27 spots to dine, drink, and party on New Year's Eve in Toronto

Dec 13 2019, 12:24 pm

When it comes to New Year’s Eve in the city, you have only two options:

Go hard, or go home.

And no judgement if you opt for home! A cup of tea and a movie with your cat honestly sounds like a great way to ring in the next decade.

But if you’re planning to go hard in a way that only Toronto can, these spots are offering exactly what you’re looking for.

Nathan Phillips Square

It’s huge, central and admission is free. And it’s just so classically Toronto. Head down to Nathan Phillips Square for a giant bash with live musical performances and fireworks. There are always some great food trucks nearby, and don’t forget your skates.

When: From 8 pm
Where: You already know.
Reservations: None

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The Drake

The Drake is offering not one, not two, but five different ways to ring in the new year. From partying at The Drake Hotel to chillin’ at the Commissary, or even escaping to the Devonshire, there’s a celebration to suit everyone.

When: Various start-times
Address: Details here
Reservations: Available online

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Akira Back

Step into this hot spot to enjoy their own take on New Year’s Eve celebrations — read: special menu offerings. You can trust that you’re offering yourself the most luxe of NYE experiences, from food to drink to atmosphere.

When: December 31
Address: 80 Blue Jays Way
Reservations: 437-800-5967

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Mister C

Mister C is offering an ultra-memorable New Year’s Eve party with music by La Haute Society, bubbly upon arrival, and one of the city’s most sophisticated settings Plus: dine at Akira Back or KOST and receive a discount on your ticket at the door, with proof of payment.

When: December 31
Address: 80 Blue Jays Way
Reservations: Tickets available online

KOST

To Toast to 2020, KOST will be offering an exclusive three-course menu with Hamachi crudo, ricotta agnolotti, beef tenderloin, Fogo Island halibut, and an ‘After Eight’ flourless chocolate cake with peppermint cream. The first seating will feature$95 prix fixe menu with complimentary bubbles, party favours and DJ, while the second includes a $125 prix fixe menu with complimentary bubbles, party favours and DJ.

When: December 31
Address: 80 Blue Jays Way
Reservations: Email [email protected]

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ROM NYE

Celebrate NYE at the ROM, dancing the night away while enjoying delectable bites and drinks. Celebrate with special access to exhibits as well as live bands, DJs, and, of course, a toast at midnight. One complimentary drink ticket is included in the price of admission.

When: December 31, 9 pm to 2 am
Address: 100 Queens Park
Reservations: Tickets available online

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Liberty Commons

More like brew year’s eve. Ring in the new year the right way… with a beer in hand and bites on the table. On special will be Wood-Fired Alberta Prime Rib with truffle parmesan fries, green beans, slow-cooked tomato, watercress and Bordelaise sauce for $35. Plus, enjoy a happy hour drink deal — available until 9 pm — and live tunes, and you’ll be all set until 2020. Craving something else? No worries — the regular dinner menu will still be available.

When: December 31
Address: 42 Liberty Street
Reservations: 416-304-9403

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Storm Crow Manor

Let fate decide your drink at this nerdy spot. Roll randomly to pick your beer, shot, or cocktail, and be rewarded with a golden die! Then, you can take that to the treasure table and roll for prizes, including a Platinum Meal Ticket that lets you eat free at the Manor all year long. Terms and conditions apply.

When: December 31, from 10 pm until late
Address: 580 Church Street
Reservations: 416-367-2769

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The Shangri-La

Celebrate the New Year in style with a five- or eight-course tasting menu. The evening’s thoughtfully curated menus offer such delicacies as Northern Divine caviar, Madai sashimi, honey roasted duck, and Opalys and rose mousse. Then, see and be seen at ShangriLa Hotel’s New Year’s Eve Lobby Party. Enjoy a bottle of champagne (one per two guests), light refreshments and live music.

When: December 31, from 5:30 pm
Address: 188 University Avenue
Phone: 647-788-8294

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The Gladstone Hotel

Forward-facing ideals are on the Gladstone’s menu at this year’s NYE celebration. Inspired by “Future Glam,” you’re invited to throw on your most futuristic ensemble and party the night away in celebration of the year’s highs and lows.

When: December 31, from 9 pm until 2 am
Address: 1214 Queen Street West
Reservations: Tickets available online

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Ripley’s Aquarium

This Toronto-attraction is hosting its third annual NYE bash! With live entertainment by The Lonely Hearts and DJ Shamz, drinks, and passed hors d’oeuvres by Daniel et Daniel, you’ll be swimming in good vibes and cheerful times. Bring your friends so you don’t feel like fish out of water, and get ready to dive into a night full of fun. Alright, alright, I’m finished.

When: December 31
Address: 288 Bremner Boulevard
Reservations: Tickets available online

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Leña

Add a little Latin flare to your NYE celebrations with this four-course prix fixe.

When: December 31
Address: 176 Yonge Street
Reservations: 416-507-3378

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Momofuku

Make it a noodle bar New Year’s Eve at Momofuku. They’ll be offering their Caviar and Fried Chicken meal, which includes two chickens fried whole, carved, and paired with your choice from a selection of caviar and fish roe. The meal is served with chive crepes, white miso cured cream cheese, ramen-seasoned shoestring potato chips, cucumbers, and scallions. Plus, there will be drink specials including large format Cosmopolitan, sparkling wines and Bowl of Bubbles — including a bottle of sparkling and a variety of cans.

If you head upstairs to Kojin, you can count down to 2020 with four-course, family-style chef’s tasting menus from the Kōjin team, featuring dishes like Corn Flatbread, Newfoundland Snow Crab, Prime Rib, Gouda Mash and Rocky Road Chocolate Cake. The early seating runs from 5 pm to 8 pm, and the late runs from 9 pm to 11 pm and includes a DJ set.

When: December 31 from 5 pm
Address: 190 University Avenue
Reservations: 647-253-6225

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Sofia

Ring in the new year with Sofia. With multiple seatings, the glam spot will be offering an exclusive menu to ring in the New Year, accompanied by live music by Anna Cyzon and DJ Daf in the dining room.

When: December 31 from 5 pm
Address: 99 Yorkville Avenue
Reservations: Available online

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Biff’s Bistro

Visit this spot for a delicious prix-fixe featuring indulgent dishes such as Foie Gras Terrine, Filet de Bœuf and Cherry Clafoutis. They’ll also have buck-a-shuck oysters and bubbly from 5 to 7 pm and extended Happy Hour specials from 9 pm until close.

When: December 31, from 5 pm
Address: 4 Front Street East
Reservations: Available online

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Parcheggio

Is there a cushier way to embrace 2019 than with truffle ricotta gnocchi pockets? There are plenty of other features on this spot’s prix-fixe for the night. All of these delicious foods served alongside a complimentary glass of bubbly and your choice of sweets means you’ll be entering the new year feelin’ fine.

When: December 31, from 5 pm
Address: 2901 Bayview Avenue
Reservations: 647-943-6780

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Auberge du Pommier

It’s almost time to say “bonne année,” and what better environment to do so than one with wonderful food, excellent wine and a cozy ambiance? Anticipate a multi-course feast to remember, featuring time-honoured French dishes such as seared foie gras, duck ballotine and baba au rhum.

When: December 31, from 5 pm
Address: 4150 Yonge Street
Reservations: Available online

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The Spoke Club

To celebrate a final hurrah of the spot’s current form, The Spoke Club will be hosting a New Year’s Eve bash open to both members, and the public. Dress to impress, and anticipate specialty food items including complimentary grilled cheese, gourmet cupcakes, candy and s’mores. Table packages are available, along with early bird ticket prices.

When: December 31
Address: 600 King Street West
Reservations: Available online

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Patria

Ring in the new decade the Spanish way. The first seating will feature a $90 prix fixe menu with complimentary bubbles and optional $45 wine pairing. The second will be a $125 prix fixe menu with complimentary bubbles and optional $45 wine pairing.

When: December 31
Address: 478 King Street West
Reservations: Contact [email protected]

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FIGO

At FIGO, there’s only one New Year’s Resolution: to eat more. And you can start 2020 on the right foot with this carb-filled four-course menu featuring house-made ricotta, lobster taglialatelle, lamb osso bucco and a chocolate & walnut torta. There will be complimentary bubbles at midnight too! The first seating is set at a $75 prix fixe menu with complimentary bubbles and optional $45 wine pairing. The second is a $125 prix fixe menu with complimentary bubbles and optional $45 wine pairing.

When: December 31
Address: 295 Adelaide Street West
Reservations: Contact [email protected].

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Weslodge

Starting at 8 pm, this King West spot will serve up an environment for dancing through the decades with music videos from every year on big screens with a live DJ spinning tunes. Plus, the three-course menu will feature salt spring mussels on toast, wagyu short rib, and a traditional banoffee pie. The first seating features a $50 prix fixe menu with a complimentary cocktail and bubbles, and the second is a $75 prix fixe menu with the same drinks.

When: December 31
Address: 480 King Street West
Reservations: Contact [email protected]com

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La Société

On this spot’s very last day, it’ll host a New Year’s Eve celebration to remember. To celebrate and honour years spent in its Yorkville home, the restaurant will serve a $100 prix fixe menu starting at 7:30 pm on December 31, to be enjoyed alongside tunes by a DJ, and complimentary sparkling wine at midnight.

When: December 31
Address: 131 Bloor Street west
Reservations: 416-551-9929

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Jump

Anticipate Black Winter Truffle Risoni, Grilled Grass-Fed Beef Tenderloin and Grand Marnier Chocolate Tart at this restaurant, plus a celebratory welcome glass of bubbly! A shortened à la carte menu will also be available.

When: December 31 from 5 pm
Address: 18 Wellington Street West
Reservations: Book online

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Canoe

If the views from the fifty-fourth floor don’t take you to new heights, the menu sourced from Canadian resources certainly will. Haida Gwaii scallops, Alberta bison, and wild strawberries from northern Québec are just a few of the delicacies on offer for this special evening.

When: December 31 from 5 pm
Address: 66 Wellington Street West, floor 54
Reservations: Available online

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Luma

This eatery is offering a delicious selection of New Year’s Eve specials, from Ontario burrata to roast lamb sirloin. Say goodbye to the past year over bubbles and globally inspired dishes in the heart of the city.

When: December 31 from 5 pm
Address: 350 King Street West
Reservations: Available online

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The Ace

This spot’s NYE menu is conscious of everyone’s dietary needs, so you’ll find options that include meat and don’t, include gluten and don’t and include dairy and don’t. The one thing that all the options include? The ability to make your mouth water, and make your last meal of the year a stellar one.

When: December 31
Address: 231A Roncesvalles Avenue
Phone: 416-792-7729

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Piano Piano

If closing up the year with a solid plate of pasta and glass of fine wine sounds like your cup of tea, this is the place for you. Don’t hesitate to book your table and get ready to carb up.

When: December 31 from 5 pm
Address: 88 Harbord Street
Phone: 416-929-7788

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And remember: the TTC has got you covered with free rides all night long.

So party on.