Times Square, the Las Vegas strip, San Francisco … all key party destinations for New Year’s Eve. But chances are if you were in town for Christmas you won’t likely travel far for libations, ball drops and ensuing sloppy midnight kisses from significant others.
Fortunately for the El Dorado Hills-locked party-goer, there are plenty of places to dine, dance and drink as 2010 fades into the past.
Not everybody’s into the whole New Year’s party scene — and with the cost of booze, food and ibuprofen, who can really blame them? But sometimes you just gotta get out there and celebrate.
Bistro 33 and Sidebar
Sidebar is the newest addition to local party destination Bistro 33. The brainchild of Bistro manager Jason Stratton, Sidebar is a full-scale nightclub right smack in the middle of Town Center.
Sidebar serves exotic drinks and keeps the dance floor pumping ’til late night every weekend. New Year’s Eve will be no exception, featuring a no-cover charge party complete with a midnight countdown.
The El Dorado Saloon
Earlier this year three friends got the crazy idea to open up a Wild West-themed saloon complete with a full menu, dance floor, bar and of course a bucking mechanical bull during a slowly recovering economy.
Since that time, the El Dorado Saloon has become a hub for both families and party lovers. New Year’s will be no exception, with live music from Apple Z and no cover. The party starts at 9 p.m.
The Purple Place
It’s hard to imagine El Dorado Hills being a predominately rural community only 10-20 years ago. But the high-end wine bars and four-and-five-star restaurants that put the community on the map are only a recent development in local history. Back before Town Center and Serrano there was one spot locals could count on to find the party just about any night of the week: The Purple Place.
This New Year’s, El Dorado Hills’ favorite reformed dive bar is hosting a party complete with noisemakers, hats and tiaras, live music from rockers East Bound 50 and a midnight countdown and champagne toast. Staying through last call gets partiers a free, safe ride home. Visit thepurp.com for tickets and more information.
Before heading out to the dance floor (or perhaps in lieu of joining the boozier party scene) you might consider an intimate dinner with friends or a sweetheart. La Borgata flagship restaurant Sienna is offering a prix fix New Year’s Eve dinner that includes lobster, filet mignon, silver oak wine and more. The four-course meal will be served from 4 to 11 p.m. Visit siennarestaurants.com for more details.
Head to Sutter Street in Historic Folsom to find parties at two locations: The Powerhouse Pub and Folsom Hotel Saloon.
Powerhouse will host an extravaganza complete with a midnight balloon drop and live music from nerd rockers The Spazzmatics. Tickets are available at powerhousepub.com.
Just about a block up the street lies the infamous Folsom Hotel Saloon, home to spirits of both the distilled and (allegedly) supernatural nature. The party kicks off at 9 p.m. with original modern rock from Rogue. Visit Folsomhotelsaloon.com for details.