The Go Go New Year: Speakeasy at Union Station, Tribal Disco, Global Drinking and more

May your New Year be multi-lingual....
May your New Year be multi-lingual….

New Year’s Eve.

You know you want to.

Whether you prefer a fancy bash, dinner with a little pizzazz, or come and go options, read on for Ms. Go Go’s picks for L.A.’s best end-of-the-year options in every category.

Whatever you do, 2014 is gonna be the best year ever.


Big  Bar — Every dedicated drinker’s favorite phrase “It’s five o’clock somewhere” gets updated on January 31st at Big Bar|Alcove to “It’s New Year’s Eve somewhere!”

Starting Tuesday afternoon, Big Bar’s  NYEx10: Cocktail Passport Party  gives you the chance to count down New Year’s Eve ten times with  ten timezone-specific cocktails, accompanying playlists, and a cocktail passport illustrated by Dave Stolte [Home Bar Basics (And Not-So-Basics)].

This New Year's Eve, fly Big Bar....
This New Year’s Eve, fly Big Bar….

Wish your Parisian pals  “Bonne année” at 3:00 p.m., then toast the rest of your friends (imaginary and otherwise) in westward progressing one-hour intervals until you say a West Coast adios to 2013 at midnight with a special L.A.-specific cocktail created by Big Bar Manager Dave Long…PLUS a complimentary champagne toast.

Oh, to armchair travel like this year round.

BIG BAR3pm – 1am; no cover — 1927 Hillhurst Ave, LA 90027

Grand Park — Revelers of all ages can have a groovy New Year’s Eve at L.A.’s Grand Park Countdown to 2014: a six-hour, twelve block street party culminating in a galvanizing, 22-story-high 3D light show.  The spectacular, midnight projection of Grand Park’s Arthur J. Will Memorial Fountain promises to out-rival the best fireworks show as well as dwarf the Times Square ball drop three hours earlier .

Not that Angelenos are competitive or anything.

Pre-midnight, enjoy Akiko Yamashita‘s 2D neon designs, which will transform City Hall, large-scale art installations by Charlie BeckerGeoff McFetridge, and Mike Murphy,  performances including dublab DJ’s Seano & Daedelus, and (hurray!) a cash bar. Take Metro — free all night long — to the park party and show your TAP card for a 10% discount at food trucks as well as a free ticket to the L.A. Art Show.

You can also voice your hopes for 2014 in the on site photobooth; make the moment count because your face and your wish will be included in an ongoing slide show projected on the side of the Hall of  Records.

Note to sloppy drunks: no one wants to look up your giant nostrils all night long.

NYE fun gets serious at Acabar.
NYE fun gets serious at Acabar.

GRAND PARK6 p.m.-midnight.  FREE/all ages200 N. Grand Ave, DTLA


Acabar — Both the venue and the food are gorgeous/delicious at the Silk Road-inspired Acabar, but the resto’s NYE Tribal Disco  will also be one of the wildest parties in town with fire eaters, a world beat percussion band, tribal dancers, and NY DJ Wiseacre.

“Wiseacre” is presumably an Ellis Island Americanization of a traditional tribal name.

“Tribal attire” is “encouraged” so get out those glittery caftans and formal djellabahs, which will at least allow you to eat heartily without wearing your NYE stretchy pants. The 6-7 p.m. three-course prix fixe menu is $75; the 7:45-10:30 p.m. four-course dinner is $125 per person, which also includes a midnight champagne toast.

Hopefully, the champagne will be served by that leopard in the fez.

ACABAR6-7 p.m. $75; 7:45-10:30 p.m. $125 (incl. champagne toast) — 1510 N Stanley Ave, LA 90046 323.876.1400  Credit card reservations HERE.

Picca — Craving poker, Peruvian cuisine, and an Octopussy cocktail?

Put on your sleekest black and white attire and make reservations  at Picca for their  Casino Royale New Year’s Eve Party complete with a 007 lounge where you can play craps and blackjack for prizes.

Fingers crossed you win the grenade pen from Goldeneye….

First dinner seating is 6-6:30 pm at $95 per person; the second seating is at 8:30 p.m.  for $125/pp.  The open bar —  available for $40 to those with dinner reservations and to the public for $50 — begins at 9pm in the upstairs lounge and features James Bond-themed cocktails.

You can always stick with a martini — shaken, not stirred.

PICCA — 6-6:30/$95 pp; 8:30/$125 pp — 9575 W Pico Blvd, LA 90035  310.277.0133.  Reservations HERE

You. Here. NYE.
You. Here. NYE.


Prohibition NYE —  This New Year’s Eve, the best shindig in town is Prohibition NYE in the very private rooms of the very public Union Station.

A location that just happens to tie in perfectly with the speakeasy theme.

Don your best duds, whether flapper or formal, and make your way through gardens and patios to the Fred Harvey Room, where you’ll patronize the free-flowing open bar and indulge in the fresh oyster bar while enjoying live performances from EDM master Robert DeLong, jazz from the Brian Swartz Sextet, and Roaring Twenties dance performances from LA Dollhouse with more surprises promised.

Hopefully, the surprises will involve the removal of lingerie, not live tommy guns.

PROHIBITION NYE9pm – 2am; $145 and up; 21+Union Station, 800 N Alameda St, LA 90015.  A portion of the proceeds will benefit The Akola Project, which assists female artisans in Uganda. Tix HERE.

Cleopatra’s Ball — If you’re a firm believer in glamour, glamour, glamour and location, location, location, get tickets now for the 5th annual Cleopatra’s Ball at the Egyptian Theater, the site of Hollywood’s first red carpet movie premiere.

Yes, you’re ready for your close-up.

Egyptian costumes are encouraged but not required; in addition to the heated, outside courtyard under the stars and staffed with bars, there will be dance floors and more bars inside as well as “animated hieroglyphics” and yes, GO GO GIRLS!

Wanna bet they’ll…walk like an Egyptian?

CLEOPATRA’S BALL —  9pm -2am $60 and up; 21+ —  Egyptian Theatre Courtyard, 6714 Hollywood Blvd 90028   Tix HERE

A Safe New Year’s Eve

To make sure 2014 is a great year, you need to get home legally in one piece.  Assuming the chauffeur has the night off, consider the following:

Metro is free to ride from December 31 at 9pm – January 1, 2am.

Tipsy Tow: This AAA  service offers a complimentary ride and vehicle tow of up to seven miles for over-imbibers; call 1-800-400-4222

Download the Lyft app if you need a lift; the pink mustachio’ed cars with background checked/insured drivers will raise your spirits the second it pulls up.

Uber gives you the convenience of  an on-demand car with the choice of a budget-to-luxury vehicle with clearly delineated prices.

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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