My days of celebrating New Year’s Eve in a big nightclub are over, but whether I decide to head out to a beautiful restaurant or a house party to ring in the New Year, one thing is always top of mind: how do we get there and back, safely?
New Year’s Eve is one of the worst days of the year for drunk driving, which makes it scary to get around as a driver or pedestrian. I’m always so grateful to live in a city that offers free public transportation on NYE, thanks to Corby Spirit and Wine. I’m so glad that Corby has stepped in to provide Torontonians with #CorbysSafeRides from 7 p.m. on December 31st, 2016, until 7 a.m. on the morning of January 1st, 2017.
If you’re like me, you might still be searching for the right party plans, so here’s a list of 15 fabulous Toronto restaurants where you can celebrate NYE 2017 in style. The best part? You can easily get to all of these restaurants by TTC, and for free on NYE, thanks to Corby!
Here’s what’s happening at 15 of Toronto’s hottest restaurants on NYE 2017:
Here’s one for the East Siders (like me!) who love Mexican food (also like me!). Barrio on Queen Street East is offering two pretty epic options on NYE:a 3 course set menu and an open bar party.
Location: 884 Queen Street East, Toronto.
Reservations: Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 647-352-0884.
Price: 3 course prix fixe menu: $60; open bar party ticket: $35.
Toronto’s popular Eastern Mediterranean spot, Byblos, will offer guests an extraordinary New Year’s Eve menu prepared by Executive Chef, Stuart Cameron. Enjoy either a 3 or 4 course meal, featuring favourites like the Aromatic Lamb Shoulder, Roasted Red Beets Labneh with Barbari Bread, Basturma Pide, or Braised Veal Breast, with the option of a wine pairing.
Location: 11 Duncan Street, Toronto.
Reservations: Email email@example.com, or call 647-560-0439.
Price: 3 course prix fixe menu: $70; 4 course prix fixe menu: $85; wine pairing: $50.
3. Carbon Bar
In case you didn’t know, the beautiful Carbon Bar restaurant lives inside the old Electric Circus space in Toronto. For NYE 2017, they’re going back to their roots with an Electric Circus-themed party that includes dinner, a live DJ and dancing.
Location: 99 Queen Street East, Toronto.
Reservations: Call 416-947-7000.
Price: 3 course early bird seating (5-6 p.m.): $59; 4 course second seating (7-8 p.m.):$79; 4 course + sparkling wine NYE seating (9:30-11 p.m.):$99.
4. The Chase
The Chase will have three NYE dinner seatings (5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.) with a menu including Venison Tartare, Grilled Atlantic Lobster and Hokkaido Scallops.
Location: 10 Temperance Street, Toronto.
Reservations: Call 647-348-7000.
Price: The first seating is $90 per person; the second and third seatings are $125 per person.
5. Colette Grand Cafe
Colette Grand Cafe is thrilled to be hosting its Second Annual Secret Society Themed New Year’s Eve Party! Tickets include a variety of food offerings, OPEN BAR and curated tunes to keep you dancing all night long!
Location: 550 Wellington Street West, Toronto.
Reservations: Tickets can be purchased HERE.
Price: $150 per person, use code GCnye2017 for 10% off!
6. The Drake Hotel
This year, The Drake Hotel is bringing the thrill with a deluxe circus theme that goes over-the-top, Under the Big Top. Start the night with indulgent Drake eats + gin cocktails. Then bring your inner ringmaster to life in the Digital Fabrik photo booth, see into the future with tarot readings to get your year in check, and slay the night with host, Champagna Enemea counting it down.
Location: 1150 Queen Street West, Toronto.
Reservations: Call 416-531-5042 x1 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Price: Early General Admission: $45; 3 course first seating dinner: $75 per person; Strolling Underground Cocktail Party: $75 per person; 4 course second seating dinner: $125 per person; after-midnight admission: $25.
Experience Italian inspired cuisine by executive chef, Anna Chen, at FIGO located in the Entertainment District. The restaurant will be offering a 4 course prix fixe menu including FIGO favourites like the Fig Ricotta, Zuccini Fritti, Scallop Crudo, Truffle Tonnareillo, and Pumpkin & Ricotta Cheesecake.
Location: 295 Adelaide Street West, Toronto.
Reservations: Email email@example.com or call 647-503-4074.
Price: Prix Fixe menu: $85.00 per person.
8. Kasa Moto
Yorkville’s Kasa Moto is ringing in the New Year with a family-style Izakaya dinner, plus complimentary champagne. Menu highlights will include Wagyu Beef Carpaccio, Rock Shrimp Tempura and Whole Grilled Sea Bass.
Location: 115 Yorkville Avenue, Toronto.
Reservations: Call 647-348-7000
Price: $120 per person.
Ring in the New Year at Lavelle with their first annual Black & White Affair. Celebrate with champagne, fine dining, good company, and an unforgettable view of the city skyline.
Location: 627 King West (Rooftop), Toronto.
Reservations: Tickets can be purchased HERE.
Price: Party tickets, dinner service and bottle service are between $40 and $1,250 per person.
10. La Société
Take a trip to Paris on New Year’s Eve by dining at La Société, located in Toronto’s Yorkville neighbourhood. The restaurant will be offering an à la carte menu until 7:30 p.m., followed by a 3 course prix fixe menu including delicacies such as Wild Mushroom Tarte, Beef Wellington or Lobster Thermidor.
Location: 131 Bloor Street West, Suite 211, Toronto.
Reservations: Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 416-551-9929.
Price: Prix Fixe menu: $95.000 per person.
11. Miss Thing’s
Ring in the New Year in a tropical environment without leaving #the6ix at Miss Thing’s in Parkdale! Enjoy a prix fixe dinner in the restaurant and a Tiki Disco NYE party in the restaurant’s event space.
Location: 1279 Queen Street West, Toronto.
Reservations: Email email@example.com or call 416-516-8677.
Price: Prix fixe dinner: $50 per person.
Enjoy authentic Spanish tapas at the intimate and cozy Patria, located on King Street West. Patria will be offering guests a 3 or 4 course dinner and wine pairing options. Dinner will include authentic Spanish dishes such as the Alcachofa Fritta, Black Cod, and Costillas De Cordero Encebolladas.
Location: 478 King Street West, Toronto.
Reservations: Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 416-367-0505.
Price: 3 course prix fixe menu: $70.00 per person; 4 course prix fixe menu: $85.00 per person; wine pairing: $65 per person.
13. People’s Eatery
Ready for a no fuss, no muss, moderately respectable house party,IN A RESTAURANT? If the answer is yes, add the New Year’s Eve House Party at People’s Eatery in Chinatown to your list! The best part? You can bring your own booze but they’ll still be serving their delicious snacks!
Location: 307 Spadina Avenue, Toronto.
Reservations: Email email@example.com or call 416-792-1784.
Price: Tickets are $30 in advance;contact the restaurant directly to book.
Planta‘s NYE menu will include Asian Pear Tartare, Seared Hearts of Palm Scallops and a gourmet dessert platter hand-picked by Chef, David Lee.
Location: 1221 Bay Street, Toronto.
Reservations: Call 647-348-7000.
Price: Dinner: $55 per person, served family style.
15. Pray Tell
If a cute bar with good snacks and great cocktails is all you’re looking for (with the added bonus of a free glass of champagne!) book a table A.S.A.P. to ring in 2017 at the most adorable and delicious snack bar in Toronto: Pray Tell.
Location: 838 College Street, Toronto.
Reservations: Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Price: Free entry; reservations required.
No matter what your plans for NYE 2017 consist of, please remember to drink responsibly and travel safely with the help of #CorbySafeRides. Even if you decide not to leave your house, please remind your friends and family that they can travel for FREE on the TTC that night!