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

Dec 11 2018, 3:45 pm

When it comes to New Year’s Eve in the city, you have 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 sounds like a great way to ring in 2019.

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 party with live musical performances and fireworks. There are always some great food trucks nearby, and don’t forget your skates!

When: December 31, 8 pm to midnight
Address: 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: December 31, various start-times
Address: Depends on where you choose to go! Find details here
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Bisha Hotel

Three different venues in this hotel are offering their own take on New Year’s Eve celebrations. Choose from Mister C, Akira Black or KÕST and know that you’re offering yourself the most luxe of NYE experiences, from food to drink to atmosphere.

When: December 31, various start-times
Address: 80 Blue Jays Way
Reservations: 437-800-5938 (Mister C);437-800-5967 (Akira Black); 437-800-5938 (KÕST)
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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
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Cocktails, Oysters, Champagne

What’s in a name? For this spot, a lot, because they’ve already summed up all you need for a perfect NYE. Enjoy complimentary cocktails, beers, wines, and of course a mouth-watering menu including hors d’oeuvres and, yes, an oyster bar. Ring in 2019 with a little je ne sais quoi… word is that secrets beyond the wall will offer experiential activations throughout the night. But you didn’t hear it from us.

When: December 31, 8 pm to 2 pm
Address: 214 King Street West
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Mira

The first time is always special. New to Toronto, this will be Mira’s first NYE celebration in the city. And she’s pulling out all the stops. Enjoy mango ceviche, tostada de wagyu, cornish hen, yucca fries and complimentary bubbles as you await the elusive 5…4…3…2…

When: December 31
Address: 420a Wellington Street West
Reservations: 647-951-3331
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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. Choose from dishes like dishes like rotisserie beef rib and squash lasagna. Pick your fave, pair it with a flight of your choice, and you’re all set. Craving something else? No worries – the regular dinner menu will still be available!

When: December 31
Address: 42 Liberty Street
Phone: 416-304-9403
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Storm Crow Manor

You’ll geek out over this celebration spot. They’ll be serving a soon-to-be-announced multi-course fixed price meal and taking seatings for the menu til 9 pm. The back rooms will be open for walk-ins for latecomers from 11 pm until 3 am with the Late Night menu available. When the clock strikes 12, enjoy a bit of bubbly on the house.

When: December 31, from before 9 until late!
Address: 580 Church Street
Phone: 416-367-2769
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d|bar

The annual New Year’s Eve gala returns to d|bar this year as one of Toronto’s chicest locations to celebrate. Sip bubbly and savour hors d’oeuvres in one of the city’s finest spots.

When: December 31
Address: 60 Yorkville Avenue – Inside The Four Seasons Hotel
Phone: 416-963-6010
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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

Glitz and glamour are on the Gladstone’s menu at this year’s NYE celebration. Inspired by Sin City, they invite you to dress in your classiest — or trashiest — 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
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Ripley’s Aquarium

This Toronto-attraction is hosting their second annual NYE bash! With cash bars located all around the aquarium, 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
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Leña

Add a little Latin flare to your NYE celebrations with shared plates, raw bar delicacies, or or a four-course prix fixe. Featuring beef tenderloin carpaccio, langoustine bisque, and churros with spiced chocolate, this dinner will start your 2019 right.

When: December 31
Address: 176 Yonge Street
Phone: 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, plus a whole fried Sichuan chilli lobster feature on the a la carte menu, plus live music. Or maybe you’d prefer Kōjin’s offering: early and late four-course, family-style tasting menus including Corn Flatbread, Dry-Aged Beef Striploin, Sizzling Prawns, and Black Truffle Tita’s Mash. Either way… live music still applies.

When: December 31 from 5 pm
Address: 190 University Avenue
Phone: 647-253-6225
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Elephant and Castle – King Street

This spot will have a two-piece band in from 9PM until close, and at midnight there will be a $4 Jameson toast to ring in the new year. And if you make a reservation for 6 or more people, you’ll get 50% off a bottle of Prossecco… bargain!

When: December 31
Address: 212 King Street West
Phone: 416-598-4455

Sofia

Ring in the new year with Sofia. With multiple seatings, courses, a soiree, live band and DJ, this night is going to be glam.

When: December 31
Address: 99 Yorkville Avenue
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Track & Field

Will this NYE party be feared or loved? Easy; both. People will be afraid of how much they love it. T&F is turning into Dunder Mifflin for the night, and it is going to be on, like a prawn who yawns at dawn. There’s no point in even looking for anything else to do with your night. Game, set, match… point. Scott. Game over. End of game.

When: December 31, 10 pm to 2 pm
Address: 860 College Street
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Biff’s Bistro

Visit this spot for a delicious prix fixe featuring indulgent dishes such as Foie Gras Terrine, Black Truffle Chitarra Pasta, and a French Custard Tart. They’ll also have buck-a-shuck oysters and bubbly from 5 to 7 pm and extended Cinq à Sept drink specials from 9 pm until close.

When: December 31, from 5 pm
Address: 4 Front Street East
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Parcheggio

Is there a cushier way to embrace 2019 than with soft fried gnocchi pockets? Beef tartare, stuffed crêpes, Cornish hen and zabaione are just some of the 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
Phone: 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? Enjoy escargots, foie gras, canard, brie rôti (!!) chocolat and plenty of fromage at this spot that strikes the perfect balance between classy and rustic.

When: December 31, from 5 pm
Address: 4150 Yonge Street
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Bangarang

Escape the cold, cold night and party it up spring break-style. Sometimes all we need to break out of a winter rut is a night of neon, sweaty dancing and smooth RnB. Bangarang is serving all that, plus a complimentary glass of bubbly.

When: December 31, 10 pm to 2 am
Address: 552 College Street
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Jump

From muscovy duck breast to halibut and little clams to baked tofu shakshuka, this spot is offering something for every palette and preference. And knowing that dessert options include dark chocolate fudge cake and champagne mousse with lemon macarons makes you want to jump into 2019 here, doesn’t it?

When: December 31 from 5 pm
Address: 18 Wellington Street West
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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. Québec foie gras, Fogo Island crab, and Ontario rabbit 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
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Luma

Oysters, torched tuna and burrata beet salad lead in this special meal, with seared scallops and roasted duck breast to follow. Finish with brown butter cake or truffled brie served with honey, pear and a cranberry cracker.

When: December 31 from 5 pm
Address: 350 King Street West
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R&D

This four-course tasting menu is chef’s choice, and the details on it are currently mum. But knowing the regular delights served up at this modern Canadian-Asian spot, the meal is sure to be delectable.

When: December 31
Address: 241 Spadina Avenue
Phone: 416-586-1241
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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. Try the roasted lion’s mane mushrooms, Greenland halibut, Ontario elk or Prosecco poached pear on for size.

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

Take a trip to the Mediterranean this NYE with Estia. Serving up cig Wagyu, charred halloumi, charcoal roasted kale, king crab and corn, wood oven chicken and cardamom and rose malabi, this spot will bring your 2019 in right.

When: December 31
Address: 90 Avenue Road
Phone: 416-367-4141
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Piano Piano

For this four-course dinner, you’ll enjoy a snack, appetizer, your choice of pasta, pizza or a main course, and dessert, plus a glass of cordon rouge. According to the spot, the main courses they have planned are “f%#king delicious.” You know what to do.

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.

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