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Wednesday, Dec 19, 2012

New Year’s Eve Guide 2013

Our roundup of NYE events in San Diego

By CityBeat Staff

Now matter what your resolutions are this holiday season, we have you covered with 100 options for your partying pleasure. We’ve organized the events loosely around “Dancing,” “Drinks,” “Dinner” and “Activities,” but be sure to peruse the whole list to make you don’t miss the one that’s perfect for you. Kudos to Alex Zaragoza for wrestling this bear of a project to the ground, and to Kelly Davis, Amy T. Granite, Peter Holslin, Dave Maass and David Rolland for helping out.

Dancing

If you’re looking to finally turn that muffin top into rock-hard abs, New Year’s Eve is your chance to get a head start on your resolution to exercise.

Hillcrest nightclub The Flame (3780 Park Blvd.) will be popping with DJs Niomiesoulfly and Johntastik. Work up a sweat in three party rooms featuring hip-hop, R&B, Latin tunes and dancehall all night. Those are four genres that solicit a hefty amount of grinding, and thus add up to whole lot of burned calories. P90X has nothing on a good, ol’-fashioned buttshaking session.

The first 300 through the door will get a free mixtape, so you can continue your New Year’s workout at home. It’s important to hydrate during exercise, so knock back a complimentary glass of champagne at midnight (yeah, we know, that’s not how hydration works— just do it). And as a further reward for your newfound healthy life choices, there will be a balloonand-money-drop when the clock strikes 2013. Cover is only $10. Go to flamesandiego.com for tickets.

Looking for something different? Here’s a bunch of other ideas:

The Office Bar 3936 30th St., North Park. Kanye Asada and Edroc man the turntables. Party favors and a champagne toast are on the bar’s tab. theofficebarsd.com

Stingaree 454 Sixth Ave., Downtown. DJ Crooked gets the ladies and gents fist-pumping all night long. $50 pre-sale. wanttickets.com/stingaree

Tango Del Rey 3567 Del Rey St., Pacific Beach. For fans of loud, repetitive sounds, the theme of this shindig is “EDM: Past, Present and Future.” DJs Matt Ciel Kalen, Keoni Celoza and Misha are the main culprits. sandiegohousemusic.com

Marriott Gaslamp and Altitude Sky Lounge 660 K St., Downtown. Say “Bottom’s Up” to 2013 with unlimited well drinks, beer and champagne all night long as well as a raw seafood bar, taco stand and more. DJs Rage, David Cutler and Ramsey will keep the beats going. $150. Add a hotel room starting at $299. bottoms up2013.com

Bahia Resort Hotel 998 West Mission Bay Drive, Mission Bay. DJ Mic-E spins the club hits. Play with the free party favors, toast to 2013 with champagne and dance the night away. Bahiahotel.com

Whistle Stop Bar 2236 Fern St., South Park. Work up a sweat at Booty Bassment, the Whistle’s rap and hip-hop party. DJs Dimitri and HekTik will spin the rump-shaking jams. $10 cover. whistlestopbar.com

Spin 2028 Hancock St., Midtown. The world-renowned Plump DJs, Andy Gardner and Lee Rous, will play their unique mix of electro-house, techno and break-beat. More than half a dozen other DJs will also be on the decks. $50. spinnightclub.com.

Dirk’s Niteclub 7662 Broadway, Lemon Grove. Serious Guise rocks out at a party with balloons, party favors and champagne at midnight. $10. dirksniteclub.com

McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon 731 Fifth Ave., Downtown. The raucous Gaslamp party bar—woo!— will have dancing from 9 p.m. to close with a dinner buffet, party favors and a midnight champagne toast. Price is $45, or $75 VIP with an open bar. CityBeat readers can enter the promo code “CITYBEAT” to get $10 off when buying online. mcfaddenssandiego.com

Side Bar 536 Market St., Downtown. Epic Twelve lays down the beats. A $25 cover gets you a champagne toast at midnight; $75=VIP open bar. sidebarsd.com

PB Alehouse 721 Grand Ave., Pacific Beach. Get down to some house, hip-hop and Top 40 bangers with DJ Brett Carr. Party favors and midnight champagne are free, as is the entry. pbalehouse.com

Rich’s 1051 University Ave., Hillcrest. DJs Von Kiss, Dirty Kurty and Nikno put on “Massive,” a blowout that goes till 4 a.m. Cover is $25-$30 and includes a cash drop at midnight. richssandiego.com.

Urban Mo’s 308 University Ave., Hillcrest. Have a bear-y good time as DJ Luke Allen puts on a party with CD giveaways and a champagne toast. $5 after 9 p.m. urbanmos.com.

True North Tavern 3815 30th St., North Park. DJ Wonderbread spins the party jams as you toast to 2013 with a complimentary glass of champagne. Party favors will be provided. Progressive cover charge starts at $10 and caps at $20. truenorthtavern.com 

Barleymash 600 Fifth Ave., Downtown. Groove to DJ Ramsey spinning at this bash themed “Gateway to Gold.” There will be a free cham pagne toast at midnight. $25 presale. barleymash.com

Bourbon Street 4612 Park Blvd., University Heights. DJ Lil Chris spins tunes while cute go-go boys show their stuff at this party with a champagne toast and a balloon drop with $1,000 in Bourbon Bucks. No cover. bourbonstreetsd.com.

Valley View Casino Center 3500 Sports Arena Blvd., Sports Arena. Get all the EDM you could ask for at “OMFG!,” a two-day fest (Dec. 30- Dec. 31) featuring electronic dance mavens Calvin Harris, Dillon Francis and Nero (doing a DJ set) and more. $164. valleyviewcasinocenter.com.

Voyeur 755 Fifth Ave, Downtown. Groove to your heart’s content with TJR and his funky electro beats. $50 early-bird; $75 presale. voyeursd.com.

Numbers 3811 Park Blvd, Hillcrest. DJs Ivan and Will Z get the party bumping at “¡Club Papi!” as clubgoers get treated to party favors, go-go boys, porn DVD giveaways and a complimentary midnight tequila toast. $10, $60 for VIP package. numberssd.com.

Hard Rock Hotel 207 Fifth Ave., Downtown. EC Twins headline a blowout with three floors, five venues, 12 DJs and countless pretty faces, with a champagne toast and balloon drop at the end. $75. hardrockhotelsd.com.

Henry’s Pub 618 Fifth Ave., Downtown. DJ Mixmaster Yodah will spin the dance music from 7 p.m. to close. Cover: $20. Dinner without cover is $36. Packages including meal, champagne, cover and a reserved table all night are $50 (patio) and $80 (inside). Bottle service including cover and all-night table: $250 to $300. henryspub.com

Bar Pink 3829 30th St., North Park. DJs Junior the Discopunk and Vaughn Avakian put on a special edition of “Neon Beat” with party favors and a champagne toast. $10. barpink.com

Big Night San Diego at Hilton San Diego Bayfront 1 Park Blvd., Downtown. This one is Tom Haverford’s NYE dream, with 12 themed party areas, six dance floors, balloon drops, free food and drink, party favors and more. The Silent Comedy, The Dance Party, Agua Dulce and The Howls will play sets, along with other DJs and acts. $114.99-$259. bignightsandiego.com

Live Wire 2103 El Cajon Blvd., North Park. Have your cold beer with warm friends at DJ group Fam Royal gets the party going. livewirebar.com

Ivy Nightclub at Andaz Hotel 600 F St., Downtown. DJ Drop the Lime and electronic musician GRUM headline this dance party, which will also feature R.O.B.O.T., Brady Spear, ScreenWerks with Steve1der, Murphi Kenndy, Angle and a sexy performance by the Lipstik Inc. dancers. Ticket includes a champagne toast and party favors. Room packages are also available. $75. ivyentertainmentsandiego.com

Queen Bee’s 3925 Ohio St., North Park. Choose between two rooms of music featuring Halo, Mark Quark, Philaye, James Curry Dazzla and more, plus live entertainment throughout the night. There will be hosted hors d’oeuvres and cocktails from 8 to 9 p.m., a complimentary champagne toast, party favors and art on display. $45. queenbeessd.com

Air Conditioned Lounge 4673 30th St., University Heights. The AC hosts its annual Masquerade Ball with DJ Junior steering the party ship. Complimentary masks and party favors will be provided. Knock back a free Van Gogh Vodka shot and midnight champagne toast. $30. airconditionedlounge.com

Onyx Room / Thin 852 Fifth Ave., Downtown. DJs Martin Kache, Tony V, Muzik Junkies, Rags, Retep and Rekon will get bumping, with party favors and a midnight champagne toast and balloon drop. Show up from 8 to 9 p.m. for complimentary cocktails. $30 presale. onyxroom.com.

The W Hotel 421 West B St., Downtown. Attendees are encouraged to get “Unmasq’d” at this masquerade ball. Violinist Yvonne Shay, DJ Tim Thompson, Colour Vision and Ayla Simone will get the party going. Knock back a complimentary glass of champagne when the clock strikes midnight. californianightlife.com

1202/The Range 1202 University Ave., Hillcrest. DJ Pornstar, one of the nation’s sexiest (male) disc-spinners, is coming down from San Francisco to get the crowd sweating and salivating. Meanwhile, The Range will be offering up a special menu, along with a “recovery” brunch the next morning, starting at 6 a.m. General admission to the club is $20, with VIP service for $200. 1202sd.com

Whiskey Girl 702 Fifth Ave., Downtown. Resident DJs Marc Thrasher and Romeo will be throwing down house tracks until 2 a.m., preceded by a gourmet buffet dinner from 7 to 9 p.m. $30-$40. whiskeygirl.com

FLUXX 500 Fourth Ave., Downtown. DJ Ikon, one of Las Vegas’ hottest club DJs, kicks off his San Diego residency with Fluxx’s “Champagne Ball.” The VIP reception runs 8 to 9 p.m., when the night club opens to general admission. Dress fancy. $60- 70. Fluxxsd.com

El Dorado 1030 Broadway, Downtown. A team of seasoned party starters—DJs Don’t Go Jason Waterfalls, Saul Q, Adam Salter and Mike Delgado—put on a party called “Enchantment Under the Sea.” Need we say more? $20. eldoradobar.com.

F6ix 526 F St., Downtown. This swanky hip-hop club puts on a bash with DJ Fingaz laying down the beats and a midnight balloon drop with more than $2,013 in cash and prizes. $25-75. f6ixsd.com.

Drinks

You spent too much of 2012 in a booze cloud, waking up in random places and showing up to work looking like a Lohan. So maybe next year you want to clean up your act—and your liver—but not until you get in one more alcohol-soaked night.

Start by taking your taste for quality booze to the underground speakeasy Prohibition (548 Fifth Ave. facebook.com/prohibitionsd) The anti-Downtown Downtown establishment prides itself on delicious craft cocktails made with an almost OCD-like attention to flavor and detail. So come ready to savor, not chug.

Tickets for Prohibition’s New Year’s Eve celebration are $30. The Friendly Bootleggers will perform a raucous set. And remember to follow Prohibition’s house rules: no cell phones at the bar, no pestering the ladies, no parties larger than six and drink with an open mind. There’s also a strict dress code, so leave your flip-flops, sneakers and sweatpants at home. It’s New Year’s Eve, for crying out loud. Would it kill you to try?

If tasty cocktails and a lot of rules don’t float your boat, here are some other events that will help you drink away 2012:

The U.S. Grant Hotel 326 Broadway, Downtown. The swanky soirée features four beverage stations with specialty cocktails dreamed up by mixologist Jeff Josenhans, a midnight champagne toast, a performance by blues rockers Lady Dottie & the Diamonds and DJ Brett Bodley on the turntables. Wear your cocktail attire for this one. Room packages are available. $60-$80. usgrant.net/nye

Splash Wine Lounge & Bistro 3043 University Ave., North Park. CityBeat’s fabulous downstairs neighbor will throw a “cocktail party” from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. with hors d’oeuvres, party favors and a midnight champagne toast. $25. Reservations recommended. splashofwine.com

Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens 1999 Citracado Pkwy., Escondido. San Diego’s superstar craft-beer purveyors promise to have 36 beers on tap, including rare vintages and special releases. The evening also includes DJs, live music from the Soulfires, food stations and champagne at midnight. $99. stonebrewing.com

Hotel Indigo at Level 9 509 Ninth Ave., East Village. An all-night open bar and champagne toast should get you sufficiently hammered. Luckily, there will be appetizer stations to keep you mobile. DJ tunes and party favors will keep things interesting. $95 per person. $180 per couple. hotelindigo.com

Blind Lady Ale House 3416 Adams Ave., Normal Heights. Make it a mellow NYE with BLAH’s Belgian Celebrations. The event includes a bunch of Belgian beers, Belgian treats, Belgian tunes and Belgian-related give aways. The party goes from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., so you can get to bed early or head elsewhere to keep the party going. blindlady.blogpost.com

Sandbar and Grill 718 Ventura Place, Mission Beach. $3 you-call-its, party favors and a champagne toast await at this bash. And for those who drink too much, a free breakfast on Jan. 1 and a $10 comp. card to use in January. $40. sandbarsportsgrill.com

Quality Social 789 Sixth St., Downtown. QS does the vintage Parisian thing with “La Fin du Monde,” a party featuring a hosted bar, hors d’oeuvres, party favors, live art, DJs Groundfloor and Blancnoire and a champagne toast at midnight. $85. qualitysocial.com.

Bootlegger 804 Market St., East Village. The prohibition-style bar will have drinks galore as well as music from DJ Eddie Cutlass. A private mini bar is available for those who want a little more personal attention. Cover is $20. bootleggersd.com

Seven Grand 3054 University Ave., North Park. The whisky-only bar is the place to go for a stiff, craft cocktail in an environment that looks like a rich old man’s study. Dress up and drink up. There will be live music in the back room. sevengrandbarsd.com

Tiger! Tiger! 3025 El Cajon Blvd., North Park. The craft-beer bar will be open from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. for what they’re calling a “Time Zone Party.” As each U.S. time zone welcomes the new year, there will be a $3 special on a beer from that time zone. The midnight toast is complimentary, and you’ll get a commemorative glass. tigertigertavern.blogspot.com

Dinner

After loading up on carbs this holiday season, 2013 might be the year you finally decide to drop that extra 10 or 15 pounds sticking to your ribs, saving you the embarrassment of having to purchase pajama jeans. So, bid goodbye to 2012’s humongous portions with one last killer meal at Urban Solace (3828 30th St., North Park) before resolving to diet in the new year.

Chef Matt Gordon has crafted a three-course, prix-fixe menu of modern American dishes that will make your eyes pop out with cartoon hearts. Among the items are butter-poached lobster and organic sweet corn grits, smoked sea salt and sugar-glazed sturgeon and hazelnut chocolate gateau. The eatery will offer a few regular menu items as well.

Seating times are 6, 8 and 10 p.m., with a champagne toast offered for the final seating. The meal is $50 a person. Make your reservations at urbansolace.net.

But not everyone can eat at Urban Solace. Fortunately, there are lots of options; here are some:

Jayne’s Gastropub 4677 30th St., Normal Heights. The small neighborhood pub is big on flavor with a threecourse, prix-fixe menu that includes blue crab cakes, bacon-wrapped filet mignon and eight other delicious choices. $65. Jaynesgastropub.com

Craft & Commerce 675 West Beech St., Little Italy. Put on something fancy for this classy, four-course dinner. Highlights include artisan cheeses and cured meats, a surf-and-turf main course and a chocolate bar for a little sweetness. The 6 p.m. seating is $75; the 9 p.m. seating is $90 and includes a champagne toast. craftcommerce.com 

Jsix Restaurant 616 J St., Downtown. Line your stomach with a fourcourse dinner and wash it down with cocktails from the champagne bar. Eating here grants you free entrance to LOUNGESix. $95 for dinner. $115 for dinner with wine pairings. jsixrestaurant.com

Pacifica Del Mar 1555 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar. This seafood-centric four-course, prix-fixe dinner includes a champagne toast and free valet. The 4:30 p.m. seating is $55 and 7:30 p.m. second seating is $89. The restaurant bar will have DJs, complimentary bites and a toast. pacificadelmar.com

Cusp Drinks & Dining 7955 La Jolla Shores Drive. La Jolla. Chef Donald Lockhart has arranged a four-course, prix-fixe dinner with seatings at 5 and 8 p.m. The second seating includes a champagne toast. There will be live entertainment throughout the night. $65 per person. cusprestaurant.com

Toscana Café and Wine Bar 238 Fifth Ave., Downtown. The Italian Gaslamp bistro will have dinner seatings at 5, 7 and 9 p.m., including appetizers, entrée, dessert and champagne for $39, but the full dinner menu will be available, too. toscanacafesd.com

Solace & The Moonlight Lounge 25 East E St., Encinitas. Looking for artificial ingredients in your dinner? Look elsewhere. The younger sister to North Park’s Urban Solace will serve an au natural three-course, prix-fixe dinner and a midnight champagne toast for $50 while The Red Fox Tails entertain with live music. eatatsolace.com

Gingham 8384 La Mesa Blvd., La Mesa. Head east to the “urban cowboy diner” for an affordable ($35 per person) three-course menu that includes an amuse bouche and a glass of champagne. The full dinner menu will also be available. ginghameats.com

Herringbone 7837 Herschel Ave., La Jolla. The restaurant’s first New Year’s Eve dinner features a fourcourse, prix-fixe menu created by chef Amanda Baumgarten for $75 per person. For $95, add in full caviar service. DJs Bobby Calabrese and Billa will be spinning tunes. Find the menu at facebook.com/HerringboneEats.

Searsucker 611 Fifth Ave., Downtown. The menu’s not been posted yet, but we’re told that it’s three courses with “plenty of options” for each course. While you eat, DJs Chris Renzuli and Matsu will provide the music. $75 per person. searsucker.com

Coronado Firehouse Bar & Grill 126 Orange Ave., Coronado. The party starts early, at 5 p.m., with a dinner buffet ($19.99, if you choose to partake, including a glass of champagne) until 9 p.m. and an appetizer buffet ($10.99) starting at 9:30. Live and DJ music will fuel the dancing until closing time, with a balloon drop at midnight. coronadofirehousebarandgrill.com

Café Sevilla 353 Fifth Ave., Downtown. The venerable Spanish tapas restaurant and bar will offer seatings for a four-course, prix-fixe dinner at 6:30, 7:30, 8:30 and 9 p.m. costing $49 to $99. The evening includes flamenco music during dinner, followed by live and DJ music and a free midnight champagne toast. cafesevilla.com

Sea Rocket Bistro 3382 30th Street, North Park. The locally-sourced seafood restaurant offers a special a la cart tapas menu, including oyster and sea urchin shooters served with champagne. searocketbistro.com

Basic Urban Kitchen and Bar 4010 Tenth Ave., East Village. Enjoy pizza, a champagne toast and a dance party with a $15 cover and bottle service specials all night long. An affordable champagne package is also available. barbasic.com

Cucina Urbana 505 Laurel St., Bankers Hill. The early seating offers a special three-course meal for reservations between 5 and 6:15 p.m. for $50 per guest. Reservations after 6:30 p.m. will enjoy a special fourcourse menu for $65 per guest. Seating at the bar or pizza counter is on a first-available basis where guests may select either the prix-fixe menu or a special à la carte menu. Final seating at 10:30 p.m. cucinaurbana.com

La Valencia Hotel 1132 Prospect St., La Jolla. A nine-course meal will be served from 6:30 to 10 p.m. for $165, or you can opt for four courses from 6 to 11:30 p.m. for $85. The “Queen of Boogie Woogie,” Sue Palmer, and her Motel Swing Orchestra play from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. in the Sala Lounge. lavalencia.com

Aventine 3777 La Jolla Village Drive, La Jolla. This 11-acre complex has four restaurants to choose from: Truluck’s, Melting Pot, Fleming’s and Café Japengo. Three of the four are offering prix-fixe menus, while Fleming’s will have a special selection of entrées, including a lobster brioche bread pudding. There’s also the “Jap engo Dine and Stay” package that, for $299, gets you dinner for two at Cafe Japengo and a room at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla. aventine.com

Katsuya 600 F St., Downtown. From 5 to 9 p.m., the restaurant’s serving a four-course, prix-fixe menu plus select sashimi and sushi items ($55 from 5 to 7 p.m.; $75 from 8 to 9 p.m.). The party starts at 10 p.m. with a fashion show and music by DJ Joey Jimenez. For an extra $50, get an allaccess pass to parties throughout the Andaz Hotel. sbe.com/katsuya/san-diego 

Burlap 12995 El Camino Real, Del Mar. The “Asian cowboy”-themed restaurant is serving a four-course dinner ($65 per person) that includes champagne and a “grand finale” dessert by pastry chef Rachel King. burlapeats.com

Donovan’s Prime Seafood 333 Fifth Ave., Downtown. Here’s a conundrum for the classy: Of Donovan’s New Year’s $95 prix-fixe specials, do you choose two pounds of Maine lobster thermidor or a sixounce prime filet mignon with seafood Newburg? Get in by 11 p.m. to celebrate the ball-drop with hats, noisemakers and champagne. donovansprimeseafood.com 

Café Coyote 2461 San Diego Ave., Old Town. The Mexican eatery is offering a three-course menu selection. If you’re feeling extra festive, add the margarita pairing—$36.99 with parings, $24.99 without. cafecoyoteoldtown.com

Bertrand at Mr. A’s 2550 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill. The rooftop restaurant will have two seatings: 5 to 7 p.m. features an à la carte menu while 7:15 to 10:15 p.m. is a six-course prix-fixe ($115 per person) with dishes like Maine lobster strudel, roasted pumpkin ravioli and gorgonzolacrusted beef tenderloin. bertrandatmisteras.com

Mille Fleurs 6009 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe. Chef Martin Woesle will be serving up his favorite dishes from 2012. Choose from à la carte (available 5 to 6:30 p.m.) or prix-fixe ($115 per person, available from 7 to 9 p.m.). Menu items include grilled Maine sea scallops, Broken Arrow Ranch antelope loin, Loch Etive salmon schnitzel, and fourmushroom bisque. millefleurs.com

Flavor Del Mar 1555 Camino Del Mar, #322, Del Mar. They’ll be serving up a four-course dinner featuring dishes like prime beef short rib vindaloo and a Tai red snapper bouillabaisse. DJ Mike White will be spinning in the lounge from 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. so you can get your groove on after dinner. $92 per person. flavordelmar.com

The Pearl Hotel 1410 Rosecrans St., Point Loma. Pick from two seatings at the Restaurant at the Pearl— 6:30 or 9 p.m.—for a three-course, prix-fixe menu ($49). After-dinner festivities include a no-cover party with cocktails, tunes by DJ Dex Diego and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. thepearlsd.com

Starlite 3175 India St., Mission Hills. Starlite’s offering a three-course, prix-fixe menu ($45 before 8 p.m., $55 after) with your choice of four dishes per course. Stay for a postdinner party that starts at 9:30 p.m. Or, skip dinner and do the party only. Fifty bucks gets you in and gets you three drink tickets for your choice of craft cocktails, beer or wine. starlitesandiego.com

Uptown Tavern 1236 University Ave., Hillcrest. The newish restaurant’s offering a New Year’s Eve tasting menu with three options: $10 per plate a la carte, $27 for three items or $45 for all five items (find the menu at uptowntavernsd.com). An additional $5 gets you a champagne toast.

West Coast Tavern 2895 University Ave., North Park. Pick from two seatings—5:30 to 6:30 p.m. ($69.95) or 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. ($79.95, includes party favors and a champagne toast)—for a four-course, prix-fixe dinner that includes a beer or wine pairing with each course.

W Hotel 421 West B St., Downtown. Executive Chef Kevin Harry crafted a special four-course menu that features tasty gourmet nibbles, like sweet corn veloute with Dungeness crab. There are seatings at 6 and 9 p.m. $85. thewsandiegohotel.com

Activities

For those looking to live life to the fullest in 2013, New Year’s Eve is your chance to charge into the new year with enthusiasm. Netflix and Hulu Plus are great, but sitting on the couch every night and watching the entire Battlestar Galactica series again is no way to live. Get out there and see some shows.

The Lafayette Hotel and Swim Club (2223 El Cajon Blvd., North Park) is a great place to start. The historic hotel will put on a musical jamboree with blues-rockers Little Hurricane, who’ve garnered all kinds of love in 2012 thanks to their raw live performances.

Joining them are Get Back Loretta, The Creepy Creeps, Blackout Party, The Amandas, Shake Before Us and Creepxotica.

Tickets are $30, but will go up to $35 after Dec. 22. If you buy on Dec. 31, it’s $40, so buy early for the better deal. Get tickets through casbahmusic.com, and check out lafayettehotelsd.com for details.

Maybe that’s too hipster for you. If so, here are more ideas:

American Comedy Co. 818 Sixth Ave, Downtown. MADtv’s Bobby Lee will harvest hyuk-hyuks during two stand-up shows—the 7 p.m. show for the early-bedtime crowd will end with the East Coast countdown, while the 10 p.m. show will cover the West Coast countdown. Admission, including appetizers, party favors and a champagne toast, is $50. americancomedyco.com.

Princess Pub & Grille 1665 India St., Little Italy. Celebrate New Year’s on Greenwich Mean Time with Scottish pipers, a sing-a-long and a champagne toast at 4 p.m. princesspub.com

Grant Grill Lounge at the U.S. Grant Hotel, 326 Broadway, Downtown. The lounge’s 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. “NYE Date Night Package” includes a table for two, a bottle of champagne and a spread of artisan cheeses and meats that you can enjoy to the tunes of Archie Thompson and the Archtones. $90 per couple. grantgrill.com

Shakespeare Pub & Grille 3701 India St., Mission Hills. The party starts at noon, leading up to a 4 p.m. (midnight in the U.K.) countdown. Free party favors. shakespearepub.com

The Casbah 2501 Kettner Blvd., Middletown. Get folksy with Steve Poltz and friends. $15, $20 day of. casbahmusic.com

Soda Bar 3615 El Cajon Blvd., City Heights. Get your party on with some indie-rock from New Mexico, Wild Wild Wets and Bruin. $7. sodabarmusic.com.

Tin Can Ale House 1863 5th Ave., Bankers Hill. Local tunesmiths Gary Hankins, Mike Pope and Jimmy Ruelas put on a country-music hoedown. No cover. thetincan1.wordpress.com.

Anthology 1337 India St., Little Italy. Rock ’n’ roll cover band The Trip dish out the riffs onstage while you enjoy a three-course dinner and a champagne toast. Shows happen at 6:30 and 9:30 p.m., and thrifty show-goers can take general admission or south rail seating to forego the dinner option. $15-$185. anthologysd.com.

Belly Up Tavern 143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach. Psychobilly legends The Reverend Horton Heat get wild onstage. Long Beach punks Tijuana Panthers open. $55, $60 day of. bellyup.com.

The Griffin 1310 Moreno Blvd., Bay Park. Rockers Dirty Sweet ring in the New Year with a reunion show. Grand Tarantula and Deadly Birds open. $28, $40 at the door. thegriffinsd.com

The Ruby Room 1271 University Ave., Hillcrest. Get ready for a cover band blowout with Geezer, Slaves Against the Machine and Red Not Chili Peppers. Open bar from 9-11 p.m. $20. rubyroomsd.com.

The Riviera Supper Club 7777 University Ave., La Mesa. Grill your own steak while Three Chord Justice plays. Blow some party favors and sip on a midnight champagne toast. No cover. rivierasupperclub.com.

The Tower Bar 4757 University Ave., City Heights. Channel your inner pirate with shanty-loving Portland rockers Rum Rebellion. The Amalgamated and Partito Tempo also play. No cover. thetowerbar.com.

World Beat Center 2100 Park Blvd., Balboa Park. A new-age jamboree for the whole family, this event features indigenous Aztec dancers, a sacred drum circle, qi-gong exercise, vegetarian cuisine and a midnight ceremony and meditation. Admission by voluntary donation. worldbeatcenter.org.

Winston’s 1921 Bacon St., Ocean Beach. Tap into your inner Deadhead with the bar’s resident Grateful Dead cover band, The Electric Waste Band. $5 cover after 10 p.m. winstonsob.com

Gallagher’s Irish Pub 5046 Newport Ave., Ocean Beach. This pub wants you to partake in “Champagne Showers” for NYE. There will be specials on bubbly all night, a light show and a performance by Brothers Gow. $10 cover. gallagherspubob.com 

La Gran Tapa 611 B St., Downtown. Party like it’s 1699 with The Rag Tag Gypsy Orchestra at this “Masked Ball of Venice.” Flamenco dancers and Le Moulin Rouge can-can dancers will also entertain. Soak up some of the excitement with food from a tapas buffet. lagrantapa.com

Cosmopolitan Restaurant and Hotel 2660 Calhoun St., Old Town. Be entertained by pianist Doug Stevens and Chet and the Committee as you munch on a three-course meal for $39.99 or small $10 plates. Party favors and a champagne toast are included. Hotel room packages are available. oldtowncosmo.com

Lamplighter 817 West Washington St., Mission Hills. The karaoke bar converts into a speakeasy for New Year’s, so dress accordingly. For zero dollars, you get party favors, champagne at midnight and the chance to hear people butcher classic songs. thelamplighterbar.com

The Field 544 Fifth Ave., Downtown. Countdown to 2013 with The Fooks. That goes for $20. For $60, you can nosh on a three-course Irish meal. thefield.com

The Turquoise 873 Turquoise St., Pacific Beach. Break out your feathers, fur, top hats and confetti for this festive party. Hot Blood Orkestar will perform as will French can-can dancers. A tapas buffet will be available for nibbling between dances. theturquoise.com/wordpress

Pal Joey’s 5147 Waring Road, Allied Gardens. Skool Nights play a set. Party favors, snacks, a champagne toast and a midnight balloon drop are all included with the $5 cover. paljoeysonline.com

Martinis Above Fourth 3940 Fourth Ave., Hillcrest. Broadway star David Burnham, backed by the Mark Vogel Trio, will perform a cabaret-style show while you dine on a four-course meal complete with a champagne toast for $125 (tax and tip included). Two seatings: 5:30 (7 p.m. show) and 9 p.m. (10:30 p.m. show). martinisabovefourth.com




 
 
 
 
 
 
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