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Hitting the town New Year’s Eve in Manteca

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POSTED December 27, 2013 7:44 p.m.

Three. Two. One.

Happy New Year!

It’s by far the biggest party night of the year, and one of the most iconic holiday nights the world over.

But it’s really only memorable if you have something memorable to attend.

The San Francisco waterfront fills with hundreds of thousands of people who pack in to watch the fireworks over the bay. Obviously Time’s Square is the epicenter of New Year’s Eve in America, and the views of the Sydney night sky – over the famed Opera House – lights up in a spectacular pyrotechnic display that marks the first sign that the calendar has officially rolled over.

But you don’t need a long car trip – or a passport – to enjoy yourself.

Nearly all of Manteca’s nightspots are going to be offering some sort of New Year’s Eve event, whether it’s drink specials or a complete overhaul with VIP bottle service. Translation: Stay home and enjoy all of the fruits that you’d find by venturing into the city, minus the crowds.

Here are a few of the things going on in Manteca:

• Chuck’s Place: The Sports Bar and Restaurant that is flourishing in its new digs in Spreckels Park will be offering one of the biggest New Year’s Eve parties in town. Two DJs – DJ Devious and DJ Jaunderlust – will be spinning music until 2 a.m., and the entire clambake will be offered without a cover charge. Complimentary champagne will be provided, and a full dinner menu will be available for those who show up early. 1447 Historical Plaza Way, (209) 823-6196.

• Rookie’s Sports Bar and Grill: If you’re looking for a country party, this is the place for you. This sprawling bar has reinvented itself as a legitimate live music venue and will ring in the New Year with a performance by the Chris Gardner Band. Admission is $25 a person and $40 a couple, and a full menu will be available. VIP bottle service will also be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Champagne will also be served at midnight. 1251 E. Yosemite Avenue, (209) 824-2889.

• Rooster Juice: So there’s nothing over-the-top like this corner bar has done in year’s past, but drink specials and karaoke – the staple that it’s known for – are definitely going to be on the menu for the end of 2013. Champagne will be served. 1325 W. Yosemite Ave., (209) 665-4414.

As part of an ongoing program to help keep the roads safe and prevent drunk driving, AAA will once again be offering its “Tipsy Tow” service to any motorist that calls up and needs to be taken home with their vehicle up to 10-miles from where they’re picked up at. The program will be in operation from 6 p.m. on New Year’s Eve to 6 a.m. on New Year’s Day, and anybody can call 1-800-222-4357 to request a tow home. The service is offered to non-members, free-of-charge.

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