Lou Giovannetti will be performing at the Hermosa Beach Pier Plaza New Year’s Eve. (photo by Kevin Michael Schmitz)
The South Bay has no lack of options for where to be when the ball drops. Here are a few highlights of New Year’s Eve happenings this year:
New Year’s Eve Gala 2014 at The Portofino Hotel & Marina : 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.
NYE Gala 2014 brings the party flavors of Las Vegas and Hollywood straight to The Portofino Hotel & Marina. Countdown 2014 on multiple dance floors featuring a host of beats from top DJs like Adam Nello, Danger House, Eric-B, & Mikel. Advance tickets are $50 and are available at www.southbay2014.com.
260 Portofino Way, Redondo Beach.
2014 Countdown at R10/Social House
The Redondo Beach harbor area is becoming more of a destination of late, and that trend was amplified in December as the much-anticipated R10/Social House opened, featuring farm-to-table cuisine and handcrafted drinks in an unpretentious, waterman-friendly environment (the R10 is the buoy that marks the last leg in the famed Catalina Classic paddleboard race in which restaurant owner George Loren is a regular competitor). R10 will feature happy hour all night long on New Year’s Eve, an excellent opportunity to check out the new venue.
Roaring Twenties New Year’s Eve Party at Circa: 6 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Dinner is served between 6 p.m. and midnight. Reservations include entrance, party favors and champagne toast at midnight. DJ and dancing until 2 a.m. Prohibition Era costume is encouraged. No cover. For reservations, call (310) 374-4422.
903 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach.
New Year’s Eve at Patrick Molloy’s
Pier Avenue party mainstay Patrick Molloy’s is offering NYE deal — a $20 pre-sale ticket gets you in the door, two drink tickets, and a free champagne toast at midnight. Or reserve a table for $100 and receive a bottle of champagne, general admission, and a food platter. For reservations call 310-798-9762.
50A Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach.
A Chinese New Year’s Eve: China Grill & W’s China Bistro
The Chong brothers’s signature South Bay restaurants are utterly unique, fusing traditional Chinese food with some sly undercurrents from the family’s native Peru, and hence are always a favorite NYE destination for those who want an atypical celebration of the New Year. Both locations are taking reservations for a special dinner to bring in the New Year.
China Grill, 3282 Sepulveda Blvd., Manhattan Beach, 310-546-7284.
W’s China Bistro, 1410 S. Pacific Highway, Redondo Beach, 310-792-1600.
Lido di Manhattan New Year’s Eve Celebration
Lisa Hemmat’s Lido di Manhattan has been described by ER food critic Richard Foss as one of the “hidden jewels of the South Bay,” and fittingly enough the restaurant that reached larger fame on Chef Gordon Ramsey’s television show is offering a beautifully low key New Year’s Eve — early dinner seatings, a three course celebratory meal, a jazz duo featuring Lido’s own Tatiana Erse, and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Early dinner seatings 5 to 8:30 p.m., 3-course celebration seating 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. $10 cover if you come just to celebrate and not dine.
1550 Rosecrans Ave., Manhattan Beach 310-536-0730
New Year’s Eve at Baleen Kitchen: 5 p.m.- 1:30 a.m.
Baleen Kitchen rings in the new year with a five-course dinner and wine pairing, live music and complimentary champagne toast at midnight for all guests. Dinner is $85, $110 with wine pairing. Cover charge is $20 without a dinner or bottle service reservation. For reservations, call (310) 372-1202.
260 Portofino Way, Redondo Beach.
English Beat and DJ Mr. 80s at Saint Rocke: Doors at 8 p.m.
The dance floor opens wide when the vibrant sound of The English Beat ring in 2014 with a style of music that takes influence from the The Specials, The Clash, and Velvet Underground. General admission includes open bar, champagne toast, dessert booth, and passed appetizers. All details are available at www.saintrocke.com as well as advance tickets and VIP seating information.
142 Pacific Coast Hwy, Hermosa Beach.
Shade Hotel New Year’s Eve Great Gatsby Celebration: 8 p.m.- 1 a.m.
Celebrate in Gatsby style at Shade Hotel with passed hors d’oeuvres, casino games, cigar bar and midnight champagne toast. The event benefits the Steve Nash Foundation and 1920’s era costumes are highly encouraged. Tickets are $75 and are available at www.eventbrite.com.
1221 N Valley Dr, Manhattan Beach.
Bowties and Sequins at Baja Sharkeez
Join Sharkeez for a Bow Ties and Sequins extravaganza. For $34.99, a VIP Package includes VIP entrance, reserved seating, a four course dinner, a bottle of champagne, and priority VIP bottle service pricing. For VIP reservations in Manhattan Beach, call (310) 265-3386, or (310)265-3386 in Hermosa Beach.
3600 Highland Ave, Manhattan Beach, 52 Pier Ave. Hermosa Beach
Hermosa Beach New Year’s Celebration: Begins at 8 p.m.
The Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce will host a New Year’s Eve Celebration at Pier Plaza in Hermosa Beach on Tuesday, December 31st beginning at 8:00 p.m. Lou Giovannetti and His Big Band will be the featured performers. Inspired by Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett among others, Lou and his 18 piece orchestra will sing the iconic standards of the American big-band. The festivities will feature two countdowns to the New Year with the live ball drop in Times Square New York on a 9×12 foot video screen.
Pier Ave and Beach, Hermosa Beach.
Four course NYE dinner at Palmilla Cocina y Tequila
Starting at 8 p.m., Palmilla will unveil a special four course pre-fix menu, with dishes including ceviche tres maneras, queso fundido, polle molle, blanco, sabor de Mexico carnitas, pescado fresco, and sopaipilla calabaza. $100 per person. Bottle service packages available. 39 Pier Avenue, Hermosa Beach.
New Year’s Eve Celebration at Terranea
How about celebrating New Year’s Eve high on the Hill? Terranea is offering an elegant night’s celebrations crafted for family’s — available for everyone aged 5 and over, the night includes a plated dinner, dessert bar, house and sparkling wine, dancing an live music. Adults $150, young adults (11-20) $120, and children (5-10)$60. Call 310-265-2836.
100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes
White Brazilian New Year’s Eve Party 2014: 9 p.m.-2 a.m.
Celebrate the new year in Brazilian style at Samba Brazilian Steakhouse and lounge in Redondo Beach. A night of samba celebration leads up to a balloon drop at midnight, party favors and stunning sambistas. Bring your dancing shoes. Dress code is white, the Brazilian tradition for New Year’s Eve and a symbol of peace and hope. General admission is $45 in advance, $55 at the door. Dinner tickets are $55 in advance, $65 at the door and includes an all-you-can-eat Brazilian barbecue buffet. Tickets are available online at http://www.braziliannites.com.