Best NYE Parties in San Francisco

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 for you to purchase last minute tickets. That’s because events like the Masquerade Ball at Hotel VIA and Fantastic Negrito at The Chapel and have sold out. …

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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 for you to purchase last minute tickets. That’s because events like the Masquerade Ball at Hotel VIA and Fantastic Negrito at The Chapel and have 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 host what’s known as 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.

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ALIST Highlights

Other highlights include a premium hosted open bar, interactive experiences and a fashion show. In fact, there will be more than 12 models from around the world appearing on a 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. Because of its prime location in Union Square, this is an excellent event for you to consider.

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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.

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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.


Virgin Hotels San Francisco is currently undergoing litigation. It is unclear if it will reopen again in 2022.

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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 hosting its New Year’s Eve party at the historic 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. Furthermore, there will be 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 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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Palace Hotel

With its central location bordering Market Street, the Palace Hotel is another great spot for NYE. In fact, you are literally just minutes from a BART station and Muni.

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NYE Massive 2020

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

Now in its 16th year, NYE Massive 2020 is known as the original and longest-running multi-city themed NYE event. 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. Like the Palace Hotel, Parc 55 has easy access to BART and Muni.


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. You may also be interested in dining at its acclaimed Michelin-star Thai eatery, Kin Khao.


Kin Khao is currently not available for dining. However, its sister restaurant Nari may still be taking reservations. On the other hand, Nari is several minutes away, in Japantown.

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 at 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 is a former recipient as “Best Event in San Francisco” by Rolling Stone magazine, VICE and DJ Mag. In addition, other sources call 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.

About The Author

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