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Ring in 2022 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

Michael Juliano
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Michael Juliano
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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? To make sure that you’re up to something special at the stroke of midnight, we’ve put together a list of the city’s best events for NYE. Whether you’re looking for some lavish or casual, or even something to do that’s free or at home, we’ve got a New Year’s Eve party in L.A. for you.

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Don’t forget: You’ll need to provide proof of vaccination for just about all of the parties. We’re also keeping our eye on event cancellations and will update this story with the latest info.

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

  • Clubs

This year’s event has been canceled.

Travel back to the 1920s for this massive Prohibition era-themed NYE party, set in Downtown’s 1930s Art Deco marvel, Union Station. The handsome station serves as the decadent celebration’s backdrop, featuring a DJ set from Cut Copy, a jazz ensemble, burlesque dancers, custom cocktails and champagne. The fabulously dressed 21-plus crowd sets the scene—formal, Roaring Twenties attire is encouraged (think: flapper dresses, feathered headbands, tuxedos, top hats and spats). Stick around for the NYE countdown and dropping of a 60-foot custom ball!

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  • Performances

There won’t be an in-person party this year yet again, but Grand Park is still hosting a free sendoff to 2021 with this virtual New Year’s Eve event. Esty, DUCKWRTH and Kinky will headline the evening, with DJ sets in between from Peanut Butter Wolf and J.Rocc. And the annual countdown on City Hall will carry on in digital form thanks to a 3-D recreation on the stream. You can tune in on traditional TV via Fuse, or you can find free streams on the Fuse and Grand Park YouTube pages.

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  • Nightlife

Most New Year’s Eve parties in L.A. celebrate the stroke of midnight on the West Coast, and a bunch mark the ball drop on the East Coast, as well. But Big Bar celebrates the occasion with 10 countdowns. That’s 10 different playlists with 10 original cocktails for each hour—and to make up for a NYE-less 2020, each block is inspired by a different year of Big Bar's signature event, starting with 2011 at 3pm. Just a heads up: This year's event will be held outdoors only, but proof of vaccination will still be required for the patio.

  • Nightlife

This year’s event has been canceled.

No matter the occasion, parties at the Theatre at Ace Hotel promise a good time—and a neon synth-soaked soiree to welcome in 2022 sounds like it’ll be the best time. Neon Indian, Blackpaw and Dazzle will all perform underneath a giant disco ball. Elsewhere in the DTLA hotel, you’ll find dinner specials at downstairs restaurant LOAM, and an alfresco celebration ($20) on the rooftop at Upstairs.

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  • Clubs

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.

  • Clubs

Ring in the new year at Angel City Brewery with limited-edition brews on tap, magicians, aerialists and a special beer toast at midnight. Grab dinner from food trucks and relive some of the year’s best pours. And, as the name implies, there’s no cover to attend—just make sure to secure a spot early.

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  • Nightlife

If you worked hard for your money—so hard that you don’t really feel like living the house on NYE—then let Of the Night handle your evening. The Disco Dining Club delivery spinoff is shipping Donna Summer-themed party packages nationwide so that you can dance the last dance of the year with sparklers, a gold disco ball, balloon drop essentials and a gold flower crown and wings and feel love with canned wine and chocolate rum birthday cake. Just make sure to get your order in by December 19.

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  • Nightlife

Spend New Year’s Eve with a little bit of South of France swagger as Bar Lis rings in 2022 with an open bar, passed hors d’oeuvres, live jazz and DJ sets, and a midnight champagne toast. If you’re just interested in an open bar on a Hollywood rooftop, then consider an after-midnight ticket at a fraction of the price.

  • Music
  • Dance and electronic

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 Dubfire, Nick Warren, Layton Giordani and more.

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  • Music
  • Music festivals

Ring in the New Year with confetti, pyro and 30,000 of your closest friends at Countdown. Expect over 30 dance acts to invade San Bernardino’s NOS Events Center for this year-end fest—which will take over both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. This year’s lineup includes deadmau5, Tiësto, NGHTMRE, RL Grime, Rezz, Subtronics, Afrojack, Major Lazer and more.

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