Show of hands, who’s ready for this rollercoaster of a year to end already? And what better way to welcome the new year than with free flow bubbly, delicious foods and live DJ tunes to dance the night away with your favourite people? Here’s are some of parties to choose from to end 2016 with a bang.
Ring in the new year with a bit of old school glamour and delicious Italian and Spanish comfort dishes at The Optimist and Pirata, with a soiree including dancers, Hollywood lookalikes, vintage popcorn machines, photo booths and more. Plus, FuFu will be handling the music, so you’re sure to dance away the first few hours of 2017. Packages are available for free-flow drinks, with or without dinner and countdown—in case you’re looking to hop around a few places come December 31st.
Starts at 7pm or 10pm, depending on package. The Optimist - G/F-1/F; Pirata - 29/F; 239 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai. Tickets start at $588HKD (early bird ends 20 Dec) from https://www.ticketflap.com/vintage-hollywood.
Say hello to 2017 under the stars at The Mira’s al fresco lounge Vibes, where you’ll be treated to smooth beats by the Cliché Records DJs, as well as a four-hour open bar, barbecue dishes, and champagne to toast at midnight along with a live band. Book in for dinner at WHISK next door and you’ll get free entry to the party at Vibes, too.
Starts at 9pm. Vibes, 5/F, The Mira Hong Kong, 118 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. Tickets start at $848HKD (early bird ends 24 Dec) from http://bit.ly/newyearvibes2016 (852) 2315 5885 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Toast to le nouvel an, French-style at La Vache’s notorious Le Disco party for an all-you-can-eat affair of delicious USDA Prime rib-eye steak and frites, complete with live DJ tunes followed by a midnight champagne toast. A standing free-flow package is also available at $488HKD, starting from 11pm.
Starts at 9pm. La Vache, 48 Peel Street, Central. $788HKD per head. Reserve your spot by emailing email@example.com or calling (852) 2880 0248.
Things are always weird and wonderful at art lounge-slash-bar Duddell’s, which is taking on a circus theme at its countdown party this year, where local ska band The Red Stripes will be gearing you up for the first moments of 2017. It’s free flow Champagne and Champagne cocktails from 9:30pm ‘til midnight, and light bites will be served after 12:30am.
Starts at 9:30pm. Duddell’s, 3/F, Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell Street, Central. Tickets from $628HKD from https://www.ticketflap.com/cirque
It’s as if we’re three years old at a birthday party again: party away 2016 on bouncy inflatables at this unique NYE fest held on a hidden location on Lamma Island, featuring two international DJs, two stages, live performances and affordable food and drink. You can even reserve a camping spot at the site (limited spots only).
Starts at 7pm. Lamma Island. Tickets start at $200HKD (early bird ends 30 Nov), reserve by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
6) Seafood Room New Year's Eve Countdown Party
For prime views of the fireworks from Seafood Room's fantastic rooftop, live DJ, and a four-hour open bar of premium liquors from 11pm-3am, Seafood Room is the event you'll want to book to bid 2016 farewell. Canapés will also be served from 1-3am. There are several packages available, either for just drinks and countdown, or for only rooftop access for those who will be dining downstairs.
Starts at 11pm. Seafood Room, 26/F, Tower 535, 535 Jaffe Road, Causeway Bay. Tickets start at $1,000 for post-fireworks access from http://goo.gl/AFLSrn
Taking on the classic Great Gatsby theme for New Year’s Eve, Mayfare Group is hosting a 1920s style affair at its Wan Chai restaurants Tamarind and La Sala, as well as its East Tsim Sha Tsui Thai restaurant Namo. It’s one of the better deals out there, as the ticket includes cocktail and canapés from 8-9:30pm, a dinner buffet from 9-11pm, a “hangover breakfast” at 2am, and open bar all night!
Tamarind + La Sala: Starts at 8pm. 2/F, Sun Hung Kai Centre, 30 Harbour Road, Wan Chai. Tickets start at $898HKD from https://www.ticketflap.com/great-gatsby-glam-nye
Namo: Starts at 8pm. Shop G18, Empire Centre, 68 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East. Tickets start at $898HKD from https://www.ticketflap.com/namonye
For the ultimate countdown, head to Grappa’s Cellar for a musical countdown through the ages: the resident band The Cellar Sensations will be singing songs each hour from the 50s and 60s and ending with the best of 2016 pop at midnight. A ticket gets you a four course dinner, free flow bubbly from 6-8pm, plus one more to countdown to 2017.
Starts at 6pm; music starts at 8:30pm. Grappa’s Cellar, Tickets start at $868HKD (early bird ends 12 Dec) from https://www.ticketflap.com/cellarnye
Aqua Spirit’s redux of its New Year’s Eve bash is the sexiest yet, and with the best views of the Hong Kong side skyline as well as the midnight fireworks too. The party’s all about “letting loose” under its mysterious theme of leather and lace, and masks will be provided. Meanwhile, the bar will be flowing with plenty of Champagne, Ketel One Vodka and more with free flow from 11pm until late, as well as canapés from 1-3am. Hong Kong DJ Abel Rogers will be on the decks.
Aqua Spirit, 30/F, One Peking, 1 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. Tickets start at $1,600 (early bird ends 15 Dec) from https://aquanudieblack2017.eventbrite.hk
10) Hat and Sunglasses Madness on New Year’s Eve
If you’re looking for some early daytime festivities or simply looking for a place to camp out with friends, Sugar (Bar.Deck.Lounge) over at EAST hotel will be hosting a party on its spacious rooftop terrace, starting early from 5pm until late. Expect special drinks, snacks, and a live DJ for the night—book ahead, and you’ll get a complimentary mini-bottle of Prosecco for your table. Book ahead before 10 December, and you’ll even get 20% off the table’s minimum charge.
Starts at 5pm. Sugar, 32/F, EAST Hong Kong, 29 Tai Koo Shing Road, Tai Koo Shing. Reserve a table at (852) 3968 3738 or email@example.com
11) The Fiasco at Carbone
Transporting party-goers to mid-century New York at Carbone, the Italian American institution will have an early dinner seating followed by The Fiasco, the raucous evening celebration for you to ring in the new year with live music, and suave ballads and banter from Rat Pack-style theatre. Free flow options are also available: $400HKD for prosecco and house wines, $600HKD for Ruinart bubbly and Carbone cocktails.
Doors close 8:30pm, starts at 9pm. $1,000 per head; get on the list by emailing TheFiasco@carbone.com.hk
Welcoming the Japanese jazz band Bloodest Saxophone back to Foxglove after performing at its roaring NYE bash last year, the venue will be offering a three course French bistro dinner and free flow package until the band rings in the new year. Table bookings of 6 and up get a free bottle of Champagne, and parties of 10 and up get two!
Starts 7:30pm. Foxglove, 2/F, Printing House, 6 Duddell Street, Central. Tickets start at $680HKD per head, from https://www.ticketflap.com/foxglovenye
If you love unpretentious food to go with beer, and fresh pours all night: partying with the guys at microbrewery Little Creatures will be your happy place. Get food and free flow house wine and Little Creatures beer for $900HKD from 8pm-1am, or drop by later in the night (from 10pm) to raise a glass to the new year with free flow drinks for just $500HKD.
Starts at 8pm. Little Creatures, 5A New Praya, Kennedy Town. To book your tickets, call (852) 2833 5611.
If you went to the previous 4D Hologram parties this year you’ll know this is not one to miss. The final Holo party is held at Woobar, and includes a free flow package for $880HKD, with music ranging from Tech House, Techno, Nu Disco and House, all paired with fantastic visuals. The headliner of the night, Luke Bond, is an up and coming DJ flown straight from the UK.
Starts at 9pm. Woobar, W Hotel Hong Kong, 1, Austin Road West, West Kowloon. Tickets start at $500HKD (includes two drinks) from https://www.ticketflap.com/nyew
For NYE, CÉ LA VI Hong Kong presents “Black & White”. Their description of the party sounds very interesting! - A glamourous optical illusion that playfully transcends one to experience the very best of 'The Classic Era' parties such as Truman Capotes Black & White Ball dubbed “Party of the Century". There are two part packages. The Club Experience (9pm – late). Inclusive of 1 glass of Champagne or 1 Premium House Pour. Tickets $388 (before 15 Dec) / $488 (between 16 - 30 Dec). Then there is The Ultimate CLV New Year Experience (9pm - late), (Restaurant Lounge from 12.30am). Inclusive of 1 glass of Champagne or 1 Premium House Pour. Tickets $888.
Starts at 9pm. 25/F California Tower, 32 D'Aguilar Street, Central, Hong Kong. Tickets on sale here: https://www.ticketflap.com/nye-celavi
Ciao Chow located in the heart of Lan Kwai Fong will have UK house music brand Hed Kandi returning to Hong Kong for one night with DJ Holly Jay. There will also be MC and Live Performance by STS from Atlanta, US, DJ Spylce from Los Angeles, US. Plus the whole night will be hosted by celebrity guest Tara Reid!
Starts at 10pm, G/F, California Tower, 30-32 D'Aguilar Street, Central, Hong Kong. Tickets - HK$817 including free flow open bar of standard drinks from 10pm until 2am (4 hours). Also including snacks. Purchase them here.
Article by Evelyn Lok & Nick Willsher