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Let the Countdown Commence! – An Insider Guide to Hong Kong’s Top 10 New Year’s Eve Parties

By Stasia Fong 20 December 2013
  Although New Year’s Eve is probably the biggest party night of the year, it’s also the one most sane people anticipate with a reasonable amount of dread. It’s expensive, crowded, a travel nightmare, and usually - let’s be honest - a bit of a letdown. There’s not much you can do to avoid any of the above, but pinning down the right venue early will lessen the stress on the night. On our quest to help you ring in 2014 with a bang, we bring you our Insider Guide to Hong Kong’s Top 10 New Year’s Eve Parties. Mysterious at Midnight Celebrate New Year’s Eve in in a whirl of glitz and glamour at OZONE and U Entertainment’s Black & Gold Masquerade Ball. Party in the clouds with a glass of bubbly in hand, and ring in midnight with a mysterious suitor on your arm. Beats will be provided by international guest DJs Miss Bad Kiss, the United Music Crew and DJ Pablo Fierro.

What: Black & Gold Masquerade Ball at OZONE Where: OZONE, The Ritz Carlton Hong Kong, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon When: 10pm ‘til late Price: HKD$600 or HKD$300 after 12:30pm, both including a glass of Champagne RSVP: Presale tickets available online. For table reservations call 2263-2010 or email [email protected]

French Fancy World-famous nightlife and entertainment gurus French Tuesdays have teamed up with Tapagria to bring you their first ever New Year’s Eve Fireworks Party. Celebrate in style with a fantastic view of the harbour, music from DJ Douglas Poppelman, live entertainment, complimentary desserts, party favours, and more. All ticket holders will also receive two free drinks – a Grand Marnier Cocktail and a glass of Moet and Chandon Champagne. Internationally recognised as nightlife experts, French Tuesdays promises serve up New Year’s Eve awesomeness on a platter!

What: New Year’s Eve Fireworks Party Where: Tapagria, 18/F, The One, Tsim Sha Tsui, 100 Nathan Road, Kowloon When: 10:30pm - 4am Price: Early Bird tickets HKD$480, regular tickets are HKD$680 on Paypal, subject to Paypal fee. Buy online here. RSVP: For Table Reservations, email [email protected]

Life’s a Circus Roll-up, roll-up, for the NYE Boujis circus! The Pottinger Street party hub will be turning into a temporary temple of the weird and wonderful on December 31st as hoop girls, fire breathers and entertainers of all variety come out to play. International DJ acts taking to the decks include the dynamic duo London Beats, sure to make your night at the circus spectacularly fun and funky.

What: Circus Circus New Year’s Eve Where: Boujis, 37 Pottinger Street, Central When: 9pm ‘til late RSVP: Email [email protected] for table bookings or [email protected] for guest list enquiries

Kick Back Extravagant parties inevitably lead to dashed expectations, so keep it simple and have a guaranteed a good time this New Year’s at Brickhouse’s NYEasy party. Join the relaxed alley cats for tequila shots, great music from Sydney DJ Mike Wolf and true Mexican-style hospitality. All night two-for-one tacos deals will soak up the excess and help keep that dreaded New Year’s Day hangover at bay. And the best part of this fiesta? There’s no entrance fee! So kick back, get your salt and lime at the ready, and ring in 2014 with great company and a touch of nonchalance.

What: NYEasy at Brickhouse Where: Brickhouse, G/F 20A D’Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong, Central Price: No Entry Fee

Nautical New Year’s Get the best possible view of Hong Kong’s famous fireworks – from the water! Welcome in 2014 in extravagant style with Hong Kong Yachting’s New Year’s Eve Dinner Party Cruise. For HKD$1,200, you will be treated to an opulent buffet feast of delicious dishes such as Spanish chorizo with artichoke, seafood paella and homemade chocolate cake. Plenty of veggie-friendly options will also be available, alongside oceans of free-flow bubbly, wine, sangria and soft drinks. There are only limited spaces available for this fun floating affair, so make sure to book your tickets soon!

What: Hong Kong Yachting’s New Years Eve Dinner Party Cruise Where: Pick up and drop off at Central Pier 10 When: 8pm - 1am Price: HKD$1,200 per person RSVP: Buy your tickets online here or call 2525-0151

Best of Both Don’t want to be stuck in one place on New Year’s Eve? Two of The Mira’s coolest venues have teamed up to offer you the best of both worlds with their Electrifying All-Nighter. Start off under the stars with sparklers, BBQ and fireworks at Vibes, before moving the party swiftly on to Room One for live music and DJ beats from Kid Gweilo, VISA, Shannon, Fun Key and AWI. Rolling with a big crew? Book a 10-person cabana and enjoy a free bottle of Champers and a fresh fruit shisha. Either way, make sure you’re looking hot to trot and in tune with the Hedonistic Chic dress code.

What: Electrifying All-Nighter at The Mira Where: The Mira Hong Kong 132 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon When: Vibes 9pm - 2am, Room One 2am - 4am Price: HKD$738 per person with open bar (book by December 24th), HKD$888 per person with open bar (book between December 25th and December 31st), Cabana for 10 guests for HKD$10,988 (until December 23rd) or HKD$11,988 (December 24th - 31st) RSVP: Book Online here, call 2315-5999 or email [email protected]

Blast from the Past The Pawn will be celebrating its fifth anniversary on December 31st with a party of New Year’s Past. Have A Night Out in Old Shanghai and celebrate China’s golden era of wholly sophisticated mischief and mayhem. Tap your toes to the live band on the rooftop, get funky with the DJ on the second floor, or head to the helm and have your fill of canapés and cocktails. To top it all off, one lucky guest will walk away with two return flight tickets to modern-day Shanghai!

What: A Night Out In Old Shanghai Where: The Pawn, 62 Johnston Road, Wan Chai When: 9pm ‘til late. Price: HKD$1,100 RSVP: Reserve your tickets at [email protected]

Tasty Tango If you’re celebrating this special time of year with the one you love, what better way to do it than with a sultry soiree of dance and dining? Tuck into a saucy five-course New Year’s Eve dinner at Tango Argentinian Steak House, accompanied by red hot cabaret performances from world-class tango dancers. By starting the year with scallops, ceviche, tenderloin and tango, 2014 can only get worse!

What: Cabaret Tango New Years Eve Tango Gala Dinner Where: Tango Argentinian Steak House, 1/F 77 Wyndham Street Central Price: HKD$788 RSVP: Call 2525-5808 or email [email protected] for reservation

Time to Shine Sign up for one more night of extreme excess before resigning yourself to your New Year’s Resolutions. Angus Wong, the artistic director behind W Hong Kong, presents Bring The Bright,, an ultra-futuristic celebration at the hotel’s WOOBAR. An extravagant countdown will be hosted on the gigantic LED wall against the backdrop of the West Kowloon Harbour. Expect some serious spinning from resident DJs Kenji Hidaka and Andrew Hendley, sure to see you start the New Year on a bright note from the very second the clock strikes midnight!

What: Bring The Bright – New Year’s Eve Party Where: WOOBAR, W Hotel, 1 Austin Road, West Kowloon Station When: 10pm ‘til late Price: HKD$688 including three glasses of champagne. Group ticket for HK$5,888 includes six guest entries, one bottle of premium vodka with mixers and two bottles of champagne RSVP: Buy tickets online, call 3717-2230 or email [email protected]

RED or Dead What better place to ring in the New Year than in one of Hong Kong’s most iconic buildings? Wave goodbye to 2013 at RED’s 2013 countdown, right from the top of the IFC! Kill two birds with one stone and opt in for both the dinner and the party, or hedge your bets with one or the other. The four-course Set Dinner will encompass delectable dishes such as duck foie gras and tuna carpaccio, while the party promises dancing, vodka and tequila ice luges and a countdown under the stars.

What: RED’s 2013 Countdown Where: RED Bar + Restaurant, 4/F IFC Mall, 8 Finance Street, Central When: Dinner reservations start at 6pm, party starts at 10pm Price: Dinner HKD$688, or HKD$788 with two standard drinks. Party tickets HK$600 including 10 standard drinks, or HKD$350 including five standard drinks before December 31st. On the door, HK$700 with 10 standard drinks, or HKD$400 with five standard drinks. Discounts available for Pure cardholders. RSVP: Buy Tickets at RED Bar + Restaurant, Pure Fitness Kinwick Centre and Pure Yoga The Centrium. For further enquiries, call 8129-8882

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Born in Singapore and raised in Hong Kong, Stasia Fong is a freelance writer with dreams of breaking into the television industry and executive produce her own television show.