New Year’s Eve madness is right around the corner. Fortunately there is never a shortage of fun things to do while waiting for 2017 confetti to fly. It all boils down to your personal taste.
Do you prefer multi-course gourmet dinners with premium wines or just the regular selection of pub foods and a couple of beers?
Are you into ethnic dishes or strictly North American foods? Do you want a quick pickup before the early fireworks or a lingering evening of dinner, dance and champagne toasts at midnight?
St. Albert establishments serve it all. So round up some friends for upcoming New Year’s Eve action. Enjoy the food and drinks, twirl the noisemakers and keep a few aspirins handy.
Blue Rare Steak & Bar
24 Perron St.
Blue Rare is laying out a posh three-course, set-menu gourmet dinner. There is soup and salad, a choice of five entrees and four desserts. Multiple seatings from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Price: $65. Reservations required.
205 Carnegie Dr.
The Bourbon is serving up an old-fashioned, elegant Prohibition Party with 1920s flapper girls and 1930s gangsters, so dress up. Ten-item buffet style dinner served at 8 p.m. Champagne, party favours and a second dinner served at midnight. Cadillac Junkies entertain the crowds. Tickets: $65. Reservations required.
7 St. Anne St.
Enjoy the Christmas Festival menu in addition to authentic Cajun and Creole cuisine from the regular menu. Samples from the Christmas menu are orange and cranberry salad, dill and cucumber salmon, chipotle beef tenderloin, cinnamon pork and the piÈce de résistance – eggnog cheesecake. Four seatings starting at 5 p.m. Reservations recommended 780-460-8772.
Celtic Knot Pub
388 St. Albert Trail
The Knot is ringing in 2017 with a dinner choice of three, three-course meals – Mediterranean pasta, prime rib or chicken breast topped with seafood. Price ranges from $25 to $40. Reservations required for dinner. DJ Will returns with classic country, rock, and Top 10 hits.
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 evening’s bill. Balloon drop at midnight and free champagne for reservation guests. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
24 Boudreau Rd.
Century’s countdown to midnight features Chef Michel Rey’s sumptuous prime rib buffet and live entertainment from The Demographics. Complimentary toast at midnight accompanied with glamorous party favours. Buffet dinner $45. Dinner and show $75. Tickets available at casino host desk.
Crown & Tower Pub
11 Bellerose Dr.
The Crown loves to celebrate large. In addition to their traditional three-course lobster dinner from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., the pub is hosting a battle of the bands starting at 9 p.m. Bands facing off are Sparrow Blue, Forbidden Rhythm and Vanilla. Midnight champagne and prize giveaways. Cost: $39.95.
23 Akins Dr.
Join the LB’s crowd for a pure Canadian steak and lobster dinner and dance from 7 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Dinner and dance is $65; dance only $25. Live entertainment from the Rob Jewell Band starting at 9 p.m. Reservations encouraged.
O’Maille’s Irish Pub
398 St. Albert Rd.
Mission Hill Plaza
Trust a creative Irish pub to deliver an 11-item finger food buffet with an additional on-the-house champagne toast at midnight for only $19.95. Live band from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Swag giveaway. Reservations required.
Privada Wine & Tapas
21 Perron St.
Chef Tony Krause is whipping up a five-course set menu served at two seatings. The menu includes white fish chowder, sourdough bread, sweet bread topped with a house sauce, petit fours and a few other surprises. First seating is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and late seating opens 8:30 p.m. until midnight. Tickets are $85. Reservations recommended.
Sorrentino’s Cucina & Bar
595 St. Albert Trail
This well-established Italian restaurant is serving a four-course set menu that includes antipasto, soup, entrée and dessert. Seatings are at 5 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. DJ music starts at 10 p.m. up to the New Year celebrations. Dinner is $45 to $70. Reservations required.
81 A Liberton Dr.
The cuisine of India is the mainstay of a 20-dish buffet of seafood, chicken, beef vegetarian and gluten-free dishes. The buffet opens from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Price is $29.95 for adults and $12.95 for children five to 11 years. This fusion restaurant is also open Jan. 1 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Reservations recommended.