10 New Year's Eve Events That Cost $40 or Less

Rooftop cocktails at the LibraryEXPAND
Rooftop cocktails at the Library
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Sometimes it feels like you can't celebrate New Year's Eve in Los Angeles without a second mortgage or a maxed-out credit card. But contrary to popular belief, not every event happening this Dec. 31 will set you back a car payment. Here are 10 affordable ($40 or less) options for starting 2016 somewhere other than on your couch.

N.Y.E.L.A. takes over Grand Park
N.Y.E.L.A. takes over Grand Park
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Grand Park + The Music Center's N.Y.E.L.A. (free)
For the third year, the Music Center will throw a massive — and free! — New Year's Eve celebration spanning 90 acres of downtown real estate, from the Music Center Plaza at Grand Avenue and First Street all the way down Grand Park to City Hall. There will be live music and DJs on three stages, including Afro-Latin combo Quitapenas, electro-pop siren Gavin Turek and KCRW's Chris Douridas, as well as food vendors and art installations by the Do Art Foundation among others. As always, the highlight will be the mind-boggling animated projections of Garson Yu, which will dance across the facades of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the Hall of Records and City Hall, culminating in 3-D midnight countdown projections. Grand Park between Hope and Main streets, downtown, 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., musiccenter.org/nyela.

The dark crowd at Complex
The dark crowd at Complex
Photo by Levan TK

Noire’s Eve Part Deux ($10)
If your tastes run a little darker than the usual NYE party soundtrack, head to Complex in Glendale for an evening of dark electronica, goth, industrial, shoegaze and dark '80s, all played on one of the best sound systems in town. DJs Black Eyed, Doomie, Gabe Reanimator and Franck H-Bomb will provide the soundtrack, and Das Baker (if you get the name pun, these really are your people) will provide the vegan pastries at midnight to accompany your complimentary glass of champagne. No matter how goth you are, all this for only 10 bucks should be enough to put a smile on your face. Complex, 806 E. Colorado St., Glendale, 9 p.m., complexla.com.

PBR's up at Dance Yourself CleanEXPAND
PBR's up at Dance Yourself Clean
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Dance Yourself Clean ($12.50-$22.50)
The Satellite's popular indie dance night moves into bigger digs for New Year's Eve, transferring to the Regent Theater downtown but otherwise promising to keep the unpretentious vibe and eclectic playlist (think LCD Soundsystem, Miike Snow, Purity Ring, Chromeo) intact. They are raising the price, but only slightly; instead of the usual 5 bones, a night at DYC NYE will set you back anywhere from $12.50 to $22.50, depending on how far in advance you buy tickets. Special guests are promised, too. Who, you ask? You won't know unless you go. The Regent Theater, 448 S. Main St., downtown, 8 p.m., danceyourselfclean.com.

The AggrolitesEXPAND
The Aggrolites
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The Aggrolites at Alex’s Bar ($20-$25)
Two SoCal institutions come together for what is sure to be one of the most laid-back, feel-good New Year's celebrations in the Greater L.A. area, as beloved Long Beach punk club Alex's Bar (which just celebrated its 15th anniversary) welcomes in veteran reggae act The Aggrolites. The L.A.-based band, who have been around nearly as long as Alex's Bar, describe their sound as "dirty reggae," a mix of Jamaican influences, from ska to rocksteady, with punk, soul and funk. Sounds like a good soundtrack for kissing 2015 goodbye. Alex's Bar, 2913 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach, 9 p.m., alexsbar.com.

West Coast Soul Events Presents NYE 2016 with David Harness ($20-$25)
If you're a house head who prefers underground vibes to velvet ropes and bottle service, King King (which is, sadly, soon to close) is the only reason to brave the Hollywood NYE clusterfuck. The intimate club will ring in 2016 with a headlining set by San Francisco deep house veteran David Harness, of Taboo and Club Universe fame, who is sure to keep the vibe smooth and soulful. Fellow house spinners Tony Powell and Lacey I.Q. provide support. King King, 6555 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 10 p.m., kingkinghollywood.com.


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