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 2013.
Where: Park Plaza Hotel
Cost: $75; general admission (includes complimentary champagne toast at midnight)
What: The World War II era of LA Noir comes to life on this special New Year's Eve to end all New Year's Eves. Sounds of big band and brass beats with zoot suit flair will fill the air. Over 60 performers will guide guests through the historic hotel's amazing spaces like the Grand Ballroom and the Terrace Room. Vintage touches will include cigarette girls, hand-rolled cigars and period costumed entertainment by Cypher Art Studios.
Where: Playhouse Hollywood
Cost: $100-$125; general admission
What: Last year, Playhouse Nightclub's NYE theme was 'masquerade ball.' This year it's: gold! Join French house music DJ and producer Cedric Gervais for a top shelf New Year's complete with four-four beats and plenty of champagne.
Where: Chaya Venice, Chaya Brasserie and Chaya Downtown
Cost: $65-$125 (depending on location and special)
What: Each of the three Chaya restaurants in LA will host its own distinctly themed New Year's Eve bash. All will include food, live entertainment and midnight toasts. Chaya Venice will host a Great Gatsby-themed night and offer two seatings. Chaya Brasserie will host 'Hollywood Nights' with two seatings as well. Chaya Downtown will host a Roaring '20s NYE complete with a sushi bar!
Where: The Viceroy Hotel, Santa Monica
Cost: $150 presale; $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, Anthony Valadez, and Valida. 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: Shrine Exposition Hall and Grounds
Cost: Tickets start at $100
What: A tradition for many LA clubbers, this much-anticipated annual event features electronic dance DJs and artists and some wicked pyrotechnics.
Where: House of Blue, Sunset Strip
Cost: $59.50-$150, general admission
What: New York rapper A$AP Rocky plays a New Year's show just ahead of the release of his debut studio album Long. Live. ASAP (January 2013).
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!
Where: Fig & Olive Melrose Place
Cost: $150 (inside patio) to $200 (main dining room)
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 downtempo grooves by DJ Julien Nolan of St. Tropez (from 10 p.m. through 2 a.m.)
Where: Walt Disney Concert Hall
Cost: Depends on seating location
What: Idina Menzel is wicked... no, really. She's the Tony-award winning singer/actress star of Broadway's Wicked. She will sing and ring in the New Year with two sets (7 and 10:30 p.m.) at the Disney Concert Hall.
Where: Marquesa Ballroom, Montage Hotel, Beverly Hills
Cost: $295 per person
What: The Montage is celebrating New Year's Eve with a jaunt down memory lane. Re-live Hollywood's golden era. The festivities--which include dancing, party favors and a midnight champagne toast--begin with an 8 p.m. cocktail reception and will be followed by a 9 p.m. dinner seating and four-course dinner menu with wine pairings.