You may not have had a chance to visit Cuba since travel to the Caribbean nation became easier, but erudite-friendly SoMa bar Novela is giving locals a chance to get a peek at it anyway with their Havana Nights New Year’s Eve party. Just for the occasion, the book-lined cocktail joint will embrace a gangster, swing-era Cubano theme, slinging drinks in the theme of “The Godfather.” Move fast: the pre-sale price includes two drinks. Novela, 662 Mission St at 5th. (415-896-6500, http://www.novelasf.com/). Dec 31 9pm. $30-$65.