New Years Eve in Ottawa
New Years Eve in Ottawa
Home to an exciting nightlife and hundreds of amazing restaurants, you’ll have tons to do in Ottawa, from the time you arrive to the time you leave, making this combo of old-school charm and new-world diversity a great place to spend New Year’s Eve. If you’re sick of slouching on the couch watching Ryan Seacrest count down the ball drop in NYC, here are a few of the coolest things to do in Ottawa on New Year’s Eve and some must-see locations you should definitely visit.
Manger et Bonne Année!
Downtown Ottawa is host to a huge selection of restaurants and with formal, casual, and avant garde dining lining it’s kitschy cobblestone streets. If you’re not much for the lights and sounds of nightclubs, you can always enjoy one of the New Year’s Eve Supperclubs in the area. Rosalie is holding a Midnight in Chicago themed 21+ Supperclub with six courses of Italian cuisine in a luxury-laden setting with upscale live music and delicious bubbly thanks to sponsors Moet & Chandon Champagne. Another amazing event is at Time Supperclub where Moet Champagne holds a black tie event in its opulent space where one can rub elbows with many a model, celebrity, or Ottawa royalty while enjoying exquisite fare like Pan-Seared Scallops or Tuna Tataki, and don’t forget the world-class wines and spirits.
Simply Go For a Bite
If you’re looking for something even quieter, book a table at one of Francophone Fusion expert Chuck Hughes’ restaurants. Garde Manger, a dimly lit and extremely intimate dining experience with old world charm serves French Fusion cuisine that includes quality wine, cheese, and seafood, or Le Bremner, home to the Food Network hit Chuck’s Day Off where Top Chef Canada’s Season 3 Runner-Up Danny ‘Smiles’ Francis (Chef de Cuisine) turns up the heat with a friendly evening of great music, sleek and sexy décor and food with flair. Visit Chinatown for amazing Peking Duck or any number of authentic Chinese dishes that include succulent seafood and all manner of dumplings in a crisp and clean setting like Mon Nan Restaurant that allows for large groups or families.
You may be past the point of partying, but even families can have a great time gathering up the clan and visiting the All Ages party down at the Old Port and Place Jacques Cartier. With rocking live entertainment and unique vendors, this free outdoor festival helps you and your kids kick off the New Year with frozen fun on the Rockefeller Centre-inspired Old Port Skating Rink up until 2 AM. Fireworks start at midnight courtesy of the Telus Fire On Ice Festival, which regularly runs on Saturdays through New Year’s in the stunning skies over Old Ottawa. Kids can also enjoy face painting, local food vendors, and fun in the snow, so even those who are up past their bedtime get a chance to celebrate.
New Year’s Eve Nightclubbing
New Year’s Eve in Ottawa is an adult playground for club-hoppers who want to dance the night away to high velocity music and enjoy high tech light shows. Engineer your own club crawl by attending the Intrigue party at Ivy Nightclub with its all-night VIP treatment and killer sound system, making your way down St. Laurent to the Pinq Ball at Pinq Taco & Upclub where there is EDM, Hip-Hop and House music popping on two separate floors with ultra-chic décor, private rooms, and high-quality bottle packages. If you’re getting to be a little old for the dance music scene and want a more adult evening, Ottawa still has something for you: Le Rouge Bar hosts Midnight in Paris from its two-storey, crimson-tinged atmosphere with DJs and a little more room for conversation, so if you’re over glow sticks and raves, you can join the rest of the 21-35 year old tribe in their festivities instead.