Ring in 2018 at these 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
Prohibition NYE at Union Station
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman Prohibition NYE at Union Station
By Erika Stalder and Michael Juliano |

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 L.A.

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The best New Year’s Eve parties in L.A.

Bootie LA NYE
Photograph: Joe Stewart, courtesy Bootie LA

Bootie L.A. New Year's Eve

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.

Grand Park New Year's Eve LA.
Photograph: Courtesy Grand Park
Things to do


icon-location-pin Grand Park, Downtown

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.

Prohibition NYE at Union Station
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

Prohibition NYE

icon-location-pin Union Station, Downtown

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.

Clubs, Pop

Candi Pop Dance Party

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.

Nightlife, Cabaret and burlesque

Dita Von Teese’s New Year’s Eve Gala Show

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.

Angel City Brewery
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

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 food trucks and relive some of the year's best pours.


W Hollywood New Years

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.

Queen Mary
Photograph: Courtesy the Queen Mary
Things to do, Festivals

New Year’s Eve aboard the Queen Mary

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.

Big Bar
Photograph: Courtesy Big Bar/Eugene Lee
Bars, Cocktail bars

New Year's Eve x10

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.

Music, Indie rock

New Year's Eve at the Ace Hotel Palm Springs

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.

Music, Dance and electronic

Minimal Effort

icon-location-pin The Belasco Theater, Downtown

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.

6th Annual Cleopatra's 2015 New Year's Eve Ball
Photograph: Courtesy CaliforniaNightlife.com

Cleopatra’s New Year's Eve Ball

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.


Hollywood Prom

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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