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New Year’s Eve roundup: What to do in Ottawa

By Apartment613 on December 26, 2013

We at Apartment613 wish you and yours a safe and happy holiday! We’re taking a bit of a break this week, but still wanted to give you the low down on what you can do to ring the new year in. In typical Ottawa fashion, we’ve got everything from comedy to music to galas and more. It’s your last decision of the year, so choose your plans wisely!

Babylon is known for throwing hopping dance parties, and this year will be no exception. Taking the stage will be Silkken Laumann, launching their debut album Not Forever Enough. They’ll have food from The Gouda Life and Harrow, along with visuals by Hard Science – all included in your ticket. Mugshots is throwing an epic dance party, too, with DJs from Timekode and Kitchen Party spinning in the New Year, along with food and drink specials all night long.

Mavericks is channeling the sweet, sweet sounds of California in the 70s with PleasureCraft stopping by. For those of you who are allergic to planning, Zaphod’s annual no-stress party kicks off at 8pm with DJs to keep the vibe going. Soul Split will be at the Atomic Rooster for their party, which includes dinner and a whole lot of dancing.

If you’re in the mood to get all gussied up, the Gatsby New Year’s Ball or FlyBar’s NYE Gala will give you a chance to show off your classy side. Throw a bit of mystery into the mix at The Mercury Lounge’s Masquerade Ball, where Slim Moore will give what’s likely to be an epic New Year’s toast at midnight.

Masks and mystery will also be the theme down at Monopolatte, where their Pieces Treaties interactive event will have you playing the amateur private eye and searching for that illusive secretive formula.

If you need fireworks? Head to Sparks Street for their bash, which will go on long past the fireworks at midnight. They’ve got k-os, Loon Choir and Cardboard Crowns on stage to help you stave off the cold with dancing.

If you’d prefer to hop across the pond but can’t afford the plane ride, opt for an Irish evening down at Les Brasseurs du Temps, or a night of wild Scottish celebrations at City Hall. Both will have traditional food and music that will make for an epic party.

Bring in 2014 on a knee-slapping note down at the Shenkman, where their third annual NYE Comedy Night is likely to sell out soon. And don’t forget the food: restaurants all around the city have special menus all lined up. Call ahead to book – they’ll likely fill up fast.

Remember to stay safe – OC Transpo is free on New Year’s, so hop on a bus and keep the party rolling! Let us know what else you’re up to in the comments below.