Top 8 Local Spots to Ring in the New Year!
“10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 … HAPPY NEW YEAR!”
Very soon, we will be counting down to a 2019! If you are looking for some fun parties where you can dress up to the nines on this very special night, read on to see what Irvine Weekly recommends for you:
New Year’s Uncorked at Red Bar and Lounge
17900 Jamboree Road
From 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
$65 cover charge
Check out Hotel Irvine’s Red Bar and Lounge, which will have a sophisticated New Year’s Eve party highlighted by champagne and cocktails, party favors, the festive sounds of a local DJ, and VIP booths available with bottle service for up to 10 guests. Advanced ticket purchase suggested.
“There’s fun and festivities nearly every minute for overnight guests who partake in Hotel Irvine’s New Year’s Eve celebration,” said general manager, Jeroen Quint. “From a DJ’d lavish party with champagne and party favors to a gorgeous night’s sleep only an elevator away, and then a ‘morning after’ brunch, these will be the best 15 hours anyone could ever have to ring in 2019!”
19100 Von Karman Avenue
Live music until 1:30 a.m.
Seating at the bar or restaurant
For the past 31 years, Bistango has been the place to be on New Year’s Eve if you ask proprietor John Ghoukassian:
“A landmark in Irvine, we love to celebrate the New Year in style with an elegant three-course menu crafted by executive chef Javier Montoya, a complimentary champagne toast at midnight, party favors and an unrivaled ambiance. Come dance the night away to a six-piece live band and ring in the New Year with us!”
Tracy and Friends will be performing for New Year’s Eve at Bistango with a six-piece band. Lead singer Bob Dorman will croon alongside sax-man, Adrian Tapia. They join guitarist Greg Morgan, along with Dave Kaplan on the bass. Drummer Steve Aschoff will hold it down with Tracy playing the piano.
“We’re looking forward to singing, playing and carrying on – just all around having a great time with everyone on New Year’s Eve at Bistango!” added Tracy Longstreth.
Angelina’s Pizzeria Napoletana Funky Town Disco Party
Los Olives Marketplace
8573 Irvine Center Drive
$150, four course meal (Starts at 9 p.m.)
$50 champagne toast and small bites (11 p.m. – 1 a.m.)
If you love 70’s music, Angelina’s is the place for you. “This will be our 3rd Annual NYE Party since we opened our doors,” said owner Sho Fusco. “This year’s theme is ‘Funky Town Disco’ and similar to our past events, it will be an evening filled with a colorful balloon drop, four course menu with a pairing, live music and lots of bubbles and sweets! We never cut corners when it comes to providing a memorable customer experience!”
The Lemon Drop Club Party
Hilton OC Airport
18800 MacArthur Blvd
7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.
3 course buffet w/ dessert bar, coffee bar and Champagne toast
Wine corkage fee: $10
The Lemon Drop NYE party features live music with The Vertikals plus DJ John playing ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s music. “When I moved to O.C. in 2000 from Las Vegas, my friends and I just could not find a NYE party that provided almost everything, that was an event that you would not soon forget,” acknowledged promoter Stephen Hearne.
“Our idea of celebrating our successes from the previous year, and sharing an evening with friends, family or with that someone special – that deserves more than just dinner out at a fancy restaurant,” he said. “It takes a celebration, and that is what we have built at the Hilton with our New Years Eve party. We make sure you have everything and anything you need to make your night memorable and affordable.”
NYE SoCal White & Gold Party
The Nursery by Southwinds, Irvine
7000 Marine Way
Starts at 9 p.m.
Live music and performances
A landscape supply store is being converted into an elegant mega party for New Year’s Eve. “We are thrilled to bring this one of a kind New Year’s Eve event to Irvine,” says promoter Jennifer Dunn, AMG Media.
“Having created a plethora of sensory-filled events throughout Los Angeles, we felt Orange County would be a great location to showcase just what AMG Media is all about. We are confident guests will enjoy our host venue, The Nursery by Southwinds, an indoor/outdoor space that will transport patrons on a magical journey throughout the evening inside its beautifully designed gardens,” she said.
“With surprises around every corner, live music and performances, delicious bites and themed cocktails, this event is sure to be one for the books.”
Find something beautiful to wear for this event, as white and gold attire is encouraged!
Hive & Honey Rooftop Bar
Marriott Irvine Spectrum Hotel
7905 Irvine Center Drive
8 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Includes a complimentary glass of Veuve Clicquot
VIP Packages $1,000 – $5,000
Ring in 2019 in elegant style – complete with a Gatsby-themed gala, delicious food, champagne and your friends at Hive & Honey! Expect lots of dancing to the live music, and a champagne toast at midnight to the year ahead! The bar offers lovely views of Irvine too.
Hive & Honey is also offering bottle service at a private fire pit for a minimum of 8-10 guests for $1,200, which includes a bottle of Ketel One + 2 bottles of Veuve Clicquot.
Heading to a hotel party is perfect, because if you find yourself a wee bit too tipsy, you can always take a room at the hotel and enjoy brunch on New Year’s Day!
Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa
Napa Rose Restaurant
1600 South Disneyland Drive
$140 early dinner party 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
$300 – Dinner and gala 8:15 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Additional fee for wines
If you are looking for a family-friendly activity, spend the day at Disneyland! Then take them over to Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa to Napa Rose restaurant for an early four course, wine country dinner seating, created by chef Andrew Sutton. Your kids will love all the silver and black balloons and holiday New Year’s Eve décor.
Or get a babysitter and head to the hotel for a late-night dance party, with live music, party favors and champagne. Enjoy the five-course tasting menu with an assortment of wines too.
Winter Fest O.C.
O.C. Fair & Event Center
88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa
SoCal’s largest winter celebration will host special New Year’s Eve celebrations, not once, but twice, with a special countdown Orange Ball drop, fireworks and an unforgettable 3,000-balloon drop at 6 p.m. and midnight. Rock the night away with Katy Perry, P!NK and Journey tribute bands live until 1:00 a.m. of the New Year.
The all-new interactive SoCal Dicken’s village is Winter Fest’s newest addition, offering a taste of Victorian England during the holidays, featuring meet-and-greets with Charles Dickens, Scrooge, Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future, and more. Nightly tree lighting ceremonies begin at 5:30 p.m.
Wishing you all a very happy new year!