Strap on those heels, glitter up that face and get ready to pop some champagne! The world’s supposed to end next year so it’s time to party like it’s 1999 all over again. To help you navigate through this massive list of parties, we’ve broken it down into two categories: our top 12 (for 2012, get it?) and the other notables. Start planning.
Our Top 12
Bangs & Blush NYE: Bow Ties & Party Dresses @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W.
Toast 2012 like it’s 1964 with the girls of Bangs & Blush! Don your finest bow ties and party dresses and dance the night away to the sounds of 60’s pop, soul and rock n’ roll. $15, with limited tickets available for pre-sale at Clinton’s (includes line bypass) and some available at the door.
Lick A Shot: NYE Edition @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W.
Party like it’s 200X! DJs Geoff Snack, Andrew Roti, 84.85 and friends play millenium-era rap and R&B, and maybe some new shit, just ’cause. Things will must definitely get messy. Free gutter champagne when the ball drops! No cover, requests encouraged.
New Wave New Year’s/White Girl NYE @ Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W.
New Wave New Year’s rules the main floor with DJ Scott Wade playing the best in new wave, Brit-pop and punk. In the Shop, DJs Patrick McGuire, Josh McIntyre and Ghetto Gold Matt play rap circa 1993 to 2011. Fog, lasers, a champagne countdown and 4 am last call! No advance tickets, $10 all night.
Chronologic New Year’s Eve @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W.
Goin’ Steady DJs play decade after decade after decade of dance music in the big room while special guest DJ Shit La Merde handles the front. $20 advance tickets available at Rotate This and Soundscapes.
Drake’s Stardust NYE 2012 @ The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W.
Studio 54 meets the last days of disco! Dress the part (think jumpsuits, platforms and sparkles) and ring in 2012 with a lobby champagne bar, live music, DJ sets, midnight countdown and more. Party options include general admission ($35, Lounge and Sky Yard), after midnight admission ($20, building-wide), three course dinner ($75), strolling cabaret dinner ($75) and the four course dinner ($100). Advance tickets available online.
NYE at Thompson Hotel @ Thompson Hotel, 550 Wellington St. W.
Ring in 2012 from the best rooftop in the city! Music by DJ Lazy Ray + Moet Champagne glass at midnight and hors d’oeuvres. $85 early bird tickets and $200 all-access pass (includes access to rooftop) available online.
Hollywood Glam NYE @ Nyood, 1096 Queen St. W.
A glamorous New Years celebration inspired by classic Hollywood. First seating ($60, 6:30-9 pm) includes set menu dinner with option to move upstairs to Nyood Bar after dinner for $50. Second seating ($140 + taxes/gratuities, 9:30 pm) includes set menu dinner, party in the restaurant after dinner, champagne toast at midnight and party favours. To purchase tickets, contact Nyood at (416) 466-1888 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Masquerade Ball @ Easy and the Fifth, 225 Richmond St.
A modern masquerade ball hosted by Shinan Govani (National Post social columnist, author of Boldface Names), Anita Clarke (Fashion Blogger,iwantigot.com), John-Paul Ricchio (Principal of John-Paul & Associates), April Wozny (April Wozny PR), and Gail McInnes (owner, Magnet Creative Management). $100 entry includes open bar, midnight balloon drop countdown, custom party favours, live entertainment, giveaways and catering by The 5th Grill & Terrace. Tickets available at Rotate This, Soundscapes, Play De Record and online.
A NYE Experience @ Twist Gallery, 1100 Queen St. W.
TheList.TO takes over Twist Gallery and converts it into an unforgettable experience engine! Walls will be clad with some of Toronto’s newest art while DJs Rivera, Koln and Paul Revered provide the sound. Bar open until 3 am, with complimentary bubbly at midnight. $40 early bird tickets available online, $60 at the door.
YLMC NYE @ El Mocambo, 464 Spadina Ave.
Young Lions Music Club teams up with all-girl Weezer tribute band Sheezer and Steam Whistle to ring in the New Year! With DJs Ben Fox of Dinosaur Bones and Bobby Kimberley + free Steam Whistle for all at midnight. $25 tickets available at Soundscapes and online.
Cold Tea and Double Double Land Block Party @ Cold Tea, 58 Kensington Ave. & Double Double Land, 209 Augusta Ave.
At Cold Tea: DJs FlipSmile and Strong Like, free champagne toast at midnight, champagne fountain by Terrarea, extremely special solid-state cocktail special for early comers by Home Ec., a hypnotic collection of video art, photobooth, and decor and installation by special artists. At Double Double Land: Double Double DDJs (Wack Magic and Expen$ive $hit), installation by CN Tower Liquidation, free champagne toast at midnight, video countdown by Jon McCurley and Laura McCoy, gree cocktails if you arrive before 11 pm, live acts TBA. $12 for each or $20.12 (you don’t have to pay the 12 cents) dual-party pass in advance, available at Cold Tea, Rotate This, Soundscapes, and Sonic Boom Kensington.
Bang The Myth Paradise NYE @ Unit, 1198 Queen St. W.
Two great parties (Bang The Party and Myth Paradise Music) come together for NYE 2012. DJs Todd West, Andycapp, Hajabug, Nep, Aman, Todd Simms, and Jeremy Glenn have selected their ten favourite songs of ALL TIME and will play them for you, plus many others. They promise something special. No cover, no pretension, no line-ups.
Love Triangle @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W.
Three saucy events in one venue! Enjoy a complimentary glass of bubbly upstairs in the Champagne Gallery, a live performance by iDRUM (in which artists combine pre-recorded or electronic instrumentation to live sets and performances) in the Melody Bar, and Jokers of the Scene and the Soul Proprietor getting you hot n’ bothered in the Ballroom until 4 am. $50 four-course dinner (crafted by Executive Chef Marc Breton, 8-9 pm) and $40 general advanced tickets available online.
Happy Endings NYE 2012 @ Dim Sum King, 421 Dundas St. W.
With DJs Canblaster and MYD of Paris, Brenmar of NYC, and Gingy and Milt Mortez of T.O. playing the brand new 700+ capacity Dim Sum King in the heart of Chinatown. Complimentary champagne, traditional Chinese lion dancers, free lobsters with bottle service packages, and $5 dim sum platters! $50 advance tickets available at Rotate This, Soundscapes, Play De Record and online.
Madhouse NYE 2012 @ The Barn, 418 Church St.
Madhouse takes over the second and third floors of The Barn with DJs ViVi Diamond, Foxxtrot, Jeff Kirkwood and Blackcat playing top 40, remixes and house. Champagne showers, an epic midnight countdown, twitter stream, live blogging and more! $10 all night.
New Years Eve 2012 @ Crawford, 718 College St.
Crawford’s first-ever New Years Eve celebration! DJs Daddy Maysr and Caff play hip-hop, reggae, R&B, Motown, New Jack Swing, dancehall and club tunes. $25 entry includes Laz Catering’s Caribbean-inspired buffet and a mini bottle of champagne. For tickets, contact Crawford at (416) 530-1633.
The Hoxton NYE 2012 @ The Hoxton, 69 Bathurst St.
Party blog LastNightsParty.com documents the evening, which means things are sure to get messy. DJs Tim Mason, Team DMT, Nave C, and Gray Moonen handle the sounds. $30 tickets available at Rotate This, Soundscapes and online.
Paradise Ball 2012 @ The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W.
DJs 4 Korners, Joe Ghost and Just’N Kredible play top 40, house, mash-ups and hip-hop with true stadium sound. Midnight confetti explosions, digital laser lights, free champagne, party favours and cirque performers. $25 early bird tickets available online.
Tranzac New Year’s Eve @ The Tranzac, 292 Brunswick Ave.
Performances by The Elwins, Maylee Todd, Drumheller, Rouge, Moon King, Dr. EW, Kite Hill, The Weather Station, Lisa Bozikovic, DJ Craig Dunsmuir and more. Doors at 8 pm. $13 advance tickets available at Rotate This, Soundscapes and The Tranzac, $15 at the door.
Lifetime 2012 @ Revival, 783 College St.
DJs Groove Institute, Junior Palmer, Stan Zeff, Dirty Dale, Ace Six, Mensa and Lissa Monnet play soul-infused R&B, hip-hop, reggae, disco and house music to dance 2011 away to. $25 early bird available online until December 22, $35 advance tickets available at Cosmos Records, Play De Record, Soundscapes and Livestock.
Babe Night 2012: New Years Edition @ Milk Glass Co., 1247 Dundas St. W.
Beer, bands, bubbly and babes at Milk Glass Co., a new art gallery/custom framing and antiques boutique! A great lineup of bands play downstairs while DJs play all the jams you want to hear on the main floor. $10, with all proceeds going towards Milk Glass Co.’s renovations (opening March, 2012). Contact email@example.com for information on where to purchase advance tickets.
Twenty Twelve NYE @ The Distillery District, 55 Mill St.
Enjoy a gourmet dinner buffet-style at the Boiler House and a post-dinner party in the Fermenting Cellar with DJs M-Kutz and Dennis R. $75 tickets available online, through email (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com), and by phone (416-712-2729).
Wrongbar New Years Eve 2012 @ Wrongbar, 1279 Queen St. W.
A guaranteed sweaty dance party with house music pioneer DJ Sneak + guests Poupon and Rynecologist. Extended last call! $30 advance tickets available at Rotate This, Soundscapes and online.
An Amsterdam Good New Years @ Amsterdam Brewery, 21 Bathurst St.
The 3rd annual Amsterdam Brewery New Years Eve Party and your last chance to celebrate at the brewery before it relocates in 2012! Tickets ($100 for guys, $80 for girls) include open bar, food and a champagne toast at midnight, and are available for purchase at the Amsterdam Brewery Retail Store (cash only).
Yes Yes Y’All Presents: nYYYe 2012 @ The Annex WreckRoom, 794 Bathurst St.
Toronto’s biggest, bashiest, sweatiest queer hip-hop/RnB/dancehall jam! Extended liquor liscense until 4 am. $15 advanced tickets available online and at Soundscapes, $20 at the door.
Love Handle: New Years Eve Edition @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave.
80’s boogie funk and house party jams! Free champagne at midnight. $15 at the door before midnight and free after.
Avion 37 New Years Eve Party @ Airship 37, 37 Parliament St.
France-based house producer and DJ Fred Falke makes his first appearance in Toronto alongside Simon Jain and Kill Them With Colour. $60 tickets available online.