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6 Places to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Vancouver

6 Places to Celebrate New Year's Eve in Vancouver
Lesley Mirza
Written by Lesley Mirza

2016 is almost here and we can’t wait to see what excitement is in store for us! We’ve got our champagne chilled and will be popping that cork just before midnight.

How will you be ringing in the New Year? If you still haven’t made up your mind what to do, and you think you want to go out, here are 6 places to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Vancouver.

And to make your life a little easier on December 31st, Translink is offering free fares from 5:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. (on January 1st). Please do not drink and drive!

Happy New Year!

Ancora Waterfront Dining and Patio

Ancora Waterfront Dining and Patio

Time (two seatings): 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Enjoy Ancora’s a la carte menu.

7:30 p.m. to close. Tasting menu offered by Executive Chef, Ricardo Valverde (à la carte will be available as well). After dinner, sabre your own bottle of champagne with our expert team of sommeliers with live music to listen to starting at 9pm.

Book: Contact Ancora to make your reservation today info@ancoradining.com or call 604-681-1164. A $50 deposit per person is required to hold your table.

 

Beach Bay Café and Patio

Beach Bay Café and Patio

This New Year’s Eve, diners can choose from a four- or eight-course tasting menu (starting at $49 per person, wine pairings available at an additional cost), or order à la carte.

Prepared by Executive Chef Felix Zhou, diners will experience a decadent feast that includes winter truffle chawanmushi with fresh roe; seared albacore tuna topped by carrot escabeche and saffron; and chocolate mousse pear compote, among other gastronomic delights. Guests craving extra luxury have the option of adding shaved winter truffle and Atlantic lobster tail to their meal, or off-the-cuff cocktails crafted by award-winning bartender Adrian Lindner.

Time: The last seating for the NYE dinner is 9:00 p.m.

Entertainment: New Year’s isn’t complete without a soul-pumping soundtrack, DJ Gabriel will provide entertainment throughout the night so diners can ring in 2016 in style.

Book: To book, call 604.685.7337 or email info@beachbaycafe.com (reservations are highly recommended). For more information, visit beachbaycafe.com.

 

Cibo Trattoria

Cibo Trattoria

Guests can opt for either three- or five-courses, complemented by recommended wine pairings (at an additional cost). Prepared by Executive Chef Faizal Kassam, the menu’s palate-teasing delights include burrata with prosciutto, preserved cherry tomatoes and parmesan crisp; seared scallops with slow-cooked fennel, stinging nettle puree and elderflower brown butter; vanilla semifreddo with Maldon sea salt; and more.

Time (two seatings): Guests who join the first seating at 6:00 p.m. will enjoy a three-course menu ($79 per person). The 9:00 p.m. seating will feature a five-course menu ($115 per person).

Book: For reservations, call 604-602-9570 or email Robert@CiboTrattoria.ca. Diners must supply a credit card number to secure their reservation, and there is a 48-hour cancellation policy.

 

L’ABATTOIR

L’ABATTOIR

On December 31, L’Abattoir invites revelers to an elegant evening that shows off the French-inspired dining destination at its finest. Party-goers keen to socialize with fellow guests can lounge in the main dining room, selecting from an á la carte menu featuring L’Abattoir’s flavourful France-meets-West-Coast fare.

Diners seeking a more intimate experience can reserve seats at the communal table in L’Abattoir’s 1,200-square-foot private dining room, which retains the restaurant’s ambiance without the hustle and bustle of the regular dining space. Led by Chef Lee Cooper the culinary team have pulled out all the stops to craft a four-course feast. Carefully curated wine pairings and cocktails will round out the tantalizing meal.

Time: Reservations for the communal table in the private dining room are available at 7:00 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.

Private dining room ticket price: The $175-per-person price includes a four-course dinner and beverage pairings, and is inclusive of all taxes. Tickets must be pre-sold in advance, and there will be an automatic gratuity of 18 percent added on the final bill. The menu is set, with no substitutions or special requests available and is not suitable for vegetarians. There are only 50 seats available, these pre-sold dinner tickets will surely sell out quickly!

Book: To reserve a table in the dining room or to book pre-sold tickets for the private dining room four-course menu, please call 604-568-1701 or email events@labattoir.ca.

 

Prohibition, Rosewood Hotel Georgia

Prohibition, Rosewood Hotel Georgia

Travel back to the 1920s with seasonal punches, traditional absinthe service and vintage cocktails. Guests with more exotic tastes can indulge in Prohibition’s ‘Rare Finds’ bottle selection – a collection of exclusive bottles from around the globe (including Canada’s only bottle of Glenfiddich 50-year-old single malt scotch whiskey), or sip their way through Gray and Stanton’s inventive new cocktail menu.

Time: 7:30 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. (on January 1st)

Entertainment: Emily Chambers until just after midnight, DJ to follow.

Tickets: General admission is $118 (plus tax and service fee). Seating is based on date of ticket purchased. Included: Champagne coupe on arrival, hot and cold canapés and dessert throughout the evening. Tickets can be purchased via Eventbrite.

 

UVA Wine & Cocktail Bar

UVA Wine & Cocktail Bar

UVA will show off its spunky side on December 31 when it transforms into Gotham City, a mainstay of DC Comics. Throughout the night, The James Danderfer Jazz Trio will perform their jazziest versions of cinematic tunes– because you can’t fight crime and party all night without a soundtrack. And as soon as the clock strikes midnight, UVA will unveil a massive surprise of Hulk-like proportions.

Shelve the self-consciousness and start dusting off that old Spiderman costume because prizes will be given out for best male and female superheroes (and yes, the UVA staff will be dressed as their favourite superheroes, too).

Time: 8:00 p.m. to 1:45 a.m. (on January 1st)

Tickets: Tickets cost $41.93 and include two complimentary drinks, food, entertainment and party favours.Tickets can be purchased via Eventbrite.  Note: space is limited.

About the author

Lesley Mirza

Lesley Mirza

Lesley Mirza is the editor-in-chief for LipstickLifestyle.com and travels the world tasting, sipping, and spa-ing.

In addition to heading up LipstickLifestyle.com, Lesley has penned pieces for several publications, including Vancouver Magazine, Western Living, 29Secrets.com, InsideVancouver.ca (Tourism Vancouver's blog), and VancityBuzz.com.

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