New Year's Eve in the North Bay

Here are a few ideas of where to celebrate in Novato and beyond.


Complimentary appetizers and no-host cocktails are from 7:30 -9:30 p.m. A special dinner menue begins at 8:30 p.m.  Live music and dancing starts at 9 p.m. with Lady D and Her Dance Band. Favors, midnight champagne toast and a local "after party" shuttle service. Cost is $50 per person (plus tax and gratuity.)  Reservations (415) 878-4977.  More info, click here

Live music with the performing from 10 p.m. until well after midnight. Complimentary champagne toast. Reservations are suggested. (415) 899-1516.

Welcome the New Year with a DJ and dancing. The restaurant will be serving the winter menu with several New Year's Eve specials from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. (415) 893-1892 or Hilltop1892.com

Dance the night away with the Doc Kraft Dance Band! Dinner starts at 5 p.m. with a' la carte dinner from 5-10 p.m., featuring New Year's Eve specials. Dancing starts at 9 p.m. in the Garden Room at Inn Marin.  $40 - tent seating, $50 Garden Room seating. Call (415) 883-5952 to purchase tickets. Or stay overnight with a Party & Spend the Night package. $195 Garden Room seating and overnight stay for two. $175 for Tent seating and overnight stay for two. Call (415) 883-5952 for details.

Ring in the new year with '80s music from The 85's and local band Petty Theft, a Tom Petty tribute band. Price includes show, party favors and complimentary glass of champagne at midnight. Doors open at 7:00 pm. 
Dec. 31, 8:30 p.m. $35-$40. 842 4th St., San Rafael. (415) 226-0262

Ring in the new year with a round of laughs and a midnight bubbly toast at the JCC'S Second Annual New Year's Eve Stand-Up Celebration. Starts 8:30 p.m. $29.50-$55. 200 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael. (415) 444-8000

The Zydeco Flames offer up a tasty morsel of Southern music, playing everything from the harmonica, accordions and even washboards. Starts at 9 p.m. $35-$40.
On the Town Square, 1 Old Ranchero Road, Nicasio. (415) 662-2219

The Theater District restaurant and bar puts on a night of salsa dancing with a live DJ, starting 8pm. Come for dinner and Tres Hombres' selection of drinks, including many tequilas, and stay for the Latin-themed party. 151 Petaluma Blvd. South, Petaluma. (707) 773-4500 www.treshombresrestaurant.com

Ring in the New Year with the Tommy Castro Band. Tommy Castro is an award-winning blues and R&B guitarist who has been nominated as the B.B. King Entertainer of the Year and Contemporary Blues Male Artist of the Year. Starts at 8 p.m. $51-$56. 23 Petaluma Blvd., Petaluma. (707) 765-9211 www.mcnears.com.

"New Year's Eve Bash For Single Professionals,'' Dec. 31, 9 p.m. Party features dancing, food, and more to ring in the new year. $20. 2777 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa. (707) 545-8530.

Poor Man's Whiskey sets the tone for last party of the year. Known for their upbeat performances, zany stage antics, and infectious songs, PMW is a good time guaranteed. Price includes balloon drop and sparking ale toasts. Opens 8:30 p.m. $30. 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. www.hopmonk.com.

Los Angeles band Ozomatli can best be described as playing Latin rock that's infused with cumbia, hip-hop and other musical influences that are as diverse as the members of the band. Starts at 9 p.m. $50-$85. 1350 3rd St., Napa. (707) 259-0123, www.uptowntheatrenapa.com     

Where are you planning to ring in the New Year? Is there a spot in town that throws a great party? Sound off in the comments below.

FINNEGAN'S MARIN December 30, 2011 at 07:24 PM
Thank you Patch! Here is more Info on Finnegan's New Year's Eve Night: Special al la carte menu available starting at 5pm. Our regular menu available too! Never a Cover at Finnegan's and NYE is no different.. No charge at Finnegan's with the Hamiltone's playing at 10pm! Champagne toast, great food, and company to usher in 2012! 899 1516 for reservations or just come on down!
Bob Minkin December 31, 2011 at 12:22 AM
You left out Front Street with Stu Allen in Larkspur at the former Sweetwater Station.
mike jones December 31, 2011 at 10:18 PM
Rancho nicasio is $35-$45 to see band not $25-30
Tracey Ruiz January 01, 2012 at 01:38 AM
Thanks Mike. I updated Rancho Nicasio's information.


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