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1984 + Breakfast of Champions
The best New Year's Eve dance party actually starts at 6 a.m. on New Year's Day, and is aptly named Breakfast of Champions. Begin and end the night at Mighty, first at 1984, the long-running Eighties/New Wave party that used to be at Cat Club. 1984's free festivities run until 2 a.m. and include a champagne toast. In between parties, fuel up at one of the city's late-night diners like Grubstake or even the nearby DNA Pizza, next to DNA Lounge, then go back to Mighty and grab some headphones for the outdoor silent disco that starts at 6 a.m. Silent Frisco's silent disco — "silent" because participants wear wireless headphones and dance to DJ sets especially mixed for the experience — has become a popular component of music festivals such as Treasure Island and Bonnaroo. Inside, starting at 6 a.m., there'll be funky, deep house courtesy of DJs from Burning Man theme camps, including DISTRIKT, Pink Mammoth, and Space Cowboys. An outdoor stage starts bumping at 9 a.m., and four food trucks will be on-site to nourish the crowd to keep going until 5 p.m. — W.P.
Details: At Mighty (119 Utah St., San Francisco). Starts at 9 p.m. (free), and again at 6 a.m. ($25).
Go if: You want to dance all night and the next day.
Beware of: A cracked-out, sleep deprived crowd.
Hipster quotient: 3.5/5
Meat market: 4/5
Sunset + Honey Soundsystem
Promotors Sunset Music and Honey Soundsystem have made a name in the local electronic music scene by throwing parties that draw international talent, in particular DJs from Berlin, the techno capital of Europe. Honey Soundsystem will often book small West Coast club tours for the artists who fly in for its weekly Sunday night party at Holy Cow, where DJs spin obscure, vintage vinyl into minimal house masterpieces for sweaty men on the prowl. While Sunset Music may bring out the straight contingent, don't be surprised if half-naked boys start making out on the dance floor come midnight. New York City-based producer/DJ wunderkind MANIK headlines along with duo Still Going, which is signed to James Murphy's DFA Records. — W.P.
Details: At Public Works (161 Erie St., San Francisco). 9 p.m., $20, $25.
Go if: You're an electronic music elitist and vinyl import enthusiast.
What to wear: A vintage cardigan over booty shorts.
Hipster quotient: 4/5
Meat market, if you're male: 5/5
Meat market, if you're female: 0/5