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We Love the Nightlife: December 27–January 3

Check out a roundup of low-key New Year’s Eve parties for procrastinators; news on the latest bar from the team behind the Trappist; and more nightlife happenings.

Are you still recovering from the holidays? Yeah, me too. But it’s time to look ahead, since New Year’s Eve is around the corner. Check out our official guide for the parties to hit, sparkly pieces to wear, and locally bubby to drink. Below, I’ve rounded up a few last minute parties, in case planning isn’t your thing. If you know of anything else, feel free to let me know in the comments!


The new taps at Trappist Provisions


Heads up

The newest offshoot from the team behind The Trappist and ØL is throwing a pair of celebratory opening parties. Stop by College Avenue on Friday, December 28 or Saturday, December 29, to check out Trappist Provisions. more info.




New Year’s Eve Plans

These obviously occur on Monday, December 31, so plan accordingly.


Only a few of the bourbons at Barrel Aged


Barrel Aged (Martinez)

Barrel Aged has serious plans to make this New Year’s Eve a memorable one for Martinez. In addition to a prix fixe menu, the bar and restaurant will host live jazz bands, and celebrate with a balloon drop, champagne toast, and late night bites for anyone who missed the first round of dinner (or worked up an appetite). Seriously, don’t miss those bacon-wrapped dates, or one of Barrel Aged’s barrel-aged cocktails. 823 Main St., Martinez, (925) 228-7795, event website.






Handles on Main (Pleasanton)

If you’re looking for a classy dinner and a raucous party atmosphere in one place, Pleasanton’s Handles has you covered. From 6–9 p.m., sit down for a $50 prix fixe menu that includes dishes such as pan-seared scallops on top of saffron risotto or garlic and rosemary roasted prime rib. Once the food has time to digest, head out on the dance floor from 9 p.m–12 a.m. DJ Scott La Rock will be providing music to get you in the mood for 2013. 855 Main St., Pleasanton, (925) 399-6690, event website.



Danville Bowl (Danville)

I know bowling isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you think “wild party,” but stay with me here. For $120 per lane, you can have an entire night of fun for four people, with additional guests allowed in on the action for $35. Costs include unlimited bowling and shoe rental, catering by Rocky’s Place, holiday hats, noisemakers, raffle prizes, and a champagne or cider toast. 200 Boone Ct., Danville, (925) 837-7272, event website.



That Bar (Danville)

For the third year, Danville’s That Bar is hosting a New Year’s Eve extravaganza. The $65 ticket price includes your first two drinks (make them good ones!), free appetizers all night, bottomless champagne from 12–1 a.m., and entertainment from the three-musician dueling piano show. 148 E. Prospect Ave., Danville, (925) 743-8466, event website.


The Outpost Sports Bar and Grill (San Ramon)

San Ramon’s main hangout will ring in the New Year with a special guest DJ spinning tunes, drink specials, a balloon drop, champagne toast, festive décor, and party favors. In case the dancing and drinking makes you hungry, the kitchen is open until midnight. Not ready to call it a night at last call? The Outpost will also throw a special after hours party, with food music and dancing until 3 a.m. 2251 San Ramon Valley Blvd., San Ramon, (925) 837-7748, event website.


Lift Lounge & Grill (Walnut Creek)

For an affordable yet fun option, swing by Lift in Walnut Creek for its Masquerade Ball. For $15, you’ll get a champagne toast, all you can eat hors d’ouevres, and tunes from DJ Slammin’ Sam. If you’re looking to shell out a bit more, bottle service starts at $199. 1321 Locust St., Walnut Creek, 238-6036, event website.


Club Mallard (Albany)

Instead of dressing in something slutty and sparkly (I’m looking at you, boys), validate your superior intellect this New Year’s eve with trivia at Albany’s Club Mallard. For the second year, the bar will have prizes, drink specials, champagne, and surprises! I love surprises! As long as it’s not a category labeled “TV Theme Shows” that only references shows from before I was born. That kind of surprise I can live without. The event invite warns “come see how much you paid attention in 2012,” so you best start brushing up on events from the past year. 8 p.m., 752 San Pablo Ave., Albany, event website.

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