Holiday Guide

New Year's -- A Grand Affair in the Sky: Hors d'oeuvres, champagne toast, dancing, and a massive ballon drop under the rotunda are just part of a spectacular night at San Francisco's beautiful City Hall, 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, $60. City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Pl. (at Fulton), 554-5184.

New Year's 2004 at the Hyatt Regency: Annual bash thrown at the Hyatt's spacious lobby, with live entertainment -- The Village People and Pride & Joy, to name a couple -- and a midnight balloon drop, 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, $75. Hyatt Regency San Francisco, 5 Embarcadero Center (at Market), 675-6230.

"Live" New Year's 12.31.03: Huge hip hop New Year's bash, featuring DJs Mind Motion, Ivan, Rolo 1-3, Scotty Fox, Rick Patrick, Switch, and more, 8 p.m.-6 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, $35-$100. Kelly's Mission Rock, 817 China Basin (at Mariposa), 626-5355. New Year's at Milk: House music -- along with a champagne toast and chocolate-covered strawberries -- steer the night with Q Burn's Abstract Message, Rob Zemo, Guthrie, and more performing, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, $15-$20. Milk, 1840 Haight (at Stanyan), 387-6455.

New Year's at Suede: Dance the night (and year) away at one of San Francisco's newest nightclubs. Champagne toast at midnight included, 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, $40.

New Year's Celebration: Latin grooves dominate this night, featuring a long set with the Poncho Sanchez Band, 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, $100. Yoshi's, 510 Embarcadero West (at Washington), Oakland, 510-238-9200.

New Year's Celebration With Supersuckers: Also featuring the Hangmen and Visqueen, 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, $30. Slim's, 333 11th St. (at Folsom), 255-0333.

New Year's Eve at 26 Mix: Old-school hip hop dominates this party, featuring The Roxwell, DJ Marz, and guests. Hats, noisemakers, free champagne will be featured at the stroke of midnight, 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, $10-$15. 26 Mix, 3024 Mission (at 26th St.), 826-7378.

New Year's Eve at Club Jazz Nouveau: Rolando Morales performs music to dance and dine to at this new jazz spot, 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, $30-$40. Club Jazz Nouveau, 2801 Leavenworth (at Beach), 921-2100.

New Year's Eve at Dragon Bar: DJ Ean Golden spins everything from soul to hip hop, to disco. Also featured are ice sculptures, party favors, and champagne toast at midnight, 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, $50. Dragon Bar, 473 Broadway (at Kearny), 834-9383.

New Year's Eve at the Gold Club: Spend New Year's Eve at a San Francisco stripping staple of sin. Formal attire and fun attitude requested, 9 p.m.-3 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, $35. The Gold Club, 650 Howard (at Third St.), 536-0300.

New Year's Eve Bluegrass Bash: High Country, Dix Bruce, and Jim Nunally perform great bluegrass music, 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, $22.50-$23.50. Freight & Salvage, 1111 Addison (at University), Berkeley, 510-548-1761.

New Year's Eve Bubble Party: '80s sensations General Public and A Flock of Seagulls perform, along with DJ Steve Masters and BB Hayes, 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, $75. Bambuddha Lounge, 601 Eddy (at Polk), 885-5088.

New Year's Eve Gala: A swank night of dancing at the symphony as Edwin Outwater conducts Broadway stars Lisa Vroman and Brent Barrett singing your favorite songs, 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, $87-$145. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness (at Grove), 864-6000.

New Year's Eve on Cloud 9: House, funk, hip hop, and '80s music highlight this New Year"s celebration, 9 p.m.-3 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, $25. Cloud 9 Motel, 34 Seventh St. (near Market), 355-9991.

New Year's Eve Vampire Tour: Not just for Halloween anymore, come see how vampires played a role in San Francisco's history, 8-10:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, $15-$20, 650-279-1840 (information). California & Taylor.

New Years Eve at the Embarcadero: Fireworks over the water to celebrate the new year, Wednesday, Dec. 31, free. Embarcadero & Market.

Noche Flamenco: Cuban and salsa dancing dominate a night of sultry dancing and great fun all night long, 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, $55. Peña PachaMama, 1630 Powell (between Union & Green), 646-0018.

Orquesta La Moderna Tradición: Classic Cuban dance music helps you dance in the New Year, 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, $20-$22. La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck (at Prince), Berkeley, 510-849-2568.

Pat Ryan's Celtic Junket: Toast the new year with Irish music, 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, free. Blarney Stone Irish Pub, 5625 Geary (at 20th Ave.), 386-9914.

Persephone's Bees: With Vue and the Lovemakers also on the bill, 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, $20. Cafe Du Nord, 2170 Market (at Sanchez), 861-5016.

Phil Lesh & Friends: 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, $60. Henry J. Kaiser Auditorium, 10 10th St. (at Oak), Oakland, 510-238-7765.

Playboy-esque New Year's Eve Gala: Come celebrate the new year with bunnies, drinks, boobs, and all things Playboy-related, 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, $12-$15. Cherry Bar & Lounge, 917 Folsom (at Fifth St.), 974-1585.

Poor Man's Whiskey: Rockabilly band rocks in the new year at this great Bolinas spot, 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31. Smiley's Schooner Saloon, 41 Wharf (at Brighton), Bolinas, 868-1311.

Private Moonlight Mansion Party: With a live lingerie fashion show, private suites, breakfast in bed, and more, 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, $100-$200. The Archbishop's Mansion, 1000 Fulton (at Steiner), 563-7872.

Remedy: Dance party with vocalist Lisa Shaw and DJs David Harness, Jay-J, Ruben Mancias, Franky Boissy, and Trevor Mijares spinning deep house and hip hop, 10 p.m.-5 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31. DNA Lounge, 375 11th St. (at Folsom), 626-1409.

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