New Year’s Eve should be the best night of the year – so why does organizing the final party in our calendar always feel like such a headache? With different tastes and friends to cater to, it can be hard to find something that pleases everyone, and sometimes it’s hard to know where to look.
But never fear, because we’ve got your back. Whether you’re looking for the blowout of the century, a slice of culture at a museum or a romantic evening with just you and your other half, we’ve got it covered.
So slip into your dancing shoes – or your comfiest ones – and find the perfect spot to welcome 2016 in Calgary.
If You Want to Ring it in Fancy:
If you want to attend the hottest party and rub shoulders with some of Calgary’s elite, you need to attend Bar C’s New Year’s Bash. You’ll spend the night sipping on signature cocktails mixed by CRMR wine director Brad Royale as you dance the night away to the sounds of a live DJ. The patio will also be transformed into an outdoor winter lounge.
For a Meal at a Hot Restaurant With a Side of Music:
If you’re looking to ring in the new year at an intimate restaurant and listen to live jazz music all night, you need to hit up Cafe Koi. Guests can indulge on Asian fusion dishes, unique cocktails, and listen to smooth jazz performances.
If You’re Looking for an Abundance of Young Professionals:
Looking for the biggest party for millennials and young professionals? Then you need to celebrate at Bespoke. Bespoke will be transformed into The French Riviera for a one-night-only extravagant club comparable to Nikki Beach.
For a Mixed Bag:
Drink your night away at the Boardwalk Empire NYE Gala. Experience the best of Atlantic City and indulge in an evening of bright lights, sexy show girls, and casino-style games.
If a Theme’s Your Thing:
Travel back to the 1920s for this massive jazz era-themed NYE party. Fort Calgary hosts this Speakeasy Affair and the fabulously dressed guests will really set the scene. Dance the night away to a live swing band as you indulge on cocktails and canapés, followed by a four-course dinner.
If You’re Still Into Clubs:
If you’re looking to get crazy this NYE, hit up the HIFI Club for a night of house music. The HIFI is known for throwing an epic party and Mat the Alien and The Gaff will be spinning music to keep you partying all night long on the 31st.
To Kick-Start Your New Year’s Eve Fitness Resolutions:
Start the new year on the right foot and take part in the Resolution Run. You can run a 10k, or a 5k run or walk. Race starts at 6 p.m. and is sponsored by the Running Room.
Laugh Off the Year at Funny Fest:
Ring in the new year on a funny note with comedians Jamie Hutchinson, Paul Kuster and local funny guy Stu Hughes at Calgary’s Funny Fest. Guests can chose from attending one of three venues and can enjoy a buffet dinner, dancing and Champagne at midnight.
For a Guaranteed Midnight Kiss:
If you’re single and ready to mingle, usher in the new year with a night filled with intrigue and adventure. Slip into something sleek and enjoy the Classic Hollywood Singles New Year’s Eve Gala. Both singles and couples are welcome. If you’re looking to meet someone, you will receive a white rose and couples receive a red rose. There will be interactive games and a glamorous red carpet.
If You Want to Party Hard and Avoid an Overly Pretentious Crowd:
Celebrate the best of 2015 and ring in 2016 at Craft Beer Market. Enjoy the Brewmaster’s dinner and indulge on a four-course menu that has been paired with the perfect beers. End the night on the dance floor as you dance to classic hits.
If You Want to Rock Out With Live Music:
End 2015 with a live music performance. Listen to award-winning band Monkeyjunk perform at the Ironwood Stage and Grill. Dance the night away to the sound of swamp-rock roots and blues and get your new year started off right.
If it’s a Family Affair:
Little party animals and mom and dad can ring in the new year at Zoo Year’s Eve. Bundle up and enjoy the Zoolights displays and watch the fireworks. Fire pits and hot chocolate will be available if things get cold.
For the Best Instagram Material:
If you want to keep the party going well past midnight, you need to attend Glitter and Gold. Dance the night away to Canada’s hottest electronic duo, DVBBS, and other guest performers. The impressive light shows will make the perfect Instagram-worthy photo.
For an NYE for Two:
If you and your significant other are looking for a more intimate evening, ring in the new year at Goro and Gun, Calgary’s hottest noodle bar. Enjoy a three-course NYE dinner and specially chosen sake pairing with each course.
For a Cultured Experience:
Celebrate the new year in good company. The Alberta Theatre Project will be showing a special late performance of Legend Has It! Following the performance guests can enjoy a post-show reception with the cast and indulge on Champagne and hors d’oeuvres. Guests are also asked to wear a costume as there are prizes for the best one.
For an Authentic Alberta Experience:
Ring in the New Year in true Alberta fashion – with a rodeo. Spend the 31st watching top professional rodeo cowboys show off their skills as they compete in six different events at the Ultimate Cowboy. When the rodeo finishes, guests can party the night away to live country music.