The best New Year’s Eve parties in L.A.
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 to let their hair down, dance their faces off and playfully twerk and sing to mash-ups galore. And to further inspire reluctant travelers to get off the couch and into its playful world, Bootie L.A. will gift its famous mash-up mixtape to attendees.
Ring in 2018 with thousands of fellow Angelenos at the closest New Year’s Eve event L.A. has to a communal celebration. Stay up for the midnight countdown projected onto the exterior of City Hall—with more music and dancing to follow.
Travel back to the 1920s for this massive Prohibition era-themed NYE party, set in Downtown's 1930s Art Deco marvel, Union Station. The Main Concourse serves as the decadent celebration's backdrop, featuring live DJ sets and jazz, burlesque dancers, custom cocktails and champagne. The fabulously dressed 21-plus crowd sets the scene—Roaring Twenties attire is encouraged (think: flapper dresses, feathered headbands, tuxedos, top hats and spats); formal attire is required. Stick around for the NYE countdown and dropping of a 60-foot custom ball.
Lights & Music presents this turn-of-the-millennium-themed dance party extravaganza—spend your New Year’s Eve moving to your bubblegum pop favorites like the Spice Girls, *NSYNC, Madonna and Britney Spears, to name a few. Expect plenty of glitter, lollipops, rainbows, unicorns and girl power.
Spend a sparkly New Year’s Eve at the Ace as contemporary pin-up icon Dita Von Teese hosts this hour-and-forty-five-minute burlesque showcase. Scope out Sqarovski-embellished costumes in the lobby, or splurge on a meet and greet ticket to snap a photo with the Queen of Burlesque herself.
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 food trucks and relive some of the year's best pours.
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 L.A., after all.
Ring in 2018 aboard the Queen Mary. The 21 and over party has something for everyone on New Year’s Eve—whether you want a more mellow evening with food, drink and live musical performances (think: dueling pianos, Sir Mix-A-Lot, a Selena tribute band) or to dance the night away in a club-like atmosphere—they’ve got you covered. When the clock strikes midnight, share a New Year’s kiss under a dazzling fireworks display over the Pacific Ocean—cheesy, we know, but still romantic.
Ten times the lip locking and champagne toasts? Not a bad way to kick off 2018. Head to Big Bar in Los Feliz for New Year’s Eve celebrations as the clock hits midnight across the globe—tenfold. From 3pm to midnight L.A. time, you’ll have toasted to the new year with Paris, Dublin, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, New York and more. In case you lose track, boozy patrons can check out local artist Dave Stolte’s custom map to follow along the time zones. Bring your party hats and jam out to music from each region at every hour—it’s going to be one hell of a New Year’s bash.
It’s tricky to find New Year’s Eve plans that won’t leave you feeling both out of place and out of money, but this music-centric fest at the Commune at Ace Hotel and Swim Club in Palm Springs solves both holiday conundrums with sets from Wavves, the Love Language and Desert Daze DJs. Finish off your night of good vibes with a midnight champagne toast, included with the well-worth-it price of admission.
A couple times a year, Minimal Effort brings together some of the top talent in the underground house and techno scene. They throw a helluva party that requires, well, minimal effort on your part to have a good time. For New Year’s Eve, the quarterly concert includes sets from Justin Martin, DJ Tennis, Jimmy Edgar, J.Phlip and more.
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.
Just as your senior prom was a way to (sloppily) say goodbye to your high school years, this New Year’s Eve party is the perfect send-off to 2017. Gussy yourself up from an evening of ’80s power balads and aughts hip-jop jams as Djs and a live funk and soul band take over three rooms at Boardner’s. And unlike your actual prom, this one has (legal) booze, complete with four bars and a midnight champagne toast and balloon drop.
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