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The best New Year’s Eve parties in Los Angeles

Welcome 2022 with a bang at some of the best events in Los Angeles, from prohibition-themed parties to pub crawl and fireworks at Universal Studios.

Deciding what to do for New Year’s Even is always tough, but that’s what we’re here for. From gazing at fireworks at Universal Studios or Marina del Rey to sipping champagne at the rooftop and watching countdown with a ball drop, LA is filled with some great events to ring in 2022.

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New Year’s Eve at Universal Studios Hollywood

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Fireworks at Universal Studios Hollywood, source: Facebook

The Universal Studios midnight fireworks display is where you need to be! Celebrating with Universal Studios will be an excellent choice for families and individuals who love amusement parks or those who simply want to see a spectacular fireworks display while enjoying a somewhat relaxed occasion.

During the day, Universal Studios Hollywood offers a wide range of rides to choose from. You'll be able to check out a variety of party locations with music, dancing, shows, attractions, photo op exhibits, and have no shortage of delicious food and drink options once the sunsets. Desserts, beers, wines, and champagne are available for purchase at each of the park's genre-themed party locations: Universal Plaza, Springfield, and near Revenge of the Mummy.

P.s - Other animal pass holders will need to purchase an event-specific ticket in addition to their yearly pass. Platinum annual pass holders will be able to use their annual pass for admittance.

Price - $139 onwards

Where - 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608

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Hours - 9 pm - 2 am

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Prohibition NYE

This gigantic Prohibition-era-themed NYE party is set in Downtown and will transport you back to the 1920s. The party is a fantastic alternative for individuals searching for a different, exciting, and memorable way to welcome the new year in 2022. At the party it is recommended, but not required, to dress in 1920s style. 

You can expect a wide range of food and drinks, as well as live entertainment and the chance to watch a custom 60-foot ball drop after the New Year's Eve countdown. With a DJ set from Cut Copy (Australian artists), a jazz ensemble, burlesque dancers, specialty cocktails, and champagne, the handsome station serves as the luxurious celebration's backdrop.

Note - Proof of Covid-19 vaccination or negative Covid test is required to enter the party.

Price - $195 onwards

Where - Union Station, 800 North Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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Hours - 9 pm - 2 am

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Harriet's Rooftop New Year's Eve 2022 Party

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The bar at Harriet’s Rooftop, source: Instagram

At The 1 Hotel’s new rooftop bar, Harriet's Lounge, they are gearing up for an epic New Year's Eve bash. A sky-high lounge like this has never been seen before in West Hollywood. Its panoramic view of the city’s skyline is the show-stopper. And for New Year's Eve, they're taking it up a notch with a live DJ spinning dynamic mashups. Their Bar Director Justin Campbell will be crafting cocktails drawing inspiration from the garden-like setting, along with a selection of wine and beer.

The city's glitterati will dance and socialize against the sparkling background of the Los Angeles skyline, while you are enjoying a five-hour premium open bar. Choose a VIP package to enjoy perks like bottle service and reserved seating. This place is nothing short of magnificent, from the lush flora that fills the penthouse to the gleaming string lights. Join them on New Year's Eve to ring in the new year with a countdown and fireworks.

Price - $60 onwards

Where - Harriet's Rooftop, The 1 Hotel West Hollywood, 8490 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069

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Hours - 9 pm - 2 am

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Hollywood Pub Crawl New Year's Eve Party

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Cabo Cantina, source: Facebook

Why limit yourself to one bar when you could spend your New Year's Eve in Los Angeles visiting several? The Hollywood New Year's Eve Pub Crawl is returning, and they have organized the festivities for you! This New Year's Eve, go all out at Hollywood's most famous bar hopping destinations, with VIP access to incredible venues, exclusive bargains, and drink specials as low as $4 Drafts and 2-for-1 Premiums and Champagnes! The Highlights of the pub crawl will be as follows:

  • Start from Cabo Cantina Hollywood.
  • Enjoy free entry to multiple Los Angeles hot spots.
  • Experience the local nightlife with a professional party leader.
  • Discover some of the city's best bars & clubs, with all cover charges included.
  • Enjoy exclusive drink deals throughout the night.

Note - The event is strictly 21+ and the organizers will require valid ID proof.

Price - $20 onwards

Where - Cabo Cantina, 6669 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

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Hours - 6 pm - 2 am

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Countdown NYE

Countdown NYE

Party at Countdown, source: Facebook

Why settle for a couple of hours of fun when you can have two days of it? The Countdown is an extravaganza, pun intended, music festival commemorating the commencement of the year 2022. The festival will take place on both New Year's Eve and New Year's Day in San Bernardino's NOS Events Center and will include over 30 dance performers. 

Deadmau5, Tiesto, NGHTMRE, RL Grime, Rezz, Subtronics, Afrojack, Major Lazer, and more are among the artists performing this year, as well as a fun alien invasion concept. Also, throughout the festival, several vendors will sell food and beverages, and those over the age of 21 will be able to enjoy a drink. Spending New Year's Eve at countdown is sure to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for you.

Note - It is necessary to show proof of complete immunization or a negative COVID-19 test done 72 hours before the festival.

Price - $100 onwards

Where - NOS Events Center, 689 S E Street San Bernardino, CA 92408

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Hours - Fri and Sat (4 pm onwards)

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Watching Fireworks at Marina del Rey

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Fireworks from Marina del Rey, source: Facebook

Marina del Rey celebrates the new year with two pyrotechnic countdowns. Fireworks are sent off at 9 p.m. and midnight in the beachfront city (or a minute before, to be precise). While the fireworks will be launched near Burton Chace Park, all restaurants with harbor views should be able to see them. Some restaurants charge a fee for ticket dinners, so we recommend finding a spot by the ocean and seeing the fireworks for free.

Where - Burton Chace Park, Mindanao Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

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Hours - Fireworks at 8:59 pm and again at 11:59 pm.

Header image, source: Countdown NYE Facebook

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