Counting down doesn’t have to be the same old routine. If you’re looking for a chic way to ring in 2011 and you’re strapped for time, just check out this top 5 list of New Year’s Eve parties — from the St. Regis to the Pacific Ocean’s waves, there’s something for you no matter what your mood. And when the clock strikes 12, raise your glass and get that kiss in high style.
1 St. Regis Monarch Beach
For the best of the best, head to the St. Regis Monarch Beach, where there are two parties for you to choose from. For the foodie, there's Stonehill Tavern, for those who are looking for more festivities, they're having a huge bash at the Lobby Lounge. Stonehill Tavern is having a six-course tasting menu and revelers can move the party over to the Lounge where there'll be dancing, cocktails and the final countdown to 2011.
2 The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar
For a four-course dinner and a masked ball, head to the Winery at the District. Not only will there be the countdown festivities, but the R&B group Family Style will be performing before the ball falls in NY. The Winery's transforming itself into a cigar lounge along with having the masquerade, so aficionados can enjoy their smokes and count down alongside their best friends in 2011.
3 Haven Gastropub
Looking for a rest from the big productions and crowds of other NYE parties should head to Haven Gastropub, where the celebration's less about the party and more about food and friends. Alongside the entire menu, they'll be pouring all the beers that they're known for and the last seating of the night (the others are at 6 and 8 p.m.) will have a traditional toast when the clock hits midnight.
4 NYE OC
Another year, another huge bash from NYEOC -- Orange County's biggest and most popular celebration for ringing in the New Year. For those who want partying, dancing, multiple djs and dance floors and multiple opportunities for midnight kisses, head to the Hilton for a bash that's unparalleled.
5 NYE Yacht Party Newport Beach
And for the ocean-minded, the Yacht Party sets sail for a night that's full of fun on the high seas. With multiple dance floors and set on a 125' yacht, there's no shortage of space for you get your groove on whether you're admiring the view of the coastline or looking to party hard. Anchors away, because this boat is definitely sailing towards a good time.