THE BIG TICKET: “1 Ticket, Eight Open Bars” is 213 Downtown L.A.’s promise to help you welcome the New Year in style. You’ll want to wear your high-heeled sneakers for this celebratory crawl!
Casey’s Irish Pub
GRAM RABBIT on stage and well spirits +11 craft drafts and wine in your hand.
Go Go to the Gopher for open bar all night on well, beer and wine
DJ Mike Turski spins rock ‘n’ roll till 2am
Flower power your New Year! Open bar features handcrafted Spiced Daisy and popular Las Perlas house Margaritas
Indie Big Sonic Heaven DJ Darren Revell and Kapsoul rock the casa.
Step into 2011 in high style with Vieux Carre, Manhattan, Bourbon Fix cocktails inspired by Jim Beam Rye, Wild Turkey Rye, and Buffalo Trace or well spirits (or call for Maker’s Mark) + Deacon Jones All-Star Blues Revue w/ Artwalk Jamal and Special Guests
Party like it’s 1999! DJs B-Mix and J-Cru spin 80’s, Disco and Funk while you patronize the all-night open bar on all well products.
Keep it real at Tony’s; open well bar with select premium cocktails all night +
Raw roots blend of rock and twang with Paul Chesne and Guest DJs
Cole’s French Dip
Get your champers on at Cole’s. Open Champagne Cocktails Bitter Bar featuring cherry, chocolate, mole and other libations made with your choice of housemade or branded bitters.
Cana Rum Bar
Drink in the decade like Papa Hemingway with Cana’s Daiquiri Bar. Fresh handcrafted cocktails served throughout the night while Icy Hot Club serves up vintage gypsy jazz with a modern twist.
(All-access Downtown L.A. New Year’s Eve party pass; $119 – $250 http://nyedowntownla.eventbrite.com/)
THE ROGUE’S CHOICE: Roots orchestra Dustbowl Revival will be tearing up the joint for FREE (That’s right! A No Cover New Year’s Eve!) at Villains Tavern. The raucous revivalists go on at 9:00p.m.; the temple of boozy toasts starts serving free champagne after 10:00 p.m. (1356 Palmetto Street, 91003, 213.613.0766, www.villainstavern.com/)
IF THE COCKTAIL IS KING: Cocktalian purists will want to head to the Varnish to welcome the new with expertly handcrafted cocktails and a bottomless Bols Genever punch. The Apple Sisters comedy trio (“Sarah Silverman meets the Shaggs” as described by the L.A. Times) will count down to the midnight champagne toast. Contact general manager Chris Bostick to make reservations. (9:00 – 2:00 a.m. $119. 118 East 6th Street, 213.622. 9999 www.thevarnishbar.com
IF LUCK IS ON YOUR SIDE: Presale tix to the Edison‘s ever-elegant New Year’s Eve event have been snapped up but it’s worth stopping by the palace of steampunk at 10:00 p.m. for a chance to snag any unclaimed tickets. The $75 billet includes a midnight champagne toast, midnight tray passed dessert and performances by DJ James Spooner and two Stilters (that’s stilt-walkers to the uninitiated) PLUS a rare chance to see the Yard Dogs Road Show, a traveling cabaret self-described as a “love letter from the bordello of your imagination.” Yes, you hope that Lady Luck smiles on you at 10:00…. (Yard Dogs Road Show performs at 10:00 and at 11:45; $75; 108 West 2nd Street, 90012; 213.613.0000; www.edisondowntown.com)
BONUS TRAVEL INFO!
***Ride with the Angels — On New Year’s Eve only, the Angels Flight railway fare will be a penny to commemorate the 109th anniversary of the opening of the “World’s Shortest Railway” December 31st, 1901. Angels Flight will maintain its regular 16 hour schedule that day, from 6:45am to 10:00pm. A one way ride on the 298 foot railway currently costs 25 cents, $1 for five rides, or 40 rides for $7.50. (351 South Hill Street, 213.626.1901.)
***Go Metro — Holiday Service FREE all night so no need to drink and drive, Go Go’ers!
***AAA Tow Service — AAA is offering free towing for the 14th year in a row. Between 6pm and 6am December 31 to January 1, call 1-800-400-4AAA and ask for a “tipsy tow”. This does not include rides for passengers, and is a one-way tow up to seven miles. Anything after seven miles will be charged at normal rates. You do not have to be a member of AAA to use the free towing.