ALAMEDA -- New Year's Eve is nearly here, and with it comes the decision of how best to welcome in 2014. Fortunately, Alamedans have plenty of choices, from large bashes to smaller venues, from celebrating with hours of dancing to counting down the minutes with fine wine and dining choices, from watching entertainment to playing pinball. On a flight deck or a Commodore Cruise, at a pinball museum or a landmark theater, there's something for everyone.
Dancing, dining, playing and more: The USS Hornet will have revelers "Dancing Like a Star" on its three dance floors of the enclosed, heated hanger deck. On the deck, they can take dance lessons in swing, rumba, cha cha and waltz to get in step with 3 O'clock Jump, a 16-piece classic big band that plays songs made famous by Count Basie, Glenn Miller and Harry James. Period attire and black ties are options at one of the largest dance floors in the Bay Area. The night includes a silent auction, food concessions and cash bars, and when the magic hour approaches, guests will have a great view of San Francisco's fireworks.
Dragon Rouge's first New Year's Eve Extravaganza will feature two dance rooms hosted by D&K, featuring the Bay Area's top DJs playing dance, hip hop, rhythm and blues, house and mash-up selections. A tented patio on the waterfront will be home to passed hors d'oeuvres, party favors, great memories and a champagne toast at midnight. Organizers request chic and elegant attire.
Rock Wall Wine Company combines wine and dance for guests to rock into the New Year at their first New Year's Eve party in the dome and tasting room. DJ Alex Mejia will keep guests dancing with his music selections as they partake of award-winning wines, tasty bites and sweet treats, skyline views and a sparkling toast at midnight.
Commodore Cruises has selected the Cabernet Sauvignon ship for its New Year's Eve dining cruise. The grand dame of the San Francisco Bay will be the site of an elegant night complete with a gourmet buffet dinner, music, dancing and San Francisco's elaborate fireworks display as guests cruise on the San Francisco Bay.
C'era Una Volta brings in the New Year with two dinner seatings, both a fixed menu with options for each course. Open seating from 5 to 7 p.m. includes sparkling wine. The 9 p.m. seating adds entertainment with music, dancing, party favors, A balloon drop and a midnight countdown and panettone. There will be room for dancing to the jazz standards and early '60s hits played by Alameda locals the Jim Franz-Jan Nichols Band.
The Churchward Pub's New Year's Eve 2014 heralds itself as the best party in the East Bay with a dance floor fired up with the DJ talents of Dave Stebbins and Joe Candy pleasing dancers with hip hop, top 40 and dance selections. There will be an open well bar from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. and a Lollipop Ball Drop.
The Fireside Lounge offers locals a festively decorated pub with music and dancing all night long, with no need to spend a lot of money or drive long distances. Guests can enjoy the ambience of the fireplace, a wide selection of small craft distilled spirits, specialty cocktails, local craft beers and a complimentary champagne toast when the clock strikes midnight.
1400 Bar & Grill will ring in the New Year with the rock and blues sounds of Lost Cats. Alameda's West End gathering place will be serving off its traditional menu and pouring from its stock of 12 draft and 37 bottled beers while the fire pit burns on the patio. It's a safe, local place to celebrate with no cover charge.
The Pacific Pinball Museum's 10th Anniversary New Year's Bash combines support for the museum with playing pinball and dancing the night away. This year, the museum promises more fun with more than 100 pinball games, free flipper finger food, a no-host bar, hats and party favors, a raffle and a private party room filled with DJs and dancing. At midnight, the traditional silver ball will drop accompanied by a champagne toast. All profits help the museum and its mission.
New Year's Eve shows: Josh Kornbluth presents his one-man show, "Love and Taxes," at Rhythmix Cultural Works at 7 and 10 p.m. Kornbluth weaves a compelling story of love, despair and redemption with hilarity and laughter as he relates his woes of crushing debt and neurotic love, both at the mercy of the IRS.
Forbidden Island's Rockin' NYE Show combines a VIP private dinner with a floor show featuring rockabilly legend Billy London and the Lucky Dice Live. The evening includes passed hors d'oeuvres, a light buffet, a glass of prosperity punch, party favors and free bubbly at midnight.
The Alameda Theatre is again presenting its New Year's Eve Family Carnival Night for a family-friendly, alcohol-free choice for ringing in the New Year. There will be carnival and pinball games, a magician and clowns, a wheel of prizes and theater raffle tickets with three grand prizes of one year passes to the Alameda Theatre. Along with live entertainment and two live simulcast ball drops there will be a choice of four movies at 10 p.m. All proceeds benefit the Craig Wolfe Memorial Fund.
USS Hornet Dance Like a Star New Year's Eve: 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m., 707 W. Hornet Ave., Pier 3, 510-521-8448 x282, www.uss-hornet.org. Tax-deductible tickets are $45 to $85.
Dragon Rouge New Year's Eve Extravaganza: 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., 2337 Blanding Ave., 510-521-1800,http://www.eventbrite.com/e/dragon-rouge-nye-extravaganza-2014-tickets-9745070769?aff=zvents. Tickets $25 pre-sale to $50 day of event.
Rock Wall Wine Company presents New Year's Eve: 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., 2301 Monarch St., 510-522-5700,http://www.eventbrite.com/e/rock-wall-wine-company-presents-new-years-eve-2014-tickets-9540175923. Tickets $55 to $65.
Commodore Cruises New Year's Eve Dining Cruises: 8 p.m. to 1:15 a.m., 2394 Mariner Square Drive, 510-337-9000, http://www.commodoreevents.com/new-years-eve-cruise.html. Tickets $104 to $128 per adult. Children welcome at adult prices. Free parking.
C'era Una Volta: 1332 Park St., 510-769-4828, ceraunavolta.us. Early seating $55 per person; 9 p.m. seating $80 per person.
The Churchward Pub New Year's Eve: 8:30 p.m. to 2 a.m., 1515 Park St., 510-521-4800,http://www.thechurchwardpub.com/thechurchwardpub.com/Events.html. Tickets $10.
Fireside Lounge: 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., 1453 Webster St., 510-864-1244, www.thefiresidelounge.com. No cover charge.
1400 Bar & Grill: Open until 12 a.m., 1400 Webster St., 510-263-9651, 1400barandgrillalameda.com.
Pacific Pinball Museum: 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m., 1510 Webster St., 510-205-6959, http://pacificpinball.org/events/new-years-eve-2013-10th-anniversary-bash. Tickets are $35 adults, $20 for ages 16 years and younger.
Josh Kornbluth's "Love and Taxes:" 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave., 510-865-5060, http://www.rhythmix.org/events/kornbluth-13.html. Tickets are $35 for 7 p.m. show, $45 for 10 p.m. show, which includes champagne toast.
Forbidden Island's Rockin' NYE Show: 6 p.m. to 12 a.m., Forbidden Island Tiki Lounge, 1304 Lincoln Ave., 510-749-0332, http://events.sfgate.com/alameda_ca/events/show/368772032-forbidden-islands-rockin-nye-starring-billy-london. Tickets $65.
Alameda Theatre New Year's Eve Family Carnival Night: Doors open 7 p.m., movies at 10 p.m. 2317 Central Ave., 510-769-3456, http://www.alamedatheatres.com. Tickets are $15 for all ages.