New Year’s Eve parties: Where to celebrate 2010 in Long Beach
2009-12-28 · By Editor
Have you made your New Year’s Eve plans yet? Whether you prefer a romantic dinner at an upscale restaurant, a party on the water or a wild night complete with live music and world-record breaking, Long Beach has enough New Year’s Eve events that there is sure to be at least one that suits your style.
We’ve rounded up some of the best celebrations in town, check them out and remember that some New Year’s Eve parties require reservations so call ahead.
New Year’s Eve at the Queen Mary is hosting five parties each with a different musical theme — big band, Latin Salsa, swing, jazz and DJs. At midnight, guests will have the best view of the New Year’s Eve fireworks. Tickets cost $89 per person. For details call 877-847-1894 or visit www.queenmary.com.
Red Bull: No Limits will feature Travis Pastrana’s attempt to drive a car off the pier to break a world record. The event is just one of many planned in Downtown Long Beach on New Year’s Eve, in addition to the Pine Avenue festivities, the East Village will have live music for New Year’s Eve.
Get an up close view of the action over the water with boardwalk seating at Stefano’s Pizza and Pasta in Shoreline Village, 429 Shoreline Drive. Packages, $65 for 2 or $120 for 4, include food, party favors, champagne and fireworks. Visit stefanoslongbeach.com.
House DJ’s, live music from Pine Avenue below and a rooftop view of the Travis Pastrana’s big jump. It’s all going on at Bouchee’s Bistro on New Years Eve. Come early for a buffet dinner with seabass, rib eye, shrimp and other special menu options. The rooftop party lasts until 2:00 a.m. The restaurant is located at 144 Pine Avenue at Smooth’s.
Frisco’s Carhop invites Long Beach to come celebrate a family-friendly New Year’s Eve with party favors and fun surprises all night long. The restaurant offers a dining experience with a classic Hollywood theme where guests are “treated like a star.” The venue will have a jazz band with dancing, a full bar, and the ever-popular Rollerskating servers. Frisco’s is located at 4750 Los Coyotes Diagonal. Call (562) 498-3663 for details.
Murder Mystery Inc is hosting The New Year’s Eve Murder Club III, downtown Long Beach’s most interactive New Year’s Eve action featuring a four-course gourmet dinner at The Red Violin Cafe & Cabaret with two one-act whoodunnits. The mystery theater will first transport guests to the Wild West and then to the Steamy world of 1940’s Film Noir. The midnight countdown includes party favors, balloon drops and a conga line. Tickets are $100 per person for dinner and show. Valet Parking is available. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Reservations and information call (562) 439-8104 or log onto www.murdermysteriesinc.com. The Red Violin Cafe & Cabaret is located at 245 West Broadway in Long Beach.
Live blues and soul New Years Eve at the El Dorado restaurant with Long Beach’s Boxcar 7. The band will roll through great hits from artists such as B.B King, Otis Redding, Ray Charles, Etta James, The Blues Brothers, Albert King and many more. No cover, great food, friendly staff, and music from one of Long Beach’s best local bands make for a great way to ring in the new year. The Eldorado is located at 3014 North Studebaker Road, Long Beach, CA 90808-4259. Call (562) 421-2122 for reservations and information.
Toast the New Year in 1950’s Havana style at Hotel Maya with a special Cuban-themed dinner ($55-75) and Havana Nights Fiesta ($60-80) featuring the band Venus Infers and DJ Goldfinger. Ten percent of tickets sales go to the Museum of Latin American Art. For information call (562) 481-3900 or go to www.hotelmayalongbeach.com.
Uptown revelers can celebrate the New Year at the Petroleum Club, 3636 Linden Avenue. The Bixby Knolls party will be a fun, safe event to celebrate the new year where people can enjoy snacks, drinks, and dance the entire night. Live music is provided by the MP Triple J Band. Admission is $20 at the door. The party is also a fundraiser for the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association to help pay for the Big Red Bus at the First Fridays art walk events. For tickets, go to www.mptriplej.com.
Ristorante daVinci’s Chef Gotti is preparing incredible three and five-course New Year’s Eve dinner. The menu includes a Champagne toast and dancing. End the evening with a romantic helicopter tour over the Long Beach coastline. The restaurant will offer two seatings at 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Ristorante daVinci is located at 2801 East Spring Street. Call (562) 685-8111 for reservations or information, or log onto www.davincilb.com.
Party all night at the 7th Annual New Year’s Eve Yacht Party 2010. The party takes place in Long Beach Harbor aboard The Majestic, a 140-foot 3-level luxury yacht with 2 separate dance areas. Tickets start at $165. Call 800-985-9072 or visit www.unseenproductions.com for information.
George’s Greek Cafe is hosting My Big Fat Greek New Year’s Eve Party with two seatings: 5:00 p.m to 9:00 p.m. or 9:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. The dinner includes a four-course email and champagne toast. All reservations must be pre-paid visit www.georgesgreekcafe.com or call (562) 433-1755 (Belmont Shore) or (562) 437-1184 (Downtown).
Michael’s On Naples invites New Years Eve diners to savor a multi-course, sit-down dinner prepared by one of Southern California’s hottest young chefs or for a more casual approach visit their sumptuous buffet on the rooftop terrace. Priced at $110 per person, the sit-down dinner begins at 7 p.m. The upstairs buffet begins at 8:30 p.m. and is $75 per person. Space is limited and reservations are strongly recommended (562) 439-7080 or visit www.michaelsonnaples.com.
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