Where To Eat & Drink On New Year’s Eve In LA
Whether you want to eat a nice dinner or drop it low in the club, here's a list of great ways to ring in 2023.
There’s no wrong way to ring in the New Year: you could teach your dog how to tango, or maybe find a new meme to base your entire personality on. But if you want a memorable night out on the dancefloor, or a multi-course dinner at a reliably great place, these are some of our favorite options in LA. Here’s to hoping this New Year’s Eve is better than the one that involved one too many tequila shots on an empty stomach.
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If you like the sound of Korean American mash-up dishes and a bottle of champagne, spend your NYE at Yangban Society. This Arts District restaurant is offering a tasting menu full of things like kusshi oysters with white kimchi mignonette, grilled seabream with chili oil, rice cake "tteok" with kimchi cream. Expect to share the spread with some friends inside this laidback spot, or hang out on the communal patio. Tickets are $85 per person, and you can book a reservation here.
E.P. & L.P.
Sometimes you just need a bar where you can people-watch all night and silently judge people. That’s where E.P. & L.P. comes in. This popular West Hollywood spot is hosting a huge disco party to ring in 2023 and it’ll likely get pretty wild. General admission tickets are $75 and include appetizers and two hours of open bar access. If you want to watch beautiful people try their hardest to wake up next to a stranger on New Year’s Day, this is the spot for you.
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It’s always a special occasion at Kinn, a tasting menu restaurant in Koreatown that delivers fine dining at a relatively affordable price. Granted, New Year's Eve isn't just any day of the year, so the chef is offering an exclusive holiday dinner that’s a bit more expensive than usual at $175 per person. The eight-course tasting menu involves dishes like hen of the woods and sea urchin, crispy tilefish, truffle barley rice, and a bourbon tres leches cake.
Chances are you won’t be celebrating 2023 on a yacht in the French Riviera, but Bar Lis is the next best thing. It’s a rooftop bar at the Thompson Hotel that looks like a chic lounge in the South of France. It’s also where you’ll find some of the best views of Hollywood and a huge NYE party that runs until 2am. Tickets start at $125 per person and include five hours of open bar access, hors d’oeuvres, and a champagne toast at midnight. VIP tables are also available if you want to do the whole bottle service, skip the line, “you can’t sit with us” thing.
When we want incredible French food prepared with modern techniques, we head to Pasjoli. This upscale dinner spot in Santa Monica has a special NYE prix-fixe menu and it includes their iconic canard à la presse: a roasted duck, presented on a little cart wheeled to your table, then pressed in an antique contraption that looks like it could be a 15th-century torture device. You’ll also get dishes like a caviar amuse-bouche, crab gnocchi, and dry-aged ribeye with sauce perigueux. There’s an early seating at 5pm for $295, and a later seating at 9pm for $365 (which also includes a celebratory midnight Champagne toast).
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Club Los Globos
Both Beyoncé and Charlie XCX dropped new albums this year, so we can’t blame anyone who’s in the mood to dance on NYE. Thankfully Los Globos in Silver Lake will be hosting a huge party with three different rooms from 9pm-2am on the 31st. Club 90s, a recurring Y2k-themed pop-up dance night, is taking over the bottom floor. Upstairs it’s Bad Bunny night with a mix of reggaeton and Latin anthems. And in the Red Room, the theme is hip-hop and R&B. Tickets are $28 in advance.
This Hollywood staple has been serving classic California-Mexican food and very strong flaming margaritas since the 1970s, and they show no signs of stopping. So if you’re looking for somewhere fun to bring in the new year without having to buy a ticket ahead of time (or host at your place), we can’t think of a better spot. Definitely make a reservation as crowds get bad almost any day of the week, but just know, at El Compadre the party never stops.
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Cobi’s is a Southeast Asian spot where the two themes are maximalism and curry. The menu is energetic, refreshingly all over the place, and loaded with Thai, Indonesian, and Indian dishes. It’s a bit like a shot of espresso for Santa Monica's slightly snoozy dinner scene. That’s precisely why we think it’ll be such a great spot to enjoy a family-style tasting menu on NYE. You’ll get a medley of menu highlights like beef rendang and kanpachi crudo with lemongrass-tinged coconut milk, plus a few exclusive dishes. Tickets for the 5pm seating are $95 per person, but the two later seatings (which include a glass of champagne) are $125 per person.
Bicyclette is exactly where we'd want to be eating if our cooler, more cultured alter ego took over our body and demanded an impressive night out. Run by the power duo behind République, this cozy, subterranean spot in Beverlywood is a traditional French bistro in every sense of the word. The focus is on home-style Parisian cooking involving simple, rich dishes like caramelized onion tarte tatin and crusty baguettes topped with sardines. Chances are their New Year’s Eve $195 Prix-Fixe dining experience will be salty, rich, and indulgent.
Take everything you vaguely recall about the Roaring ‘20s, add in a celeb-studded private dining room, and put them in a blender with a century’s worth of inflation—that’s Delilah in WeHo. It’s sceney, ridiculous, and the perfect place to go when you just want to feel hot and drink a bottle of champagne on NYE. They’re doing a multi-course tasting menu dinner on the 31st, which includes everything from crab croquettes to filet mignon. You’re going to pay $200-$300 per ticket depending on the time of your reservation, but that’s probably close to what you’d end up spending at this upscale spot on a normal night anyway.