So many NYE events, so little time.
Maybe it’s the proximity to the Christmas full moon but L.A. taste makers and fun providers have gone into overdrive for New Year’s Eve celebrations.
Ms. Go Go has carefully sifted through the approximately one billion (+/-) L.A./NYE events to create the following cheat sheet of 15 events where you can bid a memorable good-bye to 2015.
Some are FREE, some are intimate, some are big, all are fab. Each has something special to make it a Go Go-worthy NYE destination.
L.A. party people, rev your engines….
FREE!!! (No entry fee, at the very least….)
N.Y.E.L.A. at Grand Park + Music Center (Downtown L.A.) — 3-D projections! Art installations! Photobooths! 3 music stages! 20 food trucks! (Family friendly/no alcohol.) Why: Seeing yourself projected two stories high on the side of City Hall.
Pluto’s First Party at the Ace Hotel (Downtown L.A.)— DJ’s include Devendra Banhart! Alien sightseeing! Future life form caricatures! Interstellar light installations! Why: Devendra Banhart + Encounters of the Stirred Kind….
No Cover New Years at Angel City Brewery (Downtown L.A.) — Limited edition “best brews of 2015” on tap! Midnight toast! Food trucks! Free party favors to first 150 guests! Why: The opportunity to drink your way through a “best of” list.
NYEx10: Have Cocktail, Will Travel at Big Bar (Los Feliz) — 10 time zones! 10 cocktails! 10 countdowns! 10 playlists! 1 Cocktail World Map (supplies limited)! Why: “Drinks Without Borders” with new bar manager Carrie Hah in the cocktail cockpit.
Seven Grand Whiskey Bar (Downtown L.A.) — L.A.’s best whisky bar! Masquerade themed! No reservations required! Why: Sipping top-flight whisk(e)y incognito.
Best NYE Bang for Your Buck
Madera Kitchen (Hollywood) — Ticket includes welcome cocktail & dessert bar! Table reservations available! Cash bar + dancing! Gorgeous heated patio! Artisanal restaurant! ***Book through LASKEY*** Why: Pretty people in a beautiful space….
The Normandie Club (Koreatown) — Welcome cocktail, snacks and Midnight Champagne Toast; reservation only from 9pm! Limited table reservations! Or check out the earlier Extended Happy Hour Cocktails and Bites (no entry fee/reservations) from 5-8:30p.m! Why: Cozy kissing at midnight without the crowds.
Trapeze: NYE Golden Regale at Syrup Loft (Downtown L.A.) — Burlesque beauties! Electroswingers! Lascivious poets! Champagne countdown! Rooftop oasis! Royal photo booth! Drink specials! Continental breakfast! Why: Watching the first dawn of 2016 on a DTLA rooftop surrounded by strippers.
Intimate Dinners with a Twist
New Year’s Eve at The Varnish (Downtown L.A.) — Full, late-night dinner! Open bar + snacks! Live jazz trio! Annual limbo contest! E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to make reservations. Why: Finding out how low you can go in a speakeasy….
Jardin Enchanté at Little Door/Little Next Door/Little Door Santa Monica (WeHo/Santa Monica) — Alice in Wonderland-themed NYE ! 4 course prix fixe dinner/2 seatings! Fantastic attire requested! Queen of Hearts dancers! DJ! Cheshire Cat fortune teller! Why: Go down the rabbit hole on NYE….
Hey, Big Spender: Stellar Bashes Worth Every Penny
New Year’s Eve Extravaganza with “Grand Hostess” Dita Von Teese at Clifton’s (Downtown L.A.) — Legendary burlesque! Live music! Magic! Surprises! Select complimentary cocktails created by barman extraordinaire Michael J. Neff! Why: Taxidermy, a giant redwood, and a gorgeous, mostly naked woman in an oversized martini glass. On the same night.
Unparalled Cabaret Bar at the Edison (Downtown L.A.) — Singer Desi Valentine! Aerialists! Stilt walkers! Dancers! Epic champagne toast! Glam Deco in a former power plant. Why: The (NYE) toast in the machine.
Prohibition NYE at Union Station (Downtown L.A.) — 40-foot ball drop! Union Station! Water Grill oysters! Signature cocktail! Dollhouse Entertainment burlesque! Premium open bar! Why: Vamp the night away….
Black Tie Masquerade Ball at the Viceroy Hotel (Santa Monica) — Hosted bar! Decadent hors d’oeuvre! s KCRW DJ’s Jason Bentley & Raul Campos! Why: (Optional) NYE countdown in a cabana.
New Year’s Eve: A Benefit for the Victims of Paris w/ Jesse Hughes of Eagle of Death Metal at Harvard & Stone (Los Feliz) — Dancers! Live music! DJ’s! All night open bar: craft cocktails & punches, craft beers, and bottomless champagne! Plus, so much good karma! Why: Good drinks and good deeds for the new year.
Happy New Year & thanks for making The Go Go your 2015 guide for “offbeat fun, quirky culture and cocktails whenever possible…!”
Have fun; be safe! Metro Los Angeles will operate 24-hour, overnight service on Metro Rail, plus Orange and Silver Lines with FREE fares from 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.