Toronto New Year's Eve Party Guide 2016
New Year's Eve parties in Toronto include everything from swanky hotel soirees to good, old-fashioned house parties. While slipping into sequinned apparel may be fun for some, it's definitely not for everyone. Luckily, the city is filled with bashes that will help you ring in the new year in style - no matter what your style may be.
Here are my picks for New Year's Eve parties and events in Toronto.
NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTIES: EVENT SPACES, HOTELS, CONCERT HALLS + ALTERNATIVE VENUES
Majestic New Years Eve 2016 | Fairmont Royal York | 6:30 p.m. | $50-$120
If you're looking for a truly luxurious way to kick off 2016, head to the Fairmont Royal York. The hotel is hosting one of the largest parties in the city, with around 3000 people expected to attend. The event will fill three rooms with musicians, live cabaret shows and more. If you feel like throwing down some extra cash, you can head to the venue early for a three course meal.
Cirque New Year's Eve | 99 Sudbury | 10 p.m. | $30
99 Sudbury is one of the most popular event venues in the city, so it's no surprise that it's going all out for New Year's. The annual end of year soiree has a reputation for being anything but ordinary and features everything from confetti cannons to LED light shows. The soundtrack for the evening will be house, hip-hop, mashup & top 40 - so expect to sing along to 2015's greatest hits.
NYE | 159 Manning | 10 p.m. | $10-$15
Purchasing a $200 outfit and spending half a pay cheque on bottle service is not for everyone. For those who like a more laid-back atmosphere, try the annual 159 Manning house party. You may be sipping on PBR instead of champagne when the clock strikes midnight, but there's no shame in that.
Down-town Abbey | Gladstone Hotel | 7 p.m. | $57.53
The Gladstone reigns supreme when it comes to theme parties, and their New Year's bash is no exception. You'll find costume-clad guests, themed cocktails, and Edwardian-inspired characters wandering the venue. You won't have to worry about the soundtrack being too stuffy, it will feature everything from 20s jazz classics to hits spun by DJ Carmelinda, DJ Joe Blow and Kaleb Roberston.
FIVE + : A NYE EXPERIENCE | Secret Warehouse Location | 8 p.m. | $32.40-$53.60
Want to go off the beaten trail? FIVE+ takes place in a yet-to-be-revealed Queen West warehouse and has all the makings of stellar bash. A culinary marketplace, curated art, meditation sessions and live music are all on tap for the evening.
Royale Gala New Year's Eve 2016 | Palais Royale | 9 p.m. | $40-$60
Want to get dolled up and spend the evening dancing to the top pop hits of 2015? Grab a ticket for this event. You'll spend the evening looking out onto Lake Ontario, sipping champagne and counting down to 2016 in style.
NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTIES: BARS + RESTAURANTS
It's All Downhill From Here | Track & Field | 9 p.m. | $24.99
Track & Field is hosting its very first New Year's bash and is expecting things to get wild. Forget about awkward small talk and cocktail attire, here you'll be playing lawn games with craft beer in hand (priced modestly at $5 for the evening).
New Year's Houseparty w/ Happy Boy Tona + Teo Nio + Jayem Kayem | Apt. 200 | 10 p.m. | $TBA
Apt. 200 offers the house party vibe without the hungover post-party clean-up. The space, decorated like the apartment you've always wanted, is the ideal spot for those not able to commit to red carpet-worthy attire but who want to do more than just Netflix and chill. The night's soundtrack will be crafted by Happy Boy Tona, Teo Nio and Jayem Kayem.
Much Music VJ Legend Master T does New Year's | The Smiling Buddha | 9 p.m. | $20-$25
This isn't your average Much Music Video Dance Party. Head to the Smiling Buddha on NYE for a bash hosted by Much Music alum, Master T. He'll be taking requests and selecting the evening's music and videos, so you can expect the best of the best (he did host Rap City and Da Mix, after all).
NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTIES: CLUBS
New Beers Eve '16 | Mascot Brewery/Odd Thomas | 10 p.m. | $20-$25
If you find the term 'club' intimidating, this is the venue for your NYE escapades. Mascot Brewery and Odd Thomas specialize in beer as opposed to vodka cranberries and the crowd is more plaid shirts than little black dresses.
Bonobo | The Hoxton | 10 p.m. | $TBA
Get your fill of EDM by heading to The Hoxton this New Year's Eve. Bonobo, Jeff Button and The Kount will all be taking the stage. Expect the regular roster of drinks and shenanigans.
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