1Year’s end is always a time for celebration, remembrance and making new memories. And St. Albert has plenty of parties on Sunday, Dec. 31 to match your style.
Whether you prefer big noisy crowds, quiet dinners with flair or a laid-back meal before making tracks to see fireworks, here are some of the more diverse getaways happening around town. Below are 13 local establishments that have prepared something special and will help you savour the moment.
7 St. Anne St.
Enjoy the Cajun Christmas menu in addition to authentic southern cuisine from the regular menu. The Christmas menu ranges from orange and cranberry salad, dill and cucumber salmon, and chipotle beef tenderloin, to cinnamon pork, red snapper or a 12 oz. rib-eye. Top it off with eggnog cheesecake. Four seatings start at 5 p.m. Reservations recommended.
Central Social Hall
525 St. Albert Trail
Regular open menu. $25 advance dinner reservation required that will be turned into a gift certificate applied to the evening’s bill. Party favours at midnight.
24 Boudreau Rd.
The casino’s countdown to midnight features two parties. In the Vee Lounge, a ritzy three-course plated dinner is accompanied by live music from Vinyl Countdown, an ’80s new wave revival band. Seating starts at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $75 per person. Reservations suggested.
In the Banquet Room, DJ Johnny gets a dance party rockin’ at 9 p.m. A pub-style buffet is served at 10:30 p.m. followed by party favours and a midnight toast. Admission is $25. Ticket holders to Vee Lounge also have access to DJ Johnny at no additional cost.
Crown & Tower Pub
11 Bellerose Dr.
Live large is the Crown’s motto with a three-course dinner featuring bacon-wrapped filet mignon and jumbo prawns. Dinner is from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Advance tickets are $40. No cover for anyone who would prefer to order off the menu.
Musician Doug Mitchell, well-known at the pub for his duets with Celeigh Cardinal, returns with a solo act from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
The night’s big giveaway is two tickets to an Edmonton Oilers game plus a one-night stay at a downtown hotel. Party favours and midnight champagne passed around when the clock strikes 12.
23 Akins Dr.
Join regular patrons for a roast beef and chicken buffet with all the trimmings from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Classic rock band Rule of Nines follows shortly after 8 p.m., dominating the dance floor. Champagne and party favours flow at midnight. Dinner and dance is $70, dance only is $40. Reservations requested.
O’Maille’s Irish Pub
398 St. Albert Rd.
Mission Hill Plaza
Trust a creative Irish pub to offer a six-item buffet and assorted desserts with an on-the-house champagne toast at midnight for only $25. The buffet opens at 7 p.m. with DJ spins starting at 9 p.m. Reservations required.
Privada Wine & Tapas
21 Perron St.
Tickets are selling fast for a New Year’s Eve night in Paris. Rekindle memories of the Eiffel Tower and soft lights reflected off the River Seine with a four-course dinner plus extras for $80. First seating is at 5 p.m. and the last seating is at 8 p.m. after the fireworks. Reservations recommended.
Saviour’s Café & Bistro
#50, 24 Perron St.
Known for its delicious Ethiopian-Eritrean cuisine and Italian style pizzas, this kid-friendly establishment offers regular menu items, a few surprise specials, Italian pastries and wine. As a bonus, the bistro sports a deck with a perfect view of New Year’s fireworks and hot chocolate for kids.
Sorrentino’s Cucina & Bar
595 St. Albert Trail
This well-established Italian restaurant serves a four-course set menu that includes appetizer, soup, entrée (choice of seven dishes) and dessert. Three seatings from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. DJ music starts at 9 p.m. Party favours and Prosecco served at midnight. Dinner $45 to $65. Reservations required.
81A Liberton Dr.
India’s spiced cuisine is the focus of this 11-dish buffet of seafood, chicken, vegetarian and gluten free dishes. Special evening items include shrimp pakora and battered fried calamari. The buffet is open from 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Price is $29.95 for adults and $16.95 for children five to 11 years. Reservations suggested.
Taste of Ukraine
#40, 516 St. Albert Trail
This elegant dine-in restaurant strives to present authentic Ukrainian dishes introduced from the old country. For the Wozniak family, founders of Taste of Ukraine, sharing the rich flavours of their cuisine corresponds to participating in the culture.
Returning is the three, four and five course New Year’s dinner. The menu is set, however there is a choice of four entrées, three desserts, an appetizer or a choice of soup or salad.
Three courses are $58, four courses are $66 and five courses are $73 per person, gratuities included. Table seatings run from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Reservations suggested.
The Bourbon Room
205 Carnegie Dr.
Paul Ballach is serving up a rowdy, but elegant 1920s Prohibition Party with flapper girls and Chicago-style gangsters starting at 7:30 p.m. His chef has cooked up a 12-item buffet centred around a Triple-A roast beef dinner, roasted potatoes, spinach stuffed pasta and assorted desserts.
Ushering in the New Year is an energetic, four-piece Edmonton rock band. CRUSH takes over at 9 p.m. with top hits from the ’60s to current day. Champagne and noise-makers at midnight.
Guests are encouraged to wear Prohibition era costumes. A $200 gift certificate is awarded to best dressed couple. Buffet and dance ticket $65. No dinner $40.
#150, 104 Bellerose Dr.
This award-winning fusion restaurant offers a posh evening with two seatings. The first from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. is a deluxe three-course dinner that includes regular as well as New Year specials. An appetizer, entrée and dessert run at $80.
The second seating at 7:30 p.m. to close has no time limit and is priced at $120. This stylish cocktail dinner features an amuse-bouche (a small food item to tease the palette), an appetizer, entrée and dessert. A glass of sparkly and party favours are offered to toast the New Year. Reservations by phone or in-person only.