Here are 5 more awesome New Year's Eve parties in LA to add to the wealth of options Kristina Benson presented in her post Top 10 Things to Do in LA on New Year's Eve. Not that the $50-100 parties aren't going to be tons of fun, but I prefer to do NYE on the cheap — the parties listed below are all under $15 and some of them even have free drinks!
5. THE BULLET & BLACKEYED SOUL CLUB'S NYE PARTY
Biggest 60s party in town with a hell of a lot to offer beyond the best mod/garage/soul/psych tunes spun by DJs Soulshaker, Jackie Hoodoo, Jason Pandora, Dan Electro, and Alberto Sol. FREE champagne and party favors at midnight, big dance floor, food Service til 1030pm, $5 Jack n Cokes / $3 Stellas before 1030pm, free CD giveaways, and most importantly, FREE PARKING!
Where: Hollywood Studio Bar & Grill, 6122 West Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028 (Hollywood)
4. PUNKY REGGAE NYE BASH with SHINEHEAD
Punky Reggae Party is bringing in Shinehead, famed dancehall innovator, for their party. Michael Stock (from Part Time Punks) and Boss Harmony & Roy Corduroy (from Dub Club) will be DJing punk, reggae, post punk, ska, dub, and dancehall records all night.
Where: La Cita, 336 Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 90013 (Downtown)
3. SHADOWS: DUBLAB'S GOTH AND DARKWAVE DJ + FILM NIGHT
Shadows is part of Dublab's Weekly Sound Expansion Series and is hosted by John Girgus and Ale Cohen of Languis. They promise “hits from when Goth was cool and dark electronic explorations” and best of all this one is FREE.
Where: Hyperion Tavern, 1941 Hyperion Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90027 (Silver Lake)
2. DECADENCE BALL with ABE VIGODA, DUNES, CAPTAIN AHAB
The Decadence Ball is a music and arts celebration with 8 bands, 7 DJs, live art, a bunch of food trucks and vendors. Still time to get discount admission by RSVPing to email@example.com.
Where: 5 Star Bar, 267 S. Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (Downtown)
Cost: $15 at the door all night, $10 admission with RSVP (VALID TILL 11PM). For discounted admission RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. 18+ admission, 21+ to drink.
1. HANG THE DJS + CLUB UNDERGROUND NYE BASH with NITE JEWEL + KENAN BELL
Top pick is Hang the DJs/Club Underground party at the Echo hosted by Scarlett Casanova with live performances by Nite Jewel and Kenan Bell. DJ sets from Hang the DJs/Club Underground selectors, with guest DJ DJ Alex Transistor (AM/FM). Free champagne!
Where: The Echo, 1822 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026 (Echo Park)
Cost: $10 pre-sale/ $15 door