new year’s eve party guide
Now’s annual survey goes across the town to help revellers blast their way into the year 2002
ALLEN’S This east-end pub offers a four course meal, followed by the music of the swing band Bradley and the Bouncers. Call for ticket information. 143 Danforth. 416-4633086. ALLEYCATZ This new jazz club features the music of the Terril Oliver Band. 2409 Yonge. 416-481-6865. APPLEBY’S A DJ spins here December 31, with dinner also available. Call for full details. 2787 Eglinton East. 416-266-1969. BAMBOO Roots reggae crew Ibadan hosts here, with DJ Nigel B and MC Mark Strong cutting it up between sets. Tickets are $30. 312 QueenWest. 416-593-5771. BEN WICKS There’s no cover here and a special New Year’s Eve menu will be offered. 424 Parliament. 416-961-9425. BETTY’S Snacks, hats and tunes are offered here. Call for ticket information. 240 King East. 416-368-1300. BLACK SWAN Blue Room sings the December 31 blues here. 154 Danforth. 416-469-0537. BLUES ON BELLAIR This blues club welcomes 2002 with a southwestern buffet, a midnight toast, late-night dessert table and the music of the Philip Sayce Trio. Tickets are $75. 25 Bellair. 416-944-2095. BOVINE Glammy locals Robin Black and the Intergalactic Rock Stars, Cheerleader and Sixty Six Kicks ring in 2002 here. Doors open at 8 pm. 542 Queen West. 416-504-4239. BRUNSWICK HOUSE A DJ spins tunes at this venerable watering hole, with bubbly served at midnight. Admission is $10. 481 Bloor West. 416-964-2242. CADILLAC LOUNGE The John Borra Band brings twang to 2002 here. Tickets are $15. 1296 Queen West. 416-536-7717. CAFE HAVANA There’s live latin music plus tunes spun by a DJ here. Call for ticket information. 236 Adelaide West. 416-598-4444. CAMBRIDGE SUITES HOTEL This hotel offers a New Year’s Eve dinner in their restaurant as well as deals for those staying the night. Call for reservations and details. 15 Richmond East. 416-368-1990. CAMERON HOUSE Kevin Quain’s Rancho Mysterio performs here. Best of all, there’s no cover. 408 Queen West. 416-703-0811. C’EST WHAT Celtic crew Mere Mortals ring in the New Year here. Call for ticket info. 19 Church. 416-867-9499. CERVEJARIA A DJ spins tunes all night at this latin club. Tickets are $85 and include dinner. 842 College. 416-588-0162. CHICAGO’S A blues band tba will be ringing in 2002 here. Call for details. 335 Queen West. 416598-3301. CHICK ’N DELI The band Kick provides December 31 thrills here. Tickets are $50 including dinner. Those checking in later can get in for $25. 744 Mt. Pleasant. 416-489-7931. COMFORT ZONE Jam group the Burt Neilson Band hosts December 31 here. 480 Spadina. 416-975-0909. DIRKS DJs spin club music here and the kitchen’s open late. 244 Adelaide West. 416599-9030. DUE Italian food and live music here. 304 Richmond West. 416-591-9994. DUKE OF KENT A DJ spins tunes and the dance floor’s been polished up for this pub’s year-end fest. There’s no cover and the party runs until 3 am. 2317 Yonge. 416-485-9507. ESPLANADE BIER MARKT This big pub rings in 2002 with dinner and music. $150 gets you everything, including a five course meal, a champagne toast, midnight buffet, party favours and the music of the Kenny V Band. Those dining elsewhere can get in for $60 from 10 pm onwards. 58 the Esplanade. 416862-7575. FIONN MACCOOL’S This huge Irish pub welcomes 2002 with music and food. Tickets for the 6:30 pm dinner are $75, while cover for just the 9 pm party is $20. 70 the Esplanade. 416-362-2495. GROSSMAN’S Local groove band Caution Jam rings in 2001 here. Tickets are $17-$20 and include food. 379 Spadina. 416-977-7000. GYPSY CO-OP There’s one dinner seating at 8 pm here, followed by tunes spun by DJ Poko. 817 Queen West. 416-703-5069. HARD ROCK CAFE The recently-renovated Hard Rock features parties downstairs and upstairs in their new 279 club. Call for ticket info. 279 Yonge. 416-362-3636. HEALEY’S Blues rockers Fathead host here. Tickets are $30 and include snacks and champagne at midnight, and expect owner Jeff Healey to slide on stage with his guitar at some point in the evening. 178 Bathurst. 416-703-5882. HILTON AIRPORT Doc Green and his Big Band play swing music here December 31. Tickets are $99 for the dinner and dance and $29 for dancing only. 5875 Airport Road. 416-223-0344. HORSESHOE TAVERN The Sadies ring in 2002 here. Tickets are $15 in advance. 370 Queen West. 416-5984753. HOTEL INTERCONTINENTAL The Harmony Lounge features a masquerade party with a four piece jazz band and a buffet. Tickets are $110. 220 Bloor West. 416-960-5200. HUGH’S ROOM Sandy MacIntyre and Steeped In Tradition ring in 2002 at this new folk/roots music club. Tickets are $55 and include a four course dinner, the music, party favours and a glass of champagne at midnight. 2261 Dundas West. 416-531-6604. JAMES JOYCE Live music, drinking and dancing are planned at this Irish pub. 386 Bloor West. 416-324-9400. KATHEDRAL Industrial trance and darkwave with the charmingly-named R351570R. Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 at the door. 651 Queen West. 416-504-0744. KOOL HAUS The New Deal plays live jammy house here, with top local DJs Denise Benson and Nick Holder spinning between sets. Tickets are $40-$45 and include party favours, a champagne toast and entrance to the Guvernment. 1 Jarvis. 416-870-8000. LEE’S PALACE The very suave Danko Jones brings the rock to Lee’s Palace, with guests the Chickens. Tickets are $16 in advance. 529 Bloor West. 416-532-1598.
LOOSE MOOSE This popular pub rings in 2002 with a mock casino. Call for ticket information. 146 FrontWest. 416-977-8840.
MADISON This pub splits its December 31 party up. A feast takes over one room, and general admission dancing and partying is in another. 14 Madison. 416-927-1722.
MARIPOSA CRUISE LINES Ring in 2002 floating out in the lake with this New Year’s Eve cruise. Boarding is at 7:30 pm and the boat floats around Toronto harbour until 1:30 am. Tickets are $110 and include the cruise, dinner, party favours and a glass of champagne. 416203-0178. www.mariposacruises.com.
MCVEIGH’S This venerable Irish pub offers live music by Fresh Eire. 124 Church. 416-364-9698.
MILANO A buffet dinner, drinks and dancing are on tap here. Call for all the details. 325 King West. 416-599-9909.
As he does every year, saxophonist Jim Galloway hosts this jazz club’s New Year’s Eve gala. Tickets, which always sell out early, are $85 and include dinner and the show. 65 Sherbourne. 416-363-0179.
NATHAN PHILLIPS SQUARE
City TV again takes over the downtown square for their Traditional New Year’s Eve Bash. Gord Martineau and Juliette Powell host, joined by Liz West, Rick Campanelli and a to-be-announced lineup of musicians. Admission is free, alcohol’s not permitted and the entire event is broadcast from 10:30 pm on Citytv and CablePulse 24.
Music and food at this College Street bar. Call for details. 580 College. 416-535-0613.
The Carpet Frogs perform, and tickets are $50 including dinner and $30 for just the show. 1660 Bayview. 416-481-0371.
There’s special menu items, champagne at midnight and no cover at this cool pub. 178 Bathurst. 416-504-9997.
A DJ spins tunes all night here. Call for ticket information. 539 Bloor West. 416-530-1331.
DJs spin tunes, a full menu is available and there are party favours and bubbly at midnight. Tickets are $20 in advance. 276 King West. 416-977-0003.
This party features alternative music in the main room and retro in the parlour. Tickets are $35, available at Ticketmaster and the club and include admission, party favours and a champagne toast. 410 Sherbourne. 416-323-1251, 416-870-8000.
John & Jenny’s Rock & Roll Party, featuring Dodge Fiasco, rings in 2002 here. Tickets are $10 in advance. 300 College. 416-920-0366.
There are two New Year’s Eve options here. Tickets are $75 before 9 pm and include dinner. After 9 pm, you can check out the Michael Pickett Band for $25. 14 Duncan. 416-598-5209.
The Night Shift Blues Band host this Etobicoke barbecue grill’s party. Dinner and show tickets are $35, while baronly admission is $15. 199 North Queen Street. 416-621-4555.
There are only 500 tickets available for this new vodka bar’s New Year’s Eve party. Admission is $30 and includes music and more (vodka, presumably). 205 Richmond West. 416-593-6660.
It’s a Fetish Masquerade New Year’s Eve here, with DJs Lazarus, Phink and Dar spinning. Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 at the door. 651 Queen West. 416-504-0744.
The Mod Club takes over here, spinning Northern Soul, British beats and more until 4 am. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door and include the chance to win a Lambretta scooter, mod CDs and DVDs and clothing. 783 College. 416-535-7888.
REX HOTEL This jazz club features funky cats Grooveyard. Tickets are $35 and include food and champagne at midnight. 194 Queen West. 416-598-2475.
RHODES This jazzy New Year’s Eve party includes both a regular and special menu and live music by Norman Amadio and Bob Price. No cover. Call for reservations. 1496 Yonge. 416-968-9315.
Funk and soul crew Planet Earth bring groovy beats here. Tickets are $20 at the door and include early morning food, party favours and DJs playing tunes upstairs. 334 Queen West. 416-596-1908.
There are two different parties at this swank hotel. The Imperial Room hosts a New Year’s Eve gala featuring dinner and dancing to an eight piece swing band. Tickets are $200. Alternatively, the Epic Room offers a Romantic Eve featuring a six course gourmet dinner and slow dancing. Tickets are $250 per couple. 100 Front West. 416-368-2511.
The Dawgs play R&B and top 40 here. Call for ticket information. 2050 Yonge. 416-480-0202.
This Irish pub welcomes 2001 with Go Freddie Go. Tickets are $49.99 and include a four course meal and breakfast the next morning. 150 Eglinton East. 416-484-6637.
This New Year’s Eve party features food stations around the room, one complimentary glass of champagne or cocktail, party favours and dancing all night. Tickets are $49. 117 Eglinton East. 416-488-7889.
The Downchild Blues Band and guests Kenny Brown and the Pervaders host this bluesy New Year’s Eve party. Dinner and show tickets are $45 in advance and $50 at the door, while those just interested in the music can get tickets for $20 in advance and
$25 at the door. 486 Spadina. 416-763-9139.
MR SLATE George Olliver and Gangbuster play blues here. Tickets are $75. 952 Kingston Road. 416-694-9495.
SUTTON PLACE HOTEL A four-course dinner is offered at this hotel’s Accents restaurant, with tickets costing $64 per person. 955 Bay. 416-924-9221.
360 The band Dynamite rocks here. Call for ticket info. 326 Queen West. 416-593-0840.
TOP O’ THE SENATOR This jazz club’s New Orleans-style show featuring Jake Wilkinson worked so well last year that they’re doing it again. Dinner and show packages are available as well as show-only passes. Call for reservations. 249 Victoria. 416-364-7517.
TORONTO COLONY HOTEL This New Year’s Eve party for singles features three different packages. Dinner and dancing runs from 6 pm until 2 am, dancing-only is available from 10 pm onwards, and there’s also a package including a room and a continental breakfast in case you want to stay the night. Call for ticket information. 89 Chestnut. 416-829-3780.
After more than 150 years in business, this pub knows how to throw a party. No cover. 667 King West. 416-504-9912.
This hotel offers four different New Year’s Eve options. An early three course dinner is available between 5 and 8 pm for $75, followed by a later, five course meal for $125. In Club 22, a three course dinner is offered from 8:30 pm for $100 and includes admission to the dance club. Those just interested in dancing can get in for $40. 18 St. Thomas. 416-971-9666.
ZEN BUDDHIST TEMPLE
Before the debauchery, take a few moments to contemplate the year that’s passed at this temple’s Kindling Light of Mind ceremony. All are welcome and the ceremony begins at 8 pm. 86 Vaughan Rd. 416-658-0137.
A NEW BEGINNING
This rave might actually be worth the trip to Buffalo for. The four room party features music spun by heavyweights Tragic, Jes One, Dr. Trance, Paradigm, Omni, Major Malfunction, Xotec, React, Bullets and many, many more. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door and $8 after 4:30 am for those arriving very late. There will also be a 24 hour liquor license for those 21 and over. www.snertent.com.
Dinner and a full night of dancing at this lakeside club will cost you $100 per person. Those just interested in the nightclub can get in for $45. 955 Lakeshore West. 416-260-8000.
Only 400 tickets will be sold for this party. Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 at the door and include champagne and party favours at midnight. 31 Mercer. 416-977-9813.
BUDDIES IN BAD TIMES
The entire performance space of this club is opened up for the Trick party December 31, featuring DJ K-Tel. Tickets are $15 in advance and doors open at 10:30 pm. 12 Alexander. 416975-8555.
In this club’s Parlour Lounge, two dinner seatings are offered at 7 and 9:30 pm. Tickets are $125 and include admission to the party in the Cherry Room. Those just interested in the dancing and champagne at midnight can get in for $60. 333 King West. 416-646-0110.
COURTHOUSE CHAMBER LOUNGE
Tickets for this New Year’s Eve party, featuring current house and dance music all night, are $60. There is also a dinner package, with cocktails beginning at 6 pm, for $125. Tickets are available at the club and Ticketmaster. 57 Adelaide East. 416-214-9379, 416-870-8000.
DJs spin alternative music. 529 Bloor West. 416-532-1598.
The waterfront club reopens December 31 with a massive party featuring dancing, party favours and a free shuttle bus to and from Union Station. DJs Soul Du Jour, Storm, Abstract and Marky D perform, Tony Monaco hosts and the entire event goes out live-to-air on Z103.5 FM. Tickets are $30 in advance and $38.50 at the door. 11 Polson. 416-461-3625.
DOWN ONE LOUNGE
Rice Junkie Collective and DJs Cisco, Chester and Brisz host at this new club. Tickets are $35 in advance. 49 Front East.
EL CONVENTO RICO
This flamboyant nightspot’s New Year’s Eve extravaganza includes a DJ, floor show, hors d’oeuvres and champagne at midnight. 750 College. 416-588-7800.
The party here runs from 9 pm until 6 am. Ludicrous and Peter & Tyrone spin upstairs, with more guests downstairs. Tickets are $30 in advance. 533 Queen West. 416-359-1919.
FEZ BATIK This club offers two parties for the price of one. DJs Adam Marshall, Jamie Watts, Jeremy P, Caulfield, Hali and Rod G, Ian Guthrie, Gerald and Fiona Licious spin in both Fez and upstairs in B-Side. Early bird tickets are $40. General admission is $45 in advance and $50 at the door. 129 Peter. 416-204-9660.
FIVE DJs Mr. Falco and Helena host here. Tickets are $25 in advance and more at the door and include a lineup-free entry, champagne and giveaways. 5 St. Joseph. 416-9648685.
This gay club has a special guest DJ hooked up for December 31. 6 Gloucester. 416-410-5426.
There are several different parties happening under the banner of the Guvernment’s Electric Paradise banner. In the Guvernment, Mark Oliver spins. The Orange Room features hiphop, R&B and classic dance, while classic house takes over the Drink. Charlies/Tanja features DJ Christopher Micheals spinning R&B, classic and current house, and there is also action in the Acid Lounge. Tickets are $40-$45 and also get you into the Kool Haus party. 1 Jarvis.
HEAVEN N’ HELL
This New Year’s techno party at a location tba features the T-OH Techno Mafia of Unabomber vs Decepticon vs DSP vs Pauze as well as Impact, Deacon Boombastardizer vs Tekken, SOS, St. Pete, J Marshall and many more. Advance tickets are $15, and entry at the door is $25. 416-812-8687.
Tickets for the swank lounge’s December 31 party are $75 and include four appetizers, four drink tickets and a mini bottle of champagne. Those not interested in the drink tickets can get in for $50. 77 Peter. 416-345-8585.
Tickets for this club’s party are $60$75, and dance music is the flavour offered. 218 Richmond West. 416-591-0009.
This new club’s New Year’s Eve bash presents It’s A Boy’s Life. Tickets are $35 in advance. 32 Dalhousie. 416-608-3331.
This year-end party goes live to air on Mix 99.9 and features retro 80s and 90s in the Cathedral and top 40 dance in the Joker’s Den. Tickets are $40, available at Ticketmaster and the club, and include admission, party favours and a champagne toast. 318 Richmond West. 416-598-1313, 416-870-8000.
MostWanted Entertainment take over here, with sets by Honey Dijon, Kenny Glasgow and guests. Tickets are $25 in advance and more at the door. 240 Richmond West. 416-598-1221.
DJ Peter the Greek spins everything from top 40 to retro 70s. Tickets are $25$30 and more at the door. 250 Adelaide West. 416-593-6126.
Tickets for this party are $30 in
advance and $50 at the door, with DJs spinning all night. 330 Adelaide West. 416-979-3168.
MONEY Tickets for this club’s party are $30 and include tunes spun by a special guest DJ, champagne at midnight and a gift bag when you leave. 199 Richmond West. 416-591-9000.
MY APARTMENT This club’s year-end party includes DJ dancing, champagne and party favours. Tickets for the first 200 people are $35 and a dress code is in effect. 81 Peter. 416-348-9884.
NASA Matt C, Janos K, Neven B, Nonsense, Keith Young and Unga B spin into 2002 here. Tickets are $25 in advance and include a buffet, 3-D movies and champagne at midnight, and the party runs until 6 am. 609 Queen West. 416-504-8356.
Funky crew Uproc joins forces with party promoters Milk, Ritual and RnB for a massive and funky night of house, jazz, disco and hiphop. Guest DJ Ron Trent checks in alongside Richard Brooks, Ali Black, Felix and Gani, DJ Serious, Mike K, John Kumahara and Kola. Check the Web site for ticket info. 1601 Lakeshore West. www.kolakube.com.
Tickets are $30 in advance and $45 at the door for this dance club’s party, featuring DJs, champagne, visuals and hors d’oeu-
vres. 12 Brant. 416-504-3222.
SAVAGE GARDEN DJ Pale spins industrial, goth, retro and dark wave at this gothic New Year’s Eve party. Cover is $10 and includes champagne at midnite. A dress code is in effect. 550 Queen West. 416-504-2178.
SHALLOW GROOVE Tickets for this party are $20 and include champagne at midnight and tunes spun by DJ Scott Cairns. 559 College. 416-944-8998.
There’s no cover at this gay bar until 1:30 am, and DJ dancing on three different floors. 418 Church. 416-977-4702.
This new club rings in 2002 with a party that runs until 6 am. Tickets are $100 in advance and $150 at the door and include champagne, breakfast and tunes spun by three different DJs. 57 Duncan. 416-597-0202.
Breathe co-host this party, with Max Graham playing a marathon five hour set. Call for ticket info. 117 Peter. 416-408-3996.
This party’s Venetian Masquerade is inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut film. Call for ticket info. 469 King West. 416-598-4050.
THIS IS LONDON
This club revives last year’s wildly successful Night At The London Mansion party, which featured house music
and Playboy bunnies. Call for ticket information. 364 Richmond West. 416-351-1100.
279 This club above the recently-renovated Hard Rock features music and food. Call for ticket info. 279 Yonge. 416-362-3636.
TURBO Soca, roots, R&B and more here, with DJs Dr. Jay de Soca Prince, DJ Chief, Court Jester, the Attitude Sound Crew and Sivu Play. 200 advance tickets are $15 with a canned food good, and admission at the door is $20. Dress code in effect. 360 Adelaide West. 416-378-3278.
Movement DJs Jason Palma and DeeJay Nav spin house, global beats and more here. Call for ticket information. 422 Adelaide West.
VELVET UNDERGROUND This alternative rock club features DJ Joe behind the decks playing alternative and hiphop. Tickets are $20, available at the club and through Ticketmaster. 510 Queen West. 416-504-6688, 416-870-8000.
WHISKEY SAIGON Tickets are $25 here, with house music, hiphop, R&B and top 40 music all on tap, as well as some surprise live acts. 250 Richmond West. 416-593-4646.
WOODY’S This club hosts a New Year’s Eve Hoopla with Sofonda and DJ Robb and special appearances by Nicolette Brown and Scarlett Fever. There is no cover. 465 Church. 416-972-0887.
ZEN LOUNGE Edge 102.1’s Bingo Bob and Lana spin alternative tunes here. Tickets are $20 in advance and $30 at the door and include dinner, champagne, prizes and a chance to win a trip for two to Mardis Gras. 526 Queen West. 416-366-3303.
ACCESO There are two dinner seatings here, one at 6 pm and another at 8:30 pm. There’s also an after-party beginning at 10:30 pm. Call for reservations. 398 Eglinton West. 416-4879500.
In the holiday spirit, this restaurant will be closing at 10 pm so it’s staff can ring in the New Year somewhere other than at work. Reservations will be accepted until 8 pm, and the regular menu will be offered. 294 Adelaide West. 416-979-1910.
Reservations will be accepted until 9 pm for a regular menu here. The entire building will be closed by 11 pm. 133 John. 416-595-8201.
This restaurant offers two seatings, an a la carte menu and New Year’s Eve specials. 2455 1/2 Queen East. 416-698-1300.
This Texas grill offers its regular menu but closes at 10 pm. 146 FrontWest. 416-977-8840.
Tickets for this restaurant/lounge’s bash are $44 and include champagne, antipasto and tunes spun by a DJ. 924 Queen West. 416-535-1655.
BISTRO 990 This restaurant rings in 2002 with its regular menu plus a few special items. Call for reservations. 990 Bay. 416-921-9990.
BYZANTIUM This bar offers up its legendary selection of martinis as well as a set five course menu. Tickets are $75 and must be paid for when you book a table. 499 Church. 416-922-3859.
CENTRO GRILL & WINE BAR
There are two seatings at this restaurant. An a la carte menu is offered from 5-8:30 pm for $75, followed by a gala four course dinner at 9 pm for $90. There is also live entertainment following the food. 2472 Yonge. 416-483-2211.
The tower’s 360 restaurant hosts dinner and then partiers are invited to dance off those calories at the Horizons bar. A special menu will be offered as well as a la carte selections. 301 FrontWest. 416-362-5411.
This hot Indian restaurant offers its regular menu and some specials. Reservations are essential. 309 King West. 416-740-6622.
DUKE OF YORK
This pub offers a special menu for $35.95. There’s no cover for folks just looking for a drink. 39 Prince Arthur. 416-964-2441.
EASY & THE FIFTH
Tickets for this restaurant/club’s December 31 party are $85. Call for details or check their Web site at www.easy andthefifth.com. 225 Richmond West. 416-979-3000.
This Bloor Street restaurant rings in 2002 with a special menu and its regular fare. 522 Bloor West. 416-5972915.
Dinner, dancing and live entertainment rule this Latin restaurant. 430 College. 416-921-2752.
This restaurant is closing at 10 pm December 31. An early dinner seating will be offered, though, featuring their regular menu. 187 Bay. 416-214-9922.
This top seafood restaurant invites you to ring in 2001 with a candlelight dinner. Seating begins at 5 pm and both a la carte and set menus will be offered. 69 Richmond West. 416-364-1345.
This restaurant presents its regular menu for December 31. 17 Hayden. 416-3230179.
FROG AND FIRKIN
There’s no cover charge or table minimum at this uptown pub on New Year’s Eve. Party favours and champagne are on tap as well as a few chef’s specials and the pub’s regular wine list. 4854 Yonge. 416-225-FROG.
The Wallpaper-approved eatery offers two set menus and two seatings at 5:30 and 8 pm. 372 Bloor West. 416-513-0077.
A special menu’s offered here. Call for reservations. 35 Church. 416-366-7800.
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KING EDWARD HOTEL This hotel’s New Year’s Eve gala includes a buffet dinner at 8 pm and dancing to follow. Tickets are $150 per person. 37 King East. 416-863-9700.
KIT KAT There are three seatings for dinner here, at 6, 7:45 and 9:30 pm. A regular menu is offered. 297 King West. 416-977-4461.
LAVA DJs Fish~Fry spin here. $75 gets you canapes, a four course dinner, cocktails, champagne and party favours. A club-only pass will cost you $25. 507 College. 416-966-5282.
LEFT BANK DJ Mark McCoullough spins mixed dance tunes here. Tickets are $100 for dinner and dancing and $35 for just the party, and both are available at the club and through Ticketmaster. 567 Queen West. 416504-1626, 416870-8000.
LEMON MERINGUE A special, multi-course set menu is presented here. Call for ticket info and full details. 2390 Bloor West. 416-769-5757.
LE SAINT TROPEZ This French restaurant offers its regular menu December 31, with entertainment provided by cabaret crooner Andree Bernard. 315 King West. 416-591-3600.
LE SELECT BISTRO There are two seatings for this restaurant’s December 31 dinner. A special menu is offered for $65. 328 Queen West. 416-596-6405.
MILESTONE’S BAR & GRILL All four locations of this restaurant offer four course meals starting at $34.99. Regular menus and bar packages are also available. 132 John, 416595-1990. 5095 Yonge, 416-225-2552. 646 Dixon Road, 416-245-6262. 3051 Vega Blvd, 905-828-9119.
Two big New Year’s Eve offers here. An early show runs from 5:30 until 7 pm and includes a four-course feast for $64.95, $39.95 for children. At 9 pm, the real New Year’s Eve spectacular takes over with pre-show hors d’oeuvres, a two-drink ticket, a four-course feast plus one bottle of wine per table, a photo with the King or Queen, champagne and a 12:01 am continental breakfast all offered for $110 per person. Exhibition Place. 416-260-1234.
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PAN ON THE DANFORTH Special New Year’s Eve dinner packages are available at this Greek hotspot. Call for reservations. 516 Danforth. 416-466-8158.
PANORAMA This bar with the great view promises a buffet dinner, DJ and a midnite chocolate fondue. Tickets are $75. 55 Bloor West, 51st floor. 416-967-0000.
PATRIOT This excellent restaurant offers a New Year’s Eve prix fixe dinner. Call for reservations. 131 Bloor West. 416-922-0025.
PICANTE This Latin club offers music, hors d’oeuvres and champagne at midnight. Call for ticket information. 326 Adelaide West. 416-408-2958.
PLANET HOLLYWOOD This restaurant will be open for a special New Year’s Eve party. Call for full details. 277 FrontWest. 416-596-7827.
QUEEN MOTHER This downtown restaurant is offering a special New Year’s Eve menu as well as an a la carte menu. Call for more details. 206 Queen West. 416-598-4719.
RESERVOIR LOUNGE Dinner and show, featuring the music of Tyler Yarema, Janice Hagen and Tory Cassis are $125. Standing room only for the 10 pm show is $40. 52 Wellington East. 416-956-0887.
A special New Year’s Eve menu is offered at this restaurant for $50. Call for reservations. 1164 Yonge. 416-923-3122.
ROSEWATER SUPPER CLUB
Two options here. A 5:30-7 pm dinner is a la carte. At 7 pm, cocktails are offered, followed by a five course meal at 8 pm and the music of jazzman John Roby at 9 pm and dancing from 12:30 am until 3 am. Tickets for the second dinner are $150. 19 Toronto. 416-214-5888.
ROSEWOOD GRILL & PIANO BAR
There are two dinner seatings here. Admission to the 6:30 pm seating is $75, while the 9:30 pm meal will run you $110. Entertainment is by Salome Bey and Washington Savage. 1055 Yonge. 416-323-0000.
An a la carte menu is offered here until 8 pm, followed by a New Year’s Eve gala featuring dinner, champagne and party favours, with entertainment to follow. Call for ticket information and reservations. 100 Cumberland. 416-964-2222.
The hot Italian restaurant with the inexpensive food and funky sign offers a regular and special menu. Call for reservations. 343 Eglinton West. 416-322-5183.
SLACK ALICE This restaurant offers two dinner seatings at 7 and 9 pm, followed by dancing from 11 pm until 3 am. 562 Church. 416-969-8742.
SOUTHERN ACCENT This Cajun restaurant offers its regular menu and then pulls away the tables for a post-midnight house party. 601 Markham. 416-536-3211.
SPAHA The Wallpaper-esque restaurant offers a special December 31 menu with tunes to follow. Call for reservations. 66 Harbord. 416-260-6133.
The hot sushi restaurant offers its regular menu December 31. Reservations are essential. 596 College. 416-531-2822.
This Italian restaurant on top of the Westin Harbour Castle offers a six-course meal with wine tasting, dancing and a champagne toast for $250. Those wishing to stay the night can get dinner and a room for $610. 1 Harbour Square. 416-869-1600.
Like its neighbour Southern Accent, True Grits offers a regular and special a la carte menu and then lets loose for a party downstairs. 603 Markham. 416-536-8383.
VENI VIDI VICI
This College Street hotspot offers an allyou-can-eat buffet for $75, followed by a DJ and champagne at midnight. The party runs from 7 pm until 4 am. 650 College. 416-536-8550.
WAYNE GRETZKY’S This sports bar’s year end party includes dinner, dancing and live music. Call for ticket information. 99 Blue Jays Way. 416-979-7825.
WINDSOR ARMS A couple of different December 31 options here. An early dinner, running from 5:30 until 8 pm is available for $75 per person. A later 8:30 pm gourmet dinner, followed by dancing is offered for $125. There are also packages available that include accommodation. Call for full details. 18 St. Thomas. 416-971-9666.
COMEDY WOOD UPTOWN
Hypnotist the Incredible Boris mesmerizes here. Tickets are $40 and include the show, dancing, party favours and champagne at midnight. 800 Steeles West. (905) 761-0543.
Dinner and show packages are available here. Call for full details. 370 King West. 416-364-5233.
LEONI’S Tony and Tina’s Wedding takes over here. Dinner and show tickets are $88.50. 56 Blue Jay’s Way. 416-343-0100.
MASSEY HALL It’s a New Year’s Eve Comedy Extravaganza here, with performances by funny folks Sean Cullen, Mike McDonald, Kenny Robinson, Jason Rouse, Jessica Holmes, Russell Peters and more. Tickets are $38.50-$48.50 and the show begins at 8 pm. 178 Victoria. 416-8724255.
SECOND CITY Two options here. The sketch show Family Circus Maximus runs at 8 pm, with tickets costing $25. Then at 10:30 pm, the proper New Year’s Eve gala begins. Dinner and show packages, which include entrance to the post-show party, are $88.30. Show only is $40. 56 Blue Jays Way. 416-3430011.
TIM SIMS PLAYHOUSE The Devil’s Advocates and guests MattWatts, Boyd Banks, Lisa Lambert, Christie Bruce and more host here. Tickets are $25, the show begins at 10 pm and the party starts at midnight. 56 Blue Jay’s Way. 416-343-0011.
WINTER GARDEN THEATRE
Former Kid In The Hall Mark McKinney continues his performance of Fully Committed, December 31 with two special options. For $115, you can enjoy dinner at Bistro 33, the performance and then a post-show champagne reception with McKinney. Those just interested in the show can get in for $59. 189
YUK YUK’S SUPERCLUB
Sean Collins, Lou Eisen and Chris Quigley offer New Year’s yuks here. Tickets for dinner, the show and preferred seating are $75. The show-only will run you $45. 2335 Yonge. 416-967-6425.
YUK YUK’S WEST Russell Peters, Ron Josol and Ian Sirota ring in 2002 with laughs here. Call for full ticket information. 5165 Dixie Road. 416-967-6425.
COMEDY EXTRAVAGANZA (Massey Hall, 178 Victoria, 8 pm. $38.50$48.50. 416-872-4255) Whether providing much-needed diversion or biting satire, some of the most closely watched commentators on the past year’s events have been the comics. What better way to ring in the new year than with a roundup of some of the country’s funniest folks? From FLOW 93.5’s Kenny Robinson and character queen Jessica Holmes, to culture-clash boy Russell Peters and the butt-obsessed Jason Rouse, no one in Massey Hall’s gala lineup is gonna hold back. That includes born-again stand-up Mike MacDonald, who’s hosting, and the always affable Seán Cullen, who gets to
headline the all-star event.