[Note: This story features 2019 NYE events/menus. Click here to read about how to celebrate NYE 2020 at home in Calgary]
Restaurants with New Year’s Eve menus
Book a spot at one of Alloy’s two New Year’s Eve dinner seatings. The multi-course menu features an ahi tuna amuse bouche, crispy pork belly, seared duck breast, black current and sumac sorbetto and more. You can also choose to add wine pairings for an extra cost. Dinner seatings are at 5:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Cost: $95 per person
220 42 Ave. S.E., 403-287-9255, alloydining.com
The Allium will be offering two seating times for its New Year’s Eve dinner — one at 5:30 p.m. and one at 7:30 p.m. The first seating option includes a three-course pre-fixe menu and the second seating option includes a five-course pre-fixe menu. Both meals come with an optional wine/cocktail pairing as well as vegan and gluten free options.
Cost: $50 per person (three-course); $70 per person (five-course)
211A 12 Ave. S.W., 403-264-5416, theallium.ca
Families can spend the last night of 2019 savouring the tastes of the east coast at the Brasserie in Kensington. At this lobster feast, guests will be treated to a classic wedge salad, creamy buttermilk biscuits, Atlantic lobster and Canadian mussels with garlic butter, maple roasted brussels sprouts, rosemary baby potatoes and “death by chocolate” mousse ganache brownie with raspberry coulis.
Cost: $85 per adult; $45 per child
Brasserie Kensington, 1131 Kensington Rd. N.W., 403-457-4148, brasseriekensington.com
Spend New Year’s Eve indulging in a vegan or non-vegan four-course meal at Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant. The vegan meal starts off with a beet salad followed by organic roasted tomato soup and vegan roulade, finishing with coconut suji halwa. The non-vegan meal includes two or three options for each of the four courses. Select highlights include smoked salmon with cremè fraîche, roasted chicken supreme with truffle sauce and molten lava chocolate cake with homemade vanilla ice cream.
Cost: $85 per vegan meal; $95 per non-vegan meal
15979 Bow Bottom Tr. S.E., 403-476-1310, bvrrestaurant.com
Calcutta Cricket Club is embracing a railroad theme for two seatings they’re calling the “Calcutta Cricket Club Express.” Guests will enjoy a four-course menu where each dinner course represents a different region of India. Folks that attend the later seating will get a welcome cocktail and midnight bubbles as well as late night entertainment.
Cost: $65 early seating; $95 late seating
340 17 Ave. S.W., 403-719-1555, calcuttacricketclub.com
This delectable New Year’s Eve menu is themed “Midnight in Paris.” Cassis Bistro will start the evening with bubbles and an amuse-bouche before serving a five-course dinner that features black truffle, lobster, foie gras and more. Before the clock strikes midnight and we enter into the new year, you’ll have the opportunity to sample a variety of French delights. Seating is very limited; reserve at your earliest convenience.
Cost: $140 per person
105, 2505 17 Ave. S.W., 403-262-0036, thecassisbistro.ca
In partnership with the Rangers Supporters Club of Calgary, the Palomino Smokehouse with host a British New Year’s Eve event where there will be a day time countdown that’s synced with local time in England. Before the ball drops at 5 p.m. Calgary-time, there will be a happy hour social starting at 2 p.m. Festivities and dancing will lead up to our own NYE countdown, making for an entire day of celebration.
109 7 Ave. S.W., 403-532-1911, facebook.com
Enjoy a meat smorgasbord at either an early or late seating at Pampa Brazilian Steakhouse. Early diners will enjoy 11 different tableside carved meats and the 50-item hot-and-cold salad bar. Later patrons get all of that, three more meats and doce de leite cheesecake for dessert. Diners are asked to abide by a two-hour seating limit.
Cost: $54.99 early seating; $79.99 late seating. Standard prices for children.
521 10 Ave. S.W., 587-354-3441, pampasteakhouse.com
Look forward to the year ahead with dinner in a place that celebrates the past. The Selkirk Grille at the Heritage Park Historical Village is offering both a four- and six-course dinner as well as wine pairings for an additional $38.
Cost: $70 for four-course; $90 for six-course (table must have all the same courses)
1900 Heritage Dr. S.W., 403-268-8607, selkirkgrille.ca
Elevate your New Year’s Eve experience with a four-course meal at Sky 360 Restaurant, located on the penultimate floor of the Calgary Tower. Each course has different options to suit your palate or dietary restrictions, with entrees including beef tenderloin and foie gras, chicken supreme, lobster, prawns and crab, and harissa roasted cauliflower steak.
Cost: $99 per person
101 9 Ave. S.W., 403-532-7966, sky360.ca
The Tea House is partnering with Eighty-Eight Brewing Co. to host a retro après-ski New Year’s Eve Party. Eighty-Eight Brewing Co. will be taking over the taps for the evening and everyone is encouraged to wear their most rad ski attire — there’s even a contest for the best dressed. In true après-ski fashion, there will be a midnight beer toast to welcome in 2020.
Cost: $10.50 per person
The Tea House, 1213 1 St. S.W., 403-474-7766, teahouseyyc.com
This four-course dinner includes Champagne pairings at each course, with combinations like scallop tartare with Andreas Bender Riesling Sekt Brut and beet salad with Lugny Crement de Bourgogne Brut Rose. There is a choice between duck confit with braised cabbage and cherry jus or sablefish with ratatouille and beurre blanc for your entrée.
Cost: $95 per person
Winebar Kensington, 1131 Kensington Rd. N.W., 403-457-1144, winebarkensington.com
Family-friendly New Year’s Eve events
Is there a more Calgary way to close out the year than with a Flames game? We’ll let you decide, but know that their game against the Chicago Blackhawks will be a truly iconic finish to the year.
Cost: Starting at $65 per person
Scotiabank Saddledome, 555 Saddledome Rise S.E., ticketmaster.ca
The City of Calgary has compiled its family-friendly events happening at municipally run leisure centres, like Village Square and Southland, at Calgary.ca. Festivities and special events, like a DJ mixing tunes on the pool deck for the ultimate pool party countdown, will be included with standard admission.
Cost: Standard rates
Various locations, calgary.ca
On New Year’s Eve, head to Bella Concert Hall where local chamber choir Luminous Voices will be singing at 8 p.m. The choir will perform classic choral works along with jazz arrangements by guest artist and jazz pianist, Mark Shilansky.
Cost: $43 per person
Bella Concert Hall, Mount Royal University, 4825 Mount Royal Gate S.W., luminousvoices.ca
There will be multiple indoor and outdoor NYE activities for all ages in downtown Calgary on December 31. Split between the Central Library, Olympic Plaza and the Municipal Atrium at City Hall, activities include skating, story time, a children’s dance party and tours of the Central Library. Enjoy two different countdowns — an early one for kids at 9 p.m. and the real deal coinciding with the midnight fireworks.
Municipal Building, 800 Macleod Tr. S.E.; Olympic Plaza, 228 8 Ave. S.E.; Central Public Library, 800 3 St. S.E., calgary.ca
Check out the Calgary Zoo’s Zoolights display on New Year’s Eve. From 6 to 9 p.m., the zoo’s two million holiday lights will be turned on and activities like axe throwing, skating and magical classes will be available throughout the evening. Special discounts are available for those who buy tickets in advance online.
Cost: $19.95 general admission; $14.95 for children.
Calgary Zoo, 210 St. George’s Dr. N.E., 403-232-9300, calgaryzoo.com
From a family-friendly games room to a groovy family sing-a-long, there’s tons of fun activities to do leading up to Studio Bell’s 8 p.m. countdown. The first floor of activities is free for anyone from the public to attend, and all five floors of exhibitions and activities will be open to those who pay admission.
Cost: $10 per person
Studio Bell, 850 4 St. S.E., 403-543-5115, studiobell.ca
For the last day of the year, Fairmont Banff Springs transforms its Van Horne Ballroom into an exquisite dining and entertainment experience that features a four-course meal prepared by executive chef Robert Ash, premium wines, party favours as well as music from Barry Shaw and the Fairmont Banff Springs Orchestra. There is also a New Year’s Kids Party starting at 8 p.m. for children between the ages of six and 12.
Cost: $185 (children, dinner and dance; adults, dance only); $190 (teens, dinner and dance); $350 (adults, dinner and dance)
Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, 450 Spray Ave., Banff, 403-762-2211, fairmont.com/banff-springs
Families who want to wrap up 2019 a bit earlier can attend a New Year’s Eve countdown and ball drop at noon in Southcentre’s Centre Court. Leading up to the countdown, there will be a photo booth, resolution wall, LED dance floor, crafts, face painting and more fun activities attendees can participate in.
Southcentre Mall, 100 Anderson Rd. SE., 403-271-7670, southcentremall.com
Events for adults
This pun-happy party at Trolley 5 Brewpub certainly sounds like a hoot. There will be two main party areas with different DJs in each, a prime rib dinner special for $25, party favours and a midnight toast. Note: your entry does not guarantee a table — make a reservation if you’re planning to spend time off the dance floors.
Cost: $10 per person
Trolley 5 Brewpub, 728 17 Ave. S.W., 403-454-3731, trolley5.com
Beso de Tango’s New Year’s Eve event offers dinner, midnight Champagne and dancing past midnight to the early hours of 2020. The event, held at the Petroleum Club, will feature tango dancing and wine tasting.
Cost: $75 dinner and dance; $25 dance only
Calgary Petroleum Club, 319 5 Ave. S.W., besodetango.com
Enjoy a masquerade ball at the Carriage House Inn with different dining and lodging options available. The party is divided up into several different rooms with different style of music to please all the various party animals in attendance. Semi-formal or costume attire is encouraged, as are masks. Don’t have one? Face-painting will be available on site.
Cost: Starting at $115, room packages available
Carriage House Inn, 9030 Macleod Tr. S., 403-253-1101, masqueradenye.com
Two floors filled with seven bands are what you can expect on New Year’s Eve at live music institution and barbecue joint The Palomino. Dance away the year with the rhythmic sounds of Laura Hickli, Natural Twenty, The Corey Hotline and Witch Victim, or get that New Year’s kiss from your special someone to the tune of 36?, Windigo, Pancake and Thomas,Thomas.
Cost: $15 in advance; $20 at the door
The Palomino Smokehouse, 109 7 Ave. S.W., 403-532-1911, thepalomino.ca
Hotel Blackfoot’s fourth annual New Year’s Eve gala features a cocktail hour, a gourmet dinner, dancing, sparkling wine and a photo booth. The menu includes sweet and sour spare ribs, a whole roasted pig, ginger glazed mahi mahi and a selection of chef’s pastries for dessert. The dress code is Hawaiian luau attire, so bring your friends and dress to have fun.
Cost: $125 per person
Hotel Blackfoot, 5940 Blackfoot Tr. S.E., hotelblackfoot.com
End the year on a laughter-filled note at a comedy show at Hotel Blackfoot’s The Laugh Shop. On New Year’s Eve, there will be a buffet dinner at 8 p.m., a live performance by comedian Pete Zedlacher at 10 p.m. and a Champagne toast at midnight.
Cost: $99.95 per person
Hotel Blackfoot, 5940 Blackfoot Tr. S.E., 403-255-6900, thelaughshopcalgary.com
Ring in the new year at the King Eddy with some of The Polyjesters’ swinging country tunes starting at 9:30 p.m. Get an early start with Matt Masters during happy hour starting at 4 p.m. — there’s no cover and pints are only $7.
Cost: $25 in advance; $30 at the door
King Eddy, 438 9 Ave. S.E., 403-476-1679, kingeddy.ca
Attendees can send off the last night of 2019 with unlimited games, live entertainment from the Black Phoenix Orchestra, The Gentlemens Club and Poke the Bear, and a midnight prosecco toast. Scene members can purchase tickets for $20 until December 23.
Cost: $20 with Scene membership; $30 regular admission
The Rec Room, 1180, 901 64 Ave. N.E., 587-535-6077, therecroom.com
Dress to the nines in your best flapper gown or pinstripe suit for this roaring 20s party. Your swanky evening will start with a cocktail hour at The Oaks Lounge followed by a buffet dinner with a burlesque show from the Garter Girls. Afterwards, you can dance into the new year with your best Charleston or Foxtrot on the dance floor.
Cost: $100 per person
Century Downs Racetrack and Casino, 260 Century Downs Dr., Rocky View, 587-349-7777, cnty.com/centurydowns
You can end 2019 with Dom Pérignon Rosé all day (well, really all night) while listening to DJ Geoff Brown’s beats and remixes. Your admission includes a welcome Champagne cocktail at 9 p.m. as well as a rosé toast at midnight. There’s a dinner at the Derrick Gin Mill that attendees can book separately to attend.
Cost: $25 per person (before December 15); $35 per person (after December 15)
Untitled Champagne Lounge, 104, 620 8 Ave. S.W., 403-475-7226, untitledyyc.com
Don’t let the name of this event dissuade you — you don’t have to be single to attend the Singles New Year’s Eve Masquerade Gala. Couples can attend as well, and everyone will be given a red or white rose to show whether you’re taken or not. Taking place in the lobby of the Jack Singer Concert Hall in Arts Commons, this formal event features interactive games, a DJ and a silent auction.
Cost: From $20 per person
Jack Singer Concert Hall, Arts Commons, 205 8 Ave. S.E., artscommons.ca
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