It feels like 2023 is coming at us out of nowhere, like Will Smith's slap on Chris Rock's cheek. Suffice it to say, if there's a time to treat yourself, this is it.
We’ve rounded up the best parties, dinners, comedy shows, and experiences worth leaving the house for this New Year’s Eve. But, if staying in is more your vibe, we’ve got some tasty take-home options, too.
Cheers, and happy new year!
NYE Dance Parties in San Francisco
(Courtesy Eye Heart SF)
New Bohemia NYE
You'll get your money's worth at this party with more than 23 immersive rooms and activities to explore including seven dance floors, game rooms, a kink Lounge, a variety and sideshow stage, themed karaoke, circus performances, dancers, and art galleries; Saturday at 9pm. // The San Francisco Mint, 88 5th St. (SoMa); tickets ($45-$119) at eventbrite.com.
Eye Heart New Year's Eve
For the young and the young at heart, Eye Heart SF's DJ-headlined NYE parties are always a wild time. This year, DJ Alesso will transport you to a Vegas nightclub with a headlining performance; Saturday at 9pm. // Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Blvd. (Marina); tickets ($175-$250) at tixr.com
As the name of this New Year's party suggests, Fresh Start is a multi-day nonstop party with plenty of opportunities to release the stresses of 2022 and begin anew. Sofi Tukker, Yung Bae, Zhu, and Madeon are just a few of the big names expected to take the stage over the weekend; 8pm to 2am Friday, 2:30pm to 3am Saturday, and 1pm to midnight Sunday. // The Midway, 900 Marin St. (Bayview); tickets ($30-$165) at freshstartsf.co
ABBA Glitter Disco
For those looking for a man after midnight, pull on your best bell bottoms and sequin-adorned accessories for an ABBA-themed disco NYE extravaganza. Step into the world of Studio 54 where you'll be dancing to everything from The Bee Gees to the Grease soundtrack to Queen—and, of course, lots of Abba; Saturday at 9pm. // The Great Northern, 119 Utah St. (Mission); tickets ($20-$60) ateventbrite.com
A Dragstravaganza at Oasis
Ring in the new year with Princess and Oasis and experience dancing, drag, and live shows all night long in the style and era of Moulin Rouge! Midnight includes a complimentary champagne toast followed by a nonstop drag extravaganza; Saturday, 9:30pm. // Oasis, 298 11th St. (SoMa); tickets ($40-$100) at eventbrite.com
Fireworks Yacht Party
For the best view of the fireworks over San Francisco Bay, step aboard the San Francisco Spirit. The yacht party will have the works: DJs, dance floors, open cocktail bars, and bites; Saturday at 9pm. // Pier 3 (Embarcadero); tickets ($289-$385) at eventbrite.com
If a premium open bar, casino games, and unlimited nachos make your ears perk up, consider spending New Year's Eve at Gatsby's House. This over-the-top party at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins hotel includes multiple rooms of music, party favors, free-flowing drinks, and much more; Saturday at 9pm. // InterContinental Mark Hopkins, 999 California St. (Nob Hill); tickets at eventbrite.com
NYE Live Music + Comedy Shows in the Bay Area
Bogotá-based ensemble Monsieur Periné will bring its simmering blend of French-Latin rhythms to SFJAZZ.
NYC Comedy Mega Show
Welcome 2023 with a laugh courtesy of some of the country's best comedians—plus popcorn, a midnight countdown balloon drop, and a live organist. Grand Lake Theater invites you to spend the evening with funny people Natasha Leggero, Nick Thune, Sabrina Jalees, Moshe Kashe, Andrew Michaan, and Brent Weinbach; Saturday at 10:30pm. // Grand Lake Theater, 3200 Grand Ave. (Oakland); tickets ($35-$40) at renaissancerialto.com
Seth MacFarlane at SF Symphony
Swap your athleisure for something a bit more festive and join the San Francisco Symphony and Seth MacFarlane for a year-end spectacle. The Oscar- and Grammy-nominated singer/actor will perform a big band–style showcase of jazz standards and holiday hits; Saturday at 7:30pm. // Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave. (Civic Center); tickets at sfsymphony.org
Anthony Hamilton at the Paramount
Get down to the sounds of Grammy Award winner Anthony Hamilton. The R&B singer who has collaborated with some of the greats like Dr. Dre, Keyshia Cole, Josh Turner, Santana, and Gary Clark Jr. is sure to put on a stellar show; Saturday at 10:30pm. // Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway (Oakland); tickets ($56-$146) at ticketmaster.com
Third Annual Honeyball
Have a foot-stomping good time with the California Honeydrops. To wrap up their busy year touring and performing at venues like Red Rocks, Floydfest, and Burning Man, the Oakland-founded band will keep the East Bay rockin' all night long; Saturday at 9pm. // The UC Theatre, 2036 University Ave. (Berkeley); tickets at etix.com
Monsieur Periné at SFJAZZ
Join Bogotá-based ensemble Monsieur Periné for an evening of simmering French jazz combined with dance-inspiring Latin American rhythms. An open dance floor, projected visuals, NYE party favors, and a midnight countdown are also in store; Saturday at 8pm and 10:30pm. // SFJAZZ Center, 201 Franklin St. (Hayes Valley); tickets ($40-$115) at sfjazz.org
John Mulaney at the Masonic
Multi-talented comedian John Mulaney brings his From Scratch tour to San Francisco for a New Year's Eve comedy show. It's early start time means there will still be plenty of time to make it to a local bar for a midnight toast or watch the ball drop from the comfort of your home; Saturday at 6:30pm. // The Masonic, 1111 California St. (Nob Hill); tickets ($80-$309) at livenation.com
Food-Forward NYE Experiences in San Francisco
All You Can Eat at Osito
Head to newly-Michelin-starred Osito (and its adjacent sister restaurant, Liliana's) for an all-you-can-eat NYE affair. Your ticket includes two drinks plus a Champagne tower toast at midnight; Saturday, 9:30pm. // Osito, 2875 18th St. (Mission); tickets ($150) at tock.com
A Michelin-Starred Celebration at Saison
Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Saison with vintage Champagne and caviar. The two-Michelin-starred restaurant had another stellar year and, to celebrate, they'll be offering both an early and late seating to enjoy their tasting menu on NYE; Saturday at 6pm and 8:30pm. // Saison, 178 Townsend St. (SoMa); reservations ($398 or $458 per person, not including drinks) at tock.com
Angler's Seafood Dinner
If an abundance of fresh seafood and innovative culinary creations are the way to your heart, belly up for Angler's family-style dinner. The restaurant's Embarcadero location is perfect for viewing the fireworks, too; Saturday, 5pm to 10:15pm. // Angler, 132 The Embarcadero (Embarcadero); reservations ($250-$300/person, not including beverages) at exploretock.com
Osechi Ryori Tasting at Nisei
Nisei had one helluva year: The Japanese restaurant's first Michelin star is proof that everything you've heard about it is true. Celebrate the new year with an exclusive Osechi tasting menu and a specially curated wine pairing; Saturday, 5pm to 9pm. // Nisei, 2316 Polk St. (Russian Hill); reservations ($275/person with additional wine pairing) at tock.com
Luxe Takeout from Che Fico Alimentari
Enjoy a decadent meal at home without the fuss by ordering one of Che Fico Alimentari's take-home kits. Ring in the new year with caviar service ($195), a ribeye dinner for two with bread, sides, and dessert ($225), or Perigord black truffle lasagna Bolognese ($95(. Don't skip the chocolate budino; pickup 3pm to 5:30pm Saturday. // Che Fico Alimentari, 834 Divisadero St. (Fillmore); order at tock.com.
Hosting at home or headed to a house party?
(Courtesy of Gloria Ferrer)
Gloria Ferrer’s award-winning, Sonoma-grown sparkling wine is the perfect accent on any festive occasion. Founders Jose and Gloria Ferrer brought with them over 100 years of multigenerational knowledge of sparkling winemaking from Spain. When they arrived in Carneros, they fell in love with the region whose climate and terroir reminded them so much of their home in Catalonia. Gloria Ferrer remains dedicated to producing exceptional, traditional-method sparkling wine that reflects their passionate Spanish spirit and commitment to Sonoma-grown quality. Purchase a bottle (or several!) for your NYE gathering. If it’s from Gloria Ferrer, it’s sure to be memorable. // Shop online at gloriaferrer.com.
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