Goodbye 2019…Hello 2020!
By Annie Abrahamson
There’s always a buzz that surrounds the approach of a new year. Glamorous events, elegantly dressed party-goers, lavish meals, towers of champagne glasses, bottles to pop — excitement seems to radiate worldwide. The promise of a fresh start alongside a flashy celebration is more than enough of a reason to don some fancy apparel and hit up the last party of the year. From multi-level hotel bashes and decadent dining affairs to family friendly events and New Year’s Day Brunch, the Gaslamp Quarter is just the place to welcome in 2020!
Dinner (and Dancing)
Garage Kitchen + Bar
Listen to local musician, Mike Myrdal while enjoying a special 4-course prix fixe menu at Garage Kitchen & Bar. $45 per person for dinner, no cover if you’re just in it for the libations and entertainment! View the menu and make your reservations here.
Resolutions begin January 1, so why not go out with a bang? Celebrate of the end of 2019 with dinner at STK Steakhouse! For added indulgence, level up with the ultimate bar and lounge package featuring an open bar with premium, top shelf spirits, STK signature bites, and a DJ to provide all the beats? Reserve your spot here.
Dip into a great new year at The Melting Pot! Taste your way through an exclusive five-course menu created just for NYE. If you’re celebrating with someone special, add some extra passion with the “Touch of Romance” up-grade, complete with rose petals, floating candles, and a bottle of chilled champagne. Seating is limited, so reserve your table here.
If there was a food mascot for New Year’s Eve, it’d be lobster, and Rockin’ Baja Lobster is ready to send you into the new year with an explosion of flavor! Their NYE Bucket includes a WHOLE lobster, a guac appetizer, skirt steak, crab clusters, baja style shrimp, grilled chicken, corn, beans, rice, tortillas, salsa, and more! Big enough for two to share and only $79.99.
Rustic Root is throwing the ultimate all-inclusive rooftop NYE celebration featuring a hosted bar, tray passed apps, Chef attended carving stations, party favors, entertainment, fun activations, and more! If you’re looking for a more formal sit-down option, make a reservation in their downstairs dining room and feast on Chef Marcel’s rustic three-course menu! Save your seat here.
The Westgate Hotel is bringing fiesta vibes, chic cocktails, and elegant fashion to New Year’s Eve! Guests are invited to celebrate with a Latin-influenced buffet dinner, a live performance by Julio De La Huerta and his band, and a champagne toast at midnight! Cocktail attire is required, and tickets are $165 per person. Purchase ticket here.
Union Gaslamp adds some 20’s flair to NYE with the Gatsby Cocktail: Dry Town gin, black currant, lemon, and bubbles. If that doesn’t whet your whistle, they will have wine & champagne specials along with some delicious featured menu items like Deviled Crab and Caramel Layer Cake!
Welcome in 2020 at a very fitting, Roaring 20’s party at barleymash! Gather up your flapper accessories grab your favorite dudes and dames and shake those tassels to DJ Ramsey and Rick Betta. And since the party never really ends at midnight, keep the bubbles flowing for “Tiny Bubbles Brunch” New Year’s Day (starting at 9am).
If it’s something BIG you’re looking for, Hard Rock Hotel has three floors and seven rooms of NYE celebration! Jet-set to “Tokyo Nights” with over 15 artists and DJs including headliner DJ VICE and special guest! Since this party is at the hotel, why not just stay the night?! Get tickets and reserve your room here.
DJ Tay James, Justin Bieber’s official DJ, adds some celebrity flair to Oxford Social Club’s NYE party! Also enjoy an added performance piece by JACS Entertainment which includes dynamic dancers with sophisticated and sensual acts from their “Eyes Wide Shut” story. Pick up tickets here.
With the 20’s fast approaching, it only makes sense to spend this NYE at an underground speakeasy. Head to Prohibition for an exclusive Supper Club dinner at 6:30pm followed by a New Year’s party with a live performance by The Lafayette Blues Jam. Dinner includes a five-course cocktail pairing dinner (swoon) for $150 per person. Reserve your spot at the Supper Club here.
Take the classiness of a piano and pair it with the fun of two witty and talented performers, and you get exciting NYE entertainment! Shout in the New Year with a once-a-year, special show at Shout House! Can’t make it on December 31? Then head over for their NYE Preview event on Saturday December 28! Tickets for tables and standing room here.
Celebrate a new year by going back in time with some classics and throwbacks by DJ Dubb at The Smoking Gun! Cheers to 2020 with a complimentary champagne toast. And for 92010 locals – no cover all night!
New Years Day
Union Kitchen & Tap
Start 2020 right with a brunch buffet and mimosa bar at Union Gaslamp from 9am – 2pm. Sip on additional breakfast cocktails like Bloody Mary’s (option to add bacon), Union Sangria, and Breakfast Shots!