22 Places To Party On New Year's Eve In Los Angeles
If you're still looking for some place to party in Los Angeles for New Year's Eve, we've got you covered. There are dance parties where you can let your hair down, all-night concerts, block parties, carnaval and Great Gatsby-themed soirees, and even a bash on a boat.
And if you're planning on getting tipsy while you ring in the new year, plan ahead so you won't be drinking and driving. Metro buses and trains will be free from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. All Metro trains, including the Orange and Silver Lines, will be running all night into the wee hours of the morning; however, for those traveling after 2 a.m., you'll have to pay a fare. Metro Day Passes are valid until 3 a.m. Here's some info on DUI checkpoints in the area.
Not all NYE parties have to cost an arm and a leg. Actually, downtown L.A.'s Grand Park throws a pretty epic bash every year—and it's free. This year, they're expecting to have triple the space and double the crowd of last year. They'll have three music stages with local acts like Mr Little Jeans and Breakestra, and KCRW DJs like Garth Trinidad and Chris Douridas spinning on the ones and twos. Over 30 food vendors will be whipping up goodies so you won't have to go hungry while you stay out all night. There will be 3D video projection mapping over the 22-story City Hall as the countdown to midnight takes place, and you can snap some pictures with your besties in a photo booth at the event. However, keep in mind that this is an alcohol-free event, so you'll have to pre-party and leave your booze at home. If you take the Metro Red Line or Purple Line, ride for free and get off at Civic Center/Grand Park Station at the 1st Street exit, or the Gold Line at Union Station. There's also a free bike valet at at Hill and Second St. The event runs from 7:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Grand Park is located at 210 North Grand Avenue, downtown
Harvard & Stone
East Hollywood's Harvard & Stone is throwing its fourth annual NYE bash with burlesque dancers, and a bevy of musical entertainment—from DJs spinning to bands rocking out (specifically Jesse Hughes of Boots Electric and Eagles of Death Metal). And they'll provide the bubbly for you'll to toast at midnight. Tickets are $25 if you purchase them in advance (buying them here or emailing them at email@example.com), and $30 at the door if any tickets are left. Party kicks off at 9 p.m. and ends at 2 a.m.
Harvard & Stone is located at 5221 Hollywood Blvd., East Hollywood, (323) 466-6063
Unique USA's 2014 NYE Bash
The folks behind craft fair Unique L.A. are throwing a NYE bash at their Unique Space downtown. From 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., the joint will be transformed into a Roaring '20s ball. And since these are some creative peeps, we can only imagine what they'll do for decorations and costumes. An all-inclusive $75 ticket will get you drinks, appetizers, desserts, a midnight pizza party (which the kid in us approves), photo portraits, and champagne for a toast at midnight.
Unique Space is located at 1275 E. 6th Street, downtown L.A., (213) 486-9821
Over in downtown Long Beach, they're ringing in the new year with a block party and concert with Fitz And The Tantrums headlining. The rest of the lineup isn't too bad either with openers like Youngblood Hawke and Mystery Skulls. They're closing off three blocks of Pine Avenue between First and Fourth Streets and planting three music stages and 12 bars (so you can definitely get your drink on here). The event kicks off at 8 p.m., followed by a midnight countdown, and then dancing until 2 a.m. At 9 p.m., they'll be celebrating the East Coast countdown (for whatever reason) with a fireworks show coming from Rainbow Harbor's lighthouse peninsula. Tickets are $25 if you purchase online, and if there are any still available on the day of the event, it'll be $35 at the door.
Downtown Long Beach New Year's Eve will be held at Pine Avenue, between First and Fourth streets in downtown Long Beach
The Line Hotel's NYE Parties
The Line will be celebrating with parties at different spots throughout the hotel. At POT restaurant from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., they'll have a DJ spinning tunes while they serve special Korean pub food and drink specials—a $9 POT shot and Tiger Beer combo as well as a $5 sparkling wine toast. They don't accept reservations. Over in the POT Lobby Bar, they'll have DJs spinning with the same drink deals from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., with no cover charge. And upstairs in their greenhouse Commissary restaurant and bar, you can get a $30 all-you-can-drink sparkling wine deal starting at 10 p.m.
The Line is located at 3515 Wilshire Blvd., Koreatown, (213) 368-3030
New Year's Eve Masquerade At Pour Vous
Over at the Parisian-themed cocktail bar, Pour Vous, there will be a New Year's Eve masquerade ball with live music and burlesque performances. Tickets are $50, and that includes entrance plus a glass of bubbly for the midnight toast. And don't forget to wear your mask!
Pour Vous is located at 5574 Melrose Avenue, Larchmont, (323) 871-8699
Acabar's White Carnival
This Hollywood restaurant and lounge will be hosting a Brazilian-themed carnaval party to ring in the new year. There will be a DJ, samba dancers, capoeira performances in a drum circle of percussionists, and some delicious tasting menus. Some of their dishes they're serving that night include Wagyu Beef Carpaccio and Normandy Butter Poached Lobster. There are a couple of different dining seating options, for a four-course meal for $65 from 6 to 7 p.m. and a second seating from 7:45 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. for $125 per person. The second seating includes a champagne or cocktail toast. If you'd just like to hang out at the bar and watch the festivities, it's $30 to get in.
Acabar is located at 1510 N. Stanley Ave. in Hollywood, (323) 876-1400
We've got to say, the folks behind the Queen Mary know how to throw a party. For New Year's Eve, they are transforming the ship into an international fete. Partiers will get to go from room to room, celebrating the party lives from different countries including Italy, France, Spain, Greece, Morocco and Egypt. We're talking about live music and DJs, a Moulin Rouge cabaret performance, flamenco and belly dancers, snake charmers and dueling pianists, all leading up to a fireworks show at midnight. General admission is $99, and you can upgrade to VIP, dinner and hotel packages as well. The event kicks off at 8 p.m. and runs through to 1 a.m.
The Queen Mary is located at 1126 Queens Highway in Long Beach, (877) 404-3753
NYE Rapture At The Satellite
Sometimes all we need is a cheap dance party with DJs spinning some nostalgic tunes. Enter NYE Rapture at Silver Lake's the Satellite. From 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., they'll have DJs spinning an eclectic mix of '80s and '90s pop music, disco, R&B and alternative dance. And the best part is that it's only $10 to get in if you get there before 10 p.m., and $15 after that. We imagine that it'll be acceptable to bring out your best new wave outfit, so you can dust that off.
The Satellite is located at 1717 Silver Lake Boulevard, Silver Lake, (323) 661-4380
If you haven't been to any A Club Called Rhonda dance parties, you're missing out. It's the type of place where you can be you. According to the website, "Rhondapolis serves as the global center for self-expression so anything goes, as long as it’s fabulous!" This year, they're throwing a rager at downtown L.A.'s The Standard hotel from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m., with four stages featuring some sweet artists like Hot Chip, Etienne De Crecy and Peanut Butter Wolf. The general admission ticket comes with an open bar, and you won't have to tip. There's also champagne that will be served at midnight for the toast. The cheaper early bird tickets have already sold out, but $175 ones are still available.
The Standard is located at 550 South Flower, downtown
No Cover New Years At Angel City
Angel City Brewery is celebrating the New Year with things we're fond of—specialty brews, food trucks, and live music—starting at 9 p.m. And the best part is there's no cover to get in, which they've highlighted as the name of their event. There will be free party favors for the first 150 guests and a NYE toast at midnight.
Angel City Brewery is located at 216 South Alameda Street, downtown L.A., (213) 622-1261
You can ring in the new year at Santa Monica's Basement Tavern with a dance party. They'll have DJs and bands performing all night on their three levels, and for entertainment, there will be a psychic and a photobooth so you can snap some memories for the night. Tickets are $45 and can be bought online here.
Basement Tavern is located 2640 Main St., Santa Monica, (310) 396-2469
The folks behind OMFG! NYE are stepping up their game this year by offering not just one night, but three nights of live pulsating EDM tunes at the Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall. On Dec. 29, they'll have a lineup with Flosstradamus headlining, on Dec. 30 with Deorro and Madeon as the top billers, and on Dec. 31 with Eric Prydz as the headlining DJs. Each event kicks off at 9 p.m., and general admission tickets come out to about $64 for each night. And hey, if you have the time and money to rage all week, you can even get a three-day package for about $137.
The Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall is located at 665 W Jefferson Blvd., Los Angeles
The revamped Regent Theatre (Photo via Facebook)
Bootie L.A. NYE 2015 SH!T SHOW!
While Bootie L.A. normally throws their fun and unpretentious dance parties at the Echoplex, they're moving over to downtown L.A.'s recently-restored, century-old Regent Theater this year for NYE. As with other Bootie L.A. parties, you can expect some great mash-up tunes, folks busting out their best dance moves, and the opportunity to wear any wacky outfit you've been storing in your closet. There will be a balloon drop and champagne toast at midnight. Tickets are $30 if you purchase them online, and $40 at the door. Party starts at 9 p.m.
The Regent Theater is located at 448 S. Main St., downtown
Let's Party NYE At Park Plaza Hotel
Over at Westlake's Legendary Park Plaza hotel is an all-out indie dance party hosted by KCRW, A-OK AND IAMSOUND. Blood Orange will be headlining and debuting new material and Classixx will be performing live at this event. There will a bevy of other acts (including Blake Anderson from Comedy Central's Workaholics DJing) on the three stages from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. A general admission ticket for $125 gets you in with an open bar all night.
Legendary Park Plaza hotel is located at 607 South Park View Street, Westlake, (213) 381-6300
Big Bar's NYE x10
Los Feliz's Big Bar, which is attached next to adorable outdoor Alcove restaurant, is celebrating New Year's 10 times in a day. Kicking off at at 3 p.m. and going until midnight, they'll be throwing a different celebration for 10 different timezones—starting in the eurozone and moving westward until they hit Los Angeles. That means every hour, they'll be serving cocktails and playing music that correspond to the different regions, and giving out special artsy postcards they've made specifically for this event. You can drop by any time, and there's no cover to get in.
Big Bar is located at 1927 Hillhurst Ave. in Los Feliz, (323) 644-0100
The Argyle Hollywood (Photo courtesy of The Argyle Hollywood)
The Argyle Hollywood Great Gatsby Party
Hollywood's Great Gatsby-themed bar is hosting a Great Gatsby-themed party for New Year's Eve, naturally. They'll have live performances, go-go girls dressed as flappers, and a 10-foot-high stilt walker in the crowd. A $89 general admission ticket will get guests five hours of open bar service from 9 p.m to 2 a.m., and trays of appetizers (whipped up from chef Vanessa Lauren, a contestant from Season 3 of ABC's The Taste) will be passed around. And in terms of music, there will be two dance floors with DJs spinning hip hop, mash-ups and top 40 songs.
The Argyle Hollywood is located at 1600 Argyle Avenue, Hollywood, (323) 461-1600
Chaya's Beverly Hills location (which will sadly be closing its doors for good after its NYE party), will be host to a "Cabaret en Rouge" that celebrates the Parisian cabaret scene. A $85 general admission ticket includes live entertainment, burlesque dancer performances, unlimited dinner stations, passed hors d’oeuvres, open dessert bar, and a midnight ball drop.
Chaya is located at 8741 Alden Dr., Beverly Hills, (310) 859-8833
ACME Bar Crawl Downtown
For NYE, ACME Hospitality Group is dividing up their downtown bars into two groups: aristocrats and alley cats. Their Sixth Street Tavern and Library Bar will be host to the fancier folks, and they plan to have the misfits hang out at Beelman's Pub, Spring St. Bar, and King Eddy Saloon. There's no cover and they'll be having drink specials. They'll also be toasting around the world every hour from 3 p.m. to 1 a.m. at their different bars with corresponding drinks. Here's the schedule:
3:00pm, Sweden - Spring St. Bar toasts Abosolut Vodka
4:00pm, Ireland - Beelman's Pub toasts Jameson Black Barrel
5:00pm, Greenland - Sixth Street Tavern toasts Slow Hand White Whiskey
6:00pm, International Waters - Library Bar toasts Bacardi Cuba Libres
7:00pm, Argentina - Spring St. Bar toasts Campari
8:00pm, Brazil - Beelman's Pub toasts Avua Cachaca
9:00pm, New York - King Eddy Saloon toasts Wild Turkey
10:00pm, Mexico - Library Bar toasts Altos Tequila
11:00pm, Denver - Sixth Street Tavern toasts Epic Brewery
12:00am, Los Angeles - Spring St. Bar, Beelman's Pub and King Eddy Saloon toast Miller High Life
12:00am, Los Angeles - Sixth Street Tavern and Library Bar toast Champagne
1:00am, Alaska - King Eddy Saloon toasts Benesin Mezcal
New Year's Eve at The Pub at Golden Road Brewing
Attention, beer enthusiasts: you can ring in the new year sipping on some craft beer at Golden Road Brewery. The Atwater Village pub will be offering a three-course dinner with dishes like fuyu persimmon salad and braised beef short ribs (as well as vegan options), a pour of their special barrel-aged beer and a midnight bubbling toast for $40 per person. You'll need to make a reservation for that special by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. They'll also have a live DJ performance accompanied by a stand-up cellist. If you want to just hang out at the pub and check out their regular pub menu that night, walk-ins are welcome with no cover.
Golden Road Brewing is located at 5410 West San Fernando Road, Atwater Village, (213) 542-6039
Groundlings New Year’s Eve Spectacular
If your idea of a NYE party is getting your laugh on, the Groundlings is throwing a improv comedy night with full lineup of comedians. With your $100 ticket, you'll also get gourmet tacos, an open bar with vodka, mojitos and agua frescas, and a champagne toast at midnight. Their house band will also be entertaining the crowd with some tunes. Tickets are available at their box office, online here or via phone at (323) 934-4747. Doors open at 9 p.m. and the show starts at 10 p.m.
Groundlings is located at 7307 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, (323) 934-4747
There's a two-day New Year's Eve and New Year's Day celebration over in Venice Beach, in what the head honchos who are throwing the pop-up party are calling it a "bohemian fantasy." They have a long lineup of DJs spinning, including some notables like KRCW's Jason Bentley. And they have plans for an immersive projection mapping they'll be displaying against a building, as well as a fireworks display. Also, they'll have art installations, food trucks, vendors, drink specials, body painting and more. It's $40 for each day, and $60 for both—which includes a free glass of bubbly for the midnight toast. Oh, and there's a free bike valet. Their New Year's Eve celebration runs from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. and their New Year's Day one from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Munifisense will be held at 585 Venice Blvd., Venice
New Year's Eve 2015 at Palm Spring's ACE Hotel
If you're itching to get out of town for NYE, Palm Springs is just about a 2.5-hour drive out of Los Angeles. The Commune at the ACE Hotel will be having a party that we'd actually consider trekking out for. Hosted by Spaceland and Moon Block Party, they'll be ringing in the new year with great acts like Fool's Gold, Deap Vally and Crystal Skulls. DJs will spinning as well throughout the night. Tickets are $25 if you buy them online, and $30 at the door if there are any left. With that admission, you'll also get a champagne toast at midnight. If you'd like to purchase food or drinks, that will be available at the event. Doors open at 8 p.m., with music starting at 9 p.m.
ACE Hotel is located at 701 E. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, (760) 325-9900