SoCal’s Notable New Year’s Eve Extravaganzas

December 29, 2023

Are you still on the lookout for exciting New Year's Eve celebration options? Check out the following establishments in Orange County and Long Beach, as they've prepared some delightful and festive ways to welcome the new year.


Studio 54 Party at The Blind Pig (Rancho Santa Margarita, CA)

Experience New Year's Eve with a touch of glamour at The Blind Pig Kitchen & Bar's Studio 54-themed extravaganza. Revel in Hollywood-style live music and savor special dishes, including the annual NYE Lobster Thermidor. As the clock strikes midnight, enjoy a complimentary champagne toast! This fabulous event unfolds at the Rancho Santa Margarita location, with a minimum spend of $50 per seat. The Blind Pig is also open for brunch. For more details and reservations, visit www.theblindpigoc.com

Festive Menu at Calaca Mamas Cantina (Anaheim, CA)

Welcome the New Year with the vibrant Calaca Mamas Cantina in Anaheim, featuring a limited-time holiday menu. They'll be open until 1 AM on both New Year's Eve and New Year’s Day, offering an authentic Mexican New Year's celebration. Dive into specials such as Atole de Coco (a traditional Mexican holiday beverage) and Winter Wonderland. You can find these delightful offerings at 1550 S Harbor Blvd, Anaheim, CA 92802, available until January 7th:


  • Atole de Coco: Coconut milk, coconut cream, canela, orange zest - $8 (Add Grand Marnier or Hennessey for $16)
  • Winter Wonderland: Jimador Blanco, Greenbar orange liquor, cranberry juice, lime juice, coconut milk - $17


  • Crema de Calabaza: Mexican Squash, leek, panela, pepitas - $14


  • Gorditas de Platano: Banana plantain, black beans, condensed milk, mint - $14

Exclusive Prix-Fixe Tasting Menu at Michael's on Naples (Long Beach, CA)

Join Michael's on Naples for an elegant Italian New Year's Eve Tasting Menu curated by Executive Chef Eric Samaniego. This 5-course prix-fixe tasting menu features exquisite dishes like Carpaccio di Polipo and Antilope, thoughtfully paired with fine wines. Reservations are available from 5 pm to 10 pm, priced at $125 per person, or $185 with a wine pairing (plus tax and gratuity). Please note that the regular menu will not be available; the full NYE tasting menu includes:


  • CARPACCIO DI POLIPO: Thin-sliced Spanish octopus, balsamico sorbet, fried basil, Sicilian olive oil paired with Etna Bianco, Tornatore ’22 Sicilia


  • CHITARRA ALL’ESPRESSO: Square-cut spaghetti, braised oxtail, pancetta, San Marzano tomatoes, toasted pine nuts paired with Aglianico, Terre D’Aione “Taurasi” ’10 Campania


  • PESCE LUNA: Pan-roasted Hawaiian Opah fish, pistachio brown butter sauce, celery root purée paired with Vermentino, Bosoni “Lunae” ’22 Liguria


  • ANTILOPE: Porcini-dusted Broken Arrow Ranch antelope loin, braised red endive, roasted mushrooms, crispy shallots paired with Brunello di Montalcino, Sasso di Sole ’17 Toscana


  • TORTA AL TE: Black tea cake, white chocolate ganache, brown butter gelato paired with Vino Passito di Sagrantino

For reservations and additional information, visit michaelsonnaples.com.

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