SN&R New Year’s Party Planner

Dine out in style

1. A midnight cruise

What: Take a late-night dinner cruise with views.

When: Boarding at 10:45 p.m. and disembarking at 11 p.m.

Where: Hornblower Cruises, 1206 Front Street

Why: Spend some time on the water eating hors d’ouevres, drinking champagne and watching fireworks. Then dance it all off.

More: $90 for adults, $81 for seniors and military, $54 for children ages 4 to 12. For more information, call (888) 467-6526, or visit

2. Champagne and caviar dinner

What: Eat some fancy food off a prix fixe menu.

When: Dining times at 6, 7:30 and 8:30 p.m.

Where: Café Americain, 1023 Front Street

Why: This meal is personally prepared by the restaurant’s chef Natalya Wahba and features four courses, a bottle of chapagne for every couple, and tickets to the Roaring ’20s New Year’s Eve Celebration at Crescent Club Speakeasy.

More: Tickets are $85 per person and complimentary valet parking is included. For more information, call (916) 498-9098 or visit

3. Downtown fine dining

What: Dig into a gourmet prix fixe meal.

Where: Grange, 926 J Street

Why: Brand-new executive chef Oliver Ridgeway and company will create a four-course prix fixe menu with highlights including caviar, foie gras, oysters, lobster, dungeoness crab, and a complimentary bottle of bubbles.

More: Cost is $95 per person. For more information or to make reservations, call (916) 492-4450 or visit

Party Hard

1. Dance at the District

What: District 30 hosts a New Year’s Eve party

When: 9 p.m.

Where: District 30, 1020 K Street

Why: Los Angeles- and Las Vegas-based DJ Serafin spins a mix of mashups, B-More, house, top 40 and hip-hop. A baloon drop, champagne toast and raining confetti add to the party’s atmosphere.

More: Advance tickets are $25 and can be purchased at For more information, call (916) 737-5770.

2. Lipstick New Year’s Eve

What: The popular Lipstick dance night takes on New Year’s Eve

When: 9 p.m.

Where: Old Ironsides, 1901 10th Street

Why: Deejays Shaun Slaughter and Roger Carpio will spin indie dance and other rarities from their record collections, a ball and baloons will drop at midnight, and there will be cheap drinks.

More: Tickets are $8 before 11 p.m. For more information, call (916) 443-9751 or visit

3. Sky Spectacular CelebrationWhat: Dance in the streets of Old Sacramento before watching fireworks

When: 6 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Where: Throughout Old Sacramento

Why: Dance to cover bands Too Smooth and the Robo Party Band, and sing karaoke backed by live band Kiss ’n’ Tell. Catch two fireworks displays at 9 p.m. and midnight.

More: Free. For more information, call (916) 808-7777 or visit

Rock out with …

1. Mickey Avalon at Ace of Spades. Big Chocolate and Richard the Rockstar support. 7 p.m., $30. 1417 R Street, (916) 930-0200,

2. a massive hip-hop show at Capitol Garage featuring DJ Esef, DJ System 1, Kodac Visualz, Blaquelisted, Task1ne, Adrian Bellue, DJ Mosean, DJ Vangloryus and Mic Jordan, and the Storytellers. 10 p.m., $10. 1500 K Street, (916) 444-3633,

3. The Mother Hips at Marilyn’s on K. Huckle opens. 9 p.m., $40. 908 K Street, 9916) 446-4361,

4. The Beach Boys at Thunder Valley Casino. 10:15 p.m., $79-$99. 1200 Athens Avenue in Lincoln, (800) 745-3000,

5. Utz and the Shuttlecocks at Harlow’s. 10 p.m., $35. 2708 J Street, (916) 441-4693,

Instead of champagne, …

1. Toast with Gekkeikan Sake, locally made in Folsom. Purchase at any Asian grocer, or at the factory’s tasting room. 1136 Sibley Street in Folsom. (916) 958-3111,

2. Drink Mikkeler Danish beer from Pangaea Two Brews bottle shop. 2743 Franklin Boulevard, (916) 454-4942, Pop one of Bogle Vineyards’ Blanc de Blancs, a local bubbly white wine. 37783 County Road 144 in Clarksburg, (916) 744-1139, house guests with …1. Osaka Ya New Year’s mochi. 2215 10th Street, (916) 446-6857.2. fancy supplies from The Party Concierge. 601 Dos Rios Street, (916) 440-8080,

3. the sights and sounds of Coldplay’s special on PBS’ Austin City Limits (instead of Dick Clark or Ryan Seacrest). KVIE, channel 6 (check for showtimes).Bar hop.1. Celebrate old-style at The Crescent Club’s Roaring ’20s-themed party. 9 p.m., $35-$65. 1150 Firehouse Alley, Head to The Bolt, and join a celebration of gay leather, cowboy and bear culture. Doors at 2 p.m., no cover. 2560 Boxwood Street, (916) 649-8420, Dance on the bar at Fox & Goose Pub’s New Year’s celebration. DJ Larry Rodriguez provides the beats. 9 p.m., $10. 1001 R Street, (916) 443-8825,

Call a cab.

1. Sacramento Yellow Cab

Tell your cab driver your ride is on Berg Injury Lawyers, and up to $35 of your ride will be comped. Note: This offer is only valid from 10 p.m. on New Year’s Eve to 4 a.m. on New Year’s Day—and only from downtown bars, clubs or hotels to your home. (916) 444-2222,

2. Jay’s Taxi

This cab company has great reviews on lauding the company’s cleanliness and service. (916) 504-8500,

3. Luxury Limo

When a cab just won’t do, you can call this 24/7 limo service for the warm comfort of opulence. (916) 638-1400,

Hangover Cures:

1. Eat a breakfast burrito, because nothing soaks up alcohol like potatoes, eggs and bacon.

2. Drink some Temple Coffee to kick start your sluggish New Year’s Day hangover. For location or purchasing options visit

3. Participate in the Sacramento Walking Sticks’ New Year’s Day 5 or 10k walk, starting at the Pioneer House. Free, 9 a.m. 415 P Street, (916) 961-0937,

4. A nice hot bowl of pho is soothing for an upset stomach or a cold morning.