Santa Monica New Year’s Eve Parties


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Stressing about New Year’s Eve? Putting an insane amount of pressure on yourself to do something epic? Let me help.


Here’s a brief roundup of some Downtown New Year’s Eve events to help you make plans for the most overrated night of the year. Me? I’ll be home brewing beer with friends. New Year’s Eve is for amateurs.

• The Misfit Restaurant + Bar 

225 Santa Monica Blvd.

Santa Monica, Calif. 90401

Spend New Year’s Eve ‘Misfit Style’ with your very own VIP table (from 10 p.m. to close), a delicious dinner and two quality cocktails with a complimentary champagne toast, all for just $100 per person, plus tax and tip. There will be DJs getting busy on the 1s and 2s from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Call for reservations:  310.656.9800

Special dinner menu available online and more info:


• Wokcano Santa Monica

1413 5th St.

Santa Monica, Calif. 90401

Ring in the New Year at the biggest NYE party on the Westside at Wokcano Santa Monica! The Sweet ’16 Black & White New Year’s Eve Ball will bring in 2016 with music by DJ Frankie, dancing, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, party favors and more. Black and white cocktail attire is required. General Admission is $40 in advance and $50 day-of, which includes noisemakers, photo booth, a champagne toast and complimentary appetizers from 8 p.m.-10 p.m., and $60 VIP ticket includes this plus front-of-line access. Table packages are also available. 310.458.3080. Tickets are available at


• The Independence

205 Broadway

Santa Monica, Calif. 90401

Celebrate New Year’s with a party on Broadway! The Independence Tavern is selling tickets for a 4-course dinner with champagne toasts and DJs. Keep the party rocking next door at sister establishment Copa D’Oro, known for its selection of hand-crafted cocktails by one of the industry’s leading mixologists. All for just $75 before Dec. 21. The dinner menu includes braised beef short ribs, seared duck breast, or scallops with some ricotta gnocchi and hot chocolate mousse. There’s even a champagne cake! Get your tickets by emailing or call 310.458.2500.


• The Bunglaow

101 Wilshire Blvd.

Santa Monica, Calif. 90401

It might seem like a contrast in styles, but the breezy, Baja-surf-inspired club The Bungalow is doing it proper like with its Black Tie NYE Party with a hosted premium bar and small bites. DJ and dancing from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. for $150. Table reservations available by emailing Buy tickets here. 310.899.8530


• Harvelle’s

1432 4th St.

Santa Monica, Calif. 90401

Credited with influencing both Jimi Hendrix and Buddy Guy, Guitar Shorty has been electrifying audiences for five decades with his supercharged live shows and his incendiary recordings. If you love blues, hot nightclubs with plenty of close-quarters booty shaking, then this is the spot for you. And it’s only $25. You can’t beat that. Doors open at 8 p.m. Two drink minimum. For tickets go here.


• Magicopolis

1418 4th St.

Santa Monica, Cailf. 90401

Escape reality with their Most Magical New Year’s Eve Anywhere! Show. There will be all the standards, like optical illusions, levitation, disappearances, and a nail-biting Houdini-inspired escape. Celebration includes a champagne toast, some light bites, a souvenir bag of tricks and other goodies. $30. For tickets, go here.


• Del Frisco’s Grille

1551 Ocean Ave.

Santa Monica, Calif. 90401

Celebrate New Year’s with the best view in town. Del Frisco’s is offering $5 beers and $7 cocktails with their featured item being the 16oz. dry-aged Prime Rib with hand-mashed potatoes. No tickets required.


• Santa Monica Playhouse 

1211 4th St.

Santa Monica, Calif. 90401

Looking to celebrate the New Year with the family? Try this all-ages showcase with prizes, sing-a-long songs, dancing in the aisles, humor and other delights culled from over five decades of audience favorite Santa Monica Playhouse productions. 6 p.m.: $49.50 general admission; $44.00 students, teachers, seniors, military; $29.50 kids under 12. 9:30 p.m.: $59.50 general admission; $54 students, teachers, seniors, military; $39.50 kids under 12. For more information call 310.394.9779, Ext. 1 Get tickets here.


• The Craftsman  

119 Broadway

Santa Monica, Calif. 90401

NYE can be stressful trying to find the right place to celebrate, buy outrageous admission tickets, pressured to dress up fancy, spend half of your paycheck on expensive drinks. This year The Craftsman has decided to do what they do best, keep it relaxed and keep it simple. Your favorite neighborhood bar with no frills, just fun. Live music by Will and The Won’ts, drink specials, party favors, champagne toast and movies on the big screen. Early bird discount tickets are available for $10 on and some will be available at the door for $20. Cheers! (310) 573-8426