With New Year’s Eve just around the corner, it’s time to start making plans to ring in 2016 if you haven’t done so already. If you’re attending a house party that’s great (it’s often the less-complicated option), but if you’re looking to go out to celebrate the arrival of the New Year in the Nation’s capital, take a look at Eventful Capital’s Guide to NYE 2016 parties in Ottawa-Gatineau to help you pick the best event for you. Whatever you choose to do for New Year’s Eve, Eventful Capital wishes you tons of fun surrounded by people you love. Enjoy the celebrations and be sure to make the necessary arrangements to get home safe. Cheers! (P.S. Check back in as more events are added in the coming days.)
Ring in the New Year with a dinner and beer pairing featuring local foods by Clover and brews from the Dominion City Brewing Co. Choose from a 3-course dinner, 5-course dinner or join in for the after party starting at 10:30.
If you’re on a tight budget and/or want to stay away from the bar scene, but still want to go out, dress warm and make your way over to Sparks for the annual Sparks Street New Year’s Eve. This free family-friendly event will feature lots of entertainment including live performances, DJ sets, latin dancers, drinks, a dance party and fireworks and a maple-leaf drop for the midnight countdown.
If you want to rock out on December 31, head on down to Avant-Garde Bar in downtown Ottawa to check out a live show featuring E.L.E., Onionface, Muelkik and the Muddy Hack.
Over at the Blacksheep Inn in beautiful Wakefield, celebrate the end of 2015 by dancing the night away with local experimental funk/pop heavyweights Hilotrons and Timekode’s own DJ Zattar. This is bound to be a great party!
Barrymore’s Music Hall is throwing its annual New Year’s Eve party with DJ Punky Drewster playing the best in 80s, 90s and Top 40s hits. Tickets include party favors, bubbles for the midnight countdown, hors d’oeuvres and more. If this is the type of celebration that you’re looking for, click below for tickets and more info.
St. Joseph Parish Hall is hosting the “Glamour & Class” New Year’s Eve party with a slew of DJs including Ottawa’s Fusion & Selekta Shellz, DJ Criss Cross and more. Interestingly enough, this event has a “be your own bartender” policy before midnight, a balloon drop and prizes and giveaways throughout the night.
Ottawa MC Ohsogood is throwing a big party to welcome 2016 and it’s going down at the Vibe Shisha Lounge on Somerset St on December 31. Smoke shisha, pop bottles and jam to the music selections of Ottawa DJs Mes, Tytus and Versatje.
If you’re looking for a break from the cold weather, California Dreamin’, happening at the Ottawa Marriott Hotel, should satisfy your need for a summer-themed party. Back by popular demand, DJ RayRay will be in the building to get the 1000+ party-goers dancing the night away and there will be a photo booth, party favours, a desert bar at midnight, a silent auction and a chance to win a trip for 2 to Cali baby. Dress code: California-chic.
Are you a fan of the great Chaka Khan? If so, then you’ll want to spend your New Year’s Eve at Mavericks for London Gentleman Records’ A Tribute to the Music of Chaka Khan. L.G.R. artists like Riishi Von Rex and Marc Decho will be performing live while DJ Breakthru plays funk and soul records in between sets to keep the party going.
On December 31, the Rainbow Bistro invites you to sail into the new year “Miami Nights” style with Pleasure Craft at the smoothest party in the city. The dance floor will be groovin’ and bodies will be movin’ to the sounds of the best of ’75-’85 soft rock hits by the likes of Hall & Oates, Fleetwood Mac, Ace, Steely Dan, Doobie Brothers, Michael McDonald, Christopher Cross, Toto, Lionel Richie, Phil Collins, Sade, and Elton John among others.
For all the hip-hop heads out there, Ebony & Ivory is bringing you Rewind, the premiere old school and throwback NYE party happening at Real Sports in the By Ward Market. For the occasion, DJs Mace, Kane, Sweet Chunes, Mikey Wizdom and Overproof will be spinning the best old school hip hop tracks to keep the dance floor bumpin’ all night. You’ll also be able to watch the Times Square ball drop from the 27-foot screen on site.
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This year, Mercury Lounge brings you a multi-level NYE celebration dubbed Paradise Garage. The event is an ode to the era where the club experience was a privilege shared by the most fierce and free where taboos and secrets were protected by the walls of the venue. On the top floor, house kings Lance Baptiste & Trevor Walker will be playing the best in disco, classic house, rare grooves and modern day electronic. They’ll be joined by visual master Matt Cameron and live percussionist Jesse Matthews. Down in the basement, you can party it up with DJs Dusty and Jon Deck who’ll be spinning hip hop, rap, electronic and trap. Sounds like a party!