Real talk: our extensive list of New Year’s resolutions that we vow we’ll stick to the whole year… usually flop by like, the second week of January. From attempting a plant-based diet to launching a rigorous gym regimen—that ended before it even began, natch—we know we’re not alone in this struggle. But on the eve of 2018, you shouldn’t even be thinking about your resolutions, you should be soaking up the last few hours of the year. That is why we compiled a diverse list of parties, rooftop soirées and outdoor festivities to bring you the best New Year’s Eve events in Montreal. Down to countdown the clock in another city? Click here to check out the best NYE events from Vancouver to St. John’s.
Find it: 2915 Ontario St E, Bain Mathieu, cirquedeboudoir.com
The low-down: This year’s New Year’s Eve costume party is all about celebrating the Belle Époque period when the infamous Moulin Rouge nightclub opened in Paris. There will be circus, burlesque and fetish performances, so come as you are and celebrate at this inclusive, body-positive event.
When: December 31, 2017 at 9 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Prices: $45 per person for regular tickets, $95 per person for VIP tickets
Dress code: What we like to call boujee boudoir—think: bedazzled bustiers, strings of pearls dangling from your neck and plenty of leather (the possibilities are endless when it comes to a creative burlesque-inspired lewk). They recommend anything from lingerie to feather boas, as long as you come wearing a mask.
Merry Montreal’s Le Party du Nouvel An
Find it: Rue de la Commune St E, Quai Jacques-Cartier, Old Port, montrealenfetes.com
The low-down: With nine local musical performances, a light show on Jaques-Cartier bridge and a gorgeous firework display over the water, there is no doubt that the celebrations at Quai Jacques-Cartier in the Old Port is the place to be on New Year’s Eve. Plus, the event falls on Montreal’s 375th birthday, so you know the city is going all out.
When: December 31, 2017 from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Dress code: Leave your silky party dress and heels at home, it’s all about keeping insulated with your warmest parka, toque, gloves, scarf and faux fur boots (trust, you’ll thank us when you’re all toasty during the countdown to midnight).
Rooftop NYE Party
Find it: 106 Saint-Paul St. W, Terrasse Nelligan, terrassenelligan.com
The low-down: If you’re not down to fight the crowds at Quai Jacques-Cartier, this swanky rooftop soirée has the perfect view of the fireworks bursting over the city sky. With a capacity of only 250 people, you’ll need to book in advance to secure a spot and a glass of bubbly at midnight.
When: December 31, 2017 at 11:30 p.m.
Prices: $35 per person
Dress code: During the colder months, the rooftop has a glass enclosure, but it might still be chilly so layer your cocktail dress with equally chic outerwear (think, a faux fur jacket, sleek trench or pastel wrap coat).
Fluid New Year’s
Find it: 1225 St Laurent Blvd., Club Soda, fluidnewyears.com
The low-down: La Belle Ville’s original open bar event has been filling up party-goers cups for nearly two decades. With eight fully-stocked bars, there’s a reason the event is called Fluid. Plus, hip hop, house, old skool and club anthems will be spinning on rotation throughout the night.
When: December 31, 2017 from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Prices: $80 to $115 per person for regular tickets, $120 to $200 per person for VIP tickets
Dress code: Your best clubbing attire, from statement earrings bringing all of the bling to a standout dress that makes you feel hotter than any firework show
Find it: 4141 Pierre-de Coubertin Ave., parcolympique.qc.ca
The low-down: Located at one end of the Olympic Stadium, this spacious outdoor event has a skating rink, tubing slide and bonus: their District Nord, a winter market featuring over a dozen artisans from around the city, overlaps with the other festivities on New Year’s Eve.
When: December 31, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Prices: Free for admission, $5.75 for the skating rink or the tubing slide
Dress code: Since most of the festivities will be outside, you’ll want to sport your warmest winter gear from a knit hat to a snow-proof boots