And, please, remember to drink responsibly -- AAA offers a free tow home if you can't drive, while the L.A. Metro system (bus and rail) will run for free the entire night -- no excuses for driving under the influence this year.Top Shelf:
8. Sunny Spot
At Roy Choi's Caribbean-inflected a $50 ticket will get you all a VIP you-can-eat-and-drink ticket (a great selection of exotic cocktails at your disposal), access to a special Rum Room, and a set by DJ Backdraft. 822 Washington Blvd., Marina del Rey; 310-448-8884.
If you don't mind getting a bit of a late start (open bar starts at 10:30 p.m.) you can enjoy all the Latin-inspired drinks you want at West L.A.'s Picca and Mo-Chica downtown, including a ripping good version of the classic Pisco Sour. A $40 ticket will get you full bar access, a DJ spinning some spicy beats, and optional bar bites from the kitchen of chef Ricardo Zarate. Mo-Chica: 514 W. 7th St., L.A.; 213-622-3744. Picca: 9575 W. Pico Blvd., L.A.; 310-277-0133.
6. City Tavern
At this Culver City beer bar the party starts at 10 PM, when they'll have an all-you-can-drink beer garden with 22 draft beers (many from local brewers), selected beer bottles, wine and champagne included. Tickets are $58 with dinner tickets or $68 without dinner -- a pag of party favors, a live DJ, and a champagne midnight toast are also included. 9739 Culver Blvd., Culver City; 310-838-9739.
At the former Venice pop-up, bartender Daniel Nelson is heading up the drink program, meaning you can sample re-imagined Southern creations like a champagne cocktails made with Peychaud's bitters and praline liquor. A $45 pre-order ticket will get you 2 hours of open bar (10 p.m.- midnight), otherwise tickets are $50 at the door. 1031 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice; 310-392-2425.