On New Year's, most LA locals wish they could be several places at once. There are so many different types of events--from massive club parties, to intimate hotel gatherings. Here is a sampling of some New Year's Eve events in Los Angeles to help you ring in 2014.
Where: Park Plaza Hotel
Cost: $100; general admission; $130 for V.I.P.
What: Billed as "the ultimate New Year's Eve experience," this party promises to draw 2500 Angelenos for one wild night. Four stages at the legendary Park Plaza Hotel will host talent such as Robbie Rivera, Richard Vission and Brian Matrix. There will also be seven themed areas. The event is strictly 21 and over with valid ID. Tickets available on ClubZone.
Where: Playhouse Hollywood
Cost: $125; general admission
What: This annual party, which has in the past boasted a 'gold' theme and 'masquerade ball' theme, is celebrating the idea of 'painting the town red' this year. So don your red best and head over to Hollywood's Playhouse club for a champagne toast at midnight and other surprises.
Where: Chaya Brasserie
Cost: $65-$125 (depending on location and special)
What: Head over to the Beverly Hills vicinity for a decadent New Year's masquerade themed party, Chaya style. There will be two dinner seatings: 5:30-7:30 p.m. and 8:30-10 p.m. (with four-course meals at $130 per head). The fete will get going for the rest of the night with the JSH Quartet providing live entertainment. Reservations required.
Where: The Viceroy Hotel, Santa Monica
Cost: $175, general admission
What: Calling all West Side style aficionados! This event promises to be all class from the moment you step onto the Viceroy’s poolside patio. Musical entertainment includes KCRW’s Jason Bentley, Travis Holcombe and Mario Cotto. Your entrance gets you access to the open bar, dancing, hors d’oeuvres and of course to the midnight toast and celebration. Festivities start at 9 p.m.
Where: House of Blue, Sunset Strip
Cost: Tickets range from $130-$210
What: This 21 and over music event not only features the band the Goo Goo Dolls but also a three-course NYE dinner. Doors open at 9 p.m. Show starts at 10 p.m.
Where: The Edison, Downtown
What: Billed as an 'unparalleled cabaret ball,' this event is sure to take revelers back to the good old days of speakeasy sass. Dress up and their famous green fairy may give you a surprise treat! Join the gang in a Midnight Toast.
Where: Fig & Olive Melrose Place
Cost: $150 per person (with four-course meal); $100 per person for cocktail reception
What: Celebrate New Year's in style--French Riviera style, that is. The 8,000 square foot Fig & Olive restaurant and lounge kicks off their festivities at 6 p.m. with a complimentary glass of Moët, a spectacular four-course dinner and, later with grooves by St. Tropez DJ Thomas Toccafondi (from 9 p.m. through 12 a.m.)
Where: Walt Disney Concert Hall
Cost: Depends on seating location
What: Ring in 2014 with the tropical samba grooves of Sergio Mendes, Sheila E.'s hot percussion, and Brazilian dancers. Each ticket holder will receive a complimentary carnival-style cocktail at the BP Hall where a cocktail party will take place. Two shows: 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
Where: The Mint, Los Angeles (Miracle Mile)
What: This special 21 and over music event will feature The Record Company at 8:30 p.m. Then, headliners The Dustbowl Revival will hit the stage. The Venice-based roots collective will ring in the new with some old classics, namely old school bluegrass, gospel, jug-band, swamp blues and '30s hot swing. The $80 ticket price includes open bar all night, including appetizer trays from 8-10 p.m.
Where: The Queen Mary, Long Beach
Cost: $99, general admission
What: 2014 marks the 80th anniversary of the christening and launch of The Queen Mary. To really get the party going, the moored ship is hosting a birthday/NYE celebration with seven parties for the price of one. Jazz tunes will waft through the air in one room; big band in another, while other guests will groove to DJ sets and disco. And let's not forget the sing alongs with 'dueling pianos.'