The best New Year’s Eve parties in Hong Kong 2017/18
Perched above the throngs on Canton Road, sleek drinking den Aqua Spirit is making sure 2017 ends with a bang. The party promises to be a decadent affair featuring plenty of Dom Perignon and expansive harbour views. Early bird tickets are available for $550 and include a glass of Dom Perignon. Tickets on the door or purchased after 25 December cost $750. Aqua’s five-course menu is available before the party priced at $2,018 per person and a snack menu with sushi and canapés is available until 1.30am.
With a regular service from 6pm until 10pm – including the expertly named Sweet Baby Cheesus cheeseburger – burger specialists Beef & Liberty then ramp up the celebrations with a $350 free-flow offer from 10pm until midnight – including prosecco, red and white wine and two sliders. The party carries on until 2am with sets from DJs Arnaud D and Arun R, with a cash bar and further snacks available.
Buzzing LKF taqueria Brickhouse is throwing a full-on Mexican fiesta to say hello to 2018. The free-pouring bar staff are sure to chuck a load of tequila thrown down the in-house ice luge, and with free-flow of Brickhouse margaritas, diablas, beer and house spirits from 9pm to 1am and unlimited tacos until 11.30pm all for $580, this party promises to last until the sun comes up.
Italian trattoria DiVino is throwing a gangster themed New Year's party this year with the prohibition era theme running throughout the night. A mini à la carte menu with traditional dishes like spaghetti and meatballs as well as seasonal specials is available earlier in the evening with a minimum spend of $600 per person on food and drink. After 9.30pm, a DJ hits the decks to set the party mood ready for the big countdown to 2018. Free-flow from the restaurant’s extensive wine and cocktail list is available for $650 from 8pm until 1am, so there’s no excuse not to party like a true mobster.
Duddell’s, together with luxury fashion brand Shanghai Tang, is transforming its upstairs salon and terrace into a nostalgic scene from 1930s Shanghai. Expect a glamorous party from a time gone by with free-flow Ruinart champagne, cocktails on offer from 9.30pm until midnight and then, into the wee hours, Michelin star quality dim sum. Entertainment comes in the form of a live five-piece band before DJ Kitomi K takes the party over.
In a move that will please nostalgic Hongkongers, The Grand Hyatt is bringing back 90s nightspot JJ’s for their 2018 New Year’s Eve countdown party. Opening in 1989, JJ’s was one of the city’s most exclusive nightspots. Live music comes from US-based Canadian band Night Train before live DJs take over into the wee hours. Tickets for the countdown party are priced at $780 including one glass of Dom Pérignon 2009. If you’re feeling nostalgic, head down and party like it’s 1989.
Rock your way into 2018 at Italian spot Grappa’s Cellar. Its popular regular live band Last Orders is back for a special New Year’s show featuring timeless tunes from the likes of the Rolling Stones, Queen, Bowie, the Beatles, Prince and Thin Lizzy plus plenty of others. Tickets – including a four-course dinner with free-flow bubbles from 6.30pm to 8.30pm, plus a bonus glass at midnight to toast the turning over of the calendar – are $868 until December 12.
If craft beer is your bag, head to Kennedy Town for New Year’s Eve at Little Creatures. The Aussie craft brewery is offering the rare treat of a craft brew free-flow session from 10pm until 1am. Dinner and free-flow drinks are available seperately, for $900 or $500 respectively, if you’re just in it for one or the other. Expect extra entertainment and the resident Creatures’ DJ to bring the tunes.
Speakeasy restaurant Mrs Pound is throwing a raunchy burlesque party this year with free-flow drinks from 9pm until 1am for a reasonable $450. With your host, the dazzling madame Gigi Giubilee, you can expect much tomfoolery and house cocktails. This is the place to be if you want to forget the outside world and explore your naughty side.
Head to Sai Ying Pun’s cocktail specialist for a New Year’s party with top international DJs Airbear and Jesse You. A free-flow of Perrier Jouet, wine and beer is on offer for $480 from 9pm until midnight. If you want to continue the party into the wee hours, access to the exclusive music room (pictured) is on offer for $520 including free-flow Perrier Jouet champagne.