Let’s face it… New Year’s Eve is serious business. Ringing in the New Year in high style is an essential task, but it doesn’t have to be challenging. With elegant and innovative dining options, hot nightclubs, rockin’ music venues and hip hotels, WeHo aims to please this New Year’s Eve.
Only in West Hollywood will revelers find the notorious Sunset Strip, eclectic Santa Monica Boulevard (home of LA’s premier gay and lesbian scene), and The Avenues, a fashion, art and design district – each offering a unique array of experiences. Presented here are many of the city’s premier NYE events, divided into four categories: dining, nightlife, LGBT nightlife and hotels.
• BLT Steak will offer diners a special three-course prix-fixe menu and its regular menu. The restaurant is open from 6 – 11:30 p.m., perfect for starting an evening on The Sunset Strip. (8720 Sunset Blvd., 310-360-1950)
• BOA Sunset will offer a prix-fixe menu with two seatings: first seating is 6:30-7 p.m. and costs $95; second seating is from 9-9:30 p.m. and is $165. Boa will have live entertainment with a DJ. (9200 Sunset Blvd, 323-650-8383)
• Katana will feature two seatings: the first seating is from 6-8:45 p.m. with the regular menu; the second seating is 9-9:30 p.m. with a $125 five-course prix-fixe menu and champagne toast. Enjoy a DJ and dancing overlooking The Sunset Strip. Bar cover is $20 after 9 p.m. (8439 Sunset Blvd., 323-650-8585)
• Dine at Cecconi’s West Hollywood and enjoy a four-course prix-fixe menu as well as a selection of specialty cocktails. No evening would be complete without a DJ and a champagne toast at midnight. The prix-fixe menu is available beginning at 8:30 p.m. for $230 per person. (8764 Melrose Ave., 310-432-2000)
• At Comme Ca, guests can choose from two seatings and dine on multi-course prix-fixe menus. (8479 Melrose Ave., 323-782-1104)
• LUAU at Lucques will consist of a five-course Hawaiian menu, costumed staff and island entertainment. First seating is $110 and second seating is $150 with a champagne toast. (8474 Melrose Ave., 323-655-6277)
• RESTAURANT at Sunset Marquis Hotel will offer a prix-fixe menu by Chef de Cuisine Guillaume Burlion for $125 per person. (1200 North Alta Loma, 310-657-1333)
• RH at the Andaz West Holltywood will serve a five-course feast that showcases Chef Sebastien Archambault’s seasonal, market-to-table Southwestern French cuisine. Price for the first seating is $65 per person; second seating is $75 per person, which includes a champagne toast at midnight. (8401 Sunset Blvd., 323-656-1234)
• At Gordon Ramsay at The London West Hollywood, the early seating features a three-course menu for $85; the late seating is five courses for $145. (1020 San Vicente Blvd., 310-358-7788)
• Asia de Cuba inside the Mondrian hotel offers two seatings: before 7:30 p.m., the cost is $80; after 8 p.m., it is $100. (8440 Sunset Blvd., 323-848-6000)
• At The Standard on Sunset, KCRW presents The Raveonettes and Autoluxe. Doors open at 8 p.m. Presale tickets are $50 and available at bit.ly/StandardHollywood_NewYears. (8300 Sunset Blvd., 323-650-9090)
• The Roxy Theatre will feature a performance by Camp Freddy. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $50 for general admission; $100 for all-you-can-drink well, wine and beer; $200 for all-you-can-drink premium. (9009 Sunset Blvd., 310-278-9457)
• Steel Panther will perform at the House of Blues Sunset. Doors open at 9 p.m., and the show starts at 10 p.m. Tickets start at $37 with VIP tickets at $77. (8430 Sunset Blvd., 323-848–5100)
• At Key Club, Sunset Live, Sean Healy & 93.5 KDAY present The Pharcyde. Doors open at 8 p.m. General admission tickets are $40 and VIP tickets are $70. (9039 Sunset Blvd, 310-274-5800)
• Start the night off right at Cabo Cantina by taking advantage of the 2-for-1 happy hour prices from 4 – 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. - 2 a.m. Stop by for a champagne toast, Cabo style. (8301 Sunset Blvd., 323-822-7820)
• Join the Sunset Trocadero for their full food and drink menu until 2 a.m. The Troc will offer a happy hour with 50% off all drinks (including champagne) and appetizers from 6 – 8 p.m. (8280 Sunset Blvd., 323-656-7161)
• Skybar at Mondrian hotel will host Neon New Years, with a performance by the Spazmatics. Open bar from 8 p.m. – 2 a.m. is priced at $150; hotel or restaurant guests pay just $125. (8440 Sunset Blvd., 323-848-6025, firstname.lastname@example.org)
• Saddle Ranch will host its annual New Year’s celebration from 7 p.m. - 2 a.m. Cover is $30 and includes a champagne toast and party favors. (8311 Sunset Blvd., 323-822-3850)
GAY & LESBIAN NIGHTLIFE
• Mickys will host a New Year’s Eve celebration with champagne at midnight and DJs Morningstar and Paulo Ramirez will have guests dancing until 4 a.m. As always, admission includes all-you-can-ogle go-go boys. For presale tickets, email email@example.com. (8857 Santa Monica Blvd., 310-657-1176)
• Fiesta Cantina invites revelers to start the night out right with 2-for-1 drink prices from 4 – 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. Stop by for a champagne toast, Fiesta style. No need for dress shirts here. (8865 Santa Monica Blvd., 310-652-8865)
• The Abbey will host "Let Them Eat Cake," a Marie Antoinette inspired experience with living art, costumes, aerial performances and a new two-story DJ booth. VIP wrist bands can be purchased in advance for $100, including unlimited premium drinks and appetizers. There is never a cover at The Abbey and guests are welcome without wristbands. At midnight, enjoy a champagne toast and cupcakes. (692 N. Robertson Blvd., 310-855-9977)
• At Here Lounge, promoters Paul Nicholls and the Truck Stop Girlz present Enchantment featuring a “sensory overload countdown” with premium champagne at midnight. Cover is $15 from 8 – 10 p.m. and $20 after 10 p.m. For VIP table information, email enchantmentVIP@gmail.com. (696 N. Robertson Blvd., 310-360-8455)
• The Factory will host Fireball: Saints & Sinners, presented by Cherry Pop and Mr. Black. Doors open at 9 p.m. and the dancing doesn’t stop until 3 a.m. Presale tickets are available for $20 at www.tomwhitmanpresents.com. (661 N. Robertson Blvd., 310-659-4551)
• At Eleven, Jeffrey Sanker presents NYE11, featuring food, drink and celebration. Beginning at 5 p.m., a complete dinner package (including nightclub admission) is available for $75. Dancing starts at 11 p.m. and nightclub-only admission is just $10 including a champagne toast at midnight. (8811 Santa Monica Blvd., 310-855-0800)
• Celebrate New Year’s Eve on The Sunset Strip at the Grafton on Sunset. Book the Grafton’s Corking Good Time Champagne Package to party like a rock star and sleep in late on New Year’s Day. Book by December 28 online at www.graftononsunset.com or by phone. (8462 Sunset Blvd, 323-654-4600)
• Le Montrose Suite Hotel is offering special discounts the nights of December 30 – January 1 to California, Nevada and Arizona residents with valid ID starting at $229 per night. Must book online at www.lemontrose.com by December 24. (900 Hammond St., 310-855-1115)
• Le Parc Suite Hotel is offering a 10% discount to West Hollywood residents with a two-night minimum stay. Book online at www.leparcsuites.com using code NEWYEARS in the Corporate/Promotions box on the reservations page. (733 N. West Knoll Drive, 310-855-8888)
• The London West Hollywood’s New Year’s Eve Celebration Package offers overnight accommodations in a luxurious suite, a champagne toast in the suite upon arrival, five-course dinner for two at Gordon Ramsay restaurant, champagne toast at midnight, breakfast for two in the suite the following morning, and valet parking for one vehicle. Call or go online at www.thelondonwesthollywood.com for details and pricing. (1020 N. San Vicente Blvd., 310-854-1111)
• The Ramada West Hollywood will offer New Year’s Eve revelers 10% off a three-night stay and 15% off a four-night stay. Call or book online at www.ramadaweho.com. (8585 Santa Monica Blvd., 310-652-6400)
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