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-till-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.
Ring in 2020 with thousands of fellow Angelenos at the closest event L.A. has to a communal countdown. Show up early for DJ sets, photogenic installations and food trucks, and stick around for a midnight countdown projected onto City Hall.
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. Stick around for the NYE countdown and dropping of a 60-foot custom ball.
No matter the occassion, parties at the Theatre at Ace Hotel promise a good time—and a glittering gala to welcome in 2020 sounds like it’ll be the best time. A slew of house, funk and soul DJs will spin underneath a giant disco ball. You can upgrade your ticket to have dinner on the theater’s stage or to have access to a VIP open bar—but we also appreciate an affordable dancing-only option for the rest of us.
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.
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, expect sets from Sirus Hood, Bart Skils B2B with a special guest, Ross From Friends, Sharam, Detlef B2B Latmun, Doc Martin and more.
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.
Ring in 2020 aboard the Queen Mary. The 21-and-over, 1920s-themed party has something for everyone on New Year’s Eve—whether you want a more mellow evening with food, drink and live musical performances 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.
Ring in the New Year with confetti, pyro and 30,000 of your closest friends at Countdown. Over30 dance acts invade San Bernardino’s NOS Events Center for this year-end fest. Alesso, Borgore, Galantis, Porter Robinson, the Chainsmokers and more top this year’s lineup.