Heading to San Francisco for the holidays to see family, friends or just to get out of town? Unless you have hot plans here in LA, you may want to consider celebrating New Years Eve in the city by the bay which is going wild with events, parties and fireworks erupting everywhere.
Here’s just a few examples
“Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” at Foreign Cinema
Foreign Cinema Restaurant
5:30 and 8:30 PM.
Foreign Cinema’s New Year’s Eve celebration will be themed around the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Gather friends and family to enjoy a festive, four-course menu prepared by chefs Gayle and John. Guests are welcomed to dress in 1964 English Bohemia. The film for the evening will be a surprise. For information visit www.foreigncinema.com or call 415-648-7600.
Hyatt Regency San Francisco
Smack in action central, of the city’s fireworks celebration, Hyatt Regency San Francisco features the Eclipse Bar and Eclipse Lounge which will be open from noon to 1 a.m., featuring a full bar and specialty cocktails. Entertainment, featured in the lobby from 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m., includes live music, dancing, party favors and specialty champagne menus. For more information visit www.sanfranciscohyattregency.com or call 800-233-1234.
Seasons Restaurant at Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco
Seasons Restaurant is dishing out a four-course dinner and a New Year’s Eve Gala which will begin with a six-course menu and culminate in a celebratory champagne toast at midnight with a live band and dancing in between. Tickets begin at $150. For information visit www.fourseasons.com/sanfrancisco or call 800-332-3442.
The Dining Room at The Ritz-Carlton
Chef Ron Siegel is offering his seven-course tasting menu to enjoy before heading to the dance floor with music provided by a live band. For the big spender at $500 per adult, but it does come with wine pairing, tax and gratuity. For information visit www.ritzcarlton.com.
Phantom of the Opera at Grace Cathedral
Go to a screening of Phantom of the Opera, the 1925 classic starring Lon Chaney in the title role. Internationally acclaimed organist Dorothy Papadakos will accompany the film on Grace Cathedral’s renowned Aeolian-Skinner organ. For ticket information visit www.cityboxoffice.com.
Steve Silver’s Beach Blanket New Year’s Eve Spectacular at Club Fugazi
Steve Silver’s Beach Blanket Babylon rings in 2011 with two special performances on Friday, Dec. 31, 2010. Both the 7 and 10:15 p.m. shows will feature a pastiche of the best and worst of 2010 — Beach Blanket Babylon style. Guests at each show will receive champagne and truffles. The second show, ending at the stroke of midnight, will feature post-show dancing until 1:30 a.m. For information call 415-421-4222 or visit www.beachblanketbabylon.com.
San Francisco Symphony’s New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball at Davies Symphony Hall
The San Francisco Symphony’s New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball is an elegant opportunity to ring in the New Year in San Francisco. After a performance of skirt-spinning waltzes, polkas and dances, joined by conductor and violinist Dmitry Sitkovetsky and glam soprano Katie van Kooten, guests can dance along to the Peter Mintun Orchestra or rock out to ‘80’s dance jams with Tainted Love. Finally, at the stroke of midnight, 2,011 balloons will cascade from the ceiling. Tickets range from $80 to $195 each. For information visit www.sfsymphony.org or call 415-864-6000.
The Vampire Tour of San Francisco
Too ghoulish to miss. This novel way to spend New Year’s Eve, includes a two-hour Vampire Tour of San Francisco departs from the corner of California and Taylor streets. Stops along the tour include Grace Cathedral, the Nob Hill Café, Huntington Park, the Pacific-Union Club, the Fairmont and Mark Hopkins hotels. $20 “per mortal.” For information visit www.sfvampiretour.com.
Take the Premier New Year’s Eve Cruise which includes a four-course meal with an open top shelf bar. Enjoy the evening with stunning views of the bay, live music and a festive fireworks show. Or, do the Belle of the Ball New Year’s Eve Cruise, includes a buffet dinner, standard bar and a midnight fireworks show, along with dancing and entertainment. Take home memories from the night with a pre-boarding photograph. For more information visit www.hornblower.com or call 888-467-6256.
Top of the Mark New Year’s Eve Top of the Mark, at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco
The Top of the Mark at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins has a four-course dinner in the Nob Hill Restaurant followed by exclusive access to Top of the Mark for live entertainment and dancing as well as a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine per couple. Guests can sip on cocktails and dance the night away to DJ Flash. For information visit email@example.com or call 415-616-6941.
New Year’s Eve Fireworks: the piece de resistance at the Embarcadero
Blasts off at midnight and is FREE for all. The Embarcadero at Mission near Pier 14. This family event is alcohol free; no public consumption of alcohol will be allowed. Additionally, for security reasons, no bottles or cans will be allowed into the venue area. For information visit www.sfgov.org.
Happy New Year everybody.