San Francisco Fireworks: 5 Best Viewing Options on New Years Eve

San Francisco Fireworks: 5 Ways to enjoy them best

San Francisco Fireworks

San Francisco Fireworks Guide: Every year the City of San Francisco puts on a free fireworks shows over the Bay. The fireworks are launched from barges off of pier 14, between Mission and Folsom Streets.  If you are planning on spending a low key New Years Eve in San Francisco, head down to the water by 11:30 pm.  Make sure to dress warm, as SF can be quite chilly on New Years Eve. Bring a coat and a hat. It’s better safe than freezing.

If freezing your ass off along the Embarcadero in a sea of 20,000 others doesn’t sound like a fun way to enjoy the fireworks, you should consider going to one of the venues along the Street. There are a lot, but many have private events or will fill up early.

Here is a list of 5 good options for viewing the San Francisco Fireworks:

1. Events with a view

If you plan to make a big night of it with Dinner, Hotel, Limousine and a great New Year’s Eve Party then some parties definitely stand out from the rest. Here are a few good options to get you started. We will post more soon!

Streets of San Francisco New Years Eve

Voted the #1 New Years Eve Party on the West Post by a little publication called The Huffington Post, the Streets of San Francisco New Years Eve Party has been the toast of the town for the last 5 years. Besides world renowned talent, Top Shelf Open Bar and a great crowd, this event has a path surrounding the venue on all sides and offers a great view of the fireworks. This year’s headliner is Chromeo and it tends to sell out every year, so it’s best to plan ahead if you want to join this event.

Streets of San Francisco New Years Eve

Fort Mason Festival Pavilion

Buchanan and Marina Blvd, San Francisco, Ca 94123



Butterfly New Years Eve

Vis Presents invites you to experience an elegant night at San Francisco’s premier Waterfront venue.  Butterfly Restaurant & Lounge located at historic Pier 33 Embarcadero Street with a clear view of the entire bay.  All tickets include Premium Open Bar all night long.   Massive windows overlooking the bay give you a great view of the show, while still being able to enjoy your midnight toast in the warmth of this indoor venue.

Butterfly New Years Eve

Butterfly Lounge

Pier 33 Embarcadero @ Bay Street, San Francisco, CA


Sens New Years Eve

Located across from the Ferry Building, enjoy breathtaking front row views of San Francisco’s premier million dollar fireworks show plus a premium top-shelf hosted bar. A limited VIP cocktail reception with buffet style dinner will be also be available from 7PM to 9PM. It includes early entry, a complimentary glass of champagne and amazing dinner before the party starts.

Sens New Years Eve 2014

Sens Restaurant

4 Embarcadero Center, Promenade Level, San Francisco CA 94111



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2. Fit for Foodies

Sinbad’s restaurant

Price Fixed Dinner

Not into dancing or the club scene? Consider spending New Years Eve at San Francisco Landmark Restaurant, Sinbad’s. This is a great San Francisco Staple where you can wine and dine for the last few hours of 2013. At midnight you will be able to enjoy the San Francisco fireworks display from your table, as the restaurant boasts panoramic views of the bay.


3. Take it to the High Seas

San Francisco Fireworks New Years Eve Cruise

New Year’s Eve Fireworks Cruise Aboard The Harbor Queen


Watch the fireworks while sipping Champagne on a luxurious yacht! Prepare to get the perfect vantage point as the best fireworks display on the west coast takes place right before your eyes. There are going to be several parties announced, but they tend to fill up quickly.



4. Hotel Rooms with a view


Hotel Vitale San Francisco

Hotel Vitale (8 Mission Street)

Hotel Vitale has waterfront rooms. It is the perfect place to watch the fireworks in comfort. Put a couple of bottles of Champers on ice and invite your crew over for a New Years after party, complete with some of the best views of the fireworks display. If you plan on staying at the Hotel, make sure to check out the Vintage 415 New Years Eve Party. It takes place at the Americano Restaurant and offers great views of the fireworks as well.

Mandarin Oriental San Francisco

Mandarin Oriental Hotel (222 Sansome Street – Financial District)

Occupying the top 11 floors of the City’s 3rd largest building, The Mandarin Oriental Hotel has beautiful, unobstructed city views. Rooms can be pricey, but it is worth the cost as the level of service is First Class.

Harbor Court (165 Steuart Street – Waterfront)

Harbor Court has a waterfront location with clear views of the Bay Bridge. A central location allows for easy access to everything.


Four Seasons San Francisco (757 Market Street)

One of SF’s most luxurious hotels, The Four Seasons is located centrally on Market Street.  Offering views of the city, Yerba Buena Gardens and the San Francisco Bay, this is a great choice for New Year’s Eve.


 Hyatt Regency San Francisco]

Hyatt Regency  (Five Embarcadero Center – Waterfront)

Complete with a huge revolving rooftop restaurant, The Hyatt Regency San Francisco has a unique stepped design that gives all the rooms a view.

Address: Five Embarcadero Center – Waterfront


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5. For the Adventure Seeker

City Kayak New Years Eve

City Kayak

Embarcadero at Townsend

December 31, 2013

10 PM-  12:45 AM


For the athletic and outdoorsy types there is a unique new years event put on by the folks at City Kayak. It is not for the meek, as the party continues rain or shine. In the case of rain, a wet suit will be provided. The group paddles out onto the Bay before midnight, surrounded by panoramic views of SF with all its holiday lights.  The celebration is complete with a champagne toast and party favors as you enjoy some of the best views of the fireworks displays and the city. This is not a trip for the novice. City Kayak expects participants to have some experience with operating a tour Kayak with Rudder and Spray Skirts.


San Francisco Fireworks are some of the best around, so if you enjoy taking in the show at midnight on New Years Eve, make sure to plan ahead and relieve any stress that the holiday can bring!


Fireworks SF

San Francisco Fireworks Show

San Francisco Fireworks

San Francisco Fireworks show from Treasure Island

Sf Fireworks New Years Eve

San Francisco New Years Eve

Ferry Building view of San Francisco Fireworks


Fireworks View San Francisco


*Best Viewing Location:

The fireworks will launch from barges located 1,000 feet out in the bay . They are just south of the Ferry Building, so the best view spots will be south of Sinbad’s Restaurant. 

Standing in front of the Ferry Building will typicall not be a good place to view the San Francisco fireworks.

About the San Francisco Fireworks Show:
This will be a 15 minute midnight fireworks show produced by the same people who did the Golden Gate Bridge fireworks show. The also do shows for both the SF Giants and Oakland A’s.  Each year they bring out some new types of fireworks, so each year it gets better. 


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