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New Year’s Eve Party Guide 2014

Techno ragers, casual neighbourhood hangs, live jazz, soul, garage rock and psych, karaoke, burlesque, festive feasting and more.

The Great Gatsby

Whatever you do this NYE, don’t stay in. Even if you’re the kind of person who’s out partying and gigging every night — and want to make a point of shunning New Year’s because it’s an overrated, overwrought celebration (which it can be, no denying that) — there’s nothing more depressing than being home alone with the TV while everyone else is out having fun, or at least trying to.

If you’re still looking for the right way to kick 2014 to the curb, maybe one of these 23 events will suit you:


Apt. 200

Saintwoods’ NYE bash features a line-up of DJs that’ll be familiar to anyone who frequents their club: Dave Luxe, Jay London, WYLN and Myfrienderic. Admission includes open bar from 8-10 p.m. and hors d’oeuvres.

3643 St-Laurent (2nd floor), 8 p.m., $30

See the FB event page here.


Bar de Courcelle

This St-Henri bar is doing it down-home and casual, with DJ Napolitaine spinning pop oldies and Québécois yé-yé classics, free bubbly at midnight and a warm and cozy ambiance.

4685 Notre-Dame W., 10 p.m., free


shrimp_cocktail1Bar le Ritz PDB

Every Mile End hipster and Mile Ex scenester under the winter sun is DJing at the Marilis Cardinal/Blue Skies Turn Black party at le Ritz (fka Il Motore), also featuring live music by She-Devils and Planet Hollywood, a karaoke session and plenty of shrimp.

179 Jean-Talon W., 9 p.m., $5 before midnight/$10

See the FB event page here.


Le Belmont

Chocolate Jungle presents Days of Gold, a soul/disco/funk/R&B/reggae party feat. a live performance by Doo Bop Girls (aka SamIAm Montolla and Chanda) and DJs Frank Blvd and J-Kutz.

4483 St-Laurent, 9 p.m., $20 in advance/more at the door

See the FB event page here.


Le Bleury Bar à Vinyle

DJs Akufen, Alfred Borden and Lexis spin at this intimate downtown hotspot.

2109 Bleury, 9 p.m., $20 advance/$25 at the door

See the FB event page here.


beyonce-16Brasserie Beaubien

Get messy to the tune of local bands Lungbutter, Cheap Wig, Alcrete and le Syndicat du Cauchemar Jaune, plus DJ Harpy.

73 Beaubien E., 9 p.m., $6/PWYC

See the FB event page here.


Cabaret Playhouse

Bow Down 6: The Beyoncé Themed Party is promising a full night of Queen Bey and Bey-connected artists care of DJs (Erika P, Hua Li, DJ Lykz) and a live performer (Leelee Davis).

5656 Parc, 9 p.m., $7/$10

See the FB event page here.


Cabaret Underworld

Black Lights NYE proposes a rock ’n’ roll New Year’s bash featuring live music by the Brains and the Blue Demons, plus DJ Mathieu Beauséjour & Chris Danger, Karen Juanita and Vanilla Bliss.

1403 Ste-Elisabeth, 9 p.m., $10 presale before Dec. 15/$15 advance/$20 door

See the FB event page here.



Carnavalesque Freak Show

Bacchanalia specialists Cirque de Boudoir present their sixth annual NYE extravaganza, and American Horror Story/Todd Browning fans will appreciate this year’s theme. Alongside Carnavalesque’s line-up of kinky burlesque, go-go, circus and music performers, DJs include JNNBNNRCK, Davidé and your host Plastik Patrik.

Bain Mathieu (2915 Ontario E.), 9 p.m.3 a.m., $60 advance (includes one drink ticket)/$70 after Dec. 26/$80 at the door/$110 VIP (includes open bar).

See the FB event page here.


Casa del Popolo

Lipster Karaoke, the roving event you may have experienced at the old Royal Phoenix or at Notre Dame des Quilles, comes to Casa for New Year’s Eve, with DJs Hollie Hensman and Taylor Hoodlum Stevenson. Bonus: free champagne at midnight.

4873 St-Laurent, 10 p.m., free

See the FB event page here.



Bass Drive, Big Tooth and PMI co-present what promises to be a banger, with DJs imported from as far as Leeds and St. Louis, and as close as Hochelaga. The talent includes DJs 50 Carrot, the Frim, Dubloadz b2b Midnight Tyrannosaurus, CFE & Resize, Bommer, Construct, the W4rriors and Gnave.

Venue TBA at noon on Dec. 31, 9 p.m., $30/$35/$40 in advance/more at the door

See the FB event page here.



Party far from the hordes with the crew from Chinatown tiki bar le Mal Necessaire, occupying the intimate confines of this Mile End nightclub. Expect ecstatic music by DJs Rilly Guilty, Rob Brown and Marian Gold (aka Spaceman).

98 Laurier W., 9 p.m., $10

See the FB event page here.


Divan Orange

Expect live music by les Guerres d’l’amour, DJs, dance and costume contests, show-ticket and bottle giveaways and general revelry at this Plateau showbar.

4234 St-Laurent, 9:30 p.m., $18/$25

See the FB event page here.


Red Mass
Red Mass


Analogue Addiction presents psych-out punks Red Mass, ringing in 2015 with a DJ set by les Marinellis.

4467 St-Denis, 9 p.m., $10

See the FB event page here.


Foufounes Electriques

Downtown Montreal’s alt cavern hosts a New Year’s Eve Party with a pair of DJs bringing the underground sounds, sick drink specials and free champagne for everyone at midnight.

87 Ste-Catherine E., 8 p.m., $12 in advance includes priority entrance & one free beer/$15 at the door, also includes free beer.

See the FB event page here.



Katacombes proposes a Punky Reggae Party for NYE, with a soundtrack of reggae, ska, rocksteady, punk, oi! and rock ‘n’ roll.

1635 St-Laurent, 9 p.m., free

See the FB event page here.



Downtown pan-Asian restaurant — the one with the sushi conveyor belt — proposes Kamasutra, a festive dinner followed by a full-on party.

1458 Crescent, dinner at 6 p.m., party at 10 p.m., $28/$38/$88/$99/$119

See the ticket options explained here.

See the FB event page here.



Chefs Charles-Antoine Crête and Dominic Lalonde present a New Year’s feast: a seafood platter, lobster Sabayon and venison, with Paris-Breste for dessert.

4105 St-Laurent, 4 p.m.-3 a.m., $79 (+$41 with wine), reserve: 514-439-1850

See the FB event page here.


Notre Dame des Quilles

DJs Pas Cha and Honest Lake run the decks at Mile Ex’s bar/DIY bowling spot, spinning. punk, rap, R&B, rock and club bangers.

32 Beaubien E., 10 p.m.

See the FB event page here.


Nouveau Palais

UPDATE: Nouveau Palais’s NYE event has been cancelled, BUT the Mile End restaurant will be open Jan. 1 for New Year’s Day brunch.

281 Bernard W., 514-273-1180


DJ catsNYE Hardstyle Massive

With international headliner DJs like NYC’s Lenny Dee and Miami’s Synoid, party buses being organized from NYC, Toronto and Ottawa and the promise of a 12-hour menu of bass music, electro, dub, drum & bass, psy trance and other banging subgenres of dance music spread out over three rooms, this sounds like an event for people who want to party as hard as humanly possible.

Downtown venue TBA, 10 p.m.–10 a.m., $65/$80/$95

More info here.


Old Port/Place Jacques Cartier

Merry Montreal is already bringing the festive fun to Old Montreal, and their outdoor NYE bash should be one for the books, with quality franco acts Alex Nevsky, Bernard Adamus and les Soeurs Boulay, DJ Ines Talbi & Abeille, a grandiose countdown and fireworks at midnight.

7 p.m., free

More info here.




U.K. producer, recording artist and DJ Jon Hopkins headlines the third edition of Omisoka, a Samourais des Jungles Urbaines/I Love Neon/Igloofest/Evenko co-production that promises to be insane. Expect DJ sets by Purity Ring’s Corin Roddick, Com Truise, POMO and Harrison, a live set by TR/ST and more talent to be announced. Hosted by DL Jones.

Darling Foundry (745 Ottawa), 10 p.m.6 a.m., $40 advance, more at the door

See the FB event page here.



If canapés and cocktails, a four-course dinner and live soul music sounds like your jam, check out Carlton J. Smith in this beautiful Mile End theatre. Fans of vintage soul should note that not only has Smith played James Brown in a movie, he opened for Brown and filled in for a string of dates when the Godfather of Soul passed away.

5723 Parc, doors at 7 p.m., dinner at 8:30 p.m., $175

See the FB event page here.


La Sala Rossa

DJ Huggs joins residents Scott C and Andy Williams as the Goods rolls out its annual funk/soul/jazz/hip hop/house/Afro/Latin/Brazilian/boogie dance party.

4848 St-Laurent, 10 p.m., $20 in advance/$25

See the FB event page here.



Le Societé des arts technologiques proposes a two-part electro party for New Year’s Eve, featuring Turbo Recordings DJs Harvard Bass, Bordello and Thomas Von Party in the Satosphère and DJs Prison Garde, Kyle Kalma, Seb Diamond, Hatchmatik and Jason Voltaire in the SAT’s main space.

1201 St-Laurent, 10 p.m.3 a.m., $34.25

See the FB event page here.



Singer Dawn Tyler Watson and her band perform at this downtown jazz bar as a deluxe three-course meal is served.

1254 Mackay, 8 p.m., $137.95

See more info here.


Billy L'Amour
Billy L’Amour

The Wiggle Room

Burlesque performer Billy L’Amour (and friends, and DJs) are throwing an extravagant NYE extravaganza, inviting people to rock the wild side of formal: “fancy dress, black tie, glamourous lingerie” etc. Expect pop-up burlesque and DJs playing “the sexiest music of 2014.”

3874 St-Laurent, 9 p.m., $20/$25

See the FB event page here.


Happy holidays from the Cult MTL team!

Have a great time on NYE, and please party responsibly: eat a meal before you get hammered, keep an eye on your drinks at the bar/club, take public transit or a cab and call Nez Rouge to drive your drunk ass home if you’re stuck out with car.