Toronto New Year's Eve Party Guide 2013
Toronto New Year's Eve 2013 parties will be equal parts celebration for the new year, as well as revelry in the fact that the world didn't actually come to an end. Simple pleasures, right? As usual, there are seemingly endless options for welcoming in 2013, the best of which usually offer some sort of celebratory hat and champagne ("champagne") toast after the clock strikes midnight. No money? No problem. The annual New Year's Bash at City Hall is back with The Tenors, Kardinal Offishall, Jully Black, and Shawn Desman.
So put away that Mayan calendar analysis, and check out these options for New Year's Eve (fingers crossed) 2013.
NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTIES: EVENT SPACES/ALTERNATIVE VENUES
Raunch 'N Roll New Year at the Metro Theatre (677 Bloor Street West)
They say the way you ring in the new year will set the precedent for the rest of the year. So why not welcome 2013 by watching people take off their clothes? The Skin Tight Outta Sight burlesque troupe will be celebrating the new year with "Maximum Nudies," "Maximum Music" and "Maximum Party" at the Metro Theatre on Bloor, with guests encouraged to dress in "Hair Metal Spandex Groupie Style." I have no idea what that means. Tickets are $40 to $160 and can be purchased online in advance.
YLMC NYE 2013: Dwayne Gretzky and Summer Fling DJs at the Palais Royal
Young Lions Music Club will take over the historic Palais Royale for NYE 2013 where you'll get a chance to hear what is arguably one of the best cover bands around: Dwayne Gretzky. It's been quite the year for the band â who consistently exceed expectations with their range and on-stage energy â and there might not be a better platform for them to do their thing than a New Year's party. There promises to be a little something for almost all musical tastes. Summer Fling DJs will also perform, and there's food! $62 gets you access to the event and some damn fine sounding dishes. If you're eating elsewhere, admission is $30. Check out the Facebook event page for all the details, including info on early bird specials and a discount via Bicyclette Boutique.
Metropolis NYE 2013 at Metropolis Living Factory Store (50 Edwin Ave)
Set in the Metropolis Living Factory Store in the Junction Triangle, Metropolis NYE is a Mansion event featuring Machinedrum, XI and John Roman. In short; music, flashing lights, rustic, raw surroundings. Sound good? Advance tickets start at $44.50 and are available online, as well as on location at Soundscapes, Rotate This, and Play De Record.
NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTIES: BARS + RESTAURANTS
Luck 13 - NYE at the Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen St W)
Key words: Vegas-style buffet. The Gladstone will become a sort of pseudo-Vegas for New year's Eve, complete with games tables, karaoke, DJ rooms, and the aforementioned buffet. Games will be played to win prizes, not money, so at least you don't have to worry about forfeiting your watch at the end of the night. Dinner packages start at $50 and are available online.
Nyood NYE Prom 2013 at Nyood Restaurant and Bar (1096 Queen St W)
Bust out the taffeta, ladies. Nyood is reviving your worst high school memory by hosting its very own prom on New Year's Eve. The evening will include a photo backdrop station, spiked punch (not from your parents' liquor cabinet) and a special NYE menu that varies depending on your package. Tickets start at $40 per person and black tie is encouraged.
NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTIES: CLUBS
Cirque New Year's Eve at Solarium (11 Polson St)
Solarium at Sound Academy will be made over for New Year's eve, sporting a circus-esque look that's fairly reminiscent to (dare I say?) the defunct CiRCA nightclub. Never mind. The event will include over 20 VIP booths, music by DJ Glew and DJ Mix N Match, a live countdown (of course) and balloon drop. A strict dress code will be enforced and doors open at 10 p.m. Tickets are $25 and available online now.
New Year's Eve Club Crawl 2013 at OhSo Nightclub (and beyond)
Really, who sticks with one party these days? (Probably most people, but never mind). this year's club crawl with start at OhSo Nightclub on Peter, moving onto Crocodile Rock, London Tap House, Tryst, Play on Queen, and City Nightclub. Better wear comfortable shoes, in other words. Tickets start at $20 with limo transportation available for a slightly higher cost. Includes NYE 2013 hats.
Have additional suggestions for New Year's Eve 2013 events? Let us know in the comments. We'll also add more links to this post as further events are announced.
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This post was originally published on December 14th. It has been re-posted today for your convenience.
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