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Best 2014 New Year's Eve Parties In OC

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New Year's Eve is always the perfect time to party. People are generally in a festive mood, so no matter where you end up, you can count on some jovial sorts giving way to a new year of opportunity and happiness. In Orange County, there are a few places that best exemplify this tradition and most of them like to use alcohol as a way of ensuring the celebration goes on all night long. Stop by any of these choices for a guaranteed good time and make sure to find someone special before the clock strikes midnight and the big ball drops.

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Heat Ultra Lounge
321 W. Katella Ave., Suite 214
Anaheim, CA 92802
(714) 776-4328

Young, hip and flashy: these are words most people don't associate with a New Year's party as black ties and cocktail dresses have dominated the landscape for eons. Give Heat Ultra Lounge a shot if the idea of wearing a suit and tie while getting wild seems insane, especially if you don't want to have to pick confetti out of your lapel. It sits right in the Gardenwalk of Anaheim and is conveniently located near just about all freeways needed to get you home safe and sound. This party is going to have just about everything a young OC person would need.

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A Midnight Kiss
Avenue of the Arts Wyndham
3350 Avenue of the Arts
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 751-5100

If you are looking for a little romance sprinkled into your New Year's Eve party, then look no further than A Midnight Kiss at the Avenue of Arts. This Costa Mesa hotel party is in its third year, offering couples and strangers alike an open bar and a DJ to ring in the new year. This event offers something most parties such as these cannot: space. With three rooms to party in and a different vibe throughout each one, you should never have the same experience twice if you space yourself out all night.

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New Year's Eve Dinner Dance
Crowne Plaza Resort
12021 Harbor Blvd.
Garden Grove, CA 92840
(949) 680-7779

With all the flashy new style of New Year's parties, you might want to keep it simple with something classy and with a great meal. An orchestra will greet you when you enter the Crowne Plaza Resort in Anaheim and the three-course meal will make sure you feel like you got your money's worth. This is sponsored by the Cuban Social Club, so expect a little Latin flair as the upscale get-together gets glamorous throughout the night. Bring someone special and be sure to book a room if you think the party might continue well into the night.

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Crash in the New Year
The Rinks in Huntington Beach
5555 McFadden Ave.
Huntington Beach, CA 92649
(714) 897-2025

Some parties are hoity-toity and require certain dress in order to keep up appearances, but any kind of party that involves signing a waiver is on a whole different level. The OC Roller Girls have an open scrimmage available to say goodbye to 2013 in a hard-hitting style. The whole shindig takes place at The Rinks in Huntington Beach, so you might just catch an Anaheim Duck or two before the ball drops. You need some basic skating skills before joining up, and there are different spots for your particular gender and age group. Do not be afraid to crash into 2014 in a big way that doesn't require a cocktail dress or a big bank account!

brea improv

Pablo Francisco
Improv Irvine
71 Fortune Drive #841
Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 854-5455

There are few better places to be than a comedy club on New Year's Eve. You get everything you need for a classic party: friends, drinks, laughs, and with Pablo Francisco at the Irvine Improv, you are guaranteed to have all three. There will be two sets that night, with the later containing free food, drinks and some party favors to celebrate the passage of time. The early showing is also a great choice if you want to check out another party that night without sacrificing any of the comedy. This is an annual gathering and with the OC Fair discontinuing its once-beloved NYE tradition, this might take the crown for the best annual party to celebrate the new year!

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Jesse Seilhan is a writer, editor and photographer from the California Bay Area. After moving to Long Beach, Jesse continues his passion for writing and music by covering concerts, interviewing top artists, and giving a dose of wisdom in a crazy, mixed-up musical world. His work can be found at


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