It’s almost time to put all that party practice you’ve been working on this month to task and put yourself through one last hurrah on December 31st – as is the tradition! Here, for your perusing pleasure, is over 40 things that you can do this New Year’s Eve in Vancouver. Slip into some sequins or a tux and waltz your way into midnight with fine dining and dance, bring the kids to an early-ending night of entertainment, get clubby with one of the many DJ’d nights, enjoy New Year’s inspired by an entirely other decade, or even get freaky with your top full-off. Whatever floats your new years boat, you can probably find it.
New Years Eve Vancouver
Where: Canada Place, and the sky! FREE
What: Ring in the new year with an evening full of live music, entertainment and, of course, a yell-along countdown to 2016 complete with colourful blasts of midnight fireworks that will light up the sky and echo off the mountains. Younger children are invited to take part in a smaller, calmer, earlier countdown that will be celebrated at 9:00pm. (It’s like counting down to the New Year with Saskatchewan, Manitoba, many of USA’s red states, and most of Mexico!)
Cocktails, Celebration, and the Superhero Way
Where: UVA Wine & Cocktail Bar $42
What: UVA transforms into Gotham City for a night, and The James Danderfer Jazz Trio will perform their jazziest versions of cinematic tunes– because you can’t fight crime and party all night without a soundtrack. And as soon as the clock strikes midnight, UVA will unveil a massive surprise of Hulk-like proportions. Prizes will be given out for best male and female superheroes.
New Years at the Hotel Vancouver
Where: The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver $65+
What: Organized by The Arrival Agency (Food Cart Festival, Halloween at the Hotel Vancouver), this New Year’s 2016 will feature a of entertainment talent—all playing and partying across five luxury ballrooms over an entire floor in Vancouver’s “castle in the city”.
New Years Eve at Prohibition
Where: Prohibition, Rosewood Hotel Georgia $131.58
What: Travel back to the 1920s with seasonal punches, traditional absinthe service and vintage cocktails. Guests with more exotic tastes can indulge in Prohibition’s ‘Rare Finds’ bottle selection – a collection of exclusive bottles from around the globe (including Canada’s only bottle of Glenfiddich 50-year-old single malt scotch whiskey), or sip their way through Gray and Stanton’s inventive new cocktail menu.
Family First Night
Where: Mt. Seymour $15-20
What: Enjoy snow tubing & tobogganing, take in live entertainment on the main stage by children’s performers Tickles and Yowza the Clowns, a magic show from Shmendrick the Wizard and an exciting fire spinning routine performed by Vesta Fire Entertainment.
James Bond NYE
Where: The Pint $10+
What: Dress like a Bond Villain, Bond Girl, or James Bond himself! Champagne will be provided at midnight.
Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Variety Show
Where: Vancouver Playhouse $20
What: Celebrate with family and friends with circus acrobats, magic and one of Vancouver’s biggest balloon drops. Appropriate for all ages, yet not just for kids – this party finishes at 10pm.
New Years Eve at Science World
Where: Telus World of Science $85
What: Drinking in Science world! There will be drinking, DJing, and probably some sort of midnight sparkling wine.
Where: The Hard Rock Casino $22-$70
What: Party along with Trooper and their hits that include “Two for the Show”, “Santa Maria”, “We’re Here For a Good Time (Not a Long Time)”, “Raise a Little Hell”, “The Boys in the Bright White Sports Car”, “3 Dressed Up as a 9” and “Janine”.
Fairmont Waterfront Hotel
Where: The Fairmont Waterfront $130
What: Celebrate in style in this upscale and mature environment with well-prepared appetizer stations and a champagne toast at midnight.
Bands, Booze, and Burlesque NYE Extravaganza
Where: The Railway Club $15
What: Perhaps the polar oposite of the event above, this “dangerously sexy, wild rock ‘n’ roll extravaganza” is loaded with the talents of Cocaine Moustache, Whiskey River Gun Club and seductive burlesque routines from Vancouver’s talented ladies.
Pop Fizz Clink
Where: Bar None $40
What: Celebrate Art Deco-style – they are turning the club into a 1960s theme. Drink and dance. Look good doing it. And all that jazz.
Electric Flower Circus in the Dark
Where: The Legion on Commercial $25
What: Black lights, jugglers, hoopers, contortionists, acrobats, glow body painting and general shenanigans.
Where: Celebrities $25+
What: Drinking, dancers, a massive countdown on the L.E.D. wall, some of the city’s finest DJs, balloon drop and a champagne toast at midnight. How it goes.
One Night Stand
Where: The Imperial $50+
What: Live music! Members of Yukon Blonde, Hey Ocean, Rococode and more play their hits all night.
Family New Years at Grouse Mountain
Where: Grouse Mountain $12-20
What: Another one for the kids! Enjoy entertainment and fun for all ages. Outdoor ice skating, sledding, lights, and an early countdown at 9:00.
Cirque Gala 2016
Where: Club FiveSixty $55+
What: Featuring some of the city’s best house, progressive, and hip hop DJs, cirque performance artists, 2 floors of music + a VIP Mezzanine level.
LeGala at the Mariott Pinnacle
Where: The Mariott Pinnacle $88+
What: With a mandatory dress code of chic and sassy with gentleman jacket or suits, there is drinking, dancing canapes, and class. Probably. I guess you have to go to find out.
New Years with Big John Bates
Where: The Media Club $18
What: Big John Bates heads up a debaucherous flurry of sound and atmosphere. Thrill to BJB’s post-apocalyptic outlaw rock, groove to Alchemy Chamber’s irresistible dark musical spells joined by special guest poet Catherine Owen, stomp your feet to Year Of The Wolf’s bluesy country rock, and feast your eyes on voluptuous burlesque beauties.
EDM Subculture New Years with LongWalkShortDock
Where: Red Room $52
What: Celebrate the bass way – if you love the festival circuit and want to whomp your way into the new year – this one’s for you.
Where: The Belmont $35+
What: Dress in your best masquerade for a three-course dinner, Champagne toast at midnight, DJs and dancing. How it goes.
Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver
Where: The Shangri-La Hotel $131
What: Ring in the New Year with class in the tallent building in Vancouver. Dress to impress, this affair demands a bit of decorum. Featuring the elegant Conway ballroom, 2 separate other bar rooms, the heated solarium, red carpet elevator entrance & being entertained by some of Vancouver’s DJs – Rashad Rawkus & C-Styles.
NYE at Red Gate
Where: Red Gate Arts Society $10
What: Live music featuring Obedience (debut performance): “Obedience is a post something/ dark wave whatever band based out of Vancouver, BC. Featuring members of Basketball and the V.Vecker Ensemble taking a primarily electronic approach to the darker regions of goth and industrial dance music.”
Solid New Years Eve
Where: Pacific Coliseum $105
What: This 47,000 square-foot event space has hosted everything from basketball games to circus events. Whether you like EDM, hardstyle, progressive house, or trance, the talent at this year’s Solid NYE 2016 will have a little some for everyone.
Eyes Wide Shut Masquerade
Where: The Caprice $20+
What: A night of mystique and extravagance complete with go-go dancers in two rooms. Raise a glass of champagne to the New Year with some of Vancouver’s top DJ’s.
New Years Eve Extravaganza Club Crawl
Where: Downtown $30
What: Can’t decide where to go? You choose your starting location and then buses take you to three MORE parties with a gaggle of other partiers complete with drink specials and Mardi Gras beads.
New Years Eve Brewmaster’s Dinner
Where: Big Rock Urban Brewery $75+
What: A four course Dinner & Beer Pairing by Executive Chef Alex ‘Beer Belly’ Newton and ‘BRU’master Jody Hammell with live entertainment.
Dress Up To Get Down
Where: The Charles Bar $20-$40
What: The option of a three-course dinner and then DJ Lazyboy is spinning the latest in Hip Hop, R&B and party anthems until 3am.
Yob with Bison
Where: The Rickshaw $25
What: It’s a heavy metal New Years with live bands, punk vests, long hair and rivers of beer.
New Years Under the Stars
Where: Venue $25
What: Get away from the bright lights, gather your best of friends and celebrate a monumental year with us under the stars. Indoors. Where you can still wear that rad party dress without layers of warmth over top. The “night sky” will sparkle with planets and stars, offering you a magical night full of the best electronic, hip hop and chart hits.
New Years Eve at Cibo Trattoria
Where: Cibo Trattoia $79 – $115
What: Guests can opt for either three or five courses, complemented by recommended wine pairings (at an additional cost). Prepared by Executive Chef Faizal Kassam, the menu’s palate-teasing delights include burrata with prosciutto, preserved cherry tomatoes and parmesan crisp; seared scallops with slow-cooked fennel, stinging nettle puree and elderflower brown butter; vanilla semifreddo with Maldon sea salt; and more.
The Winter Social
Where: The Cobalt $27
What: The people of Vancouver’s Ice Cream Socials bring you a 1950s and 60s inspired night of drinking dancing, and all the rest.
Vancouver Arts&Leisure NYE
Where: Secret location – partiers are notified on the day-of. $15
What: Seven rooms, secret location. Over 30 music and visual artists over 10000F2 of space to host hundreds of revellers, dozens of artist’s projects, four DJ stages, a chill room, sexy leisure spaces, a theatre and, well, it`s another anything-goes type of party!
Slow Jam Sundays New Years Eve
Where: The Commodore Ballroom $25
What: Slow sexy jams for slow sexy people – grind the night away right here.
New Years Eve Dinner Cruise
Where: Starts at 450 Denman $164
What: Includes a gourmet buffet, entertainment and dancing all in the true cruise ship tradition.
M.I.A. Illuminate New Years
Where: M.I.A. Night Club $30
What: The evening’s music selections will be hosted by the Stimulant J and Floetic of the Dynasty Boys and a special guest playing all the best hits of Hip-Hop, R&B and Dance music.
Intimate French Dining at L’Abattoir
Where: L’Abattoir $175
What: Reserve seats at the communal table in L’Abattoir’s 1,200-square-foot private dining room, which retains the restaurant’s ambiance without the hustle and bustle of the regular dining space. Led by Chef Lee Cooper the culinary team have pulled out all the stops to craft a four-course feast. Carefully curated wine pairings and cocktails will round out the tantalizing meal.
Fortune Sound Club New Years Eve
Where: Fortune Sound Club $30
What: Balloon drop, party favours, confetti canon & FREE bubbly at midnight. Have at it.
Guilty Pleasures NYE Prom
Where: The Biltmore $20
What: The Guilty Pleasures crew is transforming The Biltmore Cabaret into the 80s/90s prom you wished you had. All the songs you love to pretend you don’t love. Get your squad together, look prom-sharp and dance this year away.
New Years at Beach Bay
Where: Beach Bay Cafe and Patio $49
What: Prepared by Executive Chef Felix Zhou, diners will experience a decadent feast that includes winter truffle chawanmushi with fresh roe; seared albacore tuna topped by carrot escabeche and saffron; and chocolate mousse pear compote, among other gastronomic delights. Guests craving extra luxury have the option of adding shaved winter truffle and Atlantic lobster tail to their meal, or off-the-cuff cocktails crafted by award-winning bartender Adrian Lindner.
Rent Cheque New Years
Where: The Astoria $10 advance
What: An super body-positive, sex-positive, anything-goes (except sour attitudes and jerks) amateur strip night full of punks, weirdos, and all-around fun people. Nudity, drunkeness and general absurdity.
New Years Eve at the Fox
Where: The Fox Cabaret $38+
What: Comedy, performance, live music, DJs, and dancing! Featuring The Sunday Service, Heaven DJs, The Motown Party, The Ballantynes, and more.
Patrick Maliha‘s Naughty Little New Years Eve
Where: The Rio Theatre $20
What: Kick off 2016 with a night of comedy, music, magic, burlesque, and more. Patrick will be joined by stunt magician Wes Barker (‘America’s Got Talent’), burlesque performer Dezi Desire, glow and poi dancer Barbara Beall, and fellow Gentlemen Hecklers Shaun Stewart and Eric Fell. Tickets for this event include party favours and a complimentary glass of bubbly.
Sin City New Years Eve
Where: The Hindenburg $29
What: I’ll just put this right at the end here… This is a fetish party. With a strict fetish dress code and a no-nonesense anti-harassment security crew, this is the place to go if you want to see how all-out you can go with your quirky sexy outfits – with a subculture who will appreciate it.