The 10 Best Bars to Celebrate the New Year in California!

California knows how to party when the new year rolls around. From lavish events to cozy gatherings, bars throughout California help revelers count down the New Year with various events, themes, specials and more creative offerings. Check out some of the best bars to ring in the New Year in style. 

1. Draft, San Diego, CA

Draft is a chill spot to hang out and enjoy views of the water and sunset anytime but on New Year’s Eve the casual joint on the ocean gets even better. Buy tickets in advance for one of the most affordable ways to spend NYE right on the water, complete with ball drops, DJs, drink specials and a champagne toast.

2. Andaz Hotel Rooftop by STK, San Diego, CA

San Diego’s swanky rooftop bar is super luxe spot to spend NYE. Amazing views from all over the area, super modern décor, and top notch service are all on hand. Be prepared to drop a bundle on tickets, whether you’re shelling out for your crew or just the two of you. And be sure to dress to impress.

3. Altitude Sky Lounge, San Diego, CA

The annual New Year’s event includes several different parties on different levels of the Gaslamp Marriott. The fashionable crowd goes all out with glitz and glam as revelers dance the night away on street level and on up to the rooftop with all the views during the Bottoms Up event.

A post shared by D-Curly (@_dses10) on

4. Zelda’s Nightclub, Palm Springs, CA

If you’re looking to experience the legendary nightlife of Palm Springs, then drink and dance the night away at Zelda’s. More of a nightclub than a bar, there is always free flowing alcohol and plenty of music and NYE keeps the party going extra strong.

Zeldas is where magic happens

A post shared by THE 🌍 FAMOUS ZELDA'S NIGHTCLUB (@zeldas_nightclub) on

5. Resident, Downtown Los Angeles, CA

Resident is a hybrid of spaces featuring music, food, and bars that utilize repurposed items like a trailer and fire hydrant. Frequently the perfect spot to celebrate occasions or check out new bands and great drinks, Resident is partnering with Bootie for a special New Year’s Eve event.

6. Santa Monica Pub Crawl, Santa Monica, CA

If you can’t decide which bar to hit up, then check out the Santa Monica pub crawl and do them all. Going in and out of the best bars in the city, you enjoy creative cocktails and meet other party goers as you ring in the new year with style.

7. Hollywood Pub Crawl, Hollywood, CA

Hollywood is a famously fun place to celebrate New Year’s Eve, but it can be hard to know which bars are best. A pub crawl lets you check out some of the hottest bars in town and takes some of the guesswork out of how to pay as organizers help handle the details. 

8. Press Club, San Francisco, CA

A fancier bar/lounge, Press Club’s New Year’s Dance Party has a Latin flair this year. Buy tickets in advance to dance the night away, accompanied by champagne and cocktails. You can nibble on small bites with a limited menu and be sure to dress to the nines for full experience.

9. Smuggler’s Cove, San Francisco, CA

Smuggler’s Cove is usually a cozy spot to enjoy a variety of rum cocktails in a tiki setting. For New Year’s, you’ll want to snag your tickets in advance because a lot of people like to enjoy rum paired with fun in one of the country’s best cocktail bars.

Where in the world is Martin Cate? Any guesses? #whereintheworldismartincate

A post shared by Smuggler's Cove (@smugglerscovesf) on

10. Sip Bar & Lounge, San Francisco, CA

San Francisco’s NYE events often come with a dress code but you can dress up as much or as little as you like at the Sip Bar & Lounge New Year’s Eve party. A DJ will be on hand to mix it up with tunes to help you get grooving and your ticket allows you to go in and out so that you’re not stuck inside all night. Although you may want to stay in so that you don’t miss out on party supplies like hats and complimentary champagne. 

Select a California town to find the Best Things-To-Do and Places To Go around you
New Year's and First Night Celebrations Near You
Enter City / State or Zip code below
Find Bars Near You
Enter City / State or Zip code below
Select your town to find the Best Things-To-Do and Places To Go around you:

Alameda County

Alpine County

Amador County

Butte County

Calaveras County

Colusa County

Contra Costa County

Del Norte County

El Dorado County

Fresno County

Glenn County

Humboldt County

Imperial County

Inyo County

Kern County

Kings County

Lake County

Lassen County

Los Angeles County

Madera County

Marin County

Mariposa County

Mendocino County

Merced County

Modoc County

Mono County

Monterey County

Napa County

Nevada County

Orange County

Placer County

Plumas County

Riverside County

Sacramento County

San Benito County

San Bernardino County

San Diego County

San Francisco County

San Joaquin County

San Luis Obispo County

San Mateo County

Santa Barbara County

Santa Clara County

Santa Cruz County

Shasta County

Sierra County

Siskiyou County

Solano County

Sonoma County

Stanislaus County

Sutter County

Tehama County

Trinity County

Tulare County

Tuolumne County

Ventura County

Yolo County

Yuba County