Not too long ago, a Downtown New Year’s Eve was limited to three bars. That’s changed with the growth of Fremont East and the Arts District, and with the addition of some new, swanky venues and the success of Life Is Beautiful, 2013 was certainly the year of Downtown. As you can see from the NYE highlights below, your options have expanded considerably.
Whether you’re a gamer or a dancer, ring in the new year with Insert Coin(s) resident DJs like Crykit, Charlie Darker, Oscar Wylde and Vegas Banger, Champagne in hand for the big toast (8 p.m., $15).
Downtown regulars already know Tuesdays at Beauty Bar are typically Nickel Beer Night, but for New Year’s Eve, the event swells to become Beer and Bling, thanks to its co-promoter, Indie Krush. That means five-cent beers, live bands and DJs, a photo booth and more (9 p.m., $10).
For Prohibition-era enthusiasts, Collective Zoo transports NYE revelers to the roaring ’20s for a black-tie, Boardwalk Empire-themed affair at the Mob Museum. General admission includes a three-hour open bar on all spirits, a Champagne toast and access to museum exhibits. Pony up for VIP tickets and you’ll score complimentary moonshine-based cocktails and hors d’oeuvres (8 p.m., $89-$175).
For something more subtle, Lady Silvia keeps it simple with live music, a Champagne toast and craft cocktails (9 p.m., $10). Even more low-key will be the Griffin, limiting its production to DJs in the back room (doors at 5 p.m., free), while Artifice offers a grander edition of its monthly Scarlet night. It’s the same bands-and-DJ Goth party, but organizers are taking a cue from Arcade Fire and hoping (not requiring) you’ll dress up in formal attire. (9 p.m., $5).