Where To Celebrate New Year’s Eve In San Francisco

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Still trying to figure out how to ring in 2019? Here are nine over-the-top and extravagant celebrations.

Dirty Habit, the fantastic rooftop bar at the Hotel Zelos, is throwing a roaring 20s-themed New Year’s Eve party. The Nova Jazz Band will perform, and there will be a champagne toast at midnight. Guests can choose from two packages: one includes dinner stations and starts at 9 p.m. The second option begins at 11 p.m. and features a limited selection of sweet treats.

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The Four Seasons’ MKT Restaurant is offering a decadent couple of dinners. Guests can enjoy a four-course meal starting at 5 p.m. or a six-course dinner beginning at 8 p.m. Delicious menu items include Bellwether Farm ricotta tortellini, butter poached Maine lobster, and Hudson Valley foie gras terrine. Those dining in the second seating will enjoy a lively party with a six-piece band, champagne sabering, and festivities like a photo booth and dancing.

Potato puffs
Potato puffs

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Beloved Russian Hill restaurant Stones Throw is closing its doors. However, they are going out with one final hurrah on New Year’s Eve. Guests can look forward to a four-course dinner that features canapés like winter mushroom tarts and puffed potatoes with caviar. From there, diners can select their first course before enjoying the second course—squash ravioli with aged balsamic and Alba white truffles—family style.

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Sushi lovers should head to Pabu for a Japanese-inspired evening. Chefs Michael Mina and Ken Tominaga will use the freshest fish to make a seven-course meal. Indulgent ingredients include caviar, uni, oysters, and Japanese wagyu. The restaurant is only a couple blocks away from the Embarcadero, so it makes an excellent spot for those who will be catching the annual fireworks show at midnight.

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At Gibson, revelers can enjoy a vintage cocktail-paired dinner with over 14 dishes. Start with champagne and caviar in the lounge and then settle into the opulent tasting menu. Highlights include scallop ceviche, smoked broccoli cheddar soup, baked red hawk cheese with sourdough bread, and slow-cooked 55-day dry-aged ribeye with truffles. Not in the mood for an assortment of cocktails, choose from Gibson’s extensive wine list.

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Bluestem Brasserie is hosting a Moulin Rouge-inspired bash. The restaurant will be transformed into a Parisian style boudoir lounge complete with a live DJ and burlesque performances by Isaiah Esquire and Barbie Bloodgloss. The five-course menu is a choose-your-own-adventure smorgasbord that includes amuse bouche and a champagne sorbet intermezzo. Scrumptious sounding options consist of seared foie with Sauternes gelee, seared duck breast with pomp puree, and creme caramel with Grand Marnier.

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Over in the Mission at Prairie, chef Anthony Strong is inviting friends to join him on an Italian space odyssey. At 10 p.m., the restaurant will transform into a festive bar setting complete with dance floor and a virtual reality lounge where guests can take a virtual Vespa ride through Rome. There will be an Italian Greyhound cocktail ice luge, bottomless bubbly, and antipasti bar with dishes like chilled squid ink spaghettini with uni. Guests are encouraged to come dressed as a character from Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance music video.

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If Champagne is the name of your new year game, grab a table at The Riddler, Hayes Valley’s bubbly bar. The team will be popping magnums all night and offering special pours of hard-to-find sparklers by the glass.

Saint Joseph's Arts Society
Saint Joseph’s Arts Society

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Haute Living’s former fashion editor-at-large Sonya Molodetskaya and her gal pal Farah Makras are hosting a party in honor of Mayor London Breed. Friends and fans can join them for food, drinks, and more festivities at Ken Fulk’s Saint Joseph’s Arts Society. Formal attire is required for this “Fulking” fabulous fete.