Ring in 2020 at the Most Fun New Year’s Eve Parties in San Francisco

A lot has happened in this past decade. We got the first iPad, Prince William and Kate got married (and then got straight to the business of procreating), Gangnam Style was a thing (that we’d like to forget), same sex marriage finally became legal in the U.S., there was a total solar eclipse, people did a lot of swiping on Tinder, other people got really into Farmville, kids ate Tide Pods. It’s been fun. It’s been exhausting. And now it’s time to say so long and enter a brand new decade, the best part of which will be that after 20 years of not knowing how to describe what decade we’re in, we will finally know what to call this one. 

Looking to start the Twenties with a roaring good time? Of course you are. Here are a bunch of fun New Year’s Eve parties, all of which will help you forget the bad parts of the past decade and enter the New Year in good spirits, or at least having consumed a lot of them.

Hilton Union Square
Courtesy of Hilton Union Square

Countdown to 2020 with an incredible view

Monday, December 31
Cityscape Lounge
Take in stunning 360-degree views of the city at Cityscape Lounge on the 46th floor of the Hilton Union Square at this New Year’s Eve cocktail party that includes drink specials, small bites, and music from DJ MOJO. 
Cost: GA: $175; VIP is sold out

Go to the Mother of All New Year’s Eve parties

Monday, December 31
The Regency Ballroom
If you don’t want to be in a nightclub or a hotel, but you still want an all-out bash, this is the party for you. MOANY is known for being one of SF’s biggest New Year’s Eve parties and this year will be even more over-the-top with a Roaring Twenties theme, three levels and three dance floors, DJs playing EMD, house, hip-hop, and Top 40 remixes, a special midnight countdown with a massive confetti and balloon drop, and a VIP option that gets you express entry and a premium open bar from 9:15pm to 1:15am.
Cost: $69 to $115 per person; $499 to $1,675 for tables

Party at an international ball

Monday, December 31
Palace Hotel
Start the New Year off at an International Ball inside of a gorgeous historic hotel. This party truly has something for everyone, including four dance floors with 10 DJs spinning Euro/top 40/house, salsa/merengue/pop Latino, hip-hop/’80s/’90s, and Persian/international. Plus, there’s 4.5 hours of premium open bar, balloon drops in every room, dancers and drummers, a photo booth, party favors, and more.
Cost: $175 to $575

Travel the world in one night without leaving San Francisco

Monday, December 31
Westin St. Francis Hotel
At this glitzy black tie (requested) Passport to the World party, you’ll find five-themed rooms (USA, Europe, Asia, South America, and Australia) of music, entertainment, and themed props from around the world, ten DJs playing top 40, EDM, house, mashup, international beats, ‘80s, ‘90s, and more, a live ‘80s cover band, stilt walkers, taiko drummers, and a hosted open bar.
Cost: GA: $200; VIP: $300; VIP table (6 seats): $600

Travel around the country without leaving SF

Monday, December 31
Parc 55
Visit Las Vegas, Hollywood, Miami, New York, and San Francisco all in one night at this New Year's Eve party at the Parc 55 Hilton. Each “city” will have different music, including Top 40, hip-hop, EDM, ‘80s, ‘90s, salsa, and more. Go VIP to get access to a VIP room with private bartenders and four hours of premium open bar.
Cost: $49 to $2,249

Celebrate New Year’s Eve aboard a historic aircraft carrier

Monday, December 31
USS Hornet, Alameda
The USS Hornet, a National and State Historic Landmark, is kicking off the new year with a Big Band Dance Fundraising Gala. Dance on three different dance floors on the enclosed and heated hangar deck to music from 3 O’ Clock Jump, a 16-piece classic big band, and watch the fireworks from the flight deck. There will be several cash bars on deck, as well as a Hofbrau-style sandwich station for $20 per person. Feel like your swing moves could use a little work? Lessons will be available at 7:45pm and during intermissions. Proceeds benefit the museum’s education department.
Cost: $60 to $99

Go on a moonlight fireworks party cruise

Monday, December 31
Pier 3
All aboard the San Francisco Spirit for the Moonlight New Year’s Eve Fireworks Party Cruise. The stylish yacht has three different decks (including two interior and an outdoor space) where you can just hang out, dance, and take in the views of SF landmarks and the fireworks. There will also be a DJ spinning the latest hits, a four-hour open bar, appetizers and desserts, and a champagne toast at midnight.
Cost: $209 to $819

Pretend like you’re at Jay Gatsby’s house at a huge hotel party

Monday, December 31
W San Francisco
The W Hotel is hosting a Gatsby-esque party with five rooms of music, ten DJs, and a four-hour open bar. Go VIP to get access to a separate VIP entry, two more areas, and a top shelf liquor with your open bar. Semi-formal attire requested; Roaring ‘20s costumes encouraged.
Cost: $119 to $3,645

Spend New Year’s Eve dancing to Dillon Francis’ bass-heavy tracks

Monday, December 31
Fort Mason Festival Pavilion
Dillon Francis -- DJ, producer, and pioneer of the Moombahton genre -- will be spinning bass-heavy tracks with his signature side of irreverence inside of the Festival Pavilion at the Fort Mason Center on New Year's Eve. There will be over a dozen bars with open bar all night long, art installations, a Silent Disco tent, and limited VIP tables.
Cost: $65 to $250

Go to a swanky Roaring ‘20s party in Sausalito

Monday, December 31
Cavallo Point Lodge
Head across the bridge to this scenic resort situated on a former military base for an evening of glitz and glamour 1920s-style. The evening includes dancing, small bites, a midnight balloon drop and champagne toast, and an optional premium open bar with access to a secret speakeasy lounge. Cavallo Point will also be serving a special four-course dinner with wine pairings for those who want to make a whole night of it.
Cost: $100 to $350 for tickets to the party

Drink bottomless bottles of bubbles at a Disco Dance Party

Monday, December 31
The Riddler
The sexy champagne bar in Hayes Valley is hosting a Disco Dance Party for New Year’s Eve complete with bottomless bottles of their favorites, DJ Patrick and Infinite Jess playing disco tunes and more, and a sabering of a 3L bottle by the Riddler team at midnight. Disco-inspired cocktail attire encouraged.
Cost: $340

See “All That Glitters” at the Virgin Hotels SF

Monday, December 31
Virgin Hotel San Francisco
New Year’s Eve is taking over all of the party spaces at this sexy new hotel in SoMa. There will food and drinks available for purchase, and music from DJ M3, TSR Airlines, Cole Odin, and DJ Kimmy.
Cost: $25+

Keep the party going well into New Year’s Day

Tuesday, January 1
The Great Northern
Not ready to call it quits? You can either keep the party going and show up to this It’s a New Day x Breakfast of Champions block party right at 4am or get some rest and show up when the sun has risen. Whatever you decide, the fun will go until 9pm with over 70 DJs on seven stages, food and clothing vendors, interactive art, and more.
Cost: $20 to $70

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Daisy Barringer is an SF-based writer who at a New Year’s Eve party once asked “How many more minutes ‘til midnight?” only to have her friend inform her it was 12:30am. She called an Uber immediately. See what shenanigans she gets up to this year on Instagram @daisysf.