Jan. 1 marks the fresh start of a new year: a time to shake old dirty habits, implement new and favorable ones, and move one step closer toward becoming your best self. But before it's time to break out that self-improvement checklist, treat yourself to one last evening of overindulgence and misbehaving on the town.
On New Year's Eve, several restaurants and bars in Laguna Beach will offer fancy holiday cuisine, copious amounts of bubbly and festive cocktails, and live music to help you rock in the New Year. So grab your loved ones and toast to last year's achievements, fulfilling new dreams, and best of all — each other.
75 Laguna, 1464 S. Coast Hwy., will offer a prix fixe menu for $80 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. and $95 from 8 p.m. until close. Entrees include a choice of sautéed scallops, grilled California rack of lamb and pan-roasted Dover sole. Live jazz music will also be provided. For reservations, call (949) 494-8444.
Blue Laguna, 696 S. Coast Hwy., will throw a New Year's Eve Bash at 9 p.m., featuring all-night dance music and drink specials. No cover. For more information, call (949) 376-2583.
Club M, 680 S. Coast Hwy. above Mosun, will kick off its annual New Year's Eve party at 8 p.m., and will feature hip-hop and top 40 music by TJ the Deejay and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Tickets are $40 at the door; $30 pre-sale. Call (949) 607-7054.
House of Big Fish and Ice Cold Beer, 540 S. Coast Hwy. #200, will host a free New Year's Eve party from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., featuring live entertainment, complimentary appetizers and desserts from 10 p.m. to midnight, a champagne toast at midnight, and hats and blow horns. A complimentary nacho bar will be open from noon to 4 p.m. New Year's Day. Call (949) 715-4500.
K'Ya Bistro & Rooftop Lounge at Hotel La Casa del Camino, 1287 S. Coast Hwy., will throw a free New Year's Eve bash from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., featuring live entertainment in the lobby, complimentary appetizers and desserts from 10 p.m. to midnight, champagne toast, hats and blow horns. Call (949) 376-9718
Lumberyard Restaurant, 384 Forest Ave., #10, will offer a special lobster dinner for $35 in addition to the regular menu, and will feature a Latin jazz trio from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Call (949) 715-3900.
Marine Room, 214 Ocean Ave., will rock in the New Year with Tricia Freeman Band from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Call (949) 494-3027
Mozambique, 1740 S. Coast Hwy., will feature a three-course dinner for $45 at 6:30 p.m., including a choice of filet mignon, prawn scampi and chicken Diane. A four-course $90 dinner will follow at 8 p.m., and will include a choice of signature Chilean sea bass, Maine lobster with lemon butter sauce and prime New York steak. Funk/soul band Upstart will take the stage at 9 p.m. Party-goers will receive party favors. For reservations, call (949) 715-7100.
Nirvana Grille, 303 Broadway, Suite 101, will offer a three-course prix fixe menu from 4:30 to 7 p.m. including a choice of blackened Chilean sea bass or Angus filet mignon for the main course, followed by a four-course with the same entrée options from 8 p.m. to midnight. Cost is $69 per person and both seatings include a complimentary champagne toast. For reservations, call (949) 497-0027. Visit http://www.nirvanagrille.com for a full menu.
Royal Hawaiian, 331 N. Coast Hwy., will offer the regular dinner menu with three seatings at 5, 7 and 9 p.m.; a live '80s and '90s cover band at 9 p.m. and champagne toast at midnight. For more information, call (949) 494-8001.
Sapphire Laguna, 1200 S. Coast Hwy., will serve up some tantalizing celebratory specials from 5:30 to 11 p.m. in honor of the holiday in addition to the regular a la carte dinner menu. Entrée specials include braised veal osso bucco, pan-seared beef tenderloin with truffle lobster "mac n cheese" and roasted lamb sirloin with wild mushrooms and Madera-peppercorn reduction. Cost ranges from $24 to $39.50. For reservations, call (949) 715-9888.
Splashes at the Surf & Sand Resort, 1555 S. Coast Hwy., will serve a special four-course dinner from 5 to 10:45 p.m., including a butter-poached lobster and grilled filet. Cost is $110. For reservations, call (949) 376-2779.
Sundried Tomato, 361 Forest Ave. will feature a special three-course dinner for $50 and champagne toast at midnight. Reservations made between 4 and 5:30 p.m. will receive a 15% discount. To make a reservation, call (949) 494-3312 or visit http://www.sundriedtomatocafe.com/reservations.html.
The White House, 340 S. Coast Hwy., will offer a special four-course dinner for $55.95, which includes a choice of filet mignon, crab and shrimp stuffed chicken, Chilean sea bass and vegetarian lasagna. Seatings are at 7:30, 8 and 8:30 p.m. DJ Shauny B will spin hip-hop until close. Cover is $15 and includes party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. For dinner reservations, call (949) 494-8088.