Unless my girlfriend can get her plane ticket to the East Coast changed to a later time or another date (currently leaving 9 am on January 1st from LAX), it looks like she and I will be spending New Years Eve in the Los Angeles area. We live two hours from LAX, and the idea of spending New Years Eve in our own city then leaving for LAX at 5:30 am on New Year's Day doesn't appeal to either of us.
Anyone have any recommendations for New Years Eve parties (particularly at hotels) in the Santa Monica/Beverly Hills/Westwood area?
Pricewise, we'd like to pay about $100-$150 per ticket at most, although hopefully we can get a hotel package that includes tickets. Ideally, we'd like to go to a party where most of the guests are about our age (early/mid 30s). We don't want to party with a bunch of college kids, but we don't want to be 20-30 years younger than the rest of the guests either.