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San Diego New Year’s Eve Guide

Ring in 2015 at these parties, concerts, dining, and family-friendly events

By Paige Pollock and Kristin Agnes

For 21 and Over…

Altitude’s Bottoms Up NYE Party

San Diego’s highest rooftop becomes the perfect locale to ring in the New Year; with unlimited drinks, bites, and DJ Miss Dust to spin the night away.

Pricing: $165 per person

Location: 660 K Street, Gaslamp Quarter

Time: 8:00 P.M.-12:30 A.M.

Bivouac 2015 New Year’s Eve Celebration

Looking for a snowed-in New Year’s night sipping champagne in your winter whites? The US Grant’s Celestial Ball is the place to experience an enchanting affair. Music provided by The Boundary Birds and DJ Brett Bodley!

Location: 326 Broadway, @ The US Grant

Pricing: General Admission, $75; VIP, $105; Bottle Service for 6, $890.

Time: 9:00 P.M.-2:00 A.M.

Moonlight New Year’s Eve Cruise

The California Spirit Yacht cruises around the San Diego Bay for a unique, above water way to ring in the New Year…including breathtaking views, 2 DJs and multiple dance floors.

Location: 990 N. Harbor Drive, on The California Spirit Yacht.

Pricing: Early Bird Golden Ticket $125; Golden Ticket (General Admission) $175; Early Bird Golden Couples Ticket $235; Golden Entourage of 5 $550; Platinum VIP Table $1,500.

Time: Check-in @ 9:00 P.M.; Cruise-time @10:00 P.M.-1:00 A.M.

Black & White New Year’s Party at The W

Put on your best black and white attire and enjoy the New Year’s Eve celebration at the innovative W Hotel. A spectacular countdown is promised, and 3 of SD’s top DJs will be the musical backdrop for guests who are free to roam the Heated Innovative Room, the upstairs Bar & Lounge and more.

Location: 421 West B, @ The W San Diego

Pricing: Premium Open Bar, $150; Entourage of 5, $450; VIP, $175; Gold Veranda Package, $1,000; Platinum VIP Rooftop Package, $2,000; Diamond VIP Rooftop Cabana Package, $3,000.

Time: 9:00 P.M.-2 A.M.

Midnight Kiss New Year’s

Complimentary champagne for all guests who attend the 3rd Annual Midnight Kiss affair. The amazing ballroom is located on the 12th floor—providing panoramic views of the City & Harbor.

Location: 1055 1st Ave., @ San Diego’s Bristol Hotel

Pricing: Golden Ticket, $160; Golden Couples Ticket, $200; Platinum VIP King Room Package, $485; Double Platinum VIP Room Package, $685.

Time: 8:00 P.M.-2:00 A.M. YeVcio

The Mega Countdown

Multiple rooms, “cray-cray” drink specials, and a selection of Top 40’s hottest DJs will spin EDM and hip-hop all night long.

Location: 379 4th Ave., @ FUSE Nightclub.

Pricing: Early bird, $20; General admission, $35; Group of 5, $75; VIP, $40; VIP Group of 5, $150.

Time: 8 P.M.-2:00 A.M.

San Diego NYE 2015 Pub Crawl

“Mind-numbing drink specials” and an after-party bonus are available to those who choose to crawl their way through the night and into 2015 at Taste/Thirst.

Location: @ Thirst. 715 4th Ave.

Pricing: Single $15; Fantastic 4pack $40; Lucky 7 $59; Cheaper by the Dozen $99.

Time: 2:00 P.M.-2:00 A.M.

Hard Rock San Diego

An unforgettable night is sure to happen for anyone who celebrates the New Year at Hard Rock—multiple DJs, including Adventure Club will spin, and “light up the night,” while guests “dance on the moon!”

Location: 207 5th Ave., @ the Hardrock Hotel.

Pricing: $75, presale; $100 general admission.

Time: 8:00 P.M.-close

San Diego’s NYE Marietta Yacht Cruise

Only the first 250 guests to snag tickets will be able to ring in the New Year aboard the Marietta Yacht. This shindig features a cash bar, live DJ and much more entertainment.

Location: 990 N. Harbor Drive, aboard the Marietta Yacht.

Pricing: General admission, $49; VIP admission, $79

Time: Boarding @ 9:30 P.M.; Cruise-time: 10:00-1:00 A.M.

Andaz San Diego NYE 2015 Party

A champagne toast is provided to all. Choose to sip on one of the 3 floors, 4 rooms or RoofTop600 bar on NYE at the Andaz Hotel.

Location: 600 F Street, @ Andaz Hotel, downtown

Pricing: TBD.

Time: 9:00 P.M.-2:00 A.M.

San Diego New Year’s Eve Guide

San Diego New Year’s Eve Guide

Family Fun

Penguin Plunge

Feeling daring? Join the Del Mar Lifeguard Association as it hosts another annual dive into the New Year, where the group fearlessly runs into the chilly ocean and wipes the past year away. Complimentary doughnuts and coffee afterwards.

Location: 17th Street Station, Del Mar

Pricing: free

Time: 11:00 A.M.

California Legoland

Legoland holds its annual “brick drop” early for the youngsters—6 P.M. Festivities include a fireworks display, musical performances from Justin Roberts & The Recess Monkeys, party-hats, glow sticks and more.

Pricing: Adults, $85; children ages 3-12, $75

Location: 1 Legoland Drive, Carlsbad

Time: 10 A.M.-7 P.M. (brick-drop @ 6 P.M.)

Alternative NY Ascension 2015

The World Beat center hosts a full vegetarian/vegan buffet and provides entertainment from an African drum and dance troupe. Plus: meditation, kombucha on tap, and more.

Pricing: Free; donations voluntary

Location: The World Beat Center, 2100 Park Blvd.

Time: 7:00 P.M.

Pajama Jam: NYE Family Night Out

No need to get out of your comfy clothes at Pajama Jam, a New Year’s fest full of art activities, games, and music. Adults may also enjoy the provided bar and participate in a silent auction.

Pricing: $20-35 per person.

Location: 200 W Island Ave., downtown

Time: 5 P.M.-8 P.M.

San Diego New Year’s Eve Guide

San Diego New Year’s Eve Guide

Donovan Frankenreiter at Belly Up

Donovan Frankenreiter at Belly Up

Music & Entertainment

Donovan Frankenreiter

Have a rockin’ New Year’s with the folk-infused music of Donovan Frankenreiter, debuting his fifth full-length album, with Tom Curren. (21+ only)

Pricing: Advanced, $65; Day of -or- Reserved, $70-$114

Location: 143 S. Cedros at the Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach

Time: 9:30 P.M.-11:45 P.M. (doors open @ 9:00 P.M.)

Straight No Chaser: Happy Hour Tour

Enjoy the captivating sounds of ten unadulterated human voices, making music with a sense of humor. Hot from releasing their newest album—Under The Influence with contributors such as Jason Mraz, Dolly Parton and Phil Collins. All ages welcome, though use discretion when bringing children.

Pricing: $25-$65; Dinner package, $150

Location: 1100 Third Ave @ B Street, at San Diego’s Civic Theatre

Time: 9 P.M.-10:45 P.M. (plan to arrive 30 minutes early)

Kurt Braunholer

Recently named one of Variety’s Top 10 Comedians to watch, Kurt Braunohler is an “adult” comedian that will have you laughing into the New Year.

Pricing: $18.

Location: American Comedy Co., 818 B 6th Ave.

Time: Thursday 8 P.M.; Friday & Saturday 7:30 P.M. & 9:30 P.M.

San Diego New Year’s Eve Guide

San Diego New Year’s Eve Guide


1500 OCEAN at Hotel Del Coronado

Chef Meredith Manee’s 4-course New Year’s Eve menu perfectly accompanies the breathtaking ocean views. Main dishes include (but are not limited to) a roasted stuffed leg of lamb, or vegetable wellington.

Pricing: $110 per person; $160 with wine pairings

Location: 1500 Orange Ave., Coronado

Time: 5:30 P.M.-close, for more details & reservations (619) 522-8490.

Addison at The Grand Del Mar

Looking for a grand way to usher in the new year? A 7-course menu is offered at Addison; pricing includes entrance to the Grand New Year’s Eve Party.

Pricing: $275 per person; $470 with wine

Location: 5200 Grand Del Mar Way

Time: 5:30-9:00 P.M., for more details & reservations (858) 314-1900.

Amaya at the Grand Del Mar

Enjoy a delectable four course meal at Amaya. Pricing includes entrance to the Grand New Year’s Eve Party.

Pricing: $195 for adults; $255 with wine.

Location: 5300 Grand Del Mar Court.

Time: 5:00-10:00 P.M. for more details & reservations (858) 314-2727.

Bandar Restaurant

A prix fixe menu will be offered alongside Bandar’s tasty regular Persian favorites. Reservations are recommended.

Pricing: $30 & under

Location: 845 4th Ave., Gaslamp

Time: Call 619-238-0101 for more details & reservations

Bankers Hill Bar + Restaurant

A special New Year’s menu prepped by Executive Chef Carl Schroeder and Chef de Cusine Ted Smith provides diners with a variety of memorable choices, including Chardonnay Braised Artichoke Soup, Spice-seared Snapper and Bay Scallops or Butternut Squash Tortellini.

Pricing: $55, per person; $25 for beverage pairings

Location: 2202 4th Ave., Bankers Hill

Time: Dinner @5:00-close, for more details & reservations (619) 231-0222.

Bijou French Bistro

Bijou is the crown “jewel” of French cuisine. Located in La Jolla, the restaurant is offering a five-course menu.

Pricing: $105 for adults

Location: 1205 Prospect St., La Jolla

Time: 5:30-10:00 P.M., for more details & reservations (858) 750-3695.

Blue Point Costal Cuisine

Delicious seafood is a popular go-to from the Blue Point menu. Their specialty cocktail menu is chalk full of different ways to raise a glass. Try the Cherry Mule or French Elder.

Pricing: $31-$50

Location: 565 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp

Time: 5:00 P.M., for more details & reservations (619) 233-6623.

Boathouse Restaurant

One of the best-loved seafood restaurants of San Diego will offer their typical favorites: Prime Rib ($22), Whole Live Maine Lobster ($20), alongside a limited holiday menu.

Pricing: varies

Location: 2040 Harbor Island Dr.

Time: Dinner @ 5:00 P.M., for more details & reservations (619) 291-8011.

Bombay Exotic Cuisine of India

Revel in the exotic choices from the regular menu or spice it up with specialty items from the New Year’s buffet.

Pricing: $30 & under

Location: 3960 5th Ave., downtown

Time: Dinner @ 5:00, for more details & reservations (619) 297-7777.

Buca Di Beppo

Make reservations at this family favorite and ring in the New Year Italiano-style.

Pricing: $30 and under

Location: 1921 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad; 705 6th Avenue, San Diego; 10749 Westview Parkway, Mira Mesa.

Time: open @ 11:00AM, for more details & reservations (760) 479-2533 (Carlsbad), (619) 233-7272 (San Diego), (858) 536-2822 (Mira Mesa)

The Charthouse

“Cuisine just as jaw dropping as the spectacular view.” At the Cardiff restaurant, make some New Year’s resolutions over their array of flavorful seafood dishes.

Pricing: varies, $30 & up

Location: 2588 South Coast Hwy 101, Cardiff

Time: Opens for dinner @5:00 P.M., for more details & reservations (760) 436-4044


Dinner or prix fixe menus are available and include delicious Stuffed Squash Blossoms, Veal, Margherita pizzas, and more.

Pricing: varies, $39 & up per person (prix fixe)

Location: 505 Laurel Street, Bankers Hill

Time: 5:00 P.M.-close, for more details & reservations (619) 239-2222.

D Bar

Make reservations for Hillcrest’s D Bar locale, offering a prix fixe menu only.

Pricing: varies

Location: 3930 5th Ave.

Time: 5:00 P.M.-close, for more details & reservations (619) 299-3227.

Fleming’s Steakhouse

Available beginning Dec 28th, Fleming’s is offering a New Year’s Prix Fixe dinner, full of juicy steaks, seafood, sides and sweets.

Pricing: $69.95

Location: 8970 University Center Lane, La Jolla; 380 K Street, San Diego

Time: Dinner @ 5:00 P.M.-close, for more details & reservations (858) 535-0078, La Jolla; (619) 237-1155, San Diego.

Fat Fish

Get your grub on before hitting the town at one of San Diego’s favorite fish taco locales. Fat Fish will be open for New Year’s Eve feasting!

Pricing: varies

Location: 4474 Mission Blvd.

Time: Dinner @ 5:00-close, for more details & reservations (858) 490-2877.

Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse

Lunch or dinner includes multiple cuts of fire-roasted meats, paired with award winning wines.

Pricing: $31.50, lunch; $51.50, dinner

Location: 668 6th Avenue.

Time: For details & reservations (619) 338-0500.

The Glass Door

A dining locale known for its worldly flavors turns it up a notch for a special New Year’s Eve menu including options of Lobster Tail or Roasted New Zealand Rack of Lamb.

Pricing: $65, 7 P.M.; $80, 10 P.M.

Location: 1835 Columbia Street, Little Italy

Time: Seatings at 7:00 P.M. & 10 P.M., for more details & reservations (619) 564-3755.


A four-course, prix fixe menu will be served under Herringbones 100-year-old olive trees.

Pricing: $80 per person

Location: 7837 Herschel Ave., La Jolla

Time: 5:00 P.M.-close, for more details & reservations (858) 459-0221.

Humphreys Restaurant

Enjoy a stylish affair at the award-winning eatery, with Chef Paul Murphy’s specialty New Year’s Eve four-course dinner including complimentary champagne.

Pricing: $129 per person (pre-sale), $139 per person (at the door)

Location: 2241 Shelter Island Drive

Time: for more details & reservations 619-224-3577.

Humphreys Backstage Live

Humphreys harborview music venue will host Viva Santana (Latin Rock). Party favors and complimentary champagne for guests!

Pricing: $69 per person (pre-sale), $79 per person (at the door)

Location: 2241 Shelter Island Drive.

Time: 7:00 P.M., for more details & reservations 619-224-3577.

Island Prime

Overlook the beautiful San Diego Bay and enjoy Island Prime’s fixed holiday menu, including choices of Crusted Ahi, Dijon Crusted Lamb, and Center Cut Filet Mignon.

Pricing: $75 per person

Location: 880 Harbor Island Drive.

Time: 5:00 P.M., for more details & reservations  (619) 298-6802

Kona Kai Resort

Refresh your pallet with strawberry champagne sorbet before the main course menu options arrive, including: diver scallops; double cut pork chops or roasted chicken breast. A delicious Happy New Year’s Eve at Kona Kai’s Vessel Restaurant.

Pricing: $90 per person, $30 wine pairing

Location: 1551 Shelter Island Dr.

Time: Dinner @ 5:30, for more details & reservations (800) 566-2524

The Melting Pot

“Happy Fondue Year!” The Melting Pot will be offering an exclusive five-course menu at its Gaslamp and La Jolla locations. The fourth course’s options include The Deluxe Lobster Feast, The Grand Feast, and The Vegetarian.

Pricing: $45-$69 per person

Location: 901 Fifth Avenue (Gaslamp); 8980 University Center Lane (La Jolla)

Time: 5:00 P.M.-11:00 P.M., for more details & reservations (619) 234-5554, Gaslamp; (858) 638-1700, La Jolla.

Mia Francesca

A complimentary Prosecco toast alongside Chef Woody’s holiday specials make for a lovely evening.

Pricing: $30 and under.

Location: 12955 El Camino Real G-4, Carmel Valley

Time: 3:00 P.M.-close, for more details & reservations (858) 519-5055.

Mille Fleurs

Fine dining is guaranteed at Mille Fleurs, offering an a la carte menu at the first seating and a special prix-fixe menu only at the second seating.

Pricing: $125 per person (prix-fixe)

Location: 6009 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe

Time: First seating @ 5:00 P.M., Second seating @ 7:30 P.M., for more details & reservations (858) 756-3085.

Morton’s Steakhouse

No better place to enjoy an authentic steak dinner than Morton’s Steakhouse this New Year’s Eve.

Pricing: $50 and over

Location: 285 J Street, downtown

Time: 5:00 P.M.-close, for more details & reservations (619) 696-3369.

Oceanaire Seafood Room

A stylish dining locale offering a tasteful affair on New Year’s Eve, provided by culinary team Adam Gunderson, Nathan Mantyla and Tyler Thrasher. Also, a 3 course happy hour menu from 5:00 P.M.-6:00 P.M. will be available for $55.

Pricing: $31-$55.

Location: 400 J Street, downtown

Time: (619) 858-2277


Peohe’s, a Chart House restaurant, is hosting New Year’s Eve dinner with decadent dishes to enjoy while overlooking downtown and the harbor. Menu items vary, including a Callahan Cut Prime Rib and Peohe’s signature Hot Chocolate Lava Cake dessert.

Pricing: Varies

Location: 1201 First St., Coronado

Time: 5:00 P.M. – close, for more details & reservations (619) 437-4474.

Primavera Ristorante

Sip fine Italian wine and savor traditional Italian fare food at Primavera Ristorante for this year’s celebration.

Pricing: Varies

Location: 932 Orange Ave., Coronado

Time: 5:00 P.M. – close, for more details & reservations (619) 435-5381.

The Red Door Restaurant & Wine Bar

The usual farm-to-fork bistro menu will be enhanced with Chef Karrie’s specialty ‘pig-centric’ prix-fixe menu. The Red Door’s culinary musings include all things “Pork, Pork, Pork” inspired.

Pricing: $60 per person (including bottomless Julian Apple Cider pairings)

Location: 741 W. Washington Street, Mission Hills

Time: 4:00 P.M.-close, for more details & reservations (619) 295-6000.

Rei de Gado Brazilian Steakhouse

Lunch or dinner, you can enjoy a Brazilian BBQ to jumpstart 2015. Rei de Gado roasts tender meats over a mesquite flame, creating a flavorful experience.

Pricing: $30, lunch; $48, dinner

Location: 939 4th Ave., downtown

Time: 11:00 AM – close, for more details & reservations (619) 702-8464.

Rockin’ Baja Lobster

Ring in 2015 Baja-style at one of Rockin’ Baja Lobster’s three San Diego locations. Celebrate all day with lunch, dinner, or after-dinner drinks.

Pricing: Varies

Location: 3890 Twiggs St., Old Town

Time: Oceanside: 11:00am – 12:00am (760) 967-6199; Old Town: 11:00am – 12:00am (619) 260-0305; Gaslamp: 11:00am – 1:00 am (619) 234-6333.

Roppongi Restaurant & Sushi Bar

Enjoy a mouthwatering prix-fixe menu (four courses from executive chef Alfie Szeprethy) and a performance by jazz saxophonist, Ian Tordella, this New Year’s Eve in La Jolla.

Pricing: $74 per person

Location: 875 Prospect Street, La Jolla

Time: Music begins @ 7:00- 12:30AM, for more details & reservations (858) 551-5252.

The Shores Restaurant

Start your countdown at The Shores with a three-course prix-fixe menu. Choose between special features such as Florida stone crab fritters, Hudson Valley duck breast, and apple pie egg rolls.

Pricing: $65 per person

Location: 8110 Camino Del Oro, La Jolla

Time: 5:00 – 10:00 P.M., for more details & reservations (855) 923-8059.

The Wellington Steak & Martini Lounge

A seasonally inspired menu, specializing in sustainably raised meats and produce, will be served (via prix-fixe menu) at the swanky Wellington Steakhouse. Also, music from local jazz duo, Sarah Maisel and Paul Tillery begins at 10:00 P.M.

Pricing: TBD

Location: 729 Washington Street, Mission Hills

Time: Seatings at 4,6, 8 and 10:00 P.M., for more details & reservations (619) 295-6001.

Veranda Fireside Lounge & Restaurant

Before dancing the night away at the Aragon Ballroom, enjoy a memorable dining experience from a specially-selected Mediterranean menu including a la carte features.

Pricing: Varies

Location: 17550 Bernardo Oaks Drive, Rancho Bernardo

Time: 5:00 – 10:00 P.M., for more details & reservations (844) 338-9275.

The WineSellar & Brasserie

The WineSellar’s wine bar, The Casual Side, will be open for pre-dinner cocktails and appetizers to get the celebrations started early. And to keep the festivities going, The Casual Side will toast the new year with a glass of bubbly and after-dinner desserts.

Pricing: Varies

Location: 9550 Waples Street, Suite 115

Time: 4:00 P.M. – close, for more details & reservations (858) 450-9557.

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