The time has finally come to kick this year to the curb. The general consensus around the country seems to be that 2016 — in a word — sucked. While celebrating the New Year is more symbolic than it is an actual clearing of the slate, it's a good opportunity to shake off whatever personal hell 2016 put you in, and get a fresh start.
What better way to do that than with a party? One thing's for sure, there's no shortage of options for places to spend your final hours of the year. We took the liberty of rounding up some that we think will be the most fun.
Let's start with the 365 Grand Club, which hosts some really spectacular events for pretty much every holiday. Tonight's '80s New Year's Eve Bash will have a 1980s theme, appropriate given the passing of beloved pop icon Prince earlier this year. This party is a little pricey, but thanks to the excellent drinks and high-energy dance floor, it should be well worth it. (8 p.m., The Gold Room, 18 S. Nevada Ave., $65/person, $115/couple, goldroomlive.com.)
If you aren't a fan of the '80s or, more likely, need something that fits into the post-holidays budget a little better, there are still plenty of parties that might strike your fancy.
Stargazers tonight will host local favorite funk and R&B band Suga' Bear & the Show Time Band for another dance-heavy celebration, but to different kinds of tunes. Stop by for a heavy hors d'oeuvre buffet and party favors, along with the obligatory midnight champagne toast. (9 p.m., Stargazers, 10 S. Parkside Drive, $30-$45, stargazerstheatre.com.)
Should that still not meet your needs, Axe and the Oak Whiskey House probably will. Having recently opened their tasting room in the Ivywild School, this local distillery has finally given us a place to hang out while we imbibe. Tonight they'll be hosting a live DJ and, better yet, drink specials. (9 p.m., Axe and the Oak Whiskey House, 1604 S. Cascade Ave., #80, facebook.com/axeandtheoakwhiskeyhouse.)
If you've got kids, you should still try to snag a babysitter for one of the above events, but don't leave your littles out of the fun. We recommend New Year's Super Bubble with Art Guffaw, a tradition at the Millibo Art Theatre that rings in the new year with a clown show, lots of bubbles and a ball drop. Kids like to be part of the holiday, even if they can't be part of the party later. (11 a.m., 4 and 7 p.m., Millibo Art Theatre, 1626 S. Tejon St., $12/individual tickets, $40/family four-pack, themat.org.)
See our listings for more options, and Happy New Year!