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New Year's Eve parties in Toronto will help you usher in 2017 in style but what if you don't want to go somewhere too far from home. Avoid all the cab and Uber drama, and find something close to you to ring in 2017.
Here are my picks for the top New Year's parties in Toronto by neighbourhood.
With no cover, line-ups, noisemakers or champagne at this Brockton Village Brewery, this is not your typical New Year's celebration. There will be a surprise at midnight and of course, loads of local beers available.
The oldest LGBT book store on the planet moved to the Church Wellesley Village this year and it's now also a bar and coffee shop. It's hosting Pop Machine with DJ Aural and Kris Steeves serving pop hits, anthems and dance classics.
Bump, hustle and shake to the funked up beats of DJ Humble spinning vinyl records all night long at this Distillery District party. Enjoy a four-course dinner with beer pairings and a champagne toast at midnight.
If you need a big, fancy dress up party for NYE, consider this extravagant ball at the Royal York in the Financial District. Claudia Maria hosts what will be the closest thing to feeling like you're starring in a Disney movie.
This is a carnival themed New Years event with DJs, acrobats, magicians, illusionists and other carnival performances on the Harbourfront. It's a 14,000 square foot event space with a two-storey midnight balloon drop.
Ring in 2017 in the Junction with the young and energetic Dreamboats, who will be playing three sets of retro pop and rock faves (1955 to 1965 exclusively!). This is the event for lovers of Buddy Holly, Little Richard, Elvis, the Beatles and so many more.
Head to this rap party in Kensington to send off the worst year of our lifetime with tunes selected by Boulevard and Chayne. There's a complimentary champagne toast at midnight, but make sure to get your ticket in advance as this party will fill up fast.
This is a great big loft party with some exciting house and techno DJs by the kind people behind the Promise parties (as well as AlienInFlux and BASSgators). There are actually dozens of DJs and so many rooms to choose from at this Club District party.
This is the spot if you're in East Chinatown. Farside is ushering in 2016 properly with a performance from DJ JD playing mutant disco, electro and Italo with no cover! Cheap drinks are available for your convenience.
This Little Italy party features an RIP 2016 countdown, a complimentary daiquiri toast at midnight, a double DJ dance party, a champagne giveaways, cocktails on tap, free bocce and free shuffleboard and no dumb dress code.
There's a Parkdale tiki disco dance party on NYE if you want it. You can start the night off at Miss Thing's with a $50 dinner if you want, or just head to the dance party inside the Coconut Room for $20. It's a tropical way to flip the bird to 2016.
This is Toronto's biggest skating and dance party, complete with fireworks and shows. The fun begins around 8 p.m., with DJs, performers, hot chocolate and of course, a countdown to 2017 just before midnight.
Nathan Phillips Square
Lead photo by
Jesse Milns at Rebel
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