Where To Party On New Year's Eve In Los Angeles
Looking for a way to ring in the New Year? We've scoured the listings and have got you covered for some awesome parties, from a Gatsby-esque soiree to a fire-breathing show.
You don't have to shell out for a big party on New Year's Eve. Grand Park will be hosting an all-out, free party. There will be a 3D projection over 22 stories of City Hall as well as other art installations. DJ Seano & Daedelus will be on the ones-and-twos, and Fools Gold will also be performing. On top of that, there's a live photo booth that projects your New Year's wishes on a 100-foot screen and a live-feed of the Times Square ball drop. You can't BYOB, but there will be a cash bar. The event runs from 6 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Grand Park is located at 200 North Grand Ave. in Downtown
Bootie L.A. NYE 2014 Sh!t Show
Bootie L.A. throws some of the funnest parties in L.A. in the least pretentious way possible. If you're looking to get away from the VIP-type of parties and to let your hair down, dress in any wacky outfit you'd like, and dance to great mash-ups all night long, this is the place for you. For NYE, they're taking over both the Echo and the Echoplex, and there will be a champagne toast at midnight. The party starts at 9 p.m. and goes late, advance tickets are $20 and $30 at the door. Spandex is highly encouraged.
The Echoplex is located at 1154 Glendale Blvd. in Echo Park
What's a New Year's Eve celebration without fireworks? Downtown Long Beach is throwing a free family-friendly waterfront celebration starting at 5 p.m. with bands playing, plenty of children's activities like face painting and balloon artists, and a fireworks show starting at 9 p.m. Concurrently, they're throwing a Pine Avenue Celebration, taking over two city blocks for a three-stage concert from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Cali groups like Rival Sons and The Mowgli's will be performing. Advance tickets are $15 or you can pay $20 at the event.
More info on the Downtown Long Beach celebrations can be found here
OMFG! LA New Year's Eve
Looking to rage to some electronic music? This music event will feature DJs like Boys Noize and Madeon, with a NYE countdown by Feed Me, running from 7:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the Shrine Expo Hall downtown.Tickets are $67.45. More info can be found here.
The Shrine Expo Hall is located at 649 W. Jefferson Blvd. downtown
The Queen Mary is celebrating its 80th anniversary of launching its ship with a "Passport to the New Year" party. The party will pass through ports for Bombay to Rio de Janeiro. You can enjoy specialty cocktails and entertainment from each "port," the live music from bands and DJs, and a midnight fireworks show. General admission is $99, and you can upgrade to dinner and hotel packages as well. The event kicks off at 7 p.m. and runs through to 2 a.m.The Queen Mary is located at 1126 Queens Highway in Long Beach, (877) 342-0738
Acabar's Tribal Disco
The restaurant and lounge bar will be hosting a celebration with a world-beat percussion band, a DJ, tribal and fire dancers, and some delicious tasting menus. Some items include ink pasta and prime aged New York sirloin. There are a couple of different dining seating options, for a three-course meal for $75 from 6 to 7 p.m. and a four-course meal from 7:45 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. for $125 per person. Both include a complimentary midnight toast. If you'd just like to hang out at the bar and watch the festivities, it's $50 for admission, but if you just so happen to have dinner at the Little Bar first, your admission is free.
Acabar is located at 1510 N. Stanley Ave. in Hollywood, (323) 876-1400
Midnight Cocktail at Big Bar (Photo by Eugene Shoots/Big Bar)
Big Bar's NYE x10: Cocktail Passport Event
Jump aboard the "Big Bar Airlines" on NYE with a passport...for cocktails. The bar, nestled next to the adorable outdoor Alcove restaurant, will be holding its third annual international cocktail tour. Starting at 3 p.m., which is NYE in the Eurozone, they will march westwards with a cocktail representing each timezone and region every hour until they get to L.A.'s countdown to midnight. You'll get artwork for each cocktail and a place to stamp your timezone on drinks.
Big Bar is located at 1927 Hillhurst Ave. in Los Feliz, (323) 644-0100
Great Gatsby New Years Celebration
Ring in the New Year in roaring '20s-style. Shade Hotel's Great Gatsby celebration will be featuring craps, roulette, black jack, and poker tables; hors d'oeuvres, and champagne toasts. Here's your chance to get your flapper and Leo DiCaprio from Great Gatsby gear on as dressing up is encouraged. Tickets are $75 and proceeds benefit the Steve Nash Foundation to help underprivileged children. The event runs from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. and more info can be found here.
Shade Hotel is located at 1221 North Valley Dr. in Manhattan Beach, (310) 546-4995