New Year's Eve eating, imbibing or dancing, we're giving you a guide to all the guides. We've got all your bases covered, whether you're a raver, scenester, hipster, teetotaler, shot caller, broke girl, gay guy or homesick New Yorker.

PARTY: You can do it on a boat, train or coliseum, but The Los Angeles Times has the most comprehensive list of places to ring in 2012. The $20 cover at Bootie LA at The Echoplex is the cheapest thing on the list for the over-21 set but if you wanted to go all out, you could blow $250 for the 2-day event White Wonderland New Year's Eve Gala in Anaheim. LA Weekly goes the less-is-more route and picks the 10 best events in LA — fireworks in Marina Del Rey tops the list. Citysearch's list is for grown-ups who don't want to be puked on (keywords: "intimate," "low key"). If downtown's your scene, blogdowntown has a round-up for you.Caroline on Crack found all the places that have open bars, if you don't want to worry about a bar tab. Gay West Hollywood lets you know where the gays are hanging. It sounds like the Broke Girls are going to do the really broke girl thing and stay in, but the list they put together seems more like a guide of how to go broke. While there is at least one free event — Swingin' 60s NYE at Oldfield's Liquor Room — and some reasonable ones, their list has some of the priciest events, including one package at The Sayers Club that costs $3,500. But, hey, if Prince shows up, it's TOTALLY WORTH IT.

Remember, if you don't have a designated driver and don't want to cab it, call up AAA's tipsy tow or consider going Metro for free. If you do stay in this weekend, there's no shame: our own TV Junkie has you covered.

MUSIC: If you care a lot about what songs are playing while you make out at midnight (or 1 or 2), there's a guide for you. LA Weekly's West Coast Sound Blog has a round-up of DJ-driven events tonight and tomorrow. The Los Angeles Times has a guide of music events going on all weekend (including Best Coast and Wanda Jackson at the Nokia, which is not very New Years-y but still awesome). LAist spoke with China Forbes of Pink Martini about her New Year's Show at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

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EAT: The Los Angeles Times has not just one but two lists of places to dine for New Year's Eve. If you want to try someplace different, LA Weekly has a list of new restaurants that are appropriate for the New Year. If you're broke, the altweekly has a list of cheap places to dine, too. Eater LA has a top 10 list that includes a handy map. Where LA, which caters to out-of-towners, has a round-up of New Year's events but its dining list is especially strong so we're putting it here.

If you have a Los Angeles New Year's Eve secret you want to share, tell us in the comments.