Find the best Los Angeles Things to Do New Years Eve and New Years Day
Events, Dining, Nightlife and more
AT THE QUEEN MARY
Dec. 31. Sail into the new year in style on the Queen Mary Ship and Seaport, which hosts a big bash including a variety of live music and a fireworks display. Guests can bounce from party to party, dancing to swing, jazz and classic rock bands, dine at venues throughout the ship and enjoy a 20-minute fireworks show at midnight. The grand ship celebrates another milestone at midnight: its 75th anniversary. 1126 Queen’s Highway, Long Beach, 800.437.2934
Salute to Vienna
Jan. 2. Experience the joy and magic of a traditional Viennese-style New Year. Featuring a brilliant cast of more than 75 musicians, the performance is led by European maestro Mika Eichenholz, Viennese soprano Patricia Nessy, Viennese tenor Alexandru Badea and members of the Vienna City Ballet. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 323.850.2000 Map H16
TOURNAMENT OF ROSES
Dec. 28–Jan. 1. Float decorating, Bandfest, Equestfest, Rose Parade (Jan. 1, 8 am), Rose Bowl (Jan. 1, 1:30 pm). Rose Parade: Orange Grove, Colorado and Sierra Madre boulevards, Pasadena, 626.795.4171; Rose Bowl Stadium: Orange Grove Boulevard, Lida Street and Fair Oaks and Linda Vista avenues, Pasadena, 213.365.3675 Map Q18
NEW YEAR’S EVE WITH KRISTIN CHENOWETH
Dec. 31. The bubbly Emmy Award and Tony Award winner performs classic holiday songs, as well as hits from her albums and Broadway performances, to ring in the New Year. Join the festivities at Walt Disney Concert Hall downtown. 111 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 323.850.2000 Map H16 laphil.com
The GRAMMY Museum
Jan. 1-2. The Grammy Museum offers a New Years special that includes a family 4-pack ($25), first 100 visitors each day will receive the John Lennon, Songwriter Exhibit Poster (limit 1 per family); 20% discount on all levels of membership (excluding Icon level), 15% Off in the GRAMMY Museum Store (excluding clearance merchandise). 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Suite A245, downtown, 213.765.6800 Map I15 www.grammymuseum.org
Ladies Night Out
Dec. 31. An array of Magnolia Park boutiques have joined together for a night of shopping, beauty and fun with in-store parties, chic fashion finds, terrific treats, divine discounts, music, prize drawings and more. 6-9 p.m. 818.848.3788. www.magnoliaparkburbank.org
The Bazaar by José Andrés
Dec. 31. Chef José Andrés creates an unforgettable gastronomic journey at The Bazaar. Early diners can enjoy small plate favorites on the regular menu while guests looking for a more decadent evening countdown may indulge in the special prix-fixe menu. For a full luxury experience, take advantage of the SLS ‘take the elevator home’ package that includes room accommodations, tickets to the New Year’s Eve Gala and a champagne toast. Early seating from 6-7: pm with a limited a la carte menu; Late seating from 8:30-9:30pm with a special prix-fixe menu for $150. 465 South La Cienega Blvd., L.A., 310.246.5555. www.thebazaar.com
Dec. 31. Celebrate with a four-course, prix fixe of top farmers’ market-inspired cuisine and California-centric wines from Executive Chef Albert Aviles. $55. Two seatings 6:30; 9:30 p.m. 403 W. 12th St., downtown, 213.746.0050. www.corkbar.com
Dec. 31. Join Parkers’ Lighthouse for a New Year’s celebration with dinner in the new main dining room or live jazz and a supper club the new Queensview room. Watch the fireworks off the Queen Mary at approximately 12:20 a.m. as you welcome in 2011. Parkers’ Lighthouse, 435 Shoreline Village, Long Beach, 562.432.6500. parkerslighthouse.com
Dec. 31. Find an adventurous tasting menu that includes selections such as “reconstructed caprese salad, hamachi, chicken-fried watermelon, King Cole duck, sea scallops and more. $75 pp Exploration Menu; $125 per person with beverage pairings. 14160 Palawan Way, Marina del Rey, 310.439.3033.
Napa Valley Grille
Dec. 31. Ring in the new year with a three-course prix fixe menu ($75 per person) in addition to the regular à la carte menu, to pair with complimentary bubbly upon arrival from Henriot Champagne. Other celebratory festivities throughout the evening will include a live jazz band, party favors for all revelers, and a ball drop projection and live countdown at midnight. Napa Valley Grille, 1100 Glendon Ave., 310.824.3322. www.napavalleygrille.com
La Fête at CHAYA Venice
Dec. 31. Enjoy a French-inspired celebration with entertainment: Live music from The Copy Cats (9:30 p.m.), prix-fixe or a la carte menus, sushi bar and more. Seatings at 5 and 9 p.m. for prix-fixe menus. 110 Navy St., Venice, 310.396.1179. www.thechaya.com
Roaring ‘20s at CHAYA Brasserie Beverly Hills
Dec. 31. Celebrate with a throwback to the roaring ‘20s – a time when dance, artistic expression, and revelry were embraced. Find live music starting at 9:30, prix-fixe or a la carte menus, 1920’s dress is encouraged or cocktail attire, Champagne toast at midnight, Cigarette girl passing out nostalgic candy, party favors at midnight, Charlie Chaplin films playing throughout the night. 8741 Alden Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.859.8833. www.thechaya.com
Shanghai Nights at CHAYA Downtown
Dec. 31. Take a trip to nostalgic Shanghai with live lion dancers, four-course prix-fixe menu, or à la carte menu; Omakase Sushi Lover’s special for $65 per person (at the sushi bar only); and Champagne toast at midnight. 525 S. Flower St., downtown, 213.236.9577. www.thechaya.com
Dec. 31. Dine on a special three-course prix-fixe menu and its regular menu. The restaurant is open from 6-11:30 p.m.. Perfect for starting an evening on The Sunset Strip. 8720 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.360.1950.
Dec. 31. Dine on a prix-fixe menu with two seatings: first seating is 6:30-7 p.m. and costs $95; second seating is from 9-9:30 p.m. and is $165. Boa will have live entertainment with a DJ. 9200 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 323.650.8383.
Dec. 31. Features two seatings: the first seating is from 6-8:45 p.m. with the regular menu; the second seating is 9-9:30 p.m. with a $125 five-course prix-fixe menu and champagne toast. Enjoy a DJ and dancing overlooking The Sunset Strip. Bar cover is $20 after 9 p.m. 8439 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 323.650.8585.
Cecconi’s West Hollywood
Dec. 31. Enjoy a four-course prix-fixe menu as well as a selection of specialty cocktails. No evening would be complete without a DJ and a champagne toast at midnight. The prix-fixe menu is available beginning at 8:30 p.m. for $230 per person. 8764 Melrose Ave., L.A., 310.432.2000.
Dec. 31. Guests can choose from two seatings and dine on multi-course prix-fixe menus. 8479 Melrose Ave., L.A.,323.782.1104.
LUAU at Lucques
Dec. 31. Celebrate New Years with a Hawaiian flair. Find a five-course Hawaiian menu, costumed staff and island entertainment. First seating is $110 and second seating is $150 with a champagne toast. 8474 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.655.6277.
RESTAURANT at Sunset Marquis Hotel
Dec. 31. Dine on a prix-fixe menu by Chef de Cuisine Guillaume Burlion for $125 per person. 1200 North Alta Loma, West Hollywood, 310.657.1333.
RH at the Andaz West Holltywood
Dec. 31. Enjoy a five-course feast that showcases Chef Sebastien Archambault’s seasonal, market-to-table Southwestern French cuisine. Price for the first seating is $65 per person; second seating is $75 per person, which includes a champagne toast at midnight. 8401 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 323.656.1234.
Gordon Ramsay at The London West Hollywood
Dec. 31. At Gordon Ramsay, the early seating features a three-course menu for $85; the late seating is five courses for $145. 1020 San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.358.7788.
Asia de Cuba
Dec. 31. Top restaurant inside the Mondrian hotel offers two seatings: before 7:30 p.m., the cost is $80; after 8 p.m., it is $100. 8440 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 323.848.6000.
Pourtal Wine Tasting Bar
Dec. 31. Nothing says, “Happy New Year” like bottomless bubbly. Find it a Pourtal from 9 p.m.-midnight. $20.11 affords a bottomless glass of either or both sparkling offerings, which include Bubblys, Blanc de Blanc Brut and Rosé Brut. 104 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.393.7693. www.pourtal.com
The Standard on Sunset
Dec. 31. Find a night of top indie music with The Raveonettes and local rockers Autoluxe. Doors open at 8 p.m. Presale tickets $50. 8300 Sunset Blvd., 323.650.9090. bit.ly/StandardHollywood_NewYears
Viceroy Santa Monica
Dec 31. Twenty Eleven, a New Year’s Even Celebration features Mayer Hawthorne (DJ Set), Classixx, Jason Bentley, Raul Campos and more. The celebration includes premium hosted open bar and hor d’oeuvres, along with a midnight toast. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $200. 1819 Ocean Ave. Santa Monica, 310.260.7507. www.facebook.com/ViceroySM
Dec. 31. Playboy’s official 2011 New Year’s Eve celebration will take place at Hotel Shangri-La. Hosted by Playboy Playmate and covergirl Nikki Ziering along with Playmates Tiffany Selby, Patrice Hollis, Heather Smith and Pilar Lastra, the Playboy Hotel will be the premiere New Year’s Eve party on the West Coast. The celebration will feature sounds by DJ Rhiannon, DJ Heather Van Viper and DJ Allie Layus as well as a special guest performance by Listen Deep DJ Mikie Smithers. $75+. Hotel Shangri-La, 1301 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, 310.821.537. www.listendeepmusic.com/playboy
Black & White Masquerade Ball
Dec. 31. Wokcano Santa Moinca presents the event that features music by DJ Frankie and live entertainment by Brazilian Samba Dancers and Fire Dancers throughout the night. Enjoy passed hors d’oevres and an open vodka bar from 9-10 p.m. Black & White Cocktail Attire & Masks are required. $40 advance/$50 door; admission includes party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. Wokcano, 1413 5th Street Santa Monica, 310.458.3080. www.wokcanonewyears.eventbrite.com
Dec. 31. Celebrate with a live performance by The Spazmatics, DJ Lindsay Luv and an open bar. 8pm to 2am. $125. 8440 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollwood. rsvp: e-mail email@example.com newyearseve.morganshotelgroup.com
The Roxy Theatre
Dec. 31. The Roxy features a performance by Camp Freddy. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $50 for general admission; $100 for all-you-can-drink well, wine and beer; $200 for all-you-can-drink premium. 9009 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.278.9457.
Dec. 31. Band performs at the House of Blues Sunset. Doors open at 9 p.m., and the show starts at 10 p.m. Tickets start at $37; VIP tickets start at $77. 8430 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 323.848.5100.
At Key Club
Dec. 31. The Pharcyde headlines the night. Doors open at 8 p.m. General admission tickets are $40 and VIP tickets are $70. 9039 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, 310.274.5800.
Dec. 31. Saddle Ranch hosts its annual New Year’s celebration from 7 p.m.-2 a.m. Cover is $30 and includes a champagne toast and party favors. 8311 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 323.822.3850.
GAY & LESBIAN NIGHTLIFE
Dec. 31. “Let Them Eat Cake,” a Marie Antoinette inspired experience with living art, costumes, aerial performances and a new two-story DJ booth. VIP wrist bands can be purchased in advance for $100, including unlimited premium drinks and appetizers. There is never a cover at The Abbey and guests are welcome without wristbands. At midnight, enjoy a champagne toast and cupcakes. 692 N. Robertson Blvd., 310.855.9977.
Dec. 31. Find a New Year’s Eve celebration with champagne at midnight and DJs Morningstar and Paulo Ramirez will have guests dancing until 4 a.m. As always, admission includes all-you-can-ogle go-go boys. For presale tickets, email firstname.lastname@example.org. 8857 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.657.1176.
At Here Lounge
Dec. 31. Promoters Paul Nicholls and the Truck Stop Girlz present Enchantment featuring a “sensory overload countdown” with premium champagne at midnight. Cover is $15 from 8 – 10 p.m. and $20 after 10 p.m. For VIP table information, email enchantmentVIP@gmail.com. 696 N. Robertson Blvd., L.A., 310.360.8455.
Dec. 31. Find Fireball: Saints & Sinners, presented by Cherry Pop and Mr. Black. Doors open at 9 p.m. and the dancing doesn’t stop until 3 a.m. Presale tickets are available for $20 at www.tomwhitmanpresents.com. 661 N. Robertson Blvd., L.A., 310.659.4551.
Dec. 31. Jeffrey Sanker presents NYE11, featuring food, drink and celebration. Beginning at 5 p.m., a complete dinner package (including nightclub admission) is available for $75. Dancing starts at 11 p.m. and nightclub-only admission is just $10 including a champagne toast at midnight. 8811 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A., 310.855.0800.