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New Year’s Eve 2016 Hitlist

Words by Christina Huntington // Photography by  Sarah Prikryl

Well, 2016 is wrapping up with quite a bang. While many of us are still feeling the bumps and bruises of these last few months, it is as important as ever to continue to celebrate life, community and all the people we hold most dear. It’s time to send 2016 off and welcome in a brand new year. And we’ve got our top picks to ring in 2017 to match whatever mood you’re in. From roaring 20’s decadence to soul-full reflection to cozy self-care, we’ve got you covered! Whatever you get up to, take care of your self, your hearts and the hearts of all those around you. Remember, we are all in this together! Here’s to a New Year!!


KCRW’s annual 1920’s-themed “Prohibition” party in Downtown’s gorgeous Union Station is always a top pick for a great NYE out in LA. Guests dress up in their Gatsby finest for a night of dancing to DJs, jazz and live bands while enjoying an open bar and burlesque. With trains taking off in the background, this party offers a sweeping romantic setting that’s hard to beat.

Make all your vintage tiki dreams come true at historic Clifton’s Downtown as they welcome 2017 with their “New Year’s Eve Luau”. With five floors featuring performers, dancers, drummers and DJ’s, it also boasts “a traditional luau feast fit for a king”. A weird and wondrous multi-story restaurant designed like a 1940’s Northern California redwood forest by way of Walt Disney, Clifton’s is truly one of the most unique spaces in all of LA which draws a joyous crowd of vintage fun-lovers. Break out your Hawaiian shirts and tiki your way into 2017!

New York might have Times Square, but we’ve got one better: Grand Park & The Music Center’s “N.Y.E.L.A.: Countdown to 2017”. The epic annual event is open to people of all ages, family friendly and driven by community. This newer tradition has recently expanded, stretching over many city blocks of DTLA around City Hall. Featuring three stages for live music, dj’s, dancing, lots of food vendors, a photo booth, inflatable art exhibits and of course…the NYE countdown to midnight. There is no better way to feel connected to our city and our people. And did we mention that it’s FREE? Thanks, LA!

Lots of folks enjoy just staying home on New Year’s Eve, opting out of the big crowds and craziness of the streets. If you fall into this category but are still craving a little New Year’s festivity, the Cicada Club has your answer. This year, they are throwing a “New Year’s Eve ‘Eve’ Party” on Friday, Dec 30th. Set in the stunning Oviatt building Downtown, the Cicada ballroom is straight out of a Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers film. The Dean Mora Orchestra plays live tunes from the 1920’s-1960’s as 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 guaranteed elegant fun that will still have you home safe & sound on NYE.


Ready to dance your way into 2017? Luckily, these favorite Eastside dance parties will give you plenty of reasons to shake your tush deep into the New Year! They also happen to be some of the most wallet-friendly nights around…giving you something else to cheer about!

Get your soul groove on at Funky Sole at The Echo! Vintage king Joey Altruda DJ’s along with other faves. At just $5 before 10pm and $10 after, there’s no better deal for a great night out with good folks just looking to dance it out together.

Dance your bootie off to all-night mash-ups as Echoplex staple Bootie LA takes over The Regent Theater Downtown for four rooms of dancing. Champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight, plus best-of-2016 mash-up CD’s for the first 300 guests. Tickets are $45-$50.

Satisfy all your Y2K guilty pop pleasures at The Satellite’s “Candi Pop” dance party. If the Spice Girls, N Sync & Britney are what you want, what you really really want…you know where to get it. $15 before 10pm, $20 after.

Breakroom ’86, the Huston Brothers’ 80’s-themed bar, is one of our favorite spots to sweat it out with normal, fun folks just looking to have a good time while singing “Come On Eileen” at the top of their lungs and playing vintage video games. Our LA fave for spinning all the classics, Frankie Inglese, DJ’s the night. Tickets are $79 and include an open premium bar. Located inside The Line Hotel in K-Town.


Wanna avoid the rager mayhem all together? Looking for something more introspective to set your energies in the right direction for the year ahead? Our great city has you covered, with tons of options to give yourself some yummy soul food. Check out these events from LA’s top meditation and yoga centers. From spiritual slumber parties to sound baths with kambucha countdowns to intention setting ceremonies, you can find the perfect soul shakedown party to set your spirit soaring.

Unplug Meditation:

The Den:

Golden Bridge Yoga:

Against the Stream:

If you really just wanna zone out completely and practice a little bit of self care, grab some friends or take a solo trip to Wi Spa in K-town. Open 24 hours with separate men’s and women’s facilities downstairs and co-ed saunas upstairs, the entire relaxation world is your oyster.


Don’t forget that there’s an entire DAY included in New Year’s Eve! If you want to keep it simple and connect to Mama Nature, head out to some of our favorite hiking spots around LA!

To send 2016 off in style, we recommend hiking Griffith Park to the Observatory. Pack a picnic and watch the final sunset of the year from the mountaintop. As the city lights up and the stars come out, set some intentions for the year ahead.

Solstice Canyon leads you on an unusual trail past old homesteading ruins, opening up to sweeping ocean views.

Paramount Ranch is an Old West fantasy come true tucked right into the Malibu Hills. Westworld fans will recognize some of the main street backdrops.


If you’re itching to get out dodge completely, try some of our favorite just-outside-LA destinations for shepherding in the New Year!

Quiet mountain town Idyllwild in the San Jacinto range above Palm Springs is a winter woodland dream come true!

Our forever favorite Joshua Tree offers much more than just the stunning park. Cozy desert haciendas are the perfect place to get quiet and let the stillness soothe your soul.


If your idea of the best New Year’s Eve ever is to stay inside in the comfort of your own home, then make it a little extra special! Cook up something healthy and delicious for a solo night or share the love with friends. Check our Recipe page for some culinary inspiration! And don’t forget your black eyed peas…for good luck in 2017!

Our Complete Recipes:

Texas Caviar (w/ Black Eyed Peas):


Have fun out there & be safe! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

Love, Sirens & Scoundrels xoxo

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