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New Year's Eve parties in L.A.

Greet the new decade with music and Champagne and dress up (Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel) or down (Oakfire Pizzeria & Pub).

December 25, 2009|By Alexandra Le Tellier

Weren't we supposed to be partying with robots on Mars by 2010? While someone's working on that, L.A.'s finest night owls have prepared some stellar parties for us to celebrate the beginning of this new decade. Here are a few of the best. But before you read further, please note: Lineups and ticket prices are subject to change, so call ahead before heading out Thursday night.

Twenty Ten: A Space Odyssey

L.A. Center Studios

The club kingpins at Dolce Group have teamed with the event producers at Pandora Nightlife to take over L.A. Center Studios, an 18,000-square-foot soundstage. Shiny Toy Guns will headline, Geisha House and Ketchup will set up pop-up restaurants, a balloon drop resembling a meteor shower will go down at midnight, and there'll be an open bar all night. Admission is $100 until Saturday, at which point it will go up incrementally until it gets to $150 on Tuesday. 1201 W. 5th St., Los Angeles; 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., after-hours party 2 to 4 a.m.; www.PandoraNightlife.com.

Together as One

Los Angeles Sports Arena

The all-ages crowd will go bump in the night at this legal rave featuring electronic superstars David Guetta, John Digweed, Markus Schulz, Dubfire and Sander Kleinenberg. General admission tickets cost $60 to $80, and VIP tickets, which include backstage access and an open vodka-and-beer bar, cost $125 to $150, depending on when tickets are purchased. 3939 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles; 7 p.m. to 4 a.m.; www.newyearsevela.com.

Hard NYE

Hollywood Palladium

"Around the world in eight hours" should be Hard's motto this year, with DJs from Berlin (Boys Noize), Paris (Mehdi), Montreal (A-Trak) and our fair city (Destructo) spinning hip-hop, electro, techno and disco house music for an all-ages crowd of sneaker freaks. It's $60 for general admission and $140 for VIP tickets. 6215 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles; 8 p.m. to 4 a.m.; www.hardfest.com.

Neighborhood New Year's

Tony's Saloon

No money? No problem. Arrive with five friends, and the friendly folks at Tony's will hand you a complimentary bottle of Champagne. The idea here is to escape the madness, so casual dress is suggested, as is ordering $3 Schlitz beer. 2017 E. 7th St., Los Angeles; 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.; www.tonyssaloon.la.

New Year's Eve

Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

Hip-hop legend Grandmaster Flash will take over the decks for the hotel's annual New Year's Eve bash. Other DJs slated to spin include the EC Twins, DJ Mei-Lwun, Compression Crew and Zack Hill. But the entertainment doesn't stop there. In addition to a multimedia midnight countdown, complimentary Champagne toast and balloon drop, the lovely and ever-stylish Aqualilies will perform their erotic take on 1950s water ballet in the pool by the Tropicana Bar. 7000 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles; 9 p.m. to 3 a.m.; www.homemadela.com.

No Hassle New Year's

Oakfire Pizzeria & Pub

No cover! No set menu! No dress code! It gets even more awesome. Not only is this trendy pizzeria and bar opening its arms to the neighborhood, but it's also setting up a free pizza buffet and pouring free Champagne at midnight. The only thing people should do in advance is make a reservation, because this event is bound to get packed. 829 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood; 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.; www.oakfirepizza.com.

First New Year's

The Varnish

Why wait to get the party started? The Varnish is kicking its doors open at 7 p.m. for snazzy $9 Champagne cocktails until 9:30. At 10, however, it'll cost $125 for entrance into a flashback fete that'll include live jazz piano, limbo, bottomless punch bowls, open bar for drinks on the cocktail list and a Moët toast. 118 E. 6th St., Los Angeles; 7 to 9:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.; www.thevarnishbar.com.

Giant Hotel

Westin Bonaventure

DJs Above & Beyond, Christopher Lawrence, Cosmic Gate and Kristina Sky will spin clubbers into a trance in the Bonaventure's California Ballroom for Giant's annual NYE bash. At the neighboring Poolside Plaza Deck, deep house will be the name of the game with Miguel Miggs, Marques Wyatt, Boris M.D. and Ryan Sage on the decks. Thinking of getting a hotel room? Here's an incentive: Stay two nights -- Thursday and Jan. 1 -- and free access to Giant's DeCompression event the following evening at the Lakeside Lobby Bar & Lounge shall be granted. Admission costs $80 or $175 for those who want VIP status and a premium open bar. 404 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles; 8 p.m. to 4 a.m.; www.gianthotel.com.

Afro Funké NYE Bash

Zanzibar

Afrobeat, Brazilian, dub, reggae and Indian beats reign at Jeremy Sole's weekly Thursday night party. To spice up the evening even further for the holiday, he's invited DJ Garth Trinidad (KCRW-FM) to guest on the turntables, African master drummer Najite Agindotan to perform and Capoeira Batuque to do their Brazilian martial arts-dance combo to samba drummers. In addition to the free-flowing global vibe, free Champagne will overflow glasses at midnight. It's $30 for pre-sale tickets and $40 at the door. 1301 5th St., Santa Monica; 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.; www.afrofunke.com.

For an expanded list of New Year's Eve events, to go latimes.com/newyear.

alexandra.letellier@latimes .com

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