Where to Celebrate New Year's Eve in San Diego 2020

This year, ring in the 20s as you like—with delectable dishes, yacht cruises, unforgettable parties, even family fun. There’s something here for just about any vibe, from quiet night to baller status.

 

Dining

Mad Hatter New Year’s Eve Ball

Send the entire family down the rabbit hole! This kid-friendly celebration will feature a delicious buffet, dancing to DJ-supplied tunes, costume contest, games, 21+ area, and complimentary midnight toast. Tickets available here or by calling  (760) 827-2800.

Where: The Westin Carlsbad Resort & Spa

When: Dec. 31 from 6:30 p.m. to January 1 at 12:30 a.m.

Price: $150 per adult, $85 per child ages 13-17, $65 per child ages 4-12, free for children under 3

5480 Grand Pacific Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008

 

A.R. Valentien New Year's Eve Gala

Dine on the A.R. Valentien patio or its elegant dining room while enjoying a five-course prix fixe meal, courtesy of Executive Chef Jeff Jackson. Call (858) 777-6635 for tickets.

Where: The Lodge at Torrey Pines

When: Dec. 31 at 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Price: $135 per person or $185 with wine pairings, $70 for children under 12

11480 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA 92037

 

Where to Celebrate New Year's Eve in San Diego 2020

Animae

NYE Opulence at Animae

San Diego’s newest hotspot will be offering a four-course prix fixe menu to start your year off right. Reservations for the first seating take place between 5:30 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. while the second seating kicks off at 8 p.m. and continues until close. The second seating includes a midnight toast. Reservations—highly recommended!—can be made here.

Where: Animae

When: Dec. 31, times above

Price: $95 to $115

969 Pacific Highway. San Diego CA, 92101

 

The Grill’s New Year’s Eve Feast

Toast to the new year at The Grill at Torrey Pines. Pick between a savory three-course prix fixe meal or their à la carte menu. Optional beer or wine pairings. Call (858) 777-6641 for details.

Where: The Lodge at Torrey Pines

When: Dec. 31 at 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Price: $60 per person, $75 with beer pairings and $85 with wine pairings, $35 for children under 12

11480 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA 92037

 

Corner Drafthouse’s East Coast Toast

Forget midnight madness! Head to Corner Drafthouse for bites, brews, and a pup-friendly patio. At 9 p.m. Corner Drafthouse will have an East Coast Toast, for all you Eastern Standard Time transplants out there. Doors close at 11 p.m.

Where: Corner Drafthouse

When: Dec. 31 at 9 p.m.

Price: Varies

495 Laurel St, San Diego, CA 92101

 

Dine and Dance

Head to Pacific Beach to chow down on a prix fixe menu at JRDN. Then dance the night away at Tower23.

Where: Tower23 and JRDN

When: Dec. 31 with seating at 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Doors to Tower 23 open at 10 p.m.

Price: $85 per person

723 Felspar Street, San Diego, CA 92109

 

Bankers Hill Bar + Restaurant’s Celebratory Dinner

Raise a toast to the new year with a delicious prix fixe dinner. Options include roasted salmon, filet mignon, pan-seared scallops, and whipped sweet potatoes. Make a reservation here or by calling (619) 231-0222.

Where: Bankers Hill Bar + Restaurant

When: Dec. 31 from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Price: $65 per person, beverage pairings for $32

2202 Fourth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

 

Bier Garden

Start the new year early at Bier Garden. From the comfort of Encinitas, at 9 p.m., the restaurant will watch the ball drop in New York City’s Times Square. Doors close at 11:30 p.m.

Where: Bier Garden

When: Dec. 31 at 9 p.m.

Price: Varies

641 S Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024

 

NYE Dinner and Drinks

With a complimentary champagne toast at midnight, Madison will serve an upscale Mediterranean and Southern California inspired three-course prix fixe dinner. The menu will highlight dishes like tuna tartare, Madison's famous double-cut sesame crusted pork chop, filet mignon, and gluten-free vegan ravioli. Reservations can be made on their website or at OpenTable.

Where: Madison on Park

When: Dec. 31 with seating from 5 to 7 p.m. and from 8 to 11 p.m.

Price: $65 per person, $19 for wine and cocktail pairings

4622 Park Boulevard, University Heights

 

Where to Celebrate New Year's Eve in San Diego 2020

Vistal

InterContinental’s 3- and 5-Course Dinners

Enjoy panoramic views and live music by Taryn Donath while feasting on a three or five-course prix fixe menu. Chef Amy DiBiase will craft yellowtail crudo, juniper-brined duck breast, seared scallops with caviar butter, and wagyu rib eye cap, to name a few highlights. 

Where: Vistal Bar + Restaurant

When: Dec. 31, early seating from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., late seating from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Price: $70 for three-course plus $35 for optional wine pairing, $120 for five-course dinner plus $60 for optional wine pairing

901 Bayfront Court Suite 1, San Diego, CA 92101

 

Parties

NYE Beachfront Bash

Feast, drink, and dance from beach to rooftop at San Diego’s hottest beachfront party on the Mission Beach boardwalk. With multiple venues and DJs, live music, and a champagne toast, it’s the perfect way to ring in the new year. Er, decade.

Where: South Draft Mission

When: Dec. 31 at 8 p.m. to January 1 at 1:30 a.m.

Price: Range from $49 to $195

3105 Ocean Front Walk, San Diego, CA 92109

 

Where to Celebrate New Year's Eve in San Diego 2020

Fluxx

FLUXX Nightclub: Masquerade Party

Join other partygoers in the Gaslamp this year! A masquerade-themed celebration with live music by veteran Las Vegas DJ Wellman, masquerade-themed drinks, décor, and—for those who dare—lace masks. Buy tickets here or make a reservation by calling (619) 328-0138.

Where: FLUXX Nightclub

When: Dec. 31 at 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Price: $40 to $80 per person

500 Fourth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

 

The Westgate Hotel’s Latin NYE Party

What better way to ring in the new year than with a Latin buffet and dancing? Salsa into the Westgate’s Versailles Ballroom for food, live music by Julio De La Huerta, a champagne toast, and a balloon drop. Cocktail attire required. Tickets available here.

Where: The Westgate Hotel

When: Dec. 31 at 7:30 p.m. to January 1 at 12:30 a.m.

Price: $165 per person

1055 Second Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

 

NYE Masquerade Party

This New Year’s Eve, step inside the intoxicating Realm of the 52 Remedies. This speakeasy-style bar attached to Kearny Mesa’s Common Theory Public House will feature a night of live music, punch bowls, tray-passed hors d’oeuvres, raffles, and a midnight champagne toast. Cocktail attire required.

Where: Realm of the 52 Remedies

When: Dec. 31 at 8 p.m. to January 1 at 1 a.m.

Price: General admission at $95 per person

4805 Convoy Street, San Diego, California 92111

 

Kids’ New Year’s Eve at Legoland

Sleepy already? Midnight comes early for families at Legoland, where the theme park will recreate the Time Square ball drop with—what else?—a giant Lego brick. Party hats and special glasses will be available while viewing fireworks.

Where: Legoland California Theme Park

When: Dec. 31, countdown at 6 p.m.

Price: Admission included with purchase of park ticket

One Legoland Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008

 

Big Night San Diego New Year's Eve

No need to bring your wallet: this event is all-inclusive! Drinks, food, and access to 10 different party zones are included. (Don’t forget your ID, though!)

Where: Hilton San Diego Bayfront

When: Dec. 31 at 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Price: Varies

1 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101

 

Where to Celebrate New Year's Eve in San Diego 2020

619 Spirits

Silent Disco in North Park

Say hello to 2020 at North Park’s award-winning distillery and tasting room. Enjoy 619’s regular food menu, line-up of premium handcrafted vodka, midnight champagne toast, and a silent disco beginning at 7 p.m. Reservations can be made here.

Where: 619 Spirits Distillery & Tasting Room 

When: Dec. 31

Price: Varies

3015 Lincoln Avenue, San Diego, CA 92104

 

Boat Rides

Where to Celebrate New Year's Eve in San Diego 2020

Bahia Belle

Bahia Resort NYE Cruise

Cruise through Mission Bay on the Bahia Belle as you enjoy an appetizer buffet, live DJ, party favors, and a midnight champagne toast.

Where: Mission Bay and Bahia Resort Hotel

When: Dec. 31 from 9 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Price: Cruise at $30 per person, overnight at hotel varies

998 West Mission Bay Drive, San Diego, CA 92109

 

Black and Gold New Year’s Eve

This New Year’s Eve, the historic steam ferryboat Berkeley will be transformed into a glamorous lounge with dessert, dancing, party favors, and, at the stroke of midnight, a toast with some bubbly.

Where: Maritime Museum of San Diego

When: Dec. 31 from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Price: $60 per person

1492 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101

 

The 17th Annual New Year’s Eve Yacht Party

This year celebrate by stepping onto the Spirit of San Diego: a 146-foot long, three-level luxury yacht with outdoor decks, lounges, and dueling dance floors. This event has sold out 16 years in a row—just sayin’—so get your tickets here.

Where: Spirit of San Diego Yacht

When: Dec. 31 from 9 p.m. to January 1 at 12:45 a.m.

Price: $149 per person

990 North Harbor Drive, Dock #3, San Diego, CA, 92101

 

New Year's Eve Roar Into the 20s Dinner Cruise

Don your best 1920s attire for a night of dinner, dancing, live music and glamour, with bottomless champagne and a four course dinner. Tickets available here.

Where: Hornblower Cruises

When: Dec. 31 from 8 p.m. to January 1 at 12:30 a.m.

Price: $225 per person

1800 N. Harbor Drive, Pier 1, San Diego, CA 92101

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