New Year’s Eve in Toronto is, to some, a magical time. To others – myself included – it’s the bane of the social scene where favourite restaurants, bars, hangouts and the like become crowded with the 905 crowd and ill-trained drinking neophytes. But alas, tis indeed a night wherein inhibitions are relegated to the sub-subconscious and credit cards are maxed with the simple ordering of a round of shots. But for those looking to brave the ‘puke potential’ of others – or themselves – there is a massive list of events to make this New Year’s Eve one to remember… or forget…
NYE 2013 at Michael’s on Simcoe
Given that all the stars party at Michael’s on Simcoe during the TIFF, it seems like a no-brainer that this downtown steakhouse meets Italian restaurant meets all-around awesome hotspot would host a fabulous NYE party. This year, there’s be a delicious prix fixe (3 courses with an amuse bouche + dessert + champagne), with DJ Brandon Knight laying down beats on the dance floor, along with a live musical performance by Gord Deppe from The Spoons. Be sure to call to make a reservation, you won’t want to miss this one.
NYE at Embrujo Flamenco in Toronto
Celebrate like the Spaniards at Embrujo Flamenco this New Year’s Eve. This Toronto restaurant is serving up their legendary tapas – with regular and prix fixe menu options – alongside some sexy flamenco dancers counting down to 2013.
Raunch n’ Roll New Year
Toronto’s 9th Annual Knockout New Year Burlesque Party is coming! Part Vegas glam with a little bit of naughtiness, Raunch n’ Roll will strut its stuff at The Metro Theatre. Make sure to obey the hard metal, spandex groupie style dress code that is in strict effect. Perfect for those whose curiosity goes beyond the bedroom, enjoy something a tad more “risque” while bringing in the New Year in Toronto.
Welcome in the new year at The Guvernment, featuring five rooms, fives sounds and one memorable night. The main room will feature DJ Mark Oliver with house, and mash-up sounds by DJ Couture and Illegal Alien & King spinning hip-hop beats. With all access to the Guvernment complex, those looking to party in a club atmosphere are sure to be legislated to liveliness.
Ring in the new year in style at The Office Pub Masque Party. Dance mashups all night featuring DJ Shaq-T and DJ Playeaspinning, The Office Pub will be giving out party favours, gift bags and prizes all night. Bottle service available and free champagne at midnight for all. If you’re the first 100 to buy dinner and dance tickets, expect to be rewarded with a free mask and two free drink tickets.
The Twelfth Hour
Wouldn’t you like to know how it feels to party like a Trump? The Trump International Hotel & Tower boasts a spectacular ballroom 65-stories high on the Toronto skyline. Two rooms will be featuring guest DJs and decadent hors d’oeuvres prepared by Trump Tower’s Executive Chef, Todd Clarmo. Not only will you be eating and dancing among the rich and famous, you’ll leave with a glamourous swag bag to brag about – wishful thinking has us hoping a solid gold bar and some caviar, perhaps?
The Royal Ball
Shine those shoes and dust off those tuxedos, The Fountain Blu at the EX will be celebrating the upcoming New Year. Join thousands of sophisticated individuals as performers including Mike Jacinto, Armani, Never Not House, and many more hit the stage. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and midnight champagne toast, plus unlimited party favours. Get your tickets now to one of the most stylish NYE 2013 parties in Toronto.
On your marks… get set… Happy New Year! For those hardcore athletes and running enthusiasts, there’s even an event for you. Although a little different, beginning in Liberty Village this 5K run will start at the stroke of midnight. After you’ve completed your course, you’ll be showered with bubbling champagne, hot and steaming food, fireworks and swag bags galore. Not only do you having a running start to your new year’s resolution, each participant will leave with some stylish gloves and a finisher’s medal to wear with honour.
New Year’s Eve Comedy Extravaganza
Massey Hall will be presenting the 10th Annual New Year’s Eve Comedy Extravaganza on December 31st, 2012. Kick-start your annual funny bone with this showcase of some of Canada’s finest comedians. Hosted by Geri Hall and featuring comedy from Jon Dore, Kathleen McGee, Cedric Newman, and more. For the comedic junkie, this is the perfect way to ring in the new year in the most entertaining fashion.
Habits Gastropub NYE
Featuring live music by Box Full of Cash, some amazing dinner and drinks specials, and a fancifully friendly scene, NYE 2013 at Habits Gastropub is one of the best alterna-scenes you can find.
CityTV’s New Year’s Eve Bash
For the 27th year in a row, Nathan Philips Square will be turned into an outdoor party with special musical guests. Don’t just watch the live event on CityTV, come down and be part of the celebration. The best part? It’s free for the whole family.
Toronto’s Largest Singles New Year’s Party
Singe and looking? Look no further: Meet Market Adventures presents the single largest singles New Year’s Eve bash in Toronto. Celebrate with over 1,000 single party-goers under the elegant roof of The Arcadian Court. With its deep and rich history, this venue is the perfect place to hook up with someone new and start off the New Year right. Live DJs, nibbles and lots of prizes are all on the docket!
Brassaii New Year’s
The trendy Brassaii will be transformed into a Winter Wonderland this NYE 2013! This Toronto King West hotspot will receive a frosty and winter-fete inspired facelift. The evening kicks off with a crafted 5-course meal prepared by Brassaii’s Executive Chef, Chris Kalisperas, followed by a memorable dance party with featured musical talent, New York’s DJ Annalyze. Come dressed to impress.
Phenomenon New Year’s Eve
Presented by Back in the Day and Good Saturdays, Polson Pier’s exclusive nightclub Solarium will be reminiscing the old and celebrating the new. With over 20 luxurious VIP booths and a beautiful skyline patio overlooking the city of Toronto, this event has a grand backdrop. Musical talent provided by DJ Glew and DJ RZ, both will be spinning new and old hip hop tracks and top 40 sounds.
Midnight in Paris
The Vogue Supper Club will be counting down to Midnight this year. Party in the heart of Liberty Village in one of 13 luxurious VIP booths. VIP packages are also available with premium and champagne bottles, along with appetizers and party swag. The bar is also extended till 3am for your partying enjoyment.
The exclusive and trendy Sudbury 99 will be home for this year’s semi-formal NYE 2013 gala event. With access to all three of Sudbury’s ballrooms and its open concept atmosphere, it is the perfect place to celebrate the new year with friends and your special someone. There will be 60 VIP bottle packages available, so don’t miss out!
Eve of Wonderland
Presented by Uniq Lifestyle, the Brant House will be more like a magical scene taken from Alice in Wonderland than its once typical venue atmosphere. Eve of Wonderland will be counting down to Midnight, amongst top hats and tea parties to ring in 2013 in full style.
ET Canada’s NYE Extravaganza in Niagara Falls
If you want to get out of the city, drive no further than Niagara Falls for a live televised event at the stage of the falls… and it’s free to the public. This event will feature musical guests Dragonette, Hedley and Nely Furtado. Celebrate NYE 2013 with a spectacular fireworks display… wait… there’s two spectacular firework displays.
New Years Eve Club Crawl 2013
If you’re looking to get access to four of the hottest clubs hosting some of the best NYE parties in Toronto, get tickets to this club crawl. A party bus will transport you around Toronto’s entertainment district with VIP access, including no lines or covers at each spot. Expect to be dazzled with an overwhelming amount of Mardi Gras beads. Perfect for students on a party budget.
NYE Refined at SpiritHouse
Looking for a more refined party atmosphere? Head over to SpiritHouse, for a grand ol’ NYE party. This is probably the only ticket in the city that includes a town car limo service home! Campari brand liqeuers will be mixing in cocktails all night, along with a healthy serving of canapes, oysters, and midnight sweets.
Toronto Salsa Ball
Dance in the New Year right with a sparkling event hosted by P.O.S.E Dance Company. After a successful and sold out NYE event last year, the Toronto Salsa Ball will be celebrating again with Toronto’s favourite spinners including DJ Jimmy Suave, DJ Geronimo and DJ Duck. Complimentary salsa lessons also come in handy for the late-night dance show and the countdown spectacular! If your feet aren’t leaving achey, you haven’t danced enough… but it just could be all that bubbly you’re drinking…
Come for the beats and stay for the eats! Kitch Bar, with its new slick 2,800 square foot retro-inspired interior, is perfect for the West End party crowd. This ain’t no dive bar; Kitch is known for their tasty nibblies and trendy vibe. Music features include DJ Thera-P, DJ Kariz and DJ Riccachet.
Unapologetic 2013 NYE
No need to apologize, but you won’t want to miss this event! B Lavish and Munroe Media present Unapologetic 2013 New Year’s. Party hardy with DJ Kruz, mouthwatering delights from the Gourmet Bitches, loads of premium liquor, and a swag bag you’ll fight over with your friends.
Lifetime NYE 2013
The talents of local artists come together at Toronto’s musical mainstay, Revival, for the ultimate NYE 2013 party in Toronto. Join Hue and the gents from The Main Ingredient, including DJ Mensa, Big Jacks and Hames Redi for their unique performances of reggae and house mash-ups. In the lower level, The Stone Lounge will be featuring Dirty Dale and Andy Capp, an eclectic mix of funk, R&B and soul. Bring in the New Year with dirty tracks and some toe-tapping beats.
Masquerade at The Drake
It’s no surprise The Drake would be twisting a theatrical element into their Toronto NYE 2013 bash. This year, The Drake will be hosting a modern Masquerade Party which will include a pop-up bar in the Lobby along with curated cocktails, live DJ sets and much, much more. Ticket packages are available for a three or four-course dinner that will take you on a gastronomical taste trip. Did we hear a Lobster nacho station…? Yum! Hotel packages are also available for two in one of The Drake’s luxe hotel dwellings.
Wanna party in a two-storey tower suite on Queen West? Hit up The Gladstone Hotel for their Vegas style NYE 2013 bash. Feast at Vegas style buffet tables, gamble with your friends at ‘The Casino’, and dance all night with musical guests DJ Medley, Simon Jain, O-God, and many more. There’s also shameless karaoke at your disposal. And remember, what happens in Gladstone, stays in Gladstone!
Static: New Year’s Eve 2013
For all those club crawlers, Kool Haus will be hosting Static New Year’s Eve 2013. Spinning DJ guests include Gareth Emery and Hardrock Sofa headlining the main stage. Get your dance and drink on, but only after you buy your tickets…
A New Year’s Eve to remember, Play on Queen will be featuring musical talent including Kid Mk and Freddy. If you’re unfamiliar, Freddy is an incredible up-and-coming electronic DJ and producer, locally-grown here in Toronto. Champagne will be popping at the stroke of midnight amongst the most elite of guests.
Nyood NYE Prom 2013
Had a prom night you’d rather forget? Redo that experience at Nyood for NYE Prom 2013 in Toronto. Stroll under the balloon archway into a high school gym lost in a world of John Hughes movies and corny corsages. Get your prom photo with that adorable date in front of a classic wintery backdrop. Menu inspired by Executive Chef Ariel Coplan, and a midnight toast of spiked champagne punch by Nyood Mixologist Simon Hooper.
Well Suited at Real Sports Bar
Come to Toronto’s premier upscale entertainment venue, Real Sports Bar, as they set up the grand event well-suited for those looking for a great night out! With three floors and 30 VIP booths, dinner and dance tickets will be available starting at $75. There are absolutely no exceptions for men, as the dress code stands as suits-only.
Sneaky Dees NYE: Get Blown
So the Mayans were wrong, the world did not come to an end. For that reason, it seems appropriate to party even harder into the New Year, and why not do so at Sneaky Dee’s. Get blown away by DJs Pino and Cory as they present you with hip-hop, funk and electro jams (no dubstep, repeat, no dubstep) that will keep you moving into 2013.
Wrongbar NYE 2013
Nastymix presents NYE 2013 at Wrongbar in Toronto, with special guest DJs Remix Artist Collective, Goldroom, and Natural Animal. With $30 advance tickets at Rotate This and Soundscapes, this is a cheap night out if ever there was one on NYE in Toronto.
Party at The Castle
Toronto’s majestic castle, Casa Loma, is the sophisticated way to bring in the New Year! Party in a 20th century historic castle inside two grand ballrooms under the musical trance of DJ Class!ck. Dress to impress for this tastemaking event.
Hogtown Pub NYE
Wig it up at the Hogtown Pub this NYE 2013 in Toronto as the bad boys of the brews put on a show at the taps. And yes, by wig it up, we do mean wear a wig.