While Vancouver is not particularly known for its wild parties or nights on the town when compared to other big cities, we sure know how to have a great time regardless. And while the city doesn’t transform like Times Square in New York, we’re here to combat the “no fun city” label this NYE, or die trying. So here we go: Here are 10 exciting parties & celebrations to check out on NYE in Vancouver this year.

Gatsby’s House Party 2023 – Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel

 

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Nothing screams New Year’s Eve like a Gatsby-themed party. And that’s exactly what the Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel is bringing to Vancouverites – so dress to impress! Advertised as the most upscale New Year’s Eve Party in the city, they’re certainly setting the bar high with a two-hour appetizer buffet, two rooms to dance in with two DJs, and prepaid drinks included in every ticket. Oh, and a spectacular countdown to midnight, of course.

The event will commence at 9 pm on NYE and end at 1 am.

Where: 1038 Canada Place
Cost: $104.37

Speakeasy Cruise 2023 – VIP Nightlife

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If you prefer to set sail on a speakeasy-themed boat party this NYE, Vip Nightlife has you covered. The Magic Spirit Yacht will venture off into Coal Harbour at 10 pm and return to the dock in front of the Westin Bayshore at 1 am. Attendees should be ready to check in at 9 pm, and board by 9:30 pm (GA). One GA ticket includes access to three party decks decorated in Prohibition-style, music by two top Vancouver DJs, one prepaid cocktail, complimentary appetizers, and stunning views to experience the countdown to 2023.

Where: 1601 Bayshore Drive
Cost: $124.68

New Year’s Eve Parq Gala 2023

Presented by The Block Inc and Hollywood Promotions, Vancouver’s longest-running NYE gala is officially back this year. The NYE Parq Gala will take place in the largest ballroom in the city at the JW Marriott from 9 pm until 2 am, and will feature state-of-the-art sound and lighting, a midnight champagne toast, and a fun photo booth to capture some core memories. Oh, and a red carpet for all your photo ops. The “Skyfall Ballroom” will feature music by Ayebert (LAS VEGAS), Ryan Live (LA), and Kidd (Vancouver) playing newer party tracks. And in the Lobby Lounge, DJ Headache will be playing 80s and old-school hits.

Where: 39 Smithe Street
Cost: $76.81+

New Year’s Eve Party – Afrobeach House

 

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And finally, an exciting event that will make your wallet happy too – you can ring in the New Year at the all-new Afrobeach House in Olympic Village, complete with Afrobeats, Dancehall, Amapiano, and more. Each ticket comes with a free glass of champagne to celebrate the countdown. Oh, and they’re teaming up with Shayo Saturdays to host an After Dark series that goes all the way until 6 am! How’s that for “no fun city”?

Where: 46 West 6th Avenue
Cost: $25 for early bird

Vancouver NYE Boat Party Cruise 2023

The Abitibi Boat is also setting sail on NYE, with two floors of the hottest Top 40, Hip Hop, Throwback music, R&B, Reggaetón, and more playing all night long. The open-air deck will also have a tent and heaters to keep dancers warm as they bust out their best moves. Boarding at 9 pm and setting sail at 10 pm (gate closes at 9:45 pm), the party cruise will feature midnight champagne, gift bags from their sponsors, access to a premium bar, and more.

Where: 750 Pacific Boulevard Dock B
Cost: $106.50

The Rec Room NYE Bash 

While not technically in the city’s core, the Rec Room in Burnaby is definitely worth a visit on NYE this year. For the ultimate mix of live entertainment and gaming, head over and enjoy cocktails and prosecco, unlimited gaming, and access to a photo booth.

Where: 1920 Willingdon Avenue #Unit 2106, Burnaby
Cost: $36.78

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Let’s Get Fizzy: NYE 2023

 

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CRAFT Beer Market in False Creek is hosting a four-course dinner and a countdown party for $90, or a ticket to the countdown party for $30. The latter includes one welcome drink, party favours, and access to a countdown dance party. So if you’re looking for something fun to do that’s more on the relaxed end, but still has a fancy-ish dress code, this is a great pick. Besides, who can resist their fave brew or beverage from CRAFT to ring in the New Year?

Where: 85 West 1st Avenue
Cost: $32.84

New Year’s Eve at LEVELS x XS Lounge

With $30 early bird tickets, this NYE party at LEVELS is sure to sell out, so snag some while you can! The EDM club is teaming up with XS Lounge to give Vancouverites the ultimate dance party with rotating EDM and Reggaetón beats and great vibes.

Where: 560 Seymour Street
Cost: $34.47

NYE Rewind Masquerade Party at Sai Woo 

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Vancouver’s classic two-room spot is back for a fun-filled night of old-school tunes, R&B & Hip Hop, and reggae. And even better – on NYE, the party will have a Masquerade theme. So come masked and dolled up, and ready for a night of the best DJs, ranging from DJ Chizzle (BC Lions) to DJ Zak Santiago (Bar None/Wild Coyote). Each ticket comes with a free appetizer, and the party will be serving dim sum all night long.

Where: 158 East Pender Street
Cost: $35-$500

Bar Susu New Year’s Eve Experience

 

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And last but certainly not least, we come to NYE at Bar Susu. The iconic Main Street bar is not only hosting a special NYE dinner, but a luxurious yet cozy night of good wine, snacks, and live music. For a more intimate party at a cool neighbourhood spot, look no further. Note that snacks, beverages, tax + gratuity are all included in the ticket price.

Where: 209 East 6th Avenue
Cost: $125

And that’s a wrap on NYE parties in Vancouver! Time to make those plans and snag those tickets while you can.