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Toronto New Year's Eve Party Guide 2012

Posted by Robyn Urback / December 16, 2011

New Year's Parties Toronto 2012Toronto New Year's Eve 2012 parties are fast approaching, meaning the fashion-conscious are already searching for dresses no one will see in the dark, and limos and bottle service will soon be in unbelievable demand. Ringing in the new year in Toronto is inevitably an event at which to see and be seen (that is, if you can see straight), and all sorts of venues offer their own takes on champagne at midnight and a collective count down. Assuming the world doesn't end in 2012 and the parties are cut short, here are a few events to check out for New Year's Eve in Toronto.

NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTIES: EVENT SPACES/ALTERNATIVE VENUES

NYE at Thompson Hotel (550 Wellington St)
For $200 you can look down on the rest of Toronto, literally, as you ring in the new year. The Thompson's $200 NYE all-access pass gives you access to the famed rooftop, or you can try to nab the $85 early-bird ticket, which, unfortunately, does not. The party features a live DJ, favours, hors d'oeuvres, and a glass of champagne, and tickets (regular price $150) can be purchased online.

Babe Night 2012: New Year's Edition at Milk Glass Co. (1247 Dundas St W)
Two floors of New Year's Eve fun (and fundraising). MIlk's NYE party will feature live music downstairs and DJs on the main floor, with money raised going to renovations at Milk Glass Co., a new gallery and antique shop. Cover is just $10, and drinks are promised to be "cheap."

Toronto Salsa Ball at 918 Bathurst Centre for Culture, Arts, Media & Education
New Year's Eve dancing doesn't have to involve unwelcome groping from strangers (see clubs, below). 918 Bathurst is hosting a masquerade salsa ball with a dance showcase, swag bags, prizes, hors d'eourves, a cash bar, and lots of room to dance, of course. The music will include Latin, Salsa, and Reggaeton, with five DJs running the night. Tickets are $50 and available at various retailers and online.

NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTIES: BARS + RESTAURANTS

Happy Endings NYE 2012 at Dim Sum King (421 Dundas St W)
Bubbly and dim sum must be one of the best ways ever to ring in the new year. Dim sum platters are $5 at Dim Sum King for its New Year's party, which includes a five-DJ lineup, free champagne, Chinese lion dancers, and lobster (!?) with bottle service. Advance tickets are $50, available in-store and online.

Bangs & Blush NYE at Clintons (693 Bloor St W)
What's one way to avoid facing the impending apocalypse? Ring in 2012 like it was 1964.
Bangs & Blush will do the 1960s soul and pop thing all night in what promises to be a very sweaty back room at Clintons. Tickets are $15, and you can buy your own damn Champagne — or J├Ągermeister as the case may be.

NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTIES: CLUBS

NYE'12 Winter Wonderland in Toronto at The 559 (559 College St W)
We haven't seen much of that "winter wonderland" part yet, and neither, for that matter, have we seen much of The 559. That's because the new club is opening its doors for 2012, offering free hors d'eouvres and champagne, live DJs, and "magical" winter decor for its NYE event. Tickets are $25 and available online.

The Light Fantastic NYE at Centre of Gravity (1300 Gerrard St E)
The circus school is turned into a club for New Year's Eve, though the night will certainly feature its share of performance. Silks, clowns, tribal fusion belly dances and more, set to live spinning, free champagne, and prize draws. Masks and costumes are encouraged, and $40 advanced tickets are available at various downtown stores and online.

Have additional suggestions for New Year's Eve 2012 events? Let us know in the comments. We'll also add more links to this post as further events are announced.

Photo by Atilla Soylu in the blogTO Flickr pool

Discussion

32 Comments

turmine / December 16, 2011 at 11:13 am
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Good luck getting a cab, rookies.
yo / December 16, 2011 at 11:39 am
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im having people over.
msg me for an invite.
gr1 / December 16, 2011 at 12:07 pm
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amateur hour. house party or $200 for a glass of henkell, an entry fee, listening to some shit djs, dealing with belligerent rookies and an exorbitant cab fare (if you're lucky)? that's an easy one.
hendrix / December 16, 2011 at 12:27 pm
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I'm too old to go to these. At age 34 last year, I went to the Liberty Grand one and it was awful. Lots of 19 year olds who don't know how to drink, rooms with kids dancing with girls as if it's the first time they've touched the opposite sex. I'd rather just stay in, watch TV, and drink myself to sleep. Much cheaper.
A Torontonian / December 16, 2011 at 01:11 pm
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Why not show a list for free public venues like Nathan Phillips square or Mel Lasman's square etc.... There's allot of people in the city who doesn't drink and I'm sure most of these bars will be also charging a cover charge..
michael / December 16, 2011 at 01:14 pm
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LOL NYE is a Blast!!! just choose a venue on or near a main street with all night street cars and lots of cabs in the area! and go for the No Frills parties that are unpretentious but have great Talent spinning without the Food On Sticks and over priced sparking wine.
Nick / December 16, 2011 at 01:34 pm
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You are missing Maro for New years - Sold out last year really fast and was one of the hottest parties

Carrie / December 16, 2011 at 07:31 pm
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the Ritz Carlton is having a VIP Ice bar w/ Grey Goose and turning the lobby in to a club. $110 for tickets for the VIP bar
Serena / December 16, 2011 at 09:25 pm
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Hey I'm going to this Event in MISSISSAUGA because they have All inclusive dinner dance and open bar! I bought my tickets on ticketzone for $100 each.
Serena / December 16, 2011 at 09:46 pm
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Oh yea party is called "Night of Glam at the Grand"
Prestige / December 18, 2011 at 05:40 pm
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You forgot about NYE at the Roosevelt Room. Which also happens to be the official closing party for the Roosevelt Room, so you know it will be a night for the history books. Advance tickets are also only $30.

http://www.facebook.com/events/167487980017074/
Chantel / December 19, 2011 at 04:35 pm
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THIS> http://www.facebook.com/events/322341217783394/ is also happening on NYE at the El Mo! A fun night with Sheezer and friends! $25 at Soundscapes or $15 with a YLMC card ( you can get one here for free: http://www.facebook.com/younglionsmusicclub ) so cheap right? totally plus you get free steam whistle at midnight!
Good Advice / December 20, 2011 at 07:08 pm
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Happy Endings NYE with Canblaster, Brenmar and Myd takes the cake on this one!

Most interesting line up, best concept and guaranteed to be packed.
XXX / December 21, 2011 at 03:20 pm
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Buddies will be such a drag!!!
http://www.buddiesinbadtimes.com/latenight_show.cfm?id=844
Cruise / December 23, 2011 at 02:22 pm
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Jubilee Queen still has a few tickets left for there NYE Cruise, are you going Mike?

www.jubileequeencruises.ca/Toronto-NewYearsEve-Cruise.htm
Frankie / December 24, 2011 at 11:32 am
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I know the best place to go for New Year's! It's awesome! There will be amazing food - an AYCE smorgasbord of smoked meats, fresh seafood (including more freshly shucked oysters than you can imagine), vegan delights, hand-pulled noodles, incredible pizza from a wood-burning oven, sushi, sandwiches, prime rib, butter-poached lobster, seared foie gras on truffled risotto, and the list goes one! Oh, and the cocktails... I don't even know where to begin! Erik Lorincz will be there making the most amazing modern and classic cocktails that you could imagine! Infusions and fresh fruit purees and smoke and house made distillations will tantalize your tastebuds well into the New Year! DeadMaus™ will be the musical host for the evening, keeping the beats pumping 'til the sun rises! Also joining him will be musical legends Toots and the Maytals™ and Prince™. Prepare to get your groove on! The venue is one of a kind, unlimited champagne (Bollinger) is included with your VIP all access ticket, which is only $100 for the next 6 hours. Reply to this comment for more info!
Shana replying to a comment from Frankie / December 25, 2011 at 01:36 pm
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FYI, Deadmau5 is in new york on NYE, so dunno what you're selling there Frankie
Frankie replying to a comment from Shana / December 25, 2011 at 07:11 pm
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Shows how little you know, Shana. If that's even your real name.
lolwut? replying to a comment from Frankie / December 25, 2011 at 08:37 pm
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yer dumb. http://www.deadmau5.com/shows/pier-36-nyc-unhooked/
Jumol R. / December 27, 2011 at 11:59 am
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Check out NYE at the Winchester Kitchen & Bar featuring the Shuffle Demons http://www.winchesterkitchen.com/
SUPERSTAR replying to a comment from lolwut? / December 27, 2011 at 09:02 pm
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o whatevs. Any jerkoff can put on a mouse head and twist his knobs and play a pre-recorded set.
McNugget McGee replying to a comment from SUPERSTAR / December 28, 2011 at 07:13 pm
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lol, you and your buddy got caught with your lies. u mad bro?
footsphil / December 28, 2011 at 09:31 pm
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order an for more to take huge discount
Niklas / December 31, 2011 at 12:15 pm
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NYE parties are always disappointing! I'm going to a local bar to drink myself drunk!
Josee replying to a comment from A Torontonian / December 31, 2011 at 05:36 pm
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I agree. I'm looking for something fun to do other than a bar or large hotel party like a skating event, a special concert or a festive event in a small restaurant and can't find anything on any website.
Peter Mykusz / January 4, 2012 at 09:06 pm
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Watch what you missed at Nathan Phillips Square and go next year:
http://vimeo.com/34544628



Teach 101 / January 16, 2012 at 05:34 pm
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This New Years Eve (2011), I went to Futurecon at the Holiday Inn in Markham-it was a science fiction convention with a New Years Eve banquet/party on Saturday night. Liana K. of Ed's Night Party fame was the hostess, the whole thing cost only $163.00 in advance (by mail or online)and I had a complete ball. If you love sci-fi and fantasy, and want to welcome in the New Year with like-minded people, point your browser here:http://futurecon.org
Belinda / September 26, 2012 at 01:18 pm
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Watch my website at www.thumbsuptheatre.com for a fun, affordable event for this New Year's Eve. We'll be going to see a comedy show somewhere in Toronto! The whole evening may be as cheap as $15, depending on the venue. I'm working on the details now. For New Year's 2011, we saw a terrific comedy show, had a buffet dinner, danced to DJ music and drank a glass of champagne -- all for $60 (tax and service included). I already have a Christmas Day gathering posted for those who are alone at Christmas. It's free to join my group. It's called Thumbs Up Theatre Toronto. We have more than 1,200 members who love the theatre and other arts events. It's non-profit, run by volunteers.
Jimbo Bond / December 27, 2012 at 07:35 am
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Get a groove on!

"Holiday Soul II: New Year's Eve Boogaloo" w/ The Reply (CD Release Party), Heavy Metal For Girls, Neil Traynor & The Emergency Broadcast System @ The Sister (1554 Queen St. W.)

60's inspired live music sounds all night long. Door prizes. $15 @ the door.
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