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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Total Eclipse at the Ace DTLA

Critics' pick

What better place to ring in 2015 than at the Ace rooftop? Head to the DTLA spot for Total Eclipse, a party boasting Twin Shadow as its host and DJ, along with sets from Pegasus Warning and Black Gatsby, a dance performance by Ligia Lewis and an installation by Andy Byers. The best part about this bash? It's free with RSVP. Dress to impress in black and white, masked or cloaked (everyone's big reveal happens at midnight). As the Ace says, "We're in the moments of a shift. The year's crescent light is fading. We're running together towards the joyful unknown." So, you know, party on.

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Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles Wednesday December 31 2014 Free

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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Standard Downtown 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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The Regent Theater 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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Grand Park Free

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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Shrine Auditorium & Expo Center

Rapture NYE Edition

Lights & Music presents this '80s and '90s dance party extravaganza—spend your New Year's Eve moving to music inspired by Prince, the Spice Girls, Pet Shop Boys, Madonna, Salt-n-Peppa, New Edition, Blondie, Talking Heads, Bobby Brown, Janet Jackson, David Bowie, Debbie Deb, the Cure, George Michael and Depeche Mode, to name a few. Arrive before 10pm and you'll only pay $10—if you come later, it's $15 at the door.

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The Satellite Wednesday December 31 2014

Spaceland and Moon Block Party Present: New Year's Eve 2015

Get out of town this New Year's Eve and ring in 2015 in the desert to the tunes of up-and-coming L.A. indie rockers Fool's Gold, Deap Vally and Crystal Skulls. The party—presented by a triumvirate of tastemakers: Spaceland, Moon Block Party and KCRW—at Palm Springs' always-hip Ace Hotel will culminate with a fitting Champagne toast at midnight.

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Ace Hotel Palm Springs Wednesday December 31 2014 - Thursday January 1 2015

No Cover New Years 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. Grab dinner from trucks like Slanging Corea Korean BBQ, the Hurricane soul food and Sweet E's Bake Shop. Re-live all the best brews of 2014 on tap and enoy live music by Dirty Lingo, J.U.I.C.E and Animal Games. And if you're one of the first 150 guests, you'll nab a free party favor.

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Angel City Brewery Free

Unique USA's NYE Bash

Critics' pick

Flapper dresses, fur coats, feathery boas, and champagne—need we say more? Dance and drink your way into the New Year at Unique USA’s 1920s inspired New Year’s Eve party with all the bells and whistles of a true Gatsby-style bash. Grab your tickets for a lively night filled with sweet and savory treats, cold bubbly, great tunes, dancing and a hangover-proof midnight pizza party (pure genius).

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The Unique Space Wednesday December 31 2014

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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Union Station Wednesday December 31 2014 - Thursday January 1 2015

New Year's Eve 2014 Spanish Masquerade

The new year is all about self-awareness. So why not use the last hours of 2014 to bathe in indulgent anonymity? Replicate the sultry fun of Eyes Wide Shut at this masked party steeped in twisted, opulent design and populated with stilt walkers, tarot card readers and face painters. Indulge in custom made, hand-rolled cigars (you pick the blend), cava, wine, molecular tapas and desserts. Then dance it all off to DJ-spun pop, rock, hip-hip and house in this multi-roomed, Philip Starck-designed space that lets you find your type of reveler (effervescent souls will gravitate toward the pink Patisserie, vixens to the blood-red lit Rojo) despite the many masks.

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The Bazaar by José Andrés Wednesday December 31 2014 - Thursday January 1 2015

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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King King

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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W Hollywood

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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Egyptian Theatre Wednesday December 31 2014 - Thursday January 1 2015

Let's Party NYE

Ring in 2015 at the legendary Park Plaza hotel. KCRW is teaming up with A-OK Collective and IAMSOUND for a raucous party full of live music, dj sets and dancing. Devonté Hynes (formerly of Test Icicles and Lightspeed Champion) will headline the night in his new reincarnation, Blood Orange, and Classixx and a set by Kindness are also on the eclectic bill (as is Blake Anderson of Workaholics). Guests can also enjoy a portrait studio and an open bar. Cheers!

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Park Plaza Wednesday December 31 2014 - Thursday January 1 2015

Comments

4 comments
Jack M
Jack M

Another fun event for this: The Groundlings Theatre is doing a big celebration on New Year's Eve too!

Bernie Y
Bernie Y

How can I add an event to this list?

Sara F
Sara F moderator

@Jack M Hey Jack, please shoot us an email and we'll add it to the list! music.la@timeout.com

Sara F
Sara F moderator

@Bernie Y Send us an email please! music.la@timeout.com