If you love going out, dancing to the latest beats and don't mind the crowds or getting your feet a little wet, then my list of top Montreal New Year's Eve events, just below, are sure to please. And do consult this Guide to New Year's Eve in Montreal. It covers the bases.
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Taxicabs: Plan Ahead
Finding a taxi after the clubs close on a regular night is an exercise in patience by itself. Calling for a cab after 3 a.m. on a cold New Year's morn in Montreal can be even more exasperating than usual with busy phone lines and long wait times. So on this new year's, save yourself the frostbite and aggravation. Print this list of Montreal taxi companies and bring it with you to your club event on New Year's Eve. Your wait will be that much shorter with all these taxi phone numbers on one page: just call them one by one, ask them how backed up they are and find the quickest ride. And for everyone who came by car, these two designated driver services in Montreal are going to come in mighty handy.
MONTREAL NEW YEAR'S EVENTS 2013-2014: BEST BETS
1. The All Ages
New Year's Eve Party at the Old Port
If the idea of engaging in run-of-the-mill clubbing bores you to tears but you really want to be out and about in the middle of some action and also want to do something a little different, then consider the Old Port this New Year's Eve. Or maybe you're just looking for an early evening precursor. Skate at the Bonsecours Basin outdoor skating rink, open until 1 a.m. on December 31st (technically January 1st). Fireworks herald the new year at midnight but the party gets started as early as 7 p.m. just north of the skating rink, at Place Jacques-Cartier, and keeps going until 2 a.m. with outdoor dancing, mulled wine and other surprises. About 40,000 people attend the Old Port's New Year's festivities so be ready for a crowd. All ages and families welcome. Event is free but skating is not. Details on skating admission and rentals.
2. The Naughty
Kiss Me: It's New Year's 2014
One of Montreal's more interesting openings of 2013 was that of Atame, Montreal's first ever aphrodisiac restaurant. Teaming up with the event production team behind Monde Osé, New Year's Eve promises to sizzle with a menu chock full of, you guessed it, aphrodisiac foods. And drink. Patrons can either book a table for the five-course dinner ($100 per person) OR sign up for the after-midnight portion of the evening ($25, includes a glass of bubbly and one oyster). Read more about Atame.
3. The Cool Kids
I Love Neon, Montreal's chief electro nightlife promoter, is the mastermind behind this two-room bash featuring none other than Chromeo on DJ duty as well as Ryan Hemsworth and Tommy Kruise leading the lineup pack. Open bar tickets available at $80. Just a heads-up: if hipsters make you cringe, do realize that they'll be lining the walls. However, do expect a low douche count. Expect a college-aged crowd. At Telus Theatre (map).