Gearing & Fueling Up: Celebrate New Year’s Here & There, Bar Mattachine, New Year's Eve

Are you gearing up for NYE & NYD celebrations?
Here’s a quick and easy list of the best places to say
“Bye-Bye” to 2015 and  “Hello Gorgeous” to 2016…


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New Year’s Eve – Raise a glass to 2016 with Bar Mattachine this New Year’s Eve! The gay craft cocktail bar in Downtown L.A., which embodies the warm maxim of “come with us whether you are or not,” welcomes all party goers to The Golden Age with Billy Francesca. Countdown to midnight with cocktail specials, live music from DJ Rodriguez and more! Partner Garrett McKechnie is pouring out festive libations like the Mattachine Colonial Cider. Let the countdown begin on the dance floor beneath the disco ball or cozy up with your loved one in the bar nook!

New Year’s Day – Head to downtown L.A.’s hot gay craft cocktail bar to sip and savor a signature craft cocktail or two. Why not start where it all began? Enjoy the regal and elegant Harry Hay, named after the founder of the 1950’s Mattachine Society, and made with Rittenhouse 100 Proof rye, Dolan Rouge, Amargo Vallet Bark of Angostura, Maraschino liqueur and a delicate garnish of caramelized lemon oil and a Maraska cherry. That’s a resolution, everyone can raise a glass to!


New Year’s Eve – Savor the last day of 2015 and head west to the 3rd Street Promenade this New Year’s Eve, where you can enjoy crisp-golden waffle creations at Bruxie. The street-style walk-up restaurant is offering savory and sweet waffle “bold folds” from Executive Chef Dean Simon. Enjoy the classic Buttermilk Fried Chicken with seasoned fried chicken breast, chili honey and cider slaw with a side of Buffalo Waffle Fries topped with tangy buffalo wing sauce, crumbled bleu cheese, ranch dressing and chives. It has been a long year! Go ahead and treat yourself to a Bruxie or two.

New Year’s Day – Kick-start that morning with a beautiful breakfast at Bruxie! Lighter than bread, the Bruxie waffle is airy, crispy, not sweet and only 250 calories, so you do not have to worry about breaking any of those pesky New Year’s resolutions on day one. Enjoy delicious bites with a hot cup of signature Bruxie Bold Blend Coffee and jump-start the New Year!


New Year’s Eve – Set a date with Inotheke to enjoy your last dinner of 2015. Say goodbye to the year with your loved one over elegant Cyprus Island Greek inspired dishes infused with bright olive oils, global spices, and fresh herbs from Owner Carolos Tomazos. Enjoy Mediterranean bites with a bottle of Sparkling, White or Red Wine or opt to choose from a list of 25 wines by the glass, including selections like Berlucchi Franciacorta Brut NV from Alsace, France, Weixelbaum Gruner Veltliner 2014 from Austria and the Summerland Paradise Road Syrah 2012 from Santa Ynez, California to name a few. Raise a glass and indulge in refined dishes at Inotheke this New Year’s Eve!


New Year’s Eve – Pull up a table in the cozy craftsman bungalow and enjoy savory seafood dishes from Executive Chef Evan Colterlike the tasty Uni Toast with radishes, grapes and Maldon sea salt, six Oysters on the half shell served with mignonette, cocktail sauce and fresh horseradish, as well as the Hamachi Crudo sprinkled with smoked sea salt, Fresno chilies, pickled coriander and avocado crema. Follow up this fresh-catch-feast with a bevy of creative cocktails from Bar Manager Brian Klemm, including two-handed libation selections called A Shot And A Shorty. Make sure to get to Magnolia House by 9:00 pm to join the New Year’s Eve Party, where the first 100 guests will receive Swag Bags filled with fun and unique party favors.

New Year’s Day – After spending the day smelling the roses at Pasadena’s 127th Annual Rose Parade, head to Magnolia House for a sumptious New Year’s Day dinner. Kick back in the lounge or grab a table on the patio beneath the blooming magnolia tree to enjoy Snacks & Shareable Bites from Executive Chef Evan Colter. Bar Manager Brian Klemm is pouring out the Marigolds At Magnolia cocktail crafted with vodka, lemon, marigold flowers, honey and rose-water. Now that is the right way to celebrate the first day of 2016!


New Year’s Eve – The youthful and contemporary breakfast, brunch and lunch café will hand over the Keys To The Kitchen for an elegant guest chef pop-up dinner. Sangers & Joe’s Michelin Starred Consulting Chef Claudio Dell’Anno will be cooking up a special New Year’s Eve Seven-Course Dinner for $75.00. For a sweet ending, enjoy two desserts of Pomelo with Prosecco, meringue and citrus, as well as a Buttermilk & Honey treat with thyme, blueberry and Breton. New Year’s Eve diners will be pleased to know that International Wine Pairings (for an additional $35.00). With limited room available, make sure to book your Keys To The Kitchen New Year’s Eve Dinner soon!

New Year’s Day – Swing by Sangers & Joe in Old Town Pasadena before heading to the 127th Annual Rose Parade just one block away! Grab a hot Australian-themed java brewed by Lamill Coffee & Tea or sit down and savor a little Brunch from Guest Consulting Chef and Owner of the The Rooster Breakfast Truck Rouha Sadighi.  Compliment the mouth-watering breakfast bites with a fizzy $5.00 Mimosa or Carafe of Mimosa for $12.00. Sangers & Joe will be serving Brunch all weekend.


New Year’s Eve – Mid-Wilshire mayhem awaits you. Kick back with decadent plates and delightful cocktails in the artful and eclectic tavern off of Wilshire Boulevard. Executive Chef Isaias Peña is serving up mouth-watering dishes like Pork Belly Lollipops and succulent King Crab Legs, as well as a flavorful BBQ Fixe with ribs, pulled pork, brisket, Southern greens, garlic mash and sweet corn with a choice of any draft beer or a boozy milkshake. Speaking of booze, a decadent version of a root beer float, the Kickass-Sassafras is a creamy combination of homemade vanilla ice cream and a bottle of Not Your Father’s Root Beer Ale Brewed With Spices, with the option of adding an extra shot of Uncle Bob’s Root Beer Whiskey for just $5.00 more to jump start your last day of 2015!

New Year’s Day – Stop by for a very special Brunch! Dine, drink and watch the 102nd Annual Rose Bowl Game between Stanford and Iowa. Order up one or two of Executive Chef Isaias Peña’s four Bloody Mary Snacks, which include a signature house Bloody Mary shaken up with fresh, homemade Bloody Mary mix and a garnish of an entire meal for just $14.00 each. For those who prefer bubbles to tomato juice, order up Bottomless Mimosas for just $18.00! Featuring an extensive Brunch menu offering a myriad of egg dishes like omelets and benedicts to tasty Tartines and sweet treats like Banana Nut French Toast dipped and fried in Grand Marnier batter, topped with caramel sauce and maple syrup. Everything you need to ring in 2016!

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Contributed by Lawrence Moore

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