New Year's Eve parties in Los Angeles

Find the best New Year's Eve parties in LA with our list of the city's most celebratory soirees.

New Year's Eve in Los Angeles

Figuring out what to do for New Year's Eve in Los Angeles can be a challenge—should it be a black-tie affair? A laid-back shindig? A dance-til-morning marathon with music to match? To help suss out where you want to be when the ball drops, we've put together a list of the city's best events—from lavish and pricey to casual and, yes, free. Here, the best New Year's Eve parties in LA.

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Rhondapolis NYE 2015

LA's favorite dance party—the artsy, all-inclusive A Club Called Rhonda—goes all out for New Year's Eve, as would be expected. For the second year running, the outfit, known for attracting extreme dressers, will take over the Standard Downtown high-rise, expanding the celebration where the past year meets "the fierce year to come" across all 13 floors and four discotheques. Party from the lobby to the rooftop pool—the whole place is the domain of the "citizens of Rhondapolis." If you really want to commit to the experience, book one of the 207 private rooms, and then stick around on New Year's Day for the poolside hangover party.

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Wednesday December 31 2014 - Thursday January 1 2015

NYE 2015 Shit Show

Critics' pick

If steep VIP fees or formal galas make you want to stay home, then Bootie is your best bet. This party doesn’t charge a giant cover or encourage dressing to the nines for the night. Instead, it embraces the true spirit of NYE (it’s messy!) by welcoming an unpretentious crowd of 1,100 to let their hair down, dance their faces off and playfully twerk and sing to mashups galore. And to further inspire reluctant travelers to get off the couch and into its playful world, Bootie LA will gift its famous mashup mixtape to first 500 people who get the party started.

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Wednesday December 31 2014

Grand Park New Year's Eve LA

Getting out for New Year’s Eve can become one of the priciest dates of the year—especially if you have to pony up for a babysitter. But this year, Grand Park (most well-known for its food truck gatherings, lunchtime yoga sessions and summertime concerts) promises to be one of the most family-friendly—and affordable—NYE destinations in the city for the second NYE in a row. Flanked by the LA Music Center and City Hall, every inch of this three-block greenspace will be covered in culture, including City Hall, which will be used as a 22-story canvas for projections of photo-booth pics taken onsite, 3D projections and a countdown. Crowds will rock steady to a soundtrack of DJ-driven tunes, and count down with a new, interactive countdown, featuring 3-D digital video mapping on two sides of City Hall. And for those who simply can’t ring in the new year without a flute of champagne or two, a cash bar will be erected at this alfresco affair.

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Wednesday December 31 2014 Free

Prohibition NYE

Travel back to the 1920s for this massive Prohibition era-themed NYE party, set in downtown's 1930s art deco marvel, Union Station. The Fred Harvey Room serves as the decadent celebration's backdrop, offering live DJ sets and jazz, hand-rolled cigars, tray-passed oysters, burlesque dancers, custom cocktails and Champagne. The fabulously dressed crowd sets the scene—Roaring Twenties attire is encouraged (think: flapper dresses, feathered headbands, tuxedos, top hats and spats); formal attire is required.

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Wednesday December 31 2014 - Thursday January 1 2015

OMFG! NYE

Hosted by LED, one of SoCal’s biggest rave makers, this massive boasts a lineup that would make Coachella proud: Flosstradamus, GTA, Deorro, Madeon, Eric Prydz and Anna lunoe will play big-sound EDM anthems for a pumped 18 and up crowd for the three days leading up NYE.

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Monday December 29 2014 - Wednesday December 31 2014

NYE '15 at Angel City Brewery

Ring in the new year at Angel City Brewery with limited-edition brews on tap, live entertainment and a special toast at midnight.

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Wednesday December 31 2014

West Coast Soul NYE 2015

For those who maintain an active nightlife throughout the year, big party holidays can feel offputtingly bloated and overdone. If you’re looking to pound it out on the dancefloor rather than be entertained with blinking LED screens, costumed performers or celebrity antics, this stripped-down dance party of 300 at the King King is your 21-and-up, fuss-free jam come New Year's. There will be a continual dose of deep and funky house into the afterhours, only breaking to make a modest champagne toast at midnight.

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Wednesday December 31 2014

NYElectric

You can hit up the W’s Rooftop anyday of the year, but with its 360 degree downtown skyline-meets-Hollywood-Hills view, this trusted destination still serves as a stellar locale for NYE. Inside, the night is made special not by LED walls or caged dancers, but by DJ talent that knows how to capture the energy of a party and elevate care-free rug cutters to the next level of joy. Listen for feel-good house and deep-beat sets. Or, steal away for a pensive, one-on-one moment with nature or a makeout sesh in a cabana alongside the wetdeck—this is New Year's in LA, after all.

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Wednesday December 31 2014

6th Annual Cleopatra's 2015 New Year's Eve Ball

Touted as Hollywood's biggest and most popular New Year's Eve party, this Cleopatra-themed fete is set fittingly and charmingly at the classic Egyptian Theatre. Dress like an Egyptian (if you so choose), then dance and mingle in the theater's heated courtyard amid a hieroglyphics light show, go-go dancers, DJs, a premium open bar and giant LED countdown. Tickets are known to sell out, so plan ahead now.

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Wednesday December 31 2014 - Thursday January 1 2015

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