Written By: Olivia Otsuki New Year in LA
Whether you want to spend your New Year’s Eve enjoying a relaxing sunset on the beach, getting dolled up to watch fireworks on the Queen Mary, partying hard at celebrity hotspots, or starting 2017 in a happy state of food coma, we have all the best NYE destinations in Los Angeles lined up for you.
New Year in LA
The Federal Bar is a loved Long Beach gastropub built in a former bank – the ceilings are tall, and chandeliers and wooden walls give the whole restaurant a warm amber glow. For New Year’s Eve, the Federal Bar will feature a special holiday menu, which includes a three course meal of an appetizer, an entree, and a dessert. One of my favorite pairings is the Duck Confit Salad (that has arugula with a tangy berry dressing, mandarin oranges, spiced walnuts, and hard poached quail eggs), Bone in Ribeye (which is cooked to tenderness with peppercorn bordelaise, and sides of bacon fat sweet potato puree, sautéed red chard, and roasted garlic), and Chocolate Mousse (which is fluffy, with small shavings of chocolate, and comes decorated with a macaroon, a churro, and fresh strawberries. The other things they offer are Carrot Ginger Soup, Penne Pecorino, Bone in Ribeye, Lobster Risotto, Roasted Chicken, and Bordeaux Poached Pear & Baklava. For drinks, they have a wide selection of beers, wines, and specialty cocktails. One of my favorite cocktails is the Barrel Aged Blood Old Fashion.
102 Pine Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90802
Can’t go home for the holidays and feeling a little homesick? Firefly is homey, chic restaurant with a patio fireplace, soft white lights, and a library lounge indoors. There will be a special NYE menu, with a 4-course prix fixe menu for $125 a person. Specialty menu items include Main Lobster Bisque (poached lobster, puff pastry, sorrel, vanilla); Sonoma Duck (duck confit, local persimmon, broccoli rabe, 5 spice gastrique); Perigord Truffle Risotto (parmesan reggiano, sweet garlic, black truffle); Pear Tart (salted caramel, poire whipped cream). Firefly is the perfect place for a romantic dinner or a girl’s night to start off 2017. Music will be played by DJ Journey, and there will be a complimentary champagne toast at midnight!
11720 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, CA 91604
RockSugar Pan Asian Kitchen is the perfect date night destination. Chef Mohan has cooked up a special prix fixe NYE menu which includes three shared appetizers, two entrees, two shared sides, and two desserts, with a complimentary champagne toast! Some of their delicious bites include Crispy Chicken Samosas, Crispy Pan Seared Duck Breast, Thai Noodles, and Warm Chocolate Cake with Vietnamese Coffee Cream. Enter 2017 with the happiest food coma ever. The price is $68 per person, and their full menu is available upon request.
10250 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Spago Beverly Hills will offer two different seatings to ensure you have the perfect New Year’s Eve. For those who need dinner plans before their late night party plans, the first seating is for you. The first seating is from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., and for $98, includes a 3-course Pre-Fixe menu. The second seating begins at 9:30 p.m., and for $280, includes a 3-course menu, live DJ and dancing, and a 1AM bountiful breakfast buffet.
176 North Canon Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Check out Norah in West Hollywood. This is the perfect place to share inventive American dishes with a group of your best friends. Norah will provide a 5-course tasting menu with beverage pairing. Some of their delicious dishes include caviar, truffles, and foie gras. The menu includes Foie Gras Boudin with savory oats and huckleberries; Agnolotti with winter squash and shaved black truffles; and Wagyu Striploin with smoked mushroom jus, beef cheek croquettes, romanesco, and whipped mornay. Guests are welcome to come from 6 p.m.- 9 p.m. with complimentary midnight champagne. “For Norah’s first New Year’s Eve, I’m excited to offer a variety of experiences to our guests… Our full a la carte menu will be available, as will a chef’s tasting menu that will feature some more luxury ingredients, such as wagyu beef, foie gras and black truffle… We are also offering some amazing wine pairings, and lots of champagne, ” says Chef Mike Williams. For those who do not drink alcohol, there will be non-alcoholic beverage pairings with each meal. Reservations are available through online ticketing platform Tock for $200 per person (tax and service charge added at checkout).
8279 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90046
The Garland is a family oriented hotel with an outdoor patio restaurant. For New Year’s Eve, The Front Yard’s Executive Chef Larry Greenwood and Chef de Cuisine Jacob Smith will be preparing delicious meals to pair with champagne. Guests can choose between two options. The first is a special 3-course meal for $75 a person, which will include a choice of three appetizers, four entrees, two desserts, and a welcome glass of Mumm Napa Brut Prestige. The second choice is from the a la carte menu, which includes Tuna Tartare Tacos, Peas and Carrots Gnocchi, Alaskan Halibut, Dry Aged Angus Ribeye and Valley Fried Chicken. Enjoy good food and good music with a live DJ who will be playing until 1 a.m. The party doesn’t stop there! On the morning of New Year’s Day, the Garland will also be hosting a Pajama Brunch.
4222 Vineland Ave.
North Hollywood, CA 91602
NYE by the Ocean
Kick off the new year at the beach. After watching the last sunset of the year, head over to The Lincoln Wine Bar — doors open at 7 p.m. with no cover! They have a great selection of winter-inspired craft cocktails. Some of our favorites are The Mid-Autumn at 2:27 in Upstate New York with Rye, Amaro Averna, Clove, Coriander, and Orange Bitters. When the clock strikes 12, there will be complimentary champagne!
2536 Lincoln Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90291
Feel like a Rockefeller at the Queen Mary’s New Year’s Eve extravaganza. Walk the halls of the ship decorated with original chandeliers and Art Deco design. The event is from 7:30 p.m. – 1 a.m. with the choice of General Admission, or VIP Tickets. General Admission tickets are $99 and include admission, fireworks, and access to select parties: Avatar, Urban Cowboy, Mambo Kings, Matrix, The Godfather, and Now You See Me. VIP tickets are $199 and include admission, premium firework viewing, two drink tickets, and access to all parties.
Guests must be 21 years old to attend. Reservations for dining at Queen Mary’s restaurants are required. Bottle service packages and private cabanas are available. For more information, pricing, hotel packages and more, visit www.queenmary.com or call 877-342-0742.
1126 Queens Hwy
Long Beach, CA 90802
Not ready to say goodbye to winter yet? Celebrate the New Year at the rooftop L.P Chalet Ski Party. Travel back in time to a 1980’s Aspen ski lodge with rustic cabin decorations, like birch trees, antler chandeliers, and woolen throws. Get your 80’s outfits ready, and party in the 5, 500 square foot winter wonderland with an open bar (from 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.) and delicious signature passed appetizers! “The Crunchy Australian Grilled Lamb Chops are absolutely to die for– juicy and crispy with a glaze–they are certainly on the list! I’d also be trying one of our new cocktails, perhaps ‘Cake By The Ocean’ an alcoholic boba drink that has vodka infused with cake and frosting flavored boba. Hello! If you’re looking for something more Apres then the hot cider is the one for you, ” says Grant Simillie, co-founder of EP & LP. For more information, check here.
603 N La Cienega Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
So, winter isn’t really your thing. You’d rather be in Hawaii. Party at North Hollywood’s Tiki No’s Masquerade Ball. The masquerade party will feature two live bands, DJ and dancing – all the while, overlooking Waikiki Beach with fireworks over the ocean. You can also choose their VIP Package that comes with a four-course dinner, party favors, fresh flower leis, and more. There is also the option for a VIP Party Package, which comes with an exclusive bartender bottle service, and more. Doors open at 7 p.m. For more information, visit here.
4657 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91602
The infamous Power House recently revamped their drinks and decor. Right on the corner of Hollywood and Highland, this bar has a vintage film noir feel. Celebrate NYE (and Christmas Eve) at this legendary bar, and try their most popular drink, The Ally Oop. There will be complimentary champagne at midnight, cocktail and beer specials all night, and no cover charge!
1714 N Highland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Every year, Bootsy Bellows throws a N.Y.E. party that attracts crowds of the hottest celebrities, and trendsetters. Experience all of the retro glitz, glam, and disco balls of the glamorous 1960’s Hollywood. On N.Y.E., they will feature a five-hour premium hosted bar, party favors, and live performances by Top DJ’s. “[We are most excited for] headlining music spun by celebrity deejays, DJ CJ and Talon Reid with a special guest performance by hip hop artist, Vic Mensa, and special choreographed performances by their burlesque dancers” says staff at Bootsy Bellows. Tickets start at $89; they can be purchased at HWoodNYE.com
9229 W Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
For the past three years, Sportsmen’s Lounge has hosted a party with 400 people. Enjoy a classy, comfortable environment, with non-stop music of every genre – from oldies, swing, rock, rap, salsa, techno, disco, and more! Tickets include a three-course gourmet dinner, two bands, CDs, professional dance hosts, and free parking. It’s a Baby Boomer bash for singles, couples, and groups of friends. Seats fill up quick, so register as soon as possible! Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $79; Click here for more information.
12825 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604
It’s time to get Gatsby! One of downtown Los Angeles’ biggest holiday bashes returns this year for McCullough and Ross’ 5th Annual Prohibition New Year’s Eve at the classic Union Station. If you’re looking for an open bar (who isn’t?!), a poppin’ dance floor, featured musical artists, and an excuse to dress up (specifically in Roaring ‘20s attire), then this is your go-to for an epic NYE!
800 N Alameda Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012