Ring in the New Year!

Corner Drafthouse
Corner Drafthouse (Photo courtesy of Haley Hill Photography)

Fort Oak: On New Year’s Eve, slide into a seat at Fort Oak’s chef’s counter for one of two seatings where you’ll watch executive chef Brad Wise and his culinary team slicing and dicing, grilling meats and composing perfect plates right in front of your eyes. The crackling of the embers and warm glow of the wood-burning fire combined with a fast-paced kitchen action create an exciting backdrop from which you’ll watch the show and enjoy resulting dishes in one delicious experience for sights and senses.

The first meeting is at 6 p.m. and features a five-course tasting menu. Only 10 seats are available. The second seating is at 8:30 p.m. and features a seven-course tasting menu. Only 10 seats are available.

In the main dining room diners can enjoy a 45-day house dry-aged Tomahawk plus Fort Oak’s regular menu of hearth-fired flare including Garlicky Hearth Grilled Prawns with namasu pickles, lime and kimchi aioli; Charred Caulilini with fermented chili aioli, shallot vinaigrette, smoked almonds, currants and herbs; or Baja Striped Bass with brussel sprouts, roasted pear, charcoal turnip, preserved orange and scallop beurre blanc.

From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on New Year’s Day, Fort Oak will host a dog-friendly New Year’s Day brunch in collaboration with Tito’s Vodka. Bring your pups to celebrate 2020 on the patio with brunch specials, celebratory cocktails, dog-friendly treats, and games.

Rare Society: San Diego’s newest steakhouse will ring in the New Year with retro steakhouse fare including champagne-friendly starters such as Oysters Rockefeller with bechamel, spinach and arugula, fennel, bread crumbs and wood-fired steaks like the 16-ounce Prime Bullseye Ribeye with a choice of sauces, or the shareable Executive and Associateplatters featuring selections of chef-determined cuts and accoutrements of the night. New Year’s specials include a 45-day house dry-aged Tomahawk and a 45-day house dry-aged Porterhouse.

Trust: Neighborhood favorite Trust will welcome 2020 with a selection of new dishes including Smoked Carrots + Baby Beets with grains, aged manchego, red onion, smoky yogurt, tarragon and pistachio; Icelandic Cod with parsnip puree, pickled turnips, dandelion greens, beech mushrooms, carrot and acorn squash; and Pork and Beef Dumplingswith shiitake tempura, pickled shrimp and green onion. The signature special is a 45-day house dry-aged Tomahawk.

Keep the celebration going on New Year’s Day at a boozy brunch in collaboration with Cutwater Spirits from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy a hair of the dog cocktail special and New Year’s brunch dishes.

The Westin Carlsbad Resort & Spa: Toast to the New Year at The Mad Hatter’s Ball, a family-friendly event that is sure to keep everyone entertained. Hosted by The Westin and Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa, guests can enjoy a night filled with kid-friendly activities, a gourmet buffet, live DJ, balloon drop, and unforgettable memories made while dancing the night away. Guests are encouraged to dress in Alice and Wonderland attire and prizes will be given for the Best Dressed Family and Best Dressed Couple. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the event goes until 12:30 a.m.

Tickets are on sale starting November 30 through December 31 and cost $150 per adult, $85 per child ages 13-17, $65 per child ages 4-12 (kids buffet only), and are free for ages 3 and under (kids buffet only). Get your tickets before they’re gone by calling (760) 827-2800 or visiting https://2019westincarlsbadnye.bpt.me/. Tickets will not be available for purchase at the door or front desk.

The Westgate Hotel: Ring in 2020 in dazzling style at the party of the year featuring pre-dinner cocktails, a celebratory Latin-influenced buffet dinner, DJ, and a memorable live music performance from Westgate Hotel favorite, Julio De La Huerta. Fiesta vibes, chic cocktails, fabulous cuisine, champagne toast at midnight are expected at San Diego’s most elegant New Year’s celebration on Tuesday, December 31. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and the event goes until 12:30 a.m. Cocktail attire is required.

Tickets are $165 per person and can be purchased by visiting https://www.westgatehotel.com/activities/hotel-events/new-years-eve-2020/.

There’s nothing better than waking up to an award-winning, elegant brunch on New Year’s Day. Start the year off right and bring your family to The Westgate Hotel on January 1, 2020, to celebrate a new decade. There will be live music, a full buffet spread of all-you-can-eat delicacies, bottomless champagne, Bloody Marys and margaritas. The cost is $89 for adults, $40 for children ages 4-12 and complimentary for children ages 3 and under. To make reservations, please call (619)-238-1818.

Corner Drafthouse: Join the Corner Drafthouse for appetizing bites, brews, and an East Coast Toast at 9 p.m. to celebrate the New Year. On Tuesday, December 31, skip the madness of midnight and countdown to 2020 in New York Times Square from the coziness of your favorite neighborhood bar. Bring your pups along to the party and watch from the dog-friendly patio so they can celebrate too! Doors close at 11 p.m. on Tuesday, December 31.

Bier Garden: Bring in a new decade with loved ones while relaxing at your favorite Encinitas bar, Bier Garden. On Tuesday, December 31, they will be watching the ball drop while hosting an East Coast Toast at 9 p.m. to ring in the New Year. Sit back, skip the snow, and enjoy some tasty food and drinks, all from the comfort of Encinitas’ cozy beachside town. Bier Garden has a dog-friendly patio so your pup can enjoy the New Year too! Doors close at 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 31.

JRDN: Celebrate the New Year with dinner and dancing by the ocean at Tower23 and JRDN in Pacific Beach. Enjoy a prix fix menu at JRDN before you dance 2019 away to DJ vibes at Tower23. JRDN will offer two dinner seatings at 5:30 p.m., and 8:30 p.m. JRDN’s prix fix dinner is $85 per person and includes entry to the Tower23’s NYE party. Those who choose to opt-out of dinner at JRDN can join in on the Tower23 party for $45 per person. Doors open at 10 p.m. and include three VIP lounges. More details can be found at www.t23hotel.com/events.

Bencotto: Savor the delicious Milanese tastes of Little Italy’s Bencotto while ringing in a new decade with that special someone. Indulge in one of their signatures like the Tortino Al Tartufo with black truffle, ricotta, and parmesan cheese soufflé, and porcini mushroom creamy sauce or try the Tagliatelle Al Nero di Seppia, a hand-cut black squid ink fettuccine in a spicy pink sauce with shrimp. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling (619) 450-4786 or at www.lovebencotto.com.

Monello: Make your last meal of 2019 a cheesy one. Serving up over 1,000 lbs of pasta per week and specializing in a rotating pasta cheese wheel, Monello is the perfect place to splurge and wind down2019. From fresh pasta to pizzas, there are no wrong decisions here. Choose an indulgent pasta such as the Spaghetti di Zafferano Con Gamberi, with saffron spaghetti, shrimp, prosecco cream sauce or indulge in the Tartufo, made with cheese sauce, black truffle, and cremini mushrooms. Check out Monello’s Instagram @lovemonello for an update on the New Year’s cheese wheel pasta special. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling (619) 501-0030 or at www.lovemonello.com.

Zinqué: Don your most festive holiday dresses and getups and head out for a night of New Year’s festivities in Little Italy. For a bite to eat before the ball drops, try Zinqué, the city’s newest French bistro, café, and wine bar. Cozy up by the fire and pop a bottle of Heidsieck Monopole Brut Champagne or toast to the new decade with Veuve Cliquot Yellow Label. Open for their regular hours from 7 a.m. – 12 a.m. on December 31 and January 1, this is the perfect spot to start your night out or visit the next day for a celebratory New Year’s Day brunch. Brunch is available every day starting at 10 a.m., where you can find specialties like the Zucchini Egg-White Frittata Plate with avocado, arugula, parmesan, and pesto and Brioche French Toast.

Toast to the past year and raise a glass to the New Year at BANKERS HILL BAR + Restaurant, with a decadent prix fixe dinner and wine pairings on Tuesday, Dec. 31. The four-course New Year’s Eve menu will be priced at $65 per person with beverage pairings priced at $32 that will include a choice of sparkling wine or still wine with each course. BANKERS HILL will be open for New Year’s Eve from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m., with reservations available by calling 619.231.0222 or online at www.bankershillsd.com.

Join Tahona to celebrate New Year’s Eve in the heart of Old Town! Tahona invites partygoers to ring in the New Year with a fantastic four-course meal crafted by Executive Chef Adrian Villarreal. Guests will take a culinary journey on this last night of 2019 with four special courses designed to transport guests to the four corners of Mexico – and of course, dinner includes a Champagne toast so everyone 21+ can cheers to the arrival of 2020. During this evening, guests can also purchase on-trend Valle de Guadalupe wines and artisanal mezcal flights—from the tasting room’s collection of 140 types of mezcal—to complement the dinner experience. Tahona’s talented bartenders will be ready to serve favorite cocktails from this past year, from the pink-hued Whaley House Punch to the slightly spicy Campo Santo. Reservations are highly encouraged, with two seating times available: 6:30 to 9PM, and 9PM to midnight. New Year’s Eve dinner at Tahona is priced at $85/pp.