Consider yourself lucky if you are making plans to celebrate New Year’s Eve in the North Bay, where some of the best parties to mark new beginnings and this year’s end are right in Sonoma Wine Country. As with past CBS articles written about New Year’s celebrations (Best New Year’s Eve Parties Near the Peninsula), ringing in 2014 with options from this list will create one night to remember for years to come.
Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa
100 Boyes Blvd.
Sonoma, CA 95476
The hottest party in Wine Country this New Year’s Eve will be at The Inn. Guests will enjoy an unmatched seven-course dinner. Dinner seating is available from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., with entertainment provided by Berkeley’s celebrated KALX DJ, Rubberband Girl, a.k.a. Erin Prunchak. The DJ’s musical passion is why she can easily connect and play music that all eras and generations can appreciate. The evening will culminate with a midnight sparkling toast that promises to ring in the New Year in only the best that Sonoma wine country can offer. Cost is $195/person (plus tax and service).
464 1st St. E.
Sonoma, CA 95476
Even if you’re not an Irish bloke or gal, come to this bar that’s always ready to party and ring in the New Year. Murphy’s Irish Pub actually hosts two parties. The first is Irish New Year’s starting at 4 p.m. (Dublin’s New Year’s). Music will play from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and corned beef and cabbage, Guinness and Irish coffees will be enjoyed. The second event is a New Year’s Eve Party, which goes from 9 p.m. to 12 p.m. Enjoy live music, dancing and a laughing good time to cheer in the New Year. Murphy’s offers an exceptional variety of beers, including premium, international beers such as Guinness, Murphy’s Stouts, Smithwicks, as well as great local and craft beers. And, because this is in wine country after all, this pub offers a variety of fine Sonoma Valley wines.
317 Healdsburg Ave.
Healdsburg, CA 95448
To celebrate New Year’s Eve, Charlie Palmer’s Dry Creek Kitchen is offering a special six-course prix fixe menu, priced at $135/person. This special dinner will take place on December 31 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Reservations are encouraged. Dry Creek Kitchen serves more than 500 Sonoma vintage wines. The menu features the following fine wines: Chardonnay/Pinot Noir Soter Beacon Hill Brut Rose, Chardonnay Pierre Peters Cuvee De Reserve Blanc De Blancs, Champagne, France, NV, Vinhao Aphros Super Rerserva Bruto Espumante De Vinho Verde and Moscato Vietti Cascinetta Moscato D’Asti. DCK was presented with the 2012 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. With such a fine tavern that knows its wines and spirits, you can’t go wrong when you cheer in the New Year here.
Flamingo Resort Hotel & Conference Center
2777 4th St
Santa Rosa, CA 95405
Flamingo Resort Hotel is holding an exciting New Year’s Eve Party with its partners from ANTIX Events. This location is ideally suited for an expected 800 to 1,000 clientele. A VIP Overnight Package with 100 guest rooms will be made available for North Bay-area party attendees. The hotel highly encourages staying overnight, to avoid any drinking and driving. Expect performances by Matt Price, Truthlive, Primo and more!
397 Aviation Blvd.
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Ring in the New Year this December at Mavericks. This place is the largest nightclub in the North Bay, with over 8,000 square feet, two mega dance floors, over 30 beers on tap, a fabulous sound system, 10 big screen TVs and a full restaurant. The cost for the New Year’s shindig includes champagne ($15 ages 18 to 20/$10 ages 21 and over). Party until the wee hours and celebrate the New Year with your closest comrades at this hopping bar.
Petaluma Community Center
320 N. McDowell Blvd.
Petaluma, CA 94954
Enjoy your evening in Petaluma with the Sons of Italy, as they celebrate the New Year with music, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dancing and noisemakers. Your meal will be deliciously prepared and includes a prime rib and tortellini dinner. After eating, the fun begins from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. PSoI request a donation of $60 per person. There are advance ticket sales only and no refunds.
Kelly Gullo is a freelance writer in San Francisco, CA. Kellys topics are about music and nightlife. Kelly has also written a variety of articles on health and dieting and topics related to the environment. Kelly has a degree in journalism and public relations from Ferris State University in Big Rapids, MI. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.