Mixed drinks at Zanzibars in Santa Monica California located on Fifth Street and Arizona Ave. (photo by File Photo)

DOWNTOWN — Whether it’s a black tie affair or a laid-back get together with friends, Santa Monica abounds with choices for ringing in the New Year in style. Here are five of the most interesting sounding options in town:

If you feel like getting fancy, don your black and white cocktail attire and head to Wokcano’s Black and White Masquerade Ball. Festivities include live Brazilian Samba music and a fire dancing performance — 1413 Fifth St., $40 in advance, $50 at the door.

For plentiful champagne (OK, it may only be sparkling wine) on a budget, check out Pourtal Wine Bar, where there’s a “bottomless bubbly” promotion in effect from 9 p.m. to midnight. A never-ending glass is only $20.11 — 104 Santa Monica Blvd.

To ring in the New Year with a heavy dose of nostalgia, there’s nothing like the Basement Tavern, which is going all out 1920s style for the night. Located in the basement of The Victorian, the speakeasy is hosting a prohibition era soiree that will include festivities in the main house — 2640 Main St., $40 pre-sale, $50 at door, includes two drinks.

If you’re in the mood for some culture along with your revelry, try the Santa Monica Playhouse, which is presenting a New Year’s Eve musical revue, complete with a complimentary buffet supper to kick off the show. Staged by the acclaimed Actors’ Repertory Theatre, the show promises family-friendly laughs, along with prizes, sing-a-long songs and dancing in the aisles — 1211 Fourth St. Shows are at 6 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., $39.50 to $49.50.

If it’s high style you want, head to Hotel Casa del Mar, where Catch restaurant is offering a three-course early sitting tasting menu ($85) and a four-course later sitting ($170). There’s also a celebration in the lobby lounge that features live music ($40) — 1910 Ocean Way.

And finally, there’s the official Playboy New Year’s Eve party, this year being held at Santa Monica’s Hotel Shangri-La. The event features a star-studded lineup of DJs, and of course, a gaggle of Playboy beauties — 1301 Ocean Ave., $75 general admission, $150 VIP tickets.


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