Netflix ‘n Chill? You can do better on the last day of 2015. We’ve rounded up our Top 5 picks to ring in the New Year with handcrafted cocktails and multi-course diners at Vancouver’s best spots.
We’ve all been there, the last minute decision to crash some New Year’s Eve party, the one your friend’s cousin’s co-worker recommended. So there you are on December 31st drinking watered down cocktails, eating chips and guac while feigning interest in discussing proper Crossfit techniques or how epic ski season has been so far.
May we remind you that you’re a grown up now. So dress the part, gather your crew and vow to ring in 2016 with proper joie de vivre and a sprinkle of culinary genius. But book your table fast or NYE will turn out to be the same disaster it was last year (and the year before).
UVA Wine & Cocktail Bar
Are you a bit of comic book nerd? Did you not get enough oomph out of Halloween this year? This ticket is for you. UVA transforms into Gotham City with live cinematic tunes by The James Danderfer Jazz Trio. Expect a massive Hulk-like surprise as the clock strikes midnight.
THE DEAL $41.93 gets you two complimentary drinks, food, entertainment and party favours. The fun starts at 8pm and shuts down at 1:45am. All tickets to purchased on Eventbrite here. Hurry, capacity is limited.
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.
THE DEAL For $118 expect champagne coupe on arrival, hot and cold canapés and dessert throughout the evening. There will be entertainment by Emily Chambers until just after midnight with DJs to follow. Get there for 7:30pm and safely head home at 2am. Get tickets here.
So you’ve got kids. No worries, Cibo Trattoria has got you covered with a 6pm dinner seating. Enjoy a three-course meal prepared by Executive Chef Faizal Kassam. For those looking for the New Year’s ‘full pull’ get the 9pm seating dialed and buckle up for a five-course meal featuring ingredients that would make any red-blooded foodie blush.
THE DEAL $79 for the three-course early seating; $115 for the five-course 9pm shebang. For tickets call Cibo Trattoria at 604.602.9570 or email email@example.com
Carefully curated wine list? Check. Handcrafted cocktails? Check. Four-course feast led by Chef Lee Cooper? Check. This sounds like an easy choice if you’re seeking an intimate experience with France-meets-West-Coast-fare in L’Abattoir‘s 1,200-square-foot private dining room.
THE DEAL $175-per-person tickets includes four course dinner and beverage pairing. For tickets call 604.568.1701 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Expect this to sell out faster than Led Zeppelin fantasy re-union tickets.
Beach Bay Café and Patio
Think of this event as a choose-your-own-luxury-dining-adventure. Beach Bay Café Executive Chef Felix Zhou has gastronomic delights aplenty, including a mind-blowing-decadent Atlantic lobster high roller dish. Expect soul-pumping tunes from DJ Gabriel coupled with award-winning bartender Adrian Lindner’s potent cocktails.
THE DEAL $49 gets you in the door and goes up as you make your way to lobster-ville. Last seating is at 9pm, which means you better call 604.685.7337 or email email@example.com to lock down your spot.