What better way to ring in 2020 than by celebrating beachside in Santa Monica?! View everything from the best Santa Monica New Year’s Eve parties and events to New Year’s Eve dining. Then, continue the holiday weekend with New Year’s Day happenings and start the first day of 2020 – Santa Monica style.

Please note the New Year events below are from 2019/2020. Check back 2020/2021 events.

Santa Monica New Year’s Eve Festivities

Casino Royale at The Bungalow Santa Monica
December 31, 2019 at 8 pm
Enjoy a night of casino games, a premium hosted bar, small bites, dancing and more. Music by: Jason Bentley & Kayper. Purchase tickets here.

New Year’s Eve by the Sea at Hotel Casa Del Mar
December 31, 2019 at 8:30 pm
Dance into 2020 by the sea! Celebrate New Year’s Eve at the luxurious Hotel Casa del Mar in Santa Monica and ring in the New Year with The Mixtape featuring Josefina and Blair.

New Year’s Eve Party at Hotel Shangri-la’s The Dining Room & ONYX Rooftop Bar
December 31, 2019 at 5 pm
Ring in 2020 at the iconic Hotel Shangri-La with a New Year’s Eve dinner at The Dining Room and then head to the ONYX Rooftop Bar Countdown Party at 9pm for a 4-hour open bar, live DJ entertainment and a glass of champagne to ring in 2020.

New Year’s Eve Party at Santa Monica Proper Hotels’ Calabra Rooftop
December 31, 2019 at 8 pm
Enjoy Santa Monica Proper Hotel’s rooftop celebration at Calabra with DJ MikeyLife, a midnight sparkling toast and stellar ocean views. Food and drinks will be served a la carte.

New Year’s Eve Party at The Penthouse at The Huntley Hotel
December 31, 2019 at 8 pm
Join the party at The Penthouse for New Year’s Eve 2020. Tickets include premium open bar, delectable hors d’oeuvres all night, midnight champagne toast and party favors. Click here for tickets.

New Year’s Eve Love Boat Yacht Party at Lunetta
December 31, 2019 at 6 pm
Cruise into 2020 at Lunetta in nautical cocktail attire for an evening of dancing, chef inspired coastal classic dishes and Tiki cocktails.

New Year’s Eve Party at Lanea
December 31, 2019 at 8 pm
Enjoy New Year’s Eve at one of the newest bars in Santa Monica with an open bar, all you can eat dinner, live music by The Old Fashioned, live DJ performances spinning Top 40s, a live DJ-led countdown into 2020, and much more! To purchase tickets and table reservations, click here.

New Year’s Eve Pub Crawl on Main Street
December 31, 2019 at 6 pm
Ring in 2020 at some Santa Monica’s best bars with the New Year’s Eve 2020 Pub Crawl on Main Street.

The Victorian Santa Monica New Year’s Eve Party
December 31, 2019 at 8 pm
Welcome 2020 on the Westside with stationary hors d’oeuvres, DJs on two floors, complementary welcome champagne for the first 150 guests, party favors and much more.

New Year’s Eve Roaring Twenties at The Basement Tavern
December 31, 2019 at 9 pm
Come celebrate a new decade in old fashion at the Basement Tavern which will be transformed into a 1920’s prohibition speakeasy.

New Year’s Eve at 41 Ocean
December 31, 2019 at 9 pm
Kick off the New Year in style with 41 Ocean in an evening of champagne toasts,  DJs, dancing, and many more surprises all night long!

Roaring Twenties – A New Year’s Even Affair at the Buffalo Club
December 31, 2019 at 9 pm
Dress to impress and join in celebrating the New Year at the Buffalo Club with music by Grayson Repp (Top 40’s – Open Format). Many packages are available.

New Year’s Eve at Elephante
December 31, 2019 at 8 pm
Join Élephante Beach House for a New Year’s Eve masquerade. The Lisbona Sisters will bring in 2020, with GRLSKOUT opening. Tickets include 2 complimentary cocktails. Limited a la carte menu served until midnight.

NYE in Black at 31Ten Lounge
December 31, 2019 at 9 pm
Come dressed in all black and enjoy five hours of open bar and music by DJ Lez Lee and DJ Soulo.

Harlem Nights at 1212 Santa Monica
December 31, 2019 at 9 pm
Come take back the Harlem Renaissance and celebrate the beginning of the NEW roaring 20’s in style! Where fashion, culture, art and music collide.

Jungle Boogie New Year’s Eve at Nameless Bar & Nightclub
December 31, 2019 at 9 pm
Green Room returns to Nameless in Santa Monica for a New Year’s Eve celebration for a Jungle Boogie. Don your disco attire with some jungle flair and get ready to dance.

Crawl ’til the Ball Falls at Britannia Pub
December 31, 2019 at 6 pm
Crawl ’til the ball falls! Check in at Britannia Pub to collect your wristband, map, and drink specials. Your wristband is your golden ticket into any of the participating bars with no cover.

The Misfit New Year’s Eve Party
December 31, 2019 at 9 pm
Enjoy an exclusive NYE menu by Executive Chef Zack Walters, table-side libations, a photo backdrop and DJ @kaoticblaze spinning vintage vinyl all night long.

Ingo’s Tasty Diner New Year’s Eve Jazz Party
December 31, 2019 at 9 pm
Give your taste buds a treat and enjoy a farm-to-table three-course meal with flavorful cocktails and toast to the New Year with a fancy bottle.

New Year’s Eve at Solidarity Restaurant
December 31, 2019 at 9 pm
Join in for a fun evening at Solidarity with dancing, drinks and bites. No cover, arrive early to secure entry. Limited capacity.

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Santa Monica New Year’s Eve Dining

1 Pico Restaurant
Celebrate the start of 2020 at 1 Pico Restaurant’s New Year’s Eve Dinner with two seatings.
1st seating: 5:30 pm to 8pm; 3 course prix fixe menu; $150 per person. View Full Menu.
2nd seating: 8:30 pm to 1 am; prix fixe menu with midnight champagne toast; $195 per person. View Full Menu.

Birdie G’s
Enjoy the first New Year’s Eve celebration at Chef Jeremy Fox’s new restaurant with a family-style menu. At $95 per person for 5 courses, highlights include a jazzed-up Relish Tray with five-onion dip, wild sardines & matzo, Wood-Grilled Short Rib with bone marrow rice, saffron & smoked cinnamon, Blintz Suzette with layers of crepes, fresh cheese & citrus, along with fun add-ons, like caviar with potato waffles and baked oysters. Sommelier Aaron Day is doing $45 wine pairings, while Bar Manager Stephanie Reading is whipping up specialty cocktails. Reservations are encouraged and can be made here.

Catch Restaurant & Sushi Bar at Casa Del Mar
Catch one of Catch Restaurant & Sushi Bar’s New Year’s Eve dinners on Tuesday, December 31, 2019. Choose from early seating or late seating.
Early seating: 5:30 pm to 8 pm
Late seating: 8:30 pm to 1 am

Cassia
Chef Bryant Ng and his crew are also going the family-style route for New Year’s Eve at Cassia at $95 per person. Alongside Cassia signatures like Chickpea Curry and Whole Grilled Sea Bass, new dishes include Caviar with salted egg yolk crackers, seaweed crème fraîche & red onions; Smoked Beef Short Ribs with spicy Chinese BBQ sauce, Bibb lettuce & herbs; Spicy Duck Dry Sesame Noodles with scallions and more. Sommelier Marianna Caldwell is doing a $20 beer flight featuring Bryant’s favorites, $45 wine pairings and sparkling sake to pair with caviar. Click here to make a reservation. There’s also a limited à la carte menu on the covered & heated patio for walk-ins and those seeking a more casual experience.

Citrin – opens mid-December
Be among the first to experience acclaimed Chef Josiah Citrin’s eponymous new concept, Citrin, opening mid-December in the former Melisse space, offering an elegant New Year’s Eve tasting menu. From 5:30 to 6:30 pm, the 1st seating will consist of 4-course tasting menu with Aged Sonoma Lamb Loin or Rib Eye Cap, as well as an optional Truffle Risotto supplement ($60) for an indulgent upgrade. The 2nd seating from 8:30 to 9:30 pm includes music and dancing, as well as 7-course dinner with options including Maine Lobster, Egg Caviar, and Maine Scallop. A dessert of chocolate, passion fruit, and strawberry offers a sweet start to the new year before resolutions kick in.

Dialogue
Enjoy New Year’s Eve at Dialogue on Tuesday, December 31, 2019. Pre-party dinner: an abridged version of the current menu for $205 per guest (includes service charge). Wine pairing available for $175 per guest or an abridged wine pairing for $125 per guest. Reservations available from 5:45 pm to 6:45 pm. NYE dinner: full menu for $305 per guest (includes service charge) with some additional dish surprises added from Chef Dave. Wine pairing available for $225 per guest or an abridged wine pairing for $175 per guest. Champagne toast at midnight. Reservations available from 9 pm to 10 pm. Click here to make a reservation.

The Dining Room Restaurant at Hotel Shangri-La
On  December 31, 2019 at 9 pm, Hotel Shangri-La will ring in 2020 with a 5-course NYE Dinner in The Dining Room adjacent to the hotel lobby. The meal features an amuse bouche of Smoked Salmon, Crème Fraiche and Caviar; followed a Persimmon Salad; a bowl of Potato Leek Soup; an intermezzo; a Surf and Turf main consisting of Petit Filet, Poached Lobster Tail, Potato Gratin and Micro Vegetables; and a finale of a Triple Dessert Platter. Price includes one bottle of house Champagne, 5-course dinner, live entertainment, a large-screen TV and a midnight celebration. Price: $150 per person plus tax and gratuity.

Esters Wine Shop & Bar
Celebrate New Year’s Eve with Ester’s and indulge in vintage wine flights. For $45, get three wines from different decades, paired with light bites. With any food, drink or retail purchase, receive a free round of bubbles at midnight.

Fia Restaurant
Ring in 2020 with Fia’s specially curated New Year’s Eve menu. Fia will offer two New Year’s Eve seatings in their  indoor space and outdoor patio. The 1st seating from 6 pm to 8 pm will feature a 5-course tasting menu offered at $80 per person and the 2nd seating from 8:30 pm to 10 pm will include a 7-course tasting menu for $110 per person. Both menus will include popular dishes from Fia’s menu like the Truffle Cavatelli and Lobster Capellini (both with an option of black or white truffle supplement for an additional charge), as well as New Year’s Eve specials like Beef Wellington, a Kumquat Honey-Glazed Duck, Scallops with Cured Meyer Lemons, Winter Squash and Duck Prosciutto and more. Click here to make a reservation.

FIG Restaurant at Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows
Ring in the New Year with your favorite local flavors at FIG Restaurant on Tuesday, December 31, 2019. Enjoy a multi-course meal replete with decadent hors d’oeuvres, delicious entrees and indulgent desserts. 1st seating: 6 pm, 6:30 pm, 7 pm: $125 per person or $185 with pairings. 2nd seating: 8:30 pm, 9 pm, 9:30 pm: $175 per person or $235 with pairings. Kids under 5 eat free, kids 5 – 12 may order off the kids menu or indulge at same prices as above.

Herringbone
On December 31, 2019, join Herringbone for a night on Ocean Avenue where you will ring in the New Year with delectable dishes and a champagne toast at midnight. Enjoy your beloved fish meats field dishes served alongside specials handcrafted by our chef. What better way to ring in 2020 than by the beachside with delectable dishes and a champagne toast at midnight? For reservations, call 310.971.4460, visit http://bit.ly/hbsmNYE2020, or email infosantamonica@herringboneeats.com.

Milo & Olive
Another casual option for non-planners out there is Chef Erin Eastland’s neighborhood pizzeria and bakery. Carb up on wood-fired pizzas like Butternut Squash & Caramelized Onion with fontina, fresh thyme & aged balsamic, handmade pastas, along with New Year’s Eve specials like wood-fired oysters, a decadent crab pasta and truffles.

Milo SRO
Staying in for New Year’s Eve? There are a variety of Party Packages to order dinner with the kids or with friends, like huge New York-style Cheese and Pepperoni Pizzas, dozens of Mini Sesame Garlic Knots and trays of Caesar Salad.  Just pick your favorite online delivery app, pop open a bottle of champagne, and we’ll do the cooking. Party packages and order information can be found on the website.

Ocean & Vine at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
Ocean & Vine is offering a pre-fixe New Year’s Eve dinner menu from 6 pm to 10 pm. Highlights include a cauliflower brown butter bisque with white truffles, crispy seared pacific strip bass, port wine glazed lamb rack, porcini ravioli and an assortment of mini pastries for the table. Price: $100+ per person. Click here to make a reservation.

Palma at Santa Monica Proper Hotel 
Enjoy reserved seating with a special food and bar menu, midnight sparkling toast, DJ Sloane Angell and full access to the Calabra Rooftop Celebration. To make a reservation, click here.

Pasjoli
Early seating with reservations available from 5:45 pm to 6:45 pm: 4-course, prix fixe menu for $225 per guest (price includes service charge). The menu will feature an amuse, a choice of the Crabe e Chou Fleur or Salade D’endives, choice of Canard a la Presse, Turbot Menuiere or Champignons and for dessert, choice of Gateau Opera or Riz au Lait-Optional wine pairing available for $85 per guest. Late seating with reservations available from 9 pm to 10 pm: 6-course, prix fixe menu for $275 per guest (price includes service charge). The menu will feature an amuse, a choice of Pate en Croute or Salade D’endives, choice of Quenelle or Ragout D’oignons Caramelises, choice of Canard a la Presse, Turbot Menuiere or Champignons and for dessert, choice of Gateau Opera or Riz au Lait-Optional wine pairing available for $135 per guest. Click here to make a reservation.

Rustic Canyon
Chef Andy Doubrava and the team are capping off an exciting year (and a Michelin Star) with their own fun twist on old-school steakhouse fare. The New Year’s Eve family-style menu features 12 dishes at two different levels – each guest chooses 5 courses for $95 or 7 dishes for $125 per person. Highlights include Oysters Rockefeller, Pastrami-Spiced Prime Rib, Radicchio Wedge Salad, Chocolate Mille-Feuille and more. Sommelier Ferdinando Mucerino is pouring from a variety of large-format bottles like Jeroboams and Magnums, alongside some rare, old vintages from the restaurant’s vast cellar. Wine pairings are $65 per person. Reservations are strongly encouraged and can be booked here.

Stella Barra Pizzeria & Wine Bar
On Tuesday, December 31, 2019 grab your New Year’s crew and pass around wine porrones — the ultimate holiday group bonding experience. Or, browse through large format imported wines, hand-selected for quality and taste, to match with our all-new lineup of antipasti, pizzas and pastas. Cheers to the New Year at Happy Hour from 4 pm to 6 pm, plus a complimentary champagne toast as the clock strikes midnight.

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Santa Monica New Year’s Day Happenings

Élephante New Year’s Day Recovery Party
Head to Élephante Beach House for all your New Year’s Eve recovery needs. From 4 pm to 10 pm on New Year’s Day, enjoy food and cocktails while listening to DJs Wolf + Lamb! Max V opens. Cost: $50, ticket includes complimentary cocktail.

Esters Wine Shop & Bar
Enjoy New Year’s Day Brunch at Esters Wine Shop & Bar from 11 am to 4 pm with Bottomless Mimosas and Bloody Mary’s to toast 2020, alongside waffles and frittatas all afternoon long.

Stella Barra’s New Year’s Day Pajama Brunch
Start the New Year in your coziest pajamas for a delicious brunch or lunch! From 11 am to 3 pm, dine in your pajamas and receive a Stella Barra gift card EQUAL to the price of your meal (minus tax & gratuity) to use on a future visit. Looking for a later start? Join for food & drink specials at Happy Hour from 4 pm to 6 pm or sit down for dinner and enjoy Stella Barra’s all-new lineup of antipasti, pizzas, pastas and more. To make a dining reservation, click here or call Stella Barra directly at 310.396.9250.

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