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San Diego New Year’s Guide 2017

From yacht parties to champagne dinners, here’s a guide to the the city’s top New Year’s events this season. Cheers!


Dining Events

1500 Ocean
Hotel del Coronado’s ocean view restaurant will have a four- and five- course dinner with a wine pairing option. Charred octopus, king beef filet mignon, and seared foie gras are menu highlights. Live music performed by Ryan Hiller Trio and a midnight toast with a live DJ in Club Crown until 1 a.m.
Date: December 31
Time: 5–10 p.m.
Price: $160–$290
Address: 1500 Orange Avenue, Coronado

Bagby Beer Company
Dine out untraditionally at the end of the year with a family-style cookout. Bagby will host a no-reservation, no-menu backyard grilling event. Bagby brews like their Belgian style Point Five and Dum Dum IPA will be offered along with holiday cocktails. Dogs and kids of all ages are welcome.
Date: December 31
Time: 4 p.m.– close
Address: 601 South Coast Highway, Oceanside

Bankers Hill Bar and Restaurant
From three-time James Beard nominee Carl Schroeder, this downtown restaurant will hold a three-course menu with dishes including duck confit pappardelle, cast-iron grilled New York steak, and chilled lemon soufflé with Meyer lemon sorbet and huckleberry compote. An additional $30 wine pairing is available.
Date: December 31
Time: 4:30–9:30 p.m.
Price: $59
Address: 2202 Fourth Avenue, Bankers Hill

Bar Bodega
Visit Little Italy’s classic Spanish tapas bar for dinner and enjoy a complimentary bottle of Tarantas sparkling white. Three seating’s for dinner service will run at 6 p.m., 8 p.m., and 10 p.m., or book brunch for January 1.
Date: December 31
Price: $50
Address: 1980 Kettner Boulevard, Little Italy

Cafe Sevilla
This Spanish restaurant in the Gaslamp Quarter will put on a dinner and show before years end with a four-course dinner and flamenco performance. The menu includes Maine lobster paella and an almond tart de Santiago. A deposit is required.
Date: December 31
Time: 6 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Price: $69.50
Address: 353 Fifth Avenue, Gaslamp Quarter

Decoy Dockside Dining
At San Marcos’s Lakehouse Hotel & Resor, their lakefront restaurant will host a three-course dinner. For an extra $15, you’ll get dancing and drinks at the dock, accompanied by entertainment from DJ Noel, a Water & Light Show, and a champagne toast.
Price: $85
Address: 1035 La Bonita Drive, San Marcos

The Grass Skirt
Head to this Pacific Beach eatery where the tropical-themed bar will host a Blue Hawaii experience where each table reservation will receive a take home Blue Hawaii cocktail in a pirate flask. Bottle service inside a treasure chest is available and dinner guests can reserve their table until midnight where a flower drop will ring in the New Year.
Date: December 31
Time: 5:00 p.m.–2 a.m.
Address: 910 Grand Avenue, Pacific Beach

Ignite Bistro
Dine for two with a four-course holiday menu. Enjoy a 80s themed party with live music and a DJ on the patio. Reservations before 6:15 p.m. will receive a $20 gift card. Head back the next day for brunch, with football specials all day plus bottomless mimosas.
Date: December 31
Time: 4–8:30 p.m.
Price: $115
Address: 6996 El Camino Real, Carlsbad

Jaynes Gastropub
The romantic and charming Brit-style pub will serve a three-course meal with choices like crab cakes, bacon-wrapped filet mignon, and their famous sticky toffee pudding.
Date: December 31
Price: $85
Address: 4677 30th Street, Normal Heights

JRDN at Tower23
Dine, drink, and dance to a live DJ by the beach at this sleek restaurant. Reservations recommended.
Time: Seatings at 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
Price: $55
Address: 723 Felspar Street, Pacific Beach

Toast to the new year from this downtown restaurant, where Executive Chef Anthony Sinsay is preparing a four-course menu with a Filipino twist. Dishes include lumpia Shanghai with garlic-chili vinegar and purple yam gratin. Then head to the Upper East Bar rooftop for a DJ and dancing beginning at 8 p.m. It’s included if you dine at JSix or $25 for just the party.
Date: December 31
Time: 5–10 p.m.
Price: $85
Address: 616 J Street, East Village

Juniper and Ivy
The restaurant with a “Left Coast Cookery” menu will host a four-course dinner with limited seating. Reservations recommended. On the menu, find oysters and caviar, spaghetti with shaved black truffle, and the restaurant’s signature dessert, the Yodel. À la carte wine pairings will be available.
Date: December 31
Time: 5–10:30 p.m.
Price: $105
Address: 2228 Kettner Boulevard, Little Italy

Kettner Exchange
Feast on a five-course menu with black truffle risotto and fried chicken to close out 2017. Listen to music by Miss Erika Davies and The Men as well as DJ Giancarlo. Every guest wearing a tuxedo will receive a complimentary bottle of champagne. Reservations are required. An additional $50 wine pairing is offered.
Date: December 31
Time: 5–10:45 p.m.
Price: $110
Address: 2001 Kettner Boulevard, Little Italy

L'Auberge Del Mar
At this Destination Hotel’s signature restaurant KITCHEN 1540, Executive Chef Nathan Lingle will prepare a five-course dinner with Wagyu Beef, ravioli with truffle, and champagne-poached pear with cardamom panna cotta. There will be live music by David Shyde Band with DJ Gabe Vega ringing in the new year with a glass of Perrier-Jouet.
Date: December 31
Time: 5 p.m.–2 a.m.
Price: $125
Address: 1540 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar

Gaslamp’s latest boutique hotel, the Pendry, will serve its modern coastal cuisine and sushi for the end of the year event. Dine on their grand tasting menu by Executive Chef Jose Ruiz or from an à la carte menu. Sip on a complimentary glass of Moët Chandon, too.
Date: December 31
Time: 5–11 p.m.
Price: $95
Address: 435 Fifth Avenue, Gaslamp Quarter

Dine on a three-course dinner with swordfish skewers, filet mignon, gluten-free vegan ravioli, and raspberry marscapone cake. Wine and cocktail pairings are an additional $19. They’ll also serve Taittinger bottles for $69 each. A complimentary champagne toast will be held at midnight.
Date: December 31
Time: 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Price: $65
Address: 4622 Park Boulevard, University Heights

Mister A's
Ring in the New Year with skyline sights and bay views from this iconic rooftop restaurant. They’re serving an à la carte or three-course menu; foie gras ravioli, Tsar Nicolai caviar, and oven roasted Maine lobster tail are available across both menus.
Date: December 24 & 25
Time: 5 p.m.–close
Price: $135
Address: 2550 Fifth Avenue, Bankers Hill

Primevera Ristorante
The Coronado spot will throw an Italian three-course meal that includes soups, salads, seafood plates, truffle risotto, and more.A special $14 cocktail will be served, made with vodka, white cranberry juice, lime, and champagne.
Date: December 31
Price: $70
Address: 932 Orange Avenue, Coronado

Rustic Root
In the downstairs dining rom, feast on roasted beet caprese, lobster mac and cheese, and more. On the rooftop, you’ll find Gaslamp views and bottle service.
Date: December 31
Price: $125 ($75 extra for wine pairing)
Address: 535 5th Avenue, Gaslamp Quarter

The Liberty Station Italian restaurant is hosting a four-course dinner, with seatings starting at 4:30 p.m. There will also be a party with a full for later parties.
Date: December 31
Price: $69 for seatings starting at 4:30 p.m.; $85 for seatings starting at 6:30 p.m. (includes party until 2 a.m.)
Address: 2820 Roosevelt Road, Liberty Station

Stake Chophouse and Bar
Coronado’s steakhouse will spotlight coastal cuisine—think caviar deviled egg tartlette, seared foie gras, and a 35 day dry age bone-in rib eye. Wine pairings are an additional $50.
Date: December 31
Time: 4:30 p.m.–close
Price: $95–$125
Address: 1309 Orange Avenue, Coronado

Four-course menu includes cast iron diver scallops, Waygu filet, and coconut white chocolate mouse. Listen to a live DJ as you dine and enjoy a complimentary champagne toast to ring in the New Year. Reservations required.
Date: December 31
Time: 5:30–9 p.m.
Price: $85
Address: 5480 Grand Pacific Drive, Carlsbad

The Westgate Hotel
The Parisian-inspired hotel is hosting a Jazz experience in the Versailles Ballroom. Included in the evening is a five-course dinner, with wine pairing, champagne toasts, and guest rooms so you can sleep it all off. Guests can pair the evening’s affair with overnight packages from $850 to $3,500. There’s also an $89 New Year’s Day Brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Date: December 31
Price: $219 for NYE dinner (tax and gratuity are additional)
Address: 1055 2nd Avenue, Downtown


Staycation Deals

Bahia Resort Hotel
Cruise along Mission Bay in the turn-of-the-century Mississippi-style sternwheeler cubed the Bahia Belle. The package includes accommodation for two along with an appetizer buffet, party favors, live DJ, a complimentary midnight champagne toast, and cash bar.
Date: December 31
Price: $249 (promo code NYE2017)
Address: 998 West Mission Bay Drive, Mission Bay

Manchester Grand Hyatt
Stay downtown in this bayfront hotel’s premium view grand club room. Package includes entry into the Top of the Hyatt’s NYE celebration with unlimited beer, wine, champagne, premium liquor, and a themed buffet. Breakfast at the Grand Club is also included.
Date: December 31
Price: $699 (offer code TOP17)
Address: 1 Market Place, Downtown



Black and Gold New Years Eve Party
The steam ferryboat Berkley will transform into a festive lounge decked with a dessert buffet and photo booth hosted by the Maritime Museum. Watch the balloon drop in the San Diego Bay with a champagne toast and music from the 60s, 70s, and 80s.
Date: December 31
Time: 9 p.m.–1 a.m.
Price: $50
Address: 1492 North Harbor Drive, Downtown

Dave and Buster’s
Before the ball drops and the fireworks burst head to this North County fun zone for an appetizer buffet, dessert, and $20 power card. Play old-school arcade games like Skee Ball and Pac-Man, alongside modern favorites including Candy crush Saga and Angry Birds.
Date: December 31
Time: 5–8 p.m.
Price: $29
Address: 2501 El Camino Real, Carlsbad

El Chingon
This two-story Gaslamp restaurant serves Mexican dishes and highlights tequila and mezcal. Dance into the New Year with music from DJ Jami and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight.
Date: December 31
Time: 8 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Price: $30-$40
Address: 560 Fifth Avenue, Gaslamp Quarter

Hotel Republic Bond Ball
Spot black tie wardrobes and martinis at this themed affair with more than 10 DJs and five dance floors. Tickets include a timed open bar, hotel room packages, and VIP table service.
Date: December 31
Time: 9 p.m.–1 a.m.
Price: $100 - $570
Address: 421 West B Street, Downtown

House of Blues Block Party
A multi-party celebration will fill the Gaslamp Quarter headlined by Miami’s DJ Craze and presented by Club Victory at this NYE Block Party. Find three music events at the Delta Stage and Salvation Alley Stage. Price does not include applicable fees.
Date: December 31
Time: 9 p.m.
Price: $30
Address: 1055 Fifth Avenue, Gaslamp Quarter

Lafayette Hotel
The Enchanted Carnivàle has rolled in from the 1920s at this North Park hotel. Find three venues: The Big Top, The Hall of Illusions, and The Odditorium which will host The Dinner Show, a social dinner with a burlesque show and various dinning stations from hand-cut pasta to seafood.
Date: December 31
Time: 8 p.m.–2 a.m.
Price: From $45
Address: 2223 El Cajon Boulevard, North Park

Oxford Social Club
Gaslamp’s Pendry hotel will hold a NYE bash in this plush underground hotspot. Dance to live music by DJ Cobra and performances by Stoli Elit Ballerinas.
Date: December 31
Time: 10 p.m.
Price: $75–$3,000
Address: 435 Fifth Avenue, Gaslamp Quarter

Polite Provisions Blues Ball
Party at this trendy old fashioned soda bar’s annual Bourbon and Blues Ball with live music by The Fred Heath Trio. Tickets include two cocktails and a champagne toast at midnight. Next door’s Soda and Swine, closed to the public on this night, will be open exclusively for NYE patrons.
Date: December 31
Time: 8 p.m.–1 a.m.
Price: $50
Address: 4696 30th Street, Normal Heights

The New York City-inspired cocktail lounge in the heart of the Gaslamp will host drinks upstairs and music by DJ’s Brett Bodley and Jalil downtownstairs. A VIP experience is offered with expedited entry and hosted champagne.
Date: December 31
Time: 7 p.m.–2 a.m.
Price: $20–$1,600
Address: 777 Fifth Avenue, Downtown

Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa
The Superheroes vs. Villains New Year’s Eve bash will be a family affair with a dedicated kids party zone complete with a gamer room, billiards, face painting, and more. Also find a buffet dinner as well as a sparkling wine toast to the balloon drop. Take top prize for the night for best-dressed superhero or villain couple and family.
Date: December 31
Time: 6:30 p.m.–12:30 a.m.
Price: Adults, $110; children ages 13–17, $60; children ages 4–12, $50; children 3 and under, free
Address: 5480 Grand Pacific Drive, Carlsbad

VAVi Sport and Social
Board the Inspiration Hornblower Yacht for an all-inclusive premium bar with top-shelf liquor. For five hours dance till the new year on three levels with 12 open bars as well as an interactive photo booth and hors d’oeuvres.
Date: December 31
Time: 8 p.m.–1 a.m.
Price: $169–$189
Address: Grape Street Pier, 1800 North Harbor Drive, Downtown


New Year’s Day

Hornblower Cruises and Events
Board the Hornblower Yacht for a News Year’s brunch cruise. There will be a buffet, a desserts, bottomless champagne, and sparkling cider. Take in the San Diego skyline and the Pacific Ocean in 2018.
Date: January 1
Time: 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m.
Price: $76
Address: Grape Street Pier 1800 North Harbor Drive, Downtown

Hundred Proof
The spin-off from the team behind Hillcrest’s Trust restaurant is serving up a Recovery Day Brunch in collaboration with local distiller Cutwater Spirits. The menu includes cocktails, a 12 p.m. toast, and an Overnight Baked French toast, plus lemon ricotta pancakes with whipped butter.
Date: January 1
Time: 10 a.m.– 3 p.m.
Address: 4130 Park Boulevard, University Heights

True Food Kitchen
Start the New Year on a healthy note with brunch at this seasonally driven restaurant. On the menu find pineapple and orange as well as cranberry and pomegranate mimosas, a vegan chorizo burrito, and a garden scramble with smoked gouda and sweet potato.
Date: January 1
Price: Varies
Address: Westfield UTC, 4303 La Jolla Village Drive, La Jolla

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