New York is on the side of the country. Las Vegas is a four hour drive. Los Angeles, well that could be a four hour drive as well. Right in our back yard we have a little place called Orange County and while it might not be quite as hyped up as these other cities, New Year's Eve in the OC is going to give all that you could want in the New Year.
Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa has taken all of the guesswork out of New Year’s Eve for you; all you need to do is drive up and let the fun begin. You can take advantage of the ocean view of this stunning resort located in Dana Point as you begin your evening with a five-course meal at the award-winning Vue Restaurant. While you are dining you can enjoy live entertainment from John Troy. Once you are done make your way back to your glorious room to freshen up or a quick nap before you head over to the Dana Ballroom for live music from well known Orange County rock band OC Vertigo. Not only will you get to hear an amazing assortment of music ranging from 70’s classic rock to all of the modern hits you might want to hear, the $25 dollar cover charge is one of the best deals you are going to find to hear live music on New Year’s Eve. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. and the music will be playing from 9 p.m. through 12:30 a.m. Finally if you are looking to avoid a cover charge and would love to take in the stunning views of the Pacific Ocean as you ring in the New Year, OverVue Lounge will start the party at 9 p.m. OverVue will be featuring mixed rock band Grateful Dudes. All of this under one roof and at the end of the night you can just walk back to your room, what is there not to like about spending New Year’s Eve at Laguna Cliffs.
For more information on Laguna Cliffs, visit: www.lagunacliffs.com
If you are looking for more of a nightclub experience and world famous dj’s, XL NYE at The Observatory in Santa Ana is the place to ring in the New Year. 30,000 square feet of event space and four unique stages are going to give you the biggest New Year’s Eve event in all of Orange County. New Year’s Eve kicks off 8 p.m. and runs until 2 a.m. and if one day was not enough, you can come back on Sunday and do it all over again. The lineup for New Year's Eve includes ATB, Manufactured Superstars, Dean Mason, Don Santino, Knyght Ryder and many more and then Sunday Tiesto will lead another amazing group of artists to keep you moving and make you forget how tired you are from New Year's Eve.
To purchase tickets, visit: http://www.wantickets.com/XLNYEDeanMason
For more information on XL NYE, visit: www.xlnye.com
Finally if you are looking for a party but one that is not quite so overwhelming, the Birch Street Bar and Grill in Brea is putting on their first New Year's Eve party since their opening this year, so you know it is going to be special. You are going to be hard pressed to find a better value on New Year’s Eve than you will at Birch Street. No cover charge to get in, $2 dollar beer and $2 dollar shot specials until 10 p.m. and a free champagne toast to kick off the New Year.
For more information on Birch Street Bar and Grill, visit: www.birchstreetbarandgrill.com
If you want to combine an amazing dining experience with the most scenic setting in all of Orange County, The Resort at Pelican Hill has three dining choices to help your palette ring in the New Year.
New Year’s Eve at Andrea Ristorante
Chef Luca brings ―Il Cenone,‖ the Italian Gala, toNewportCoastwith a four-course menu featuring multiple course choices with two seating options, from 5 to 7 p.m. or from 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.
First Seating: $120 per adult, $65 per child; second Seating: $160 per adult, $65 per child
New Year’s Eve at Pelican Grill & Lounge
Chef Chang creates a California Grill four-course prix fixe menu with a choice of dishes available from 5 to 10 p.m. Dancing and entertainment by a five-piece band and singer is offered from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. A balloon drop will mark the New Year at midnight in the lounge, with a complimentary glass of Prosecco for each guest!
$125 per adult without wine pairing or $165 with wine pairing, $65 per child
New Year’s Eve at Coliseum Pool & Grill
Chef Mark creates a California Classic cuisine New Year’s Eve three-course prix-fixe menu, offered from 5 to 10 p.m. An a la carte dinner menu and a festive bar menu are available from 10 p.m. to midnight. Live entertainment with a three-piece band plays from 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. and guests enjoy a complimentary glass of Prosecco to toast at midnight.
$95 per adult, $40 per child
For more information on The Resort at Pelican Hill, visit: www.pelicanhill.com
The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar will be hosting its annual New Year’s Eve Masquerade and you have two great options to kick off the New Year. There is going to be a four-course dinner prepared by Executive Chef/Partner, Yvon Goetz, and for those who do not want to dine but still want to enjoy the Winery there will be a more party-friendly atmosphere with live DJ and dancing in the Vineyard Masquerade Lounge!
To make reservations at the Winery, call (714) 258-7600 or visit: www.thewineryrestaurant.net
Winter in California is not going to provide the frigid cold that you will find in the Midwest, so Bruxie is going to give you the closest thing you will find on the west coast. Bruxie serves real Wisconsin custard and there is nothing in California to compare to this rich and creamy frozen treat. Bruxie will be open New Year’s Eve until 10 p.m. and will be open New Year’s day from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and during this time you can take in the seasonal Egg Nog and Candy Cane shakes before they disappear until next winter. You can find Bruxie in downtown Brea and Old Towne Orange.
For more information on Bruxie, visit: www.bruxie.com