Where to Ring in 2017 In True San Diego Style

By December 30, 2016 No Comments

Grab your friends and get ready to pop some bubbly because 2017 is right around the corner. The below San Diego hotspots are ready to help locals bid adieu to 2016 and welcome in a whole new year of possibilities with everything from a rat pack inspired casino night to the chance to win one million dollars!   

Kettner Exchange 

Time to dust off that sparkly dress and black tie because Kettner Exchange is hosting a New Year’s Eve Rat Pack Extravaganza. Beginning at 5 p.m. guests can enjoy a five course prix fixe menu (starting at $100/ person) with suggested wine pairings, live music by David Patrone, casino games hosted by The Grand Artique and a champagne toast as the clock strikes midnight. On New Year’s Day, join Kettner Exchange’s Tiki Oasis brunch, featuring tropical DJ styling and cocktails to cure any residual 2016 pain. 


Rooftop by STK

Kick of 2017 on the Rooftop by STK, located at the Andaz San Diego. The Rooftop by STK will offer an open bar from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. with light tray-passed hors d’oeuvres. General admission tickets will begin at $89 with bottle service and tables available beginning at $1,000. Guests can also enjoy a live DJ, multiple bars, a countdown to midnight and a midnight champagne toast. Guests must be 21 or older and dress code is festive.



New Year’s Cocktail Experience at Grant Grill

This New Year’s Eve, Grant Grill has created an intimate table-side cocktail package experience in its Lounge to ring in the New Year. Cocktail aficionados can delight in personal mixology with Chef de Bar, Cory Alberto, as he creates a variety of exceptional craft cocktails including flaming Blue Blazer cocktails for the table to cap the night. The first popularized flaming cocktail is sure to please, composed of cask-strength single-malt Scotch, Demerara sugar or sugar in the raw, and lemon peel, mixed together as Alberto creates a spectacular blue flame between two mixing glasses. The special cocktail activation for New Year’s is an ode to President Ulysses S. Grant who the hotel is named after (built by the former President’s son) and who was highly impressed by his first Blue Blazer cocktail. Additional cocktail package pairings include a welcome seasonal citrus bottled cocktail, a flight of unique and exceptional spirits including Sancerre Orange Wine, Genepi Americana Cocktail and the exclusive last batch of the property’s Gentleman Grant, paired with a cheese and charcuterie board as well as additional bites. Reservations are $700 for a party of four, $1,400 for a party of eight, excluding tax.



Bellamy’s, one of Escondido’s most sought-after dining destinations, will be offering a specialty New Year’s Eve menu prepared by Chef Jonathan Freyberg. Menu highlights include smoked wild salmon, foie gras torchon, pan-seared scallop and king beef filet mignon. A complete list of New Year’s Eve offerings can be found here. 


Tidal at Paradise Point Resort & Spa

Where better to ring in the New Year on the sparkling waters of San Diego’s Mission Bay at Tidal’s annual New Year’s Eve dinner and dancing celebration. Enjoy the finest coastal cuisine and choose from two dining options at the bay-front eatery, known for providing the ultimate Southern California dining experience. 

  • First Seating (4-7 p.m.): A three-course prix fixe dinner menu created by Tidal Chef Danilo “DJ” Tangalin for $59.
  • Second Seating (8-10:15 p.m.): A four-course prix fixe dinner menu created by Tidal Chef Danilo “DJ” Tangalin for $90. Enjoy access to live music and dancing throughout midnight, as well as party favors and a celebratory Champagne toast to the New Year. 


Rustic Root 

Ring in the new year atop Rustic Root and toast to the final moments of 2016 at the Gaslamp Quarter’s only rooftop restaurant. Begin the celebration with a one-of-a-kind New Year’s Eve four-course dinner offered downstairs with amuse bouche options of lobster bisque or rustic salad, appetizers including mussel gratin, wagyu tartare and wild mushroom risotto, entrees of dry-aged NY steak, herb-crusted lamp chops, prosciutto-wrapped pheasant breast, and Chilean sea bass, and a variety of mouthwatering desserts. Dinner guests will be treated to live entertainment in the stylish ambiance to make this year’s countdown extra special. Rustic Root’s four-course pre-fixe dinner is $95 per person with an optional $75 wine pairing. Early bird admission to the rooftop celebration is $20 per person and VIP rooftop fire pits and tables start at $600. 


The Commons 

The Commons, a local favorite in the heart of the Gaslamp, will be hosting a midnight champagne toast to the new year on Saturday, Dec. 31. There will be no cover for this event and guests are invited to ring in 2017 with good music, delicious drinks and great company. 


Rancho Bernardo Inn

Located in North County San Diego, Rancho Bernardo Inn is the perfect backdrop to ring in 2017! Cap off 2016 with delicious dining options such as prix fixe three course menu at Avant or indulge in a la carte dining at Veranda Fireside Lounge & Restaurant. New Year’s Eve at The Inn will feature live music by The Kicks, balloon drop, party favors, complimentary drink ticket and snack mix.




New Year’s Eve at Hotel del Coronado 

Ring in the New Year with family and friends at The Del and experience two festive and unique celebrations. From 9pm to 1am on December 31st the Hotel del Coronado’s magnificent Crown Room will transform into ‘Club Crown,’ a wild post-dinner party. Complete with DJ entertainment and dancing, Crown Club with tempt guests further with a light dessert reception with savory sliders and tuna tartare, champagne glees, and linzer cookies. Tickets for Club Crown cost $120 per person and includes admission, two drink tickets, cash bar, and a midnight champagne toast. Alternatively, for an evening full of adventure guests can experience “Far East Fantasy”—a celebration filled with exotic sights, sounds and senses discovered along the Silk Road. This black-tie gala transforms the oceanfront ballroom in Byzantine Empire style and features a delectable five-course feast including a Dim Sum Cart, Polynesian Poke, and a Duet of Filet Mignon and Citron Glazed Prawn entree. The night also includes an open bar, and dance music by The Mighty Untouchables. Far East Fantasy at The Del is $370 per person for general seating, or $420 per person for VIP ringside seating.




New Year’s Eve Dinner at Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa

Ring in the New Year at Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa’s signature restaurant, Veladora with live music and a delectable four-course meal made with the finest seasonal ingredients. The indulgent meal will consist of various dishes including lobster consommé made with Maine lobster, potato, and matzo ball; short rib croquette with mustard aioli, shaved onion, and radish; king crab risotto with citrus, chive oil, brussel leaves, and pancetta crisp; poached Atlantic salmon with braised kale, bacon, shallots, shrimp, and shelling beans; vanilla bean panna cotta with poached pears and more. New Year’s Eve dinner at Veladora is $150 per person and $175 with wine pairings.


Manchester Grand Hyatt 

Give a proper send off to 2016 while 40 stories above San Diego Bay at the Manchester Grand Hyatt, located on the waterfront of San Diego’s iconic Gaslamp Quarter. Raise your glass and cheers to the New Year in style with the posh Top of the Hyatt Premier Package for two, ages 21 and up. Enjoy luxurious accommodations in a Premium View Grand Club Room, access to the exclusive Grand Club for continental breakfast, appetizers and all day snacks and entrance for two to the intimate Top of the Hyatt celebration. Complete with a hosted premium bar and Champagne, hors d’oeuvres, interactive DJ and Champagne toast at midnight, the celebration has everything needed to keep the festivities going into the wee hours of the morning. Other New Year’s Eve specials include:

  • Redfield’s Sports Bar: Enjoy local craft brews and a gastropub-inspired menu, as well as a live DJ spinning this year’s club hits until 1:30 a.m.
  • Grand Lobby Bar: Countdown to midnight and a festive balloon drop with old and new friends alike. Spend the rest of the night dancing as the DJ plays iconic top 40 hits from the past four decades. All ages welcome until 9 p.m. Open to 21 and up after. 
  • Sally’s Fish House & Bar: Enjoy the finest coastal cuisine, live entertainment from a jazzy trio and waterfront dining with panoramic views of the San Diego Bay and beyond. Open from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for lunch and 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.for dinner. Last seating taken at 10 p.m. Reservations are highly recommended. 
  • Seaview Restaurant: Enjoy a dinner buffet, complete with prime rib and more from 6-9:30 p.m. for $45.95 per person. Live music will be provided from 6-10:30 p.m. Reservations are highly recommended. 


Win $1 Million and NYE Bash at Harrah’s Resort Southern California 

Harrah’s Resort SoCal does NYE in a big way with one lucky winner starting 2017 a millionaire. For the fourth year in a row, Harrah’s is giving away $1 million cash at the popular Year of the Millionaire. Open to all Total Rewards members, a free membership program that guests can join at any time, one lucky winner will be randomly chosen to receive a million dollars on New Year’s Eve. We can’t think of a better way to start 2016. #winning But the fun doesn’t stop there, Harrah’s Resort SoCal also throws a NYE party not-to-be-missed with entertainment all night long. This year’s theme is “Alice in Wonderland” where guests are invited down the rabbit hole complete with scenes from the story, appearances from iconic characters, and more.   


FlorentFlorent will be hosting a New Year’s Eve dinner with a specialty menu created by Executive Chef Brad Hightow. Patrons can get the party going with two levels of NYE celebrations, including an exclusive lower level lounge and featured music by top California DJs, Dj Shadowman and Taylor Michael. Tickets are starting at $35.  Whiskey Girl Why just ring in the New Year with champagne, when you can ring in 2017 with champagne and whiskey!? Whiskey Girl’s Masquerade Ball will feature a champagne buffet dinner from 7 to 9 p.m., followed by an epic night of hits with Channel 93.3’s DJ Marc Thrasher and Romeo Gibbs. Early Bird tickets for entry start at $25 and $40 for buffet. Tickets include party favors, entry and a confetti pop at midnight. For more information and tickets, visit: http://www.whiskeygirl.com/nye2017. Double DeuceGet buck wild with bull rides, boots and booze at the annual Double Deuce New Year’s Eve Party! Ride into the New Year with four rooms of New Year’s fun, including two rooms of music and entertainment by DJ Jiffy. The “Buck Out 2016” event begins at 8 p.m. and pre-sale tickets are only $20. Bottle service and VIP table are available for parties of six and above. 
Eastbound Bar & Grill
Get transported to another century with Eastbound Bar & Grill’s Roaring 20’s New Years Eve party. The local bar turned speakeasy will have free glasses of champagne at midnight and a free bottle of bubbly for those who reserve a table. Spend a little extra on that feathered costume, because there is no cover all night.
Harbor Town Pub
Dust off those old yearbooks because Harbor Town Pub is gearing up for the New Year with their 80’s Prom Party. From prom arches and photo ops to corsages, this party will take you back to an era of thick shoulder pads and even bigger hair. Tickets are $20 and will include a hosted toast and a prom after party at local dive, Club Marina.
The Hills
The Hills in La Mesa wants to NYE party like it’s 1975 with their disco celebrations. Break out those bell-bottoms because there will be a champagne toast at midnight, DJs spinning vintage tracks and no cover all night long.  Bottega Americano Ring in 2017 the Italian way – with good food and drinks! Bottega Americano invites guests to enjoy a selection of holiday specials, a complimentary champagne toast at midnight and a live DJ this New Year’s Eve. Reservations are required with seating times available at 5:30, 7:00, and 9:30 p.m.Continue the festivities with New Year’s Day brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., complete with Bottomless Mimosas and $6 Bloody Mary’s (perfect for National Bloody Mary Day on January 1). JRDN at Tower23Say goodbye to 2016 in true San Diego fashion—at the beach! Join Tower23 Hotel and JRDN for a night of dining, drinks and dancing in Pacific Beach. There will be two seatings for dinner at 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., with drinks and a DJ starting at 10:30 p.m. Reservations are required for dinner.   Decoy Dockside DiningCheers to the New Year at Lake San Marcos. Lakefront restaurant Decoy Dockside Dining is hosting a New Year’s Eve celebration from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. complete with dinner, drinks and dancing. For $125 per person, guests of the party will enjoy a hosted cocktail hour from 6-7 p.m., live food stations from 6 p.m. to midnight, and two floors of entertainment as they dance their way into 2017. Lakehouse Hotel & Resort is offering a special New Year’s Eve room package, which includes a bottle of sparkling wine, party favors, and two tickets to Decoy’s NYE party. Jsix This New Year’s Eve, Chef Anthony Sinsay is cooking up a four-course prefixed menu, which includes a caviar and foie gras supplement and complimentary champagne toast at midnight. The menu will feature a few of Sinsay’s Filipino favorites such as the Longaniza Sourdough Dressing and Local Roasted Carrots. Guests will enjoy a live music performance from local singer/songwriter Bob Peace as they sip on hand-crafted cocktails from the Jsix Bar. Dinner on New Year’s Eve will be served from 6-10:30 p.m. Jsix will also be serving a New Year’s Day brunch from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Westgate HotelWhisk away to Paris this New Year’s Eve without leaving San Diego at The Westgate Hotel’s luxurious New Year’s Eve celebration. Guests are invited to a Masquerade Night in Versailles, complete with a five-course dinner, masked ball, and Moët & Chandon Champagne toasts.For a more intimate celebration, enjoy dinner for two and an overnight stay with The Westgate Hotel’s New Year’s Eve packages. The Le Versailles package includes a one-night stay in a premier room and a five-course wine pairing dinner for two for $850. For $1,055, The Marie Antoinette package includes a one-night stay with a five-course wine pairing dinner for two, as well as a special delivery at midnight, in-room party favors, and New Year’s Day brunch for two. The Forever Your King package includes an overnight stay in the Presidential Suite or Governor Suite, a five-course wine pairing dinner for two, specialty macaroons, and a bottle of Moët & Chandon Champagne for $3,500.  MonelloSay ‘Felice Anno Nuovo’ at Monello! The popular Little Italy eatery is serving a special a la carte menu with limited edition recipes as well as handmade pasta and risotto served hot from the cheese wheel. Guests will enjoy their choice of meat platters, rolled bites, appetizers, seafood, and vegetarian pasta dishes at this exclusive cuisine-based celebration. Dinner will be served from 5-11 p.m. on Saturday, December 31 and reservations are required.  Bencotto Italian KitchenSpend New Year’s Eve at Bencotto Italian Kitchen indulging in Italian holiday favorites and of course, champagne. Guests will enjoy specialty dishes such as Ossobuco Con Riso Al Salto Alla Milanese, veal shank slowly cooked with carrots, celery and herbs, served with fresh herb mashed potatoes, or Tortelli Di Zucca Alla Mantovana, which includes handmade ravioli filled with butternut squash, candied fruit, and amoretto. Dinner will be served from 5-11 p.m. on Saturday, December 31 and reservations are required.   Parc Bistro-Brasserie Refine your New Year’s Eve plans at Parc Bistro, the newest French restaurant in Banker’s Hill. Guests are invited to enjoy a four-course menu featuring entrée specials such as Butter Poached Lobster, Orange Glazed Half Duck and Filet Mignon Rossini. Dinner is $75 per person or $95 with a wine pairing. Reservations are recommended.  The biggest night of the year deserves the biggest parties of the year. Get your tickets and let these bars around San Diego treat you to a memorable start to 2017 (champagne popping included)!  

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