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?
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.
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.
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.