Still undecided about how to
drink ring in 2015?
Read on for Ms. Go Go’s cheat sheet on where to go, what to drink, how to do it responsibly, and great places to recover….
Feliz Ano Novo! Bonne Annee! Buon Ano! S Novym Godom!
Where to Celebrate New Year’s Eve!
Aristocrats & Alley Cats Bar Crawl — Toast Sweden at 3:00 p.m., Alaska at 1:00 a.m. and multiple cities and/or countries in between with complimentary drinks on the hour from the five, DTLA bars in the Acme Hospitality Group. Swank it up at Library Bar and Sixth Street Tavern, get down at Beelman’s Pub, Spring Street Bar and The King Eddy’s Saloon or both. Note to self: look up multi-culti ways to say “Cheers”. No cover/21+
Big Bar’s New Year’s Eve x 10 — Want to stay seated for your round-the-world drinking tour? Starting at 3:00 p.m., the Alcove’s Big Bar is having a redux of last year’s New Year’s Eve; same timezone progression but different drinks with region-specific spirits like Avua Amburana Cachaca (El Dude at 6pm) and Colorado-based, small-batch CapRock Gin (Gin and Chronic #2 at 11:00 p.m.) Plus, collectible postcards from Dave Stolte, illustrator of Home Bar Basics (And Not So Basics). They’ll make others wish they’d been there. No cover/21+
New Year’s Eve L.A.: Looking for a New Year’s Eve celebration sans booze? Grand Park in DTLA is throwing another multi-block bash but this year, it’s bigger and better. Starting at 7:00 pm, this year’s party has more blocks, three music stages, iconic #LAStory photos chosen by Discover L.A. from L.A.’s best Instagrammers, a photo booth provided with support from LA2050, and 3D digital video mapping on two sides of City Hall. So no need to push and shove your hundreds of new NYE BFFs for room to view…. No cover/all ages
Munifisense New Year’s Eve & New Year’s Day: Experience an urban version of Burning Man with this one night/one day pop-up party at a “cozy, avant-garde encampment” in Venice. Like the Black Rock City bash, the events (December 31, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. and January 1, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.) will be art and music-centric. The deep list of DJ’s includes KCRW’s Jason Bentley on January 1st; expect immersive projection mapping, fireworks, art installations, body painting (see elephant, above left), food trucks, vendors (Flying Horses and Sexy Ninja Shapes for the win!), drink specials and a free glass of alcoholic bubbles at midnight. $50 per event; $80 for both/21+
Unique U.S.A.’s NYE Bash — “You bring the cheer, we’ll bring the bubbly” is the NYE pledge from the people who put on the Unique L.A. markets. In addition to champers (and a pizza party!) at midnight, your $75 ticket to the Jazz Age-themed ball includes drinks, catered hors d’oeuvres, and delish desserts starting at 8:00 p.m. Hold up your end of the bargain by puttin’ on the Ritz in your best Roaring Twenties glad rags, which you can memorialize with a photobooth portrait. It’s gonna be the bee’s knees, yo. $75 per ticket/$140 for a pair of tix (Tix still available at press time.)
The Greyhound’s First Annual Highland Park Hangover Party — Plan ahead for your hangover! Starting at 9:00 a.m., the Greyhound Bar & Grille, Highland Park’s fave ‘hood watering hole, helps 21+ patrons ease gently into 2015 with free Bloody Marys and mimosas. Have breakfast ’til noon then nosh all day on the special “Heisman” menu of Marcus’s Duck Sliders and Jameis’s “stolen crab hush puppies”, not to mention the Greyhound’s legendary wings. No need to navigate a car on this most difficult of mornings; the Greyhound is steps away from the Metro Gold Line Highland Park stop. Just put on your shades and slouch on over.
Cecconi’s Brunch with Bloody Mary Cart — If you need hair-of-the-dog and are up to making a few, crucial decisions, head to Cecconi’s in WeHo from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. While you settle your stomach with the Northern Italian eatery’s “Green Eggs” and Porcetta Ham Benedict, a dedicated server will be circulating through the dining room with a fully-loaded Bloody Mary cart, ready to customize your $14 brunch libation according to your preferred spirits, spiciness and garni. It may be the most important decision you make all day….
Petty Cash Taqueria’s Bartender’s Brunch — Want to keep the party (and booze) going? The Petty Cash Taqueria bartenders do too. From 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., they’ll help you kick off 2015 with drink specials, dominos, shuffleboard tournaments (for the strong of head) and champagne toasts every 60 minutes so you can raise a glass to hours 11 to 17 of the new year. PCT will also have the full menu available, for stamina, if nothing else. Also, free neck massages are “promised”; report back to Ms. Go Go….
How to Get from New Year’s Eve to New Year’s Day…Safely
All Metro buses and trains, including the Orange and Silver Lines, will be running all night into the wee hours of the morning and are FREE from 9:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. After 2:00 a.m., you’ll have to TAP to ride. Metro Day Passes are valid until 3 a.m. Enhanced Metro Rail service will be provided for Grand Park’s New Year’s Eve event and for the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game in Pasadena.
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 they pull 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….