Dec 19

New Year’s Eve 2013/2014

by Shannon Calhoun · 0 comments

If you’re looking for a night out this New Year’s Eve there are a lot of fantastic options!


Whether it’s family fun, dancing and drinks, or dinner with friends, Downtown Calgary has something for everyone.


The City of Calgary Recreation department is hosting a FREE New Year’s Eve Family Dance Party at City Hall. Drop by and enjoy games, crafts, living statues, fire dancers and more. Olympic Plaza will also be open that evening for skating.  Attendees are asked to dress in neon, white or anything that glows, and be ready to dance. Since this is geared towards all ages, it runs from 7:00pm-9:00pm, with the kid’s countdown at 9:00pm.  More details here.


The Ceili’s Modern Irish Pubs on 4th and 8th are both having a special New Year’s Revolution Party complete with live music, dining options and, of course, drinks.

Details for the 8th Avenue location menu options, entertainment and tickets can be found here.  Details for the 4th Avenue location menu options, entertainment and tickets can be found here.

In the mood for some great live music?  Stop by The Palomino’s New Year’s Eve party.

Eamon McGrath, Spencer Jo & the River Jacks, Bleachers, Lorrie Matheson, Mike Tod & Robbie Banks, Mallard, plus more, will be hitting the stage.  Advance tickets are $10 at and Sloth Records.
Get dolled up for a sexy Singles Masquerade New Year’s Eve Gala, Eyes Wide Shut style, at the EPCOR Centre.

A great place to mingle and dance the night away, singles and couples are both welcome to attend. Formal attire and a masquerade mask required. More details here.

There will be a “Times Square Affair” New Year’s Eve Gala in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Calgary and Area at Belgo Brasserie. Tickets for dinner and dance, or dance only are available. A “passport dining” menu will take you through a number of New York themed regions. Dancing starts at 10:00pm with an “all requests” DJ. More info and tickets here.

West Restaurant & Bar is hosting a Moulin Rouge themed bash.

Doors open at 8:00pm.   Tickets are $75 and include food, 1 cocktail and a champagne toast at midnight.  Find your tickets here.

Looking for a night of glamour and luxury? You’ll find it at the New York New York New Year’s Gala by The Beatmatrix at The Metropolitan Centre.

From runway models to street performers, they’re bringing the excitement of the Big Apple to Calgary. Get all the juicy details here.


If you’re in the mood for something a little more low key, Charcut is offering a mouthwatering 5 course menu to ring in the new year. With tasty dishes like buttermilk fried pheasant, with smoked cheddar hominy, and fresh chestnuts, and bacon wrapped Spragg Farms porchetta with cheddar grits, duck fat fried Brussels sprouts, I don’t think you can go wrong here.

River Café also has a special New Year’s menu with offerings like Weathervane scallop with wild boar dumpling, popcorn and apple, as well as bison tenderloin with porcini, fingerling potato, Bernaise.  Dinner is $110 per person, with the option of wine pairings for an additional fee. View the full menu here.

Start out your night at downtownfood with one of their two seatings on NYE.  The first is a 5 course pre-party dinner that starts at 5:30pm for $75.00, the second seating starts at 9:00pm and includes 7 courses with wine pairings for $150.00. Both of these creative menus start you off right with with champagne and oysters, but after that they’re completely different. Check out the unique choices here.

Whatever you get up to, please have fun and be safe!  Here are a few useful links for planning your trip downtown:

If you have a designated driver, this link will help you find parking, or you can always try Car2Go.

If you’re having some cocktails, then your best bet is probably a taxi, or Calgary Transit.  Transit is free on New Year’s Eve after 6:00pm.  For taxis you may be better off to pre-book if you can, or try #taxi on your phone.

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