San Francisco New Year’s Eve on the Cheap

Events, Nightlife, Things to Do, What's New — By Mary Polizzotti on December 31, 2010 at 3:57 am

Don’t get suckered into paying big bucks to ring in 2011. There are plenty of options to spend the night out in San Francisco without the hefty $100 price tag.

If you want to shake your booty, don’t miss the party at Shine (Mission St between 9th & 10th). For $20 (presale) or $25 at the door, you can dance all night under the disco ball to the bumping beats of Pink Mammoth. The intimate venue has a fun photo booth, cheap drinks, and will offer a complementary pink rose champagne toast at midnight.

Rather laugh than shimmy? Big City Improv presents their annual New Year’s Eve show at The Shelton Theater (533 Sutter St) for just $25. The troupe uses audience suggestions and participation for every scene a la Whose Line is it Anyway? The Purple Onion (140 Columbus St) will host a stand-up comedy extravaganza featuring the Bay Area’s best up-and-coming comics, also for $25.

If you prefer food rather than festivities, head to Paul K in Hayes Valley for a 3-course prix fixe feast that will knock your heels off – a steal at $39.95. Paul K’s sexy yet casual space is a great spot for a mellower, albeit classy, New Year’s Eve date.

San Francisco New Year's Eve

As usual, firework-gazing is free and you can catch the show anywhere near Pier 14 at midnight on the Embarcadero. (If you can sneak into a tall office building, that’s a good viewpoint too).

As if you needed more reason to get out, public transit options abound. On New Year’s Eve, Muni is free (including cable cars!) from 8pm until 6am on New Year’s Day. SamTrans is free on all routes from 11pm until 2am, CalTrain is free after 11pm with extended service after midnight, and BART is also extending rides until 3am. Don’t we wish this schedule happened every day?

Happy New Year!

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