5 New Year’s Eve Destinations in Irvine

December 12, 2017

The countdown to New Year’s Eve has begun! If you’re spending New Year’s Eve in Irvine, there are plenty of shopping, dining and entertainment destinations to choose from. Whether you are looking for gourmet food and delicious drinks or an event the whole family can enjoy, Irvine is the place for New Year’s Eve fun. Check out the list below for our top New Year’s Eve spots in Irvine.

Hotel Irvine

For an evening of food and fun, spend your New Year’s Eve at Hotel Irvine. Home to EATS Kitchen and Bar, Red Bar and Lounge and Club 12, Hotel Irvine puts a variety of exciting New Year’s Eve celebrations under one roof. On Sunday, December 31, from 5-9:30pm, EATS Kitchen and Bar is featuring a special à la carte menu with luxurious items, including champagne and oysters, surf-and-turf, grilled whole branzino and suckling pig porchetta. Be sure to make your way to the patio and listen to the mellow sounds of live acoustic guitar. Later in the evening, make your way to Red Bar and Lounge where you can ring in the new year until 2am. The bar will offer an array of cocktails, a late-night menu and, of course, champagne so you can cheers to a wonderful 2018. For a satisfying morning-after meal, EATS Kitchen & Bar will be hosting a Morning After Brunch on Monday, January 1, from 11am-2pm, with filling options like Shrimp & Grits, Chilaquiles con Pollo, the Morning After Burger and Steak & Tots. Even better, EATS will be pouring $8 bottomless mimosas and $14 build-your-own Bloody Marys, so you can get an extra festive start to the new year. Please note that these events fill up fast, so be sure to make reservations.

Dining at the Irvine Spectrum Center

With so many gourmet dining spots to choose from, it’s no wonder that the Irvine Spectrum Center is such a popular destination for New Year’s Eve festivities. Multiple restaurants throughout the center will be providing special dinner menus with a variety of tasty dishes and signature cocktails. CUCINA enoteca is highlighting several unique dishes this New Year’s Eve, such as beef tartare with cured egg yolk and violet mustard aioli, lobster tortellini with crème fraiche, roasted opakapaka with cracked potato and walnut pesto, fennel-crusted bone in rib eye and, to finish off the meal, brown butter upside down cake. From December 29th to December 31st, Del Frisco’s Grille will provide flavorful dishes, like Ahi Tuna Tacos, Seared Salmon Fillet and Nutella Bread Pudding, followed by a celebratory New Year’s toast. If you’re interested in celebrating on New Year’s Day, Del Frisco’s Grille will be serving brunch on January 1st.

Irvine Improv

Celebrate New Year’s Eve with lots of laughs at the Irvine Improv! Located at the Irvine Spectrum Center, guests line up at this full-service restaurant and bar for food, drinks and the best comedy acts around. This New Year’s Eve, comedian Rob Schneider will be hosting a highly entertaining event that is sure to keep you smiling. Bartenders will be pouring champagne all night and guests will receive New Year’s Eve party favors to add some extra liveliness to the celebration.

Pretend City Children’s Museum

Treat the whole family to an exciting and educational New Year’s Eve countdown during the “It’s Midnight Somewhere” Confetti Countdown. Taking place Sunday, December 31, from 10am-5pm, guests can celebrate New Year’s Eve countdowns around the world, from Dubai at 12pm to London at 4pm. There will be plenty of family-friendly activities, including a Smart Art arts and crafts session where children can make noise makers and party hats. This special event will give children the chance to express themselves creatively and exercise their critical thinking skills as they watch a model of the Times Square Ball drop when the clock strikes midnight in cities across the globe.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

End the year deliciously with a luxurious trip to Ruth’s Chris Steak House. Here, guests can sip on the finest bottles of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label while dining on a premium prix fixe menu that includes a starter, entrée, side dish and dessert. Courses include acorn squash bisque and roasted red apple and butternut squash salad, garlic mashed potatoes and roasted mushroom couscous, and seared ahi tuna with soy-ginger sauce and a decadent surf and turf plate, featuring cold water lobster tails and a six-ounce filet. To complete your meal, don’t miss out on a luxurious apple crumb cheesecake topped with vanilla ice cream for dessert.

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