It’s that time of year: a time for celebrating, looking back on all that happened in 2023, and preparing for the new year. Where better to mark the start of a new calendar than by celebrating New Year’s Eve in Sausalito?
In this post, I’ll cover all of the New Year’s Eve events I’ve found in Sausalito, so you can plan something if you feel comfortable doing an out-of-house experience. It goes without saying that you should call and confirm any of these events/businesses before just turning up on New Year’s Eve – even if they don’t require reservations.
And with that, let’s get into it – here are all the ways to ring in 2024 and celebrate New Year’s Eve in Sausalito.
This post was originally published in December 2021 and was updated in December 2023.
1. Rockin’ New Year’s Eve Party at The Trident
If you want a traditional New Year’s Eve party, head to the Trident. (Be sure to grab reservations first.) They’re planning a big event from 9 pm to 1 am on December 31st; there will be live music with the Rowan Brothers and a special dinner menu offered.
2. Live Music at No Name Bar
No Name Bar typically has live music on Saturday nights (actually, every night!); New Year’s Eve is no reason to change the schedule. For 2024, they’ve organized The No Name NYE Special. As this year’s New Year’s Eve falls on a Sunday, there’s no info about who’ll be in charge of serenading your evening. If you’re not ready for the night to end, they’re open until 2 am.
3. Watch the San Francisco Fireworks
Most locals don’t typically head out for big New Year’s festivities; instead, we prefer to enjoy the free fireworks show put on by our neighboring city, San Francisco – you might have heard of it before. While the show isn’t as big and impressive from Sausalito as it might be from Aquatic Park near Fisherman’s Wharf on the SF side, it’s far less crowded.
Here are some good options for where to see the fireworks in Sausalito. You’ll want a good southerly view, wherever you choose to view them.
From a Sausalito Restaurant
While there are great Sausalito restaurants along the water, there aren’t a ton of options if you want to be indoors to see the New Year’s fireworks from San Francisco, but I did confirm a few places are staying open late specifically to cater to revelers:
- Barrel House – They normally close at 10 pm, but they’ll keep the bar open and serving through midnight.
- The Spinnaker – A great option, they’re staying open til midnight… but if you don’t have reservations, it seems unlikely you’ll get them at this point. (Open Table is showing nothing after 3 pm, so try calling to see if they have any last-minute availability.)
On the Scoma’s Boardwalk
Scoma’s of Sausalito is closing at their normal time of 9 pm on New Year’s Eve – which makes the boardwalk around their restaurant a primo spot to see the fireworks! If you can snag a spot, be prepared for a panoramic view of the Bay and the fireworks.
Along Bridgeway Promenade
Bridgeway Promenade is great for viewing the San Francisco skyline on a nice day, so it’s no surprise that this is also a nice area to stand and watch the fireworks on New Year’s Eve. You can stand anywhere with a clear view, though the best spots will be nearer the north end, like Yee Tock Chee Park.
4. Lucky Drive New Year’s Bash at Travis Marina Bar
While not technically in Sausalito, Travis Marina Bar is down in Fort Baker – which is close enough, right? They’re planning their Lucky Drive New Year’s Bash on New Year’s Eve from 8 pm through midnight with live music by Sally Dominguez and Richard Benyon starting at 8 pm. It’s $20 to attend, but the views will be worth that alone!
Bonus: New Year’s Day Hike in Marin Headlands
Whether you plan to burn off your indulgences the night before or start the new year on a fitness-forward foot, a New Year’s Day hike is a great way to commit to whatever 2024 will bring.
California State Parks calls these “First Day Hikes,” and there are over 50 of them scheduled across the state for 2024. In years past, there has been one in Sausalito, but this year, the closest “official” hikes are scheduled at Mt. Tam and Angel Island.
If you don’t want to go on an organized hike, you can take the Sausalito trail that hikers have used in years past: set out from Morning Star Trailhead (off the 101 on the west side of the highway), hike up toward Slacker Hill, then follow Julian Trail down to Black Sand Beach. It’s a 13-mile out-and-back hike, so be prepared with snacks and water. Sounds like a great start to the year!
Which way will you celebrate New Year’s Eve in Sausalito? Let me know in the comments – or any questions you have about these events.