When: Wed., Dec. 31, 7:30 p.m. 2014
This New Year’s Eve, Oakland’s Top Ten Social party promoters are ready to really outdo themselves. They’ve planned three elaborate events, each offering a different type of celebratory experience. For those looking for something fancy, they will be holding a prix-fixe dinner party at modern Japanese restaurant Ozumo (2251 Broadway, Oakland) which will offer two additional pop-up bars for the night, and a lineup of DJs including heyLove* and Sake One. Reservations are required for the four-course dinner, which costs $75 at the door. People who just want to dance can also pay $40 for admission. Those who don’t want to be tied down to a table but still want great food should choose the OAK NYE Lungomare Ultimate Dinner Party. The event will offer a buffet of the restaurant’s signature Italian dishes, as well as hors d’oeuvres. Lungomare’s heated waterfront patio has couches to lounge on, while a lineup of DJs will spin in the two dance floors inside. The dinner and party requires reservations and costs $50 a person at the door, while tickets to only the party cost $40. (I think it’s obvious what the best deal is.) And finally, those who already have dinner plans can cut out the food aspect altogether and go straight to Old Oakland’s Parliament nightclub for the OAK NYE Lounge Party. This event will shake the sleek party spot with hip-hop and R&B brought by DJs Davey D of Hard Knock Radio, Dion Decibels, who has backed up the gamut of Def Poets, and Lady Ryan of The Social Life. Admission is $35, with opportunities for bottle service climbing up from there. Compared to fancy hotel and club parties happening in San Francisco, Top Ten Social’s tasteful events are uber-affordable and will likely have a more enjoyable, intimate vibe.