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2008 New Year's Eve Events

Blowouts and Package Deals

Agenda Lounge

Two dance floors and two levels of DJs spinning salsa, Top 40, old school and club hits. Four packages available with or without hotel accommodation, three-course dinner and appetizers. All packages include party favors, balloon drop and champagne toast. $25-$229. 399 S. First St, San Jose, 408.287.3991.

Doubletree Hotel

Two separate parties featuring music by the Hitmen and Ryze. $249-$319 per couple for the room package, which includes entrance to the party and an overnight stay, or $70 per person for the party, which includes a champagne toast and balloon drop. Doubletree Hotel, 2050 Gateway Pl, San Jose, 408.453.4000.

Fairmont Hotel New Year's Eve

Packages begin at $55, with availability for dinner at Pagoda restaurant, dancing and an overnight stay. The hotel also hosts dancing with piano music 6:15-8:15pm and music and dancing 9pm-1am. 170 S. Market St, San Jose. 408.998.1900.

Holiday Inn Express

Package includes an overnight stay, a dinner buffet for two, complimentary drinks, a midnight champagne toast, party favors and live music from the Fast Lane Band. 7pm-12:30am. $89-$249. 17035 Condit Rd, Morgan Hill, 408.776.7676.

Hotel Valencia

Indulge in a five-course dinner before ringing in the new year with live music and dancing; $400 for the overnight party package or $100 for the dinner and dance package. Hotel Valencia, 355 Santana Row, San Jose, 408.551.0010.


Seimformal attire is requested for a night of music, champagne and balloons; with DJ Young J, Johnny Ramos and more. Dinner and hotel deals available. Pre-sales start at $35. 9pm. Hotel Montgomery, 211 S. First St, San Jose, 408.282.8888.

Passport to the World

The Pacific Art Collective co-hosts this New Year's Eve soiree. 9pm. $200. Westin St Francis Hotel, 335 Powell St, San Francisco.


SAY CHEESEBALLS: The Fox Theatre in Redwood City welcomes the new year with the party sounds of the Cheeseballs.

Party Time

American Legion Hall

With dinner and dancing to DJ Ray, party favors and a midnight toast. 6pm-1am. $30. 958 Homestead Rd, Santa Clara, 408.244.3050.

A.P. Stump's

DJ dancing, dinner and toasting. 163 W. Santa Clara St, San Jose, 408.292.9928.

Asian American Singles Dance Party

Join other singles for a dance party, buffet, drinks, games, karaoke and more. 8:30pm-1am. $25-$50. CPAA Arts Center, 6148 Bollinger Rd, San Jose, 408.557.8885.

Black and White New Year's Eve Bash

Taste wine, sample hors d'oeuvres, dance to live music and toast to the new year with a glass of champagne at midnight. Plus party favors and a midnight countdown. Black-and-white, all-black or all-white attire required. 8pm-12:30am. $60-$65. Pedrizzetti Winery, 1645 San Pedro Ave, Morgan Hill, 408.779.7389.

Blue Pheasant

A NYE dinner package includes a New York steak and scampi dinner, dessert, wine, party favors, a champagne toast and DJ and dancing. $90 per person (includes tax and tip); $20 at the door. 22100 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino, 408.255.3300.

Cabana Hotel

A gala for single professionals hosted by the Society of Single Professionals. Featuring live music and dancing. Dress attire recommended. 9pm-1am. $39. 4290 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, 650.327.4645.

India Community Center

Say goodbye to 2008 with music by DJs Atta and Dhol, dancing, traditional foods and a champagne toast. Child-care service available. 8pm-1am. $29-$99. 525 Los Coches St, San Jose, 408.772.2122.

Mantra New Year's Eve

With two dinner seatings from 5-7pm and 8-11pm, plus music from the Lisa Madison Band. $49-$59. 632 Emerson St, Palo Alto. 650.322.3500.

Morgan Hill Bowl New Year's Eve

The bowling alley offers a family-friendly New Year's Eve with pizza, drinks, a holiday movie, party favors and a karaoke contest. An adult New Year's Eve party features DJ music, karaoke, snacks and a full bar available in Troy's Bocce Ball and Wine Bar. 6pm-1am. Call for prices and reservations. Morgan Hill Bowl, 650 Tennant Station, Morgan Hill, 408.778.0909.

Murphy's law

Welcome the new year with live entertainment, hats, noisemakers and complimentary champagne at midnight. 135 S. Murphy Ave, Sunnyvale, 408.736.3822.


New Year's Eve Extravaganza: with live music, dancing, party favors and a four-course, Italian dinner. $59.50-$69.50 for the entire evening or $39.50 for the appetizer party at 9:30pm. 5:45pm-1:30am. 1228 Reamwood Ave, Sunnyvale, 408.734.5323.

Saddle Rack

Celebrate the arrival of the new year the Grand Ole Opry way. $30 advance/$50 day of show. 42011 Boscell Rd, Fremont, 510.979.0477.

Scott's Seafood

A special menu featuring dinner for two, two glasses of champagne, plus DJ music and dancing until close. Regular menu also available. $125 per couple. 185 Park Ave, San Jose. 408.971.1700.

Seniors New Year's Eve

A day bash featuring live music, a lunch, dancing and a champagne toast. 11am-2pm. $13/$18. Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto, 650.463.4953.


Strike in the new year with a champagne toast and indulge in the gourmet food buffet at a stylish bowling alley. 9pm-1am. Cupertino Square, between Wolfe Road and Steven's Creek Boulevard, Cupertino, 408.252.BOWL x5961.

Temptation 2009

Including a dinner buffet beginning at 8pm, dancing, a full-service bar and a countdown to midnight, all in Bollywood style. All ages welcome. 8pm-1am. $75. Golden Peacock, 3681 Peralta Blvd, Fremont, 510.494.9460.

The Vault Ultralounge

Diva: The New Year's edition with DJs, dancing and champagne. 81 W. Santa Clara St, San Jose, 408.298.1112.

Wine Affairs New Year's Eve

An evening of wine, music and more. Wine Affairs, 1435 The Alameda, San Jose, 408.977.0111.


MIGHT AS WELL LAUGH: Comedian Pablo Francisco will give 2008 the kiss-off it deserves at the San Jose Improv.


The Big Fat Year End Kiss Off Edit

With Will Durst, Johnny Steele, Jim Short, Debi Durst, Michael Bossier, Steven Kravitz and Arthur Gaus. Tue, Dec 30, 8pm. $23-$25. Little Fox Theatre, 2209 Broadway, Redwood City, 650.369.4119.

Don Friesen

Celebrate the "New York New Year" during the first show or stay up for the midnight balloon drop at the second show. $35 for the 8pm show or $50 for the 10:30pm show. Rooster T. Feathers, 157 W. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, 408.736.0921.

Pablo Francisco

Countdown to a better tomorrow the standup comedian. Two shows; 7 and 10pm. $80 with dinner or $50 without. Improv Comedy Club and Restaurant, 62 S. Second St, San Jose, 408.280.7475.

The Rocky Horror Show

Do the time warp with the Actor's Theatre Center's production of this cult classic. 9:30pm. $45 for show only or $70 for buffet dinner and dessert. Theatre on San Pedro Square, 29 N. San Pedro St, San Jose, 408.460.1696.

Twist and Shout

PacRep hosts an evening of live musical performances by "Chuck Berry," "Elvis," "Ritchie Valens" and other impersonators. Includes refreshments. 8:30pm. $75. Golden Bough Playhouse, Monte Verde Street, between Eighth and Ninth avenues, Carmel-by-the-Sea, 831.622.0100.


Photograph by Jill Meniketti
All-SPIN ZONE: Jose Melendez keeps the party going at Vivid.



Good RidDANCE to 2008: Movin 99.7 hosts a NYE bash featuring DJ Suavecito, a balloon drop and complimentary appetizers from 8 to 10pm. $25. 777 Lawrence Expwy, Santa Clara, 408.241.0777.

B4Twelve Lounge

The Countdown, with DJs Howhigh and Sequence, plus Federico Zabala. 412 Emerson St, Palo Alto, 650.326.7183.

The Blank Club

Dance party with DJ Basura. Free champagne toast at midnight. 9pm. $10. 44 S. Almaden Ave, San Jose, 408.292.5265.

Bogart's Lounge and Tech Pub

Dance and sing your way into the new year with Nick @ Nite. No cover. 1209 Wildwood Ave, Sunnyvale, 408.245.2800.

Britannia Arms Almaden

Count down to 2009 with Superbad. 5027 Almaden Expwy, San Jose, 408.266.0550.

Britannia Arms Cupertino

A New Year's Eve bash to remember. 9pm. 1087 De Anza Blvd, Cupertino, 408.252.7262.

Britannia Arms Downtown San Jose

Champagne Shindig Celebration: live jazz with Kids with Beards and DJ AS-IS plus Clay Bandy on Drums. 173 W. Santa Clara St, San Jose, 408.278.1400.

British Bankers Club

New Year's Eve Masquerade: Featuring a four-course, holiday dinner, DJ and dancing plus a live art show with models painted in body art.1090 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, 650.327.8769.


Live music from Vicious Groove, plus party favors and a midnight champagne toast .$15. 3197 Meridian Ave, San Jose, 408.269.7891.

Fahrenheit Ultra Lounge

Featuring a midnight balloon drop, watch count down to 2009 on seven plasma screens and enjoy a champagne toast at the stroke of midnight. Plus DJ Adam Cova, Enrico, Atomic and the Senate Project spins mashups, Top 40, Electro and hip-hop. $95-$150. 8pm. 99 E. San Fernando St, San Jose, 408.998.9998.

Johnny V's

DJs Rick Preston, Harry Who and Gunnar spin hits into the new year. 8pm. $10. Johnny V's, 31 E. Santa Clara St, San Jose, 408.947.8470.

Melt Ultra Lounge

Decadent New Year's Eve Bash, featuring three VIP or dining options. All include admission, a gourmet dinner, drinks, chocolate covered strawberries and party favors. Plus DJ and dancing. 7pm-2am. 544 Emerson St, Palo Alto, 650.325.6358.


DJ Jose Melendez spins hits. Featuring a midnight balloon drop, party favors and complimentary champagne and food 7:30-9:30pm. 389 S. First St, San Jose, 408.279.1888.

The Quarter Note

Karaoke, a live DJ and dancing. 9pm-1am. 1214 Apollo Way, Sunnyvale, 408.732.2110.

Ruby Skye Nightclub

Imagine: With Kaskade, Trevor Simpson and Bali. Entertainment includes aerial acrobatics, a balloon drop and more. Plus dinner, party favors, champagne or Red Bull toast, confetti at midnight and a breakfast buffet at 4am. 7pm. $110 entire evening or $60 after 12:30am. 420 Mason St, San Francisco, 415.693.0777.

Sabor Tapas Bar and Lounge

Usher in the new year at this downtown party featuring music and dancing. 72 N. Almaden Ave, San Jose, 408.287.1737.

SJ Dive Bar

Dancing with DJ Otrebor, plus drink specials, $1 jello shots, toasting with champagne toast and party favors. No cover before 10pm. 78 E. Santa Clara St, San Jose, 408.288.5252.

The Savoy

Ring in 2009 with The Savoy & Time Square! Tracking the countdown on our flat screens with DJ Dancing, food and free champagne toast. $5 cover. 3546 Flora Vista Ave, Santa Clara, 408.244.6909.

Stephens Green

Party with DJ Shambo and welcome the new year with a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. No cover before 10:30pm. 223 Castro St, Mountain View, 650.964.9151.


Champagne, balloons and more. 52 E. Santa Clara St, San Jose, 408.292.7464.


Sparkle: Hosted by Galaxy Events, Jose Melendez and Done Deal Productions. Featuring DJs, a midnight countdown, balloon drop, champagne toast and party favors. $35 presale. 8 S. First St, San Jose, 408.279.444.

VooDoo Lounge

A New Year's Eve bash with DJs Dluzion, J Quest and PG One 3. 14 S. Second St, San Jose, 408.286.8636.


The Greatest Show on Earth: The club transforms into a virtual circus as DJ Fashen spins hits into 2009. $100. 396 S. First St, San Jose, 408.282.8938.

Zen Lounge

The lounge ushers in the new year with its annual ball featuring DJs, dancing, a massive balloon drop, champagne and dessert. 7pm. $30. 251 Castro St, Mountain View, 650.969.4VIP.


HARD ROCK SEND-OFF: Y&T performs on the last day of the year at the Little Fox.

Live Music

Bach—and All that Jazz

Organist James Welch presents his annual New Year's Eve concert blending classical music with jazz tunes. 8pm. $10 donation. St Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado, Palo Alto, 650.326.3800.

The Blackmarket Orchestra

Variety dance band. With Alfie's MVP Dazzle Band with. 8:45pm-12:45am. 170 S. Market St, San Jose. 408.998.1900.

Checkered Flag Bar & Grill

The Pendletons perform. With champagne toast, party favors for the first 100 guests. No cover, no attitudes. 803 Lincoln Ave, San Jose, 408.271.1880.

The Cheeseballs

Playing tunes from the '70s, '80s and '90s. 9pm. $30. Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway, Redwood City, 650.363.8581.

Dennis Dove

With Amy Lou's Blues. 3439 Stevens Creek Blvd, Santa Clara, 408.243.6441.

The Expendables

With Dirty Heads and Dirty Penny. 9pm. $25/$30. Catalyst, 1011 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, 831.423.1336.

Extra Large

Live music plus party favors, balloons and funny hats. 9:30pm. $20. Crow's Nest, 2218 East Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, 831.476.4560.

George Clinton

With Parliament Funkadelic and the Greyboy Allstars. 9pm. $79-$89. The Warfield, 982 Market St, San Francisco, 408.998.TIXS.

Jinx Jones

Plus a champagne toast and dinner buffet. $10. The Mojo Lounge, 3714 Peralta Blvd, Fremont, 510.739.1028.

JP and the Rhythm Chasers

Jazz band. 9pm. $20/$25. Hedley Club, Hotel De Anza, 233 W. Santa Clara St, San Jose, 408.286.1000.


A blend of Latin, Brazilian, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern rhythms. Cascal, 400 Castro St, Mountain View, 650.940.9500.

Les Claypool

With Zappa Plays Zappa and Time Fite. 8pm. $69-$125. War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness at Grove, San Francisco, 408.998.TIXS.

Original Jones

A blend of blues, pop, jazz, Motown and reggae. With the Kirk Tamura Trio. 6pm. A Perfect Finish Wine Bar, 55 S. First St, San Jose, 408.288.6000.

Paul Price's Society Orchestra

A New Year's Eve ball featuring vintage music from the 1900s to 1930s. 8:30pm-12:30am. $25. Masonic Center Ballroom, 461 Florence, Palo Alto, 650.279.3598.

Phil Lesh and Friends

With Bob Weir and RatDog. 6pm. $65. Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, 747 Howard, San Francisco, 408.998.TIXS.


Party the year away with live music, dancing, a balloon drop and party favors. 8pm-2am. $25. #1 Broadway, 102 S. Santa Cruz Ave, Los Gatos, 408.354.4303.


With Wooster. $12/15. 9pm. Moe's Alley, 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz, 831.479.1854.

The Sun Kings

A tribute to the Beatles. Complimentary glass of champagne included. 9pm. $25. Don Quixote's Restaurant, 6275 Hwy 9, Felon, 831.603.2294.


Groove to music from the '70s and '80s. Prime rib dinner and drinks included. $30. Britannia Arms Almaden, 5027 Almaden Expwy, San Jose, 408.266.0550.

Vicious Groove

$15 cover includes party favors and a midnight champagne toast 3197 Meridian Ave, San Jose, 408.269.7891.


The Bay Area's own heavy metal band. 9pm. $75. Little Fox, 2209 Broadway, Redwood City, 650.369.4119.

Family Fun

Cal Skate

A family skate night with a midnight balloon drop, contests, prizes and fun. 7:30pm-1am. $16-$20. 980 Los Coches, Milpitas, 408.946.1363.

Cantor Arts Center

The currents shows are "From Dürer to Picasso" and "Timbuktu to Cape Town." The museum is open New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, starting at 11am. Stanford University campus, 650.723.4177.

Christmas in San Pedro Square

Downtown transforms itself into a Christmas wonderland chock-full of family-friendly activities including a neighborhood scavenger hunt, an outdoor ice rink and Christmas in the Park. Open daily through Dec 31. Visit for more details.

Countdown to 2009

Bring the family to Borders to celebrate the new year with games, crafts and a parade. 2pm. Borders Books, McCarthy Ranch Marketplace, Milpitas. 456 University Ave, Palo Alto. 2925 El Camino Real, San Mateo. 39210 Fremont Hub, Fremont. 316 W. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale. 356 Santana Row, Suite 1030, San Jose. Oakridge Mall, 925 Blossom Hill Rd, San Jose.

Downtown Ice

Skate in the new year. Open daily, including New Year's Eve (noon-10pm) and New Year's Day (2pm-midnight), through Jan. 11. $13/$15. Circle of Palms, San Jose,

Fantasy of Lights

Now in its 10th year, this family tradition features light displays, an erupting volcano and more. Thru Dec 31. Vasona Lake County Park, Blossom Hill Road, Los Gatos, 408.355.2201.

Hiller Aviation Museum

The whole family is invited to celebrate with games, a jump house, magic show, a balloon drop and more. 10am-1pm. 601 Skyway Rd, San Carlos, 650.654.0200.

Noon Year's Day

Young ones are invited to create a noisemaker, decorate a party hat and experience a colorful balloon drop as everyone countdowns to "noon." 9am-3pm. $2-$6. Children's Discovery Museum, 180 Woz Way, San Jose, 408.298.5437.


San Jose Skate

Skate into 2009 with a midnight balloon drop, an apple cider toast plus family-friendly games. 8pm-12:30am. $8-$12 (includes skate rental). 397 Blossom Hill Rd, San Jose, 408.226.1155.

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