Last-Minute New Year’s Eve Party Guide

Posted December 30, 2015 by The Argonaut in This Week
If you haven’t made plans for New Year’s Eve yet, you better get on that. These party spots will keep you local. Each venue was still taking comers at press time, but you better call ahead to be sure — 2015 is quickly coming to a close.

Make a New Year’s resolution to have more fun and get started tonight, but be safe out there too. We wish you a happy and healthy 2016!

Basement Tavern

With three floors of live music, beautiful décor, classic cocktails and a large outdoor space to unwind, Basement Tavern’s NYE Masquerade Ball has become legendary. The party starts at 8 p.m. $53.99. 2640 Main St., Santa Monica. (310) 392-4956;

Burton Chace Park

The party in the park starts at 7 p.m. with a live outdoor broadcast of CNN’s New Year’s Eve special from Times Square, with a 10-minute fireworks show starting right as the ball drops at 9 p.m. Pacific Time. Free. 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 305-9545;

Café del Rey

Every item on the New Year’s Eve four-course menu sounds mouthwateringly delicious. If you’re the kind of person who has a hard time choosing between sautéed squid or venison loin with spiced pear puree, then you may want to start looking over the menu now. $95 in advance. 4451 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 823-6395;

Canal Club

Start early and stay late at the tiki-themed “Island of Earthly Delights” NYE Party, which runs from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Deejays will be spinning and the grill will be cooking. No cover.  2025 Pacific Ave., Venice;

Cantalini’s Salerno Beach

Salerno Beach is inviting patrons to beat the crowds by coming in between 4 and 6 p.m. for all-inclusive “twilight specials.” Then the party heats up with fine wine, champagne, chef specials and party favors. It’s a classy way to send off 2015, starting at 7 p.m. 193 Culver Blvd., Playa del Rey. (310) 821-0018;

Casa Sanchez

Raul Sanchez and Mariachi Voces de Mexico are joined by the Ritmo Caliente Latin Band for an authentic mariachi dinner show and dancing from 9 to 1:30 a.m., featuring a three-course meal, party favors and champagne toast. $50 to $100 4500 S. Centinela Ave., Del Rey. (310) 397-9999;

Harvelle’s Santa Monica

The big-time energy and rockin’ blues style of Guitar Shorty starts the party at 9 p.m. and welcomes in the New Year with party favors and free champagne at midnight. $25. 1432 4th St., Santa Monica. (310) 395-1676;

Hinano Café

Head into the New Year with ‘50s to ‘70s rock ‘n’ roll, R&B and blues from the lively bar band Sonny & The Mis-B-Havers. The party runs from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., with champagne served at midnight. No cover. 15 Washington Blvd., Venice. (310) 822-3902;

James’ Beach

Come early for a prix fixe dinner or just show up for the annual Escape to Venice Island party for drinking and dancing to music by Venice Beats deejays BU$R1D3R and Mr. Numberonederful . Dinner and party, $69; party only $25. 60 N. Venice Blvd, Venice. (310) 823-5396;

Le Cellier Wine Bar

You’ve got to love a party that has a special “welcome drink.” This year’s champagne cocktail with lychee sounds particularly tantalizing, as does a menu that includes duck, lobster and a profiterole with melted chocolate ganache for dessert. Oui, oui! $98, call to RSVP. 417 Washington Blvd., Marina del Rey.
(424) 228-5491;

Melody Bar & Grill

Usher in the New Year with DJ Creepy and Friends at Westchester’s most relaxed bar. No cover. 9132 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Westchester. (310) 670-1994;

Mercedes Grille

Tunes from Good Cop Bad Cop, with hors-d’oeuvres and bubbly from 9 p.m. on. $65. 14 W. Washington Blvd., Marina del Rey. (310) 827-6209;

Old Town Music Hall

Ring in 2016 with the Mighty Wurlitzer, a surprise feature film, classic short films, musical performances and light refreshments during one of the silent movie theater’s most popular events of the year. $20 (cash or check). 140 Richmond St., El Segundo.  (310) 322-2592;

Playa Provisions and The Tripel

Whether it’s waiting in line or going online, getting into a cool event is generally not very fun. But to get a wristband for the NYE party and Playa Provisions, you need only drink at The Tripel beforehand. Chefs Brooke Williamson and Nick Roberts run both places and will make sure you’re socially lubricated with the finest craft beer. 119 and 333 Culver Blvd., Playa del Rey. (310) 683-5019;

The Rose Room

Dancing, music, full bar, bottle service and Brazilian DJ Claudio spins all night long at the Venice Ale House’s VIP event space. $25 advance, $40 at the door. 6 Rose Ave., Venice.

The Shack

April is serving sparkling wine Jello shots and Liz is running the karaoke action at this lively neighborhood bar. No cover. 185 Culver Blvd., Playa del Rey. (310) 823-6222;

Sunny Spot

The theme of this NYE celebration is “bottomless.” That includes draft beer, house wines, frozen pina colada and rum punch. You do have to wear pants, though. $55, or $10 without “bottomless” drink purchase. 822 Washington Blvd., Venice. (310) 448-8884;

Tony P’s Dockside Grill

Everyone knows the marina is the place to be for fireworks, and Tony P’s is setting their whole party up around the display. Putting their spin on the age-old office joke, “I’ll see ya next year,” they say if you get dinner after 9 p.m., the table is yours until 2016. $10 cover, or free with dinner purchase. 4445 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 823-4534;

Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy

While everyone else is forging ahead into 2016, the Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy is making a hard turn back in time for a special NYE edition of its Throwback Thursday event. Mr. Choc and DJ Vinyl Don will keep command of the party from their usual positions behind the turntable, and the champagne will be flowing freely as midnight approaches. 52 Windward Ave., Venice. $20. (310) 392-4040;


Tribute band Steely Jam brings the sounds of rock-jazz fusion group Steely Dan to life for multiple sets from 9 p.m. ‘til the ball drops. $30 3221 Donald Douglas Loop South, Santa Monica. (310) 390-6565;

The Upper West

There’s no cover to check out the DJ after 11 p.m. and watch the ball drop while the beat drops, but you’ll probably want to partake in the prix fixe dinner earlier in the day. There are two seatings — one from 5 to 7 p.m., and another from 8 to 10 p.m. $90 in advance. 3321 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 586-1111;

The Warehouse

The shipmates at the Warehouse can always be relied upon in the holiday season. Starting at 9 p.m., the bar will be serving festive drinks to celebrate the New Year, and a live band will help count down to midnight. It will also be a great place to check out the fireworks. $20. 4499 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 823-5451;

Whiskey Red’s

Whiskey Red’s has all the stuff you’d expect at a NYE party, from the DJ to the buffet to the big screen countdown. But it does have one thing most places can’t provide; the best view of the fireworks display over the marina. The party starts at 7 p.m. $80 for buffet, $20 for walk-ins after 9 p.m. 13813 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 823-4522;


This Asian-fusion mainstay has been fighting for the “best NYE party” title for a few years, and the Sweet ’16 Black and White NYE Ball is no different. DJ Frankie will provide the tunes and there’ll be no shortage of champagne or hors d’oeuvres. Mind the theme, though … you don’t want to be the one person wearing purple. $40 in advance, $50 at the door Wokcano, 1413 5th St., Santa Monica. (310) 458-3080;

Ye Olde King’s Head

This British pub is on London time, so it’s no surprise that they are hosting a New Year’s Eve party when Big Ben strikes midnight — that would be 4 p.m., Pacific Standard Time. Don’t worry, though, the party will still be going strong eight hours later. This might be the only NYE celebration with a DJ and a bagpiper. Call for info. 116 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 451-1402;


KCRW deejays Jeremy Sole and Anthony Valadez hold down the music for a Brazilian Carnival-themed New Year’s complete with drink specials, party favors, samba dancers and a midnight drum line. $25 presale or $35 at the door; call for table reservations. 1301 5th St., Santa Monica. (310) 451-2221;

— Compiled by Will Theisen


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