How to avoid ‘amateurs night’ New Year’s Eve in Sacramento

Sister Crayon is part of the TBD NYE Block Party Wednesday.
Sister Crayon is part of the TBD NYE Block Party Wednesday. Sister Crayon

Seasoned partiers refer to New Year’s Eve as “amateur night” for good reason – by 9 p.m. the streets of midtown are teeming with revelers, some trekking from bar to bar in a fruitless search for a wild time. Professionals know that a little Dec. 31 planning can go a long way, helping to yield whatever experience may be desired. With that in mind, use these picks to plot your New Year’s adventure of dining, dancing, drinking, laughing or some combination of all of the above. And remember to hydrate. It’s a marathon – not a sprint.

TBD NYE Block Party with A-Trak, Gigamesh, Oliver, Sister Crayon

6 p.m.-1 a.m., in front of MARRs building (1050 20th St., Sacramento)

Cost: $45-$49 (VIP)

Info: TBD Facebook page

Lowbrau co-owner and TBD music fest co-founder Clay Nutting has pulled off yet another booking coup, this time for New Year’s Eve: world-famous DJ and producer A-Trak, best known as Kanye West’s personal tour DJ and five-time winner of the DJ World Championships. DJs Oliver and Gigamesh and atmospheric local favorites Sister Crayon will also perform. Nutting said he envisions this “musically progressive” block party as one to rival those in New York or San Francisco, and there will be outdoor heaters and extra bars in addition to access to Lowbrau and the other MARRs building businesses.

New Year’s Eve Bash with Larry Rodriguez, MC Ham and DJ Wokstar

9 p.m.-2 a.m. at Fox and Goose Pub (1001 R St., Sacramento)

Cost: $10

Info: (916) 443-8825;

The faithful refer to attending DJ Larry Rodriguez’s Sunday Soul Night at the Press Club as “going to church,” and the infectious euphoria of the sweaty crowd can indeed resemble a church revival. Rodriguez aims to bring that same vibe of “sunshine, joy and happiness” to his New Year’s Eve set at the Fox and Goose with a soul and funk-heavy play list. Also featuring disco from MC Ham and reggae from DJ Wokstar.

2014 Last Laughs

Sets at 7:30 and 10 p.m. at Punchline Comedy Club (2100 Arden Way, Sacramento)

Cost: $24.50-$31.80

Info: (916) 925-5500;

What better way to ring in the New Year than doubling up with laughter with Sacramento’s best comedians? The first set stacks the deck with scholarly stoner (and frequent Doug Benson podcast guest) Ngaio Bealum, wry absurdist Ray Molina and the cheerfully vulgar Cheryl “Soccer Mom” Anderson. The second set includes a sparkling wine toast and DJ dancing, with performances by local comedy legend Keith Lowell Jensen, chronic self-deprecator Johnny Taylor and the sardonic, vintage-clad Mary Van Note.

Special NYE dinners

▪ Mother Restaurant ($80) 1023 K St., 916-594-9812;

For the baller on a budget (or the vegetarian baller), Mother Restaurant is ending its popular “chef’s ten” feature with a 10-course “very creative” meal with a focus on beverage pairings, including craft beer and a vermouth cocktail.

▪ R​ed Hawk Casino, Red Hawk Parkway, Placerville; (530) 677-7000,

The New Year’s Eve lunch and dinner won’t bust your budget, but they may ruin your diet. The 200-plus-item spread at the Waterfall Buffet will offer everything from prime rib and roasted turkey, to crab legs and sushi. If you can’t make it, show up New Year’s Day for the all-day brunch.

▪ Scott’s Seafood Grill, at two locations: 4800 Riverside Blvd., Sacramento, (916) 379-5959; and 9611 Greenback Lane, Folsom, (916) 989-6711;

Both restaurants will offer a limited menu (including filet mignon, lobster tail and fresh fish), and both will have specials — lobster thermidor for Sacramento, and prime rib and Dungeness crab for Folsom.

▪ Plan B and Cafe Plan B, sister restaurants with French accents, P​lan​ ​B in Arden Town Center, 555 La Sierra Drive, Sacramento, (916) 483-3000,; and​ C​afe​ P​lan​ B, 1226 20th St., Sacramento; (916) 447-3300,

At both, order off the full menu or choose specials, including crab fritters and lobster risotto. The La Sierra Drive location will also have fish with caviar cream, and filet mignon with mushrooms. Dinner will be 5 to 10 p.m. at both.

▪ R​evolution Wines, 2831 S St., Sacramento; (916) 444-7711,

Two dinner seatings (5:30 and 8 p.m.) will pair the winery’s reds and whites wilth duck terrine, lobster bisque, braised lamb shank and tiramisu. $85 for wine club members, $95 for non-members.​

Editor’s note (Dec. 30): This section was updated Allen Pierleoni. Two previously mentioned restaurants, Ella Dining Room and Bar and Hawks Restaurant, are no longer taking reservations.

Track 7 Brewing Co. Third Anniversary Party

3-9 p.m. at Track 7 Brewing Co. (3747 West Pacific Ave., Sacramento)

Noon-4 p.m. at Track 7’s new Natomas facility (826 Professor Lane, Suite 100)

Cost: Free

Info: (916) 520-4677;

If a night out sounds like too much for you but you’d still like some locally made beer to make the awkwardly titled “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin‘ Eve With Ryan Seacrest” more bearable, Track 7 is having their third anniversary party and celebrating the release of their Peanut Butter Chocolate Cream Porter and other rare beers including some barrel-aged and barley wine styles. There will be food from Krush Burger and live music.

From noon to 4, Natomas denizens can stop by the soft opening of Track 7’s new digs, a 35,000-square-foot facility that houses a brewery and tap house. They will offer tours and pouring brews (barring a hitch in the ABC licensing process).

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