NewYear.jpgIn honor of New Years, BART is staying open three hours later New Year’s Eve night and offering special service into downtown SF for their 8pm fireworks show. After the fireworks show, some trains will stop at either Embarcadero or Montgomery in an attempt to ease overcrowding. As BART says, trains will run at their normal intervals until 3am, then resume at 8am on New Year’s Day, when BART will operate on its Sunday schedule.

To make things less of a headache for you and your fellow riders, BART offers the usual suggestions of loading up your Clipper card and leaving your bike and pets at home. They also remind you not to eat or drink on BART. Really.

What: BART is extending their hours and providing extra services for New Years.
When: New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day
Where: BART stations everywhere!
Cost: depends on how far you’re traveling.

The SFMTA is providing free Muni service on New Year’s Eve from 8pm to 6am for the twelfth consecutive year. Muni Metro service between West Portal and Embarcadero stations will also be extended to 4am and until 2:15am to 4th and King St. Extra Owl service will be provided for the 5 Fulton, 14 Mission, 22 Fillmore, 24 Divisidero, 38 Geary, 90 and 91 Owl, and the L and N Owl bus routes. Service on the F Market streetcar will also be provided by buses after 4pm.

Those attempting to get anywhere in the city on New Year’s Eve should expect delays near The Embarcadero from about 11pm to 1am, as people leave that fireworks demonstration we mentioned above.

Caltrain will also be offering free rides from 11pm to 2:15am, when its final train of the evening wil depart from the 4th and King St. Station.

What: Free Muni and Caltrain/Samtrans service on New Year’s Eve
When: Saturday, December 31st from 8pm-2am for Muni, with Caltrain and Samtrans service free from 11pm-2:15am.
Where: citywide
Cost: free!

Berg Injury Lawyers should get an award for the press release they sent with the tagline of: “Should Auld Acquaintance Get Too Drunk–Get a Safe Ride Home on New Year’s Eve” because that shit is entertaining. Even more entertaining is carting your drunk ass home, for free. Berg’s been in the safe and sober game for seven years, offering safe rides home to 6,546 inebriated souls in NorCal.

Since the program’s so popular, a cap of $35 will be placed on each cab ride. Had a little too much to drink in SF? Call Luxor Cab at (415) 282-4141 and tell them your ride home is on Berg Injury Lawyers.

As always, rides will only be provided from a bar or restaurant to an individual’s residence; Berg Injury Lawyers isn’t out to help you bar-hop.

What: Berg Injury Lawyers’ Safe & Sober Free Cab Ride Home
When: New Year’s Eve evening, from 10pm-4am
Where: Safe & Sober Free Cab Rides are being offered all over SF
Cost: it all depends on if you can remember your address, really.

New Year’s Eve means celebration and if you’re looking for a classy one, head to Jardiniere’s for a prix fixe meal that’s sure to please. The menu includes local dungeness crab, California white seabass, Calvisius caviar, Magruder Ranch vitellone, and Meyer lemon mousse, along with wine pairings for each dish. The Terry Disley Experience will provide live music from 8pm-1am, with a champagne toast at midnight to break things up.

First seating runs from 5:30pm to 7:30pm and is just $145 per person, with wine pairings an additional $55. Second seating runs from 8:30pm to 10:30pm and is $195, with wine pairings an additional $75. Prices do not include beverages, tax, or gratuity. To make reservations, call (415) 861-5555 or visit

What: Jardiniere’s New Year’s Eve celebration
When: first seating: 5:30pm-7:30pm; second seating: 8:30pm-10:30pm
Where: Jardiniere, 300 Grove Street
Cost: first seating: $145 per person, with an additional $55 for wine pairings; second seating: $195 per person, with an additional $75 for wine pairings.

Want to ring in the new year with some laughs? Not Your Normal New Year’s Eve’s got you covered with six comics, a fabulous host, and even an indie chamber pop group. Hosted by Liz Grant, NYNNYE (or ninny) starts up at 7:30pm with live music from Foxtails Brigade and culminating in a balloon drop at 10pm, signifying midnight in Normal, IL.

NYNNYE features Steve Lee, Alex Koll, Natasha Muse, Kevin Camia, Jil Bourque, and headliner Brent Weinbach. Tickets range from $25 to $59. For more information, visit the NYNNYE website at or call (415) 392-4400

What: Not Your Normal New Year’s Eve (NYNNYE, or “ninny”)
When: Saturday, December 31st, with live music beginning at 7:30pm
Where: Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave.
Cost: $25-$59

DJ seriousleisure is laying down the beats for revelers at Edinburgh Castle Pub. With “Champagne, whisky, those noisy yazoo things..” and more, the only $10 event is sure to please dance enthusiasts and partiers alike. For more information, visit their website at or call (415) 885-4074

What: New Year’s Eve with DJ seriousleisure
When: Saturday, December 31st from 9pm-2am
Where: Edinburgh Castle Pub: 950 Geary St.
Cost: $10

Ring in the New Year in a very special way with ABADA Capoeira’s first annual Brazilian New Year’s Eve Celebration, “Reveillon”. Featuring music by DJ Ille along with live performances by Dholrythms Bhangra and the ABADA-Capoeira Performance Troupe, the event mixes Brazilian house, samba, funk and fusion, with the unique dance fighting styles of capoeira. The party draws much inspiration by the festivities of Rio de Janeiro, adopting a “White Party” atmosphere, which means come in your best white gowns and tuxes.

Tickets range from $45 to $60 and include an all-you-can-eat Brazilian buffet, drinks, and a champagne toast at midnight. For more information, visit their website at

What: ABADA Capoeira’s “Reveillon” Brazilian New Year’s Eve Celebration
When: Saturday, December 31st from 9pm-2am
Where: ABADA Capoeira, 3221 22nd St.
Cost: $45-$60

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Always in motion. April Siese writes about music, takes photos at shows, and even helps put them on behind the scenes as a stagehand. She's written everything from hard news to beauty features, as well as fiction and poetry. She most definitely likes pie.

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