We know what the newspapers are saying, but bank accounts don't lie – we're still in a recession. How do we say good-bye to another decade passed, without spending too much cash? The quickest solution is to find a date, a date who likes you more then you like them – and puppy dog pout your way into a free evening. If flirting your way through the evening with a butter face is not worth saving the extra cash then here are some ways to party like it's 1999 (even though it's 2009 and sadly your bank statements have not reflected the change in the decade).
You, some 3D glasses, and an IMAX. Sorry either popcorn or a soda, not both, that would bring you over budget. Pretend the 3D glasses are your party favor. We highly recommend screaming “Happy New Year Blue People!!!” at midnight. Cost $11 AMC Loews Metreon 16, San Francisco, CA
Some people will be listening to their favorite bands on New Year's Eve, when they could be listening to you sing. The first person to sing “Sweet Caroline” gets to go home alone. COST: FREE 2545 24th St, San Francisco, CA
3. DJ Dance Party for only $20.
Om Records knows how to throw a party including great dj's, FREE Hors D'oeuvres, and a FREE champagne toast a midnight. Dance like no one is watching, or like everyone is on drugs.
COST: $20 Triple Crown 1760 Market Street San Francisco, CA
4. Balloon Drop at Beauty Bar
Chicken Little, the sky is not falling. Those are balloons and you are drunk. The Beauty of the Beauty Bar on NYE is for only $10 Dollars you get a FREE glass of champagne and a midnight balloon drop. COST: $10 2299 Mission St. San Francisco, Ca
Dine, drink and laugh with SF's top underground comics including Bay Area breakout comedian Kris Tinkle. Laughter is the best medicine, and this show promises to cure a decade of bad decisions. Show ends at 10 (so after the laughter ends you'll still have plenty of time to make further bad choices). COST: $20 The Purple Onion 140 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA