New Years Eve Parties Big and Small

San Diego nightlife venues are jockeying for position in what is often the biggest celebration of the year! Whether you’re a club-goer looking to dance the night away, prefer to keep it quiet and intimate, or just want to have a good brew…there is a New Year’s Eve party for you!

San Diego’s Big Night

Arguably one of San Diego’s biggest NYE parties is Big Night San Diego at the Hilton Bayfront hotel. I’ve attended the last two years and each year gets bigger and better! With 6 dance floors featuring different styles of music, 12 themed rooms, an open bar from 9:00 pm – 3:00 am and roughly 4,000 of your closest friends, this all-inclusive event is definitely one for NYE partygoers who want to go BIG!

New Years on the Water

If Hornblower Cruises & Events has anything to say about it, you’ll be yelling “I’m on a boat!” come December 31st. Their yacht, the Hornblower Inspiration will play host to Millenium Events’ 6th Annual NYE Yacht Party with all inclusive tickets including 12 bars, 3 levels of entertainment and one of the most unique venues in San Diego.

A Beer New Year

If you prefer something a little less crowded but no less awesome, check out Stone Brewery’s New Year’s Celebration. Running from 8:00 pm – 1:00 am, enjoy an evening on Stone’s 1 acre compound in Escondido and delight in included craft beer, wine and sake, sushi, seafood and buffet stations (if you haven’t tried Stone’s food yet, I highly recommend it!) and music from live bands and DJs! Where else can you party into 2012 surrounded by gigantic containers of craft beer?

Wine of a Time

Or if you’re more of a vinophile than a beer drinker, might I suggest attending South Coast Winery’s New York New York New Year’s Eve celebration. A food and wine lover’s paradise, South Coast Winery has an exciting evening of award-winning food and wine paired with the croonings of Dan DeLurgio. Enjoy New York without the bitter cold temperatures and the expensive plane ticket!

After Party

So you watched the ball drop, counted down the last seconds of 2011 and kept on partying until the lights got turned up and the music started to fade away… It’s time to go home, wind down and sleep in on New Years Day, right? Not if you’re a true baller! Why stop the party at 2:00 or 3:00 am when you can hit up Side Bar’s Five/Ten After Party from 5:00 am – 10:00 am? For those who truly want to start 2012 off with a bang, you have to check this out!

Whether you prefer your New Year’s Eve party larger than life, or just end up at a house party with friends…be safe everyone and have an awesome New Year’s Eve!!

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Benjamin Eastman

About Benjamin Eastman

I lead a pretty active lifestyle and try to spend as much time outdoors as possible. On any given Saturday morning you'll find me on one of San Diego's beach volleyball courts and quite possibly on the water or a hiking trail at some other point during the weekend. As a single professional I definitely enjoy experiencing the nightlife throughout the county - but lean more towards the Gaslamp Quarter, North Park or Hillcrest when planning a night out. I love to eat, and try to keep my ear to the grapevine about new and exciting restaurant openings.  And while I'm certainly excited to try the latest, trendiest restaurant in town, I am also infamously known for late night trips to 24-hour taco shops. Basically, whether I'm in board shorts or a bow tie, I try to enjoy all the many opportunities available to me in San Diego!What would you do on your ideal San Diego day?I’d start with a leisurely, late morning brunch.  Spend some time on the beach.  Grab some rolled tacos at a taco stand and then grab a nap.  In the evening I’d hit the Gaslamp District for dinner and then end the night at a rooftop bar/lounge.If you were invisible, where would you go?If I got to pick a superpower, I don’t know that I would pick invisibility…but if I were to become Mr. Invisible, I guess I would go to all the live music, theater and symphony performances in town.What is your favorite San Diego outdoor activity?On a beautiful, San Diego day there is nothing better than playing beach volleyball.  The sun on your back, a gentle ocean breeze, and a whole lot of bump, set, spiking!  And of course the perfect day of beach volleyball isn't complete without a grill to barbeque some burgers or carne asada on.Do you prefer burgers and beer or linguine and red wine?Both actually!  That’s the beauty of the San Diego food scene.  I CAN have my cake and eat it too!  Depending on my mood (and my finances!) I am happy to chow down at a hole-in-the-wall neighborhood burger joint or a luxury steakhouse. I'm actually a founding member of a Burger lunch group that eats at a different burger restaurant each month.  We've been going for 6 months now and still have plenty of locations to visit before we exhaust all our options!

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