The best NYE parties in San Francisco traditionally have been at leading hotels like the Westin St. Francis and the Palace SF. However, time is quickly running out to purchase last minute tickets as events like the Masquerade Ball at Hotel VIA as well as Fantastic Negrito at The Chapel and have already sold out. Fortunately San Francisco will host several other NYE parties in addition to its widely popular fireworks show over the San Francisco Bay. The following are four of the best NYE parties at San Francisco hotels, along with an exceptional bonus selection at Fort Mason Center. Tickets to other Bay Area events may be still found through Eventbrite.


ALIST SF Passport To The World NYE Party

Westin St. Francis Hotel
335 Powell St.
San Francisco, CA 94102

The landmark Westin St. Francis will once again be host to what has been called the “Glitziest New Years Eve Party in SF”. Now in its 14th year, Passport to the World will feature several themed rooms representing different parts of the world like Asia, Europe and the U.S., several DJs and a hosted open bar backed by more than 22 bartenders. DJs like DJ Kevin Michaels and Norse Code will be on hand to spin the hottest sounds as well additional entertainment from Taiko drummers, stilt walkers, dancers and more.

ALIST Highlights

Other highlights include a premium hosted open bar, interactive experiences and a fashion show with more than 12 models from around the world appearing on an elevated catwalk. Passport to the World is arguably the most upscale NYE party in the City and black ties are requested. The event is hosted by Alist San Francisco. Last minute reservations may be made directly through the Westin SF, located in the heart of Union Square, or reputable online travel sites like Expedia and HotelTonight.


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All That Glitters

Virgin Hotels San Francisco
250 Fourth St.
San Francisco, CA 94103

One of the City’s luxury properties will help ring in 2020 with its “All That Glitters” NYE party at Virgin Hotels San Francisco. Located near Moscone Center, the event is described as a hotel-wide party and will feature well-known DJs like M3, TSR Airlines, Cole Odin and DJ Kimmy, in addition to live performers. Tickets may be purchased through Eventbrite or at the door. The price includes the cover charge and entrance to the party with a cash bar and food items available through the Commons Club bar food menu. Additionally, Virgin Hotels San Francisco may still be offering a New Year’s Eve dinner with a pre fix menu and wine pairings at the Commons Club. For hotel reservations, please contact the hotel directly or another recommended online travel site.


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Mega New Year’s Eve Party

Palace Hotel San Francisco
Two New Montgomery St.
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 260-9920

The Bay Area’s Aykut Events is once again proud to host its New Year’s Eve party at one of San Francisco most acclaimed hotels, the Palace Hotel. Billed as the City’s “No. 1 NYE Party”, the extravaganza is also known as the International Ball and will feature four separate rooms with 10 world renowned DJs, including the event’s founder and host, DJ Aykut Akcaopglu. The party will also feature DJs KBLO, DJ Santero, Dr. T, and Turker, who will spin hip-hop, Top 40, house music, Latin, 80s and 90s and other popular dance grooves. Each of the rooms will also have massive balloon drops, in addition to fabulous dancers, drummers. Tickets also include access to the hosted premium open bar, with brands like Johnny Walker Black, Hennessy, Belvedere vodka and Don Julio tequila. For hotel reservations, please check directly with the Palace Hotel or through a reputable online source. Party guests should take time to take a selfies or two at the hotel’s iconic Garden Court, one of San Francisco’s most famous dining spots.


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NYE Massive 2020

Parc 55 Hilton
55 Cyril Magnin St.
San Francisco, CA 94102

Now in its 16th incredible year, NYE Massive 2020 is known as the original and longest-running multi-city themed NYE event in San Francisco. Held at the highly rated Parc 55 Hilton, the party will showcase world class DJs like Myty Myke, J-Trip and Lando 1 and five themed dance floors, as well as offer premium party favors, enormous balloon drops, state-of-the-art lighting and sound system and a premium hosted bar. Limited tickets may still be available for VIP service, which includes private hosted bar and bartenders and a private dance floor. One of the most popular NYE parties in San Francisco, NYE Massive 2020 has consistently sold out although tickets may be available at the door. The event observes a strict dress code, with semi-formal or evening attire required. Overnight accommodations may still be available through Parc 55 or reliable travel sites. Hotel guests may also be interested in dining at its acclaimed Michelin-star Thai eatery, Kin Khao.


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Eye Heart New Year’s Eve

Fort Mason Center
Two Marina Blvd.
San Francisco, CA 94123

Independent San Francisco promoters Eye Heart SF will host its 11th annual Eye Heart NYE inside the Festival Pavilion at historic Fort Mason Center. Backed with commanding views of the Golden Gate Bridge along the city’s waterfront, the event will feature platinum-selling DJ Dillon Francis, along with other DJs like Cyber Rodeo, DJ Dials and DJ Dilly. Eye Heart NYE has previously been named the “Best Event in San Francisco” and Rolling Stone magazine, VICE, DJ Mag and others have called it one of the best NYE parties in America.

All tickets include access to the premium open bar for GA or VIP sections, world class lighting and sound system, Silent Disco at a second stage. Eye Heart NYE will also offer an expanded number of bars and bartenders even though it’s already been described as having the best bartender-guest ratio than any other competing party in the country. An added bonus is the opportunity to watch the City’s magnificent fireworks show over the Bay. Limited VIP tables may still be available and a “dress to impress” dress code is recommended.


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About The Author:

Randy Yagi is an award-winning freelance writer who has covered national/international travel for CBS Local and all things San Francisco for CBS San Francisco. His stories have also appeared in the Daily Meal, CBS Radio, and, among others. He is a Media Fellow of Stanford University and a member of the Freelance Council of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW). 

He is a lifelong resident of Santa Cruz County, in California.