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New Year's Eve parties in Los Angeles

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

Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
Prohibition NYE at Union Station

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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The best New Year's Eve parties in LA

NYE 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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Until Thu Dec 31

Grand Park New Year's Eve LA

Grand Park promises to be one of the most family-friendly—and affordable—NYE destinations in the city for the third year in a row. Flanked by the 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, 3-D projections and a countdown. Crowds will rock steady to a soundtrack of DJ-driven tunes and live bands, and count down with a new, interactive countdown, featuring 3-D digital video mapping on two sides of City Hall.

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Until Thu Dec 31

Rhondapolis NYE (CANCELLED)

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. 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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Until Thu Dec 31

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 be let in for free—if you come later, it's $10 at the door.

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Until Thu Dec 31

Pluto's First Party

We think this is a no cover, cosmically-themed dance party atop Ace Hotel. And we're pretty sure Devendra Banhart is performing. But, well, here's what Upstairs has to say about its New Year's Eve Party: "So here we are. The Moon Wrestling Matrons of Mars. Pluto’s Lone Pioneers. In this new land. Everything beyond the realm of our imagination. Here, finally, after traveling light years. And it’s New Years Eve. And we want to fucking party. 14 floors closer to the cosmos." And that doesn't even mention the future lifeform caricatures, alien sightseeing and spectacular Interstellar Light Installations by Galen Pehrson

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Until Thu Dec 31

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 Kai Kai Dumplings, Market Burgers and Peaches’ Smokehouse & Southern Kitchen. Re-live all the best brews of 2015 on tap and enoy live music by Dirty Lingo, J.U.I.C.E and Naked Walrus. And if you're one of the first 150 guests, you'll nab a free party favor.

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Until Thu Dec 31

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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Until Thu Dec 31

NYE at LA Mother

Bathe yourself in blasts from confetti cannons and the glory of an open bar that runs until 3am during this New Year's Eve bash at LA Mother. Both the inside and outside of the multipurpose Hollywood complex will host guests for a midnight countdown, champagne toast, food trucks and more. Chris Malinchak headlines the L'Affaire Musicale and Ouija Entertainment produced lineup that also includes Bobby Nourmand, Eric Sharp, Adam Auburn and more.

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Until Thu Dec 31

New Year's Eve Spanish Masquerade

The new year is all about self-awareness. So why not use the last hours of 2015 to bathe in indulgent anonymity? Replicate the sultry fun of Eyes Wide Shut—minus the whole sex party thing—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, modernist 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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Until Thu Dec 31

West Coast Soul NYE

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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Until Thu Dec 31
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5 comments
Jack M
Jack M

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

Sara Fay
Sara Fay moderator

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

Bernie Y
Bernie Y

How can I add an event to this list?