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Poppin' bottles Downtown: A New Year's Eve round-up

By Hayley Fox
Published: Thursday, December 29, 2011, at 01:57PM
Tony Pierce/KPCC

Champagne will flow at many of Downtown's hotels, bars and clubs.

Whether you want to spend New Years' Eve at the circus or in a Gatsby-era gown, Downtown L.A. has options for a very happy celebration.

Punky Reggae New Years' at La Cita

Resident DJ Michael Stock of Punky Reggae and DJ Jose Maldonado of the Sweet and Tender Hooligans will host New Year's Eve in the typically diverse La Cita-style, with a night of reggae, punk and ska dance jams and a midnight champagne toast. $10 gets you access to the dimly lit, red-hued club with a large dance floor. Highlights of La Cita include an expansive outdoor party patio that has its own bar, a stage and mood-setting twinkly lights.

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Very Be Careful at the Mezz Bar

Very Be Careful have "a Caribbean soul and a California heart", and play Cumbia dance jams with punk rock abandon. They will be accompanied by a host of DJ's on the second floor of the renovated Alexandria hotel. The party starts at 9 p.m. and tickets are $20 if you don't buy them at the door (so be very careful).

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NYE at The Standard Hotel

What's better than spending New Years in Downtown? Spending it on a Downtown roof. The Standard Hotel's skyline views, sleek pool and outdoor bar will host a New Years party along with a party in the boutique hotel's lobby. Access to the lobby party is free and so is the champagne toast if you book at least a two nights stay at the hotel.

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Pink Martini at the Walt Disney Concert Hall

Pink Martini's dozen musicians and self-described "musical archeologists" will be joined by political journalist Ari Shapiro at the Walt Disney Concert Hall this New Years' Eve. Shapiro has recorded multiple songs with the band and has performed live with them at venues including the Hollywood Bowl. Pink Martini will play two shows on Saturday, one that starts at 7:00 p.m. and one at 10:30.

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The Bootleggers Ball at the Edison

A decadent throwback to the days of Great Gatsby and flappers, the Edison describes their party as a "sultry detour through a past era of Imagination and Fantasy." The rest of the evening's plans are vague but include a Midnight toast, dancers and desserts. Tickets are $75 per person and the event starts at 8:00 p.m. As usual the elegant Edison has a dress code so leave your fitted caps, jeans, and sneakers back in your Pinto.

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Masquerade Ball and Circus at the Conga Room

L.A. Live's Conga Room pulls out all stops and is made for the masses. It includes a main showroom where a masquerade and little circus will take place. Two additional rooms will feature music from Tropical Meringue to Top 40 hits. General admission is $50 but Super V.I.P (that's the official name) costs $125 per person and gets you open bar privileges.

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