New Year's Day is all about fresh starts and optimism, but don't make the mistake of believing you can say goodbye to a whole year with one night of drinking. Our extensive studies have shown that a full 24-hour period of carefully paced cocktails is required for that. With that in mind, here's SFoodie's suggestion for a weekend-long resolution-trashing fling before you have to get serious on Monday.
Arguably the best decade for serious drinking and excess was the '70s, the setting for the Bon Vivants' S.O.S. ― Standing on Stardust party at the Burritt Room. The $85 ticket gets you four cocktails, snacks, and disco dancing to DJ Bus Station John's groovin' soundtrack. If that doesn't put you over the top, then go-go dancers and a slab of luge ice in the form of a unicorn dispensing boozy, cosmic love surely will. Champagne at midnight included.
Since S.F. isn't New Orleans or Las Vegas, you're going to have to take a little break before rolling over to the BBQ brunch at Absinthe Saturday morning. Belly up to the bar for a Freddy Mercury (prosecco, Broker's gin, pan-roasted star anise, cardamom, ginger, lemon) if you're still hanging strong, or a Death in the Afternoon (absinthe and Champagne) if you're not.
End the first night of the year with a last hurrah for your old resolutions. Whiskey Under the Bridge is 15 Romolo's resolutions-breaker brunch that lasts all night. The $7 drink specials feature Death's Door gin and vodka, along with Romolo's usual brand of tasty, offbeat brunch grub, including corned beef-tongue hash, challah French toast, duck egg congee, and more.
S.O.S. ― Standing on Stardust
Where: The Burritt Room at the Crescent Hotel, 417 Stockton (at Sutter)
When: Fri., Dec. 31, 9 p.m.-2 a.m.
Cost: $85; $250 gets you two tickets and a standard hotel room, or upgrade to a suite for $300
Highlights: Unicorn ice sculpture and cocktails. Do we really need to say more?
Absinthe's BBQ Brunch
Where: Absinthe, 398 Hayes (at Gough)
When: Sat., Jan. 1, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Reservations: Call 551-1590
Whiskey Under the Bridge
Where: 15 Romolo, 15 Romolo (at Broadway)
When: Sat., Jan. 1, 7 p.m.-2 a.m.
Highlights: Brunch food and $7 drink specials all night