New Year's Eve 2011: 10 Ways To Celebrate in S.F.

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No one will fault you on New Year's Eve for being too glitzy, too loud, or too boozy. It's the one time of the year we're pretty much required to celebrate to excess -- there's even a mandatory beverage (champagne) and sexual activity (public smooching). There's a pretty healthy mix of events for you to perform these acts at when the clock strikes 2011. Here are some of the coolest, dirtiest, most glitter-covered NYE parties in San Francisco.

Black & White Ball @ Carnelian on the Bay
Dressed to the nines (semi-formal attire required), Black & White Ball attendees will be privy to three rooms and two levels of live entertainment, all with the backdrop of the Carnelian on the Bay's sparkling waterfront views (which may or may not be diminished by heavy fog). Club hits and Top 40 tunes will be spun by Chris Conley and Michael Ramirez in the Bay View Ballroom while '80s, '90s and international Latin hits will be pumping through the City Skyline section. ($65-$75, 7 p.m.)

Furthur New Year's Eve Spectacular @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
For those in search of a mellower New Year's Eve music event, Furthur's live show at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium is for you. Furthur, featuring jam-friendly Grateful Dead legends Phil Lesh and Bob Weir, debuted in Oakland in 2009 and now returns for two live shows at the tail end of 2010. The very last show of the year has the band playing three sets. ($45, 7:30 p.m.)

The Countdown: New Year's Eve @ Club Six
Some stats about the Countdown New Year's event at Club Six: 12 DJs, three rooms of dancing, one giant group champagne toast. It's going to be an epic party. The impressive array of DJs will spin reggaeton, dancehall, Latin, and hip-hop in respective rooms along with a live performance by Los Rakas. ($15, 8 p.m.)

New Year's Eve Roller Disco Party @ Cell Space
Disco on skates in the front room, New Wave dance floor in the back. What could be cooler? There's also a full bar so the chance of seeing someone eat it in full 1970s attire is high. The rink and skate rental comes courtesy the legendary Black Rock Roller Disco crew. Be safe, boozy roller skaters. ($10, 8 p.m.)

Bootie NYE 2011 @ Mezzanine
The best way to mash up your New Year's Eve is to attend Bootie NYE 2011. Resident Bootie DJs Adrian and Mysterious D will mash up the biggest hits from the past year. There also will be a live performance by Smash-Up Derby, Bootie's house band, and club Brass Tax in the upstairs room with DJs Ding Dong, JoeJoe, and Mace spining breaks, electro, and hip-hop. ($20-$40, 9 p.m.)

Mother of All New Years 2011 @ Regency Center
The Mother of All New Years party (or MOANY) will feature Mike Posner performing his popular song "Do You Think You're Cooler than Me?" The singer-songwriter is a hit with the pop crowd right now and was recently (incorrectly) linked to pop superstar/country offspring Miley Cyrus -- Posner says the two are just friends, but a girl can dream. If live musical entertainment from a bona fide tabloid-stalked rocker is not enough to make your MOANY right, there also will be VIP tickets that include an all-night open bar and bottle service. ($55-$125, 9 p.m)

Roaring Twenties Countdown @ Sutra Ultra Lounge
Come dressed in classic flapper-and-gangster chic to enjoy two dance floors, three full bars, and a massive midnight balloon drop. Sutra Ultra Lounge also will provide complimentary champagne toasts, photos, party favors, and sexy gogo dancers. DJs will spin hip-hop, Top 40, mash-ups, and old school hits. ($35-$45, 9 p.m.)

Streets of San Francisco NYE 2011 @ Fort Mason Herbst Pavilion
Fort Mason's Herbst Pavilion will be transformed into a miniature cityscape, replicating San Francisco from the Gold Rush-era to the modern day -- and even the future. Along with a hosted bar and front row seat to the waterfront fireworks show, there will be a headlining set from infamous DJ and producer Steve Aoki, along with additional sets by Aaron Axelsen, Designer Deejays, and DJ Zaq. ($150-$200, 9 p.m.)

Nerf Herder @ Bottom of the Hill
If you're feeling nostalgic for fun 1990s power-pop this New Year's Eve, Bottom of the Hill is the place for you. There'll be live sets by Nerf Herder, rockers the Hooks, and garage-pop ladies Sassy!!! Nerf Herder is perhaps best known composing the "Buffy and the Vampire Slayer" theme song, but a a nation of geek-rockers loves the band simply for its catchy hooks and Star Wars-referencing name. ($20-$25, 10 p.m.)

The Teenage Dance Craze New Year's Eve Twist Party @ The Knockout
With live music by the Dukes of Hayward, featuring resident DJ Russell Quan, this special NYE edition of Teenage Dance Craze is both extraordinary and familiar. There'll be the same surf garage-meets-soul list of hits spinning all night long, but it's bigger, better and lasts longer than ever -- 'till 4 a.m. DJ Quan and dX the Funky Granpaw are joined by special guest DJ Jackie Sugarlumps who promises to "pour the twisting sauce on ya all night long." ($10, 10 p.m.)

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