We all agree that 2021 was not what we hoped for after a challenge in 2020. Even if we don’t want to bewitch ourselves, let’s say we are optimistic for 2022. What better way to start it than with a celebration? . Here are some options in town.
Let’s have a party
New Years Eve Cruise Ship 2022: Sail into the New Year with this cruise-themed spectacle from Elements Venue & Banquet Center and MG Events.
Walk the red carpet as the doors open at 6:00 p.m. for cocktails before the conversation begins at 6:30 p.m. with comedian KMitch, aka Kyle Mitchell, who hosts “The Saturday Switch” on Forge 103.9.
Mariachi Oro y Plata will perform during dinner from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
A couple ticket ($ 159.95) includes dinner for two with a choice of New York steak or grilled chicken breast, asparagus, buttered penne pasta, raspberry vinaigrette spring salad, garlic toast, a soft drink, and dessert. Admission also includes a champagne toast, souvenir lanyard, party supplies, and pozole at 1am
The seating is family-style and available in three areas: upstairs and in the lounge with eight tables each and in the main dining area with tables for 10 people. (If your larger group wants to sit together, one person will need to buy the tickets.)
Those who just came to dance can stop in time at 9:30 p.m. for the performances of the local party band Mento Buru and DJ Danny P from Groove 99.3 and DJ Nokturnal, who will play sets until 2 a.m.
The evening also features a $ 1,000 balloon filled with cash and prizes at midnight, party favors, a taco station, and a large photo booth with a photographer. Dance tickets are $ 45.
Elements Venue is located at 3401 Chester Ave., Suite H.
Stage door speakeasy: The Stars Theater Restaurant is dedicating its New Year’s Eve celebration to the theme of the “Great Gatsby” of the roaring 1920s.
Dress up in your best 1920s attire and enjoy an evening of live entertainment, including the Stage Door Speakeasy Band and Bethany Rowlee swapping the sea witch clothes from her final role as Ursula in “The Little Mermaid” for one to transform enchanted siren.
The evening also includes dancing, charcuterie and cocktails, which are available in the Stars Lounge.
Tickets are $ 30, $ 50 including charcuterie, available at bmtstars.com/portfolio-view/nyeve or by calling 661-325-6100 or visiting the box office at 1931 Chester Ave.
New Year’s “Decades Party”: The Padre Hotel invites guests to dance through the decades from 9:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. Embrace your favorite time and dress in clothes of the time for this dance party. Each of its venues offers different options: music by Marlon Mackey on the outdoor terrace of the Prairie Fire, a DJ with a social atmosphere in Belvedere, a silent disco in Prospect and a midnight toast in Brimstone. A balloon will also be dropped at all indoor locations at midnight.
Entry to the event for ages 21 and older is $ 25 and includes access to all venues. visit thepadrehotel.com/play/events for tickets sold online by 12 noon on December 31. Inquire at the hotel about the day of purchase.
Those who want to stay overnight can book a room with packages from US $ 250 (plus tax) that include entry for two to the NYE party and a bottle of sparkling wine. Call 661-427-4900 to book.
The Padre Hotel is located at 1702 18th St.
New Year’s Eve 2022: The Tower Event Venue makes up for New Year’s Eve for a year with this event, which unites original members of the press band for just one night with Glenda Robles on vocals.
In addition, No Strings Attached (formerly Nu Standard) will perform with dance hits. In addition to the two bands, DJ Adam E will make the crowd dance with feel-good cumbias, old school, 90s and classics.
This event runs from 7:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. at the Tower, 1200 Truxtun Ave.
The evening includes a full bar service, plus party favors, after-hour tacos and posole from Big Momma, plus a midnight toast and $ 1,000 balloon filled with cash and prizes.
Admission is $ 25 in advance at eventbrite.com or $ 30 at the door. VIP tables may still be available; Text 661-808-4279 with inquiries.
New Years Eve Party: Ring in 2022 with this country-style event, sponsored by Michelob Ultra, at Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace. Enjoy performances by Foster Campbell and Friends as well as the Stampede Band.
The guests have reserved seats and receive a four-course menu with party items and a champagne toast until midnight. (Dinner is served until 8:45 p.m.)
Doors open at 7:00 p.m. at the venue, 2800 Buck Owens Blvd.
Old Farts New Year’s Eve Potluck: God bless you, the Bellvedere Cocktail Lounge keeps its tradition alive for people who don’t intend to party until midnight – but want to party. The fun starts at lunchtime with the TCB Band playing from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the lounge at 3090 Brundage Lane. The free event includes an early champagne toast, party favors, and a potluck.
For all those who want to continue celebrating, the Bellvedere 2022 will ring in with Elevation 406, which will appear from 9 p.m. with a countdown break and champagne toast. Call 661-325-2139 for more information.
And finally, Tommy Castro & The Painkillers will take the audience on a world records blues adventure in part 104 of the venue’s ongoing No Stinkin ‘Service Charge blues series. (See the sidebar for more information.)
New Years Eve Celebration: The Kitchen Downtown offers a “Culinary Review of the Year” with a five-course menu with highlights from the menus it served at events in 2020.
The first course is a coconut-curry-carrot soup from the Tiki-Ko-To-Go dinner in April; followed by pipérade and eggs, followed by a June meet-your-grower dinner with Ayden’s eggs. The third course from a tasting menu by head chef Richard Yoshimura in June is Mentaiko pasta with prawns, miso butter and shiso.
For starters, enjoy a steak and strata from a meet-your-grower dinner in August with Blue Magnolia Bread Co.
Finish your meal with a crispy chocolate and hazelnut cake from Yoshimura’s October tasting menu.
Dinner is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Kitchen, 1317 20th St.
The cost is $ 85 per person with an optional wine pairing for $ 45.
New Year’s three-course dinner: The Petroleum Club in Sundale serves a gourmet menu along with the brand new Blanc de Noirs sparkling wine from Tlo Wines.
Costs vary by entree, with options like vegetable tortellini ($ 43), garlic mushroom chicken ($ 48), crab-stuffed salmon ($ 53), filet mignon ($ 60), and surf and turf ($ 72) with tenderloin and garlic shrimp. Each meal includes a first course Phoenix Club Salad with toasted pears, chevre, dried cranberries, glazed walnuts, and champagne vinaigrette; and a chocolate tuxedo cake dessert.
The event will take place at the Petroleum Club, Sundale, Sundale Ave 6218, from 4pm to 10pm. The champagne toast is celebrated at 9 p.m. in New York time
“Through the decades” New Year’s Eve party: If you fancy a road trip, head to Cuyama Buckhorn’s Fete, which celebrates a different decade every hour of the night from 5:00 p.m. until the ball drop. (Note: the roadside resort is fully booked, but the public are invited to dine and enjoy the party at the Buckhorn restaurant.)
Starting with the 1950s, every hour of the night music from every decade, an iconic film of the time (played on silent) and specialty drinks from every era and its trends is shown.
The Buckhorn Restaurant serves its usual dinner menu along with three seasonal specialties: smoked 3H Cattle Co. Waygu Beef Meatloaf, a nod to the 1950s, served with lobster mac and cheese, roasted carrots, and barbecue sauce; fried Brussels sprouts salad with Cuyama Valley Orchards apples, pistachios, smoked cheddar, watercress, house bacon and balsamic vinaigrette; and pomegranate crème brûlée, a lucky New Year dish with pistachio biscotti. These dishes can be ordered together for $ 60 or a la carte.
The Cuyama Buckhorn is located at 4923 Primero St. in New Cuyama. Call 661-766-2825 or visit cuyamabuckhorn.com for more details.
New Year’s Lunch: The guild house will hold its last special event of the year with a lunch ($ 30) that starts with French onion soup. As a starter, a sliced roasted New York strip steak is served with bluegrass sauce, potato gratin and fresh green beans. The dessert consists of white chocolate raspberry cheesecake.
Lunch is served from 11.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. in the volunteer-run restaurant, 1905 18th St.
Call 661-325-5478 to reserve your spot.
The proceeds from the guild house will benefit the Henrietta Weill Memorial Child Guidance Clinic & Adult Behavioral Health, a psychiatric facility for children and families that opened in 1946.
For the family
New Years Eve 2022: Take the family for a day or night of bowling to ring in the new year at Bowlero in southwest Bakersfield.
Book a two-hour slot on December 31 (from 12:00 noon) or January 1 (from 2:30 pm) for the NYE package ($ 23.99 per person), which includes unlimited bowling, shoe rentals, and the unique cheese menu or pepperoni Pizza, cheese dipper, pretzel dipper, french fries and salsa, Caesar salad and cookies.
Those who want nightly bowling can opt for the NYE Ball Drop ($ 37.99 per person) from 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. on December 31, the four hours of bowling, shoes, a unique menu (see above plus spring rolls) and a champagne or sparkling apple cider includes toast.
Bowlero is located at 3610 Wible Road.
Late night skating: On New Year’s Eve, Skateland organizes an early (10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.) and a late skate (7:30 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.). The cost for the evening session is $ 14, including the quad skate rental. Call 661-831-5567 for more information and New Year’s Eve morning prices.
Skateland is located at 415 Ming Avenue.
New Years Eve Party in NYC: John’s Incredible Pizza will usher in East Coast Time in 2022 with its buffet, games, party favors and more.
The cost is $ 29.99 for buffet and drinks, unlimited rides, 75 credits, and New Years hat and lightbulb; $ 39.99 for buffet and drinks, unlimited rides, 200 credits, and New Years Eve accessories. Book by December 26th for 20 additional credits.
John’s is located on 3709 Rosedale Highway.