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14 can’t-miss New Year’s Eve parties in Vancouver

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Listen, we need this guide to the best parties on New Year’s Eve in Vancouver just as badly as you do. Last year we thought we’d ‘play it by ear’, and hoo boy, was that a bad decision. Nothing quite like showing up to the event only to find an insanely long line then struggling to catch a cab to a house party, hey?

Not this year, folks. This time, we’re making sure that you know what’s up well before these parties for New Year’s Eve in Vancouver sell out.

Restaurants

Ancora

Both of Ancora’s locations are doing a special New Year’s dinner. The earlier seating is your standard, delicious Nikkei-style dinner featuring a six-course tasting menu. The later one is a bit pricier but comes with a live piano performance and a more refined ingredient list (like truffle and lobster).

Where: Ancora Ambleside and False Creek
Cost: $99/$149

Burdock & Co.

It’s roughly the same deal for this Main Street institution. Swing by earlier in the evening to nosh a little bit before getting to your party, or settle into for the long haul during the second half of the night. We mean, eating our way into 2020 does sound like par for the course.

Where: 2702 Main Street
Cost: $79/$119

Pourhouse

Head down to Gastown to take part in a “roarin’ twenties bash” celebrating a century since prohibition ended. We’re going to need to find a suitable outfit, but this could be a great party to attend with a group. Canapés and champagne at midnight included.

Where: 162 Water Street
Cost: $60

Wildebeest

Seatings are available throughout the evening on New Year’s Eve. That means you can go enjoy a special four-course feast early or late, and the bar will be open until 1 AM for those who don’t want to mess around trying to get into the club. While it costs more, we recommend springing for the wine pairings as well.

Where: 120 W Hastings Street
Cost: $89, add $35 for wine pairings

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Hotels

Fairmont Waterfront

Crazy that Fairmont has three luxury hotels in Vancouver, hey? We’d normally stay away from hotels, but this is the end of the decade after all, so you can splurge on a hella fancy night. We like that they’re enforcing a dress code. Gentlemen, now’s the time to find a velvet smoking jacket.

Where: 900 Canada Place
Cost: $100 and up

The Grand Ball

Not feeling Fairmont Waterfront? Then try the regular one instead! The dress code for this is simply ‘formal’ so you might get away with a turtleneck or something.

Where: 900 W Georgia Street
Cost: $85 and up

Parq JW Marriott

While the other two spots require guests to be 25+, this event is letting people 23 and over in. Nice. Not that it matters though, we’re recommending this because you can gamble a little bit before the party. Who knows, you might end up with an extra $100 to spend.

Where: 39 Smithe Street
Cost: $100

The Waldorf Hotel

You thought we’d only talk about upscale stuff, hey? Heck no, we’re not about that life. Save some money and up the fun by heading to Vancouver’s infamous hotel featuring 4 different themed rooms to enjoy.

Where: 1489 Hastings Street
Cost: $50 and up

Clubs

Colony NYE

The Colony on Granville is transforming into a carnival for New Year’s Eve. Check out games, prizes, food stations, and more at this massive bar right in there heart of downtown.

Where: 965 Granville Street
Cost: $40 and up

Fortune Sound Club

Fortune has been selling out their New Year’s parties for over a decade, so they must be doing something right. There are 2 rooms of music, a 4AM curfew, and a guaranteed rowdy crowd to expect here.

Where: 147 E Pender Street
Cost: $30

Celebrities

Arguably Vancouver’s most famous bar, Celebrities will be pulling out all the stops for New Year’s Eve. No word yet on whether or not the underground space will be included in the party, so stay tuned for that.

Where: 1022 Davie Street
Cost: $30

Commodore Ballroom

Ready for some Marvin Gaye and Luther Van Dross? You should be if you’re heading to this special instalment of Slow Jam Sundays, the city’s favourite party featuring all the slow jams you wished were playing at other venues.

Where: 868 Granville Street
Cost: $60

Portside Pub

This Gastown venue is sure to be one of the busiest come New Year’s Eve, so make sure you grab tickets early if you want to check it out. The theme they’re going with is ‘nautical’, so we’re suggesting you spin that away from The Little Mermaid and towards The Lighthouse. Trust us, it’ll be that much more interesting.

Where: 7 Alexander Street
Cost: $15-$20

Open Studios

It’s not really a club but it’s close enough, and we are big fans of Open Studios. Plus, the house and techno DJ collective Leave Us Lost will be taking care of the tunes. Ready to dance the decade away? We know that we are.

Where: 252 East 1st Avenue
Cost: $30

And that’s our round-up of the best New Year’s Eve parties in Vancouver to check out! We’re torn between checking out The Waldorf and Open Studios. Heck, if they’re open til 4 we might just do both anyway! Who needs sleep, right?

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