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30 Fun Things to do For New Year’s Eve in L.A. (2016 -> 2017)

December 16, 2016 by Jarone Ashkenazi

Ring in 2017 with the best New Year’s Eve events in Los Angeles, from glamorous parties and fireworks shows to totally unique fixe-course meals across the city. Whether you are looking to go party or want to enjoy a fun and festive meal, there are plenty of celebrations to choose from.

Below is our list of some of the best things to do for NYE in L.A. this year, all organized into two sections: New Year’s Eve events (1-18) and New Year’s Eve Dining (19-30).

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Enjoy the new year!

New Year's Eve 2017 Aboard the Queen Mary

New Year’s Eve 2017 Aboard the Queen Mary. Photo credit: The Queen Mary


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New Year’s Eve Events

1. Egyptian Theatre – 8th Annual Cleopatra’s 2017 LA New Year’s Eve Ball

6712 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 461-2020

One of Hollywood’s biggest and most popular New Year’s Eve parties returns to the Egyptian Theatre for an evening of Cleopatra-themed fun. The 8th annual Cleopatra New Year’s Eve Ball will include a heated courtyard, a hieroglyphics light show, go-go dancers, multiple DJs, an open bar, and a massive LED countdown to bring in the new year. Tickets start at $125 (early bird is already sold out!). Check for discounted tickets while supplies last via Goldstar.

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2. Rocky Horror Parody New Year’s Eve Celebration

1714 N. Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 669-1550

Seating 1: 7:30 p.m.

Seating 2: 10:30 p.m.

Spend New Year’s Eve with Brad, Janet and mad scientist Dr. Frank N. Furter as the cast of characters bring a Rocky Horror NYE to the Rockwell. Guests will be offered a special New Year’s dinner paired with parody songs from the cult musical. Once the show is done you can head upstairs for a Rocky Horror themed party where are costumes are strongly encouraged. A dessert buffet and a midnight champagne toast is included in the price of your ticket. Be sure to check for discounted tickets while supplies last via Goldstar.

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3. Escape Reality NYE Party At Magicopolis

1418 Fourth Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Phone: 310-451-2241

Looking for the most magical way to celebrate the beginning of 2017? Your ticket gets you a seat at Magicopolis critically acclaimed and longest running show, “Escape Reality,” along with a magical New Year’s Eve celebration. You’ll also be treated to a magic class, souvenir bags chalk full of magic tricks, hats and noisemakers, soft drinks, popcorn, and plenty more. A glass of champagne or sparkling cider will be handed out at the stroke of midnight. Check for discounted tickets while supplies last via Goldstar.

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4. 1OAK – New Year’s Eve 2017

9039 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 274-2326

Many call 1OAK the “it” club of the moment in Tinseltown, and they are throwing a New Year’s Eve bash that promises to live up the hype. The exclusive 1OAK LA Nightclub is having a glam-filled NYE celebration that includes a 5 Hour Premium Open Bar, Top DJs and Complimentary Champagne Toast at Midnight. This swanky spot on the Sunset Strip brings together New York and LA culture and provides a spacious lively nightclub featuring DJs & bottle service. Tickets start at $129.

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5. Grand Park + The Music Center – 4th annual N.Y.E. L.A

200 N Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 972-8080

The New Year’s celebration will feature three stages with live music, DJs and dancing throughout the night; large scale inflatable art; and 3D digital video mapping on City Hall along with an integrated light show to count down to the new year in true L.A. style. The free family-friendly event, takes place from 8:00 p.m. NYE to 1:00 a.m. on New Year’s Day, and will cover 90 acres from The Music Center Plaza to City Hall (Hope Street to Spring Street) and from Temple Street to 2nd Street. More than 50,000 people are expected to attend and enjoy Samba dancers, a Hip-Hop dance crew, bands and some of the city’s top DJs, the evening’s entertainment promises to get everyone up and dancing. Guests will also enjoy free photo booths and a wide range of food vendors.

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6. Mrs. Fish – NYE 2017

448 S. Hill Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 873-4444

The DTLA nightclub featuring glowing fish tanks, will be hosting a NYE party for $150/person. The night’s festivities will include an open bar, tray-passed food creations, live music by the amazing electro-funk / party rock band PLANET BOOTY, all-night jams from DJ C-Minus and much more. Purchase your tickets in advance online or you can also buy them the door on a first-come, first served basis. There will be designated open seating, so get there early to claim a spot.

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7. Viceroy Santa Monica – NYE’s Twenty Sixteen Black + Gold Soire

1819 Ocean Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 260-7500

89.9 KCRW & Viceroy Santa Monica Present NYE’s Twenty Sixteen Black + Gold Soiree, A New Year’s Eve Celebration at Viceroy Santa Monica from 9pm-1:30am. Featuring KCRW DJs Raul Campos + Travis Holcombe, the night will include a hosted open bar, hosted hors d’oeuvres, private cabana rentals and bottle service. Ticket options include: $155 pre-sale tickets for the first 100 tickets, $185 general admission, $200 on the same day of the event and at the doo​r​ and cabanas/tables are available for reservations starting at ​$1,400. ​

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8. Mondrian – 2017: A Skybar Oddessy

8440 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(323) 650-8999

Mondrian Los Angeles is taking New Year’s even further into the future with this year’s party: 2017: A Skybar Oddessy and invites guests to ring in 2017 with them as they transform the iconic Skybar into a futuristic world with galactic disco balls and robot cocktail waitresses. All tickets allow access to an open bar at all three premium bars from 9:00p until the ball drops + a midnight champagne toast. Dance to tunes spun by Diallo and DJ Elvis Suarez on top Skybar pool, which will transform into a metallic dance floor. Skip the Uber surges this New Year’s Eve and enjoy a night at Mondrian LA with room rates starting at $499, which includes 2 complimentary tickets to the party.

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9. Marina Del Rey Hotel – Midnight on the Marina

13534 Bali Way
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
(310) 301-1000

Marina Del Rey Hotel is hosting an exclusive New Year’s Celebration at their waterfront room and patio overlooking the yachts and sailboats of the Marina. Before dancing the night away, heat things up with dinner at SALT Restaurant & Bar. Executive Chef Mark Gold is preparing a 5-course prix fixe menu ($95/person) designed to ring in the new year with true delight. Enjoy two dazzling fireworks displays over the sparkling marina at 9:00 p.m. and midnight with delectable hors d’oeuvres from SALT Restaurant. Ring in the new magic of 2017 with a complimentary Champagne Toast at Midnight with sounds provided by DJ Ella. Waterfront Room doors open at 8:30 p.m. event ends at 1:00 p.m, tickets are $50/person in advance and $60/person at the door.

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10. Union Station – Prohibition NYE

800 N Alameda St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Prohibition NYE will return to the Ticket Concourse at Union Station with the excitement and glamour of the Roaring 1920s. Experience theatrical burlesque, live jazz ensembles, nationally touring DJ’s, and a premium open bar featuring champagne and specialty cocktails. Starting at 9 pm., tickets are on sale for $165, make sure not to miss Prohibition NYE’s signature 60 foot, midnight ball-drop. The Chicago based trio, Autograf, will headline Prohibition NYE while talented saxophonist, Justin Ward, and rising talent DJ Cherry Beach will also provide musical entertainment.

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11. LA Center Studios – Minimal Effort NYE

450 S Bixel St.

Los Angeles, CA 90017

From 4pm- 2am, set within the sprawling three stage, indoor-outdoor LA Center Studios, Minimal Effort will return with a finely curated billing of live and DJ talent from across the international dance music community. In the heart of DTLA, guests will enjoy 3 indoor stages, 24 DJs and 10 hours of music with live sets from Techno greats Recondite, Stephan Bodzin, Audion, and Nicola Cruz, plus standout DJ performances from the likes of Simian Mobile Disco, &Me and more. Only certain select tickets are available starting at $79.

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12. Franklin & Co. Tavern

5923 Franklin Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90068
(323) 463-1552

At Franklin Village’s favorite watering hole, Franklin & Co. Tavern, there’s a no cover, no reservations good time to be had! The regular Happy Hour, with food from $3-$6, and drinks from $4-$6, will be extended to 10pm. There will be a DJ playing music, a complimentary champagne toast at midnight, and drinks specials all night from Jameson, Altos Tequila, and Beluga Vodka.

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13. Villains Tavern

1356 Palmetto St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 613-0766

The Arts District’s original has a great New Years Eve lined up. There’s NO COVER, and revelers will enjoy live music, with drinks specials from Jameson’s Casemates, PBR, and Altos Tequila all night, as well as a complimentary Champagne toast at Midnight. 5.30pm – 2am.

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14. Kidspace Children’s Museum – Noon Year’s Eve

480 N Arroyo Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91103
(626) 449-9144

Kidspace allows those whose bedtime is way before midnight to celebrate the New Year at noon. The party which begins at 10am and closes at 3pm allows guests of all ages to experience the ginormous balloon drop at noon, sip and toast cups of sparkling cider, and create your own noisemakers to ring in 2017. Come early to make it to the balloon drop as available space in the balloon drop areas are first-come-first-serve.

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15. Hollywood NYE Block Party 2017

1643 Cosmo St.
Los Angeles CA 90028

Going to just one venue isn’t enough so live it up at the Hollywood NYE Block Party with 3 super-hot nightlife venues (Project Club LA, Beso Hollywood, & The Study / Hemingway’s) in one awesome package. Whichever space you may find yourself in, this deluxe NYE bash will treat you to the finest party amenities Hollywood has to offer: a 5 hour open bar to keep the party heated, complimentary NYE party favors to make sure this stylish crowd is wrapped in the holiday spirit and a delicious complimentary early evening lite fare. Tickets start at $59.

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16. The Queen Mary – Toast to 2017

1126 Queens Hwy
Long Beach, CA 90802
(877) 342- 0742

The Queen Mary’s New Year’s Eve extravaganza offers a celebration for everyone. Las Vegas Showgirls kick-off the evening’s celebrations and a variety of live music will play throughout the night including top 40 hits from DJ Carisma on the Verandah Deck Gazebo and EDM favorites from DJ Cutt on the Sports Deck. Country music star, Stephen Wesley, will perform in the Royal Salon and Dueling Pianos will take over the Britannia Salon. Award-winning magician, Jon Armstrong, will show-off his amazing close-up magic on the Promenade Deck. Those who prefer to dance the night away can celebrate the New Year with a salsa dancing class or try the infamous dance-lift with the “Dirty Dancing” demo. General admission tickets are $99 and include admission, fireworks, and access to select partie while VIP tickets with premium firework viewing are $199 and include admission, premiums firework viewing, 2 drink tickets and access to all parties.

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17. Big Bar NYE

1927 Hillhurst Ave,
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 644-0100

The folks at Big Bar are back with their annual New Year’s Eve x10: Countdown. 10 timezones, 10 themed cocktails, 10 playlists. The celebration starts at 3 p.m. (midnight in Paris).

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18. Downtown Long Beach New Year’s Eve Block Party

200 Pine Avenue
Long Beach, CA

The festival will take place in the heart of Downtown. Performing this year will be St. Paul and the Broken Bone, Citizen Cope, Cut Copy DJs Big Data and Hirie. You can purchase tickets online for $40. Tickets will also be available at the gate on the day of the event.

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New Year’s Eve Dining

norah restaurant

Photo Credit: Josh Telles/Norah

19. Norah – Ring in the New Year With Extravagant Cheer

8279 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood, California, 90046
(323) 450-4211

First seating: 6-9 p.m.

Second seating: 9 p.m.-close

Norah celebrates New Year’s Eve with a refined five-course tasting menu and carefully selected beverage pairings capturing the true essence of the holiday. With a glass of Champagne in hand, patrons will indulge in Executive Chef Mike Williams crafted dishes, which are highlighted by some caviar, truffles and foie gras. Menu items include the Foie Gras Boudin with savory oats and huckleberries; the Agnolotti with winter squash and shaved black truffles; and the Wagyu Striploin with smoked mushroom jus, beef cheek croquettes, romanesco, and whipped mornay. Reservations are available through online ticketing platform Tock for $200 per person (tax and service charge added at checkout).

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20. 71Above

633 W 5th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(213) 712-2683

At 71Above, New Year’s Eve comes with glamour and sophistication and a dazzling view. For $250, guests will enjoy free flowing Billecart-Salmon Champagne, a complimentary selection of red and white wines, and generous tray passed hors d’oeuvres and food stations. Among the elegant offerings are poached oysters with uni and caviar, Prime New York steak, with truffle onion marmalade, poached lobster with creamed celery root, foie gras macaroon, and potato and truffle tart with creme fraiche. The breathtaking view across the city is included in the price.

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21. Baltaire – “Midnight in Paris”

11647 San Vicente Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049
(424) 273-1660

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Seating 1: 5:30-7:00 p.m. and a two hour seating window, à la carte menu (includes live entertainment)

Seating 2: 9-11:00 p.m., $250 per person for a four-course menu (includes glass of Champagne, the table for the remainder of the evening, and live entertainment)

Baltaire, the classic-meets-contemporary Brentwood steakhouse, is ringing in 2017 with a glamorous, over-the-top “Midnight in Paris” themed New Year’s Eve celebration. Guests will be transported back to 1940s Paris with indulgences such as roaming caviar, Champagne, and cheese carts, and Chateaubriand carved tableside and a prix-fixe French-inspired menu by Executive Chef Travis Strickland. For those who want to get up and dance, there will be live entertainment including gypsy jazz band Django’s Caravan and a DJ spinning contemporary beats. To make a reservation, please call 424.273.1660 or email [email protected]

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22. Le Petit Paris – Adds A Little Je Ne Sais Quoi to NYE

418 S Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 217-4445

Seating 1: 5:00pm – 7:00pm, $95 per person

Seating 2: 8:30pm – close, $175 per person

To ring in 2017, Le Petit Paris will offer two New Year’s Eve seatings where guests can enjoy a three-course prix-fixe dinner along with a complimentary glass of Peach Kir Royale at the first seating and a complimentary glass of Champagne at the second seating. Guests can indulge in decadent dishes such as Roasted New Zealand John Dory with Carrot Confit and Artichokes a la Barigoule; Chicken Breast Supreme Stuffed with Morel Mushrooms and Foie Gras Cream Sauce; and Ferrero Rocher Vacherin with Chocolate Hazelnut Ice Cream and Meringue for dessert.

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23. Golden Road Brewing – New Beer’s Resolution

5410 W San Fernando Rd.
Los Angeles, CA 90039
(213) 373-4677

Time: 7:00pm – 2:00 am (accepting reservations between 7pm and 10pm)

Golden Road Brewery will be hosting a special New Year’s Eve celebration with great beer to bring in the New Year! Enjoy a 4-course menu designed by Golden Road’s Executive Chef Adam Levoe along with a special barrel-aged beer pouring.  There will be live entertainment throughout the evening leading up to a (complimentary) midnight toast!

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24. B.S. TAQUERIA – New Year’s Eve Party

514 W 7th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 622-3744

Time:  7:00pm – 1:30am

For $75 per person, guests can enjoy unlimited Mexican food & drinks. Food menu items include: unlimited Chicken, Chorizo and Papas, Carnitas and Mushroom and Garlic Tacos as well as Rice and Beans, which are perfectly paired with their beverage menu of unlimited Tecates, Margaritas, and Sparkling Wine. Starting at 9pm a DJ will be on the ones and twos to ring in the New Year.

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25. Hinoki & the Bird – Vietnam Themed NYE Dinner & Party

10 W Century Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90067
(310) 552-1200

Seating 1: 5:30-7:30 p.m. ($65), three courses and choice of dessert

Seating 2: 8:30-10:30 p.m. ($95), Amuse bouche, three courses, choice of dessert and sparkling wine toast

Ring in the New Year as Hinoki & the Bird invites guests to travel to Vietnam for the evening with special menus, music and live entertainment. The three-course prix fixe menu created by Executive Chef Brandon Kida will also include supplemental options for each course. Diners will have the option to dine either their indoor or outdoor space and ring in the New Years in style.

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26. Doheny Room – Ring in New Year’s Gatsby Style

9077 California State Rte 2
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(424) 777-0266

Seating 1: 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 pm., $75 per person

Seating 2: 9:30 pm. – end of the night, $100 per person + table minimum

Go back in time to ring in the New Year at Doheny Room with their 1920s/Gatsby themed party! Offering two dinner seatings, a balloon drop at midnight, Champagne tower and toast. For tables, a minimum of 2-4 people: $1,000; 5-7 people: $1,500; 8-10 people: 1,500; 15+ people: $2,000. Reservations: [email protected]

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27. Momed Atwater Village

3245 Casitas Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90039
(323) 522-3488

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Seating 1: 5-6.30pm, there’s a $65 prix fixe menu of 3 courses, plus an amuse bouche, and an optional dessert course (additional wine pairing is available for $30).

Seating 2: 6.30-10.30pm, $85, there are 4 courses, plus an amuse bouche and optional dessert, with an optional wine pairing for $40 and a DJ playing an eclectic and sophisticated mix of music genres.

Atwater Village’s sleek modern Mediterranean restaurant will be celebrating the New Year with a lamb and bird roast over an open fire on the patio, from chef David Wilcox. Dishes include Braised Brisket Tortellini with wild mushrooms, sesame thyme butter and gremolata, Leg of Lamb, cooked over the fire, with charred Brussels sprouts, pistachio, and chermoula.

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28. Craft Los Angeles

10100 Constellation Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90067
310.279.4180

Seating 1: 5:30 – 8:30 pm ($130 per guest excluding tax & gratuity)

Seating 2: Reservations can be made at 9, 9:30 + 10 pm ($165 per guest with champagne & party favors, excluding gratuity and tax)

Chef de cuisine Andrew Gavalla will prepare a lavish family-style prix fixe for guests with first course offerings such as Lobster Ceviche & Yuzu and Speck Wrapped Quail, main course options such as Short Rib Tortellini, Diver Scallops and Mugifuji Pork Loin, and seasonal sides for the table. Guests can also opt for supplemental truffle-topped gnocchi and parmesan risotto. Shared desserts from pastry chef Shannon Swindle include a German Chocolate Tart with pecan + coconut caramel; Bienenstich with apple + fennel, and seasonal ice cream + sorbet.

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29. Paley – NYE Prix Fixe + Jazz  @ Columbia Square

6115 Sunset Blvd #100
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 544-9430

Hours: 5:30 pm – 2:00 am

Price: $65 per guest; wine pairing $35; complimentary champagne toast at midnight

Paley., located in the heart of Hollywood, will offer a four-course dinner menu, which includes appetizer options like mirin-braised Pork Belly with ginger-apple puree; entrees like grilled Prime Filet Mignon and Pan-Roasted Halibut with caviar; and dessert offerings like Pear Tarts with huckleberry compote. A five-piece jazz band will play until 11 p.m. when guests can turn their attention to a stream of the impending ball drop screened on the restaurant’s dining room wall. Bar guests can enjoy a special “Welcome to 2017” cocktail menu with a live DJ set cranking out tunes until 2 a.m.

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30. Bourbon Steak House in Glendale

237 S. Brand Boulevard
Glendale, CA 91204
(818) 839-4130

Price: $98+ menu plus a $45 wine pairing available.

Bourbon Steak House is doing New Year’s with a festive four-course menu. Options for starters include Chilled Soba Noodles with black truffle dashi and a 7-minute golden egg; or Seared Scallops And ‘Coins’ with golden lentils, roasted carrots and tamarind. Guests can choose from entrees including the 14oz New York ‘Ball Drop’ with black garlic soubise, beurre d’echire yukon gold, Brussels sprouts and truffle; or a Wood Roasted Branzino with bamboo rice, romanesco and coconut curry. Desserts include Gold Chocolate Cake with peanut butter ganache and macrona almonds; or a New York City Cheesecake with blackberry, graham cracker crumble and basil make up the sweet offerings. The table will also share Broccoli & Fine Herbs; Black Truffle Ditalini & Cheese; and Creamed Parmesan Spinach

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