Ring in the new year on a rooftop
Let those poor souls in Times Square freeze their asses off; we live in LA, where the only thing standing between us and an evening of open-air revelry with killer views is a light jacket.
Hit Santa Monica’s ONYX Rooftop Lounge at the Hotel Shangri-La, just across the street from the ocean, which will offer four hours of open bar service, a live DJ, and a Champagne toast at midnight for $90, with VIP food and bottle service available for groups at $250 a person. For a beachfront bash in Venice, head to Hotel Erwin's High Rooftop Lounge -- there'll be a photo booth, DJs, and a menu of cash bar drinks and bites. For $80 a person, you can reserve a table, which comes with a Champagne toast, favors, and a chocolate-covered fortune cookie bag; or you can go the standing room route for $20 a pop.
With views of the Hollywood Hills, L.P. on La Cienega will host a rooftop masquerade ball featuring DJ Aaron Colbert and guests, a cash bar, and a Champagne toast (and chips!) at midnight, all for $75. That said, it probably makes more sense to go for the $125 option that includes a six-course dinner at Asian eatery E.P. downstairs, in addition to the upstairs party.
If you want to get higher Downtown, the InterContinental’s 73rd floor Spire 73 -- which touts itself as the tallest open-air bar in the Western Hemisphere -- will be offering a live DJ, cocktails, a glass of Moet, and appetizers for $100, with various couples' Champagne packages with reserved seating available for extra.
Meanwhile, the Ace Hotel’s Disco Ball Drop will feature a “house and disco get-down free-for-all” with Far Away DJs Cooper Saver and Jen Ferrer, along with a cash bar, all for a delightful cover charge of zero dollars.