New Year’s Eve is approaching. You could just stay in and watch cute animal videos, or you could haul your butt out to any of the following events taking place.
There are fairly interchangeable parties at the clubs, bars, and venues of the city along St. Laurent and Crescent (and a few other places): Jet, Thursdays, Club La Boom, Ivy Nightclub, Escapade, Fluid, L’Olympia Montreal, Muzique, Bar St Laurent Frappe, Le Cinq, BLVD 44, Commerce, Rouge, Muzique, Don B Combier, 1432, Peopl, Somwhr, Rosalie, Pinq, Time Supperclub, Electric Ave, Club Soda, Tokyo Bar, Sir Winston Churchill Pub, Loft City Underground, Karinas Club Lounge, XO Club Lounge, Hotel 10, Decca 77, Club Frenchkiss, Stereo Nightclub, Club Unity, Quartier, Velvet, Telus Theatre, Soubois, Circus, etc, etc. There is even a party at The Hyatt Regency. Here are a few we think may be a bit quirkier than the rest.
And remember, Opération Nez Rouge will get you home if you’ve had a few between November 27 and December 31. They run the service from 9 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. on Sunday to Wednesday, and 7 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. Thursday to Saturday. Call or text 514-256-2510 in Montreal and 450-664-4314 in Laval.
A New Year’s Eve Extravaganza
The Wiggle Room (3874 St Laurent)
You know they’ll be taking off most of what they show up wearing at the Wiggle Room. Easily a top cocktail joint in the city and a good vibe all around. BonBon Bombay hosts the party with Ruby Rhapsody and Sugar Vixen performing and a live band, the Wigglers, playing. Tickets $20/25. Free champagne at midnight. Click HERE.
Cirque de Boudoir
Bain Matthieu (2915 Ontario E)
They claim the theme is Star Wars. Will you go as Princess Leia, Han Solo, Luke, Darth, Princess Amidala, or an Ewok? No one will go as Jar Jar Binks, guaranteed. DJ Plastic Patrik hosts and Emily Astrom will perform a burlesque. $60/70/75/80. Open bar available for $100/110/125/150. Tickets HERE.
Party Du Jour D’An
SAT (1201 St. Laurent)
The SAT will be summoning in some DJs (Prison Garde live, Zubi, Hatchmatik, Kyle Kalma) and videographers (Melesul3, VJZEF, Jocool) and making both floors available to keep you dancing and hanging out even as the clock passes midnight. $25 for first 100 tickets, $30 thereafter. Click HERE.
Tziganie! with the Speakeasy Électro Swing
Club Lion D’Or (1676 rue Ontario E)
The Gypsy Kumbia Orchestra, an east meets west cabaret style party band combines with the Speakeasy DJs, Don Mescal, Khalil, and Jean-Sébastien Leblanc to shoot the roof off the play. A burlesque piece by Lady Josephine is part of the night. Price is $30 for the first 50 tickets, $35 presale, and $40 at the door. For a little extra, you can get a private room or a five course meal. Info HERE.
New City Gas (950 Ottawa St)
Promising Dom Perignon to up the class level, New City Gas is sure to bring in Dj Fedde Legrand for an all night dance party. Click HERE.
6524 St. Hubert
A line up of DJs marks this party with only 400 tickets available. Benji B from the UK, Stwo from France, Pomo, Planet Giza, and Nana Zen from Canada on deck. $40 for first 200 tickets, $60 for next 200. Click HERE.
Slow to Speak
Bleury Bar à Vinyles (2109 Bleury)
When the owners of a record store from the Catskills come to town, people listen. These two run Dope Jams and know music better than most. They take to the booth for your listening pleasure. Click HERE. $25/30/35 at door.
Mess Around Party Du Nouvel An
Divan Orange (4234 ST Laurent)
DO’s weekly DJ night goes much longer to keep you moving. Always a good place to pass a night, this one includes food. Click HERE. $15/20/25 at door.
Operators Party with DJ Noah Bick
Bar le Ritz PDB
9 p.m. $15/20/25
This little band opened for Modest Mouse in Montreal and is bringing the party. Joining in are Dear Denizen and Holy Data, with DJ Noah Bick rounding it out. Get your tickets HERE.
Secret Songs NYE with Ryan Hemsworth
Le Belmont (4483 St Laurent)
Ryan Hemsworth is a Canadian musician whose range goes from R&B to indie. Catch him along with a line up of DJs like Ryan Playground, munno, Comfort Zone, and Pablo Reikon here tonight. Click HERE for tickets. $20/25/30 at door.
Meredith and the Soul Marshalls
Balcon Cabaret Music Hall (304 Notre Dame E, suite 201)
All I know is that this is a combination of Motown, soul, and disco. Meredith Marshall sang with the Doobie Brothers and Pink Floyd, so you know she’s got a voice to die for. Click HERE for deets.
Dawn Tyler Watson
Upstairs (1254 McKay)
Listen to the soulful chanteuse with her band and enjoy the understated classy of the Upstairs. Click HERE. $137.50. 8 p.m.
Carolyn Fe and Snooksta and the Gangstas
House of Jazz (2060 Alymer)
It’s always good to have a choice when it comes to enjoying your music. This event includes a five course dinner, complimentary champagne, and a show featuring these jazzy acts. Formal dress code in effect. $125 includes dinner. Click HERE.
Metropolis (59 St. Catherine E)
Quebec rocker comes to town to the Metropolis to make for a really rockin’ way to ring in the New Year. Chances are this is already sold out. $42
The Prowlers, Duffy’s Cut, La Gachette, Ripcordz, Idocrate
Katacombes (1635 St Laurent)
Keeping it alterna-punk, Les Katacombes makes sure to have a lineup that is heavier rather than funky. $10/12. Click HERE.
Sadist, Exist Order, Dame, Parasytes, Ursula, FITS
Casa del Popolo (4873 St Laurent)
For an anti-New Year’s Eve, try catching the NYE punk party at Casa del Popolo. From Boston, we have Sadist, Exit Order, and Dame. From Montreal Parasytes, Ursula, and F.I.T.S. $12 in advance, $15 at door. Click HERE.
Misses Satchmo Swing and Blues Party
Cat’s Corner (3451 St Laurent, 3rd floor)
If you want to swing dance to swing and blues all night, come hear the Misses Satchmos perform at this dance studio.
NYE Dance Party with the Hick-Ups, Bucko, and Miche Love
Matahari Loft (1673 Mt Royal E)
If you love to get down and grind to some rhythm and blues, then kick up your heels to swing, this is a dance party you don’t want to miss.
Fireworks and Music
Montreal Old Port/Quai Jacques Cartier
If you can brave the cold or have a good jacket (or both), the Old Port is a great place to partake of festivities. Ice skate, listen to performances by COeur du Pirate, Dumas, and Yann Perreau, and take in the fireworks. Thousands of peoples show up. Free. No planning required.
RBC New Year’s Eve Ball
Fundraiser and major schmoozer, this party gives you the opportunity to hang out with Denis Coderre and raise money for Centraide of Greater Montreal and Giant Steps simultaneously. The event includes a five course meal and DJs. There’s an open bar until midnight as well. T’aint cheap. $150 and up.
Laugh your way to 2016 with this comedian, who has appeared on everything from the Tonight Show to CBC’s Just for Laughs. There’s a cold buffet post-show with sandwiches and dips and of course a glass of champagne at midnight.
Massimo and Ben Miner
Comedyworks (1238 Bishop)
If you prefer your comedy a little more Italian, Massimo knows how to get you laughing. There will also be some snacks and a karaoke after-party. Show starts 9:30 p.m. $40 in advance, $50 at door.
Milonga All nighter Bulles and Chocolat
Tango Social Club (7755 St. Laurent)
If dancing until the crack of dawn sounds like your favorite way to spend the last night of the year and into the next, check out the Milonga all-nighter. $25. Information HERE.
108 Blessings for the New Year
Studio Breathe (1744 William) , 10 a.m.
Kimiko Fujimoto will lead a class of 108 yoga prostrations. So, if you want to bless the year yoga-style before you spend it dancing, drinking, partying, or just watching Netflix, this is a cool way to take it on. $11.
If you have an event that didn’t make our list, but want to include it, send all info to us Montreal Rampage.