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New Year's Eve in Santa Monica Under $100

There are parties at Wokcano, the Basement Tavern, Upper West, Ye Olde Kings Head and the Charleston.

Editor's Note: This story was originally published Dec. 21.

Why break the bank on a New Year's Eve party when there are affordable options at some of Santa Monica's funnest bars and restaurants?

$50 | The Great Gatsby New Years Eve Ball 2013

1920's attire is suggested at Wokcano's roarin' soiree with prohibition-style cocktails, whiskey tastings and hors d'oeuvres. The evening’s festivities will also feature music by DJ Frankie who will spin top 40 and 1920s electro music, plus a live swing band. Entry includes party favors, noise makers and a champagne toast.

$45 | New Year's Eve at the Basement Tavern

Proceeds from this party will benefit the National Heritage Museum and Heal the Bay. The Victorian will rock with DJs on three floors: Ground Zero in the basement, The Mixx in the attic and DJ Benjamin Walker on the main floor.

$ 75 | A Taste of Havana at Upper West

Upper West is putting an exotic twist on its New Year's Eve party with a Cuban-inspired prix fix menu from 8-10 p.m. Plates include roasted golden beets with mojito chimichurri, braised short ribs with crispy yucca, and rice pudding with espresso and pear. A DJ comes on at 11 p.m. and a big screen will air the ball drop in Times Square.

No admission | Bagpipes at Ye Olde King's Head

Celebrate "British-style" at the downtown pub. A bagpiper will play along with a DJ. Then, come back in the morning for breakfast and "hair of the dog," and to watch the Rosebowl parade and game.

$85-100 | "Lucky Number 13" at The Charleston

Admission to the retro bar includes unlimited drinks and complimentary appetizers, plus a champagne toast when the clock strikes midnight. A DJ will spin top 40s all night. Bottle service is available with a reservation.

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Becca December 21, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Zengo has two seatings for a four-course prix fixe menu. Early seating is $55 for 4-7 p.m.; late seating is $75 for 730 onward. They say they will have a DJ on hand and I thought I heard something about champagne. Find out more at http://www.richardsandoval.com/zengosm/index.php
Kathrin December 22, 2012 at 07:48 AM
Loews, L7 and L.A. Wine Tasting invite you to dance the night away with DJ Mark Lewis and DJ Angeline's RIO TO L.A. show featuring exotic Samba dancers and Joakin Eskasan Live on Drums. Tickets are available from $42. General Admission tickets include: LIVE SHOW with exotic Samba dancers, music for dancing all night, a reception cocktail between 8:30 and 9:30pm, cash bar; and of course there will be party-favors, a countdown, balloon drop, a champagne toast at midnight... and THE finest crowd on the Westside. Did we mention gourmet coffe to finish an extraordinary night? VIP tickets include: All of the above + VIP sponsored cocktails and casino games all night in the VIP Casino Room. 500+ gorgeous guests expected. www.L7scene.com

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