Grand Park Downtown has a fun afternoon planned, gratis. As soon as the sun goes down, the outdoor space will be filled with food trucks, DJs, art installations, and large-scale animated projections, ringing in 2014 like DTLA knows how to do! Take the Metro – all metro bus and rail lines will be providing free service for NYE from 9PM-2AM See the whole lineup on the Grand Park Countdown to 2014 Facebook Event page.
Around the World Countdown
Starting at 3pm, Big Bar Alcove will be celebrating 10 timezones in a series of 10 mini NYE parties starting at 3p! Every hour, they will celebrate the countries and cultures who will be ringing in the New Year. Pick up the Big Bar Cocktail Passport with adorable illustrations by Mr. Dave Stolte, depicting the cocktails and recipes represented for each timezone, so you can show off your worldliness as you drink! I love the idea of drinking around the world without leaving my spot at the bar! Collect them all!
Live Band Karaoke NYE
If you’re feeling less than motivated to get all dolled up this new years, try this decidedly dress down affair up in the valley. If low key isn’t low key enough for you, get yourself out to a little dive bar in the Valley called The Cork Lounge. Sing your heart out with the live band, grab a glass of free bubbly, and call it a night.
Be safe this New Years
If you don’t have a DD set up, check out these options for getting around town while you’re celebrating:
Metro is free to ride from December 31 at 9pm – January 1, 2am.
Lyft has an app if you need a lift; the pink mustachio’ed cars have background checked/insured drivers and who doesn’t love a moustache on a car!
Uber also has an app to provide an on-demand car with the choice of a budget-to-luxury vehicle.
Tipsy Tow: This AAA service offers a complimentary ride and vehicle tow of up to seven miles for over-imbibers; call 1-800-400-4222
Check out some of the event pages, as they might have some discount codes for first time users.