The ultimate guide to ringing in the New Year in San Diego
It’s time to break out the bubbly and celebrate the accomplishments of 2017 and look forward to a fresh start in 2018. Here’s a list of where to revel around San Diego for New Year’s Eve.
The Ball ON BROADWAY
Parq + Lair nightclubs
It’s a throwback NYE to when On Broadway ruled the space on the corner of Sixth Avenue and Broadway where Parq Restaurant and Nightclub and Lair Nightclub now rule the late night scene. The two spaces will combine for one rockin’ night that will include a five-room experience, 10+ DJs and five distinct musical experiences. Entrance ranges from $40-60.
949 Sixth Ave., downtown, parqnye.com
It’s an all inclusive night on the bay at this Vavi-hosted event at the Catamaran Resort. Revel in drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and four rooms of entertainment provided by Sleeping Giant Music. And don’t forget to capture the night at one of the themed photo booths. Ticket prices start at $129 and increase to $149 on Dec. 12. Discounted room rates also are available.
3999 Mission Blvd., Pacific Beach, nyebeachparty.com
Big Night San Diego
This 15th annual event returns to the waterfront for an all-inclusive night of drinks, a buffet and 10 party zone areas dubbed “Countdown City.” Tickets range in price from $84-$229.99 with prices increasing as the event draws nearer; discounted hotel rooms also are available.
1 Park Blvd., downtown, bignightsandiego.com
Bond Ball 2018
If you prefer your martinis shaken, not stirred, then make like 007 and head downtown for this James Bond-themed black tie affair. The party at Hotel Republic, downtown’s newest hotel, will feature 10 DJs and five rooms of music and an all-inclusive bar. Ticket packages include general admission, VIP and hotel stays ranging in price from $105-570.
421 W. B St., downtown, eventbrite.com
Bottoms Up party from the Street to the Sky
Altitude Sky Lounge
Marvel over one of the best city views in San Diego while enjoying free-flowing champagne, unlimited well-drinks and domestic beers, various food stations, plus music from two DJs. The party will start street level in the lobby of the Marriott Gaslamp Quarter then rise 22 floors for the midnight toast. Tickets are $189 with hotel packages available.
660 K St., Gaslamp, eventbrite.com
Bourbon & Blues Ball
Don your finest party attire for an evening of specialty craft cocktails, a midnight champagne toast and music from The Fred Heath Trio. The party starts at 8 p.m. with tickets running $50 ($60 the day of).
4936 30th St., North Park, 619.269.4701 (call to purchase tickets)
Jazz Cocktail Party
The roaring ‘20s take over this Coronado Italian restaurant. Start the night with a $75 prix fixe dinner, then continue the night with a singing Jazz Cocktail Party. The night will feature hors d’oeuvres, a welcome cocktail and midnight champagne toast, plus tunes from Irving Flores, and Katleen Dugas and Alec Hamilton. General admission tickets are $40.
1300 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619.522.0946 (call to purchase tickets)
Local band Little Hurricanes will delight the NYE party crowd with down-and-dirty blues music. Doors open at 8:30 p.m., show kicks off at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $37 in advance; $42 day of show.
1337 India St., Little Italy, musicboxsd.com
Slide your way into 2018 in good ole country style — with some homegrown country music provided by Nashville’s Martin McDaniel, line dancing and a midnight toast.
344 Seventh Ave., downtown, moonshineflats.com
Masquerading in Bubbles
Go 50 Shades Darker on your NYE at this party that will have a photobooth to preserve the evening’s memories, plus a champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight. Tickets are $10 in advance; $20 at the door.
801 Fifth Ave., downtown, analogbar.com
If beach vibes are more your style, then head to Draft to enjoy a hosted hoppy hour from 8-9 p.m., a midnight toast and grooves from Cassie B Project. Tickets start at $25 and increase closer to the event.
3105 Ocean Front Walk, Mission Beach, eventbrite.com
New Year’s Eve Yacht Party
The Spirit of San Diego
Ahoy, mateys. There will be no pirates on this ship, but guests will be able to enjoy three levels, outdoor decks, two dance floors, and a NYE float around the San Diego Bay. Tickets, which are $149, include tray passed appetizers, party favors and a champagne greeting. The party starts at 9 p.m., so don’t miss the boat.
990 N. Harbor Dr., Dock #3, downtown, 714.485.6543 or email@example.com
NYC-inspired New Year’s Eve
Queensborough Cocktail Lounge
This NYC-inspired NYE party doesn’t end when the ball drops on the East Coast. In fact, that’s when the party really gets hoppin’. Enjoy two levels of Big Apple glamour, Uptown for a more chill night and Downtown for DJ dance grooves. Tickets start at $20 and span up to $1,600 for a VIP bottle package.
777 Fifth Ave., downtown, 619.546.4995, eventbrite.com
Why limit New Year’s celebrations to just one night when you can head downtown and enjoy three back-to-back nights of parties. Rapper G-Eazy gets the party started on Friday, Dec. 29, 26-year-old Ultra Records DJ Deorro brings the beats on Saturday, Dec. 30 and New Year’s Eve will rock with Chicago native turned LA-based DJ Savi. Ticket prices vary, but start at $20.78 ($80.78 on NYE) with an included buffet and extend up to $135 for all three nights. VIP tables also are available.
454 Sixth Ave., downtown, omniaclubs.com/san-diego
New Year’s Eve 2018
Florent Restaurand and Lounge + Foundation
Raise a glass at midnight with a complimentary champagne toast after dancing all night on two unique levels to the music of Kid Funk and Taylor Michael. Bottle service is available, and by enjoying dinner beforehand (served until 9 p.m.) you can seamlessly move into party mode. Tickets are $30.
672 Fifth Ave., downtown, eventbrite.com
OMFG! NYE 2018
Valley View Casino Center
Slimming down from four to two days this year (Dec. 30-31), the annual EDM extravaganza is always a great way to end the year. It’s a no-brainer when you add the fact that this one is going to be anchored by Zedd, Dillon Francis, and Tiesto. NGHTMRE, Illenium, San Holo, Ghastly, and more also perform.
3500 Sports Arena Blvd., Midway District, valleyviewcasinocenter.com
On With The Show IV: Enchanted Carnivàle
A burlesque show, snake charmer, magician, fortune teller, acrobats, fire-breathers and other acts will all make an appearance at this North Park ‘20s vintage-themed carnival NYE extravaganza. Music will come from Euphoria Brass Band, Taken By Canadians and Stephen El Rey Sextet. Tickets range from $45-$175, with hotel packages (that include two GA tickets) are available.
2223 El Cajon Blvd., North Park, 619.296.2101, lafayettehotelsd.com
Picture Perfect NYE
Hard Rock Hotel
In collaboration with RMD Group, the Hard Rock Hotel will be decked out with a property-wide party featuring more than 15 DJs (with headliner duo Slander) across three floors and eight rooms. Picture-perfect themes such as Queens Chambers and Winter Wonderland will rock with glitz and glam. Tickets range from $120 to $2,000 table and bottle service packages. Hotel packages also are available.
207 Fifth Ave., downtown, nyermd.com
Pier Pressure Yach Party
Bon voyage to 2017. Ring in the New Year’ for a seaworthy adventure. Presented by San Diego Nightlife, this ‘20s themed yacht party features DJ grooves, 4-hour open bar, tray passed appetizers and an unrivaled view of the downtown San Diego skyline. The boat leaves at 10 p.m., tickets range from $139-$1,095.
970 N. Harbor Dr., downtown, eventbrite.com
Get your NYE country rockin’ at Moonshine Beach. Learn something new before the new year during line dancing lessons from 8-10 p.m., then put those skills to use with live music from Redwood Black and a midnight toast. Tickts range from $15-25.
1165 Garnet Ave., Pacific Beach, moonshinebeachsd.com
The Rooftop by STK
Go big on New Year’s Eve with packages that include five hours of premium open bar, party favors, a complimentary midnight champagne toast, and, if that’s not enough, table reservations and bottle service also are available. Prices range from $97.90-7,150 (and a $34 option for entrance and open bar from 12:30 a.m. to close).
600 F St., downtown, eventbrite.com
Inspiration Hornblower Yacht
Make your NYE top all others with 12 all-night open bars stocked with top shelf liquors, plus incredible views of the San Diego Harbor and a party only Vavi knows how to throw. Tickets also include three levels of music, party hats and noise makers, plus limited tickets sales that guarantee no overcrowding. Prices are $169 until Dec. 14, then $189 until sellout. Early boarding available for $40 extra.
1800 N. Harbor Dr., downtown, yachtpartynye.com
Superheroes vs. Villains
Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa
It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no, it’s a Superheroes vs. Villains NYE bash. Prizes will be awarded for the best dressed couple and best dressed family. Can’t keep your eyes open late into the night? There will be two balloon drops — one at midnight on the East Coast (9 p.m. PST) and the other at midnight West Coast. Each celebration will have bubblies included (sparkling wine for 21+ and a non-alcoholic option for the kiddos). Finally, the night includes a buffet, dessert bar, cocktails (21+), children’s activities and live entertainment. Prices range from $50-110 (children under 3 are free), but increase just before the event.
5480 Grand Pacific Dr., Carlsbad, info@sheratoncarlsbad or 760.827.2444, nyebash2017.brownpapertickets.com
Rockin’ New Year’s Eve
If midnight sounds way too late, the countdown and toast here will be at 9 p.m. The diner’s DJ will provide the tunes and balloon artists will provide take-home creations in the Gamers Garage Arcade.
2965 Historic Decatur Rd., Liberty Station, 619.542.1476, cohnrestaurants.com/corvettediner
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