Where to begin: Five hot spots to ring in the New Year
On New Year’s Eve, do you venture out and embrace the craziness or hide under your bed? For those brave souls leaning towards the first option, here are the best events
New Year’s Eve Party 2014
If you’re lucky enough to secure a spot by the windows on the outdoor terrace, The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong’s Ozone bar (right) on top of the International Commerce Centre will offer a fantastic view of the midnight fireworks. Ozone is known for hosting over-the-top events, and this New Year’s Eve party will be no exception: expect international guest DJs such as Pablo Fierro (who has recorded for famed house music label Defected Records), scantily clad performers dancing on the bar, and other distractions.
118/F The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, 1Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui, from 10pm, HK$600 (includes a glass of champagne)
Studio 54 Party
The groovy venues mushrooming around the Sheung Wan end of Hollywood Road have brought an upmarket vibe to the area, and local institution 208 Duecento Otto will be hosting a suitably classy event on New Year’s Eve. Promising to channel the anything-goes vibe of the infamous New York nightclub, the award-winning bar/restaurant is inviting guests to make a full night of it, with two dinner options followed by what they promise will be a night of decadent partying.
208 Duecento Otto
208 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, 6.30pm, HK$588 (with glass of champagne and downstairs buffet), HK$888 (with glass of champagne and upstairs four-course dinner)
Bring the Bright
The W Hotel has played host to some of the city’s best dance parties this year, so it’s only fitting that they exit 2013 with a bang.
The hotel’s Woobar will be decorated with a huge LED wall displaying visuals and the countdown to the New Year, while the soundtrack for the night will be provided by resident DJs Kenji Hidaka, Andrew Asquared and Angus Wong. Add the West Kowloon harbour as the backdrop and it could be the place to welcome in 2014.
1Austin Road West, Kowloon, from 10pm, HK$688 (includes three glasses of champagne)
Promoters The Edge, who hosted the well-received Roaring Twenties New Year’s Eve party at Armani/ Privé last year, are going all-out again for this year’s event at Duddell’s. Champagne Resolutions will feature an open bar from 10pm-2am, DJs including Anil Ahuja, live music, burlesque dancers and a photo booth. Spread over the two floors belonging to this exclusive private venue, this event sounds like a memorable way to ring in 2014.
3/F & 4/F Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell Street, Central, from 10pm, HK$1,200 (advance), HK$1,500 (door)
New Year’s Eve Countdown Party
The French DJs from the Cliché Records collective have attracted a dedicated following this year through their numerous events, and on New Year’s Eve they’ll be providing an uptempo soundtrack for revellers at the Mira Hong Kong. Joining Cliché DJs Visa and Fun Key will be a live band and VJ, with a barbecue from 9pm followed by a dance party until the wee small hours.
The Mira Hong Kong
132 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, HK$738 (until December 24, with open bar), HK$888 (December 25-31, with open bar)