East Bay New Year's
Book your ticket now for these great New Year's Eve parties in the East Bay.
All events on New Year's Eve, December 31
USS Hornet New Year’s Eve
Hop aboard the USS Hornet this holiday! Get your groove on with live music featured by 3 O’Clock Jump while exploring three separate dance floors that include free dance lessons! After an exciting evening of dancing settle down with a silent auction, food, drinks, and fireworks from the flight deck! Reserve your spot today!
7:30 p.m.-1 a.m. General admission $45, Reserved $65. And premium reserved $85 707 W.Hornet Ave, Pier 3, Alameda and visit uss-hornet.org for more information.
The Claremont Hotel New Year’s Eve Party Package
Enjoy a getaway at the Claremont Hotel in Berkeley for a night! The NYE Party Package will keep you dancing all night long! The festivities will begin at 9PM and end at 1AM and includes access to the Claremont Ballroom with a Live Big Band, the Empire Ballroom with a DJ and dancing, the Paragon Bar’s Jazz Trio, the Meritage Lounge will be featuring Bob Falstein at the piano, and the Horizon Ballroom will begin the worldwide countdown at midnight! Party favors, champagne toast, food bites, and a balloon drop at midnight will create a memory to remember! Get your tickets today!
Festivities begin at 9 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. Go to claremontresort.com/events to get your tickets today. $129 per person
The Claremont Hotel Ultimate New Year’s Eve Package
Rather kick off the new year with a romantic night for two? The Claremont Hotel also offers the Ultimate New Year’s Eve Package for those who want to spend a quiet night with a loved one. This package includes a classic room, parking, access to facilities, and a dinner for two at Meritage. If you decide you’d rather go out for the evening, the package also includes live music in the Claremont Ballroom starting at 9PM and the best part? This package comes with a late checkout at 2PM so you can sleep the following day away. Book your reservation today!
Call (800) 551-7266 to book this package. Ballroom party begins at 9 p.m. Starting at $649 for a classic room
Blackhawk Plaza New Year’s Party 2012
Spend New Year’s Eve 2012 at the Blackhawk Museum! Dance the night away in the Ballroom listening to a few Bay Area favorites such as, DJ David Savior, The Rockit Scientists, and a Sting/Police Tribute Band. VIP booths will be added to this year’s event and includes bottle service and an exclusive cocktail service! Get ready to party the night away! Reserve your tickets now!
Call (925) 736-2277 for reservations. 8 p.m.-1 a.m.; Formal dress- no jeans allowed. Black tie optional. General Admission $75, Early Bird Discount $60, Discounted Drink Tokens $56 3700 Blackhawk Plaza Cir, Danville.
New Year’s Eve Winter Wonderland
Attend a formal affair at the Westin this New Years! Spend the night roaming from room to room enjoying drinks, dinner, live entertainment, and dancing! Jazz, salsa, R&B, karaoke, comedy, and so much more! Buy your tickets today!
Party starts a 6 p.m. Call 800-595-4849 or visit newyearsevesanfrancisco.com to buy your party package, silver package, or gold package! $75 and up depending on package.
Starry Night New Year’s Eve Cruise with Hornblower Cruises & Events
What better way to see fireworks across the San Francisco Bay than from the deck of one of the spectacular Hornblower Cruise Ships? After boarding at their Berkeley dock, you can enjoy a three-hour cruise, that comes with hor d’ouevres like spanikopita or carved prime rib in brioche rolls, complementary champagne, dancing and entertainment, and an up-front view of San Francisco Bay.
Cruise departs from the Berkeley Doubletree Guest Dock at 10pm with boarding beginning at 9:30. Call 888-467-6256 or visit hornblower.com to book your cruise.
December 31: New Year’s Eve Gala with Hornblower Cruises & Events
If the three-hour Starry Night Cruise isn’t enough for you, consider the four-hour Gala! Their buffet dinner, which includes butternut squash ravioli, baked halibut, and chocolate bread pudding with raspberry crème anglaise to name a few, will surely be a fine way to celebrate the end of 2011. After the dining and dancing, pucker up on one of the decks as you ring in 2012 underneath the magnificent fireworks display.
Cruise departs from the Berkeley Doubletree Guest Dock at 9 p.m. with boarding beginning at 8pm. Call (888) 467-6256 or visit hornblower.com to book your cruise.
Big Fat Year End Kiss-Off Comedy Show XIX with Will Durst and Friends
Get your laugh on with Will Durst, Bay Area favorite Johnny Steele, and more special guests at the Rythmix Cultural Works in Alameda. With standup comedy, improv, and a perhaps some irreverent jokes about that infamous 72-day marriage, enjoy a look back at the hilarity of 2011!
$30 for the 7 p.m. show; $40 for the 10 p.m. show (which comes with a free glass of champagne and balloon drop!) Call (510) 865-5060 or visit www.rhythmix.org
New Year’s with Brian Culbertson
R&B/Jazz multi-instrumentalist Brian Culbertson will treat listeners at Yoshi’s in Oakland with his “genre-crossing” music. Their dinner-and-show package will be a wonderful way to complete one year and begin the next!
$50 for just the 8pm show; $100 for just the 11pm show; $165 for the show—with priority reserved seating—and a special NYE dinner. Visit yoshis.com to purchase your tickets.
located in Oakland’s Jack London Square will serve a New Year’s Eve Argentine “Asado” menu, at $65.00 per person, the menu must be ordered by all revelers at the table. The five course menu will include specialties such as Winter Squash Soup with brown butter and sage, Grilled Stuffed Calamari with black sauce, Mixed Meat “Asado”-grass-fed ribeye, roast chicken, and sausage or a Mixed Seafood “Asado” including achiote swordfish, scallops, and wild shrimp. Featured chimichurri, criolla, and shallot tapenade salsas will heat up the feast. Side dishes will include Argentine Cabbage Pudding, Caramelized Sweet Potatoes, and Roasted Marinated Peppers. To conclude, diners will indulge on Dulce de Lece Flan with candied orange and whipped cream, with Housemade chocolates.
Oakland, CA www.havenoakland.com
The latest project from the Daniel Patterson Group, Haven opening tomorrow in Oakland’s Jack London Square. The restaurant features new Californian cuisine from Executive Chef Kim Alter and this New Year’s Eve will be offering a five-course tasting menu including such dishes as Latkes with apple, cabbage and pork belly; Duck with smoke kale, cranberry and potato and an Olive Oil Torte with salted almond, buttermilk and cream. Dinner is $95/person.
Oakland, CA www.plumoakland.com 514.444.7586
Daniel Patterson’s Plum, located in Oakland’s Uptown neighborhood and easily accessible by public transportation from the East Bay or San Francisco, exudes a relaxed and friendly urban atmosphere with reclaimed wooden tables and benches, hardwood floors, and weathered walls adorned with abstract images of plums. An open kitchen bridges the gap between diners and chefs, further fostering conversation in the dining room. Headed Chef Ron Boyd, this New Year’s Eve the restaurant will be open from 5 p.m. to close and will be offering an a la carte menu including “to start” items such as Trotter Terrine and Roasted Beets, “heartier” dishes include Fried Farm Egg, Tripe Gratin and a Blood Sausage Sandwich. Desserts from Pastry Chef Matt Tinder include a Lemon Tart with mint and olive oil ice cream.
One Market Restaurant
will offer two seatings to celebrate the New Year. Both seatings will enjoy a 3-course meal made up of delicious appetizers, a gourmet main course, and a dessert. Some featured items include Hand-Picked Dungeness Crab, Grilled Veal “Pave”, and Filet Mignon. The first seating will take place between 6:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. for $85 per person. The second seating will serve between 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. and will include a champagne toast at midnight for $120 per person. One Market Restaurant is the perfect location to enjoy the midnight fireworks over the ferry building. For reservations please call 415.777.5577.
Walnut Creek will have dinner seatings from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. and will serve an array of gourmet courses. A la carte menu items include Butternut Squash Soup, Niman Ranch Pork Tenderloin, and California Swordfish. Guests will also be able to enjoy a wide variety of sparkling, white, and red wines. For reservations please call 925.256.1234.
1888 Solano Avenue, Berkeley CA 94707 510.526.4373 www.AjantaRestaurant.com
Open from 5:30 to 9:30 PM. Serving the regular a la carte menu plus a $25.00 three-course “Best Of The Best At Ajanta” Chef’s Tasting Menu with a main course that includes Galina Shakooti, Lamb Rib Chops, Methi Machi and Badal Jaam. A vegetarian prix fixe option is also offered for $22.00.
2200 Oxford Street, Berkeley CA 94704 510.859.9180 www.gatherrestaurant.com
Seating from 5:00 to 10:00 PM. Serving a $75.00 four-course prix fixe menu with choices, vegan and omnivore selections for each course, and wine pairing available for an additional $25.00.
2220 Mountain Boulevard, Oakland (Montclair Village) CA 94611 510.482.8094 www.italiancolorsrestaurant.com
Seating from 5:00 to 10:00 PM. Serving a special holiday a la carte menu that includes Green Scarves Lasagna with grilled vegetables, and fried sweet onions; Duck Breast seared medium rare with butternut squash ravioli, braised Swiss chard, and duck jus; Dungeness Crab Stuffed Filet Mignon with au gratin potatoes, baby vegetables, and bordelaise and béarnaise sauces; Butter Poached Lobster Risotto with chanterelle mushrooms and saffron; Sea Scallops with turnip puree, blood orange gastrique, and baby vegetables; 72 hour Braised Short Rib with mascarpone polenta, chipolin onions, roasted root vegetables, and Chianti sauce; and Salmon en Croute or fresh fish napoleon, sweet pea puree, baby vegetables.
2441 Dwight Way, Berkeley CA 94704 510.848.5260 www.joshu-ya.com
Open 10:30 AM to 10:00 PM serving their regular a la carte menus. Complimentary hot sake during dinner service.
1520 Lakeside Drive, Oakland CA 94612 510.208.5253 www.thelakechalet.com
Seating from 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM. Regular a la carte menu served until 5:00 PM when a special holiday a la carte menu becomes available. Guests ordering three or more courses from this menu will receive a complimentary glass of sparkling wine. Holiday special entrees include Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna; Braised Beef Short Rib; Breast Of Chicken; Lamb; Black Angus New York Steak; and Scallops.
2826 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley CA 94705 510.848.9200 www.origenberkeley.com
Seating from 5:30 to 11:30 PM, bar open until 1:00 AM. Regular a la carte menu plus a $65.00 five-course prix fixe menu with optional wine pairing or sparkling wine pairing available. Holiday entrée choices will include Lobster and Cheese Purses over butter stewed quince; Scallop and Avocado Ceviche with pomello, watermelon radish and housemade flat breads; and Blue Hubbard Squash Gnochi in a braised duck ragu with housemade Mascarpone. Complimentary sparkling wine toast at midnight.
2251 Broadway, Oakland CA 94612 510. 286.9866 www.ozumooakland.com
Open 5:00 PM to 1:00 AM. Serving regular a la carte menu plus holiday a la carte specials and special pricing on sparkling wine. Live music from 6:00 to 9:00 PM; DJ entertainment from 9:00 PM to 1:00 AM.
Revival Bar & Restaurant
2102 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley CA 94704 510.409.6274 www.revivalbarandkitchen.com
Seating from 4:00 to 11:30 PM, bar open until 1:00 AM. Holiday a la carte menu and artisanal champagne cocktails. Special menu items will include Oysters with Meyer lemon marmalade, persimmon and pomegranate salsas; housemade Brandade; local Crab Bisque; Winter Salad; housemade Porchetta; Chestnut and Chanterelle Ravioli with parsnip cream; Bouillabaisse; and goose fat fried potatoes. Live music beginning at 9:00 PM, party favors, and complimentary sparkling wine toast at midnight.
Spenger’s Fresh Fish Grotto
1919 Fourth Street, Berkeley CA 94710 510.845.7771 www.spengers.com
Open 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM; bar is open until midnight. Serving regular a la carte menu. Complimentary sparkling wine toast at midnight. A specialty of the house is personalized private parties.