Restaurants and clubs throughout town are busy shining their champagne glasses, getting ready to toast 2009 with family, friends and visitors who have decided to ring in the New Year in style, and in Whistler. Whether you decide to go all-out for the evening, and drop a pretty penny on dinner and live entertainment, a night at a local hotspot, or just chill out on a patio, you should check out all the options, first!
What: Tommy Africa’s New Years Party Beats
Start off your New Year in style at Tommy Africa’s New Years edition of their classic Party Beats evening. DJ Rich-A plays popular music, ranging from top 40, hip hop, old school and R&B, that promises to pack the dance floor, while hors d’oeuvres and champagne circulate when the clock strikes 12. Tickets are $69, and are available at Tommy’s after 9:30 p.m. every day before the event, and at the door. You can also snag them online at clubzone.com or clubvibes.com. Doors open at 9 p.m. Call 604-932-6090 to make table reservations. Dress to impress!
Where: Tommy Africa’s
Maxx Fish is the place to make memories this NYE. Ministry of Sound Canada touring DJ, Puf the Majik DJ, supplies the beats for this party, mixing every sort of party track imaginable: top 40, R&B, house, electro, and party rockers galore. And with Shits and Giggles transforming the bar for the evening, it’s sure to be a sight to behold, as well! Tickets are $75, which includes gourmet appetizers, party favours, and a champagne toast at midnight. Doors at 9:30 p.m. Contact 604-932-1904, or visit the Fish in person any night after 9 p.m. to purchase tickets.
Where: Maxx Fish
What: Winter Wonderland 2009
Garf’s hosts one of the biggest parties in town to welcome in 2009 -- in fact, it’s been a sold-out event for 15 years running. DJ R3 and Andreas Morel will man the decks, bringing a mix of top 40 dance, hip hop and retro, combined with high-energy dance and house later in the evening. Tickets are $90 before Christmas, $100 after, and $125 on NYE, with each ticket holder receiving a bottle of champagne, and, of course, appetizers at midnight. Doors at 9 p.m. VIP packages and table reservatons are also available -- contact 604-932-2323 or email@example.com for more info or tickets.
What: Classic New Years Eve 2009
The newly-renovated Savage Beagle is offering up a musical journey through time, starting with disco and ending with today’s top 40 and house, courtesy of DJ Rob Banks and Chris Brown. An all-female staff will serve up a special selection of seasonal holidays, and VIP and table reservations are also available. Tickets are $75 for early birds, $90 after Christmas, with each ticket holder receiving a bottle of champagne and appetizers at midnight. Doors at 9 p.m. Contact 604-938-3337 or firstname.lastname@example.org (subj: savage beagle) for more info and tickets.
Where: Savage Beagle
What: NYE ‘09
The biggest party of the year at Whistler’s good-time headquarters. Expect a classic NYE party, with long-time local and resident DJ Rosco on the decks, spinning an eclectic mix of hip hop, R&B, electro, top 40, club anthems and old school classics. Since it’s NYE, you can also expect hors d’oeuvres, party favours and a champagne toast when the ball drops at midnight! Tickets are $75, and the doors open at 9 p.m. Contact 604-935-1152 or visit in person during the evenings to purchase yours.
Where: Moe Joe’s
What: NYE at the GLC
Ring in the New Year at this coveted local hotspot -- cozy up around the fireplace, as DJ Ali B (UK), Vinyl Ritchie and Foxy Moron take their turns at the decks, getting the dance floor packed and moving. Tickets are $75 at the GLC -- get ‘em quick, because they sell-out fast!
What: New Year With a Bang!
Looking for a bit more sophisticated way to spend the last evening of 2008, but still want to have loads of fun? The FireRock has just the ticket -- Chef Jeffrey Young whips up an equisite a la carte menu, while the Goby Catt & Catt Pack entertain the crowd. Group tables can be reserve with a pre-purchase of Cristal or Dom Perignon, or individual tickets can be purchased at $30 per person in advance, or $35 at the door. For more information, contact Katt at 604-966-4726. Doors at 8 p.m.
Where: FireRock Lounge at the Westin
What: New Year’s at Roland’s
Come join the party in Creekside! Prepare to have your eardrums enthralled by this group’s mix of original music and reworked covers, as they provide the evening’s entertainment. Tickets are $10 for general admission, which includes party favours. Add $29.95 if you want to parttake in the buffet, as well. Party starts at 9 p.m. For more info, contact 604-932-5940.
What: New Years with The Hairfarmers
The infamous local duo of Guitar Doug and Grateful Greg bring the house down with their endless list of cover classics during a very special New Years Eve performance. Prepare to rock out for the rest of 2008! Party starts at 10 p.m.
What: Grand New Years 2009 Celebration
Toast the New Year at Bill’s, with DJ Peacefrog getting the party truly rocking. Walk down their red carpet and enjoy a taste of the good life, with the Times Square countdown featured on big-screen TVs, appetizers, a champagne toast, and party favours galore! Tickets are $150 and are available at www.buffalobills.ca or by calling 604-932-6613.
Where: Buffalo Bill’s
What: Longhorn Saloon’s Legendary New Years Eve Celebration
Celebrate the New Year in style, with a “mountain casual extravaganza” of festivities, including a live New Years Eve countdown, DJ performance, champagne toast at midnight, hors d’oeuvres, complimentary coat check, and dessert bar. Doors at 8 p.m., open ‘til 3 a.m. Tickets are $75 and are available at www.longhornsaloon.ca. After-party tickets are just $25.
Where: The Longhorn Saloon
What: NYE at Dubh Linn Gate
Get ready for a rocking good time at this Irish pub! Tickets are $135.00, which includes a prime rib and salmon buffet, early bird cocktail, champagne at midnight, party favours, and live music with Murphy’s Lagh starting at 9:30 p.m. Tickets normally sell out by Dec. 29, so get a move on, and contact email@example.com for more info.
Where: Dubh Linn Gate Old Irish Pub
What: NYE at Dusty’s Countdown in Creekside!
This favourite local hotspot is ringing in the New Year with the help of the five-piece rock and roll cover band, Air Borne. Tickets are $50, which includes a champagne toast at midnight and party favours. You can snag your tickets at the bar.
What: Countdown at the Crystal
This long-time favourite local watering hole is taking a more laidback approach to the holiday -- G Willy, an acoustic musician, will be providing the entertainment for the evening, with party favours and a champagne toast at midnight included in the $10 entry fee (charged after 8 p.m.). No pre-sold tickets, just show up!
Where: Crystal Lounge