Once again I’ll be ringing in the New Year in Iowa with family that we haven’t seen since we rung in 2009 with a splash of champagne and more than enough margaritas.
Back in Vancouver there are plenty of events around town for the entire family as well as the club crowd to help you celebrate the dawn of 2010.
GE Plaza Ice Rink at Robson Square is hosting a free family New Years Eve. The Children’s celebration will take place from 4:30pm until 7:30pm and feature stilk walkers, fire jugglers, magicians and many other forms of entertainment.
Irashai Grill in Coal Harbour is hosting set dinner specials for New Years Eve at $25 or $35. You can view the menus online [PDF]. Call (604) 688-8697 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations. Read an early review I did for them here.
Hastings Racecourse is hosting Trifecta, three rooms of entertainment for New Years Eve. Tickets are available through ClubZone.
The Beat 94.5 is presenting at least half a dozen club nights from Gastown to New Westminster on New Years Eve including events at Science World and the Massive Gala featuring Kid Carson.
Doolins Irish Pub on Granville hosts a Masquerade New Years Eve bash. Tickets are $40, bring your mask, and purchase tickets in advance online if you can.
The City of Vancouver is hosting a 35+ New Years Eve dinner/dance at the Renfrew Park Community Centre (2929 East 22nd Ave). A full dinner will be served and there will be party favours, prizes, and champagne at midnight. Tickets are $35 and available in advance by calling Cheryl Palidda (604) 257-8388.
I also put the call out on Twitter and here are some suggestions from my followers:
From @charliedemers: Laugh Gallery show at the Cambrian Hall (E17th) on New Years Eve Vancouver’s top comedians will be there along with host Graham Clark. Things kick off at 7:30pm and tickets are only available at Neptune Records (3561 Main St).
From @shanegibson: @talaythaifood is “the best new Thai in Vancouver” and they’re hosting festivities as well. Prices range from $25 to $45 for a fixed menu with champagne. You can read more, including how to make reservations, via the Facebook event listing.
From @cactusclubcafe: Bentall Cactus Club is offering all reserve champagne including Dom at 40% off along with a champagne toast at midnight. The Granville & W Broadway Cactus Club is currently taking reservations for tonight and will also have a champagne toast at midnight.
If you have an event you would like to add, please feel free to leave a note in the comments of this post.
Reminder: Head to English Bay by 12:30pm on New Years Day to register and take part in the 90th annual Polar Bear Swim.