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CIVR Blog: NYE on Catalina

Photo Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce

Photo Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce

One of the first questions you’ll be asked in 2014 is “What did you do for New Year’s?” Whether you’re getting back to school, back to work or back together with friends, how you rang in the New Year will be a hot topic of conversation. If you plan now, your answer can be: “We had a great time on Catalina Island.”

Catalina’s most famous New Year’s Eve party is, of course, the gala at the Casino Ballroom, but there are plenty of other options for ringing in 2014. Whether you’re looking for upscale dining and sipping fine wine or getting wild at the local dive bar, Avalon’s options for revelry are limited only by your imagination.

At Luau Larry’s, you’ll find classic tiki bar fun overlaid with the echoes of Jimmy Buffet. The Lobster Trap, a favorite of locals and visitors alike, will feature great local seafood for dinner and live music until the wee hours of the morning. At Ristorante Villa Portofino, you’ll find fine dining with an Italian flair. Antonio’s Cabaret and El Galleon are always New Year’s favorites, from their respective parties on New Year’s Eve to the pajama breakfasts the next morning. One of the island’s favorite chef’s has opened a new hot spot with the Seaport Bistro. At the Avalon Grille, you’ll find fine dining with one of the island’s best drink menus. Bluewater Avalon, another of Catalina Island’s newer restaurants, will be the place to be for sustainable seafood and fresh cocktails.

Zest, Avalon’s only pop-up restaurant, will be popping up for brunch on New Year’s Day with a menu that sounds positively irresistible.

You’ll be able to start the year off right when you ring in 2014 on Catalina Island.

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