New Year’s Eve in the South Bay

25Ready to usher in 2014 with a bang? There are plenty of ways to celebrate right here in the South Bay!

Shade Hotel: Shade Hotel continues its glamorous New Year’s Eve tradition with a Great Gatsby party starting at 8 pm. The $75 ticket includes hors d’oeuvres, cigars on the roofdeck, gaming chips, party favors, a Champagne toast at midnight, and more. Proceeds benefit the Steve Nash Foundation for the benefit of underserved children. For reservations, click the link or call 310-546-4995. Shade Hotel, 1221 N. Valley Drive, Manhattan Beach.

Hermosa Beach Pier: Hermosa Beach’s New Year’s Eve celebration takes place at Pier Plaza and admission is free. Entertainment includes Lou Giovannetti and His Big Band; there will 9×12-foot video screens showing ball drops at 9 p.m. and at midnight. Hermosa Beach Pier Plaza, Hermosa Beach.

Portofino Hotel and Marina: Berry Bly Productions hosts its annual New Year’s Eve Gala at the Portofino Hotel and Marina in Redondo Beach. The $45 ticket includes live entertainment from Usef, dangerhouse, Adam Nello and more; as well as feathered samba dancers and percussionists. Tickets: Click on the link or call 310-350-4927. Portofino Hotel and Marina, 260 Portofino Way, Redondo Beach.

Samba Brazilian Steakhouse: Samba invites you to a White Brazilian New Year’s Eve Party, ringing in the year of the World Cup in Brazil. Regular standing-room admission is $45; a $55 ticket gets you all-you-can-eat meat, a gourmet salad bar, and a glass of champagne. Entertainment includes authentic samba music and dancers. Dress code is all white. Call for more information: 818-566-1111. Samba Brazilian Steakhouse, 207 N. Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach.

champagne bucketTerranea: Terranea’s annual Club Countdown Celebration from 9 pm to 2 am includes live music entertainment by DJ Quasar, an open bar, and a late night buffet from 11 pm to 1 am featuring a slider station, an Italian pizza station, and a full dessert station. Tickets are $150 per person before December 26 and $195 per person thereafter. Terranea also offers a New Year’s Eve Family Celebration from 8 pm to 1 am with a plated dinner, dessert bar, and special kids’ menu. Tickets are $150 for adults, $120 for young adults (ages 11 to 20) and $60 for kids ages 5 to 10. Terranea, 100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes.

Downtown Long Beach: Further south, Downtown Long Beach hosts a free family-friendly celebration at Rainbow Harbor from 5 pm to 10 pm with live music and a fireworks spectacular. On Pine Avenue, there is a street party at Broadway, with live entertainment on three stages and a full New Year’s Eve countdown at midnight. Tickets for the Pine Avenue party are $15 in advance and $20 at the gate. Long Beach Transit will be offering free rides from 5 pm to 2:30 am. For information, call the Downtown Long Beach Associates at 562-436-4259.

New Year’s Eve Parties

Ready to get your sparkle on for New Year’s Eve? You’ve got plenty of opportunities in the South Bay. Check out the following parties, concerts, and celebrations to ring in 2012:

Shade Royale New Year’s Eve, Shade Hotel: Dress in your classiest “Bond Chic” (that’s Bond, James Bond) and enjoy hors d’oeuvres, casino tables, a poker lounge, live DJ and dancing, and a champagne toast. $75/person. Room specials for $599 include two tickets to the event. 1221 N. Valley Drive, Manhattan Beach.

Berry Bly New Year’s Eve Gala, Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center: Enjoy a New Year’s Eve extravaganza, with multiple dance floors, performance artists and dancers, laser light shows, multiple bars, food trucks and more. Tickets $45-$55. 1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Redondo Beach.

New Year’s Eve Dance Party at Terranea: Spend the night up on the peninsula at this glittery party featuring live DJs and dancing. VIP access ($125 in advance, $150 at the door) comes with open bar privileges; general admission ($50 in advance, $75 at the door) comes with a mini bottle of champagne and then a cash bar. 100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes.

New Year’s “Glow” Eve at Sharkeez, Hermosa Beach: Party on in glowing fashion at Sharkeez, with four-course meals, glow sticks, glow glasses, DJs, dancing, and a balloon drop with cash prizes. $35 VIP ticket includes reserved seating, glow sticks and glasses, four-course meal, and champagne. 52 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach.

Hermosa Beach New Year’s Eve Celebration, Hermosa Beach Pier: Celebrate the New Year in true beach style down at the Hermosa Pier, where beginning at 8:30 PM you can hear Lou Giovannetti and His Big Band play big-band standards. At midnight, there will be a video replay of the ball drop at Times Square on a 9×12 foot video screen. Free. 1 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach.

The Chris Robinson Brotherhood at Saint Rocke, Hermosa Beach: Looking for a more down-home event? Check out the Chris Robinson Brotherhood (featuring the former lead singer for the Black Crowes) at Saint Rocke. The evening features a three-hour, two-set performance, an open bar, and appetizers throughout the evening. Tickets are $170 ($120 for non-drinking) – cost includes gratuity. 142 Pacific Coast Highway, Hermosa Beach.

The Elegant NYE By the Sea, Delzano’s By The Sea: Enjoy dinner, dancing, and socializing at this lively Redondo Beach restaurant. The party with start with favorite R & B tunes during the “socializing” time, and then at 9 PM the DJ will “turn it up.” Complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Tickets $30 (not including dinner). 179 North Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach.

Queen Nation at Brixton South Bay: Rock in 2012 with Queen tribute band Queen Nation at Brixton in Redondo Beach, with iconic hits like “Somebody to Love” and “We are the Champions.” General admission $25; booth prices (in addition to general admission) $50 to $125. 100 W. Torrance Blvd., Redondo Beach.

Time to party like it’s…2012?

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