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The top places to spend New Years in West Hollywood
From a surrealist, storybook fantasy club to reliving the 1980s and the 1990s, from partaking in a six-course, Champagne-included dinner to hearing the best DJs spin, West Hollywood rolls out the proverbial (and oftentimes literal) red carpet for New Year’s Eve. We’ve got the best-of-the-best for you to kick off the last night of the year.
Saved by the Max
Want to kick it old-school on New Year’s Eve? Get yourself a reservation at Saved by the Max for their Bayside Prom. This quirky, throwback Saved by the Bell venue is themed entirely around the ‘90s sitcom. The interior is exactly like the set of their fictional, favorite hangout—The Max. Those who are lucky enough to snag a seat for the last meal of the year will get an appetizer, entrée and a dessert by a famous chef (TBD)––plus a lot of laughs. We wouldn’t be surprised to see a famous guest or two. The cast members, perhaps?
Den on Sunset
The Den is keepin’ it classy this NYE. DJ Irish Mark will be spinning some tunes all night long while you dance, snap some pics in the photo booth, and get ready to for the champagne toast at midnight. Dinner Service is from 6 – 10 p.m. but the celebration continues until 2 a.m. Entry is $30.
Actor David Arquette will throw his epic, annual shin-dig again this year. The night is an homage to Old Hollywood, set to the glam-and-gilded backdrop of some of the city’s best burlesque performers. There’s a televised broadcast of the Ball Drop in Times Square, a confetti-filled countdown, with free-flowing Champagne at midnight, and a premium open bar that will stretch for five solid hours.
Looking for a little elegance and elbow-room? Reserve a VIP package with the Doheny Room—a setting that marries old-world Europe with dashes of Morocco and chic, California stylings. The general admission tickets will feature expected thrills (Champagne at midnight, A-list DJs and a premium, open bar), but the VIP option gives you more space to dance with mezzanine access, reserved seating and bottle service.
Oversized roses blooming in a strange garden. A dark and dreamy Library filled with books and crystal chandeliers. A storybook fairytale, where cocktails equal works of delicious art. Poppy has one of the most lauded designs, where rooms take you on a surrealist journey into the unexpected. It’s a fantastic place to spend New Year’s Eve, where the tickets include five hours of premium open bar, Hip-Hop, House and Mash-up DJ talent and the opportunity to bump into plenty of celebrities.
Catch LA offers breath-taking views of downtown and the Hollywood Hills, and this December 31st, they will prepare an opulent, four-course specialty menu. The Prix Fixe will feature a selection of Truffle Sashimi, A5 Japanese Miyazaki Wagyu, and a serious Surf & Turf, with a 45 oz. Tomahawk Steak and 2 lb. grilled chimichurri Lobster. There will be two seating times available. Guests who attend the late seating will find party favors, a Champagne toast, and live DJ entertainment. If you miss it, they are offering a brunch as well the following afternoon.
The Viper Room
The Viper Room is a time warp to the 1980s. It starts with Wild Mood Swings, covering The Smiths, The Cure and New Order, to name a few, followed by Devotional taking the stage. The theme of New Wave New Years will likely be unforgettable. Where else are you going to raise a glass (and maybe a lighter) to a Depeche Mode tribute band? Plus, it’s only $20.
E.P. & L.P.
The exclusive six-course meal at E.P. will likely be the best of this venue’s signature Asian fusion for the year, with Shimeji & King Trumpet Mushrooms, Hot Dashi & Truffle on a Dry-Aged Rib-eye, Raw Hiramasa Kingfish with Serrano chilies and an Australian crab curry bun. The Veuve Clicquot will be flowing and after dinner, you can simply venture up to the roof deck party beneath the stars.
Skybar at the Mondrian LA
New Year’s Eve doesn’t get more glamorous than Skybar’s Midnight Tryst. Step into a world of intrigue and sensuality as Skybar at Mondrian Los Angeles suits up and curates a night of indulgences to usher in 2019. The festivities begin at 9pm and commence at 2am, featuring a three-hour premium open bar, DJ led countdown to the New Year, and a complimentary midnight champagne toast. So get dressed up (it’s black tie encouraged) and get your tickets now.
This year’s party is inspired by the classic film, Casablanca, with a signature cocktail menu of 1940s classic tipples. Don a dress, put on a tux and enjoy $95 Prix Fixe for the first seating and $140 for the second, with party favors and Champagne toasts at Cecconi’s. The highlight will truly, no doubt, be Chef Samuele Pricoco’s shared plates. The menu will feature Santa Barbara spot prawns, artichoke crostini and table-side white truffle risotto, as well as entrees like beef filet with cipolline, seared scallops with cauliflower purée and agnolotti with squash and ricotta.
Neighborhood favorite Norah is ringing in the new year in style, offerings guets a choice of two dinner seatings, complete with tunes from a live DJ and a midnight champagne toast. Lucky for you, the full dinner menu will be offered in addition to NYE specials. Local tip: order the cast iron cornbread. You won’t regret it.
If locally sourced, vegan and organic are buzzwords you’d prefer to hear for your last meal of the year, this is your best-bet. This will be the first-ever New Year’s Eve for the new West Hollywood darling, Barbette. It’s a steal at only $75 for a very elegant dinner that can be customized completely for their vegan guests. The menu will feature an oyster amuse bouche, beef tartare, branzino with jalapeno and duck a l’orange with white turnips––among other items. Reserve a table for four or more people and the Champagne bottle arrives on-the-house.