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By Michael Aushenker

So long, 2013!
Whether ‘13 was your lucky number or not, the year’s almost over and it’s time once again to celebrate fresh starts.
Ring in the New Year with a masquerade ball, magic show, musical review, Roaring ‘20s party, yacht cruise or even a yogathon. There are plenty of fun places to be on the Westside at 11:59 p.m. and counting, and even a few for the morning after. In no particular order …

KCRW Black and White Ball: Party it up at Viceroy Santa Monica during the KCRW-sponsored Black and White Ball, featuring a hosted bar and decadent hors d’oeuvres from Cast Executive Chef Tony DiSalvo. KCRW Deejays Jason Bentley, Travis Holcombe and Mario Cotto man the turntables poolside from 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. $175. 21+. 1819 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 260-7500; viceroyhotelsandresorts.com

Masquerade ball: Whiskey Red’s is throwing a New Year’s Eve masquerade ball with deejays, complimentary event photos and a special menu with crab cakes, oyster trio, lobster tail and center-cut filet options. $95, or $85 for those with large parties (plus tax and service charge). 13813 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 823-4522; whiskeyreds.com

NYE party at Glow: Ring in the New Year in luxury on the harbor at Glow, a premier nightlife lounge at the Marriott Marina del Rey. Local singer-songwriter T’Lark performs from 7 to 9 p.m.; VJ Etronik and Joey O go until 12:30 a.m. New Year’s cocktails are $6 all night long. Champagne toast at midnight. $50, or $20 between 7 and 8 p.m. 4100 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 448-4815; glow-bar.com

A ‘magical’ evening: Billed as “the most magical New Year’s Eve anywhere,” they might technically be right: Magicopolis is hosting a magic-themed celebration from 9 p.m. to midnight that includes a midnight champagne or sparkling cider toast, pizza, noisemakers, party hats and a souvenir bag of tricks. $60. All ages. 1418 4th St., Santa Monica. (310) 451-2241; Magicopolis.com

New Year’s cruise: Join Hornblower Cruises for a 3 ½-hour New Year’s Eve yacht cruise, complete with a glass of Champagne while boarding, a four-course dinner, deejays and party favors inside a festively decorated vessel. $145 plus tax, landing fee and service charge. Beer and wine available for purchase. Departs at 9 p.m. from Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 301-9900; hornblower.com

Santa Monica Playhouse Musical Revue: Family-friendly shows at 6 and 9:30 p.m. feature everything from 1940s jazz to country rock to romantic ballads, plus champagne, sparkling apple juice, hats, tiaras, noisemakers and streamers. $39.50 to $49.50. 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. (310) 394-9779; santamonicaplayhouse.com

Roaring ‘20s New Year’s Eve: Areal hosts a Roaring ‘20s New Year’s Eve three-course prix fixe dinner and party. After a first seating from 5 to 7 p.m., a second seating from 9 to 9:30 p.m. features a celebration with live entertainment, party favors and a Champagne toast at midnight. $55. Areal, 2820 Main St., Santa Monica. (310) 392-1661; arealrestaurant.com

Music on the harbor: Enjoy live music by the Becky Kramer’s Brother Band at The Warehouse, a fixture in the marina since 1969. $20. 4499 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 823-5451; mdrwarehouse.com

New Year al Cubano: Conga, rumba, salsa, cha cha and mambo as Chinois on Main rings in the New Year al Cubano. Echoing Cuba’s capital in the 950s, Chinois transforms into a Little Havana with Cuban cuisine, showgirls and Caribbean rhythms spun by DJ In-Digo (accompanied by a live percussionist). 2709 Main St., Santa Monica. (310) 392-9025; wolfgangpuck.com

Roof with a view: Hotel Shangri-La hosts New Year’s Eve extravaganza that begins with a specially prepared four-course meal before starting the countdown to 2014 with music, libations and a midnight champagne toast in the Suite 700 rooftop bar. $75 for dinner; $125 for dinner and cocktails. 1301 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 394-2791; shangrila-hotel.com

Party like it’s 1929: Wokcano throws a rip-roarin’ shindig with Prohibition-style cocktails, whiskey tastings and hors d’oeuvres. DJ Frankie will spin both top 40 and 1920s-inspired electro music. As if that’s not enough, a swing band will perform live. Party favors, noise makers and a champagne toast will be supplied. $50. Suggested attire: 1920s-style threads. 1413 5th St., Santa Monica. (310) 458-3080; Wokcanorestaurant.com

Three levels of fun: The Victorian and its Basement Tavern ring in the New Year from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. with DJs on three floors: Ground Zero (basement), The Mixx (attic) and DJ Benjamin Walker (main floor). Proceeds benefit the National Heritage Museum and Heal the Bay. $45., 2640 Main St., Santa Monica; (310) 392-4956; basementtavern.com

Get your ‘Game’ on: The hit HBO show “Game of Thrones” informs this party at Venice’s authentic Prohibition-era tavern and speakeasy. Go ‘Thrones’-style with a wild boar roast a la King Robert, Westeros-inspired décor and cocktails, and DJs as well as live Dothrak ‘n’ roll music by Los Kinkos. Dress to impress: modern or Medieval. Dragon season begins at 8 p.m. $35. The Townhouse and Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. (310) 392-4040; TownhouseVenice.com

A black-tie affair: Get your tux and go Justin Timberlake in a suit and tie for The Bungalow’s celebration, beginning at 9 p.m. Included: A hosted premium bar and DJ Vanville manning the music on the dance floor until 2 a.m. $150 per person; 21 and over. 101 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica. Email reservations@thebungalowsm.com; thebungalowsm.com

London calling: Bagpipers and a deejay play at Ye Olde King’s Head (though not at the same time) as part of a unique New Year’s Eve celebration. No cover. Ye Olde King’s Head, 116 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica. (310) 451-1402; yeoldekingshead.com

Yoga marathon: Ditch the parties and associated stress for an eight-hour marathon of spiritual cleansing led by Naam Yoga founder Dr. Joseph Michael Levry. The event runs from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. at Naam Yoga LA, 1231 4th St., Santa Monica. naamyoga.com

‘Blues’ brothers: Danny’s Venice hosts a festive dinner from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. with live music by Dennis Herrera Blues. 23 Windward Ave., Venice. (310) 566-5610; dannysvenice.com

A taste of Havana: A Cuban-inspired prix fix menu leads The Upper West’s “A Taste of Havana,” from 8 to 10 p.m., with plates that include roasted golden beets with mojito chimichurri, braised short ribs with crispy yucca, and rice pudding with espresso and pear. A deejay begins to spin at 11 p.m. and a big screen airing the Times Square ball drop as the evening closes in on the countdown. $75. 3321 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 586-1111; theupperwest.com

Eat at Joe’s: Celebrate the arrival of 2014 with a five-course 1920s-inspired dinner. First and second seating at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.: $75 per person; third seating (includes Champagne toast at midnight and dancing) at 9 p.m.: $110 per person. Joe’s, 1023 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. (310) 399-5811; joesrestaurant.com

Bicoastal celebration: Enjoy dinner, deejay music and dancing into the new year at Le Cellier.  First seating for New York ball drop starts at 6 p.m. Second seating for West Coast ball drop starts at 10 p.m. A special menu includes Champagne cocktail with lychee infusion, crab and shrimp rolls and choice of beef, lobster or duck. $55 (plus tax and tip). 417 Washington Blvd., Marina del Rey. (424) 228-5491; le-cellier-winebar.com

Unlimited drinks: A deejay is spinning top 40 until 2 a.m. at the Charleston Gastropub and Restaurant, where the New Year’s Eve  celebration includes unlimited drinks and complimentary appetizers, plus a champagne toast when the clock strikes midnight. $85 to $100. 2460 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 828-2115; thecharlestonla.com

Meanwhile, back at the Ranch: Jack & the B-Fish jam on some funk rock from 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Rusty’s Surf Ranch, 256 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica. $10 cover. rustyssurfranch.com

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AND ON NEW YEAR’S DAY:

Recovery pajama brunch: The 5th annual New Year’s Day Pajama Brunch, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., features $5 bloody Marys or Bailey’s and coffee along with a special brunch menu. Those who dine in their pjs will receive a gift certificate equal to the price of their meal (minus tax and gratuity), so grab your robe and don your slippers. M Street Kitchen, 2000 Main St., Santa Monica. RSVP recommended. (310) 396-9145; mstreetkitchen.com

March of the Penguins: As is tradition, the Venice Penguin Swim Club returns at the end of Windward Avenue to greet the New Year with a big splash. The first man and woman to complete a 500-yard swim around a buoy and back will be crowned the penguin prince and princess. Sign up starts at 11 a.m. on the beach. venicepaparazzi.com/events

Splash with the Polar Bears: The San Gabriel Valley Polar Bears invite other brave souls to join them for a New Year’s Day dip in the waters off Venice Beach. Meet at 10:30 a.m. at the far corner of the Washington Avenue parking lot for a pre-swim coffee. The event is free but takes in donations for cancer treatment at City of Hope. facebook.com/sgvpolarbears

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