WC’s Guide to The Best New Year’s Eve Parties in San Diego

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New Year's Eve parties in San Diego

San Diego is one of the liveliest cities in Cali, and every year it has some of the best New Year’s Eve parties. Whether you want to ring in NYE by the docks in the Marina District, or go bar hopping in the Gaslamp District, there’s going to be a crazy party in any area you choose. Chilling with the fam and watching the fireworks on Harbor Island or Embarcadero is all good and fun, but having a plan for after the finale is a must. It might be a bit chilly, but New Year’s Eve is the perfect excuse to get out and hit your favorite haunts before they’re packed full of the dreadful tourists that emerge in springtime when the weather gets warm.

Ring in the New Year on one of the city’s most sought exclusive party boats, get down in style at AD Nightclub, or hop from bar to bar like some beer-crazed maniac, it’s up to you. But no matter how well you know San Diego, there’s a ton happening on New Year’s Eve and choosing the right event can be hard. But we’re here to help, which is why we’ve put together a little guide of some of the best New Year’s Eve parties to help you and your friends find the perfect bash.

California Spirit New Year’s Eve 2016

New Year's Eve parties in San Diego

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If you want to spend New Year’s Eve out on the water, then we recommend the California Spirit for the Moonlight 2016 New Year’s Eve Cruise. This $15 million luxury yacht has three decks, offering breathtaking views of the San Diego skyline and Coronado Bridge, perfect for gazing out upon the ocean when the clock strikes midnight. The party will also feature two DJs on different floors spinning the best House music, Top 40 and Hip Hop hits, and more, so get ready to hit the dance floor.

San Diego New Year’s Eve 2016 Pub Crawl

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If hitting multiple high-end venues is more your style, then check out the San Diego New Year’s Eve 2016 Pub Crawl, presented by the experts at World Crawl. This legendary pub crawl will take you to four of the hottest watering holes in Fog City, where you’ll have a chance to experience what each one has to offer. The tour kicks off at San Diego’s famous Tin Roof, located in the city’s popular Gaslamp District.

Tin Roof

New Year's Eve parties in San Diego: Tin Roof

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Tin Roof, one of San Diego’s hottest bars and live music venues, is the first stop on the crawl. Fashioned after the original Tin Roof bar located on Nashville’s famous Music Row, Tin Roof San Diego is a place where musicians and fans alike can hang out and revel in some of the hottest beats. At the Tin Roof, you can get down on the dance floor or sit and enjoy a top-shelf cocktail; all without waiting in line or paying a cover charge.

This December 31st, prepare to indulge in  live rock music and a range of the best refreshments and early evening appetizers. Tin Roof features a full menu, so if you’re hungry, be sure to try their famous “Roof Burger,” consisting of chopped house-smoked brisket, BBQ sauce, a fried egg, house-cured pickles and all the fixings on a toasted brioche bun. Tin Roof San Diego also boasts an extensive liquor and beer list.

As part of the World Crawl deal, you’ll get to enjoy free drinks, food and Tin Roof’s signature games, so be sure tp pick up your tickets today.

Side Bar

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Next, power on to the exclusive Side Bar to enjoy a quiet cocktail or two in the venue’s high-backed leather sitting area. The black and red decor and the full-service bar gives this venue a one-of-a-kind romantic vibe that is the perfect backdrop to all of your end-of-year fantasies. Boasting a high-end lighting and sound setup, Side Bar packs tons of sexy, badass appeal and represents the pinnacle of nightlife entertainment in San Diego. 

This bar is also known for its top-shelf drinks and extensive beer list. With more than 20 beers on tap, it’s easy to find the perfect one to wet your whistle with. Every night, the bar also features some of the city’s best local DJs, so be ready to mingle a little on the dance floor.

Lastly, this bar has been rocking San Diego for years, and includes a ton of perks like free drinks and hors d’oeuvres to satisfy those munchies. Click here for more about Side Bar’s New Year’s Eve Party.


A.D. Nightclub

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From Sidebar, get ready to visit AD, one of the Gaslamp Quarter’s premier nightlife destinations. This recently-opened dance hall is a hotbed for all things sultry and sinful, with its emblematic cathedral-inspired backdrop of stained glass, hanging candelabra, golden furnishings, and palace-like arches combining to create AD’s unique vibe.

This New Year’s Eve, leave your inhibitions at the door and get ready to rock it out at AD’s black-tie New Year’s Eve event. There will be a host of frisky fairies, sultry angels and heavenly aerial performers doing the rounds on the dance floor, so make sure you’re dressed to impress and prepare to cap off the year with a bang.

This December 31st, get ready to sample this venue’s much-hyped cocktail program as you sit back and enjoy some of the hottest Top 40 and hip-hop tracks. DJ Dynamiq, one of the hottest up-and-coming artists on the West Coast, will be behind the turntable on the evening, so expect a whirlwind finish to the year. And remember, with World Crawl you’ll get instant access, which means less time standing in line and more time showing off your moves on the main floor. 

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This is one of the hippest parties in Fog City this year, so be sure to get tickets for you and your friends well in advance because this party will definitely sell out. For more information on one of the hottest New Year’s Eve parties in San Diego, click here.


New Year's Eve parties in San Diego: Parq

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No World Crawl tour would be complete without ending the night with a visit to Parq, the famous San Diego restaurant and nightclub. Designed to bring together leaders from the restaurant and nightclub industries to create a truly one-of-a-kind experience, it’s no surprise that Parq has become one of San Diego’s leading nightclubs. With a first-class dining experience provided by head chef Joey Holtz, and unbeatable sights and sounds, Parq is the gem of the pub crawl. Designed by Davis Ink, one of the hottest club designers in California, Parq allows guests to experience a whole other world. Tickets for the New Year’s Eve pub crawl sell out fast, so if you want to be at one of the best nightclubs in the Gaslamp District when the clock strikes twelve, be sure to purchase them well in advance.

If you feel in need of extra care and attention from Parq’s staff of hostesses, head over to the VIP area and either sip on a cocktail (or two) or relax and soak up the scene on the dance floor. If you’re the kind of person who puts a premium on breathing space and luxury comfort, then Parq may be one of the best options for you. 

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Tickets for the New Year’s Eve pub crawl sell out fast, so if you want to be at one of the best nightclubs in the Gaslamp District when the clock strikes twelve, be sure to purchase them well in advance.

New Year’s Eve Parties in San Diego: Brew Year’s Eve Party

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If you’re looking for something more laid back and a little less ritzy, The Beer Company’s Brew Year’s Eve 2016 party might be just the thing. One of the city’s leading craft breweries, come to The Beer Company and enjoy their wide selection of IPAs, stouts, pale ales, and more, as you countdown until midnight. If you’ve got a taste for something a bit sweeter, try a margarita or one of their signature cocktails made with the finest liquors available. This year, The Beer Company will have a DJ playing your favorite hits, so feel free to clear a space to get down. There will also be drink specials all night long, including two premium drinks or two glasses of champagne for only $15, or $4 beers.

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