If you’re thinking of where to ring in the New Year, the options below are worth a read. From decadent dinners to easy-going parties, there’s a little something for everyone. Whether you’re looking to party in Del Mar or Downtown, take a look at what America’s Finest City has in store for you this holiday.
LOUNGEsix is a heated rooftop lounge in downtown’s East Village. Starting at 8 p.m., ring in the New Year with dancing, a midnight toast and 5 DJs throughout the night. VIP cabana and fire pit rentals can be reserved ahead of time by contacting the restaurant. Tickets start at $25, and can be purchased online at www.hotelsolamar.com
Saltbox’s elegant mezzanine is reopening for one-night only. Ring in the New Year at the swank restaurant, or join them for drinks atop downtown’s only no-cover rooftop lounge, SummerSalt. A special prix fixe menu will be served for two seatings; 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Start the meal off with options like Oven Roasted Beet Salad and Butternut Squash Soup. Continue with heartier selections like Grilled NY Steak with brandy au Poivre, parmesan potato au gratin and cream kale, and Pan Seared Ricotta Gnocchi with wild mushrooms and brown butter sage. The first 6 p.m. seating is $55 per person, while the second 9 p.m. seating is $65 per person, and includes a welcome glass of bubbly, party favors and a toast.
Dress up for a night on the town at Little Italy’s Kettner Exchange. This black tie affair begins with a glass of champagne upon arrival and a pre-fixe five-course dinner featuring lemon belle, a trio of big eye tuna, “surf and turf” wagyu beef short rib and lobster baked potato, and finishing up with orange creamsicle. Add a wine pairing with each course for the full experience. Guests can choose from three seating times, 5 p.m., 7:30 p.m., and 10 p.m. Stay for a full evening of live entertainment, including a sultry jazz set by The Stacy Antonel Quartet and after dinner beats by Giancarlo. And don’t miss the secret Grand Artique tasting lounge experience. Cost: $100 and $25 for optional wine pairing per guest. For reservations call 619-255-2001 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Local’s fave, BASIC will prepare to ring in ten years in East Village. Celebrate with BASIC’s signature New Year’s Eve party, “Keep it BASIC NYE.” BASIC offers a haven for those looking to ring in 2016 in their favorite jeans and tees. Doors open at 8 p.m., party-goers will be able reserve couches for bottle service, and BASIC will be offering their signature coal-fired pizza menu all night long. With a DJ spinning tunes into the wee-hours, a complimentary champagne toast, will also be available. The cover is $15, reservations are not required.
North Country revelers can nab a table at the renowned CUCINA enoteca Del Mar and indulge in a decant four-course meal straight from their California-inspired Italian kitchen. Guests will be welcomed with with starters such as the Crispy Fried Duck Egg and a winter pasta dish, a Butternut Squash Gnocchi made with crisp prosciutto, arugula pesto simmered in a sage brown butter. Moving onto the third course, diners will have their choice of Roasted Venison Loin or a Hokkaido Scallop, with olive oil crushed red potatoes, cauliflower truffle puree and a truffle bordelaise. Cozy up to a plate of Dark Chocolate Torta for dessert, and raise a glass to 2016 during CUCINA enticer’s complimentary champagne countdown. The cost is $68 per person, reservations can be made by calling 858-704-4500
To help ring in 2016, KITCHEN 1540 at the L’Auberge Hotel in Del Mar is offering a special Three-Course menu with optional champagne pairings to be enjoyed while listening to singer songwriter Michael Tiernan perform. The Three-Course Menu will offer firsts such as Oysters with apple and riesling jelly and Lamb Tartare with quail egg. Second courses include Lobster Bisque with croquet and truffle and third course features are Guinea Fowl and Dry Aged Beet “Pot Roast” and other selections.
Cost is $125 per person; $155 with champagne pairings, exclusive of tax and gratuity. Champagne pairings for dinner will include Perrier-Jouet, Grand Brut, NV, Champagne, France; Charles De Casanove Brut Rosé, NV, Champagne, France; and Henriot Brut Vintage, 2006, Champagne, France. For reservations, call (858) 793-6460. Afterwards, celebrate with more champagne tastes in the Living Room Bar.
Downtown San Diego’s Westgate Hotel will have a Casino Royale-themed party this New Year’s Eve. The night’s festivities will begin at 7 p.m. and include a secret agent cocktail reception, royally prepared five-course dinner, live music, a midnight balloon drop and champagne toast. Guests are encouraged to unveil their inner secret service agent and dress to impress for this royal evening. The dinner will be accompanied by the world’s signature spy soundtrack, performed by the Lorraine Castellanos Quartet. Guests interested in attending may purchase the Casino Royale package, which includes Her Majesty’s five-course dinner with wine pairing for two at a price of $219 per person. Those interested in upgrading their experience can purchase an overnight stay. For more information, visit www.westgatehotel.com