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15 Places to Pop Champagne on New Year’s Eve

Still unsure of how you're going to ring in 2013? Rally your troops and sign yourself up for one of these rave-ups.

Pink Mammoth Presents New Years Eve at the Pink Hotel  $50

The Pink Mammoth will be turning the Phoenix Hotel pink this New Year’s Eve when its party crew comes to town. For the generous fee of $50, come experience the total NYE party package with a slate of bass-pumping DJs, free bubbly toast at midnight, and a recovery breakfast for those who take advantage of the hotel room packages.


Dawes at The Independent  $95

Rejoice, rock faithful, not every NYE event will be doused in electro music. Dawes will be on hand to perform their whiskey-tinged rock with openers Blake Mills and DJ Kevin Hayes. Who knows—maybe you’ll get a chance to hang out with the band before or after the show.

 

Greg Proops at the Punchline  $55

San Franciscan and star of the hit podcast "The Smartest Man in the World" Greg Proops returns to his hometown for a NYE set. Recommended for the loud music-averse.

 

NYE Fireworks Show free

Come ring in 2013 with the masses on the Embarcadero, and see if the fireworks crew can top the show put on last May for the Golden Gate Bridge's 75th anniversary celebration.

 

1984 NYE 2013 at Mighty free

Get ready to party like its 1984 at Mighty. Expect to hear such classic ’84 jams as “Jump” by Van Halen, “When Doves Cry” by Prince, and the Ghostbusters theme song.

 

Bootie S.F. New Year’s Eve at DNA Lounge $20-40

Come hear all the jams of 2012 mashed together at San Francisco’s premier weekly mashup dance party with DJs A Plus D. In addition, there’ll be surprise performances from mashup band Smash-Up Derby.

 

Maceo Parker’s Funky New Year’s Party at Yoshi’s SF 8pm, $50. 10pm, $100

For those of you who want the funk, the whole funk, and nothing but the funk, this night with the legendary Maceo Parker and his edgy saxophone tunes is a can’t miss.

 

Club 1994 NYE Bash at Vessel $35-100

Fast forward a decade for Club 1994's annual bash. It’ll be a decadent night of full-on ‘90s nostalgia at Vessel. Get your groove on to Golden Era Hip-Hop, early electronica, and all the best ‘90s one-hit wonders.

 

Futuropolis at 1015 Folsom $50

This event is recommended for only the most intrepid of clubgoers. See if you can brave 12 straight hours of earth-shattering bass and hypnotic beats from the likes of Star Slinger, Holy Other, LowRIDERZ (live), and many more. And FYI—the bar reopens at 6 a.m. for those of you planning to party into New Year's Day.

 

Hemlock Tavern NYE $12

Bands Terry Malts, Toys That Kill, and Pins of Light will be holding down this Tendernob dive bar on NYE.

 

Howling Rain and Vetiver at Café Du Nord $14

The New Cosmic California movement invites you to go down into the rabbit hole with them this NYE for a night mysterious mind-bending rock. If you can’t make it on the 31st, then stop by on the 28th or 29th.

 

The People NYE Ball at The New Parish $10-20

Head over to the East Bay for a change of pace, and make an appearance The New Parish in the Oakland’s Uptown neighborhood for a vibrant dance-filled cultural extravaganza.

 

Emo Philips at Herbst Theatre $25-45

The funniest joke writer in America, according to Jay Leno, Emo Philips will take the Herbst Theatre by storm this NYE with his immensely hilarious stand-up act. Opening for Philips will be Brent Weinbach and Jill Bourque.

 

SnowGlobe Music Festival at Lake Tahoe $150-450

This festival might as well be called Snowchella because of its starpower lineup. Beg that one friend with a car to drive you all the way to Tahoe to catch Deadmau5, Chromeo, Wiz Khalifa, and many more.

 

Once Upon a Time: New Year’s Eve 2012 at The Inn at Spanish Bay, Pebble Beach $395-950

This one’s for SF’s high rollers. It’ll a be fairytale ball at The Inn in Pebble Beach, one of golf’s most vaunted venues. This magical affair will include decadent buffets, lavish champagne, live music, and a casino.