How are you spending New Year’s Eve? We’ve rounded up our pick of what’s happening across the 852 on 31st December.
New Year’s Eve is always a night that comes with great expectation. So to save you having to dig around to find out what’s on, we’ve done the hard work for you. From Cirque Du Soleil to Crazy Rich Asians themed-bashes, we think there’s plenty to catch your eye.
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Popinjays, The Murray Hong Kong
See the New Year in in style at Popinjays. The Murray’s rooftop bar has been a favourite of ours ever since it opened, so we think it’s the perfect place to make sure 2019 gets off to a good start. You can choose to wine and dine there between 7pm to 10pm, with a six-course menu that includes caviar blinis, venison loin and mushroom ravioli and a spiced orange and chocolate cream (yum!). Or for those who just want to join for the countdown to 2019, you can pay $500 entry (which includes a glass of champagne). A DJ will be spinning tunes between 10pm and 2am so you’ll be able to dance and drink to your heart’s content. The stunning views of the Hong Kong skyline are an added bonus and will provide the perfect backdrop for you to take some envy-inducing photos. And don’t worry if you overindulge, you can always return the next day for a recovery brunch. We think the cheese fondue, grilled meats and pastas are a great way to nurse you back to health.
When: New Year’s Eve dinner on Monday, 31 December and New Year’s Day brunch on Tuesday, 1 January. Party from 10pm until 2am (free-flow package until 1am)
Where: Popinjays, 26/F, The Murray, Hong Kong, 22 Cotton Tree Drive, Central, Hong Kong
How much: Six-course New Year’s Eve dinner $2,988 for adults; New Year’s Eve countdown $200 for restaurant patrons including a glass of champagne and unlimited beer, $500 for general entry including one glass of champagne and unlimited beer or $988 for free-flow champagne and wine package (prices include canapés to be served between 10pm and 1am); New Year’s Day brunch $1,280 or $1,980 with free-flow wine and champagne. Pre-payment is required 7 days in advance for all bookings on 31 December and 1 January. More details here.
Contact: 3141 8810, [email protected], www.popinjayshk.com
Tamarind and Namo, Mayfare Group
It’s time to dust off the glad rags and dress to impress as Mayfare Group is hosting a “Bond and the Beautiful” New Year’s Eve Ball at two of its venues. Take your pick between Tamarind in Wan Chai or Namo in TST East. Both have great views of Victoria Harbour and the Hong Kong skyline so you’re guaranteed a stunning backdrop to your evening out. Your tickets include dinner as well as pre-dinner cocktails and canapés. Plus there will be an open bar all night with free-flow bubbly, wine and spirits. Dancers dressed as Bond girls will be upping the glamour factor as a DJ mans the decks. There will be a countdown to the fireworks at midnight and at 2am a hangover breakfast will be served (they really have thought of everything). Did we mention the Chillout Martini Lounge and Ruby Shooters bar? Just don’t forget to Dress to Kill!
Sassy perk: Sassy readers will get 10% off if they purchase 4 or more tickets before Wednesday, 12 December. Enter the code “SASSYNYE” at checkout.
When: Party begins at 8pm on Monday, 31 December and carries on until 3am on Tuesday, 1 January
Where: Tamarind, Shop B, 2/F, Sun Hung Kai Centre, 30 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong; Namo, Shop G18, Empire Centre, 68 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon
How much: Tamarind, early bird prices until Wednesday, 12 December $898 for entry from 8pm (premium ticket), $598 for entry from 11pm (countdown ticket); regular price $998 for entry from 8pm (premium ticket), $698 for entry from 11pm (premium ticket). Book here.
Namo, early bird price $898 until Wednesday, 12 December, regular price $998. Book here.
Contact: 2827 7777 (Tamarind), 2739 1133 (Namo), [email protected], www.mayfare.com.hk
Ovolo Southside is going with a Crazy Rich Asians theme this new year, so make sure you bling it up. The more over-the-top the outfit and accessories, the better! You can choose to have a four-course wine-pairing dinner at KOMUNE which begins with a seafood, cheese and cured meat buffet. There’s also a wagyu bone-in ribeye main or cauliflower steak for the veggies. And after a coconut tapioca pudding, you’ll also get chocolate truffles. Guests can choose to continue (or join) the party at ABOVE where there will be free-flow bubbly, wines, cocktails, spirits, beer and canapes (including chicken yakitori and shiitake bao) until 1am, before a cash bar kicks in. For entertainment a live band will be playing in the restaurant, with a DJ spinning the decks at the party.
When: Monday, 31 December, party from 10pm until 3am
Where: Ovolo Southside, 64 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Southside, Hong Kong
How much: Dinner only $788; dinner with free-flow $988; party only (early bird until 16 December $600, general admission $750); dinner with free-flow and party $1,588. Book here.
Contact: 3460 8157, [email protected], www.komune.com.hk
What could be a better venue for ringing in the New Year than the highest bar in the world? Sitting on the 118th Floor of the International Commerce Center in The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, Ozone offers up a cocktail bar and lounge, along with an outside terrace and (of course!) unbeatable views. And this year the bar is going all out with its The Wizard of Oz themed NYE “Party at the Emerald City”. Follow the yellow brick road to a very special party hosted by The Wizard of Ozone, and let Dorothy and her bunch of quirky friends entertain you with interactive fun, whilst International DJs Ari Houmous & Storm Mollison spin their magic on the decks for the ultimate countdown to 2019. The dress code is gorgeous and glamorous, so make sure to come dressed to impress as you sip on Dom Pérignon and bid farewell to 2018.
When: Monday, 31 December, 10pm to 3am
Where: Ozone, The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, International Commerce Center, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, Hong Kong
How much: $880 (entry from 10pm); $390 (after 12:30am) – both include a glass of Dom Pérignon Champagne. Book your tickets here!
Al Molo and BLT Steak
Al Molo and BLT Steak will be bringing a slice of Mardi Gras to Hong Kong’s waterfront for the countdown to 2019. There will be a marquee, a giant buffet of food, free-flow drinks and of course you’re perfectly positioned for a front row seat to the fireworks at midnight!
When: Monday, 31 December
Where: Al Molo, Shop G63, G/F, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong; BLT Steak, Shop G62, G/F, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong.
How much: $888 per person
Contact: Al Molo, 2730 7900, [email protected]; BLT Steak, 2730 3508, [email protected], www.diningconcepts.com
See in the new year at Bibo’s Moulin Rouge Party with Perrier Jouet champagne, shimmering feathers, non-stop music, and live dancing performances. If you book your tickets before Monday, 10 December you can enjoy some great discounts. Don’t forget to dress up in your best Moulin Rouge outfit!
When: Monday, 31 December, 1opm to 1am
Where: Bibo, 163 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
How much: Early Bird (before Monday, 10 December), Entry Only (includes a glass of countdown champagne) $180, wine free-flow $450, Perrier Jouet & wine free-flow $580; On-the-Door, Entry Only $250, wine free-flow $650, Perrier Jouet & wine free-flow $780
Contact: 2956 3188, www.bibo.hk, get your tickets here.
CÉ LA VI
CÉ LA VI has several different party options this NYE. You can choose to strut your stuff at the Club Lounge, where there will be an open bar until 12.30am. Or you can head to the rooftop for the Sky Deck Experience to sip on champagne and get 360 degree views of the fireworks. Either way, make sure you stick to the glamorous chic dress code.
When: Monday, 31 December, Club Lounge Experience from 9:30pm until 12:30am, Sky Deck Experience from 10pm until late
Where: CÉ LA VI, 25/F, California Tower, 32 D’Aguilar Street, Central, Hong Kong
How much: Club Lounge Experience (includes free-flow prosecco, spirits and beer), $400 before 15th December, $600 from 15 – 30 December, $800 on 31 December; Sky Deck Experience (includes 1 glass of champagne or 1 premium house pour), $1,288 until 30 December, $1,500 on 31 December. Premium tables with minimum spend also available.
Contact: 3700 2300, [email protected], www.hk.celavi.com, tickets available here.
Duddell’s New Year’s Eve parties are always sold out, and this year’s looks set to be no different. Head to Central for an “exploration of The Silk Road” and enjoy free-flow champagne, cocktails and more. Once the clock strikes twelve, Cantonese bites will be served (a perfect first meal for 2019). For dress code, think “Venetian Masquerade mixed with chic executions of Chinois” – wearing fine silk is highly recommended!
When: Monday, 31 December, 9:30 til late
Where: Duddell’s, Level 3 Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell St, Central, Hong Kong
How much: Early Bird $650; General Admission $750; On-the-Door $900; After Midnight $300; Set Dinner (with entry to Duddell’s NYE Party & free-flow) $2,098 + 10% per person
Contact: 2525 9191, [email protected], www.duddells.co, tickets available here.
Foxglove plans to transport partygoers back to the jazz age to welcome in 2019. Japanese sextet, Bloodest Saxophone will be providing the entertainment, along with soul and blues singer, Crystal Thomas. You can choose to dine and drink, or just come along for the show. The free-flow includes Japanese whiskey highballs, premium spirits, house wines and craft beers.
When: Monday, 31 December, dinner and free-flow and show from 7pm, free-flow and show only from 10pm (free-flow ends at 2am)
Where: Foxglove, 2/F, Printing House, 6 Duddell Street, Central, Hong Kong
How much: Dinner and free-flow and show, early bird price $2,288, regular price $2,488; free-flow and show, early bird price $688, regular price $888.
Contact: 2116 8949, [email protected], www.mingfathouse.com/restaurants/foxglove, tickets available here.
Honi Honi will be seeing in the New Year with a Tiki disco party, so grab those platforms, pile on the sequins and get ready to dance the night away. Entry includes a bottle of Taittinger Brut Reserve N.V Champagne per person (yes, you read that right!) and there will be free-flow food until 10pm.
When: Monday, 31 December, 5pm until 4am.
Where: Honi Honi Tiki Cocktail Lounge, 3/F, Somptueux Central, 52 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong
How much: Early bird price $550 or $770 on the door. Prices include a complimentary bottle of champagne per person.
Contact: 2353 0885, [email protected], www.honihonibar.com
Mrs Pound is holding a Cirque Du Soleil party on NYE, promising “a night of colour, magic and untamed frolic.” There will be four hours free-flow of wine, prosecco, house spirits and craft beer, and partygoers are encouraged to dress carnival-style for the occasion.
When: Monday, 31 December, from 9pm to 1am
Where: Mrs Pound, G/F, 6 Pound Lane, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
How much: $500
Contact: 3426 3949, [email protected], www.mingfathouse.com/restaurants/mrs-pound, tickets available here.
Ophelia is hosting a “Savage Beauty” New Year’s Eve party which is being billed as an immersive fashion exhibition. DJ’s Devlar and Janette Slack will be mixing the tunes and with unique performances and fantastical characters promised, it’s sure to be a night to remember. Complimentary snacks will be passed around between 7pm and 10pm. Remember it’s dress to impress!
When: Monday, 31 December, 7pm until 3am
Where: Ophelia, Shop F39A and F41A, 1/F, Lee Tung Avenue, 200 Queen’s Road East, Hong Kong
How much: $250 (includes one drink)
Contact: 2520 1117, [email protected], www.ophelia.com.hk, tickets available here.
Sugar (Bar.Deck. Lounge)
Sugar (Bar. Deck. Lounge) plans to transport you to La La Land for the night, with its “City of Stars” themed bash. You can dance to songs from the movie soundtrack, while sipping on cocktails and enjoying the views from this rooftop bar. Revellers will be given a complimentary mini bottle of prosecco and exclusive party favours.
When: Monday, 31 December, from 8pm until late
Where: Sugar, EAST hotel, 29 Taikoo Shing Road, Taikoo Shing, Hong Kong
How much: Table booking starts with minimum charge of $2,000 (early bird discount of 20% if you book before 17 December).
Contact: 3968 3738, [email protected], www.east-hongkong.com
Zuma has all kinds of food plans lined up for New Year’s! It will be hosting a special New Year’s Eve dinner buffet ($888 for the first seating and $1,388 for the second seating featuring premium items). There’s also its famed night brunch Yashoku, that will include entry into its black and gold themed Countdown Party with free-flow drinks til late ($1,780). You can purchase tickets for the Countdown Party here.
When: Monday, 31 December, from 9:30pm onwards
Where: Zuma, Landmark Atrium – Level 5 & 6, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong
How much: Early Bird $890, General $980 – buy your tickets for the Countdown Party here.
Contact: 3657 6388, [email protected] zumarestaurant.com.hk, www.zumarestaurant.com
Featured Image courtesy of Amy Shamblen via Unsplash, Image #1 courtesy of The Murray Hong Kong, Image #2 courtesy of Mayfare Group, Image #3 courtesy of Ovolo Southside, Image #4 courtesy of Ozone, image #5 Dining Concepts via Facebook, Image #6 courtesy of Duddell’s via Instagram, Image #7 courtesy of Jean Carcallas via Unsplash, Image #8 courtesy of Jerry Kiesewetter via Unsplash