Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Mesa

From black tie events to concerts on the shore, raise a glass to 2017 at these top Orange County New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Edited by Laura Okey

New Year’s Eve at Mesa
Party like a celebrity at Mesa this New Year’s Eve as the paparazzi photographs your red carpet entry. Enjoy an exclusive menu of innovative appetizers and small plates along with musical entertainment from WEARETREO and Toro Bros. and a live participant-based fashion show. The hosted portion of the evening includes bites like angus croustades (sliced rare angus steak atop toasted baguette with horseradish whip and micro dijon), mini white cheddar and truffle grilled cheese sandwiches and more. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Hosted cocktails and appetizers from 9-10:30 p.m. Presale $75, at the door $150. Mesa, 725 Baker St., Costa Mesa, 714.557.6700.


The Bungalow New Year’s Eve
Hit Huntington Beach’s hottest nightlife destination for a black tie event. Dance all night long while enjoying ocean views and a premium hosted bar. 8 p.m. $140. 21058 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 310.374.3099.


Hollywood-Style New Year’s Eve at Queen Mary
Toast to 2017 aboard the majestic Queen Mary and ring in the new year with a night of delicious food, spectacular drinks and entertainment inspired by Hollywood’s most iconic films. Travel throughout the ship’s decks, ballrooms and salons to step into your favorite films including Dirty Dancing, Urban Cowboy, Goldfinger, Avatar and more. The grand finale of the evening consists of a spectacular fireworks display.  Reservations for dining at Queen Mary’s restaurants are required. 21 and over. 7:30 p.m.-1 a.m. $99-$199. Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 877.342.0742.


The Black & White Party at Aqua Lounge
Dress up in your best black and white ensembles while popular Southern California DJ Tirade will light up the dance floor to the wee hours of 2017. Featuring surprise party favors and premium drinks—including Veuve Clicquot Champagne, Ketel One vodka, Cîroc vodka and Don Julio tequila—this elegant soirée is sure to be unforgettable. Tickets include specialty cocktail and champagne toast at midnight. 9 p.m. $100. Aqua Lounge, Island Hotel, 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.760.4920.


New Year's Eve at AnQi
New Year’s Eve at AnQi

NYE at AnQi
Join AnQi for an extraordinary New Year’s Eve. Begin with a five-course prix-fixe dinner featuring courses like caviar, foie gras and prime beef with a Perrier Jouet champagne toast. Afterwards, the restaurant will transform into a swanky party with a DJ, aerialists, dancers and figure skaters. Drinks will be flowing with an open premium bar and hosted Perrier Jouet champagne bar, as well as passed appetizers and a caviar station. Bottle service available after 10 p.m. Reservations required. Dinner 7-9 p.m. Party 10 p.m. Dinner $153; late night cocktail reception $100; dinner and cocktail reception $215. 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.557.5679.



Montage Laguna Beach New Year’s Eve Gala
Celebrate the new year in style beginning with an exclusive cocktail reception followed by an intimate four-course meal. Also find live entertainment by The Shadowboxers and special guest, Kenny Loggins. The opening reception, held in the resort’s courtyard, will offer cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres, a caviar station and an artisan cheese and charcuterie gallery while DJ #Whosethatgirl kicks off the entertainment for the night. Following the cocktail reception, a plated four-course meal curated by executive chef Rob Wilson will be served. Menu highlights include handpicked wine pairings, foie gras au torchon on a buttered brioche and a Snake River Farms Kobe striploin. The evening will conclude with a decadent dessert display, featuring a cordial/cognac bar, specialty coffee bar and a midnight champagne toast as guests dance the night away. Cocktail attire. 7 p.m.  $495-$1195. 30801 Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.715.6420.



Skyloft New Year’s Eve
Dine on fabulous smokehouse fare and end enjoy live music before the clock strikes midnight. Chef Arthur Ortiz is featuring popular dishes like fried green tomatoes and albodingas soup as well as special NYE-only entrees that include steak and lobster tail, pineapple-glazed salmon and a Cali smoked sampler plate. Dinner includes free passage to the New Year’s Eve party which features renowned LA-based female DJ, B Selecta. Dinner seatings and price: 4 p.m., $50; 7 p.m., $75; 9 p.m. $100. NYE Party only $20 cover. 422 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.715.1550.



Concert on the Shore at Hyatt Huntington Beach
Head to the beach this New Year’s Eve for an evening full of tunes and good times. Celebrate with rock, pop and R&B band Morris Day & The Time. Guitarist Peter White and saxophonist Mindi Abair will get the party groovin’, DJ Jonathan Phillips will be spinning your favorite tunes all night and Pat Prescott from 94.7 The Wave will be hosting the evening’s festivities. VIP tickets include dinner at Watertable. Doors open at 7 p.m. Purchase in advance. Tickets start at $110. Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach, 21500 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 949.360.7800.


New Year’s Eve Uncorked at Red Bar & Lounge
Cork the bottle this New Year’s Eve with Red Bar & Lounge. Champagne, cocktails, party favors and a late night menu will accompany live entertainment from DJ Shammy Dee. Reserve a booth with bottle service for up to ten for additional cost. $25/pp includes champagne toast at midnight and party favors. Booth reservations start at $250. Hotel Irvine, Red Bar & Lounge, 17900 Jamboree Road, Irvine, 949.225.6757.


Enjoy ever-flowing Moet & Chandon champagne at Toast on the Coast.

Toast on the Coast at Monarch Beach Resort
Ring in 2017 at Monarch Beach Resort at the glamorous soirée Toast on the Coast. Indulge on ever-flowing Moet & Chandon, gourmet canapés and enjoy a live band, a DJ and enormous dance floor to party the night away. Enhance the experience with a VIP cabana, complete with dedicated bottle service and reserved seating. Special overnight room packages are available and start at $999 inclusive of tickets for two. Tickets include event access, complimentary champagne all night and appetizer stations. 10:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. $225/pp. One Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point, 855.368.2940.


Mozambique New Year’s Eve
Say farewell to 2016 with fabulous food and two levels of entertainment at Mozambique. Choose from one of six different dining room experiences. Enjoy appetizer and soup selections such as the portobello stack or roasted tomato tequila soup and choose from 12 entrée items that include steak and lobster, cioppino, wood-grilled Mozambique prawns, New Zealand rack of lamb and more. Dinner includes free passage to the New Year’s Eve party which features a room for fans of jazz and blues, and another for those seeking high-energy funk and soul. Dinner seatings and price: 5-7 p.m., $69; 7:30-10:30 p.m., $99. NYE party only $20 cover. 1740 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.715.7777.


New Year’s Eve at Laguna Cliffs Marriott
Dec. 31. Ring in the New Year with Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa. Enjoy live music from jazz artist John Troy and a four-course meal. Afterwards, head to the OverVue Lounge for a champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight. Dinner 5-10 p.m., $109. OverVue Lounge 9 p.m.-1 a.m., $25. Laguna Cliffs Resort & Spa, 25135 Park Lantern, Dana Point, 949.487.7577.


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