Low-Key Places to Celebrate New Year’s Eve

Ring in the New Year at one of these lodges or restaurants

New Year’s Eve is fast approaching, and so is the bevy of outdoor parties to celebrate it. But if you’d rather mark the end of 2015 more quietly, one of these cozy lodges or fun restaurants might be just the thing.

AYZA Wine & Chocolate Bar, New York City

If battling the crowds in Times Square to watch the ball drop sounds a bit too chaotic, consider dining at AYZA Wine & Chocolate Bar instead. The restaurant is offering a three-course fixed price menu for the night (at both its Midtown and West Village locations), complete with champagne and strawberries. 

Emerald Lake Lodge, Field, B.C.

Its namesake green lake may be frozen over, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find a cozier New Year’s Eve getaway than the rustic Emerald Lake Lodge. Indulge in the four-course New Year’s Eve menu at the Mount Burgess Dining Room, then relax in the outdoor hot tub or cuddle up in front of the wood-burning fireplace in your room.

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Jasper, Alta.

There’s no shame in spending New Year’s Eve indoors when it’s at a place like the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. Stop by The Spa for a Jasper Wrap or Rocky Mountain Pedicure, then dine at ORSO Trattoria, the lodge’s new Italian restaurant with great views of the mountains. And, if you do feel like venturing out to a ski hill, it’s only a 30-minute drive to Marmot Basin.

Tidal, San Diego, Calif.

Make your last meal of 2015 a memorable one at Tidal’s New Year’s Eve Dinner. There are two evening seatings to choose from and the latter one features a four-course meal by chef Amy DiBiase, as well as a champagne toast and live music from Mercedes Moore Band. The restaurant overlooks Mission Bay, providing a beautiful backdrop to your dinner.

Upstairs Jazz Bar & Grill, Montreal, Que.

Soulful live jazz music, a glass of prosecco at midnight and a three-course dinner—that will be the scene at this Montreal jazz club on New Year’s Eve. Spend the night munching on main courses like oyster mushroom risotto or grilled tuna steak while singer Dawn Tyler Watson and her band give 2015 a musical send-off.