San Francisco’s New Year’s Eve options are practically limitless, which you’d probably expect from a city that prides itself on knowing how to have a good time. To help you sort through the options, here are some of the most intriguing events and experiences to consider in the City by the Bay on the big night.
Ringo’ing in the New Year
Foreign Cinema, the chic and unique eatery in the Mission District famed for presenting foreign and indie films in their covered courtyard, will host a Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band evening. Diners are encouraged to come adorned in full psychedelic Beatle’s regalia. The film for the night will be a surprise, but you can bet it won’t be about the Rolling Stones. Four-course meals will be served at 5:30 and 8:30pm.
Sea the New Year from a fresh perspective
Hornblower Cruises has a few possibilities for revelry, the most fabulous being their San Francisco Premier New Year’s Eve Cruise. The four-hour fiesta includes a luxurious four-course meal, an open bar with top shelf spirits, live music and fireworks over the bay.
The uniquely San Francisco Beach Blanket Babylon live variety show changes its act more often than a chameleon, and that’s truer than ever come New Year’s Eve. The evening’s two performances (at 7pm and 10pm) poke fun at the best and worst of 2010, with attendees relishing not only the laughs—but champagne and truffles to boot. The closing performance ends at the stroke of midnight, followed by dancing until 1:30am.
Sink your teeth into a two-hour tour
You can ‘count’ on the Vampire Tour of San Francisco being a bit different, and it is. A costumed guide takes you to some of the top spots on Nob Hill, sharing Gothic and Vampire-related tidbits on local sites along the way. Memorable points along the way include Grace Cathedral and the Mark Hopkins Hotel.
If you’re able to splurge a bit, there are spectacular galas at some of the city’s best hotels, some of them tied to culinary feasts pulling out all the stops. Options include the Four Seasons, Ritz-Carlton and the Mark Hopkins—which will showcase entertainment and dancing fun at their renowned 19th-floor Top of the Mark sky-bar.
Free fireworks fun
A public pyrotechnics display is slated for midnight along the Embarcadero waterfront near Pier 14. Be forewarned that no alcohol—or cans or bottles of any kind—will be allowed in the venue area.