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December 27, 2002

LALate/NYLate Best of NYE Awards Announced

From: LA Late - 27 Dec 2002



LALate/NYLate Best of NYE Awards
Top Nightlife Site Announces it Picks for Best Year End Parties in LA and NYC

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA; NEW YORK, NEW YORK. DECEMBER 27, 2002. Not sure where to party on New Year's Eve? Websites and, the ultimate authority on VIP nightlife events in LA and NYC, announced its 1st Annual Best of NYE Awards today in which it names its picks for top parties to ring in the New Year. and are the first ever one-stop websites for Los Angeles and New York residents to get into the most exclusive VIP-only parties on both coasts, listing several dozen events per week featuring top celebrities and venues. With an email database numbering in the thousands, and a subscriber list encompassing 90% women between 21 and 25 that read its biweekly newsletters on what's hot and what's not in nightlife, LALate and NYLate can make a promoter's career overnight. "Our subscribers have been known to bring a moderately attended club to flowing over capacity in virtually no time," said LALate.

To render its decision for its Best of NYE Awards, LALate/NYLate reviewed several hundred party notices over a four week period, ranging in price from five dollars to several hundred dollars. "In our selection, we considered five factors in order of importance.

"(1) First, we looked at the venue for the party. On NYE, people want to party either at a top venue or a unique venue that says "sexy". Massive event parties on pavement with tents may attract people drawn to the dj lineup but can lack sexiness. Similarly, it's one thing not to wear a tuxedo on New Year's but it's another to wear a bikini to a foam party. And finally, parties that feature a circus act of performers may feel more Halloween and less New Year's.

"(2) Second, we looked at the offerings for the party. Does the event have an open bar? Or food? What type of food?

"(3) Finally, we looked at price. People don't want to go to the same venue from any other night and pay nearly ten times the price for nothing but a champagne toast at the stroke of midnight. NYE tickets shouldn't cost more than $100 per person."

This year's LALate/NYLate Best of NYE Awards go the following events in Los Angeles and New York.

Los Angeles

1. The Larchmont Party.

We like the Larchmont party because of its features. The party (a) lasts twelve hours from 9 pm to 9 am, (b) has party favors and noise makers, and (c) features DJ Sweet P (Hip-Hop/R&B/Various House). We, however, especially liked the party because it includes an OPEN BAR from 9pm until 2am and an All-U-Can-Eat Prime rib and Sushi Bar with a cash bar reopened at 6 am and because it features an exceptional talented and very cool DJ, DJ Lee Dyson (Various House/Rock/Old-school) in the Upstairs Outdoor Patio.

The Larchmont: 5657 Melrose Ave, Hollywood.
VIP All night tickets (until 9am) are $150 and general admission tickets are $100 (until 2am). After Hours tickets are $50(2am until 9am).

2. 14th annual New Year's Eve Black-Tie Ball at The Beverly Hilton.

We chose this event hosted by Planet Shark Productions with D.A.S.K. because its the best priced event we found. These promoters who also host Joya on Saturdays typically draw some of the most beautiful faces in town. To have that crowd at the Beverly Hilton in the same room that will host the Golden Globes in a few weeks for only $35.00 with advance RSVP is a bargain. The event at Merv Griffin's haunt event features Gary Allegretto & The Sugar Daddys performing live, two DJ's, special effects, and laser light shows. But for more money, you can get a four-course dinner that includes Lobster Bisque for your appetizer, followed by grilled asparagus salad with seasonal veggies, field greens and champagne vinaigrette. Your entree is a trio platter of beef tenderloin, grilled chicken and jumbo shrimp scampi with grilled vegetables and rice pilaf finishing off with a chocolate grand marnier mousse with orange sauce. Also includes fresh bread, coffee and tea along with VIP Admission and evening long table reservations.

The Beverly Hilton Hotel (9876 Wilshire Blvd. Beverly Hills, CA 90210) From 8:00PM - 2:00AM
$35.00 with advance RSVP (non-dinner), $50.00 @ the door, $125.00 Four-Course Dinner (available by reservation only.

3. Palazzo Pacifico Mansion Party.

This event made the list because of the uniqueness of the venue. Dining and drinking on the Santa Monica beach in a mansion is what sexiness is all about and what this event offers. Held at the Magnificent Palazzo Pacifico Mansion on the beach in Santa Monica, the evening will begin in this beautifully decorated old world Italian setting with exquisitely prepared buffet style dinner that will be served from 9:00pm till 11:30pm. The event boasts intimacy and an open bar along with a midnight champagne toast.

New Year' at the Palazzo Pacifico Mansion
With Dinner: $150.00 per person
General Admission price is $100.00 Presale

4. Ivar Party.

We like this event because of one reason: the venue. Ivar is clearly one of the hottest new spots in town. The event in the Hollywood Style will be dress code Hollywood Black Tie with DJ / Dancing, doors open at 8pm until 2am, open bar from 8pm till 10 pm, and complimentary champagne toast at midnight. The event is pricey but it comes with delicious hors d'oeuvres; in many cases, people rather pay more for a venue for the night.

IVAR: 6356 Hollywood Blvd. (corner of Hollywood & Ivar)
Ticket prices:
$100 before December 28th
$120 thereafter

New York City

1. Third Annual GBH New Year's Eve After-Hours party at Shine.

Our first choice is actually an after-hours party. We like the party because it starts at 3am goes until you drop with a bar open all day (pursuant to a 24 hour liquor license). And to make it even better, the event is only $20 with guest list.

Shine (285 W. Broadway at Canal St.)

$20 with flyer / guest list $25 at the door

2. Saci Party.

We like this event because of the venue and the price. This event includes premium open bar from 9 to 12 with complimentary champagne toast at midnight and doors opening at 8:45 Sharp. Only 2 blocks from the heart of Times Square, Saci is where all the action is on New Years. Plus the event will feature superstar performer Valeria performing "All My Kisses".

135 West 41st Street between 6th Avenue & Broadway
Tickets: $100 presold, $125 at the door

3. Bryant Park Grill Party.

We chose this event because of its features: great food and drink. Six hours of premium top-shelf open bar from 10PM - 4AM will be offered along with live entertainment, hors d'oeuvres, continental breakfast, champagne toast at Midnight, party favors, and were only getting started. Here's the menu: Seared Yellowfin Tuna Crostini with Black Olive Tapenade, Peppered Filet Mignon with Sundried Tomato Aioli with Basil, Vegetarian Sushi with Pickled Ginger and Wasabi Soy, Toasted Bruschetta - Vine Ripened Tomatoes, Basil & Fresh Mozzarella, Beef Satay with Spiced Peanut Sauce, Grilled Chicken Quesadilla with Pico De Gallo & Guacamole, Shrimp & Sweet Corn Fritters, Vegetable Spring Rolls with Soy Ginger Dipping Sauce and Continental Breakfast Served at 3 AM.

The Bryant Park Grill (25 West 40th St Btwn 5th & 6th Aves)
10 PM - 4 AM
Cocktail / Semi-Formal Attire. General Admission: $150 presale. VIP (All General Admission Amenities Plus:
Special Access to Private Rooftop Overlooking Bryant Park, Complimentary Bottle Of Moet Chandon White Star Champagne, Private Bar, Food Service & Guaranteed Seating): $250 presale.

To attend any of the above events, people need to add their name to the free LALate/NYLate newsletter mailing list located at; they will be forwarded the information on how to purchase tickets to the above events.LALate/NYLate has no financial interest in any of the above events.