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New Year’s Eve at The Padre Hotel | Passport to 2018

1702 18th St., 
Bakersfield, CA 93301

Take in the downtown New Year’s Eve action at the legendary Padre Hotel.

Performing at Prairie Fire: Blonde Faith, 20 years of classic rock and music from the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s and ’80s as well as current hits. Their five-piece band has male and female vocals. Take in the rousing dueling pianos act in the Prospect Lounge. And if a DJ is more to your tastes, visit the Brimstone. Celebrate with a Champagne toast at midnight (around the world toasts throughout the evening) and tray-passed hors d’oeuvres. For a truly fine dining experience, try the Padre’s Belvedere Room for a Sparkling Wines of the World Dinner,  a five-course dinner paired with Champagne, including a ticket to the event (two seatings, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.). And if you have any energy after a night of partying at the Padre, there’s a New Year’s Day 2018 brunch buffet, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the Belvedere Room, including bottomless Champagne. For information and reservations, call 661.427.4900.

Petroleum Club of Bakersfield | Early-Bird New Year’s Eve | 
5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

5060 California Ave., 
Bakersfield, CA 93309

If you’re either not a nightbird or you’d just like to have a great dinner to launch your New Year’s Eve festivities, The Petroleum Club is offering a three-course pre-fixe gourmet dinner, a glass of complimentary Champagne and live music by California folk/soul innovator Andrew Royalty. The dinner is open to both members and nonmembers. If you haven’t been to Petroleum Club, you’ll be amazed at the 360-degree 12th-floor views of Bakersfield. For information and reservations, call 661.324.6561. 

New Year’s Eve Festivities 
at The Mark

1623 19th St., 
Bakersfield, CA 93301

Features music by the very popular ’80s glam rock cover band, Glam Cobra, that headlines frequently at the Mark and at venues around California. The evening will feature a special menu with steak and lobster Champagne dinner. Music begins at 9 p.m. Long considered an upscale fine dining establishment in the fast-developing downtown arts and entertainment district, The Mark offers unique ambiance, creative cocktails and great service. For reservations and additional information, call the Mark at 661.322.7665.

Cafe Med New Year’s Eve Party | 
December 31 | 9 p.m. to midnight 

4809 Stockdale Highway, 
Bakersfield, CA 93309

Cafe Med will be open all day, serving its full menu with a midnight Champagne toast and featuring live entertainment by The Tracy Peoples Band and Richie Perez. Reservations are recommended. For reservations and information, call 661.834.4433.

Buck Owen’s Crystal Palace | New Year’s Eve Brunch | December 31 | 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

2800 Buck Owens Blvd., 
Bakersfield, CA 93308

Voted “Best Brunch in Bakersfield” for 19 consecutive years, Buck Owen’s Crystal Palace features all your breakfast favorites: made-to-order omelets, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, ham, country potatoes or hash-browns, freshly made biscuits and country sausage gravy. You won’t want to miss the Belgian waffle bar. Some of your favorite brunch items include grilled tri-tip or smoked brisket, ranch-style enchiladas, chili verde, chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes, mac ‘n’ cheese and roasted vegetables. Along with assorted bakery muffins, assorted fresh fruits, salad, chilled shrimp and, of course, the famous dessert and Ice Cream Shoppe. Call 661.328.7560 for information and reservations. Crystal Palace plans to have a New Year’s Eve event with dinner, entertainment and dancing. Call 661.328.7650 for specific information.

Wiki’s Wine Dive & Grill 

11350 Ming Ave. #260, 
Bakersfield, CA 93311

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Bakersfield’s version of Cheers, featuring a great atmosphere, full menu, live entertainment and midnight Champagne toast. Wiki’s often describe themselves as the only “casual gourmet” restaurant with a fun atmosphere. Wiki’s features wine pairings, gourmet food at reasonable prices, boutique wines from around the globe, many craft beers plus high-end wines from California at affordable pricing. Call 661.399.4547 for New Year’s Eve specifics and reservations.