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NYE Guide

South Bay Hot Tickets

These are the hottest parties going on in the 408. Get gussied up, drop the kids off and party like it's 2999.

2005 Ballroom Celebration

Music by the Hitmen, party favors, four-course dinner, balloon drop, midnight toast and overnight guest room with champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries. 8pm. $190 per couple. Doubletree Hotel, 2050 Gateway Place, San Jose. 408.437.2187

Agenda Masquerade Ball

Complimentary masks and party favors, balloon drop, champagne toast DJs Boy Wonder, Ruckus. $49 special dinner prix fixe packages available. 9pm. $20 advance. Agenda Lounge, 399 S. First St, San Jose. 408.380.4042

Avalon New Year's Eve Gala

Roaring '20s, Cotton Club theme. Dancing all night with live band and DJs. Dinner 6-9pm. $45 single/$80 per couple with dinner. $35-$60 dancing only. Avalon, 777 Lawrence Expwy, Santa Clara. 408.241.0777

Black & White Ball

Six DJs and three rooms of dancing, complimentary buffet, champagne and balloon drop. 8pm. $20 before 12/28. $25 until 12/30. $30 at door. $130 Hilton Hotel packages available by calling 408.971.6647. Zoë Nightclub, 417 S. First St, San Jose. 408.971.6646

Deep

Carnival theme with aerial and fire artists, acrobats, dancing in three rooms to DJ Teddy Rockspin, Dave Onex, DJ Lucky, Kleen, P-One, Andrew MD, DJ Sequence and Eladio. 9pm. Deep, 170 W. St John St, San Jose. 408.287.DEEP

Fairmont San Jose

Four premium dinner, dancing and room packages ranging from $370 to $550 per room that includes dinner at the Pagoda restaurant, the Regency Lodge party with dancing to the Fundamentals, and an overnight stay. $115 for just the party (9:30pm) and two drink tickets. For a more quiet and elegant experience, the Lobby Lounge opens at 4pm with piano music and later a jazz trio. Admission to the Lobby Lounge is $5. Fairmont San Jose. 170 S. Market St, San Jose. 408.998.1900, ext. 3993

Hedley Club New Year's 2005

New Year's Eve on the Palm Court Terrace featuring live music by Deke Dickerson and the Ecco-fonics, the Pimpsticks, DJs, party favors, champagne toast and more. Visit www.hoteldeanza.com. 8pm. $25 in advance/$30 at the door. Hedley Club, Hotel De Anza, 233 W. Santa Clara St, San Jose. 408.286.1000

Hotel Valencia New Year's Eve

Live music in the Valencia Ballroom by TLG. Choose from three packages. Guestroom Package has overnight stay, party favors, entrance to Vbar, midnight champagne toast, deluxe continental breakfast and late check-out (starts at $209). Dinner and Dance package features five-course dinner at Citrus and entrance to Valencia Ballroom and V bar parties ($95 per person, seating at 7 and 9pm). V Bar Dance Package gains entrance to Valencia Ballroom and V Bar parties and a midnight champagne toast ($50). Call for reservations. Hotel Valencia, Santana Row, San Jose. 408.551.0010

Hotel Montgomery

Live music by Flotilla. $269 includes party, dinner at Paragon, overnight stay, hangover breakfast $159 without dinner. Hotel Montgomery 211 S. First St, San Jose 408.282-8800; www.hotelmontgomerysj.com

John Witherspoon

The comedian and actor from Friday returns for a New Year's Eve engagement. 7:30 and 10pm. $75. Improv Comedy Club, 62 S. Second St, San Jose. 408.280.7475

New Year's Eve Extravaganza

Alpha Zeta presents an evening of Arabic and international music and dancing with DJ Nile. Belly-dancing show by Claudia S'Hiri. 8pm. $100. The Hilton San Jose & Towers, 300 Almaden Blvd, San Jose. 408.997.1775

New Year's Eve Gala With Danny Marona

Ring in the New Year with entertainer Danny Marona. Includes appetizers at a no-host cocktail party and three-course dinner. At midnight, there will be champagne toast and dancing to the TK Kellman Band. Hotel, dinner and separate DJ dancing packages available. $360 per couple. Sheraton Gateway Hotel, 600 Airport Blvd, Burlingame. 650.340.8500.

New Year's Eve Soiree

DJs Adrian Corona, Frank Dominguez and Brian Roos. Presented by Sam Ramirez. Five-course dinner by Kuleto's at 5:30pm. Overnight packages available. Party begins at 9pm. Hotel Los Gatos and Spa, 210 E. Main St, Los Gatos. 408.335.1707

Pete Escovedo's Latin and Jazz Club

Live R&B by Nu Day. Catered dinner by Iguana's. Premium packages available with include private bar, waitstaff, restroom, fruit trays and meet and greet with Nu Day. 7pm. $65 per person/$125 couple. Pete Escovedo's Latin and Jazz Club, 400 S. First St, San Jose. 408.947.7500

Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay

Live music from Big City Revue, an hors d'oeuvres reception and a four-course dinner. Balloon drop at midnight, champagne toast, After Glow Party with dessert buffet, cocktails. A New Year's Eve superpackage includes an ocean view room, dinner and dancing and breakfast New Year's morning. The package also includes appointments with the hotel's spa. One Miramontes Point Rd., Half Moon Bay. 650.712.7000; www.ritzcarlton.com/resorts/half_moon_bay

 

South Bay Parties

San Francisco on New Year's can be a recipe in frustration. Why spend half your night driving and parking? Some of the hottest parties in the Bay Area happen close to home.

Ambassador's Lounge

DJ dancing, midnight countdown, party favors. 9pm. Call for price. Ambassador's Lounge, 175 N. San Pedro St, San Jose. 408.298.4900; www.clubhive.com

Banker's Club

DJ dancing, appetizers buffet, champagne at midnight. Buy tickets to win fabulous prizes including vacations to Hawaii and Mexico. VIP packages available. Doors open at 6pm. $65. Banker's Club, 8 S. First St, San Jose. 408.275.0900

The Blue Lagoon

DJ dancing. 8pm. Cover varies. Blue Lagoon, 923 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz. 831.423.7117

Blue Monkey

DJs spinning. 9pm. Cover varies. Blue Monkey, 1 E. San Fernando St, San Jose. 408.275.6006

Blush Masquerade Ball

DJ Add 1, champagne toast, balloon drop. 9pm. Cover varies. Blush Nightclub, 261 California Drive, Burlingame. 650.347.7710

Boswell's

Velvet Plum performs. 9:30pm. Cover varies. Boswell's, 1875 S. Bascom Ave, Campbell. 408.371.4404

Britannia Arms Almaden

Live music by the Switch. Party favors, countdown. 9pm. No cover. Britannia Arms, 5027 Almaden Expwy, San Jose. 408.266.0550

Britannia Arms Cupertino

Three bands, dinner specials from 6 to 9pm, party favors. No cover. Britannia Arms Cupertino, 1087 S. De Anza Blvd, Cupertino. 408.252.7262

Britannia Arms Downtown

DJ Asis. 9pm. No cover. Britannia Arms San Jose, 173 W. Santa Clara St, San Jose. 408.278.1400

British Banker's Club

Marvin Banks and the Hummers perform. Four-course reserved-seating dinner available. 8pm. Cover varies. British Banker's Club, 1090 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. 650.327.8769.

Cardiff Lounge

Soulful house music with dinner catered by La Villa in Willow Glen. 9pm. $10. Cardiff Lounge, 260 E. Campbell Ave, Campbell. 408.874.9327

Cardinal Lounge

Odyssey performs. 9pm. Cover varies. Cardinal Lounge, 3197 Meridian, San Jose. 408.269.7891

Casa de Fruta

Barbecue, dancing to Wild Card, champagne, party favors. 6:30pm. Casa de Fruta, 6680 Pacheco Pass Highway, Hollister. 800.548.3813

City Beach

Packages available including dinner, appetizers and open bar. DJs, champagne toast. Dinner begins at 7:45pm. Party begins at 9:45pm. $25-$75. City Beach, 4020 Technology Place, Fremont. 510.651.2500

Club Caribe

Live salsa. Call for schedule and cover. Club Caribe, 1001 S. First St, San Jose. 408.297.7272

Club Miami

Live salsa, meringue. 9pm. Cover varies. Club Miami, 177 W. Santa Clara St, San Jose. 408.279.3670

Club Palermo

DJ dancing. 8pm. Cover varies. Club Palermo, 394 S. Second St, San Jose. 408.297.0607

Cocoanut Grove

Gourmet grand buffet, ShaBoom and disco DJ Phillip Mobley, photo booth, karaoke den, temporary tattoo cart. Doors 7pm. Dinner and dance $89; dance and dessert $49. Cocoanut Grove, 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz. 831.423.2053

Dive Bar

Party in style. 9pm. $30 advance/$40 door. Dive Bar, 78 E. Santa Clara St, San Jose. 408.288.5252

Duke of Edinburgh

DJ music, champagne, party favors, no cover charge. 9:30pm. Duke of Edinburgh, 10801 N. Wolfe Rd, Cupertino. 408.446.3853

Forum

Balloon drop, midnight champagne toast, complimentary desserts and plenty of NYE party favors. Three levels of hip-hop, club hits and flashbacks. 9pm. $15. Forum, 146 S. Murphy Ave, Sunnyvale. 415.339.8686

Glo

Big Pimpin' New Year's Eve featuring Liquor Barrel All Stars, DJs David O and Boy Wonder, balloon drop, champagne toast 9pm. $30-$50. Glo, 396 S. First St, San Jose. 408.971.2226

India Community Center

Dance the night away with ethno-fusion band Prithvi and enjoy great food and an open bar. 7pm. $50. India Community Center, 555 Los Coches St, Milpitas. 408.934.1130

Johnny V's

DJs. 9pm. Cover varies. Johnny V's, 31 E. Santa Clara St, San Jose. 408.947.8470

J.R. Brewski's

Powerhouse Blues Band performs. Dinner packages available from $45 to $75. J.R. Brewski's, 8080 Santa Teresa Blvd, Gilroy. 408.847.9024

Mac's Club

DJ dancing, party favors, champagne toast. 9pm. Mac's Club, 39 Post St, San Jose. 408.288.8221

Meditation and Fire Ceremony

Chanting, meditation, affirmation and fire ceremony to set the course for the new year. Meditation 7:30-9:30pm. Service 10pm-midnight. No cover. Ananda Sangha, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto. 650.323.3363

Mission Ale House

Champagne toast, party favors, DJ Jazzy C, good times all night. No cover. Mission Ale House, 97 E. Santa Clara St, San Jose. 408.292.4058

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Dance and party with the fishes in three rooms. Dinner from 7:30-10pm. $60-$225. Monterey Bay Aquarium, 886 Cannery Row, Monterey. 831.648.6877

Naughty New Year's Eve Party

Largest "lifestyles" event in Northern California. Sheraton Grand Ballroom, 1100 N. Mathilda Ave, Sunnyvale. 408.745.6000

New Year's Eve Masquerade Ball

Appetizers, champagne, four-course dinner, desserts, music by PT and the Cruisers. J&E Sound Systems spin salsa, rumba and cumbia. 7pm. $99. Capital Club Corinthian Room, 196 N. Third St, San Jose. 408.938.2332.

Number One Broadway

Live music by TYT. 8pm. Cover varies. Number One Broadway, 102 B S. Santa Cruz Blvd, Los Gatos. 408.354.4303

Quarter Note

Live music by the Persuasions and Liquid Paper. 9pm. Cover varies. Quarter Note, 1214 Apollo Way, Sunnyvale. 408.732.2110

Salsa New Year's

Call for time, price and schedule. Alberto's, 736 W. Dana St, Mountain View. 650.968.3007

San Jose Bar & Grill

Complimentary champagne toast at midnight. San Jose Bar & Grill, 85 S. Second St, San Jose. 408.286.2397

San Jose GI Forum

Dance to Bravo, a salsa, old-school rock band. Cocktails at 6:30pm. Dinner catered by Imperio de Crystal. $60 per person. Dance only for $40. San Jose GI Forum, 765 Story Rd, San Jose. 408.288.9470

Santa Fe Bar and Grill

Fat Cat party with Wild 94.9 remixer DJ Chile, Karaoke Pals. 7pm. Dinner package available. $15-$25. Santa Fe Bar and Grill, 358 N. White Rd, San Jose. 408.254.2881

Sonic

DJs spin Britpop, indie, New Wave, Motown and more. Doors 9pm. $7. The Blank Club, 44 S. Almaden Ave, San Jose. 408.292.5265

South First Billiards and Elixir Lounge

Another cheap-ass new year's. Live music. 4pm-2am. No cover. South First Billiards, 420 S. First St, San Jose. 408.294.7800

Splash

Three rooms of music, stage show, midnight buffet, party favors, champagne. 9pm. $25 advance/$35 door. Splash, 65 Post St, San Jose. 408.993.0861

Starlite Dance Club New Year's Eve Gala

Waltz lesson at 8pm followed by dance party from 9pm to 1am. Hors d'oeuvres, party favors, sparkling cider toast, singles and couples welcome. Semiformal or formal dress requested. $20. Starlite Dance Club, 1160 N. Fair Oaks Ave, Sunnyvale. 408.745.7827

Temple Bar and Lounge

Champagne toast, DJs spinning R&B, hip-hop and club hits. 8pm. Cover varies. Temple Bar & Lounge, 52 S. First St, San Jose. 408.288.8518

Tied House

Wicker Vault performs, champagne toast, party favors, dinner specials. Tied House, 954 Villa St, Mountain View. 650.965.2739

Toon's Nightclub

New Year's Eve Ultimate Bash with balloon drop, champagne toast, party favors. 9pm. $20. Toon's, 52 E. Santa Clara St, San Jose. 408.292.74654

Tres Gringos

New Year's Eve Fiesta with champagne toast, $1 New Year Tacos. 8pm. Tres Gringos, 83 S. Second St, San Jose. 408.295.9777

Trials Pub

Opens at 5pm, midnight countdown. Trials Pub, 265 N. First St, San Jose. 408.947.0497

Ugly's

New Year's Eve party with the crowning of Ugly's Man and Woman of the Year. 9pm. Ugly's 1313 El Camino, Mountain View. 650.965.8255

Vault Ultra Lounge

Black tie affair. Champagne, appetizers, party favors, balloon drop, dress code enforced. 9pm. $50 advance/$75 door. Vault Ultra Lounge, 81 W. Santa Clara St, San Jose. 408.298.1112

Voodoo Lounge

"Vegas, Baby, Vegas!" with DJ El Guapo, champagne toast, balloon drop. 10pm. $25. Voodoo Lounge, 14 S. Second St, San Jose. 408.286.8636

The Wave Room

MTK Band, free champagne toast, party favors. 9pm. No cover. Los Gatos Lodge, 50 Los Gatos-Saratoga Rd, Los Gatos. 408.354.3300

 

Eat Well

For those whose idea of celebration includes cutting into a delicious rack of lamb or nibbling exquisite sushi rolls, many restaurants are adding specials, prix fixe menus and speaker cabinets for one night only.

7 Restaurant

$100 prix fixe menu with four options. Dinner seating 5-9pm. Lounge open until 2am. 7 Restaurant and Lounge, 754 The Alameda, San Jose. 408.280.1644

Agenda Lounge

$49 special dinner prix fixe packages available. Agenda Lounge, 399 S. First St, San Jose. 408.380.4042

A.P. Stump's

A la carte menu. Live DJ and dancing, champagne toast, party favors. 5pm. A.P. Stump's, 163 W. Santa Clara St, San Jose. 408.292.9928

Arcadia

Five-course preset menu includes soup, Dungeness crab, lobster tortellini, roasted wild striped bass, Kobe steak and dessert sampler. Two seatings at 5:30 and 8:30pm. $95 per person includes champagne toast and dancing to live jazz. Arcadia, 100 San Carlos St, San Jose. 408.278.4555

Beverly Heritage Hotel

Two packages include overnight accommodations, chilled bottle of champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries, shuttle service within a five-mile radius until 11pm, late check out, New Year's brunch at Brandon's. $169. Beverly Heritage Hotel, 820 Barber Ln, Milpitas. 408.570.5470

Blowfish Sushi to Die For

Local DJs spinning until 2am. Blowfish Sushi to Die For, 335 Santana Row, #1010, San Jose. 408.345.3848; www.blowfishsushi.com

The Claddagh

Dinner specials. Live music. 9:30pm. No cover. The Claddagh, 1300 First St, Gilroy. 408.848.5050

Clubhouse Bistro

Live music from Masterpiece. DJ Miguel in Clubhouse Bistro. Party favors, hors d'oeuvres. 7pm. $90 per person for party and food only/$250 per couple includes guest room. Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1221 Chess Dr, Foster City. 650.570.5700

D's Bar & Grill

Dinner, dancing, champagne toast, party favors, complimentary continental breakfast. 8pm. $50 single/$100 couple. D's (formerly Beavers), 1180 Lincoln Ave, San Jose. 408.288.9422

Devil's Canyon Brewery

Speakeasy-themed evening includes beer, dinner and souvenir. $40-$60. 9pm. 111 Industrial Rd, Belmont. 650.592.2739

Faz

A la carte menu with DJ and belly dancing. 5-10pm. Faz (inside Sheraton Hotel), 1108 N. Mathilda Ave, Sunnyvale. 408.752.8000

Forbes Mill Steakhouse

Set menu. Forbes Mill Steakhouse, 206 N. Santa Cruz Ave, Los Gatos. 408.395.6434

Gecko Grill

Live music by Latin jazz group Cuatro Con Tres. $25 special menu. Overnight packages available at Comfort Inn next door. Call for time. Gecko Grill, 855 N. 13th St, San Jose. 408.971.1826

The Ghetto Gourmet

Two brothers--a poet and a chef--host this four-course meal that may include jazz, live painting and sculpture, comedians, poets, DJs, champagne and more. Party ensues. 8pm. $25-$45. Eli's Mile High Club, 3629 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Oakland. 510.655.6161

The Grill on the Alley

Specials include lobster bisque, spinach pear salad, lobster martini, chilled seafood platter, pan-fried John Dory, filet mignon and Maine lobster tail. Bar open until 1:30am. The Grill on the Alley, 174 N. Market St, San Jose. 408.294.2244

Jericho's Steakhouse

Dinner for two ($100) includes appetizer, prime rib and lobster dinner, dessert, choice of wine or champagne. Dancing and champagne toast in the bar. Jericho's, 1181 E Calaveras Blvd, Milpitas. 408.946.4667

Kyoto Palace

Many of Kyoto Palace's most popular items are served with champagne, sparkling cider, party favors for all. 5-11pm. From $29.95. Kyoto Palace, 1875 S. Bascom Ave, Campbell. 408.377.6456

Left Bank

A special prix fixe menu, a la carte specials, live music, balloons, hats, horns, noisemakers and complimentary champagne toast 5:30pm-midnight. Left Bank, Santana Row, San Jose. 408.984.3500

Lou's Village

San Jose Jaycees host dinner with midnight champagne toast, appetizers, two cash bars, DJ Jammin J, bachelor/bachelorette auction. 8pm. $60 party/$80 dinner and party. Lou's Village, 1465 W. San Carlos St, San Jose. 408.293.4570

Nicolino's Garden Café

Prix fixe menu includes opera performance. Late show includes party hats, favors, champagne toast. Two seatings: 6:15 and 9:30pm. $69.50 early/$79.50 late. Nicolino's Garden Cafe, 1228 Reamwood Ave, Sunnyvale. 408.734.5323

Scott's Seafood

Three-course dinner includes organic salad, lobster and filet mignon, dessert, live music and champagne $78 per couple. Scott's, 185 Park Ave, San Jose. 408.971.1700

Straits Cafe

Regular hours and menu. Open until midnight. Straits Cafe, 333 Santana Row, #1100, San Jose. 408.246.6320

Taverna Gyro's

Set menu, champagne toast, belly dancers. 6-8:30pm. 8:30pm-midnight. $45 per person. Taverna Gyro's, 133 S. Murphy Ave, Sunnyvale. 408.735.9971

Teske's Germania

Dinner runs from 5 to 10pm. Experience the countdown in the bar. Teske's Germania, 255 N. First St, San Jose. 408.292.0291

Zibbibo

Enjoy pan-Mediterranean specialties. Two seatings (5:30 and 8pm), the late seating features champagne toast, live music, party favors, dancing to 1:30am. $60 three-course early/$95 five-course late. Zibbibo, 430 Kipling Ave, Palo Alto. 650.328.6722

 

Bay Area Parties

For those who insist on driving outside of the city limits, there are numerous options available.

1984

Eighties and New Wave 9pm. $25 door. Cat Club, 1190 Folsom, San Francisco. 415.431.3332

Alive and Kickin' New Year's Eve

With DJ J. Boogie and guests, open bar, appetizers, party favors, champagne toast. 9pm. $60-$80. Element Lounge, 1028 Geary St, San Francisco. 415.440.1125

Azul

Azul Kiss party with house by DJ Melvin J and more. 8pm. $35. Azul, 1 Tillman Place, San Francisco. 877.71.GROOVE

Bad Kitty

The Invisibles, Syrup, Felix the Dog, Seraphim Delush, Forest Green, Mochipet, Dmarie. 9pm. $10. Anu, 43 Sixth St, San Francisco. 415.543.3505

Beyond Entertainment

DJs Andrew B and MajestiChris. 9:30pm. $25. Harry Denton's Rouge, 1500 Broadway St, San Francisco. 415.395.8595

Birth of a New Year

Three-hour set by D:FUSE and four-hour sunrise set by Derrick Carter. Plus Gianni, Taj, Hoj, Scott Carrelli, Alain Octavo and Rooz. Mimosa toast at 6am. 8pm. $35. Mezzanine, 444 Jessie St, San Francisco. www.mezzaninesf.com

Black Market Jazz Orchestra

Formal evening wear required, bottle of champagne. 8pm for dinner. 9pm for dancing. Packages range from $185 to $295, the latter includes four-course meal. Top of the Mark, 1 Nob Hill, San Francisco. 415.616.6916

Black-Tie Vegas

Four packages including dinner, Motown review, four rooms, casino, overnight accommodations. 7pm. $75-$215. Claremont Hotel, 41 Tunnel Rd, Berkeley. 510.799.3777

Butterfly

A Mystery Girl production with DJ Seven. Four-course dinner available. $95-$250. 10pm. Pier 33 at the Embarcadero, San Francisco. 415.864.8999

City Nights

Midnight Madness with DJs Twist, Magic Mike. 9pm. $25. City Nights, 715 Harrison, San Francisco. 415.339.8686

Club Q

A San Francisco's New Year. DJ Morse Code, Dojah, $80. 9pm. Club Q, 61 Golden Gate St, San Francisco. 415.559.1145

Colossus New Year's Weekend

Gain entrance to five parties with one pass. Includes Metropolis, Adonis, Underworld, Mass and Sanctuary parties. Clubs include Space 550, Club NV, The Factory and 1015. www.guspresents.com

CrawlSF NYE Bash

Open bar, DJ dancing on two floors, buffet and fireworks show at midnight. 9pm. $99-$150. Gordon Biersch, 2 Harrison St, San Francisco. 415.243.8246

Das Klub Martini Party

DJ Torch, DJ Nupe, and DJ Backside. Jazz trio, photo exhibit. $25. 9pm. FM Studio and Loft, 5765 Lowell St, North Oakland. 510.652.2045

Delicious Karma

NYE 2005 with Solomon, Daymitreeus. $1500 VIP table includes six tickets to the event and two bottles of champagne. Room packages start at $425. Dinner packages at Asia de Cuba begin at $200. 9pm. Clift Hotel, 495 Geary at Taylor, San Francisco. 415.775.4700

DJ Donovan

With Julius Papp, Andy Caldwell, Mauricio Aviles. $100-$600. 9pm. Circolo, 500 Florida St, San Francisco. 415.553.8560

DNA Lounge

Peace NYE 2005 with Julius Papp, Jay J, Latrice Barnett, Patrick Wilson, Brian Salazar. $25. 9pm. DNA Lounge, 375 11th St, San Francisco. 415.626.1409

Dolce

Countdown to 2005 by MARS. Dhamaal Soundsystem, Janaka, Maneesh the Twister, Mei-Lwun, $9pm. $90. Dolce, 440 Broadway, San Francisco. 415.

Echo Sushi Lounge

New Year's Eve party "Dancing through the Decades." $50. 7pm. Echo Sushi Lounge, 1411 Locust St, Walnut Creek. 925.934.9490

eNYE 2005

With SBC DJs and Rick Lee in the mix. 9pm. $25. Club NV, 525 Howard St, San Francisco. 415.546.7938

Experience

Kwani Rebel, NEO, F.L.O., Jomo, DJ Treat-U-Nice. $90. Tongue & Groove, 2513 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco. 415.929.0404

The Factory

DJ Jazzy Jim, Leslie Perez, Romeo Reyes, Dennis Gallegos, King James, Rich E Rich. 9pm. $25. The Factory, 525 Harrison, San Francisco. 415.339.8686

Fast Forward

DJs Friendly, Murphstar, Felix the Dog, Brad Robinson, Brett Pinkin, Zack Darling, Aaron Pope, Donna Matrix, Whit Morris, Nick Allen, Stiff, Kap'n Kirk, Trav. $30-$75. 9pm. Mighty, 119 Utah, San Francisco. 415.626.7001

Ferry Corsten NYE 2005

Five-hour set by Ferry Corsten with appearances by Adam Ohana, Carlos Ortega, Cyber Joe, Dov, Brad Robinson, D Spurlock, DJ Rafael, Gianni, Party Ben, Sattva, Scott Carrelli, Taj, Will Spencer. 8pm. $30. 1015 Folsom, San Francisco. www.1015.com

Gravity

DJs spinning old-school, hip-hop, '70s and '80s, club classics, Top 40. Open bar. hors d' oeuvres, party favors, balloon drop, champagne toast at midnight. $100. 9pm. Gravity, 3251 Scott St, San Francisco. 415.776.1928

Hemlock Tavern

With Von Iva, Veronica Lipgloss and the Evil Eyes, Death Rock Booty Call DJ Krew. $10. 10pm. Hemlock Tavern, 1131 Polk St, San Francisco. 415.923.0923

Hornblower Cruises

Casino New Year's Eve cruise. Enjoy a buffet, open bar, party favors and pre-boarding photo. Entertainment includes DJ, karaoke and just-for-fun casino gaming. Board at 8pm, ship leaves promptly at 9pm. $179. Pier 33, the Embarcadero. 415.788.8866

Ice Castle

Celebrate inside an ice castle with vodka fountain, ice sculptures, champagne toast, balloon drop and go-go dancers. DJs Bruce, Hanik and Pheeko Dub Funk. 9pm. $75 at door. VIP Packages available. Fluid, 622 Mission St, San Francisco. 415.615.6888

Infuse

Opel Productions with Ellen Ferrato, Goldilox, Smoove, Alibi, Shizzler, Anthony Garlic, Sunder, Shanti, Jondi & Spesh, Dragonfly, Syd Girls, Dirtyhertz. Includes free appetizers and wine from 9 to 10pm. After hours party from 6am-2pm. $25. 9pm. Paradise Lounge, 1501 Folsom, San Francisco. 415.640.1798

Jillian's

Open bar from 8 to 10 pm. Seven DJs on three dance arenas, two balloon drops, complimentary champagne, bottle and table service. 9pm. $30. Jillian's, 101 Fourth St, San Francisco. 415.369.6100

Kayak Trip

Paddle under the Bay Bridge to the Ferry Building and watch the fireworks. $60. 9pm. City Kayak, 415.357.1010. www.citykayak.com

Kiss '04 Goodbye

Hip-hop dance night with the Roxwell and guests. Stupid hats, noisemakers, confetti, balloons, champagne. 9pm. $15 advance/$20 door. 26 Mix, 3024 Mission St, San Francisco. 415.826.7378

Lesbian New Year 2005

Dancing on Top of the World. 8:30pm. $100. Carnelian Room, 555 California St, Bank of America Building, San Francisco. 415.433.7500

Levende Lounge

Under the Stars starring Andy Caldwell, Ellen Ferrato, M3, Frenchy Le Freak, Ben Doren, Sharon Buck, Michael Anthony, Acoustic Late Night Sneaky. 9pm. $20-$95. Levende Lounge, 1710 Mission St, San Francisco. 415.864.5585

La Tropical

Salsa, timba and reggaeton. DJs Darkrum and Waltdigz. 10pm. $10. Il Pirata, 2007 16th St, San Francisco. 415.626.2626

Loft 11

DJs Dave Onex, Billy Vidal, Big Bad Bruce. 8:30pm. $60. Loft 11, 316 11th St, San Francisco. 415.979.3031

Masquerade New Year's Eve Party

Come in disguise. Eyes Wide Shut plays continuously while John Ingle Jazz Trio sets mood. 5:30pm. $85/$110 include four-course dinner and glass of champagne. Foreign Cinema, 2534 Mission St, San Francisco. 415.648.7600

Metropolis

DJ Kimberly S, DJ Neil Lewis, Gay Pimp. 9pm. $40. Space 550, 550 Barneveld, San Francisco. 415.550.8286

Moulin Rouge

Take a trip through time to the dawn of French Bohemia in Paris. It's Moulin Rouge, a night of decadence and debauchery with champagne toast, can can dancers, masters of ceremony, acrobats, magicians, the Absinthe Green Fairy and fortune tellers. 9pm. $50. Suede Lounge and Nightclub, 383 Bay St, San Francisco. 415.399.9555

My New Year's Revolution

Resistance Lounge IV presents an evening of spoken words and freakin' rhythms. Admission includes veggie hors d'oeuvres and more. 8pm-2am. $20-$50. El Rio, 3158 Mission St, San Francisco. 415.282.3325

NBA/NFL Player's Paradise New Year's Eve

Oakland's Zack Crockett and Doug Gabriel co-host this star-studded event. DJs Rick and Russ and DJ Positively Red. 8pm. $40-$85. Geoffrey's Inner Circle, 410 14th St, Oakland. 510.839.4644

New Wave New Year's

Eighties hits all night long. 8pm. $17. Cherry Bar and Lounge, 917 Folsom St, San Francisco. 415.974.1585

New Year's Eve at the Wax Museum

Champagne, appetizers, dancing, party favors. 9:30pm. $75. Wax Museum, 145 Jefferson St, San Francisco. 800.439.4305

New Year's Light Up

Fito Reinoso performs. 6pm. $37. Cigar Bar and Grill, 850 Montgomery, San Francisco. 415.398.0850

A Night of Glitz and Glamour

Five rooms of fun with six stocked bars, DJs Neil Sigua, Boy Wonder, Ironman. Balloon drop, champagne toast, party favors. 9:30pm. $100. Canterbury Hotel, 750 Sutter St, San Francisco. 415.474.6464

NYE @ Suite 181

DJs Johnny Knight, Chucky Brown, Jerry Ross, Ean Golden and Mei Lwun. 8pm. $50. Suite One8One, 181 Eddy St, San Francisco. 415.345.9900

Pearl

DJ Garth, Bo, Front Fireside Lounge, DJ Damage, Allier, free champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight. 9:30pm. $20. Sno-Drift, 1830 Third St, San Francisco. 866.415.CLUB

Pena Pachamama

Dance Buena Vista style with Tito Y Su Cuban Son. 5:30pm and 7:30pm. $39.95-$49.95. Pena Pachamama, 1630 Powell St, San Francisco. 415.646.0018

Pink 2005 NYE

DJs Franky Boissy, Mauricio Aviles, Lady LaStar, Derek Grant, Wendell Davis. 9pm. $25. Pink, 2925 16th St, San Francisco. 415.431.8889

Prive Bar and Lounge

Three floors with DJs David Garcia, Trevor Simpson, Ron Reeser. 5pm. $60. Prive Bar and Lounge, 651 Howard St, San Francisco. 415.227.0288

Qool New Year's Eve

With guests Jondi, Spesh, Laird, Jax, Dirtyhertz, Reza, Smoove, midnight toast 9pm. $20-$35. 111 Minna St, San Francisco. 415.974.1719; www.looq.com

Reggaeton New Year's Eve

90 Millas, Susie Huitron performing live. 9pm. $45. Glas Kat, 520 Fourth St, San Francisco. 415.495.6620

Roccapulco

Featuring Orquesta Borinquen, La Generation. DJs, party favors, dinner packages. 9pm. Roccapulco, 3140 Mission St, San Francisco. 415.648.6611

San Francisco O-Five

8pm. $75. Bambuddha Lounge, inside Phoenix Hotel, 601 Eddy, San Francisco. 415.885.5088; www.sf-0-five.com

Sea of Dreams: Surrealia

Performances by Wisdom, Radioactive, Hamsa Lila, Kan'nal, Vau de Vire Society, Lunagroove, Kid Beyond, Xeno, Garth, Ellen Ferrato, Jeno, many more. 8:30pm. $75. Regency Center Ballrooms, 1300 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco. www.tickets.anonsalon.com

Sip

Grand opening and New Year's Eve party. 8pm. $105. Sip, 787 Broadway St, San Francisco. 415.341.8546

Spin

Price includes open bar between 8 and 10pm, complimentary appetizers and access to Sno-Drift. Pirate DJs, Mind Motion, Rick Lee, Scotty Fox, Switch, Allier, I-Cue, Jason Pro, Jun Bug, JV, Damage, Jaeson V. 8pm. $50. Kelly's Mission Rock, 817 Terry Francois Way, San Francisco. 1.866.415.CLUB

Stinger's

DJs Aaron Josiah and Dubcoast Records crew. 9pm. Cover varies. Stinger Lounge, 38 E. 25th St, San Mateo. 650.571.8486

Sublime 2005

Open bar, hors d'oeuvres, desserts, guest DJ Daryl Stubbs. 10pm. $125 advance. $175 at door. Bubble Lounge, 714 Montgomery, San Francisco. 415.956.6859

Sublounge NYE 2005

With DJ M3, Amber, Shissla, 8 Ball, Samira, Polar Bear and more. Open bar, bottomless champagne, party favors. 9pm. Advance tickets $40, $50 at the door. Sublounge, 628 20th St, San Francisco. 415.552.3603; www.sublounge.com

Taxim NYE '05

World beats, salsa, belly dance and visuals with DJ Hakan, Frederique, Belly Groove. $20. 9pm. The Canvas, 1200 Ninth Ave, San Francisco. 415.504.0060

Two Thousand I Got 5 on It

Open bar, three sets, special appearance by Pop Rocks and Soft Release. 8pm. $75-$90. Red Devil Lounge, 1695 Polk St, San Francisco. 415.447.4730

Vintage415

Stretch Armstrong performs. $115 VIP ticket includes open bar and appetizers. Ana Mandara, 831 Beach St, San Francisco. 415.771.6800

Year of the Rooster

DJs Marshall Jefferson, Jesse Saunders, DJ Seven, BLVD, Kimpo, the Broun Fellinis, Sake One, Mr. E., Ren the Vinyl Archeologist, Polo Mo'xquuz, Dusty Crates, Solace. 9pm. $25. Club Six, 60 Sixth St, San Francisco. 415.863.1221

Zazzoo Waterfront Restaurant

KMEL DJs, champagne toast, balloon drop, party favors, waterfront setting, dinner packages available. 7pm. $92.50. Zazzoo Waterfront Restaurant, Jack London Square, 15 Embarcadero West, Oakland. 800.945.4841

 

Comedy/Theater

Enough reflection already--take in a disco show, laugh at someone else's misery. Careful: champagne hurts coming out your nose.

8-Track: The Sounds of the '70s

NYE show and dinner packages available. 7 and 9:30pm. $50. Theatre on San Pedro Square, 29 N. San Pedro Sq, San Jose. 408.283.0200

Anti-Inauguration Ball

An evening of dining, dancing and liberal commentary presented by Air America and 960 the Quake. Hosted by Ed Schultz. 6pm. $185. Intercontinental Mark Hopkins, 1 Nob Hill, San Francisco. 415.975.5555

Beach Blanket Babylon New Year's Eve

7pm and 10:15pm. $80-$185. Club Fugazi, 678 Beach Blanket Babylon Blvd, San Francisco. 415.421.4222

Beast

African American Shakespeare Company. 2pm. $30. Zeum, 221 Fourth St, San Francisco. 415.777.2800

Big Fat Year End Comedy Show XII

With Will Durst and friends. 7 and 10pm. $25/$40. Cowell Theater, Fort Mason, San Francisco. 415.345.7575

Black Comedy Explosion

Featuring Earthquake, Sheryl Underwood, Paul Mooney. 11pm. $39.50-$75.50. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland. 510.465.6400

Bobby Slayton

The pit bull of comedy seen in The Mind of the Married Man. 8 and 10:30pm. $45-$75. Punch Line, 444 Battery St, San Francisco. 408.998.TIXS

Bright River

Live music, hip-hop and Jewish folklore. 8pm. $28-$31. Traveling Jewish Theatre, 470 Florida St, San Francisco. 415.399.1809

Comedy Countdown

With Nick Swardson, Daniel Tosh and many more. 9:30pm. $60. Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St, San Francisco. 408.998.TIXS

Comedy on the Square

Big City Improv, Fred Anderson, Tony Sparks, Tim Jackson, Aundre the Wonderwoman, Jen Kober, Tom Smith, Howard Stone, Nic Leonard and Randy Hauser. Two shows with beverages in between. 8pm. $30-$50. Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter St, San Francisco. 415.522.8900

Comedysportz

Two improvisational comedy shows. 8pm is all-ages. 10:30pm is for adults only. $15-$20. Bella Mia, 58 S. First St, San Jose. 408.985.5233

Forever Tango

Special New Year's Eve performance 8pm. $80. Post Street Theatre, 450 Post St, San Francisco. 415.321.2900

Gaslighter Theater

Pre-show entertainment, full Italian buffet dinner and show Dilemma at Dunne Ranch (Or a Prisoner of Passion). Noisemakers and champagne, DJ dancing until 2am. Reservations recommended. All ages. 7:30pm. $75 includes dinner and open bar, party favors, tax and tip. Gaslighter Theater, 400 E. Campbell Ave, Campbell. 408.866.1408

Greg Proops and Dana Gould

From Whose Line Is It Anyway? and The Simpsons, respectively. 8 and 10pm. $25-$50. Cobb's Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave, San Francisco. 415.928.4320

Joey and Maria's Wedding

Show includes buffet, champagne, dessert, coffee, countdown and balloon drop. Dancing until 1am. Seating begins at 7:30pm. $150 per couple. Dave & Busters, 940 Great Mall Dr, Milpitas. 800.944.5639

Man Who Came to Dinner

8pm. $28. Theatre Rhinoceros, 2926 16th St, San Francisco. 415.861.5079

Rooster T. Feathers

With Mike Pace, Karen Rontowski, Mark Nadeau. 8pm and 10:30pm. $40-$45. Rooster T. Feathers, 157 W. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale. 408.736.0921

Sandra Bernhard

8 and 10:30pm. $75-$89. Alcazar Theatre, 650 Geary St, San Francisco. 415.441.4042

Scott Capurro Is Erect on New Year's

Hide the champagne bottles! 8pm. $25. Victoria Theatre, 2961 16th St, San Francisco. 415.863.7576

Significant Others

8pm. $28. New Conservatory Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco. 415.861.8972

Stand Up Comedy New Year's

The San Francisco Comedy College presents The Stand-up Project: Anthony Hill, Kurtis Matthews, Liz Grant, Bob Brindley, Sean Hetherington, Reggie Steele, Michael Slack, Tom Smith. No cover. 8pm. The SFCC Clubhouse, 414 Mason St, #705, near Geary, San Francisco. 877.SFLAUGH

Striking Twelve

The Groovelily holiday show. 8pm. $50. Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto. 650.463.1960

Tracy Morgan

Comedy, dancing and party favors. 7:30 and 9pm. $65. Tommy T's, 1655 Willow Pass Rd, Concord.

Teatro Zinzanni

"Love, Chaos and Dinner." 7:30pm. $250. Pier 29, San Francisco. 415.438.2668

True Fiction

Improv storytelling. 8pm. $20. Florence Gould Theater at the Legion of Honor, 34th Ave and Clement St, San Francisco. 415.750.3502

 

Get Live

The Dead took NYE off this year, but there are plenty of opportunities to rock out. Even Cyndi Lauper is playing!

AC/DSHE

With Gator Alley and the Stanleys. 9pm. $20-$25. Slim's, 333 11th St, San Francisco. 415.522.0333

All Terrain Allstars

$130 per couple includes dinner. Call for reservations. Brookdale Lodge, 11570 Highway 9, Brookdale. 831.338.6433

Appaloosa

7pm. Cover varies. Saddle Rack, 42011 Boscell Rd, Fremont. 510.979.0477

Bach by Popular Demand

Organist Jim Welch presents "Bach by Popular Demand." 8pm. $10. St Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado, Palo Alto. 650.326.3800

Balkan Bash

9:30pm. $18. Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo, Berkeley. 510.525.5054

Bluegrass New Year's Eve

With High Country plus a buffet, silly hats and sparkling apple juice for a midnight toast. 8pm. $24.50. Freight and Salvage, 1111 Addison St, Berkeley. 510.548.1761

Bobby Womack

8 and 10pm. $60-$90. Kimball's East, 5800 Shellmound Ave, Emeryville, 510.658.2555

CD Boys

A disco dance party. 8pm. Cover varies. King's Head Pub, 201 Orchard City Dr, Campbell, 408.871.2499

The Chop Tops

With the Super Pineapples, the Expendables. 7pm. Vets Hall, 846 Front St, Santa Cruz. 831.454.0478

Chris Cain

Dinner dance party with the South Bay blues great. 8pm. $115 with dinner/$40 show only. Little Fox Theatre, 2209 Broadway, Redwood City, 650.369.4119

Chuck Prophet and the Mission Express

Call for cover. 9pm. Ivy Room, 860 San Pablo Ave, Albany. 510.524.9299

Crown City Rockers

With Zion-I, Jennifer Johns, DJs Beni B., Platurn. 9:30pm. $20. Elbo Room, 647 Valencia St, San Francisco. 415.552.7788

Cyndi Lauper

Discover your true colors with the '80s diva. 8pm. $75. Hyatt Regency Embarcadero, 5 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco. 415.788.1234

David Jeffrey Fourtet

10pm. Albatross Pub, 1822 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley. 510.843.2473

Donny Parvo Show

Casino comedy rocker. 9pm. $20. Jelly's, Pier 50, 295 China Basin Way, San Francisco. 415.495.3099

Devil Makes Three

Dinner package $35 at 7pm. Dancing and festivities $22 after 9pm. Henfling's Firehouse Tavern, 9450 Highway 9, Ben Lomond. 831.336.8811

Drive the Band

With DJ Steven J. Barr. 8pm. Mountain Charley's, 15 N. Santa Cruz Ave, Los Gatos, 408.395.8880

Floyd's Ordeal

9pm. Cover varies. Fibbar Magee's, 156 S. Murphy Ave, Sunnyvale, 408.749.8373

Gold Chains

Live laptop hip-hop, trash disco. 9pm. $20 includes two drink tickets. Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St, San Francisco. 415.861.2011

Joe Sharino's New Year's Ball

An elegant dinner dance and New Year's ball with the Joe Sharino Band. Includes dinner and dessert and a champagne toast. The Joe Sharino Band performs 9:30pm-1am. Visit www.JSBand.com. $149.95 for dinner and dance includes tax and tip; add on a hotel room at the Hyatt Regency Monterey for $119.95. Hyatt Regency Monterey, 1 Old Golf Course Highway, Monterey, 800.595.4TIX

John Handy and Kim Nalley

Featuring Johnny Nocturne Horns. $50 show only, $120 show plus dinner. 9 and 11pm. Jazz at Pearl's, 256 Columbus Ave, San Francisco. 415.291.8255. www.jazzatpearls.com

John Lee Hooker Jr

Two dinner shows includes three-course meal, champagne toast 8 and 10:30pm. Seating begins at 6 and 8pm. $75 early show/$95 late. Biscuits and Blues, 401 Mason St, San Francisco. 415.292.BLUE

Jose Roberto Hernandez

9:30pm. $20. La Pena Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley. 510.849.2568

Joshua Redman

9pm. $100. Yoshi's at Jack London Square, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland, 510.238.4555

Jupiter

That One Guy. 9pm-2am. $10. Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave at Allston, Berkeley, 510.843.8277

Kelley Stoltz

With Herms and Rogue Wave 10pm. $25. Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St, San Francisco. 415.621.4455

Lady Bo

With hats, horns, food and champagne at midnight. 7pm. Cover varies. JJ's Blues, 3439 Stevens Creek Blvd, Santa Clara, 408.243.6441

Lavay Smith and the Red Hot Skillet Lickers

Dance to live swing music aboard the deck of the aircraft carrier. 8pm. $75 to $125. USS Hornet, Pier 3, Alameda. 510.521.8448

Les Claypool Frog Brigade's 5th Annual New Year's Eve Frog Out

The Primus member's annual soiree reaches five years. With Gabby Lala. 9pm. $57.50. The Fillmore, 1805 Geary at Fillmore, San Francisco. 408.998.TIXS

The Lovemakers

With the Paradise Boys, DJ Jefrodisiac. 9pm. $25. Café du Nord, 2170 Market St, San Francisco. 415.861.5016

Marvin Banks

9:30pm. $30-$60. Rassella's, 1534 Fillmore St, San Francisco. 415.346.8696

Orquesta Avance

Late-night Latin party Orquesta Avance, DJ Luis Medina with 1am appetizers and 4am breakfast buffet. 7pm. $30. Café Cocomo, 650 Indiana St, San Francisco. 415.824.6910

Pamela Rose and Glenn Walters of SidePocket

9pm. $25 includes buffet and champagne; call to reserve tickets. Quarter Note, 1214 Apollo Way, Sunnyvale. 408.732.2110

Papa Mali and the Instigators

Swamp boogie band. 9:30pm. $35. Boom Boom Room, 1601 Fillmore, San Francisco. 415.673.8000

The People

With DJ Benzine. 9:30pm. $12. Blake's on Telegraph, 2367 Telegraph, Berkeley, 510.848.0886

Planet New Year 2005

With Ferry Corsten, Blackalicious, Lyrics Born, Planet B, Chris Marsol, DJ Relm, DJ Zach and many more. 8pm. $35-$75. Cow Palace, 2600 Geneva Ave, San Francisco. 415.820.9619; www.coolworld.com

Resolution V: The Surprise

With DJs Bad Boy Bill, Dimitris Mykonos, Bali and others. Entertainment includes an Earth Circus Production with aerial artist Angelo Rodriguez, an avant-garde cabaret company including dancers, actors, fire artists, and acrobats. At midnight, you'll be showered with balloons and confetti rain and be treated to a complimentary toast of either champagne, Red Bull or sparkling fruit juice, a goodie bag, a coffee and hot chocolate bar, and party favors. Food will be served from 8 to 11pm, then again before the sun rises at 4am. Bars reopen at 6am for true all-night partygoers. Doors 7pm; bars reopen at 6am. $100 entire evening or $50 after 12:30am. Ruby Skye Nightclub, 420 Mason St, San Francisco. 415.693.0777

Rev. Horton Heat

With Zooma Zooma, Vise Grip and Connie Champagne, Kitty Kitty Bang Bang and an appearance by the Girl in the Fishbowl. 9pm. $75. Bimbo's 365 Club, 1025 Columbus Ave, San Francisco. 415.474.0365

Ruthie and the Gents

9pm. No cover. Murphy's Law, 135 S. Murphy Ave, Sunnyvale, 408.736.3822

Salsa Bash 2005

Special family community tropical New Year's Eve with the Franco Brothers, DJ Hullabaloo. 7:30pm. Radisson Villa Hotel, 4000 South El Camino Real, San Mateo. 650.906.8615

Sambadá

Brazilian Carnival New Year's celebration. 9pm. $15/$20. The Catalyst, 1011 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, 831.423.1336

San Francisco Symphony New Year's Eve Gala

Tony Award-winner Kristin Chenoweth sings favorites from the Great White Way. The gala also includes party favors and complimentary champagne, savories and desserts by Patina Catering, as well as dancing. 9pm. $89-$148. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco. 415.864.6000

Shane Dwight

Local bluesman. 9:30pm. $15. Moe's Alley, 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz. 831.479.1854

Shattuck Down Low

DJ Zeph, Platurn, Kool Kyle spinning hip-hop, reggae, hits. 9pm. $5. Shattuck Down Low, 2284 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley. 510.548.1159

Shotgun Wedding Quintet

Jazz hip-hop. 10pm. $20. Bruno's, 2389 Mission St, San Francisco. 415.648.7701

Soulive

9pm. $85 includes open bar. The Independent, 628 Divisadero, San Francisco. 415.771.1421

Tambores do Brasil

With DJ Vanka. Champagne toast, balloon drop, party favors. $25 advance/$30 door. 9pm. Makeout Room, 3225 22nd St, San Francisco. 415.647.2888

Tea Leaf Green

With Animal Liberation Orchestra. 9pm. $30. Great American Music Hall, 859 O'Farrell St, San Francisco. 415.885.0750

Third Stone From the Sun

Jimi Hendrix tribute band. 9:30pm. $10. Crow's Nest, 2218 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz. 831.476.4560

Tim Murphy

Grammy nominated singer performs a hometown show. 9pm. $20. Los Gatos Lodge, 50 Los Gatos-Saratoga Rd, Los Gatos. 408.354.3300

Tommy Castro

10:30pm. $55. Tommy T's, 1655 Willow Pass Rd, Concord. 925.686.6809

Viennese Waltz Ball

Strauss music and Viennese waltzes along with Grand March, polkas, rotary waltz, tangos, one steps. 9pm. $25. International House, 2299 Piedmont, Berkeley. www.fridaynightwaltz.com

Wesla Whitfield

With Mike Greensill. 10pm. $90 includes champagne toast, post-show buffet. Plush Room, 940 Sutter St, San Francisco. 415.885.6800, ext. 100

Will Downing

With Kem and Kenny Lattimore. 7pm. $45.50-$85.50. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland. 510.465.6400

Wonderbread 5

10pm. $55. Mystic Theater, 2123 Petaluma Blvd, North Petaluma, 707.546.2277.

Yaelisa and Caminos Flamencos

Includes tapas, buffet dinner and traditional grape and champagne countdown. 9pm. $65-$95. Café de la Paz; 1600 Shattuck (at Cedar), Berkeley. 510.843.0662

 

Family Events

Staying in with the family and watching DVDs again? Start a new tradition and get in before bedtime at these kid-friendly events.

Asian Art Museum New Year's Bell Ringing

Visitors are encouraged to ring a 2,100-pound, 16th-century bronze bell in observance of an ancient Japanese New Year's tradition. 11am-2pm. Free. 200 Larkin St, San Francisco. 415.581.3500

Cal Skate

Midnight balloon drop, souvenirs. 7:30pm-1am. $15. Cal Skate Milpitas, 980 Los Coches St, Milpitas. 408.946.1363

Christmas in the Park

Holiday fun and amusement rides for kids in downtown San Jose. Through Jan 4. Paseo de San Antonio, San Jose. 408.286.1313

Early Bird Party

Music and dancing for the whole family by Little Wheels Band. 5-9pm. No cover. Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, 390 Capistrano Rd, Princeton. 650.728.2739

Fantasy of Lights

Cruise through Vasona Park admiring the colorful displays. 6-10pm. $9 per car. Vasona Lake County Park, 298 Garden Hills Dr, Los Gatos. 408.355.2200

First Night Monterey

Along with the usual music, arts, parade and theater performances, this evening will feature a special tribute to the lives and work of master artists. 3pm. $10-$15. Downtown Monterey. More info: www.firstnightmonterey.org

First Night Santa Cruz

This community arts and music evening out salutes the San Lorenzo River and the importance of healthy water in our lives. 3pm. $15 adults/$6 children 6-18. Downtown Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz. www.firstnightsc.com

KidsPark

Create a New Year's Noisemaker. All supplies provided. 8am-6pm. KidsPark, 2858 Stevens Creek Blvd, San Jose. 408.260.7929

New Age Visionary Music Marathon

KKUP-FM (91.5) of Cupertino presents a marathon of ambient electronic and acoustic music starting New Year's Eve to Jan. 3 featuring live interviews with artists. Mon. 9pm. 408.448.6726; www.kkup.org

Noon Year's Eve

Celebrate the arrival of Noon with a noisemaker, party hat and balloon drop. 10am. $5-$7. Children's Discovery Museum, 180 Woz Way, San Jose. 408.298.5437

San Jose Skate

Rink open 8pm to 1am. $8 includes skate rental. All ages. San Jose Skate (formerly Aloha Roller Palace), 397 Blossom Hill Rd, San Jose. 408.226.1155


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