I never really liked New Years Eve. It seems like one of those nights where everyone feels they should be doing something big and important, but nobody knows what to do. Add to that that it always comes a few days after the expense of traveling home for Christmas, and I usually don’t have any money leftover to party with.
When I used to bartend, I always volunteered to work that night. I usually made a ton of tips and was in a party environment where I could sneak a drink at midnight.
I looked online and the ticket price to get in the door at any Vancouver venue seems to be about $100 and that doesn’t include anything. Add a few drinks and a couple of cab rides and you are looking at a $200 night easy.
I think this year I will do what I did last year and take advantage of one of the few places in town that you can count down the new year with several hundred drunken strangers absolutely free; The River Rock Casino.
The Canada Line skytrain goes from downtown Vancouver right to the casino’s front door. It’s free on New Years Eve and runs until about 2am. It’s free to get into the casino, they have free coat check, free party hats and noise makers, a live band, a DJ and lots of security, so no Stanley Cup style riots.
And don’t worry if you don’t enjoy gambling, there is lots to see and do anyways. They have several bars and lots of food options as well. You could jump on the skytrain, have a couple of drinks, count down the new year and get home safely for around $20.
Whatever you do this New Years, I hope you are spending it with people who care about you and have a safe and happy night! And please, be kind to your credit card…