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Monday, December 31, 2012

Here's How to Get to That Next New Year's Eve Party Tonight

Posted By on Mon, Dec 31, 2012 at 8:09 AM

Will probably need much more than a ride home
  • Will probably need much more than a ride home
Ah, it's New Year's Eve, that champagne-soaked, boogy-brimmin' night. It's also that one evening you can bet will be a bitch to get around town, especially if you were counting on a cab.

For those of you who aren't planning to ring in 2013 in a drunk tank at the County Jail, or spend the night sadly swaying on the sidewalk waiting for that cab driver who will never show, we've rounded up a slew of alternative rides that'll let you party and then make it home just in time to puke.

The pink-mustachioed fleet of ragtag ride-share cars is an excellent option for snagging a hassle-free jaunt to the next joint on your list. Play your own jams, sit shotgun, and feel free to dole out high-fives. When you download the app (available on iPhone or Android), you'll also enter your credit card for payment, so don't worry about having to keep track of your those dirty dollar bills in your drunken state. There is, however, a "suggested donation" for each trip, depending on distance, plus a $2 tip.

A little more baller -- if that's how you wanna roll next year. Uber offers four kinds of will-fetch-you vehicles, including a no-hail TAXI, UBERx (a mid-size car), Black (a 4-seat Sedan), or the SUV, which seats six. Uber is a little pricier, starting with base fares between $5.75 and $15. It also has "minimum fares" and other similar rules, but it is still totally reasonable if you're splitting the cost with your partners in crime. Reserve one via the app for iPhone or Android.

Hot off the app presses, Sidecar is a come-one, come-all ride-share option similar to Lyft. Also compatible with iPhone and Android, you can sign up at to find one of 70 drivers to tote you to the next swilling spot. Best of all? It's donation-based (don't be stingy) because it's essentially a glorified carpool. Suggested donation for a 2.5 mile or 15-minute ride is $13.

Feeling frisky? Hail a man-powered tricycle for an alfresco ride anywhere along the Embarcadero, the Marina, or on Valencia Street in the Mission. It will be fun and freezing. On the Embarcadero, tourist prices reign, so expect to pay $20 per ride, plus tip. In the Marina or the Valencia, it's "pay as you wish," but keep in mind these guys are sweatin' balls while you're sippin' booze.

Rhythm Shuttle
Here's a good option for you South Bay denizens who plan on shaking it in San Francisco tonight. Rhythm Shuttle is a glorious hybrid of a party bus and a city bus that will haul as many as 13 revelers in an oversized van. The shuttle not only boasts a "premium sound system," but the drivers will let you stop and snag a snack (street meat, anyone?) with no extra charge. Pickup starts at 1:45 p.m. (or earlier by special request) and be prepared to shell out $10 per person. Call (650) 260-3976 to schedule your sure-to-be-stellar ride.

Luxor Cab
A good fit for those who like cheap booze and cheap rides. Tight-walleted party animals who refuse to pay for a cushier ride should consider Luxor Cabs, which is offering free rides within San Francisco for people heading home from bars or restaurants. There is one sorta strange hitch. Once inside the cab, revelers will have to remember to mention "Berg Injury Lawyers," the program's sponsor. Remember those three words, and any ride that would otherwise cost as much as $35 will be free. Call a Luxor Cab at 282-4141.

So there you have it, your handy list of ways to get out, get down, and get home -- safely.

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