The Top New Year’s Eve Parties in L.A.

This is the cheesiest New Year’s Eve photo ever. We hope your evening looks nothing like this. And it won’t – if you attend one of these top New Year’s Eve parties in L.A. Whether you like it flashy, glamorous, foodie, or weird, we’ve got you covered. Go out with a bang, bubbly, and a good story you can share over your eggs Benedict and hash browns on the first day of ’13.

Miami Opening: Hyde at American Airlines Arena

With Sam Nazarian having stormed into SoBe earlier this year with the glamorous SLS Hotel South Beach, it only makes sense for his sbe Entertainment Group to start empire building in Florida’s party capital. Mirroring the concept of their successful Hyde Lounge at Staples Center in LA, the new Hyde at American Airlines Arena is a collaboration with the Miami Heat, and will be fitted into the team’s American Airlines Arena home.

With an elegantly decadent interior by Icelandic designer Gulla Jonsdottir (Red O, among others), the 250-seat, court level lounge will dish up contemporary Japanese bites by chef Danny Elmaleh and sexed up cocktails like the Burning Mandarin (no actual Mandarins will be harmed in its making). A fair guess it will be teeming with the local sports cognoscenti.

Miami Preview: SLS Hotel South Beach

Like a Floridian Habsburg Vienna, Miami is prone to regular invasions from foreign powers eager to share in its decadence and wealth. Recently Vegas’ Light Group made its first incursion with its BIANCA restaurant and FDR bar at the Delano; and New York’s Thompson Hotels just scooped up and is renovating the Victor Hotel into the Thompson South Beach. Hardly surprisingly, the reigning princes of LA nightlife, sbe, are also feverishly expanding their empire into the Magic City with the opening of the swish new SLS Hotel South Beach. Indeed, with this dazzling new property they are willfully ratcheting up the glam factor of what is already one of the most glamour-mad towns on the planet.
 
Never one to be outdone, the talent enlisted for the SLS by sbe’s Sam Nazarian is enough to send most of Miami’s hospitality honchos scrambling for a renovation plan. To wit, Lenny Kravitz even had a hand in the design. And with the two eponymous culinary masters helming The Bazaar (by Jose Andres) and Katsuya by Starck, as well as an 8000 square foot outpost of sbe’s Hyde nightclub and rooms flaunting almost Versailles-level opulence, expect a curious convergence of rhapsodizing foodies and lounging beauties.  

 

Hyde Bellagio Opening: the Ten-Fact Countdown

With Las Vegas expecting record crowds this New Year’s weekend, Sin City must make room for its revelers.

 
Opening New Year’s Eve, this Italian villa-inspired new club overlooking the Fountains of Bellagio is the first nightlife venture in Las Vegas brought to you by designer Philippe Starck and sbe, the group behind LA’s The Abbey, Cleo, the SLS Hotels, and more. And with a day-to-night New Year’s Day celebration featuring an intimate performance by three-time Grammy Award-nominated DJ Paul Oakenfeld, Hyde Bellagio is off to a very good start. Ten-fact countdown, commence.
 
10. The Hyde’s signature cocktail: the Cucumber Watermelon Margarita. 
 
9.  It’s open nightly from 5pm-1am, and opens and closes extra late on Friday and Saturday, 11pm-4am. You could put it in a full workweek here. Partying is a full-time job. 
 
8. The club is 10,000 square feet. That’s as large as Jenny Craig’s house!
 
7. The wine menu includes 1,500 bottles from Bellagio’s award-winning wine program. Come thirsty. Leave…at some point.
 
6. The outdoor terrace is inspired by a Tuscan garden. Lined with olive trees and flanked with sumptuous sofas and an outdoor bar, here is your front-row view of the Fountains of Bellagio. Bring popcorn.
 
5. There’s a fireplace. In the salon.
 
4. Be vain without shame at the upper living room’s vanity-inspired bar. Made of high-gloss black carved wood, the bar features assorted artwork and photography.
 
3. A private study (for studying?) features more wood-covered walls with bookshelves (for reading?) and a desk where books, festival masks, and candles are up for sale, as well as history-filled trinkets left behind by the space’s previous owner.
 
2.  Drink and eat with small plate offerings from the Strip’s home-style, NY-native Tuscan restaurant Osteria del Circo. Kobe beef sliders and Ahi tuna taratar cones. Mmmm.
 
1. The club fits 714 people. That’s the entire population of Tuscola, Texas!

Hyde Bellagio Grand Opening: the Ten-Fact Countdown

With Las Vegas expecting record crowds this New Year’s weekend, Sin City must make room for its revelers. Cue: Hyde Bellagio.

Opening New Year’s Eve, this Italian villa-inspired new club overlooking the Fountains of Bellagio is the first nightlife venture in Las Vegas brought to you by designer Philippe Starck and sbe, the group behind LA’s The Abbey, Cleo, the SLS Hotels, and more. And with a day-to-night New Year’s Day celebration featuring an intimate performance by three-time Grammy Award-nominated DJ Paul Oakenfeld, Hyde Bellagio is off to a very good start. Ten-fact countdown, commence.
 
10. The Hyde’s signature cocktail: the Cucumber Watermelon Margarita. 
 
9.  It’s open nightly from 5pm-1am, and opens and closes extra late on Friday and Saturday, 11pm-4am. You could put it in a full workweek here. Partying is a full-time job. 
 
8. The club is 10,000 square feet. That’s as large as Jenny Craig’s house!
 
7. The wine menu includes 1,500 bottles from Bellagio’s award-winning wine program. Come thirsty. Leave…at some point.
 
6. The outdoor terrace is inspired by a Tuscan garden. Lined with olive trees and flanked with sumptuous sofas and an outdoor bar, here is your front-row view of the Fountains of Bellagio. Bring popcorn.
 
5. There’s a fireplace. In the salon.
 
4. Be vain without shame at the upper living room’s vanity-inspired bar. Made of high-gloss black carved wood, the bar features assorted artwork and photography.
 
3. A private study (for studying?) features more wood-covered walls with bookshelves (for reading?) and a desk where books, festival masks, and candles are up for sale, as well as history-filled trinkets left behind by the space’s previous owner.
 
2.  Drink and eat with small plate offerings from the Strip’s home-style, NY-native Tuscan restaurant Osteria del Circo. Kobe beef sliders and Ahi tuna taratar cones. Mmmm.
 
1. The club fits 714 people. That’s the entire population of Tuscola, Texas!