7 places to head for a low-key New Year's Eve dinner in Vancouver

Dec 13 2016, 3:56 am

Somewhere between Netflix & chill, and heading to a fancy party, there’s you – wanting to do something fun on New Year’s Eve without all the formalities.

Depending on how you choose to celebrate it, NYE can be pretty expensive and stressful when all is said and done. So it’s pretty nice to know that like-minded restaurant staff in the city have planned chill, come-as-you-are dinner events and celebrations to take any anxiety out of planning for this occasion.

Here are seven places to head for a low-key New Year’s Eve dinner in Vancouver.

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1. Timber

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Break out your Canadian tuxedo for Timber’s NYE celebration. With Canadian specials being served until 1 am, music from singer songwriter Adam Bailie, and a spectacular beaver piñata dropping from the ceiling at midnight (whip it with a hockey stick to get the good stuff), this is bound to be a good time. Tickets include a champagne cocktail made with a splash of rye whisky served at midnight.

Tickets can be purchased via Eventbrite.

When: Saturday, December 31
Where: 1300 Robson Street, Vancouver
Price: $20 per person online, $30 per person at the door

2. Bao Down Gastropub + Raw Bar

Bao Down is celebrating NYE with a killer dinner deal at their Gastropub + Raw Bar in Olympic Village. Open until 2 am, this Bao Down location is offering a free toast at midnight along with a Kamayan Platter party for $35 a head which includes a Banana Leaf Platter covered in Milkfish, Huli Huli Chicken, Maitake Mushrooms, Fly Rice, Tofu Vegetable Pad Thai, Grilled Short Rib, Bang Bang Prawns, Asian Slaw, Tempura Bok Choy, and an assortment of sauces.

Reservations can be made by calling 604-620-5226.

When: Saturday, December 31
Where: 115 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver

2. Colony Main Street

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The idea behind the Anti-NYE Party at Colony Main Street is simple – no cover, no tickets, no countdown, and definitely no glitter. Come as you are to grab a beer, a bite, and hang out while listening to good music all night long. Features include $8 beer and double highballs.

 No reservations, no cover charge.

When: Saturday, December 31
Where: 2904 Main Street, Vancouver

 4. Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co.

Rocky Mountain Flatbread is having a NYE pizza party at its Kitsilano and Main Street locations for you and the whole fam. Aside from a two-course dinner of housemade soup and artisan pizza (which you make yourself), this spot will have balloon twisting and face painting for the kids along with a countdown at midnight. Seatings will be at 4 and 6:15pm for this shindig.

Reservations can be made at by emailing [email protected] or calling the Kitsilano and Main Street locations.

When: Saturday, December 31. Seatings at 4 or 6:15 pm.
Rocky Mountains Flatbread Kitsilano –1876 W 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Rocky Mountains Flatbread Main Street – 4186 Main Street, Vancouver
Price: $25 per person, $20 for kids

5. The Cascade Room

Photo courtesy of The Cascade Room

Get ready for Jack Daniel’s New Year’s Eve British Invasion at The Cascade Room. The World Junior Hockey tournament will be on at this spot from 12:30 to 3pm, and from there get involved in some Rockaoke (karaoke with a real live band) until 6pm featuring an all UK song list. An honourary countdown to mark New Year’s across the pond will take place at 4pm. This event will also feature JD drink specials, UK-inspired cocktails, party favours, and a countdown at midnight.

 No reservations, no cover charge.

When: Saturday, December 31
Where: 2616 Main Street, Vancouver

6. UVA Wine & Cocktail Bar

Dressing in “your best poolside ensemble or your favourite tennis tuxedo” is encouraged at UVA’s Palm Springs New Year’s Fling. This spot will be serving a three-course “clubhouse” dinner, and afterwards diners can pay $10 to stay at UVA and party until 2017.

Tickets can be purchased at UVA.

When: Saturday, December 31 at 7:30pm
Where: 900 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Price: $45 per person, $65 per person for cocktail pairings

7. The Charles Bar

The Charles Bar is throwing a NYE bash complete with dinner and dancing. Enjoy a three-course dinner along with a welcome cocktail while DJ Lazy Boy spins the soundtrack to the last meal of 2016.

Tickets can be purchased online.

When: Saturday, December 31. The early seating is at 7 pm, the late seating is at 8 pm.
Where: 136 West Cordova Street, Vancouver
Price: $50 per person 

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