10 Best New Year’s Eve Bars 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 the most epic fashion. 

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 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 a super luxe spot to spend NYE. Amazing views from all over the area, super modern décor, and first-class service are all on hand. Be sure to dress to impress and have a blast.

3. Altitude Sky Lounge, San Diego, CA

Bring in the New Year in style at Altitude Sky Lounge! Enjoy spectacular vistas of the San Diego skyline, a live DJ spinning all night, delightful craft cocktails, and a gorgeously lit midnight champagne toast to 2024! Take your celebration to the next level, 22 stories up in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter.

4. The California Club, Auburn, CA

Escape the ordinary and join them for New Year's Eve at The California Club! This Old Town Auburn icon is known for prime drinks and a vintage feel that can't be beaten. They ensure a night of excellence and entertainment that will be the highlight of your year. Get ready for a night of dynamic celebration.

5. Resident, Los Angeles, CA

Spend your New Year's Eve in an oasis in Downtown LA's Arts District! Resident is a beloved neighborhood bar perfect for a festive evening, with private entertainment and a live music area, a luscious green outdoor beer garden, and local draft favorites and specialty cocktails delivered from a cool 1954 Spartan trailer.

6. Santa Monica Pub Crawl, Santa Monica, CA

Dive into the New Year with the Santa Monica New Year's Eve Pub Crawl! This elite event provides VIP access to some of Santa Monica's most popular bars and drinks specials as low as $4 drafts and 2-for-1 premiums and champagnes! Don't miss out on the ultimate bar-hopping experience to welcome 2024 enjoyably and festively.

7. Hollywood Pub Crawl, Hollywood, CA

Feel the zealous energy of the New Year with style in Hollywood! With exclusive A-list venues and elite nightclubs to choose from, It's easier than ever to celebrate the New Year with friends. Enjoy splendid drink specials from some of Hollywood's most fashionable bars, and make it a night to remember without breaking the bank.

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.

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10. Sacramento Bar Crawl, Sacramento, CA

Barcrawlerz is your one-stop spot for a remarkable New Year's Eve Party! The best drink specials and bars in town will make this event a night you'll never forget. Join the crawl 'Til the Ball Falls and make the last night of the year something you'll always cherish.

This text was created by the author with the assistance of GPT-3, a large-scale language generation model developed by OpenAI. The author reviewed, edited, and revised the draft language to their satisfaction and is fully responsible for the content of this publication.

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