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Looking Ahead: Your East Bay New Year's Eve Guide

Check out our guide to ringing in 2013, which includes the best East Bay New Year's Eve bashes, festive party wear, and a rundown of local sparkling wines.

New Year’s Eve planning can involve a lot of questions: What to do? Where to go? What to wear? Don’t get overwhelmed—there’s still time to choose how you’ll ring in 2013. Check out our picks for the best soirees, festive party wear, and local bubbly for celebrating the new year.




First, lets decide what to do and where to go. If you don’t want to stay home and are looking for a party, grab some friends or your special someone and head to one of many New Year’s Eve celebrations throughout the Bay Area. Here are a few to get you started. Keep in mind some of these events sell out quickly, so make sure to get your tickets early.


San Francisco

NYE Massive 2013 at Parc 55 Hotel - Union Square
This event sold out the past 10 years, and for good reason. Expect multi city–themed events with four separate areas, midnight champagne toast, eight DJs, noisemakers, and party favors. Tickets start at $49. 55 Cyril Magnin St., event website.

NYE International Ball 2013 – Palace Hotel
There are four separate rooms playing salsa, Persian/Middle Eastern, top 40, as well as 80’s and 90’s music with world-renowned performances and DJs. There will also be a bikini fashion show, party favors and more. Tickets start at $45 and will only get more expensive as the date nears. 2 New Montgomery St., event website.



East Bay New Year’s Eve Party – Oakland Marriott Hotel and Convention Center
Featuring three ballrooms with two different live bands and a DJ, this party will have music ranging from salsa to hits from the 80’s. Ticket includes two free drinks plus a free champagne toast. There will also have free casino games with chances to win prizes. Tickets start at $65. 1001 Broadway, Oakland, event website.

Claremont New Year’s Eve Party – Claremont Hotel Club and Spa
You can experience various ballrooms with live bands, and a ballroom with DJ Sal Castaneda. Party favors, midnight countdown, champagne toast and bites are what you can expect. General admission tickets are $159 as well as all-inclusive overnight packages available. 41 Tunnel Rd., Berkeley, event website.

New Year’s Eve Onboard the USS Hornet
Swing, Rhumba, Cha-Cha, and the Waltz is what you’ll dance to at this party inside the USS Hornet aircraft carrier. With three dance floors, free dance lessons and a silent auction. Proceeds benefit the USS Hornet Museum. Tickets start at $45. 707 W. Hornet Ave., Pier 3, Alameda, event website.


Walnut Creek/Concord/Pleasant Hill

New Year's Eve – Cypress
This event will have three special seatings.  The first two seating’s will have a 4-course menu, while the third seating will have a 5-course menu. There will also be music and a champagne toast. 1388 Locust St., Walnut Creek, event website.

NYE 2013 – Redux
Dance into the New Year with DJ Suavecito spinning top 40, hip-hop and electro hits.  Complimentary picture photo shoot, midnight champagne toast, balloon drop and party favors await you. Tickets start at $25. 1411 Locust St., Walnut Creek, event website.

New Year’s Eve Party – Crowne Plaza Hotel
This party includes a special NYE dinner menu at the Vineyard’s Chophouse, dancing to a live Jazz Trio, party favors and champagne. Tickets are $90 and various room packages are available. 45 John Glenn Dr., Concord, event website.

New Year’s Eve Celebration – Back Forty Texas BBQ Roadhouse and Saloon
Join in the fun with live music by Cover 2 Cover. Tickets include valet parking, party favors, balloon drop, and a complimentary midnight champagne toast. $50 for the party, $90 with a dinner buffet. 100 Coggins Dr., Pleasant Hill, event website.



New Year’s Eve Celebration – Martini Sky
Indulge in a four-course dinner that includes a complimentary glass of sparkling wine before dancing the night away with live entertainment. There will be two seatings, 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. 416 Sycamore Valley Rd. W., Danville, (925) 838-7611, event website.

NYE 2013: The Black Label Party – The VINE at Bridges
This fourth annual bash will have DJ Nick Varela spinning the night away. You’ll also get double the champagne toasts, once on arrival and the other at midnight from their massive nine liter bottle of Lanson Black Label. $50, 480 Hartz Ave., Danville, event website.



Temptation 2013 – Canyon View
This event is a Bollywood NYE ball that will feature live performances, three DJs, balloon drop, optional dinner package, complimentary champagne, and a corner where they have activities for kids. Tickets start at $45 for adults, $35 for kids but prices go up closer to the event. 680 Bollinger Canyon Way, San Ramon, event website.

2013 New Year Celebration – Hilton Pleasanton at the Club
Featuring the band Entourage playing funk, R&B, soul and much more. This even will also have DJ Jamming to celebrate the New Year. Tickets are $95 and room packages are available. 7050 Johnson Dr., Pleasanton, event website.




Now that you have an idea of where and what to do, it’s time to decide what to wear.  New Year’s Eve is typically a night you can get away with flashier attire, whether it’s a back baring dress, sparkly sequins, or peek-a-boo-lace. Check out these fabulous options from two local boutiques: Duchess in Lafayette and McMullen in Oakland and Piedmont. Parker seems to be a favorite brand for both!


This Naven print dress ($178) is cute in the front and sexy in the back. This nearly backless dress will catch anyone’s attention. Duchess Boutique, 3587 Mt Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, website.





If you’re looking to be daring, try this For The Love & Lemons sheer lace dress ($289). Don’t want to show that much skin? Wear a full slip underneath for a demure look. Duchess Boutique, 3587 Mt Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, website.










If you’re looking for something other than a dress, try this sequin Parker top ($152). For a sexy look, pair the top with leather leggings as its shown above. Duchess Boutique, 3587 Mt Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, website.









The sequin in this simple Parker color block flapper dress ($322) gives it enough sparkle to make it NYE ready.
McMullen, 381 Broadway, Oakland, and 1235 Grand Ave., Piedmont, website.










Try this Parker top with sleek skinny pants to really showcase the top.
McMullen, 381 Broadway, Oakland, and 1235 Grand Ave., Piedmont, website.










Nothing says NYE like sequins. This Parker dress ($358) is sure to make you stand out from the crowd.
McMullen, 381 Broadway, Oakland, and 1235 Grand Ave., Piedmont, website.






Lynn Nice, owner of Labels Luxury Consignment in Walnut Creek, also offers a few fashion tips to look fabulous this NYE.

When thinking about what to wear this NYE, Nice says it’s all about color. You can find hidden gems at her store that fit any price range. “Any color goes this year. Two favorites are deep teal and primrose yellow.”

With so many styles, choosing a classic yet memorable look can be tough. Nice recommends trying lace, “from delicate Chantilly to durable Alencon and every open work fabric in-between.” Or you can go classic with a little sparkle. “You can't go wrong with a fringed beaded shift or fitted sequin number. Both of these are iconic.”


No New Year’s Eve party is complete without some bubbles. Whether you plan on hosting a party or attending as a guest, make sure to buy one of these local sparkling wines to get you ready for the New Year.


Wente Vineyards (Livermore) – 2008 Brut ($25)
This classic Brut has pear, dried apricot, crème brulee, and oak notes.

Ellison Vineyards (Sunol) – NV California Sparkling Wine ($14)
This sparkling wine has jasmine and fruit aromas and flavors, and works well as an aperitif or dessert wine.

Ruby Hill Winery (Pleasanton) – Champagne ($13)
You’ll find lemon and melon flavors with a smooth creamy texture.

Rock Wall Wine Company (Alameda) – 2008 Sparkling Grenache Rose ($20)
This unique wine has white peach aromas and notes of strawberry shortcake, white grapes, and macadamia nut.

Stony Ridge Winery (Livermore) – Sparkling Malvasia Blanca ($19)
Savor the flavors of peach, dried apricot and clove honey with a hint of pink grapefruit.



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