On December 31st, Comal will once again usher in the New Year by clearing out the tables, turning up the volume on their state-of-the-art Meyer sound system, and transforming the restaurant into a funky dancehall for one special evening. Doors will open at 9pm and longtime Bay Area DJ Jose Ruiz (KPFA, KPOO), who has an ongoing residency at Comal on Thursday nights, will spin his infectious mix of Latin and funk into the wee hours. The first three hundred guests to arrive will be presented with an authentic, unique “lucha libre” wrestling mask, which should make for a festive scene on the dance floor. New this year will be a free on-site photo booth to commemorate the night.
Bar Manager Joanna Poz-Molesky has created a special cocktail for the event: El Santo. Named after the legendary lucha libre wrestler, El Santo is an easy drinking tequila cocktail featuring Cimarron blanco, tangerine, hibiscus and lime.
Chef Matt Gandin and his team will keep a steady stream of antojitos (little snacks) flowing throughout the night – expect some familiar items from Comal’s menu along with a few wild cards, with an emphasis on Oaxacan-style street snacks like quesadillas, de eses, and flautas. Highlights include: adobo shrimp-wild nettle quesadillas; jalapeño-requeson flautas; chorizo molotes; mole negro chicken wings; and chipotle deviled eggs.
Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at https://www.ticketfly.com/event/1390574. All food offerings are included in ticket purchase. All previous parties have sold out, so advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended.
Please make special note: BART runs until 3am on NYE and Comal is less than a block from the Downtown Berkeley BART station. Also, Comal’s large beer garden is uncovered, so use of this space is weather dependent. Additional tickets may be released December 30th if weather permits the use of the beer garden for the occasion.
Plan Your Holiday Party at Comal
Whether for business or family and friends, Comal has two great options for your holiday gathering – Table 30 and Abajo.
Table 30 is our community table in the front of the restaurant – it seats 8-11 people on long benches. Abajo is our cozy private dining room located in our cellar – it seats 12-22 people. In both cases we offer a multi-course, fixed price menu that can be tailored to the specific needs of your party. For Abajo, we have also created special custom cocktails for parties with names to match on several occasions.
Dates are filling up fast, particularly in December, so we encourage you to contact us soon. For further information and to inquire about available dates for either of our group dining options, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hope to see you soon at Comal!