Smooching with strangers, dancing under the city lights and counting down the last moments of 2013… New Year’s Eve is hands down one of the most magical nights of the year. Welcome 2014 in style at San Diego’s top New Year’s Eve parties.
Details: From the street level restaurant and bar to the outdoor rooftop lounge perched 22 stories up and the brand new venue City Sights, the Bottoms Up NYE 2014 party at Marriott Gaslamp is one of the most extensive celebrations in San Diego. Guests can sip unlimited well drinks and free-flowing champagne all night, feast on unlimited food at the gourmet dining stations, dance the night away to beats by DJ David Cutler and DJ Miss Dust, and steal a smooch during the New Year’s Eve countdown.
Price: $165 for all-inclusive ticket
Address: 660 K Street, downtown. (619) 696-0234 or sandiegogaslamphotel.com
Details: Raise a glass as Fortune 421 brings three floors of entertainment through Andaz San Diego Hotel. DJs Alex Kenji and Hot Mouth will supply the beats as guests count down to midnight throughout the hotel’s newly renovated RoofTop600, Andaz Wine Bar, the Andaz Studio and the adjoining Katsuya by Starck. Bottle service packages will be available, as well as complimentary party favors and a festive champagne toast at midnight.
Price: $40 and up
Address: 600 F Street, downtown. (619) 814-2055 or rooftop600.com
Details: The Hard Rock Hotel San Diego will once again host an extravagant New Year’s Eve party with 15+ DJs throughout five venues on three floors. Mingle with the hottest crowds as the balloons drop at midnight and you sip your glass of bubbly. This year’s headliner is Sidney Samson, but guests can also catch a countdown and live performance from Eva Simons and sets by Tony Arzadon, Chris Garcia, DJ Loczi, Scooter and Lavelle, Starry Eyed Music and DJ Fingaz.
Price: $100 and up
Address: 207 5th Ave., downtown. (619) 702-3000 or sdnye.com
Details: VAVi’s signature New Year’s Eve party is taking over Mission Bay for one special night. The all-inclusive bash spans four rooms with top entertainment featuring Sleeping Giant Music artists DJ Fresh One, Chris Cutz, G-Roy, FishFonics and more. Your ticket secures drinks, hors d’oeuvres and expanded bar service. Plus, enjoy the themed photo booths, cell-phone charging stations and a free shuttle bus throughout PB. If you upgrade to VIP, hop on the party boat and cruise around the bay with three decks of music, two open bars and casino games.
Price: $139 beach party ticket; $169 with VIP party boat.
Address: 3999 Mission Blvd., Pacific Beach. (619) 246-3625 or newyearsevesandiegoparty.com
Details: We’ve been reveling in the circus that is FLUXX’s Big Top for a few months now. Celebrate the last installment of the theme with Extravaganza, featuring Rico DeLargo live on trumpet and DJ Karma spinning beats. Pop some bottles with the lions, tigers and elephants as you raise your complimentary champagne at midnight. A VIP reception will include hosted champagne from 8 to 10 p.m. and hosted hors d’oeuvres from 8 to 9 p.m.
Price: $80 and up
Address: 500 4th Ave., downtown. (619) 232-8100 or fluxxsd.com
Details: The annual Big Night party is back to celebrate its monumental 10th New Year’s Eve in San Diego. Returning to the Hilton Bayfront, Big Night will host 12 themed party areas, six dance floors and a big balloon drop at midnight. The entertainment lineup includes Kristina Sky, Mike Czech, JT Douglas Band and many more. Best part of this bash? Your ticket gets you open bar all night, plus a lavish buffet.
Price: $115 and up
Address: 1 Park Blvd., downtown. bignightsandiego.com
Details: Each year, LED Presents brings bigger and better talent in for their New Year’s Eve party. 2014 will be no different with OMFG! NYE 2014 spanning two nights at the Valley View Casino Center. EDM heads can ring in the New Year with 16+ hours of electro-house music featuring headliners Diplo, Nervo, Feed Me, Laidback Luke, Boys Noize, Brazzabelle, Madeon and so many more. The party rages from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. on both nights.
Address: 3500 Sports Arena Blvd. mylifeeveryday.com
Details: A little party never hurt nobody… This year, Side Bar is embracing the Gatsby era of lavish lifestyles and overindulgent fetes. Don your best decked-out outfit as you toast your midnight glass of champagne. A VIP reception includes a hosted bar from 9 p.m. to midnight.
Price: $40 and up
Address: 536 Market Street, downtown. (619) 696-0946 or sidebarsd.com
Details: Party as Don Draper would at this Mad Men-inspired dinner and bash at The Westgate Hotel. The night includes a vintage cocktail reception, five-course wine paired dinner, live quartet and a midnight balloon drop with a champagne toast. Live music from Lorraine Castellanos’ quartet will accompany the evening. Glamorous attire is encouraged.
Price: $179 per guest
Address: 1055 Second Ave., downtown. (619) 238-1818 or westgatehotel.tix.com
Details: Looking for a tame New Year’s Eve? Look elsewhere. This party at Stingaree will feature beats by DJ Fashen and DJ Kaos in GuestHouse while Sex Panther takes over the rooftop.
Price: $50 and up
Address: 454 6th Ave., downtown. (619) 544-9500 or stingsandiego.com
VAVi’s New Year’s Eve Yacht Partyat Hornblower Inspiration Yacht
Details: Ring in the New Year on the largest private charter yacht in Southern California. While you cruise the waters of the San Diego Bay, enjoy incredible views with an open bar all night including Grey Goose, Ketel and Jameson, hors d’oeuvres and top notch entertainment. Three levels of music will ring with DJ Who and Paulo da Rosa, DJ Demon and DJ Chris Devoy.
Address: 1800 N Harbor Dr., downtown. (619) 804-0176 or newyearsevesandiegoparty.com
Details: Don’t start 2014 with another quiet night in. Shout your excitement at the only place in town that demands that you do. At the Shout! House New Year’s Eve bash, the party includes a lively dueling piano show, guaranteed seating, a prime rib buffet, dessert, party favors, champagne toast and souvenir champagne glass.
Price: Dinner package with seating: $80-$145; Party package: $65 per guest with food, $45 per guest without food.
Address: 655 4th Ave., downtown. (619) 231-6700 or theshouthouse.com
Details: Bar West is ringing in the New Year with the glitz of the 1920s. Empire will explore the extravagances of the era with tray-passed hors d’oeuvres, a hosted premium bar from 8 to 10 p.m. and a hosted champagne toast at midnight. DJ Murphi Kennedy will source the soundtrack for the enchanted night. Guests are encouraged to dress in cocktail or era-influenced attire.
Address: 959 Hornblend Street, Pacific Beach. (858) 273-9378 or barwestsd.electrostub.com
Details: Infuse your end-of-the-year celebration with Spanish flair at Sevilla Nightclub’s New Year’s Eve Soiree. Guests will enjoy a hosted bar and tray passed hors d’oeuvres from 8 to 10 p.m., then dance the night away to beats by DJ Dynamiq. VIP bottle service is available for all group sizes.
Price: $30 and up for ticket; $50 and up for hosted bar
Address: 353 Fifth Ave., downtown. (619) 245-1138 or sevillanightclub.com
Details: Spend your last night of 2013 at Onyx Room with a complimentary champagne toast at midnight and eight hours of nonstop partying. Onyx Room boasts three dance floors each with a unique sound, along with John the Drummer incorporating his vibes through the night with a roster of elite DJs. Pre-sale ticket guests will enjoy a complimentary cocktail hour from 8 to 9 p.m.
Address: 852 Fifth Ave., downtown. (619) 235-6699 or onyxroom.com
Details: Pass on the stuffy fetes for Porto Vista’s ‘80s themed party on the rooftop featuring a full bar, music and fireworks. They’re cueing up over 400 1980s music videos to stream on three large screens, alongside totally rad fog machines and arcade games.
Price: $35 general admission; $89 all you can drink; $49 for three-course prix fixe menu
Address: 1835 Columbia Street, Little Italy. (619) 564-3755 or glassdoorsd.com
Details: Take the party downtown to Hotel Indigo’s bright bash featuring an open bar, a champagne toast at midnight, party favors, appetizers stations and DJs inside both Table 509 and on Level 9.
Address: 509 9th Ave., downtown. (619) 727-4000 or hotelinsd.com
Details: When the party has an open bar, you know you’re in for a good time. This Fuse Nightclub New Year’s Eve bash not only features an open bar, but also a midnight balloon drop, $2 street tacos all night and hot beats from DJ GiGi and DJ Stick D.
Price: $60 and up
Address: 379 4th Ave., downtown. (619) 230-1968 or eventbrite.com