The time of year has arrived for that inevitable question our holiday brains tend to delay until the 11th hour: “What are you doing for New Years?”How does a convivial night at an exclusive restaurant with your closest friends sound? Would you prefer entertainment from the comfort of your reserved seat at a concert? Or perhaps sparkler-adorned bottles, champagne showers and caviar dreams are more your style.
With a roundup this incredible, you won’t be dropping the ball on making plans. Be sure to avoid traffic and imbibe with reckless abandon by riding Metro for free. Whether a swanky dinner is what you crave or you’re looking to dance your way into 2013, there’s a venue suitable for every party palate. Raise a glass, pucker up and celebrate.
10th Annual Saints or Sinners New Years Eve
Roosevelt Hollywood Hotel
7000 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Are you naughty or nice? Choose a side at the 10th Annual Saints or Sinners New Years Eve party at one of the most historic and glamorous monuments in Hollywood. This event is a hotel-wide takeover, including the Blossom Ballroom, Teddy’s, Tropicana and the historic lobby.
Performances will feature Eva Simons, Adam Auburn, Mei Lwun, David Bullock and many more. VIP ticket holders get limited open bar and exclusive access to Teddy’s all night long. Don your best angelic or devilish costume and enjoy amazing music, dramatic balloon drops and other surprises in a venue where old and young Hollywood unite. Expect a lively mid-20s to early 40s crowd.
9229 West Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Party like a Dom Pérignon-swigging rock star at this modern day Rat Pack bash, hosted by owner David Arquette. Music by DJ Politik will instigate dancing atop tables as burlesque, marionette puppetry and surprise performances with a baby grand piano ensue. The talk around town is that this is the place to be for NYE. Just ask the A-listers, socialites, models, industry big shots, paparazzi and everyone who knows Arquette. Get weird with the 20s to early 40s crowd.
The Grand Ball
Greystone Manor Supperclub
643 N La Cienega Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90069
This black tie affair will pay tribute to old Hollywood glamour and opulence. Devin Lucien will be providing the kind of music that only one of Los Angeles’ most sought after DJ’s can offer. Party-goers will line up en masse at this Hollywood glitterati hotspot for what is sure to be a signature night of SBE debauchery at its greatest. Expect an upscale 20s to mid-30s scene.
6675 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA, 90028
Expect the unexpected at “Celebrate Artfully,” starting with a three-course dinner in the bed-like booths while avant garde performances serve up plentiful eye candy throughout the meal. Many more discoveries are sure to be had at Supperclub, a concept that originated in Amsterdam. It’s perfect for those looking for a modern take on vintage nightlife. Expect a mix of affluent club goers and showbiz professionals in their 20s and 30s.
Spanish Masquerade Ball
The Bazaar by Jose Andres
465 South La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Bring your mask and join the “Spanish Masquerade” at The Bazaar by José Andrés, winner of the James Beard “Outstanding Chef” Award. Incognito guests will enjoy multiple dining areas and tray-passed tapas. Sip on wine or choose your favorite specialty drink at several cocktail stations. Cap the night off with desserts in the patisserie and then dance the calories off. Join a crowd of late 20s to early 50s with a fetish for food, cocktails and decadence.
Night of Comedy with Kevin Hart
Hyde Staples Center
1111 S. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015
With sharp wit likened to comedic legends such as Eddie Murphy, Kevin Hart will perform his comedy show “Let Me Explain,” sure to incite uproarious laughter from an intimate crowd. Ascend in a special elevator to get access to this luxuriously appointed hideaway inside Staples Center. This venue attracts well-funded sport fans, socialites and industry big shots in their 20s to 30s.
The Time of Your Life NYE Celebration
6250 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA. 90028
Ring in the New Year perched 12 stories atop the W Hotel. When the go-go dancers take a break, take a swing on the tall red lamps that double as stripper poles in the main dance floor. Just be sure not to fall into the pool when seeking fresh air. Celebrate with a range of choices including a five-course dinner, open bar and private seating packages. Attracts the 20s to early 30s club-goers, jet setters and the creative industry crowd.
The Abbey Food and Bar
692 N Robertson Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Channel your inner Cuban side for a night of “muy caliente” moves on the dance floor to music by DJ John Joseph. A West Hollywood institution, the spacious venue emulates a church-themed Spanish villa and has been voted “Best Gay Bar” in the Zagat Guide for seven years running. It’s the ideal spot for those looking for a trendy hotspot with a colorful and welcoming vibe. NYE packages include a hosted bar, appetizers and a champagne toast. This venue attracts sophisticated gay singles and straight groups in their 20s to 50s.
Solid Gold NYE 2013
6506 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Playhouse & Monday Social present Solid Gold NYE with Cedric Gervais and DJ Eye. Cool cats and foxy ladies, bring your mojo for a groovy night on the sunken dance floor. This seductive 13,000-square-foot, circus-themed nightclub is popular with the early to mid-20s club crowd and college students.
1439 Ivar Ave
Hollywood, CA 90028
At this glitzy “see and be seen” mega club, revelers won’t want have their eyes wide shut. Enjoy sensory overload in the main room with motion-sensitive LED screens and DJ Savi on stage. Join this A-list crowd for the first NYE celebration at this Hollywood hotspot. The indoor forecast calls for a massive downpour of champagne showers. Early 20s to mid-30s bottle service big shots, socialite partiers and fat cat visitors flock to this venue.
Avalon New Years Eve Presents Markus Schulz
1735 Vine St
Los Angeles CA 90028
Inside of the Spanish Colonial façade you’ll find a DJ-driven venue for the EDM-loving masses. DJ Markus Shulz will be shelling out the soundtrack to partiers’ glow stick-enhanced moves on the dance floor. Although early presale tickets are already sold out, regular tickets are available. Expect an 18-to-40s mix of EDM-loving clubbers.
New Year’s Eve 2013 with Thomas Gold and Vice
6021 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Join SBE and Insomniac as they debut one of the most game-changing nightlife collaborations of the year. Thomas Gold and L.A. native DJ Vice take over the infamous Funktion One Sound System inside 20,000 square feet of LED screen-laden glory. If you’re going for the splurge, the VIP area is located on the second level (Agency Nightclub). This epic celebration calls for a special midnight show that will keep you dancing into 2013, with extended party hours ending at 4 a.m. Expect a rambunctious early 20s to mid-30s crowd.
Joy Bitonio has the phrase “Joie de Vivre” tattooed on her shoulder, a reminder to enjoy life every single day. She has a voracious appetite for fun, adventure, food, good cocktails and works out like a madwoman to keep it all together. Her fitness articles can be found on examiner.com. Follow her on Twitter.