Obviously you want to get weird on New Year’s Eve, but weird shouldn’t also equal broke. There’s no need to spend $150 on an open bar that you’ll end up forgetting about anyways. From an insane fireworks show to Grand Park's three-stage concert, these eight LA New Year's Eve events are just as great as that open bar, but will leave you with a little bit more money to tip your bartender. Because they’re all absolutely free.
By far LA’s biggest free party (and maybe LA’s biggest party, period) is Downtown’s rager at Grand Park, which includes, food, photo booths, art, and three stages of live music (including Hunter Hunted, Gavin Turek, and Louis Vivet).
There won’t be a cover charge on NYE at this super-friendly neighborhood bar, plus they’ve got decent specials: $3-$4 cans and $6-$7 drafts (including brews from the brand-spankin’-new Mumford Brewery).