Toronto New Year's Eve Party Guide 2011
Toronto New Year's Eve parties are just about ready to ring in 2011, and there certainly isn't a shortage of options. Generally speaking New Year's venues can be broken into three groups: event spaces, bars and restaurants and, of course, clubs. In keeping with this, I've broken the list accordingly and highlighted a couple events in each category.
For additional Toronto New Year's Eve event ideas, head over to our events section, which has even more listings.
NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTIES: EVENT SPACES/ALTERNATIVE VENUES
New Year's at the Burroughs Penthouse (639 Queen St. W.) -- As is the case with their Halloween party, one can expect the 6000 foot loft space to be heavily attended and there's a whole whack of DJs, including: Marc Meny, Meech, and Meati, Grahmzilla, Barletta, Max Alexandre, The Sonixx, Paul David, and Russo. Doors at 9pm. Open runs until about 11:30 pm. $80, tickets available at Soundscapes.
Tranzac New Year's (292 Brunswick Ave.) -- It's been a tough year at the Tranzac, but things are looking up for 2011. And if you like Toronto indie music, this is a solid bet. The NYE lineup includes Hooded Fang, The Wilderness of Manitoba, Light Fires, Sandro Perri, Muskox , Dr. Ew, DJ Craig Dunsmuir and more. Doors at 8pm. Tickets are $15 in advance from the Tranzac, $17 at the door.
NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTIES: BARS + RESTAURANTS
NYE at The Drake (1150 Queen St. W.) -- It's a 1920s themed night, complete with slick attire, live jazz and moonshine. Doors at 7pm. Ticket ranges: $35 general admission, $75 cabaret dinner and $75 special three-course dinner.
Chronologic New Year's at The Garrison (1197 Dundas St. W.) -- I like this idea: take the best dance tracks from 1890 to 2011 and play them in chronological order to welcome the New Year (hint: that means you'll probably miss the tracks from the early 20th century). Dave La Merde and special guests spinning in the front and non-stop party music in the back. Doors at 10 pm. Tickets $15 in advance from Rotate This and Soundscapes (or $20 at the venue).
NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTIES: CLUBS
Arrival 2011 (The Phoenix, 410 Sherbourne St.) -- Featuring two rooms with six DJs and booze service until 3 a.m. DJs Evan G, Lady Bass, Rolls Royce, and Myki Von Ferro in the Rocket Lounge hosted by Matt Barker while DJs Patrick Guay and Mark Falco play the main room with host Walther Aguilar. Doors at 10 pm. Tickets $25 at Priape (501 Church St.), more at the door.
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