Top 5 New Year’s Eve Events in San Francisco and Beyond!

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New Year’s Eve is only 5 days away and it’s not too late to decide where to ring in the special evening.  Whether you’re looking to party it up with a fun group of friends, spend it with family, or enjoy a special romantic evening someone special, Haute Living brings luxurious New Years plans to your fingertips.  The Bay Area is bustling with hot events sure to please; from San Francisco to the South Bay to the Napa Valley, enjoy New Years Eve in style!

1 Party It Up In Style at the W Hotel, San Francisco

Spending New Years Eve in San Francisco?  The fabulously restyled W Hotel is offering a whole host of fabulous events to ring in the New Year!

New Year’s Eve Dinner at TRACE

Date:  Saturday, December 31

Times: Seating #1: 6 – 7:30 p.m. or Seating #2:  9 – 10:30 p.m.

Cost: $75/person for dining, $150/person includes dining and entry into Electric Energy party

The festivities begin Saturday night with a prix-fixe dinner at the hotel’s new farm-to-urban-table restaurant TRACE, created by Executive Chef Paul Piscopo.  Even cooler!  All TRACE dinner partiers receive complimentary admission to W San Francisco’s Electric Energy party.

New Years Eve Electric Energy Party

San Francisco’s Electric Energy party that takes place throughout the hotel’s transformed social spaces and features a hosted bar from 8 to 10 p.m., live Yeasayer DJ set, performances by Capital Cities and DJ C-Lektra, late-night bites, party favors and a midnight balloon drop.

Date:  December 31 – January 1

Time:  8 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.

Cost: $125 (hotel guests receive discounted admission of $60 per person)

New Year’s Day Brunch at TRACE

Date:  Sunday, January 1

Time: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

On New Year’s Day, guests can continue the fun at TRACE’s Sunday brunch, featuring menu items such as Warm Whole Oat Groats with Toasted Almonds and Tea-Soaked Cranberries; Market Omelette with Maitake Mushrooms, Melted Leeks and Gruyere; and the TRACE Burger with Caramelized Onion, Mushroom and Bacon Relish and Melted Cheddar. Guests are welcome to create their own New Year’s Day brunch concoctions at the DIY Bloody Mary Bar, including a communal table of fresh garnishes, vegetables, fruits and spices; or enjoy Bottomless Mimosas with a choice of Champagne or Prosecco.

PURCHASE online or contact Julie Mulvey at 415-817-4111 or [email protected] to inquire about reservations.

W San Francisco and Trace

181 Third Street

San Francisco, CA 94103


2 Super Swank Black Tie Affair at The Westin Verasa and La Toque in Napa

New Years Eve in Napa Valley is an unforgettable experience. The Westin Verasa Napa and La Toque will host an over-the-top Black & White Party including a decadent five-course dinner in La Toque and a Vintage Hollywood-themed Ball held at The Westin Verasa Napa featuring an evening full of music, dancing and champagne.

The Black & White Dinner at La Toque

Time:  7:30 p.m.

Cost: $195 per person for the Black & White dinner; includes access to the Black & White Ball

The evening will begin with a champagne reception and hors d’oeuvres on the outdoor covered terrace followed by an indulgent five-course dinner to the backdrop of Chef Ken Frank’s personally selected soundtrack. For this very special night, the La Toque team has created the restaurant’s most elaborate menu of the year paired with exceptional hand-selected wine pairings. Guests dining at La Toque will also have full access to the Black & White Ball.

The Vintage Hollywood Black & White Ball

Time:  9:30pm

Cost:  $75 per person

Guests are invited to ‘dress to impress’ in their best black and white attire for an evening full of music, dancing and champagne. Guests will enjoy a buffet of sweet and savory bites at BANK Café and Bar which opens into The Westin Verasa Napa’s lobby that will be transformed into an opulent dance floor with music provided by déjà vu Entertainment Productions. Just before the stroke of midnight, The Westin Verasa Napa will break out the bubbly to countdown to the New Year with a champagne toast.

PURCHASE online or at 707.257.5154

The Westin Verasa Napa and La Toque

1314 McKinstry Street

Napa, California

3 Family-Style Cuisine and Fine Wine at Long Meadow Ranch Winery & Farmstead in St. Helena

Date:  December 31, 2011

Time and Costs:

First Seating at 5:00pm-7:15pm. - $65 per person for three-course menu

Second Seating at 8:00pm - $115 per person for four-course menu, live music and champagne toast

Make your way up to St. Helena for the perfect New Years Eve Family Experience. Long Meadow Ranch Winery & Farmstead invite guests to ring in the New Year with Chef Stephen Barber’s celebratory, family-style farm-to-table dinner menu, great wine, excellent cocktails and live music.

Upon arrival, revelers will begin their New Year Eve’s celebration with a special menu from Chef Stephen Barber.

As dessert is served, guest will enjoy live music and begin the countdown to 2012. At the stroke of midnight, a champagne toast will ring in the New Year.


Long Meadow Ranch Winery & Farmstead

738 Main Street

St. Helena, CA  94574

(707) 963-9181

4 Michelin-Star Restaurant Celebration at Rosewood Sand Hill in Menlo Park

The Rosewood Sand Hill is one of the Bay Area’s hottest destinations outside of San Francisco.  The luxurious hotel is offering a celebratory overnight package, New Year’s Eve dining at the Michelin-starred Madera restaurant, followed by the popular “Bottomless Bloody Mary Brunch” on New Year’s Day.

New Year's Eve Package for Two at Rosewood Sand Hill

Date:  Saturday, December 31, 2011


1st Seating from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Package Includes: One night of luxury accommodations, three-course dinner in Michelin-starred Madera restaurant, welcome amenity and party favors. Rates start at $395

2nd Seating from 8 p.m. Package Includes:  One night luxury accommodations, five-course dinner at Michelin-starred Madera restaurant, live music and dancing, welcome amenity and party favors.  Rates start at $595 for double occupancy.  Second seating is only available with guestroom package above.

Dinner Only at Madera

Time:  First Seating from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. is available to non-hotel guests who will enjoy a superb three-course menu.

Cost:  $95 per guest; tax, gratuity and beverage not included

New Year’s Day Bottomless Bloody Mary Brunch at Madera

Date:  Sunday, January 1, 2012

Time:  9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Executive Chef Peter Rudolph will feature the Bottomless Bloody Mary Brunch - a delightful a la carte brunch with custom-crafted Bloody Mary cocktails for guests.

Pricing is a la carte; $15 for bottomless Bloody Marys; children age 12 and under eat for half price.  Tax, gratuity and other beverage not included.

PURCHASE online or at 650.561.1540 or

2825 Sandhill Road

Menlo Park, CA  94025

5 Old Hollywood San Francisco at the Julia Morgan Ballroom

Date:  December 31, 2011

Time:  9:00pm - 2:00am

Cost:  $195.00

Celebrate the "Night of Opulence New Years Eve 2012" Old-Hollywood style at the Julia Morgan Ballroom in San Francisco.  The beautiful venue will be transformed into a venue reminiscent of the days of old Hollywood glamour! Make sure you are dressed in your best attire as your arrival will begin with a Red Carpet leading into the venue where a champagne reception with passed appetizers awaits.  There will be a premium open bar all night while DJ Katz spins your favorite Top Hits throughout the night!! Embark into 2012 toasting the New Year in one of San Francisco's most iconic buildings!


The Julia Morgan Ballroom at the Merchants Exchange Building
465 California Street
San Francisco, California 94104
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