Whether you love it or loathe it, New Year’s Eve is fast upon us. If you’re not jetsetting off to a fabulous ski vacation in Aspen or Whistler, or the beaches of the Caribbean, not to fear…there are some great options happening in Toronto for those staying local. So, how will you ring in 2013? Here are ten parties to suit a range of partying tastes.
NYE Casa Loma: Party at the Castle
It’s romantic, magical and resonates with “special occasion” far more than your typical club or restaurant. Last year, the New Year’s Eve party (presented by Plus 1 Entertainment) attracted a stylish and connected set of young professionals and this year will be no different. To ring in the new year in elegance and intrigue, Casa Loma offers partygoers a chance to step back in time to a period of European elegance and old world glam as the party takes over the entire first floor of the castle. F-Stop staple DJ M-Rock and DJ class!ck will spin hip-hop and house favourites. The dress code is semi-formal and doors open at 10:00pm. For those “bottle service only” guests, the venue offers 15 VIP booths. For VIP Booth inquiries, contact Patrycja at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bloke and 4th New Year’s Eve
YP favourite restaurant of choice (not surprising when the coveted Food Dudes are behind the culinary offerings) come nightclub after 10, Bloke and 4th will be graced by some of the city’s most seasoned partygoers. Word of advice: for those on the older end of the YP age spectrum, this may not be the best option, as the venue does typically attract an under-30ish crowd. New Year’s tickets for Bloke & 4th are $120 for dinner and entry, or $60 for the party.
New Year’s Eve at Second City
For something different and designed to kickstart 2013 in good humour, famed comedy club Second City opens its doors for a NYE show and celebration. Second City’s annual New Year’s Eve Celebration includes performances of the hit mainstage production We’ve Totally Probably Got This!, plus a countdown and champagne toast with the cast.
Performances are at 7pm & 10pm. Show & Toast: $55 per person. Dinner, Show & Toast: $108 per person with a special three-course gourmet dinner menu provided by Wayne Gretzky’s Restaurant.
The Twelfth Hour at the Trump Tower
Toronto’s Trump Tower rings in the New Year with an upscale gala event that allows for shameless glitz, glam, tuxedos and killer cocktail dresses for their first Toronto NYE celebration. The Twelfth Hour at Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto is a New Year’s Eve event unlike any other as guests enjoy a fabulously indulgent evening of music, dancing and socializing within the Tower’s two-story ballroom. Taking over the 10th floor, the event will feature two rooms with guest DJs spinning the latest in top 40, R&B and house, and feature decadent hors d’oeuvres (served between 9:30-10:30) prepared by the Trump Towers’ culinary master, Executive Chef Todd Clarmo. A champagne toast will take place at midnight, along with an assortment of desserts served at 1 a.m. Of course, the ladies will leave with glamorous gift bags. Ticket prices are $110 and will increase to $125.
Nyood NYE Prom 2013
Revisit your prom night this NYE as Nyood is transformed into the prom of your dreams complete with a balloon archway, taffeta gowns, carnation corsages and spiked punch. Of course, there will be a prom-inspired photo booth and no shortage of stylish twenty-something guests. To fuel pre-dance off, prom guests will enjoy an inspired menu created by Nyood’s Executive Chef Ariel Coplan. At midnight, toast the New Year with a glass of spiked champagne punch, created by Nyood mixologist Simon Hooper. Guests may choose between two packages; the Ladies and Gents (featuring bar access, passed canapés and a glass of spiked champagne punch at midnight) or the Ties and Tiaras (at $75 all inc. features restaurant access only and a special menu created by Nyood’s Executive Chef Ariel Coplan, Nyood Restaurant After-Dinner Entry, from 10:30pm: $20 at the door and a glass of spiked champagne punch at midnight* VIP Booths are available at Nyood Bar; email email@example.com or call 416.466.1888.
Celebrate with Sexy Singles at Arta Gallery
If you’re single, chances are the last thing you want is to be surrounded by nausea-inducing lovey dovey couples at the stroke of midnight. Why not hit the Distillery District for an elegant boutique party like no other as Arta Gallery brings together 200 singles with a startegically even number of men and women. We are going to bet there will be a few steamy kisses exchanged by the time the clock hits midnight. Tickets include hors d’oeuvres, DJ tunes, dancing, interactive entertainment and a complementary midnight champagne toast to bring in the New Year. Tickets are $79.99 and limited to 200, so grab some of your single friends and get on it!
The Thompson Hotel NYE
The Thompson Hotel offers both Lobby bar and Rooftop packages for NYE 2013. The lobby packages start at just $25 per ticket…but act quick, as there are only 250 tickets available. Tickets include fun theme accents and entertainment as well as a resident DJ. For bottle service, tables start at $900 and include two bottles. For the ultimate view of the city (and the fireworks), there is also the Rooftop package, which starts at $85 per ticket and includes themed party favours, entertainment and a resident DJ. Bottle service starts at $1400.
NYE Masquerade at The Drake
The Drake Hotel rings in 2013 with a cool crowd and modern masquerade. The building-wide bash encourages themes of superheroes, the Carnival of Venice and even Eyes Wide Shut in their masked affair. The lobby will feature a pop-up bar and the evening is complete with curated cocktails, live music, DJ sets, an optional midnight toast and a few surprises. The Drake features several ticket options to cater to your ideal New Year’s plans, whether you’d like to include dinner or arrive later in the evening. Options include General Admission at $55, where you can join the Drake party in the Lounge and on the roof-top Sky Yard, savour hors d’oeuvres and dance to soul, disco and rock classics with DJ Dougie Boom and the Kurt Nielen jazz trio before a midnight toast and a party ’til 3am. For the late night partygoers, there is an After Midnight Admission for $30. There are also an assortment of dinner packages available online, starting at $75.
Shine NYE at Cube
YP hot spot CUBE celebrates its first New Year’s party. Featuring music by DJ Chris La Roque and a stylish set of 20 and 30-somethings, CUBE is sure to be a hot ticket this year. Doors open at 9 and bottle service options include bottles of Belvedere and Magnums of Moet Gold. Early bird tickets ($35) are currently available.
Magic 2013 at the Guvernment
If it’s your thing, go big at the Guvernment for Magic 2013, featuring 5 rooms, 5 sounds and 12 hours of non-stop dancing and all access to the Guvernment Complex. Hundreds are expected to celebrate by drinking and dancing to the best songs of the year as the party features a mix of house, trance and hip-hop. Tickets are $40. Bring your stamina – the party runs from 9pm to 9am.
F-Stop New Year’s 2013
F-Stop’s C’est Maqnifique concludes the final hours of 2012 and celebrates the birth and prosperity of 2013 with help from MOET and Belvedere, two great party hosts to have at any celebration. Music will be provided by New York’s DJ Ease and your ticket will cover entry, champagne toast and party favours, which, by F-Stop’s standards, are always a welcome addition.