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Downtown does New Year's with punk rock, duck carnitas and cabaret

By Hayley Fox
Published: Friday, December 28, 2012, at 08:12AM
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Happy New Year!

Whether you're looking to wear sparkles or studs, there's plenty of dancing, drinking and dining to be done on New Year's Eve in downtown L.A.

Angels Flight: Spend the last day of 2012 reveling in Downtown's history by taking a one-cent ride on Angels Flight. This December 31 marks the railways' 111th anniversary so for one day only, the cost will be slashed from 50 cents to one penny.

Ballroom Blitz at the Alexandria: This punk rock extravaganza put on by Spaceland, Blundertown, and KROQ features performances by Red Kross and The Melvins at the renovated Alexandria hotel. Tickets are $60 to $65 and admission is only for those 21 and over. "Black dress attire" is preferred and their will be plenty of DJs between sets to keep the evening moving. Cocktails will be served at 8 p.m. on the mezzanine.

Border Grill NYE Menu: This DTLA restaurant is having a New Year's Eve, four-course dinner for $65 per person; wine pairings and specialty cocktails are extra. The restaurant touts menu highlights as including an oxtail tamale, lamb barbacoa, and a duck carnitas enchilada.

Cabaret Ball at the Edison: Beginning at 8 p.m., the details of this night are vague but promise to include "electrifying performances by a host of gifted Eccentriques" as well as "surprise treats for those who dress for the occasion." Tickets cost $100 and include entry, a midnight toast and other "assorted festivities."

Countdown to 2013 at the Biltmore Hotel: Taking place in the Gallery Bar and Rendezvous Court of the Biltmore, a $50 ticket will gain you entry to the NYE party, live music, a champagne toast and assorted snacks. There's also an open cash bar and the festivities will go from 9:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.

Swing and Sushi at Chaya: Chaya promises a "roaring '20s" New Year's Eve, including live music from Honey Child Swing Band and sushi platters. A four-course prix-fixe menu will also be available for $85 per person.

WP24 10-course menu: One of the pricier options on this list, WP24's New Year's plans include a champagne toast and a 10-course tasting menu including Roasted Peking Duck and Crispy Glazed Pork Belly. This decadent dinner will be served from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. and costs $190 per person -- not including drinks. For slightly less money, you can purchase a four-course meal for $110, which includes a wide selection of seafood choices along with duck, lamb and beef.

Party at The Parish: Starting at 10 p.m. Downtown's newest English pub will host a NYE party. A $30 presale ticket will get you guaranteed access, a drink token, a midnight toast and passed appetizers. Tickets at the door cost $15 but only include the midnight toast and the snacks. To make a reservation email


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