Yesterday we gave you 10 great options for a New Year's Eve for under $60. That's cheap, people! But for some of us, NYE is the one night of the year we don't want cheap. We want to blow it out, spend the year-end bonus (do those even exist anymore??), put on our fanciest outfits and hobnob with the big shots.
Here are five ideas for a super extravagant L.A. New Year's Eve, dinner included.
The Bazaar by José Andrés
The Bazaar is throwing its annual Spanish Masquerade ball, which includes multiple dining areas and tray-passed tapas. Cava and cocktails will be provided at stations scattered throughout the restaurant. A house DJ will provide inspiration for your dorky dance moves. Tickets are $195 per person right now — on Christmas they go up to $250. Purchase here.
I mean, it's New Year's Eve. You might as well go full Hollywood. You can get into the party at Bar Marmont (hosted by Sean Patrick and Damon Peruzzi — dunno who they are but that's because I don't know what "nightlife impresario" means) for $50, but if you want to take part in the "VIP open bar" and dinner, it'll cost you $200 per person. DJs, drinking, fancy people ogling included. Purchase tickets here.
Santa Monica's most luxurious restaurant is not pulling any punches for New Year's Eve. From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., you can get a table for the bargain price of $150 per person. That will get you a four-course dinner. For the second seating, beginning at 8:30 p.m., a spot at the table will cost you $275 per person for a six-course dinner, plus music and dancing. It should be noted that neither of these options includes booze. Details can be found here, you can call 310-395-0881 to reserve.
Our favorite cocktail bar is throwing an intimate New Year's bash with unlimited cocktail service and Champagne punch. A late dinner will be catered by Belcampo Meat Co., and snacks will be served throughout the night. The Jamie Elman Trio will provide entertainment with live jazz. Bonus: the fifth annual Varnish Limbo Contest. $195 per person. Reservations can be made for two to six people by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
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SHOW ME HOW
While never cheap, Maude usually offers one of the best-value tasting menus around, at just about $100 per person for nine courses, service included. But for New Year's Eve, they are really upping the ante. For $500 per person, you can hang out with chef Curtis Stone while he makes you a tasting menu highlighting some of the year’s best ingredients, including caviar, lobster and truffles. Call (310) 859-3418 for reservations.