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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 for 2015

Rhondapolis NYE

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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Standard Downtown , Downtown Thursday December 31 2015

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 count down with a new, interactive countdown, featuring 3-D digital video mapping on two sides of City Hall.

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Grand Park , Downtown Thursday December 31 2015

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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The Satellite , Silver Lake Thursday December 31 2015

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 , Downtown Thursday December 31 2015

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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The Bazaar by José Andrés Thursday December 31 2015

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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King King , Hollywood Thursday December 31 2015


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 , Hollywood Thursday December 31 2015

Cleopatra's 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 , Hollywood Thursday December 31 2015


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?