8 NYE Events That Will Be Cooler Than Watching the Ball Drop

It’s getting to be that time of year when the days seem to be passing by at lightning speed. With one week until Christmas and two weeks until New Years Eve it’s really time to collectively get our acts together. Unless you’re hosting your own NYE celebration or have a planner friend who sent out that Facebook invitation two weeks ago, chances are you have no idea what you’ll be doing on December 31st. If that happens to be the case you’ve got nothing to fear, because we took a gander at what the city has to offer, and put together a list of the eight events we’d attend if we could be in more than one place at once! Because NYE is all about going out on the town in your Thursday night finest, and ringing in the New Year with your fellow San Franciscans.

1. PianoFight’s NYE Super Bash

Seeking live entertainment with the possible option of karaoke, and a guaranteed “hella lot of balloons”? Then prepare yourself for PianoFight’s first NYE bash.

2. Speakeasy NYE Cruise

Do you enjoy spending time on boats? How about dressing up in 1920’s garb? If you said yes to both of those questions, your night will be best spent aboard the Speakeasy NYE Cruise (no relation to the brewery).

3. Pier 39 NYE Gala

Want to be near enough to the water to get a front row seat for the fireworks, but not close enough to potentially fall overboard or get wet? Check out Pier 39’s NYE Gala. Because you certainly have one fancy outfit taking up space in your closet, and far, far too few reasons to put it on.

4. The Big One

You can count on Bill Graham to have a NYE bash with an epic lineup. If you’re looking to party with the likes of The Flaming Lips and Ratatat, this is the party for you.

5. A Hella Motown New Years Eve

Have you spent the last 100 Mondays at Madrone for Motown Mondays? Then there is no question where you should be spending your NYE.

6. Wine & Bowties NYE

Spend you SF New Years in… Oakland. If you’re up for a night that is grungy, hip, and extremely cool, you can count on Wine and Bowties to throw a party that is all the above.

7. 7th Annual Streets of SF NYE

Want to spend NYE in Fort Mason dancing to Girl Talk and reveling in throwing it back to the mid-2000s? Then we’ve got you covered.

8. NYE at the SF Symphony with Seth MacFarlane

Want to look as fresh and put together at the end of your night as you did at the beginning? Keep it classy with an evening at the SF Symphony. Word on the street is that they drop balloons at some point in the evening (we can’t imagine when though…).

Lastly, if you don’t feel like spending a lot of money for your NYE experience, there is always the dependable $3 buck chuck and fireworks combination 🙂


About the Author // Eliza Dropkin is the newest member of Vantigo. She enjoys live music, good food, and cruising around town in Jerry (the other newest member of Vantigo).

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