9 L.A. Bashes That'll Keep You From Dropping The Ball On NYE

Ah yes, New Year's Eve is almost here and some congratulations are in order. You've made it through another whirlwind season of holiday parties, family reunions, and survived the Mayan apocalypse. But now comes the even trickier part — figuring out the how's and where's of ringing in 2013. Your mental checklist has already been planned: You must be somewhere where you'll have zero problems rallying your friends to join the festivities, can wear sparkly clothes, and have a stand-out time to help you properly start off the New Year.
So, ditch the stress that's associated with locking down your NYE plans, and take a gander at our carefully-edited selection of ways to spend the eve of 2013. Whether you're looking to be spoiled over a six-course meal, enjoy bubbly galore, or a wild warehouse party, we've tracked down the best of the best. Now you just need a dress and a head start on your resolutions list.
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WiSC Serves Up Black Eyed Peas On NYE
Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing (WiSC) is busting out some bahh-llistically delicious Southern fare at its Abbot Kinney restaurant. Every table will receive complimentary black eyed peas alongside a $75 four-course prix-fixe menu (highlights include Kumamoto Oysters, Shrimp ‘n Grits, Halibut with Maine Lobster Hash, and lots more). Fergie Ferg might not be present, but a DJ will be spinning to make the night a winner.
WiSC, 1031 Abbot Kinney Blvd (at North Venice Boulevard) ; 310-392-2495.

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STK House
Equal parts swanky lounge and steakhouse, STK is going big on the 31st by decking out the place in gold, black, and sparkles — plus, plenty of super-sized Moët bottles will be popping. The $130 prix-fixe menu includes signature items like Chestnut Ravioli with brown butter and S’mores with housemade marshmallows. You might say it's really earning its steak strips — err, stripes!
STK, 755 North La Cienega Boulevard (at Waring Avenue); 310-659-3535.

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Midnight Masquerade at Cecconi's
Cecconi’s is pulling out all the corks with its Midnight Masquerade. The night starts off at the gorg Italian hot spot with an indulgent four-course prix-fixe menu available at two seatings throughout the evening. Then, the celeb-adored joint will break out the black-tie fancy-pants attire with a champagne toast and DJ.
Cecconi's West Hollywood, 8764 Melrose Avenue (at North Robertson Boulevard); 310-432-2000.

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Spanish Masquerade at The Bazaar by José Andrés
As if the decor wasn't delightful enough, the quirky restaurant at the SLS Hotel is hosting a masquerade complete with tray-passed tapas, unlimited celebratory cocktails, and live entertainment. We can't wait to sip on a whimsical Liquid Nitrogen Caipirinha and finish of the entire night of noshing with desserts in The Patisserie. Of course, there will be plenty of dancing along with a special guest DJ to help you usher in 2013 on a most memorable note!
SLS Hotel Beverly Hills, 465 La Cienega Boulevard (near South San Vicente Boulevard); 310-247-0400.

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The Parish
Head to this DTLA English gastropub-inspired restaurant for dinner or just for libations (this place has a killer repertoire of specialty cocktails and over 20 local beers on tap). And, the celebration continues with a New Year’s party from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. — presale tickets ($30) include one drink token, tasty appetizers, a midnight toast, and guaranteed entry. Reservations can be made via email.
The Parish, 844 South Spring Street (at 8th Street); 213-225-2400.

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Public Kitchen & Bar
Dress up in your finest and head to the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel to enjoy a six-course prix-fixe menu of eclectic American fare. But, that's just part one! If you dare, the second part of the night involves staying under the same roof and heading to the Saints & Sinners party where tickets are $200 per person. The first seating is at 6 p.m ($170 per person) and the second is at 9 p.m. — for reservations, call 323-769-8888.
Public Kitchen & Bar, 7000 Hollywood Boulevard; 323-466-7000.

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Duplex on Third
Don your best cocktail attire and welcome in the New Year at this cozy mid-city spot. With fireplaces and comfy chairs aplenty, enjoy some hors d'ouevres, a just-for-NYE cocktail, champagne, and maybe a little dancing action if you feel so inclined — all for just $40 per person.
Duplex, 8722 West Third Street (at South George Burns Road); 310-276-6223.

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Patina
We can't think of a better place to dine and ring in 2013 than a resto that's located within the Walt Disney Concert Hall. The varying prix-fixe menu options of decadent French food help, but what really sweetens the deal is the jazz trio that will be performing until the ball drops. With a three-course menu for $80, four courses for $100, and seven courses for $160, it's the perfect spot for a romantic Eve with your beau.
Patina, 141 South Grand Street (at 1st Street); 213-972-3331.

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Lucien Dossier Experience
A Lucien Dossier party never disappoints, so when we got wind that the crew was throwing a NYE bash to end all NYE bashes, our radar went berserk. Held at its super spacious DTLA warehouse, prepare to be wowed by the unbelievable performances, can't-stop-won't-stop dance music, and the craziest face and body paint you've ever seen. The tickets are $250 a pop, which includes an open bar all night. Doors open at 9:30 p.m. and the party will be bumping 'til 4 a.m.
The Lighthouse, 725 Ceres Avenue (at East 7th Street); no phone.

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