new year’s eve party guide

Now’s an­nual sur­vey goes across the town to help revellers blast their way into the year 2002

NOW Magazine - New Year's Eve Party Guide - - News - Com­piled by MATT GAL­LOWAY with files from MARCO URSI


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.mari­

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.


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.


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.


Dance clubs


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.sner­


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.


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.


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.


Rice Junkie Col­lec­tive and DJs Cisco, Ch­ester and Brisz host at this new club. Tick­ets are $35 in ad­vance. 49 Front East.


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.



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.ko­


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 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.


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.


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.


Tick­ets for this restau­rant/club’s De­cem­ber 31 party are $85. Call for de­tails or check their Web site at www.easy andthe­ 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.


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.

INDIANrant of­fers RICE its regular FAC­TORY menu The and ace some In­dian spe­cial restauitems. INNOCENTI414 Dupont.There are­ings at 6 and 9 pm here,587 Kin­gas well West. as 416-203-0551.set menus for $50 and $60.

IRIE Ring in 2002 Yard-style with this Ja­maicanCol­lege. 416-531-4743.restau­rant’s regular menu. 808

JOV The up­town eatery of­fers a spe­cial menu De­cem­berBayview. 416-322-0530.31. Reser­va­tions are cru­cial. 1701

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.

MYSTERIOUSLYFood, mur­der and YOURS­mu­sic here. DINNERA four-course THEATRE din­ner, Mur­der fol­lowedIn Par­adise by andthe in­ter­ac­tiveDJ danc­ing who­duni­tun­til 2 am are 416-486-7469.of­fered. Tick­ets are $179. 2026 Yonge.

N’AWL­INS Din­ner and show packages are avail­able reser­va­ this 299 jazz King club/restau­rant.West. 595-1958. Call for

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.


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.


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.


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.



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.


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

Yonge. 416-872-5555.


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 tohead­line the all-star event.

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