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 Montreal.
If You Want to Ring it in Fancy… Hit The Ritz
It doesn’t get fancier and glitzier than at the gorgeous Ritz Carlton Montreal. The night kicks off with dinner at 8:30pm with a Jazz concert, followed by a DJ will taking over at 10:30pm, and then a memorable Chiefs’ parade at midnight. Get ready for something truly beautiful and intimate.
For a Great Meal With a Side of Something Notable
The price tag might be a little hefty at $140 per person, but Soubois will guarantee delicious food (just ask notorious food critic Lesley Chesterman) and a crazy Vegas-style vibe after you’re done with your 5th course. As always, DJ Thomas H will be rocking the dance floor like it’s going out of style.
If You’re Looking for an Abundance of Young Professionals, You’ll Find them at Grand Bazaar
This might just be the “it” party of the year. Taking place in the heart of Griffintown at Le Studio, over 600 party people will dance to the Flores brothers while indulging in a food station by local favourites Lucilles, Ryu, and Dolcetto. You know when Tomahawk Group, Brahm Mauer, Drysdale Group, and David Dayan are behind a party, it’s going to get pretty cray.
If You Want to Party Hard and Avoid an Overly Pretentious Crowd, Kiss 2015 Goodbye at Apt-200
This hip joint on the Main always brings a cool local crowd without the attitude. At only $10 for entry, the kids behind SaintWoods and LNDMRK will treat you to some seriously good indie dance beats by The Holy, Rue De Bois, Myfrienderic, and Montrilla, a chill crowd playing arcade games and pool, and a dance floor that’s bound to go off.
To Experience a Three-Act Parallel Universe Head To Paradis Perdu
In collaboration with Veuve Cliquot champagne, Auberge Saint-Gabriel opens the door to a three-act parallel universe – three vibes, three decors. Enjoy a delicious, opulent meal in a chic, mysterious ambiance and treat yourself to a plethora of heavenly treats by the fireplace in their glittery winter wonderland before saying goodbye to 2015 with an unforgettable night of sin.From the garden of Eden to the flames of hell – L’Auberge Saint-Gabriel like you’ve never seen it before.
For a Mixed Bag of All Kinds, Le Grand Marche De Noel Has You Covered
This has it all. Kicking off at 5pm at Place Des Arts, traditional square dancing, karaoke, music, food, and champagne will keep you occupied and having a blast. At 8pm, DJ Yannick Roberge of POP 80s night will kick off the evening with some fun music and to close things off at 11pm, DJ Poirier will pump you up to welcome the New Year on the ones and twos. Talk about a bag of serious fun.
If a Theme’s Your Thing…
Check out Carnavalesque. A little warning: things might get Star Wars kinky. Combining exciting live elements including circus and burlesque performances, sideshows, DJs, visuals, and gogo dancers, this year, the celebration will be totally galactic (hence the Star Wars theme). Don’t forget to make it sexy – very sexy.
If You’re Still into Clubs, Get Crazy at SOMWHR
Old Montreal’s new players got things off to a hot start with great crowds, good music, and a cozy/beautiful interior that supplies the perfect atmosphere. Naturally, they’ll be hosting a party on the 31st where an open bar will set you back a measly $50. Get your dancing shoes ready; you’ll need them when you’re on top of your table popping bubbly.
For a NYE for Two, Make a Reservation at Mechant Boeuf
Something a little different for all you love birds, Old Montreal’s Mechant Boeuf is hosting a Bonnie and Clyde themed dinner party. Discover four New Year’s Eve specials that will pair your delicious eats with some quality hooch.
To Kick-Start Your New Year’s Eve Fitness Resolutions, Join the Mont Orford Celebration
So you’ll have to plan transport and an overnight stay, but trust us when we say it’s truly worth it. Get ready for a gourmet dinner, live music, an ice bar, and a pyromusical firework. So where does the fitness come in? Wake up the next day and head for the hills to kick off 2016 in powder.
Laugh Off the Year at The Comedy Nest
There’s no better place to LMAO in Montreal. Hosted by the hilarious Phil Hanley, as seen on The Tonight Show, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and CBC’s Just For Laughs (plus a lot of other special guests), 2016 will get off to a roaring good time. You’ll also be treated to a buffet after the show, complimentary glass of bubbly, and a countdown with the comedians.
If It’s a Family Affair, Hit Old Montreal
Ring in the New Year in Old Montreal with family and friends starting at 7pm. The Old Port and Place Jacques-Cartier will come alive with Montreal’s biggest New Year’s Eve party featuring music from Dumas, Yann Perrault, and Cœur de Pirate. Once midnight strikes, Coca-Cola will unleash magnificent fireworks and you’ll be able to dance the night away until 2am. Dress warm.
For the Best Instagram material, Head to The Montreal Casino
Kick off 2016 on a champagne and bubbly theme in an over the top ambiance featuring live comedic entertainment, music bands, dancers, confetti, lots of champagne and a Michael Jackson tribute concert. Charge your phone, you’ll want to document this night. A lot.