The HO HO HOs are over which means this weekend it is time to drop the proverbial giant shiny ball and ring in 2012! Here are but a few of the champagne infused happenings on the Westside of town:
Wokcano Santa Monica
Wokcano rings in the New Year with the 2nd Annual Black and White Masquerade Ball on Saturday, December 31, 2011. The evening’s festivities will feature music by DJFrankie spinning Top 40, hip-hop and house music, a laser light room, complimentary hors d’oeuvres 9-10:30 pm, and a champagne toast at midnight. Masks and black or white cocktail attire is required. Admission includes party favors and a champagne toast. Parade this multi-level nightclub outdoor patio in a classy disguise this New Years Eve!
The menu includes Spicy Crabmeat Tempura Roll, Fresh Tuna with Truffle Oil on Flatbread, Spicy Tuna on Crispy Rice, Glazed Walnut Shrimp, Pan-Fried Chicken Dumplings and Yakitori Chicken Meatballs.
Saturday, December 31st, 2011, 8PM-2AM
General admission tickets are $40.00 in advance and $50.00 day of. Tickets are available at www.wokcanonewyears2012.eventbrite.com.
Dinner reservations are available by calling Wokcano at 310-458-3080. Table/cabanas reservations are available by calling 310-497-6324.
Locanda Del Lago Santa Monica
To ring in 2012, Locanda del Lago—located on the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica—will host a “Bursting with Bubbles” party and five-course dinner on New Year’s Eve (December 31, 2011) from 9-11 p.m. ($89 per person, including a complimentary glass of Prosecco; $139 includes bottomless Pommery Champagne; limited à la carte menu served from 4-8 p.m.). On New Year’s Day (January 1, 2012), guests may enjoy the same celebratory menu specials in addition to a limited à la carte menu served all day long.
The New Year’s Eve fête will also feature an extensive selection of Champagne and sparkling wines by the glass, $25 bottles of Pommery Pop Splits, a live DJ, dancing, midnight toast, and optional $15 overnight parking (with next-day pickup from 5-10 p.m.).
Saturday, December 31, 2011 | Prix-fixe menu served 9-11 p.m.
Limited à la carte menu served from 4-8 p.m.
Sunday, January 1, 2012 | Prix-fixe menu served 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
Limited à la carte menu available all day
Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 310.451.3525 (No online reservations available).
CAFÉ DEL REY MARINA DEL REY
On New Year’s Eve (December 31, 2011), CAFE del REY—Marina del Rey’s iconic seaside dining destination—celebrates the arrival of 2012 with a festive prix-fixe menu served throughout the evening. Guests can select from two seating options: 5:30 p.m. ($65 per person, tax and gratuity not included), and 8:30 p.m. ($95 per person, including a glass of sparkling wine; tax and gratuity not included).
Crafted by Executive Chef Daniel Roberts, dishes highlight CAFE del REY’s signature array of fresh seafood, alongside luxe holiday favorites such as Lobster Thermidor with brandy and hollandaise sauce, and Wagyu Beef Tartare with black currants and olives.
Saturday, December 31, 2011 | Seatings available at 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
Reservations are recommended, and can be made by calling the restaurant at 310.823.6395 or by visiting
POURTAL SANTA MONICA
In these times not only should your dollar to go further, but your wine should too. Spend your New Year’s Eve at Pourtal Wine Bar where a glass of good bubbly will never ever be empty.
This New Year’s Eve $20.12 will get you bottomless glasses of Bubbly. Pourtal believes in small production, boutique wines that are as natural as can be, so come by to Toast the New Year with two great sparkling wines from France. Full food menu will also be available all night. No reservations needed. $20.12 plus tax & gratuity per person from 7 pm until midnight.
BIG BANG NYE
Hollywood’s most elaborate red carpet New Year’s Eve Bash, BIG BANG NEW YEAR’S EVE will be held at the world famous Hollywood & Highland Center in the heart of Hollywood. The monumental celebration will feature live performances by Grammy-nominated Lupe Fiasco, chart-topping Cobra Starship, Rock Mafia (performing smash hit “The Big Bang”), 15 of the world’s best DJ’s and live performers, a star-studded red carpet and VIP gifting lounge, and dinner buffet by Wolfgang Puck. Guests will ring in the New Year high above Hollywood Boulevard with a mind-blowing countdown from the host of the evening, Mario Lopez of Extra TV.
PICI Enoteca in Beverly Hills
If you are in the Beverly Hills area Pici Enoteca will have three seatings for New Year’s Eve, 6:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. The cost is $80.00 per person including one glass of prosecco or $100.00 per person with wine pairings.
The Upper West
Upper West will be serving a four course prix fixe dinner from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. The cost is $70.00 per person plus tax and tip. This includes party favors, a champage toast, and a DJ after 11:00 p.m. Call for more details at 310 586-1111.
Craving Cocktails? ™ will be posting more upcoming events shortly so check back often! This week on Thursday we will be reviewing Happy Hour at The Upper West in Santa Monica. Stay in touch with us on Facebook, Twitter and my new Craving Cocktails?™ web site for daily updates on our Happy Hour travels. Join us for the fun at your leisure!
Happy New Year and Cheers to you all!