New Year’s Eve is a big deal in Pasadena. Just hours before the eyes of the world tune in to watch the Rose Parade and legions of fans fill the Rose Bowl for the big game, New Year’s Eve is a precursor to the main event. Luckily, the restaurants, bars and lounges of Pasadena are mostly open for the task. Make a reservation and then prepare to party at Pasadena’s best New Year’s Eve Celebrations:
POP Champagne & Dessert Bar is the perfect spot for a champagne toast. The restaurant specializes in sparkling wines and has two seatings for NYE, the second has a champagne toast at midnight. Both menus are four-course prixe fixe and optional add-ons are available.
The Langham‘s Terrace and Royce both have special NYE dinners, but you can also celebrate in the hotel’s Tap Room, with live music and a cover charge or head to the Lobby Lounge where a DJ is counting down the remaining moments until the New Year.
La Grande Orange Café has a special menu planned for the night with a selection of appetizers, salads, tacos and entrees available.
King’s Row Gastropub has a live band on the calendar, so it’s likely that you can enjoy some sweet tunes to go with your drinks before the New Year arrives.
Sorriso Bar Celona has affordable dinner deals for families that arrive early and spendier options for everything from dinners to bar service packages to party the night away.
The Raymond 1886 is all about options. Enjoy the special 5-course dinner and then hang around for the big bash, or choose to do one or the other.
Magnolia House is throwing a party with DJ and champagne toast with tickets for the big night at $25. If you’re planning a party, you can request a table with advance notice and the first 100 guests to arrive get a swag bag.
Red White + Bluezz has tunes playing all night long, accompanied by a champagne toast.
Maison Akira creates special menus for the holidays and New Year’s Eve is no exception. It’s on the early side and one of only a few places that offers a special kid’s menu as well, so you can celebrate with the kids before heading out to a grown-up party.
Sushi Roku is a favorite spot for New Year’s Eve, thanks to its prime location and modern sushi menu. It’s been named one of Gayot’s favorite spots for New Year’s Eve.
Thanks to Pasadena’s reputation as a New Year’s wonderland, most restaurants in town are open so that you can party in the city or to head out to a private party after your prixe fixe meal.
PS If you are thinking of breakfast after the parade, most places are closed, and many boarded up to protect the windows from the 500,000 people along the parade route. We tried to find some recent information, and found this list, in a post from the Examiner from three years ago, done by Laura Monteros: firstname.lastname@example.org. http://www.examiner.com/article/pasadena-restaurants-open-for-post-rose-parade-munching. We suggest a call to these places before the day will be helpful.