It’s that time of year: a time for celebrating, looking back on the long slog of 2021, 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?
After almost two years of uncertainty, several local businesses are optimistically planning events for New Year’s Eve and the San Francisco fireworks are set to light up the skies at midnight as usual.
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. It’s possible that plans will change between now and the 31st, due to Marin County health rules.
And with that, let’s get into it – here are all the ways to ring in 2022 and celebrate New Year’s Eve in Sausalito.
1. Rockin’ New Year’s Eve Party at The Trident
If you want a traditional New Year’s Eve party to remind you that it’s “2022” not “2020 (Part) 2,” head to the Trident. (Be sure to grab reservations first.) They’re planning a big event from 9pm to 12:30am on January 1st; there’s also a special dinner menu offered from 5-11pm if you want to have your entire evening’s plans sorted out with one reservation. Best of all? There’s no cover. Now that’s worth celebrating.
2. Live Music at No Name Bar
No Name Bar typically has live music on Friday nights; New Year’s Eve is no reason to change the schedule. Their “Bumpin'” Friday nights will continue with Michael LaMacchia and a few other musical guests, and the jams will continue through midnight when everyone toasts before heading home. (If you’re not ready for the night to end, they’re open until 2am.)
3. New Year’s Eve Party at Smitty’s
At this point, Smitty’s plans to hold their annual New Year’s Eve party, starting “whenever people get there” through 2am when the bar typically closes. They’re not certain it will still happen (as of publishing) due to the recent changes in public health restrictions, but if they’re open, they’ll be celebrating the New Year.
4. 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 – and that’s an especially good thing in 2021.
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 Years 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 10pm, 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 3pm, 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 9pm 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.
5. The New Year’s Eve 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 a New Year’s Eve Bash from 8:30pm through midnight with live music by The Recyclists. It’s $20 to attend, but the views will be worth that alone!
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.