Below are our picks to ring in the new. Events are listed alphabetically. Parties end at 2 a..m. except where noted. For more New Year's parties, see This Week's Picks . For New Year's Day parties, click here . Lampshade hats not included.
Light on the Orwellian totalitarianism and heavy on ceaselessly pumping '80s music, longtime favorite retro night 1984 takes you back to the future once again. And it is free!
9 p.m.-2 a.m., free. Mighty, 119 Utah, SF. www.mighty119.com 
Considering we're about to embark upon another year full of economic gloom and doom, the band names from Eli's lineup — World of Shit, Short Changed, Society Dog — aren't too uplifting. But at least they'll help you rage through.
2 p.m.–12:30 a.m., $10. Eli's Mile High Club, 3629 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Oakl. www.elismilehigh.com 
What could possibly say New Year more than a hunky mass of sweaty, hairy gay bears getting down until the wee hours? You in the middle! DJs Craig Gaibler and Brian Maier keep it steamy.
8 p.m.-3a.m., $25. Club 8, 1151 Folsom, SF. www.bearracuda.com 
Elbo Room's NYE spectacular includes the West Coast's greatest Black Sabbath cover band* Bobb Saggeth, featuring members of Saviours, Citay, 3 Leafs, Sean Smith. Plus, it's dark metal lords Black Cobra's homecoming show. *Note: the "greatest Black Sabbath cover band" descriptor is self-inflicted though accurate. With Black Cobra.
9 p.m., $20. Elbo Room, 647 Valencia, SF. www.elbo.com 
Mashup mayhem galore at the original bastard pop party, whose special NYE installment includes mashup band Smash-Up Derby performing live and DJs Adrian and Mysterious D., Mykill, and Dada. Plus: ballon drop!
9 p.m.-3 a.m., $25–$50. Mezzanine, 444 Jessie, SF. www.mezzaninesf.com 
With raucous group efforts towards blues, gospel, New Orleans jazz, and R&B, California Honeydrops tend bring the sonic party wherever they play — why should NYE be any different? Admission price gets you live Americana music and a drink of your choosing.
11 p.m., $40. Pizzaiolo, 5008 Telegraph, Oakl. (510) 652-4888, www.pizzaiolooakland.com 
A glowing, global party to dive into, with the effervescent Zap Mama, plus Sila, Non Stop Bhangra, Sambaxe Dance, and DJs J-Boogie, Jimmy Love, DJ Jeremiah, and Matt Haze. A real ear-opener for 2012.
8:30-4 a.m., $65. 1290 Fillmore, SF. zapmama.eventbrite.com
We have a soft spot for this weekly throwdown of tuneful styles from Latin America — cumbia, baile funk, reggaeton, and more. This promises be a wild installment with residents El Kool Kyle and DJ Roger Más joined by Ricky Garay, aka Señor Mucho Musica.
9 p.m., $20. Makeout Room, 3225 22nd St., SF. www.makeoutroom.com 
The show stars 14-piece Michael Jackson tribute band Foreverland, but there also will be the frisky Kitty Kitty Bang Bang Burlesque, an appearance by "the girl in the fishbowl" (a vintage Bimbo's tradition), complimentary bubbly, party favors, and a traditional balloon drop at countdown. With Slim Jenkins, the Cottontails.
8 p.m., $65. Bimbo's, 1025 Columbus, SF. www.bimbos365club.com 
This awesome, mixed-crowd monthly disco party has zero attitude but all the glamour. It's like a Studio 54 you can actually get into. Atlanta's DJ Osmose will bring his scratching turntable technique to bear on some rare disco tracks this NYE, along with Doc Sleep, Eddie House, and hosts Sergio and Steve Fabus. Good times!
9 p.m.-late, $10. Deco Lounge, 510 Larkin, SF. wwwdecosf.com
The colorful boys behind two of the Bay's most vital party machines — Honey Soundsystem and Pacific Sound (Sunset) — join forces to bring in hot and heavy Bulgarian techno hero KiNK. He'll be playing live, with a few melted minds sure to follow. Eight other DJs on two floors will help it all out.
9 p.m.-5 a.m., $15-$30. Public Works, 161 Erie, SF. www.publicsf.com 
Yep. The controversial, anti-Gucci mini-rapper in thick black frames is back, playing her biggest SF venue to date. The show is all ages and the event is titled "Never Coming Down." With Wallpaper, Roach Gigz, Starting Six, DJ Amen.
9pm, $38. , Regency Ballroom, 1300 Van Ness, SF. www.theregencyballroom.com 
The much-lauded Broadway star, swingin' jazz musician, and fabulously blue comedian is back in the town to ring in the new year with peals of laughter. Latest show "Last Butch Standing" promises to be a full-on entertaining eve, topped with some outrageous New Year's surprises, of course.
7 p.m. and 9 p.m., $30–$35, Victoria Theatre, 2961 16th St., SF. www.therhino.org 
If you can't remember who you kissed at midnight, does it really count? Find out at SF's favorite lesbian bar, when rockin' DJs Andre and Jenna Riot and host Sara Goodman turn out your lights — and turn on the craziness. Oblivion awaits!
9 p.m., free. Lexington Club, 3464 19th St., SF. www.lexingtonclub.com 
Presented by Seaweed Sway, Loving Cup Presents, and Song Bird, the show boasts a glut of crunchy local freak-folk and a singular midnight champagne toast. Should be a delightfully analog evening. With Little Wings, Range of Light Wilderness, Au Dunes.
9 p.m., $15–$20. Amnesia, 853 Valencia, SF. www.amnesiathebar.com 
Get ready for a blast of warm tropicalia and clouds of fun, as Club Six rocks steady to reggae, dancehall, and global bass sounds, courtesy of the Daddy Rolo, Spicey, Dee Cee Shakedown crews. With DJs Shawn Reynaldo, Jah Warrior Shelter Hi-Fi, Pam the Funkstress, and many more on two floors.
8 p.m.-4 a.m., $20–$30. Club Six, 66 Sixth St., SF. www.clubsix1.com 
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 .
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.
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.
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 
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 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.
10 p.m., $17. Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., SF. www.bottomofthehill.com 
And then there are the new local favorites, Wax Idols and Terry Malts — both bands are part of an exciting, classic garage punk rock surge in the Bay Area music scene. And if punks indeed have no future, celebrate the end of times at the Hemlock. The show also includes champagne toast at midnight.
9 p.m., $10. Hemlock Tavern, 1131 Polk, SF. www.hemlocktavern.com