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<p>Make your plans right now for a night to remember at any one of Edmonton’s New Year’s Eve celebrations. Whether you’re interested in dancing, drinking, laughing or playing, the choices are out there. You just have to choose.</p>

Variety of options available to welcome 2008

Local nightspots will host New Year’s Eve parties.

Make your plans right now for a night to remember at any one of Edmonton’s New Year’s Eve celebrations. Whether you’re interested in dancing, drinking, laughing or playing, the choices are out there. You just have to choose.

The Bank Ultra Lounge


The Bank Goes Hollywood: Upstairs is for those into the nouveau scene: bottle service, hot bartenders (and servers) and house DJ Duncan spinning tracks. Downstairs is the classic Hollywood scene with a dress code of “dress to impress.”

The particulars:
Minimum age to enter is 21. Tickets are $40 and are available online.

BustLoose.com Gala Party Tour


If you’re looking to hit more than one hot spot on New Year’s but don’t want the hassle of spending midnight in line, check out the Gala Party Tour: luxury transportation, champagne and entry into the Thirsty Turtle Pub, Cowboys, Empire Ballroom and Bar Wild.

The particulars:
Tickets are $35 and are available online.

Churchill Square


The downtown square in the middle of the city will light up to welcome 2008 with a variety of events including live music all night long, family activities in city hall and a spectacular musical fireworks show.

The particulars:
All events are free of charge.

Dante’s World Pub and Sky Lounge


The last night at Dante’s features Heaven and Hell, take your pick. The two themed rooms feature a jazz band, R&B tunes and DJ Jason Chambers from Toronto.

The particulars:
The dress is semi-formal and tickets (for dinner, the bistro or just the dance) range from $30 to $95 per person.

Fairmont Hotel McDonald, Empire Ballroom


Who hasn’t fantasized about greeting the New Year in style? With the New Year’s Eve Empire Style Package, you not only receive entry to the Empire Style Gala where you’ll sip champers and listen to the big band Aura, but you’ll spend the night at the Hotel McDonald as well.

The particulars:
Tickets include one night’s accommodation, valet parking and two tickets to the Gala, where black-tie attire is recommend. Tickets for the package start at $509 per night, based on availability and the package must be requested when making reservations.

Oil City Roadhouse

10736 Jasper Ave.


Dust off your Stetson and your wranglers and get ready to party at the Oil City Roadhouse’s Rhinestone Cowboy New Year’s Party featuring champagne, party favours and the chance to win $2008 at midnight.

The particulars:
Tickets are $15 and are available beforehand onsite. Doors open at 7 p.m.

The Roost

10345 104 St.


One of the city’s premier gay clubs, The Roost, will close its doors forever on Jan. 1, so bidding adieu on New Year’s Eve is a guaranteed bash.

The particulars:
Called An Affair to Remember — A Black and White Party —The Roost will feature a buffet dinner and party favours with $10 tickets for members and $14 for non-members. Doors open at 7 p.m. and there are no advance tickets.

Starlite Room/Velvet Underground

10030 102 St.



There’s no doubt the Starlite Room will be thumping on New Year’s, with guests Shout Out Out Out and Digitalism featuring DJs Nestor Delano, Luke Morrison, Dusty Grooves, Mikey Wong and Hector Castro.

The particulars:
Tickets range in price from $30 to $90 depending on when you pick yours up, so don’t delay.

Yiannis Kasbar Lounge

10444 Whyte Ave. (lower level)


Picture it: A three-course meal in a Moroccan setting, champagne and belly dancers. That’s a New Year’s to remember at Yiannis’s downstairs Kasbar Lounge.

The particulars:
Tickets are $50; doors open at 7 p.m. and it’s recommended that you pick your tickets up early.

Yuk Yuk’s Komedy Kaberat

Londonderry Mall Lower Level, 6606 137 Ave.



Montreal’s Joey Elias headlines at the city’s favourite comedy club.

The particulars:
$90 for dinner and a show; $45 for the show only.

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