Silver tinsel, champagne bubbles, and striped noisemakers... It must be time for a new year! Huntington Beach always rings it in with music, merriment, and the perfect mix of madness. Main Street will undoubtedly be hoppin', and we've collected a few happenings off the main strip, keeping in mind something for everyone.
But first, a few tips. New Year's Eve-nings should kick off at one (or both) of HB's new breweries, Beach City Brewery and Four Sons Brewing, then responsibly move toward one of the below not-to-miss celebrations. Red Car welcomes NYE reservations starting Friday, December 26; give them a ring at 855-966-3847 to book. And of course, Uber and Lyft are just a download away. Hangovers will be cured with an awakening, bone-chilling dip in the Pacific during the 15th Annual Surf City Splash, going down at the pier at 9 a.m. on New Year's Day. Details here. Be safe, be merry, be thankful.
SeaLegs Wine Bar
Ready to join the "Society of the Sea"? SeaLegs Wine Bar's NYE extravaganza looks to be epic, pulling inspiration from 1950s Chicago casinos. The award-winning restaurant will undergo a temporary transformation into a tasteful gambling den, complete with Playboy bunnies, oyster and dessert bars, an extensive champagne list, and in-sane prizes. It's a black tie affair from 7 p.m.-2 a.m., and $100 advance tickets are on sale through December 26. Details here.
SeaLegs Wine Bar // 21022 Beach Boulevard, #105, Huntington Beach, CA 92648 // 714-536-5700
Don The Beachcomber
Don knows how to comb the beach, and he also knows how to throw a party. This NYE, there will be not one, but two jams as part of the luau spectacular. Starting at 8 p.m., the world-famous Tikiyaki Orchestra will perform two sets of live exotica, while Marina The Fire Eating Mermaid does what she does best—"fire eating, belly dancing and other savage stunts," according to the event page. Other perks of the night include a traditional luau pig ceremony, three-course dinner, and midnight cocktail toast. Tickets run $80-$100. Get 'em here.
Meanwhile, at Don's Dagger Bar, The Hula Girls will dance in the new year beginning at 8 p.m. Nightlong tables are going for $200 each with a six-person maximum, and include an appetizer platter, bottle o' bubbly, party favors, and merch bags. Standing room and limited bar seating are also options.
Don The Beachcomber // 16278 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA 92649 // 562-592-1321
We love a good dive bar sesh, and Tumbleweeds will rock into 2015 with local band Thank-U-Drive Thru, a midnight champagne toast, party favors, and a five-course dinner—all kicking off at 8 p.m. Tickets for the party cost $20; add eats and it's $45. Visit Tumbleweeds starting Friday, December 26, to reserve your spot.
Tumbleweeds // 21094 Beach Boulevard, Huntington Beach, CA 92648 // 714-960-2776
Offering a more laid-back end-of-the-year experience than its neighbors on Main Street, Zimzala on 5th Street at the Shorebreak Hotel will ring in 2015 with live music, bites, and bevvies. Danny Maika Trio will return for its fifth year and set the beat at 8:30 p.m. with covers hitting almost every decade, along with some original tunes. Guests can fill up on treats from the restaurant's full food and cocktail menus, then clink bubbly at midnight in a special champagne toast. Reservations are strongly recommended, and the time slot of 8-9 p.m. is already full. No cover.
Zimzala // 500 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA 92648 // 714-960-5050
Keeping with the trend of simultaneous NYE events, the Hyatt has two events in the works for NYE. Inside the Grand Ballroom, guests will find a "Concerts on the Shore" jam session kicking off at 7 p.m., hosted by Pat Prescott from 94.7 The Wave and featuring the always-funky Euge Groove, special guest vocalist Elliot Yamin, Grammy-winning guitarist Norman Brown, and DJ Jonathan Phillips. Tickets run $95-$225 and also include reserved seating, a midnight champagne toast, and party favors. Get 'em here.
At Watertable, the Hyatt's new restaurant, guests will be transported back to the Roaring Twenties in a Gatsby-style soiree with live music, dinner, and champagne. Internationally acclaimed variety dance band Person To Person hits the stage at 9 p.m., and guests will score a five-course dinner, light fare reception after dinner, complimentary bottle of Moët & Chandon champagne per couple, etched champagne glasses, midnight champagne toast, red carpet, photographer, cigar roller, balloon drop, party favors, and more. Tickets cost $175 per guest. Post-10 p.m. tickets are available for $45. Details here.
Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa // 21500 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA 92648 // 714-698-1234