December 31st is an annual milestone in our lives, and there’s something for everyone this New Year’s Eve in San Francisco. From fireworks exploding over The Bay to all-night revelry, we’ve compiled our favorites:
Fireworks over San Francisco Bay
San Francisco launches fireworks over the Bay, between the city’s jewel, the Golden Gate Bridge and the strikingly long Bay Bridge at the stroke of midnight on Tuesday. Some of the best places to see the fireworks are:
- All along the Embarcadero from Mission to Folsom
- Pier 14
- Treasure Island.
- Twin Peaks
- Grandview Park at Moraga and 14th Avenue
Some of the best parties this year are at our favorite hotels, which makes it easy to avoid an unsafe drive home! Check out the revelry at:
- Palace Hotel – NYE International Ball, Tickets priced $85-$150
- Westin Saint Francisco Hotel – Passport to the World, Tickets $125-$700
- Fairmont Hotel – Cirque NYE, Formal Attire and Tickets $50-$150
- Hotel W – W NYE 2014, Tickets $90-$175
Kick Back with Bowling and Drinks
Lucky Strike San Francisco will host a New Year’s Eve Party from 10:00 PM – 1:00 AM. Guests can bowl, enjoy Lucky Strike’s rustic comfort food and delicious drinks, and dance the night away with their resident DJ spinning tunes. Lucky Strike San Francisco will make New Year’s Eve an unforgettable experience with party favors, a complimentary champagne toast, and balloon drop with game cards and cash dropping from the ceiling as guests countdown to 2014 at midnight. Tickets priced $60-$100 with online options here.
Of course, as with nearly all cities on NYE, hitting the town means paying big for entry almost everywhere. If you’re a drinker but are on a budget, and still feel the need to see in the New Year at one of the city’s parties, consider choosing an all-inclusive events; i.e. where your ticket includes alcohol. This way you’ll know what your maximum costs are once you’ve bought the ticket.
If anything, be sure not to miss the free fireworks over the Bay. The city lights up at midnight, the multi-colored sparks illuminate the Bay and a collective countdown and cheer reverberates from the ocean to the hills. Whatever you choose to do – be safe, smart and never drink & drive. Taxi info here and towncar info here.