New Year's Eve blowouts (and New Year's Day backups) to get you properly toasted
"NEW YEAR'S EVE SHAKE"
This party is all about the shimmy-n-shake, soul, surf, and all other 1960s rock'n'roll sounds. There'll be live music courtesy of the Barbary Coasters, the Ogres, and the TomorrowMen, along with go-go dancing by the Mini Skirt Mob (which features members of the Devile-Ettes. And of course, the requisite champagne and balloons.
9:30 p.m., $10–$15. Starry Plough, 3101 Shattuck, Berk. www.starryploughpub.com.
NEW YEAR'S FIREWORKS SHOW
The damp, strength-sapping chill of midnight on the Embarcadero is still worth the 15 minutes of promised pyrotechnic glory. Thousands of San Franciscans huddled together under the sky = magic.
12 a.m., free. Pier 14, Embarcadero, SF.
NYE CONFIDENCE STARTER 2012
A nice little bash on the edge of the Tenderloin with some quality local peeps. DJ Ed Dee Pee will play "down tempo, New neo-soultronica imports, and broken beat-ish styles."
9 p.m.-3 a.m., $10. Siete Potencias Africanas Gallery, 777 O'Farrell, SF.
OLDIES NIGHT'S NASTY ASS LATE NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY
The title is a mouthful, but it should be a good one. There'll be a live performance by the Cuts along with Oldies Night regulars DJ Primo and Daniel spinning that twist-worthy doo-wop, one hit wonders, soul, and scratchy seven-inch rock 'n roll.
9 p.m.-4 a.m., $10. Knockout, 3223 Mission, SF. www.theknockoutsf.com
The spiritually minded, breaks-oriented underground collective rises to the 2012 occasion with and a mad, possibly fire-twirling free-for-all with the UK's Lee Coombs, plus members of the Strategik and Ambient Mafia crews.
9 p.m.-4 a.m., $25–$40. Mission Rock, 817 Terry Francois, SF. opelnye.eventbrite.com
Fuzzy local weekly party Sweaterfunk has kept the lights on for soulful boogie — and its more contemporary twists and turns — in this city for a wonderful while. For NYE, special Swedish future-funker guests Opolopo and Amalia should really turn you inside out.
9 p.m.-3 a.m., $20–$30. SOM, 2925 16th St., SF. www.som-bar.com
THE ITALIAN JOB
Get a little swanky at North Beach's lovely Monroe club, with some pumpin' house from Italy's Rufus plus a "family" of DJs, including Stef "The Baron," Francesco Signorile, and Carol.
10 p.m., $20–$25. Monroe, 473 Broadway, SF. www.monroesf.com
THIS MUST BE THE PLACE
This festive affair gives you a number of reasons to welcome 2012 into Oakland, among them a bang-up lineup of techno and house DJs from the Space Cowboys crew and an awesome onslaught of funk and hip-hop from the likes of Sake One, Platurn, and Joe Quixx. What up, East Bay!
9 p.m., $25–$85. Oakland Metro, 630 Third St., SF. stayeastbay.eventbrite.com
Queens, queens, and more queens — they'll be gushing out like a waterfall at this annual drag hoo-haw, with performances by Heklina, Suppositori Spelling, Holy McGrail, Honey Mahogany, Matthew Martin and a million more.
9:30 p.m.-3 a.m., $25–$39. DNA Lounge, 375 11th St., SF. www.trannyshack.com
This is your twee, feel-good option, the soaring-sweet vocals and sharp riffs of perennial Bay Area indie rock favorites Velvet Teen will assure a night of arms slung around waists and peachy full body sways. With Happy Body Slow Brain, Fake Your Own Death.