LA New Year’s Eve Parties You’ll Actually Enjoy
Let’s face it: New Year’s Eve isn’t LA’s greatest holiday. Even with the advent of Uber, Lyft, and a more-convenient-than-many-realize train, the city’s nightlife just isn’t set up for a bar-hopping, anything-goes night the way some major metropolitan areas are. That said, we’ve got a leg up on the competition in other ways: For instance, it’s definitely not going to snow, so there are actually a ton of great indoor/outdoor options to ring in the new year all over the city. From hip-hop shows and all-you-can-drink stumblefests to ultra-schmancy cocktail parties, here’s a slew of things you can do to make the best of New Year’s Eve 2019 in LA.
The LA Theater (Downtown)
This multi-room, dozens-of-artist techno-and-house dance party has become a staple of LA’s NYE offerings. 2019’s event includes music from Ross From Friends (live), Bart Skills b2b Layton Giordani, and Alex Angard, all in the LA Theater -- one of the most gorgeous spots in the theater district.
Cost: Tickets range from $59 (for GA) to $2500 (for the 15 guest Diamond Table package)
Bourbon Steak (Glendale)
The venerable red meat palace is offering a three-course menu with an interesting twist: All options celebrate culinary classics from the 18th and 19th century. Said options include salmon en papillote (from 1840) and a 2.5-pound lobster thermidor (1897); of course, there are steak options too, as well as an optional wine pairing.
The Globe (Downtown)
This huge party returns to the Globe, with, according to the organizers, “three massive levels of queer magic.” Drag queens, DJs, and laser light shows are all part of the fabulousness, as well as a midnight make-out countdown.
Grand Park (Downtown)
This free, huge, family-friendly event is alcohol-free, but if you’re starting Dry January early there’s really no better place to be. 50,000 people will be hanging out at LA’s biggest party, which includes two stages of TBA live music, food trucks, art installations, photo booths, projection mapping, and much more.
Spago (Beverly Hills)
The great-great grandaddy of the LA food scene has a ton of different options of ways to ring in the new year, starting with a standard three-course prix-fixe dinner and ending with a dressed-up masquerade with champagne, caviar, a breakfast buffet at 1am (!), a nine-piece big band, and a DJ.
El Cid (Silverlake)
The beloved mashup party Bootie is returning for their annual NYE bash, which includes champagne, confetti, free “Best of Bootie 2019” CDs for attendees, and a night full of DJs answering questions like “who the hell thought that Radiohead’s vocals would ever work on top of Mariah Carey’s music so well?”
The Novo (Downtown)
If the three words that summed up your year were “Hot Girl Summer,” then you probably already have tickets to this show: The rapper who coined the phrase that launched a billion memes is headlining the Novo’s NYE extravaganza. It’s gonna be a five-star night!
Employees Only (West Hollywood)
If the words “five-hour premium open bar” are what you’ve been scanning this article for, scan no further: the party-hearty spot Employees Only has that, plus palm readers and fortune tellers, chef-driven small bites, and a DJ, with a roaring ‘20s theme the throughline for the whole shebang.
Vespertine (Culver City)
The most audacious restaurant in LA is also having what’s likely the city’s most expensive dinner party. Tickets start at $438 for the early seating and $458 for the late seating, with a multi-course menu that goes up and down the multi-floor tower; the later one will ring in the new year with a “celebratory ritual under the stars,” which could mean anything from a sound bath to, uh, funny stuff.
Union Station (Downtown)
The 8th annual Prohibition NYE will be (like the others before it) a swanky one: Attendees pack Union Station dressed to the nines for burlesque performances, live jazz bands, an open premium bar, and a headlining DJ set from Coachella vet RAC.
Adamae (Echo Park)
This Echo Park neighborhood standby’s making it easy to get all the best of NYE on the cheap. $30 gets you selections from a preset menu and $20 breaks out a bottle of champagne or a carafe of a champagne cocktail; all guests also get priority entrance into Bar Flores’s Studio 54-themed late-night party.
Golden Gopher (Downtown)
The long-running DTLA bar is also having a (we get it, we get it!) ‘20s theme, but entry is totally free. They’ll have cocktail specials all night, a free midnight champagne toast, and a late-night happy hour from midnight-2am.
Burton Chance Park (Marina Del Rey)
This yearly family-friendly event has face painting, food trucks, dancing, and two countdowns, both with fireworks: a 9pm one, broadcasting live from the east coast, and a traditional midnight one. Either celebrate twice or actually get some rest, old timer.
Queen Mary (Long Beach)
Though the Queen Mary didn’t actually take to the seas until the 1930s, its design and vibe make a ‘20s party on board seem totally legit. There’s a slew of options party-wise at a ton of different venues, including dance floors with country music, burlesque shows, “steampunk mixologists,” and headlining by EDM DJs Young Bombs and cumbia supergroup La Sonora Dinamita.
The Standard (Downtown)
The belovedly decadent ongoing party series continues with an ode to (you guessed it) the Roaring ‘20s, with what they’re calling a “gilded ode to ‘20s Berlin.” Your ticket includes a three-course over the top meal as well as access to the rest of the Standard’s soirees, including DJ sets from Tony Humphries and Dirty Dave.
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