New Year’s Eve is one of the best times to get out and experience SoCal. From the Gaslamp to North County to Palm Springs, there’s something for everyone. Here are a few of our favorites.
Board the USS Midway for a full themed event featuring a New Year’s Eve classic dinner buffet, premium bar, live music of The Big Daddy Orchestra, and dancing. (www.midway.org)
Moonlight NYE Cruise
Set sail into the midnight hour ringing in 2014 aboard the $15 million luxury yacht California Spirit with your significant other or your entourage of friends, and create the ultimate Champagne memory that will last a lifetime. (www.ournightlife.com)
Stone New Year’s Eve Celebration
Perched high on a hill in the outskirts of Escondido, Stone World Bistro features a cavernous dining room with a beautifully manicured patio and garden about the size of a city block. Pathways snake past lawns, fountains, a creek, and a fire pit. Pick a spot and down an award-winning brew as you ring in the New Year. Or, opt for the celebration taking place at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens — Liberty Station. (www.stoneworldbistro.com/newyears)
Roppongi Restaurant & Sushi Bar
Roppongi will count down to the midnight hour with an exclusive 4-course prix-fixe menu for $74 per person, also available with suggested wine pairings for an additional $26. Limited a la carte options, including tapas, sushi, and salad, will also be available for those in the mood for something more light. The Jojo Hahn Trio will set the tone for the evening with jazzy tunes and a complimentary champagne toast will be provided to properly ring in 2014! Seatings begin at 5pm and reservations are required. More information and prix-fixe menu may be found here.
The Grand Del Mar
Ring in the New Year with exciting parties at San Diego’s only Five-Star resort. Go retro at The Grand New Year’s Eve Party, featuring ’80s dance band, Betamaxx. Or, hit the dance floor with a lineup of pulse-pounding DJs at Club M. Before the party, treat your taste buds to delectable celebrations, prepared by Relais & Châteaux Grand Chef William Bradley of Addison or Amaya’s Chef Matthew Sramek. Diners receive complimentary entrance to The Grand New Year’s Eve Party, and room packages are also available. For more info please click here.
Crush New Year’s Eve Party
Join the party at Crush on New Year’s Eve. Enjoy a special menu, live music, dancing, party favors, and a Champagne toast, as well as 30-50% off bottles of wine. Delectable menu highlights for the festive evening will include Bruschetta, Squash Blossoms, Scampi Prawns, “Mom’s Meatballs,” Beets & Burrata, Rack of Lamb, Chilean Sea Bass, Truffle Butter Poached Lobster, Aged Filet Mignon, Butterscotch Budino, Warm Fruit Cobbler, and more. Ticket price of $98 per person for the late seating includes a five-course dinner, Champagne, live music, and party favors; early seating price of $58 features a minimized menu; $25 cover charge without dinner package. (858.481.2787, www.solanabeachcrush.com)
Big Night San Diego
Big Night San Diego New Year’s Eve is celebrating its 10th anniversary at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront. The event includes 12 party areas, 6 dance floors, party bands and DJs, first class cuisine, and a midnight celebration. Certain packages include hotel rooms. (www.bignightsandiego.com)
Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines
Dance to the captivating sounds of Wayne Foster Live Entertainment, indulge in a special culinary presentation by executive chef David Umatum, and enjoy dessert and complimentary cocktails. Party favors and endless entertainment will be provided throughout the night topped off with a one-of-a-kind countdown to midnight’s Champagne toast. (www.hiltonlajollatorreypines.com)
Hard Rock Hotel
Dance across multiple venues, mingling with the see-and-be-seen crowd in San Diego and reveling in an unforgettable midnight countdown. It’s the ultimate San Diego New Year’s Eve party with 3 floors, 5 venues, and DJs. Talent includes Sidney Samson with special live performance and countdown by Eva Simons plus sets by Tony Arzadon & Chris Garcia, DJ Loczi, Scooter & Lavelle, Starry Eyed Music, and DJ Fingaz.
Final Season of the Fabulous Follies
The Follies in Palm Springs presents two New Year’s Eve performances beginning at 3:30pm and 9pm. These special events kick off with a Champagne reception, and at the stroke of midnight (or “Rio de Janeiro midnight” for matinee-goers), the Follies Man and cast join audiences in welcoming the New Year with the sentimental strains of “Auld Lang Sang.” (www.psfollies.com)
Viceroy Palm Springs Venetian Bacchanal
Viceroy Palm Springs offers two very unique experiences — a night of intrigue, with the Venetian Bacchanal, or a chic poolside scene at Citron’s New Year’s Eve reception. (www.viceroyhotelsandresorts.com)
The Riviera Palm Springs
Ring in the New Year with the style of the ’50s and the vibe of 2014. Festivities start in the Starlite Lounge and include a viewing of the Times Square Ball Drop, California time. Featuring live music in every venue, indoor private seating packages, sidebar’s Sexy Ultra Lounge, poolside fire dancers, and exquisite cuisine.
Stayin’ Alive — A Celebration of The Bee Gees
Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Spotlight 29 Casino Showroom in Coachella with the songs and sights of a full Bee Gees concert, singing blockbusters such as “Night Fever,” “How Deep Is Your Love,” “Nights On Broadway,” “Jive Talkin’,” and “Stayin’ Alive.” This is the largest and most definitive production of its kind, offering big screen video clips, photos, and dazzling imagery. (www.spotlight29.com)
The Expendables — New Year’s Eve at The Belly Up
Ring in the New Year surf/rock party style with The Expendables at the Belly Up in Solana Beach. Blending reggae, punk rock, and ’80s-style dueling guitar solos, The Expendables have made heads turn and floors shake for years. (www.bellyup.com)
Family Friendly Bash — Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa
Wear your saddle shoes, poodle skirts, and leather jackets, or come as you are and celebrate ’50s style at the New Year’s Eve Sock Hop Bash. Indulge at the adult and child buffet dinner and dessert bar with a live DJ sure to keep everyone on the dance floor. The Kids Party Zone is back, bigger and better than last year. The Kids Club Party Room will be counting down with a balloon drop on East Coast time at 9pm. At midnight adults will ring in the New Year with a complimentary Champagne toast, live countdown, and balloon drop. (www.sheratoncarlsbad.com)
San Diego’s original speakeasy returns. The Bivouac is an upscale and intimate nightclub experience hosted in a unique setting full of enchantment. For one night only, The US Grant’s Celestial Ballroom (a known San Diego speakeasy during the days of Prohibition) will flash back to the jazz age of flappers, pearls, and barrels of booze, fused with the modern, urban energy of today’s most popular nightlife experiences. Champagne toasts and performances by soul-sensation Sharifah and The Good Thing. General admission tickets are $55; VIP tickets are $80; bottle service for 6 starts at $650. (www.usgrant.net)
Hotel Indigo at Level 9 in the Gaslamp
Beginning at 9pm, enjoy an open bar, appetizer stations, DJs in two venues, Champagne toast at midnight, and party favors. $100 per person; $185 per couple. (619.727.4000, www.wanttickets.com)
The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe’s Overnight Package
Make it an evening to remember and book The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe’s New Year’s Eve Package, which includes guest room accommodations for two, four-course tasting menu for two with premium wine pairings on New Year’s Eve, breakfast for two on New Year’s Day, and a special chef’s selection welcome amenity.
Bacara’s Great Gatsby New Year’s Eve Party
Bacara’s signature restaurant, Miró, will be transformed into a roaring ’20s lounge complete with chef stations, a DJ, party favors, a balloon drop, and a Champagne toast to a spectacular 2014. A la carte tickets are available for $150. Reserve the Great Gatsby Getaway package and enjoy overnight accommodations, two tickets to the party, and a guaranteed 3pm checkout on New Year’s Day for $650. (855.817.9782, www.bacararesort.com)
Marina Kitchen at the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina is celebrating New Year’s Eve in style with an action-packed celebration featuring two different options. The Main Party begins at 7pm and features gourmet food, craft beers, cult wines, spirits and live entertainment. Guests can choose from a selection of items such as an assortment of fresh sliced charcuterie and cheeses, Carlsbad Aqua Farm oysters, Brandt Beef tenderloin tartar, truffle mac and cheese, lamb sliders, and more. Clay Davis and his six-piece band will provide live entertainment for the evening, playing a mix of jazz, blues, Latin, and dance music. For those looking for a more exclusive experience, The VIP Party takes place from 10pm-2am and features a club and live DJ. The VIP experience includes a full buffet, bottle service, and a private table at $200 per person with a four-person minimum. (www.sandiegomarquis.com)