10 things for Vancouver adults to do on New Year’s Eve

John Kurucz - Vancouver Courier


Drink craft beer, belt out ‘Bob Caygeon,’ wear a Onesie

’Tis the time of year when we’re confronted with fancy drinks, grossly inflated cover charges, early morning taxi nightmares and the strange term “party favours.”

All these hallmarks of the New Year’s Eve experience can be yours as we present you with options to go gentle into that good night in Vancouver on Dec. 31.

Looking to cut a rug this New Year’s sans kids? There are plenty of options. (Photo via Vancouver Courier)

Geoff Berner, champagne and pizza at the Anza Club

In case accordion, punk rock and pizza isn’t enough, the show will also feature guest spots by Mint Records’ Carolyn Mark and multi-instrumentalists Hank and Lily. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door and include and champagne and pizza. Win, win. Tickets online at Brown Paper Tickets.

Craft beers and cutting rugs

No self-respecting Vancouverite should have to usher in the new year without consuming some form of artisan beer. Recognizing this, the folks at CRAFT Beer Market on West First want to help. The joint’s Best of 2017 party includes the four best dishes of the last year, party favours, champagne and, you guessed it, craft beer. Ticket prices range between $60 and $80 and the evening’s menu is pre-set. Event details are online at Eventbrite.ca.

Praise the Gord

Proving that metalheads are big teddy bears at heart, members of Vancouver’s punk, metal and hardcore scenes gather at the Rickshaw to pay tribute to the late Gord Downie and his music in the Tragically Hip. Three acts will perform consisting of members from Bison, S.T.R.E.E.T.S, Seven Nines and Tens, Needles/Pins and more. Tickets are $17 in advance or $25 at the door, with all proceeds going to the Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Fund. Red Cat, Zulu, Neptoon and Highlife Records for physical tickets, or Ticketfly for online copies.

Darkness descends on the Astoria

Oh, the ’80s. Goths, low-key loathing and synthesizers from here to Agassiz. All of those highpoints — or low ones, depending on your perspective — come to life with the Astoria’s “The Dark Eighties” party kicking off at 8 p.m. The event invite promises tunes spanning “industrial” and “dark electronic” to “dark wave” and even “minimal wave.” There’s no mention of new wave. Odd. Tickets are online at Eventbrite.ca.

TheatreSports League gets introspective

Take some time to ponder all 2017 has given us by making fun of those very things. The Vancouver TheatreSports League takes to the Improv Centre on Granville Island throughout the last week of December to ponder the finer points of life in Vancouver over the last year: affordable housing, fake news and celebrity sightings, among other things. Three shows are slated for New Year’s Eve at 7:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m. and 11:15 p.m. Tickets and info can be found at vtsl.com.

Sauce and sass at the Rio

Longtime Vancouver comic Patrick Maliha emcees an evening at the Rio Theatre that is seemingly all over the place: live music, burlesque, comedy and even a Marilyn Monroe impersonator. The show’s headliner is 604 Records artist Shirley Gnome, who’ll be joined by comedy troupe the Fictionals, burlesque performer Barbara Beall and other naughtiness. There will even by fire dancing. Tickets are $29 in advance or $45 at the door. Check Evenbrite.ca for details.

Onesies for one and all

Vancouver’s nexus for nerds is pulling out all the stops with its “A Very Onesie-ful Evening” party that finally marries pajamas and booze. The Storm Crow Alehouse on West Broadway promises “fleecy comfort, great snacks, fun contests, cool prizes, and tons of games” from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. — if your mom lets you stay up that late. Tickets are $25 and available on Evenbrite.ca.

EDM… or whatever

It’s been said that electronic music has no soul. If this speaks to you, the PNE has you covered with five DJs from across the world including Axwell ? Ingrosso, Andrew Rayel, DJ Isaac, DubVision, DAIJ. Somewhere between $100 and $150 gets you in the doors to Pacific Coliseum and performances go from 9 p.m. until 3 a.m. The evening is billed as both all ages and 19-plus, and there’s even a VIP area. Lucky you. Ticketleader has you covered on this one.

Hooray for nostalgia

Re-live the “me, me, me” decade at Vancouver’s former foremost denizen of smut. The Fox Cabaret will roll out a dual floor version of its ’80 versus ’90s dance party complete with performances by DJ Trevor Risk and Common People DJs. A comedy show by the Sunday Service kicks things off. The festivities run 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. and tickets range in price between $15 and $45. Tickets are online at Evenbrite.ca.

Party at…Science World?

Atoms and theories around black holes will take a back seat, if only for one night, at Science World. The protractor-less party promises five bars, two rooms of music on two floors and eight DJs and other performers. Tickets for commoners start at $80, while V.I.P. packages go for as much as $2,000 (!). Dollar figures like that naturally call for a dress code: no ball caps, sneakers, t-shirts of any kind (unless worn under a blazer or suit jacket), hoodies, sweatshirts, or sweatpants are allowed. Truly an event all can enjoy. Get your tickets online at ClubZone.