Montreal is the place to be for NYE, but how does a girl choose between the multitude of parties going on? There’s everything from blowout bashes to no-frills homey dives where you can ring in the new year. Here is a handy SDTC guide to some promising New Years jams, divvied up by price.
9pm. NYE @ Bily Kun. Ahhh, a bar with no cover on New Years Eve. With DJ Nikita. 354 Mont-Royal E.
9:30pm. NYE in Old Montreal. Join the crowds at Old Port for some spectacular NYE fireworks at this outdoor party. Traditional and pop music by 12 Inch and Bernadette. Place Jacques-Cartier.
9:30pm. New Years Eve Slowdance Night @ Mainline Theatre. All slow jams, all night long! Plus a dance card booklet for you to fill. Gay and straight welcome! Cash bar. 3997 blvd St-Laurent.
10pm. NYE @ Barfly. Are you really not feeling the NYE hype? Head to Barfly, where you can play some pool, pet the resident dogs, drink some great beer on tap and listen to the classic rock of Durt Loader. Free. 4062A blvd St-Laurent.
$30 AND LESS:
8pm. Playaz Masquerade @ Blue Dog Motel. With the Moustache Men DJs, CD and swag giveaways and champagne at midnight! Only $10. 3958 blvd St-Laurent.
8pm. A NYE Edition of Pills, Thrills and Bellyaches @ Korova. Soul, motown and rock ‘n’ roll with champagne at midnight! $10. 3908 blvd St-Laurent.
8pm. Secret 2010 @ A-Side. Open bar from 9-11pm, free hats, t-shirts and other surprises, and you can always skidaddle on over to B-Side if that tickles your fancy! Only $20. 3612 blvd St-Laurent.
9pm. NYE @ The Belmont. Smirnoff presents this open-bar jam promising the largest selection of liquor in the city. Only $30 for women, $60 for men.
10pm. NYE @ Muzique. An upscale NYE bash that won’t break the bank – walk a red carpet, enjoy house, top 40, rock and 80’s all night, champagne at midnight, a huge balloon drop, party favours, a laser and light show, gourmet hors d’oeuvre stations, and a professional photographer! There’s a dress code, so tell your man not to wear jeans or sneakers. 3781 blvd St-Laurent.
$50 AND LESS:
8pm. Prestige 2010 @ The Darling Foundry. This is a 21+ event in a renovated, bohemian-cool Old Port space. The party will be divided into two rooms, the Centennial (hip-hop, reggae, old school) and the Renaissance (house, R&B, live remixes). Lowest drink prices in the city. $45. 745 Ottawa St.
9pm. NYE Pop 80 @ La Tulipe. 80s music, champagne and canapes – what more could you want? $30.
9pm. Au Revoir 09 @ Grover Grand Ballroom. A very chic setting, with lots of hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, a glass of champagne and a massive balloon drop at midnight, as well as bottle service, babysitting service and valet parking. 21+ and don’t dress casual. $40. 4100 Sherbrooke W.
9pm. Carnavalesque @ Theatre Plaza. Burlesque, trapeze, and carnival-inspired performances, with DJs Mini, Davidé, and Mary Hell. Free bodypainting, afterparty passes and costume prizes! $50.
10pm. Starstruck 09. Party till 6am with DJs Poirier, Hatchmatik, Uzi & Lil Dave and more. Complimentary champagne and food and cheap drinks. $35. 2142 Mackay.
$75 AND UP:
7pm. Cabaret du Casino. We at SDTC have a real soft spot for the casino, and this promises to be one of the most glam parties in the city. A musical revue, aperitifs and canapes, a full gourmet meal and champagne at midnight. $179 (includes parking, coat check, drinks, dinner.)
8pm. Countdown @ Medley. With Medley closing soon, this could be your last chance to get down on MTL’s largest dance floor! Open bar from 10pm till close, as well as a big balloon drop at midnight and a big screen feed of the ball dropping in Times Square. $87.25. 1170 St-Denis.
9pm. Resolution NYE @ the Bell Centre. Join 7,000 Montrealers ringing in the new year at with this epic 12-hour dance party with DJs Paul Van Dyk, Above & Beyond, Misstress Barbara, Second Sun, Uppercut and Kal and a light show. Tickets are $80, $115 for VIP. 1260 St-Antoine.