Don your fedora and wingtips because, for the occasion, the folks at Bourbon & Branch are opening up all three bars and will look the other way when it comes to the House Rules, so speak loudly and bring your camera.
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New Year's Eve Parties
We've had as many ups and downs in '08 as San Francisco has hills, which is why you'll want to ring in '09 with a bang (like you needed a reason). Here's where you'll want to be:
Like the surf and turf of New Year's, this party floats between sister restaurants Epic Roasthouse and Waterbar under a heated, see-through tent right on the waterfront (read: prime fireworks viewing), complete with DJ, oyster and champagne bar, pork sliders, top-shelf spirits and...more champagne.
With four different themed dance floors inspired by cities like Dubai, Milan, San Juan and New York on three different levels, it's like being at four parties all around the world—with a synchronized midnight balloon drop, naturally.
Knowing that if they build it, you will come, the entire club level, outdoor terrace and bleacher areas will be yours for the taking. The attire's formal, so leave your cleats at home.
New Year's Eve at Press Club
Head to P-Club, and in addition to the wine, they'll shake things up with a spread of microbrews, food beyond cheese plates (think: steak sliders and mojito shrimp) and...champagne—but you already guessed that one.