L.A. New Years Eve Parties Under $40

Queen Mary 2 & Queen Victoria

Queen Mary 2 & Queen Victoria (Photo credit: Michael McDonough)

My mother believes that her house must be spotless before midnight on December 31 to bring her good luck in the New Year. Personally I rather get ready for a high society party, than worry about random junk that has accumulated under my bed for the past year. In L.A. getting ready for a party doesn’t only involve figuring out what you’re going to wear, but also figuring out the fastest way to get there i.e. which expressway, street, or back alleys to take and often a combination of them all. New Years Eve presents an even more stressful problem with figuring out where is the best place to party out of the hundreds, and sometimes very expensive, options. Below you’ll find a list of confetti-filled New Years Eve parties that are under $40. Once you find the party that arouses your inner party monster, go to their website to get a ticket fast. Prices may go up the closer it gets to the end of the month.

1. Hollywood Pub Crawl
Website: http://pubcrawls.com/events/nye/new-years-eve-pub-crawl-hollywood.php
Price: $20-$30
Time: 7pm-2am
Dress Code: None
Age: 21+
Fist Pump Level: 3 out of 5

This event is geared toward people who hate being stuck in one party for more than an hour. You get V.I.P access to 10 locations on the Walk of Fame. Your one ticket gets you into the clubs and you don’t have to pay an additional cover charge. You do have to pay for drinks, but your ticket comes with reduced drink specials: 2 premium mixers for $13, 2 champagnes for $13 and $3 selected bottles/draft beer. The Hollywood Pub Crawl party starts at 7pm at Outpost Hollywood (1624 North Cahuenga Boulevard). Don’t be late or you’ll lose your party spot. I’d get there at 6pm.

2. Universal City Walk Countdown Bash
Website: http://www.citywalkhollywood.com/nye_schedule.html
Price: $15-$55
Time: 9pm-12am
Dress Code: None
Age: All
Fist Pump Level: 4 out of 5

This event is geared toward people who also like party hopping, but within a confined area and want to invite their family to hangout as well. At Universal City Walk, the entrainment multi-complex, partygoers will have unlimited access to 3 entertainment stages: Gibson Amphitheater, 5 Towers Stage, and Water World Arena.

At the Gibson Amphitheater, Ankhesenamen, a cover band specializing in punked out 80s new wave music, will be performing. The event starts at 9:00pm. At the 5 Towers Stage, Fast Times, a cover band specializing 80s hits from A-Ha to Young MC, will be performing. The event starts at 9:30pm. At the Water World Arena, DJ Host, will be spinning Top Forty music at 9:30pm. This is a family-specific event and seats will be provided, while Gibson and 5 Towers will be standing room only. At 12am fireworks will go off and will be viewable from each event area. Entry into the park does not include entry into City Walk’s regular clubs: Howl at the Moon, Infusion Lounge, Jillian’s, Jon Lovitz Comedy Club, and Saddle Ranch Chop House.

Recommendations: Parking is a nightmare so it’s best to take the Metro (Red Line to Universal City station) or carpool or valet for $55 (Self-parking is $45). Address: 100 Universal City Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90068

3. Key Club (Hollywood) Performance by E-40
Website: http://www.keyclub.com
Price: $40
Time: 7:00pm-2am
Dress Code: None
Age: 18+
Fist Pump Level: 2 out of 5

The first time I heard an E-40 song I couldn’t get the chorus, “sprinkle me main, sprinkle me main,” out of my head. On New Years Eve, Bay Area rapper E-40 will be performing at Key Club in Hollywood on Sunset Blvd. Key Club is an intimate concert venue that is multi-layered. If you love E-40 and enjoy intimate spaces then this is the party for you. According to the promoters, the show starts at 7:30pm but I doubt E-40 will come on at that time.

Things to expect: a long line, disgusting bathrooms, aggressive security, high-priced drinks, and $25 minimal credit card purchase. Address: 9039 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069

4. Belasco Theater PÜR White Party
Website: http://www.wantickets.com/Events/116822/P-R-NYE-BELASCO-2013/
Price: $25 + fees
Time: 9pm-4am
Dress Code: White attire recommended but not required. But strict upscale attire will be upheld. No hats, athletic shoes, or baggy clothes
Age: 21+
Fist Pump Level: 5 out of 5

This party gets 5 out of 5 fist pumps because for $25, you won’t be able to find a better high society party. You will be bathed in ambient light, listening to house and hip-hop, while watching an aerialist performance, balloon drop, and confetti explosions until 4am. The promoters say that there will be six party rooms. However with twelve different ticket prices (the highest being $2500), I am not sure if general admission ticket holders will be able to access all six rooms. The main room is where all the action will take place anyway. The DJ lineup has not been confirmed, but it sounds like they will big names.

Recommendations: Guys look your best. Bouncers are notorious for making guys that don’t have on dress shoes to pay $20 extra even with tickets in their hand. Address: 1050 South Hill Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015

5. I Love L.A. Events Presents “A New Beginning”
Website: None.  Pay at the door.
Price: $20 all night
Time: 7pm-2am
Dress Code: None
Age: 18+
Fist Pump Level: Not Yet Rated

If none of the above interests then I have a feeling “A New Beginning” at The Airliner (in Downtown L.A.) will be more your speed. The Airliner is a diver bar meets small performance space. There will be three performance areas: main stage area, bass lounge, and outdoor patio. The number of people expected to perform is impressive, even though I haven’t heard of any of them. Thirty-four musicians will be performing. The music will be a mix of drum & bass, future jungle, dubstep, and breaks. At 11:40 bartenders will start passing out free champagne and right at midnight there will be a Cookie Drop. Address: 2419 N Broadway Los Angeles, CA 90031

Expectations: free party favors and noisemakers, photo booth, live taping and radio broadcasting, a soggy bathroom floor, and free water.

6. Secret Downtown Loft Party “Alc x Yojie x Hueman x Njo”
Website: None. Have to email a DJ to get tickets. Oaklandfalcons at gmail dot com
Price: $35
Time: N/A
Dress Code: Hipster
Age: 18+
Fist Pump Level: Not Yet Rated

If you shop at American Apparel and Urban Outfitters or frequent thrift stores then you’ll fit in at these party. A downtown Japanese fondue bar, Yojie, is co-sponsoring this party. The owners of Yojie tend to align themselves with cool events like Change Up (an art/music event benefiting impoverished L.A. communities) and the Diamond Supply Co. Art Show. Diamond is an L.A.-based accessory and skateboard clothing line. There will be two rooms of music with three different DJs. Limited tickets are available. Address: Top secret

7. Brazilian New Year’s Party on the Queen Mary
Website: http://brazilnewyear.eventbrite.com/#
Price: $25 presale, $35 at the door (dinner only) or general admission $45 presale
Time: 8pm-2am
Dress Code: All white
Age: All
Fist Pump Level: 4 out of 5

In Brazil, it is a tradition for people to wear all white, go to the beach, and place floating candles in the water. The color white represents peace and hope in Brazil. LatinoLA.com, REMO Inc., and Silvio’s Brazilian BBQ are sponsoring a Brazilian-style NYE celebration with authentic Brazilian music and food. According to promoters, there will be “dancing non-stop to the pulsating rhythms of samba, marcha, samba-reggae, pagoda, frevo, and other sounds. This celebration is taking place aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach. A dazzling firework show will go off at midnight. In keeping with tradition, everyone will receive a colorful floating candle. Address: Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90802

8. 10th Annual La Desvelada Masquerade Ball
Website: http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/0900497C6FC61E1E
Price: $40 + fees
Time: 8pm-2am
Dress Code: Upscale. Mask not required
Age: 21+
Fist Pump Level: 4 out of 5

Sandra Peña from L.A. 96.3FM, hosts the 10th Annual La Desvelada Experience, which is billed as the ultimate Latin NYE celebration, at the Conga Room, L.A. Live. La Desvelada, meaning “the sleepless night,” attracts a younger Latin crowd due to its Vegas-style theme with array of performers, showgirls, live acts, and confetti canons. The party has developed a following. One thousand people are expected to show up, as did last year, and three rooms will be open with three DJs playing house and hip-hop and bachata, cumbias, and tropical merengue. Address: L.A. Live, 800 West Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90015

9. Geisha House Hollywood
Website: http://www.ticketzone.com/wafform.aspx?_act=eventview&_pky=149436&afflky=ZR9YGT
Price: $30 + fees
Time: 9:30pm-2am
Dress Code: Upscale
Age: 18+
Fist Pump Level: 3 out of 5

From the busy sidewalk outside, Geisha House looks like an average Japanese restaurant. On the inside it resembles a jewel box realized as a trendy, ambient light-filled nightclub. Located in Hollywood, the restaurant is a stopping place for party people who want drinks before going out. The bar attracts a young and hip crowd. On New Years Eve the party starts at 9:30. The venue will be transformed into a nightclub, with most of the tables removed, creating two large dance floors. Also the patio area will be open. Four DJs will be playing house, Top 40, and hip-hop. Address: 6633 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028

10. Winter Wonderland
Website: http://www.clubzone.com/events/567605/los-angeles/the-proud-bird/nye13-winter-wonderland
Price: $40 + fees, Limited amount of tickets
Time: 9pm-3am
Dress Code: N/A
Age: 18+
Fist Pump Level: 5 out of 5

The great thing about New Years Eve is the variety in parties to choose from around town. If none of the above parties interests you, then Winter Wonderland, sponsored by Max Entertainment Group, may be the party you want to attend. It is a multi-rich sensory party with 5 house DJs (Witch Doctor, DJ Quasar, Daddy D, Chadd Watts, and Eric-B) multiple dance floors, go-go dancers, performance artists, casino tables, tarot card readers and special lighting and visuals. Max Entertainment Group produced the successful South Bay Scream Halloween party at the Convention Center and this event looks like it will attract the same high-energy crowd. The promoters are expecting to fill The Proud Bird to capacity (2300 people). Address: 11022 Aviation Blvd., Los Angeles.

11. LA Canvas Presents Vintage Trouble with Sy Smith at the Roxy
Website: http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=3167034&pl=roxy
Price: $25
Time: 8pm
Dress Code: Men in suits and women in gold
Age: 18+
Fist Pump Level: 5 out of 5

LA Canvas is the king of cool and sponsors fashionable events throughout the year. I was excited to find out they were sponsoring an event on New Years Eve. Vintage Trouble is a four-man soulful group that feels reminiscent of 50’s music. Sy Smith, who is opening for the band, is an R&B/Soul singer and has performed on The Tonight Show and regularly appeared on Ally McBeal behind Vonda Shepard, during musical performances. In between sets DJ Jeremy Sole will be spinning house and hip-hop. For attendees 21 and over, a ticket includes a free glass of champagne. Address: 9009 West Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069

Noteworthy $50 Event

12. Zedd and Nicky Romero at Club Nokia
Website: http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/2C00493AD028695F?brand=clubnokia
Price: $49.50
Time: 9pm-2am
Dress Code: N/A
Age: 18+
Fist Pump Level: 5 out of 5

Two gifted producers, Zedd and Nicky Romero, are coming together to create one single brilliant sound. Expect wild behavior on and offstage. Zedd, on Interscope Records, new album was released this past October and was No. 1 on Billboard’s US Dance Chart. His remixes of Lady Gaga’s Born This Way and Marry The Night appeared on a special edition of Born This Way. Nicky Romero is a house producer who has worked with David Guetta, Sia, Fedde Le Grand, Calvin Harris, and Rihanna. Address: L.A. Live, 800 West Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s