The Best Ways to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in San Francisco
Good riddance, 2022.
2022 is almost in the rearview and we’re ready to make up for the past two years of not partying our asses off with a night of revelry like the world hasn’t seen since, well… 2019. Among this year’s top options for NYE parties in San Francisco are hotel bashes, open bars galore, at least one Kink Lounge, and, of course, an option for those who want to keep the party going well into January 2, 2023. Yeah, we know, we know. New Year’s is for rookies. New Year’s is overrated. But you know what else New Year’s is? A chance to get out and celebrate that we survived another year and deserve to let loose whenever the opportunity presents itself. So here’s to kissing 2022 goodbye in style.
Lower Nob Hill
M.O.A.N.Y. is one of SF’s most popular dance parties featuring all kinds of music (three levels, four dance floors, and eight DJs playing Top 40, Latin, hip hop, throwbacks), and, if you go VIP, a silent disco and hosted bar. Table service and other packages are also an option. Cocktail attire required.
Cost: GA is $85
The InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco is throwing a NYE party at “Gatsby’s House.” There will be four hours of premium open bar, heavily-passed apps, top DJs spinning hip-hop, Reggaetón, Top 40, and more, a nacho bar, festive party favors, and more.
Cost: GA starts at $195; VIP starts at $275
The W San Francisco is transforming into a mega party destination for New Year’s Eve. There will be ten DJs spinning in four different rooms over three floors and a 4.5-hour premium open bar. Go VIP for access to the VIP-only areas with private bartenders and more.
Cost: GA starts at $165; VIP starts at $195
This party hosted by the Vau de Vire Society and Opel Productions promises a unique “playground for the senses” unlike anything else you’re going to find this NYE. There will be 23 immersive environments to explore over 6.5 hours, seven dance floors, game rooms, a Kink Lounge, variety and sideshow stage, themed karaoke, circus performances, dancers, and art galleries throughout. Cash bars.
The Beacon Grand isn’t officially reopening the iconic Starlite Room until 2023, but you can get a sneak peek on New Year’s at the ’80s-themed Starlight, Star Bright party. Take in the views from the 21st floor (you’ll actually be able to see the fireworks!) while enjoying live performances from four local artists, including DJ Stefan Aronsen, Containher, and April Gee.
Cost: GA is $180; VIP is $300
Hotel VIA is throwing a fancy fête on its outdoor rooftop. Expect Top 40, disco, and house music from DJ Beatific and friends, and a great view of the fireworks on the roof (which will be covered with a clear canopy and heated). VIP cabanas, bottle service tables, and a premium open bar are also available.
Cost: GA, with open bar, starts at $150; VIP cabana is $500
The wine bar and lounge (there’s also beer) is hosting a party with music provided by the back-to-back champion of the International Turntablist Federation DJ World Competition, DJ Jami.
Cost: $25 (doesn’t include drinks); VIP is $80 (includes a champagne toast, access to VIP Bar area, complimentary cheese, charcuterie, and antipasti selections); lounge is $1,200 (includes $1,000 beverage and gratuity and entry for up to 16 guests).
Check in to the Clift Hotel for the evening—or just hit up the party at the iconic Redwood Room, where there will be three DJs playing house and Top 40 in multiple rooms, a massive balloon drop, and an option for bottle service. Dress code: Dress to impress.
Cost: GA is $75
The teams of Princess and Oasis are joining forces to throw a New Year’s bash with three stages of entertainment, celebrating drag, burlesque, and live music, including a drag spectacular right after the midnight countdown. Go VIP for an early entrance, open bar, and hors d'oeuvres.
Cost: GA is $50; VIP is $150.
Mikey Lion, Lee Reynolds, Marbs, Porky, and others will be taking over the main dance floor at this “community-minded nightclub” that always goes off on NYE. The loft, hosted by You’re Welcome, will feature Benjamin K, Rachel Torro, and Torie.
Cost: GA starts at $55 with an option to add on a $20 open bar that goes until 11 pm.
Girls (and boys) just wanna have fun at the Cat Club, which is hosting a New Wave/’80s dance party in the front room and a ’70s disco and funk party in the back room. A VIP ticket lets you skip the line and grants access to an open bar until midnight.
Cost: GA starts at $25; VIP is $100 (includes quick entrance and drinks for three hours)
The annual Black & White Ball is taking place in the stunning and historical Hibernia Building this year. You’ll be surrounded by 40,611 square feet of marble floors, a gorgeous teller counter, and Tiffany-style stained glass skylights, plus four unique places to celebrate with music for every taste, including Top 40, hip hop, salsa, ’80s, and more, plus a premium open bar for 4.5 hours (and a promise of lots and lots of bartenders), and an option for VIP tables. Semi-formal attire required.
Cost: Tickets start at $100.
You have permission to board the USS Hornet on New Year’s Eve, where you’ll find numerous dance floors on the enclosed and heated hangar deck, including live music from 3 O’ Clock Jump, a 16-piece big band. Food and beverages are not included in the ticket price, but there will be a Hofbrau-style sandwich bar (around $20 per plate). Black tie optional.
Cost: Tickets start at $60 and since it’s a fundraiser for the museum, they’re tax-deductible.
This Marina staple is hosting a masquerade ball with music from DJ BLK&WHT. Opt for a VIP package if you want access to an exclusive private space and premium open bar.
Cost: GA is $25 ; VIP is $150
This party promises to be one of the biggest of the night with a slew of DJs spinning before a performance by the Swedish DJ Alesso. There’s also an outdoor area with a silent disco, an open bar all night long, art installations, and VIP tables. Dress up or don’t. Casual is cool at this one.
Cost: GA starts at $165; VIP starts at $240
If seeing the fireworks at midnight is a priority, get tickets for the party at Sens Restaurant and Rooftop. Besides a great view of the pyrotechnics, you’ll also get two dance floors with DJs playing house, Top 40, and EDM, as well as a premium open bar all night. There are barely any tickets left for this, so get yours fast if you want to go.
Cost: Tickets start at $175
Channel your inner Jane Austen at Dirty Habit’s New Year's Eve Ball. The indoor-outdoor bar and restaurant in Hotel Zelos is hosting a “decadent dinner and overflowing cocktails for the evening while enjoying musical performances by local musician Chris Clouse.”
Cost: Debutante's Grand Entrance is $150 (includes cocktails, but not the dining option);The Queen's Court is $220 (full access to the dinner buffet, cocktails and champagne toast, and raffle entry)
This intimate nightclub is throwing a New Year’s Eve party with headliner performance from Colette and DJ Heather, acrobatic entertainment from The Golden Gate Dolls, a magic show, and more.
Cost: GA starts at $50; VIP is $100 (includes open bar until midnight)
If you’re not about a crowded club, this indoor/outdoor party at SF’s quirkiest (in the best way) boutique hotel is a great choice. The party kicks off with a reception hosted by legendary drag queen Juanita Moore! inside of Chambers Eat + Drink and is followed by DJ performances outside on the heated patio until 1 am, when the party moves back inside for one final DJ set.
Cost: Tickets range from $20 to $50, depending on when you buy them. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Queer Life Space & The Oakland LGBTQ Center.
Cityscape Lounge has some of the best views in the city, and since the 46th-floor bar and lounge has wraparound floor-to-ceiling windows, you get them even if you’re canoodling in a corner. If you prefer to be on the dance floor, DJ Mojo will be leading the way. There will also be drink specials, small bites, and a champagne toast at midnight.
Cost: Tickets start at $225
Ocean Beach/Golden Gate Park
Looking for a laid-back party by the beach? Park Chalet has you covered. The indoor/outdoor bar and restaurant is hosting the Mermen, a surf rock trio that shreds in the water and on stage.
Madrone Art Bar is throwing themes out the window for its “No Theme Super Dance Jam” party with DJ Sonny Phono.
Cost: $20 cover or pay $340-$400 to reserve a booth
There are those who go home after midnight and there are those who show up for what is arguably the city’s biggest block party: It's A New Day + Breakfast Of Champions Block Party at the Great Northern. To be fair, you can go home and take a nap, because even though the party starts at 4 am on New Year’s Day, it goes until 9 pm, with an after-party inside until 3 am on January 2nd. Yeah, that’s commitment. But it’s worth it to see over 100 DJs on 10 stages, with headliners like Atish, GUAU, Jazz Mafia, J.Phlip, Lubelski, Mira, Mystic Bill, and The Freestylers. The cabanas are the place to set up camp, but there are only a few left, so act fast if you want to snag one.
Cost: GA is $80; VIP Cabana is $4,800
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