New Year’s Eve looms, and the pressure is on to mark the evening in some special way. There is no one definitive way to ring out the old and in the new because what constitutes “special” is as individual as naming your favorite song. Do you love being in the thick of an energy-charged crowd? Are you a homebody who cherishes the quiet crackling of a fire? Somewhere in between?
Ticket turned to Bee staff for itineraries for a Sacramento New Year’s Eve, and the results ranged from a little-to-no driving evening, to theater, to movies, to dancing … and one celebrate-at-home. In other words, individualized, be it quiet or loud.
Check these out for ideas, thumb through this issue’s pages and plan a night that suits your needs.
Something old, something new
1. Check the Christmas light displays left aglow in Sacramento’s Fab 40s neighborhood
2. Nosh on appetizers at Hook and Ladder (1630 S St.)
3. Delight in something sweet at Rick’s Dessert Diner (2401 J St.)
4. Midnight New Year’s Eve Sky Spectacular in Old Sacramento (or do this entire itinerary early enough to see the 9 p.m. Spectacular)
Dinner and theater
1. Order margaritas and carnitas at Tres Hermanas (2416 K St.)
2. A walk along the waterfront under the Tower Bridge
3. See “Pippin” at Community Center Theater (1301 L St.)
4. Enjoy Cava (Spanish sparkling wine) and shrimp at Tapa the World (2115 J St.)
Making the rounds
1. Warm up cocktail at B-side (1430 S St.)
2. Dinner at The Porch (1815 K St.)
3. Virgin Sturgeon (1577 Garden Highway) for drinks & fireworks
4. “New Jack Swing” dancing at Press Club (2030 P St.)
In Davis: Mellow to Mumbo Gumbo
1. Stroll around downtown Davis with a cup of some of the area’s best coffee from Temple (239 G St.) to savor the sights and sounds of this usually mellow college town.
2. Load up on yakitori, ramen and much more at Yakitori Yuchan (109 E St., a fine Japanese-style izakaya pub).
3. Grab a pint at Davis Beer Shoppe, one of its rotating taps of excellent craft brews, or a beer from its adjacent bottle shop, be it a West Coast-styled IPA, sour beer or cider.
4. Boogie down to Mumbo Gumbo at Davis Odd Fellows Hall (415 Second St.). The long-running band will help ring in 2016 with groovy Cajun-styled tunes, party favors and champagne.
Active and early
1. Hit the retro bar and grill-your-own-meat place Arthur Henry’s (3406 Broadway) to order a beautifully made Sazerac and the delicious rib-eye – the only marinated steak on the menu.
2. Head down Broadway to the Tower Theatre (2508 Land Park Drive) to meet movie aficionado, Broadway Booster and Bee editor Tim Swanson, for a special 70-millimeter screening of “The Hateful Eight.”
3. Take a quick, leg-stretching walk before returning to the theater to see “Carol,” the luminous, 1950s-set lesbian love story that takes place, fittingly, during the holidays. Two movies in one night is my kind of party.
No place like home
1. Indulgent dinner of crab, lobster or filet mignon; being on the cusp of the past and the future is reason enough to indulge in a feast
2. Home-viewing of a New Year’s-centric movie or two, such as “Ocean’s 11,” “Bridget Jones’ Diary” or “Money Train.” (A good fallback option is “The Wizard of Oz,” a movie with everything: good vs. evil, song and dance, costuming, special effects, derring-do and the best villainess)
3. Midnight toast with a champagne concoction such as “Airmail Cocktail”
All Broadway, all on foot
1. Stop by Avid Reader at Tower (1600 Broadway, Sacramento) to browse the magazines and pick up my favorite book of 2015, “The Whites,” by Richard Price.
2. Dinner would be Ethiopian food at nearby Queen Sheba (1704 Broadway). Order the Awazie beef tibbs. The dish doesn’t disappoint.
3. Head over to the Tower Theatre (2508 Land Park Drive) to meet up with Bee critic Carla Meyer and watch Quentin Tarantino’s “Hateful Eight” in glorious 70 mm.
4. Finish out the evening with a pint or three at New Helvetia Brewing Co. (1730 Broadway). You can’t go wrong with the Buffalo Craft Lager.