Ring in the New Year: the Top 5 New Year’s Eve Parties in Los Angeles

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Tick tock, tick tock. The countdown to the end of the year has begun. It’s time to dust off your dancing shoes and get your hats and horns out of the closet. If you’re still looking for a place to sing a round or two of Auld Lang Syne, these top 5 haute spots will be kicking off the New Year in serious style.

1 SLS Beverly Hills Hotel

Angelenos who want to see and be seen always travel with one thing: an entourage. This New Years book a VIP package for your friends and fans at the SLS Beverly Hills Hotel Star Lit Soirée. You and your ten BFF's can kick it at your very own VIP table with top shelf champagne and bottle service, dance the night away in the Albert Ballroom and get a little inside information on 2011, when the Tarot Card reader stops by your table.

465 South La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048 310.246.5555

2 Chaya Venice

Chaya Venice is encouraging guests to feel their inner francophile this New Year's Eve at "La Fete", a french-inspired soirée. If you're down to vive Venice, why not book a table for the second seating for the Chaya four-course prix-fixe dinner and then stay to shake your tail-feather to a live music courtesy of The Copy Cats. Of course, champagne will be poured the second the clock strikes midnight.

110 Navy St., Venice, CA 90291 310.396.9779

3 Viceroy Santa Monica

Audiophiles, take note: the Viceroy Santa Monica is throwing down this New Year's Eve along with Om Records and KCRW. Kick it poolside at Santa Monica's beloved boutique hotel while moving and grooving to the likes of Mayer Hawthorne, Classixx, and Morning Becomes Eclectic superstar Jason Bentley. Move, jump, jack your body.

1819 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90401 310.260.7507

4 Mélisse

Searching for a subdued celebration? I might roll by Mélisse. The two-starred Michelin culinary destination is wooing foodies this NYE with a sumptuous feast, followed of course, by drinks and dancing. Truffles take a requisite turn on the menu, bien sur, alongside haute fare such as poached egg and caviar, Monterey red abalone with celery and yuzu, and olive crusted lamb loin. Nothing like starting out the new year with a full belly. Isn't that good luck?

1104 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401 310.395.0881

5 Ace Hotel

Angelenos who want to make a weekend out of the festivities should hightail it to the Ace Hotel. Located in Los Angeles's version of the Hamptons aka Palm Springs, the Ace Hotel and Victor Rodriguez are sponsoring a five-course dinner and dance party followed by a ceremonial bush burning. Take that, Burning Man. Nurse your hangover the following day at bumping pool party. Come to think of it, you may just see me there, taking care of my NYE headache with a little hair of the dog and jeep beats courtesy of Will Automagic, Spank, and Sean Bumgarner.

701 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92264 760.325.9900

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