Everything You Can Do in Los Angeles on New Year’s Eve
Ten ways to toast to the end of the longest year ever.
Like, *sigh* everything else in the world, New Year’s Eve is going to look a bit different this year. Thankfully, some creative people have stepped up their game to make your at-home or in-your-car celebration feel, well, celebratory, with everything from livestream concerts to makeshift club nights to “digital” fireworks. Still looking for what you’re gonna do? Here are some options:
Usually a family-friendly all-night affair, this year’s Grand Park celebration is going to be aired on Fuse TV and online and is a collaboration with Dim Mak records, who’ve been helping Angelenos dance for decades. Steve Aoki is the headliner, with other acts including BIA, AQUIHAYAQUIHAY, Andrekza, and a gasolina party with 2DEEP.
This craft cocktail bar is hooking the booze up to-go this year, with four drink options that serve between one and six people, depending on how many of your roommates you’re comfortable kissing when the clock strikes midnight. They’ve also got three types of paella (seafood, seafood and chicken, or mushroom) if you want to make sure you’re set on food, too, and orders over $100 come with a free bottle of bubbly.
Cost: Varies; $15 flat delivery fee within 15 miles.
Canadian comedian Ian Bagg is headlining this live drive-in show, one of the very, very few actual things-to-do-out-of-your-house going on this New Year’s Eve. The late-night regular is the main draw, but they’ve also got a “fire-less digital fireworks display,” and promise additional surprises for those who pull up and park.
Cost: $80-$125; use the code “NYE” for a $10 discount while supplies last.
It ain’t cheap, but if your version of NYE includes insane decadence you’re going to want to get this takeout menu from Wolfgang Puck’s eponymous restaurant in Bel Air. $495 gets you a multi-course dinner that includes 2 oz of premium caviar and the fixins, shrimp cocktail, oysters, black truffle pizza, three dessert courses, and a bottle of Bollinger “Special Cuvee” brut, as well as a party pack with a camera, poppers, hats, and a countdown timer.
Snoop Dogg’s the main draw of this at-home festival from TBS’s forthcoming Go-Big Show, but he’s far from the only act: they’re promising “live performances, crazy stunts, and an epic countdown” from a lineup that also includes anything-goes comedian Bert Kreisher, who once fought a bear, as well as actress Rosario Dawson, singer Jennifer Nettles, and wrestler Cody Rhodes.
Though they’re not open quite yet, Imli—the new Indian restaurant coming soon to uptown Whittier—is doing a NYE prix fixe popup that sounds totally incredible. For $75, you get food for two (which is a great deal too, btw), with dishes like spiced chickpea chana chaat topped with date and tamarind chutney and butter, onion, and tomato-marinated chicken keema; ask the peeps at Whittier Brewing Company for beer pairings when you pick-up, as well.
Downtown’s oddball game emporium has been hosting pretty incredible Thursday game nights, with your computer acting as a virtual controller and scores being deduced in real-time (think HQ, but, like, far more fun. Also, remember HQ? *Sigh*). Their at-home game series continues with a special NYE event: come dressed in sparkles, since they often bring in contestants via Zoom for special questions.
SaMo’s killer Vietnamese spot has an insane menu for NYE, with a cajun-influenced vibe that includes six courses, like five-spiced butternut squash and sweet potato soup with crispy lentils and boudin sticky rice with spiced pork. It comes with a party kit with noisemakers and beads, and there are optional cocktail add-ons as well.
Cost: $135-$405 depending on number of servings.
If you would have been on a DJ-led dance floor looking for sparklers and champagne on NYE, this probably is the option for you: the venerable nightclub group Tao has a four-hour party planned, with various options available for pre-order and night-of revelry including charcuterie sets, cocktail demos, and of course, those bottles of champagne.
If you’re missing the fabulous decadence that goes along with drag brunches (not to mention the bottomless mimosas!), you can tune into this virtual event with your favorite star-studded drag artists, including performances by LA’s own Boulet Brothers (whose NYE bash is sorely missed this year) and RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 3 runner up Manila Luzon, and more, with Alaska, Bob The Drag Queen, Trixie Mattel, Katya, and others playing host. The live broadcast will stream from 3 pm to 2 am PT for 11 nonstop hours of festivities and fun.
Cost: General admission begins at $49; up to $499 for meet-and-greet packages.
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