What are you doing New Year’s Eve? If you’re like most Angelenos, you’re probably still trying to figure out a decent answer to that question. Every year, your friends promise they’ll be better at making plans in advance and then somehow you find yourselves scrambling to drum up some fun as the days barrel down to T-minus-0. Lucky for you, we’re here to take the pressure off. Obviously, there’s always your buddy’s house party. We don’t need to fill you in on that one. But we CAN let you in on some of the celebrations that are sure to please while also drawing the kind of crowd you’d actually want to ring in a New Year with. Here are our Sirens & Scoundrels top picks for New Year’s Eve bashes worth your while…
KCRW is throwing their annual 1920’s-themed Prohibition party at Downtown’s gorgeous Union Station. Guests dress up in their Gatsby finest for a night of dancing to DJs and live jazz while enjoying oysters and an open bar. With trains taking off in the background, this party offers a sweeping romantic setting that’s hard to beat.
Stepping into the Cicada Club in the stunning Oviatt ballroom Downtown, you’ll swear you’ve walked straight into a Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers film. A staple for the Vintage LA crowd, the Cicada offers a live big band and dance floor where folks dressed “between the wars” dance the night away. Dinner tickets are sold out, but you can still get entry tickets for $40 in advance or at the door. That’s a steal compared to any other party you’ll find in LA—and this one is at least guaranteed lively fun.
The Houston Brothers are known for their distinct themed bars that usually draw a pretty cool, mellow crowd. La Descarga, No Vacancy, Pour Vous and Breakroom ’86 are all hosting NYE parties. Each bar has its own unique theme, from sexy Cuban to 80’s throwback, so see which one calls to you. We’re huge fans of Breakroom ’86, their 80’s bar. We’ve always had a great time dancing our faces off here with normal, fun folks just looking to have a good time in the same room. A New Year’s Eve party with no creeps? Yes, please!
Siren Christina’s favorite spot in all of LA is The Magic Castle. A private magic club in one of LA’s oldest social venues, it feels like entering real live Hogwarts. You need to be a member or know a magician to get in and dinner reservations are required, but most people can rustle up an invite just by putting out a message on Facebook. Doesn’t everyone in this town have a magician in their back pocket?
Dita Von Teese hosts a New Year’s Eve party at historic Clifton’s Downtown—a weird and wondrous multi-story restaurant designed like a 1940’s Northern California redwood forest by way of Walt Disney. It’s truly one of the most unique spaces in all of LA. The Dapper Day people, that joyous crowd of vintage fun-lovers, bring you the event. With burlesque dancers and a live big band in this one-of-a-kind space, it’s sure to be one for the books.
If you’re looking for live music, The Royal Machines will be playing a special NYE concert at the El Rey. The band of famous rock stars jam out to 70’s, 80’s & 90’s covers with special guest musicians throughout the night. When we saw their show at The Roxy a couple weeks ago, we were treated to a surprise performance by Billy Idol that about burnt the house down. The NYE concert will have some variety show elements, with a magic show opening the set. The perfect night for those of you who like rocking in the New Year.
WISHING YOU A HAPPY & BLESSED NEW YEAR!! Have fun & be safe!
~With love from Sirens Christina & Sarah xoxo
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