New Year’s Eve is a magical evening with excitement in the air and endless romantic opportunities around every corner. As we soak in the holiday season and count down to New Year’s Eve, there are many questions to answer: where to go, what to wear, and who to kiss when the clock strikes midnight.
When it comes to New Year’s Eve parties, the bigger the better. We seek A-List entertainment, multiple rooms with various stages, playful party favors, fireworks, balloon drops and flowing champagne. When styling our New Year’s Eve ensembles, the more sequins the better. This is one night when we can dress up in our black tie finest and impress the city with sparkly mini dresses, sharp bow ties, faux-fur coats and shiny top hats, if you dare. And then comes the final and most important concern: who will we select for that special midnight smooch? That, my friend, is your call. But just a little advice; if the answer doesn’t automatically come to mind, you’re probably better off going solo and seeking a new partner on the dance floor.
The best news? This year, New Year's Eve falls on Saturday, December 31st, giving us a whole weekend to rage. From the beach to the bay and the downtown city streets, the best 2012 New Year’s Eve parties in San Diego are going down at the Hard Rock Hotel, FLUXX, Hilton Bayfront and Catamaran Resort. Then, keep the celebration going with after-hours New Year’s Day parties at Side Bar and Voyeur. These holiday bashes are hooking you up with hosted bars, your favorite local DJs and a top secret lineup of celebrity hosts to be announced later this month.
Discover the best 2012 New Year’s Eve parties in San Diego.
New Year’s Eve 2012 at Hard Rock Hotel San Diego
San Diego’s biggest annual rock star-worthy bash is hosted at the Hard Rock Hotel. Every New Year’s Eve the Hard Rock opens the entire hotel up to showcase multiple parties under one roof. This year, New Year’s Eve 2012 will feature five venues, three floors, 11 DJs and over 5,000 party people. Sidney Samson is the official headliner, and the party will also feature a hotel-wide Starry Eyed Music Take Over in Edge Ballroom with Jon Dadon, Erik Till, Collin Perry and Freshmaker. Outside, DJs Tony Arzidon and Chris Garcia will spin dance beats at Woodstock and Float, and downstairs in Club 207 DJs Kurch and Craig Smoove will take on DJs Decon and Diggs, with a special guest countdown TBA. New Year’s Eve 2012 tickets start at $60, and hotel room packages are available. For VIP reservations, call 866.492.6590. Get details here.
OMFG: LED NYE 2012 at Valley View Casino Center
LED Presents just released a teaser voiceover featuring the highly anticipated OMFG NYE 2012 entertainment lineup. Get ready to ring in the New Year with Fedde Le Grand, Porter Robinson, Hardwell, Bart B. More, R3hab and more of the industry's best electronic artists at Valley View Casino Center, formerly known as the Sports Arena. OMFG NYE 2012 is an 18+ event and will rage on from 8pm to 4am. Tickets start at $75 and will rise. Get details here.
2012 New Year’s Eve Party at FLUXX
San Diego’s award winning nightclub is known to throw New Year's Eve-worthy bashes every weekend, so you can expect something huge when the actual holiday rolls around. FLUXX’s 2012 New Year’s Eve party will showcase beats by local favorite DJ Sid Vicious, also featuring Rico DeLargo live on the trumpet. Will they announce a special live celebrity performance to ring in the New Year? We’ll just have to wait and see. For the ultimate dance club experience, choose FLUXX. Tickets start at $40. For VIP reservations, call 877.722.1051. Get details here.
Euphoria New Year’s Eve at Andaz San Diego Hotel
The Andaz Hotel boats a triple threat of upscale entertainment, featuring the subterranean Ivy Nightclub, swanky outdoor Ivy Rooftop and Ivy Wine Bar with plenty of lounge appeal. Located in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter, this hot spot is a top choice for locals and celebrities alike. The Andaz is celebrating New Year’s Eve in a big way with enough live entertainment to stimulate all of your senses. Presented with TK Productions, Euphoria will feature live performances by Vokab Kompany, Classixx, Party Rock and Hyena, plus enchanting showcases by the ladies of Lipstik Inc. Tickets start at $50 and hotel room packages are available. For VIP reservations, call 800.660.0989. Get details here.
2012 New Year’s Eve Beach Party at Catamaran Resort
VAVi Sport & Social Club is bringing back the all-inclusive beach-side bash. The New Year’s Eve Beach Party is taking over the Catamaran Resort in Mission Beach, featuring entertainment by Sleeping Giant Music, all-inclusive hosted bar and hors d’oeuvres and VIP upgrades. The Catamaran will open up to host four rooms of top local music, including DJs Fresh Once, Cutz, Who & Paulo da Rosa, Artistic, Jon Sautter and Niques, as well as a live ‘80s band TBA. More perks include two VIP Party Boat Cruises, fireworks over Mission Bay, hotel room packages, group rate discounts, and free shuttle buses in Pacific Beach for ticketed guests. 2012 New Year’s Eve Beach Party all-inclusive tickets start at $99. Get details here.
New Year’s Eve 2012 at W San Diego Hotel
Power promotion company Fortune 421 and new music and lifestyle experience A.W.O.L. are teaming up to host New Year’s Eve 2012 at the W San Diego Hotel. Taking over the entire hotel, this big bash will feature five glitter ball rooms, champagne towers, 14 DJs and live acts and one midnight surprise. The entertainment lineup includes headliners Harvard Bass and Anthony Attalla, along with Tara Brooks, Brady Spear, Sanjay, Chris Liosi, Yusef, Ayla Simone and more. Hotel room packages are available. Individual tickets start at $55 per person. Get details here.
Insider Tip: Fortune 421 is also hosting the annual Resolution Day Party at Andaz on January 1st.
New Year’s Eve with The Silent Comedy at Lafayette Hotel
The Casbah Presents New Year’s Eve 2012 at the Lafayette Hotel in North Park. Dedicating the special night to good music, this party will feature live performances by The Silent Comedy, Transfer, The Creepy Creeps, The Heavy Guilt, Hell on Heels Burlesque, Low Volts, and The Visual Underground, as well as food by Tacos El Paisa. Hotel packages are available with two tickets starting at $169, and individual pre-sale tickets are $35 per person. Get details here.
Red Bull New Year No Limits at Embarcadero Marina Park
Sick of the club scene? Listen up. Red Bull is bringing you extreme New Year’s Eve entertainment. On December 31st, Levi LaVallee will jump his snowmobile alongside Robbie Maddison who will pilot his motorcycle as they both simultaneously soar over 300 feet of water from the north park to the south park at the Embarcadero. It’s an exciting night for athletes and fans, as LaVallee will attempt to break his own record of 361 feet and Maddison will aim to beat his current record of 391 feet. The event is open to the public and free for spectators at both sides of the Embarcadero. Gates open at 6pm. Get details here.
New Year’s Eve at The Lion‘s Share
After feasting in the den, The Lion’s Share will warmly welcome guests to ring in 2012 with more small bites, drinks, and a chic scene. This social and intimate option will be without crowds and loud music, and instead promote a sexy atmosphere small enough to mingle and explore the brand new bar and restaurant. Open until 2am, The Lion’s Share will allow guests to discover the latest in craft cocktails and game-meat ventures on New Year’s Eve. For more information, call 619.564.6924.
New Year’s Eve Yacht Party on Inspiration Hornblower
Millennium Events returns to host the 6th Annual New Year’s Eve Yacht Party aboard the Inspiration Hornblower on San Diego Bay. The five hour bash on San Diego’s largest privately owned yacht will be an all-inclusive, all-VIP night to remember. This party will feature three-levels of entertainment, each with a different musical theme, 12 open bars, and incredible bay views, ensuring a fun-filled and liquor-fueled New Year’s Eve celebration. All-inclusive tickets start at $179 and hotel room discounts are available. Get details here.
Big Night New Year’s Eve Gala 2012 at Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Big Night San Diego’s New Year’s Eve Gala is back again this year, transforming the Hilton Bayfront waterfront hotel into a festival holiday party destination. This spacious hotel will open up to host 12 themed party areas with six dance floors, DJs and live bands, balloon drops, party favors, all-inclusive hosted bars and food stations and more. Within Big Night will be the Mardi Gras Ballroom & Stage, Vegas Casino Lounge, 91X Stage & Ballroom, Retro Ballroom, Electronica Ballroom, Hip Hop Club Room and VIP Lounges, featuring live entertainment by Little Hurricane, Heavygrinder, Geezer, DJ Happee, Mike Czech, Mex, Edgartronic and more. Big Night New Year’s Eve Gala all-inclusive tickets start at $109.99, and VIP tickets start at $169.99. Get details here.
2012 New Year’s Eve at Stingaree
San Diego’s original super-club, Stingaree boasts three levels of luxurious nightlife appeal, including the revamped GuestHouse ultra-lounge, exclusive VIP Mezzanine, and swanky outdoor rooftop. Stingaree is hosting a special New Year’s Eve celebration with three rooms of non-stop entertainment, featuring DJ Fashen and Travis Howe in GuestHouse and the Mezzanine, and Chris DeVoy bringing it down on the Rooftop Oasis. Join the Fortune 421 family for New Year’s Eve at Stingaree. Tickets start at $50. For VIP reservations, call 866.885.4021. Get details here.
New Year’s Eve Midnight Masquerade at Bar West
For an upscale setting without the downtown drama, celebrate New Year’s Eve PB-style at Bar West’s Midnight Masquerade. Experience the swanky side of Bar West during the New Year’s Eve Masquerade, which will feature a hosted premium bar and tray passed hors d’oeuvres from 8 to 9:30pm, plus a hosted champagne toast at midnight. While you’re drinking your way to the New Year, dance to party beats by DJ Brett Bodley. And don’t forget to dress up in your sexiest masquerade ensemble - flirty masks are highly encouraged. Tickets start at $40. For VIP reservations, call 866.202.3107. Get details here.
New Year’s Eve 2012 & Five/Ten After Party at Side Bar
If you’re seeking an intimate club celebration, ring in the New Year with Side Bar. This petite and posh nightclub is hosting a big New Year’s Eve bash with entertainment by Epic Twelve and a hosted bar for all VIP guests. Do the math; that’s a lot of celebratory cocktails. And even better, Side Bar is opening back up at 5am for the official 2012 New Year’s Eve after hours event, Five / Ten, with beats bumping by DJ Kurch and DJ Decon and champagne flowing ‘til 10am. New Year’s Eve party tickets start at $25 general admission or $75 for hosted bar access. Get details here.
Downtown New Year’s Eve Extravaganza at The Onyx Room
The Onyx Room is ringing in 2012 in style, with a shimmering night of drinks, cocktails, and hors d’oeuvres. The party starts at 7pm and extends all the way to 4am. Limited pre-sale tickets include hosted hors d’oevers from 7-9pm, complimentary mixed cocktails from 7-10pm, party favors and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. For general admission tickets, guests will be part of the midnight balloon drop, witness the updated lighting, sound, visuals and décor of The Onyx Room, experience two levels with three rooms of music, and dance to beats by DJ Rags, Muzik Junkies, DJ Dam, Dynamiq and more. General admission tickets start at $20. Get details here.
New Year’s Eve 2012 at The Shout! House
Shout in the New Year in style with a live rock ‘n’ roll dueling piano show, food, drinks and fun. New Year’s Eve tickets include guaranteed seating, prime rib buffet, party favors and a champagne toast, with Party Package pricing starting at $35 per person. For more information, call 877.603.6071.
New Year’s Eve Party Cruise on Flagship Cruises & Events
Gather your friends and get down on the Flagship New Year’s Eve Party Cruise. Aside from two levels of dancing, the cruise will include a boarding glass of champagne, appetizers for purchase, a complimentary midnight champagne toast, and beats by DJ Digital Opinion and DJ Business. The luxurious yacht cruises from 10pm to 1am, and tickets start at $75. Flagship also offers New Year's Eve dinner cruises. For more information call 877.828.1272.
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