Christmas is upon us, and that means that New Year’s Eve can’t be far away (indeed, like every year, it’s next week). You might be opting to stay home and hide under the covers, and we salute that. Or, you might be looking for something to do that will live up to the NYE hype. Here’s your guide to ringing in 2016. (And if this doesn’t float your champagne-soaked boat, try this handy flow chart.)
Boy George at the Roosevelt Hotel
Yes, Boy George is still a thing, and yes, he is doing an intimate show on the rooftop of the Hollywood Roosevelt in Hollywood on December 31. This event is 21+, thanks to the open bar. More information.
Union Station will once again play host to Prohibition NYE, a 1920s-themed party hosted annually by KCRW. The event features burlesque dancers, live jazz, an oyster bar (!!!), and a ball drop. Guests are encouraged to come in costume. More information.
N.Y.E.L.A. at Grand Park
Unlike many American cities, it doesn’t suck to be outside on New Year’s Eve in L.A. If you’re looking for some fresh air, find it at Grand Park and The Music Center’s NYE event, featuring art installations, three music stages with performances by Hunter Hunted, Gavin Turek, Lost Midas, and Meishi Smile, among others, and food vendors including Front Porch Pops, Rosales Mexican Food, The King of Kettle Corn, and more. More information.
Flappers Comedy Club
Laugh your way into 2016 at Flapper’s Comedy Club in Burbank, who will have NYE performances from Michael Rayner, Alycia Cooper, The Show, Jose Barrientos, Taylor Tomlinson, Dave Reinitz, and Don Friesen. A champagne toast will be included. More information.
Like any Insomniac event, expect Countdown to be a massive sensory overload. The event will be staged at the NOS Events center in San Bernardino and will feature two stages with EDM superstars like Alison Wonderland, Flux Pavillion, and Nightstalker as well as live art, glow-in-the-dark installations, and pop-up 3-D structures. More information.
Black Tie Masquerade Ball at Viceroy
Get fancy if you want to: Viceroy’s annual black tie masquerade ball in Santa Monica will include other sexy individuals in masks, as well as indulgent appetizers and alcohol. KCRW DJs will spin you into the new year. More information.
Angel City Brewery’s “No Cover New Year’s”
As the name suggests, you can also not get fancy if you want to: Angel City hosts its 3rd annual “No Cover New Years.” The event includes food from Kai Kai Dumplings, Market Burgers, and Peaches’ Smokehouse & Southern Kitchen not to mention live music from Naked Walrus, J.U.I.C.E., and Dirty Lingo. More information.
Redfoo at Bootsy Bellows
This year, West Hollywood’s Bootsy Bellows brings you Redfoo, aka one-half of LMFAO, spinning live on December 31. Held in the gold-plated halls of one of Sunset Strip’s favorite clubs, this is sure to be a sweaty hit. More information.
Saved by the ’90s at The Bootleg Theater
Let The Regent Theater bring you back in the 1990s this New Year’s, when computers were just a glimmer in your eye, Eminem didn’t have a teenage daughter, and pants were still pegged for full tapering effect. Music will remind you what it feels like to not have a smartphone. More information.
A Club Called Rhonda does not mess around on New Year’s. The beloved, migrating L.A. dance party will take over the entire downtown Standard Hotel—that’s right, all 13 floors—and turn it into one huge bash. They’re not calling it Rhondapolis for nothing. More information.
Hollywood Block Party
The Hollywood Block Party is not quite the block party of your youth, so don’t expect delicious BBQ or water balloon tosses or children on bikes. This is more like the block party of your wildest L.A. dreams—tickets get you in to five Hollywood bars and clubs: The Study, the Cosmo, Project L.A., The Attic, and Genesis. More information.
New Year’s Eve Spanish Masquerade
José Andrés’ The Bazaar wants you to get down and dirty (in an elegant way) at their 5th annual Spanish Masquerade. The event features champagne tasting, caviar cones, and chocolate bon bons as well as beautiful people in beautiful masks. More information.
Honeycut’s Champagne Supernova
DTLA’s Honeycut is ringing in 2016 with an emphasis on bubbles. The Champagne Supernova will feature all the complimentary champagne you can drink plus astronaut ice cream and a photobooth, so you can try to remember what happened when you wake up on January 1. More information.