These choice picks will get you off to good start for ’08



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Partygoers celebrate at The Lotus Soundlounge where a special New Year’s Eve event is planned.

From Russia With Love at The Opus Hotel, 350 Davie St.

This one is assured to be one of Vancouver’s most exclusive New Year’s events. The beautiful Opus Hotel is one of only 15 venues worldwide to host legendary U.K. disco house label Hed Kandi. Only 250 tickets are available at $150. Info:

First Dance at The Roundhouse, 181 Roundhouse Mews

First Dance was last year’s biggest gay, lesbian and transgender New Year’s party and it is even bigger for its second year. Expanding to two rooms with two distinct flavours, the night includes a midnight champagne toast. Tickets: $60-$80 Info:

New Year’s Eve Burlesque Bash. At The Lamplighter, 210 Abbott St.

London’s Chaz Royal presents his third annual bash of buxom beauties at one of Vancouver’s most revered venues. Wear plenty of vintage glamour for what is guaranteed to be one of our fair city’s wildest nights. Featured dancers include Cecilia Bravo, Burgundy Brixx and Vancouver’s own Lady Aurora. Tickets: $45-$70. Info:

Intimate Productions presents Lotus NYE. At The Lotus Soundlounge, 455 Abbott St.

As far as bang for your buck goes, this party cannot be beat. More than 22 performers — including Thom Banks, Mark Bayrock and the stellar Team Train Wreck — rock three clubs (Lotus, Lick and Honey) for seven hours of anything goes, non-stop dancing. Tickets: $50. Info:

Modern Times 2008. At The Modern, 7 Alexander St.

One of Gastown’s best new clubs is celebrating its first year with style. DJs Matty C, Sean Gallagher and Tyson V will usher partygoers into 2008 amongst free party favours and a complimentary champagne countdown. Tickets: $50. Info:

NYE 2007 Singles Boat Cruise. Presented by Rendezvous Club

The Queen of Diamonds will set sail with 400 of the city’s most eligible folks looking for that midnight kiss. Boarding starts in the evening at 7:30 for an 8:30 departure time. Tickets: $128. Info:

Solid NYE 2008 at Pacific Coliseum, 100 North Renfrew St.

Billed as the “All-White Masquerade,” this throwdown is billed as Western Canada’s biggest New Year’s Eve party. With 5,000 furious dancers filling four areas with mesmerizing visuals, this one is guaranteed to be a hot and steamy affair. Dress code calls for white clothing (hence the name). Tickets: $80-100. Info: