Best Places to spend New Year’s Eve in San Diego

I would imagine we’re all more than ready to give 2021 the proper farewell it deserves!

The U.S. News and World Report named San Diego the most fun place to live in November of this year. There are plenty of options from parties to casual dinners with loved ones to bring in the New Year, especially in San Diego with our beautiful year-round climate! These San Diego attractions are especially exciting on New Year’s Eve with firework shows everywhere. From San Diego Bay cruises to virtual events to dining specials, here are some of the great ways to bring in 2022 with a fresh start San Diego style… goodbye, 2021!

NYE Gala Dinner Cruise on the Hornblower

Party into 2022 by taking a tour of the spectacular San Diego Bay on the luxury Hornblower yacht. On this three-hour cruise, you can enjoy bottomless champagne or sparkling cider, a decadent meal at a private table, a DJ, and free wifi on the cruise.

Cost: $185 – $3,095

Intercontinental New Years Eve (Bayfront Gatsby House)

What better way to celebrate than with a Gatsby-themed New Year’s Eve! This event is the most upscale NYE party in San Diego, so make sure to dress in your best 1920’s attire. This all VIP event held at the beautiful InterContinental waterfront hotel features premium liquor bars, appetizers, four of San Diego’s top DJs, and of course party favors! View panoramas of the Harbor skyline at this multi-room party with an unforgettable midnight countdown.

Cost: $165 – $2,595

Hotel del Coronado New Years Eve Gala

Dance the night away in the crown room at the Hotel del Coronado! End 2021 the classy way at Hotel Del’s Speakeasy with performers, DJs, live food stations, and drinks! This event is also a 20’s themed event and is available by reservation only.

General Admission: $640, VIP Ringside Table of 6: $6,385, Lounge Table of 6: $4,470

New Years Eve at Tower 23

If you’re looking for more of a relaxing dining experience for New Year’s Eve, celebrate at Tower 23 in Pacific Beach. The JRDN Restaurant is serving an exceptional four-course meal. You have two options, an early dinner with live acoustic music or a later dinner with a live DJ. Both include access to the after-party at the sunset patio lounge. There is also an option to skip dinner and celebrate on the patio overlooking the beach.

Cost: $30 – 40

Hard Rock NYE 2022

If you want to bring in 2022 on San Diego’s largest rooftop, the Gaslamp Quarter returns this New Years’ Eve with the 21+ bash. This year’s event has a variety of house music by Erick Diaz, Alibi, Sh8k, and MASLLAF. Three hotel levels, five decked-out party rooms, and a glitter and glamour theme. Don’t miss out on this celebration, GA tickets are SOLD OUT but there are still rooms and tables available!

Stone Craft Beer New Year

Spend New Year’s Eve at the Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens in Escondido! There will be three delicious courses, a dessert table, and two 5 oz beer pairings with each course. Get a commemorative glass to keep as you enjoy your midnight toast with loved ones to live music, DJs, and more! You can upgrade to cocktails for an additional $21 at entry. 


$75/ Designated Driver

JOY! Mixology Virtual Tutorials

It’s fun to stay at home and watch NYE celebrations from the comfort of your own home. What better way to do that than by joining professional Mixologists for a FREE virtual experience! Mixologists from different eateries and bars in San Diego bring you live tutorials on social media. You will have plenty of time to prepare with recipes given out two days prior. Go to Little Italy’s Facebook and Instagram pages @LittleItalySD to book the last class of the series and kick off the New Year from home!

Celebrate at home with a dinner to-go

Another at-home option is to pick up a dinner package and celebrate with loved ones. Here are just a few of the various options available: 

  • Cloak and Petal: With the option to feed four, six, or eight, this meal consists of sushi, gyoza platters, karaage, edamame, and alcoholic beverages. With every package purchased, Cloak and Petal donate two meals to first responders and front-line workers. Order up to one week ahead and dine in with a cause. Cocktails are available for $10 each.
  • Puesto Mission Valley is offering an exclusive menu for two for $100 with an option to add champagne and two cocktails for $50! Specialty dishes include oyster mushrooms, truffled elote, and duck confit en mole negro.
  • George’s at the Cove – La Jolla: Voted best fancy restaurant in San Diego, George’s is offering either Wellington of Salmon or Beef Short Rib, with sides and dessert. Options for side dishes include Winter Squash Fritters, Crab Louie Salad, Potato and Truffle Gratin, Grilled Mushrooms, Sautéed Chard, Twice Baked Sunchokes, Winter Squash Fritters, and Crab Louie Salad.

Best Fireworks Displays

San Diego has some of the prime locations for fireworks including: 

  • Embarcadero
  • Seaport Village 
  • Portside Pier
  • Shelter Island
  • Harbor Island 
  • Convention Center

San Diego beaches and parks are exactly where you want to be to watch the incredible views of fireworks and enjoy the beautiful night!

As you can tell, you’ll likely find something that suits the occasion in San Diego. Reserve your spots for these fantastic events before tickets sell out! Hopefully, you have a better idea of how you would like to spend your New Years’ Eve in beautiful San Diego.No matter how you choose to celebrate, stay safe, happy, in good health, and enjoy bringing in the New Year!

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