New Year’s Eve 2018: the 11 best parties in Hong Kong – Crazy Rich Asians and James Bond-themed nights some of the highlights
- See in the new year in style with the best steaks, free-flow deals, tiki disco and some very fancy dress
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Another year close to finished, another New Year’s Eve to stress about. Is there any other night on the calendar when we’re forced to have fun, pressured into staying out past midnight and coerced into extravagant, often overpriced parties?
All negativity aside, Hong Kong arguably does New Year’s Eve better than any other city in Asia and this year there’s a long list of quality events to choose from. Here are our picks for the best events to ring in 2019.
Black Sheep Restaurants’ Fiasco afternoons have quickly become one of the hottest tickets in town, with the closed-curtain daytime event offering an impressive blend of theatricality, quality sharing plates and copious amounts of booze. They’re rejigging things for New Year’s night, so expect free-flows, steak-heavy menus and a heady Studio 54 theme.
9pm, Buenos Aires Polo Club, 7/F LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham St, Central, HK$2,200
Hidden Sheung Wan bar/restaurant Mrs. Pound is turning into a literal circus this New Year’s, with a carnival-themed night sure to bring in the clowns. Dress in your loudest and proudest, chow down on its tasty Malaysian-inspired food and enjoy four hours of free flow, all backed by tunes from DJ Jay Martinez.
9pm, Mrs. Pound, 6 Pound Lane, Sheung Wan, HK$500
Bond and the Beautiful
The Mayfare Group has long been known for its heady, hedonistic New Year’s parties, and the last night of 2018 is no exception. Set over both Tamarind and Namo, its James Bond theme is set to see plenty of tuxes and skimpy dresses, as you order them up shaken not stirred with its all-night free-flow. Featuring fireworks views on its terrace, a full dinner, a martini lounge and shooters bar, plus an 8am hangover breakfast all included, it’s one of the best deals in town.
8pm, Tamarind and Namo, 2/F, Sun Hung Kai Centre, 30 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, from HK$698
The Silk Road
Duddell’s is famed for its extravagant New Year’s parties, and this year, they’re taking things back to The Silk Road, for a Hong Kong-appropriate blend of east and west. Dress up in your finest old orient silks and enjoy free-flow from 9.30pm to midnight, along with free classic Cantonese bites once the clock strikes midnight.
9.30pm, Duddell’s, 3/F, Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell Street, Central, from HK$700
La Dolce Vita
The Pawn is taking things back to 1950s Italy, with a Fellini-inspired night based on his classic flick, La Dolce Vita. Wear your best suits and evening gowns, don your evening sunglasses and dig into the all-night free flow and canapés. There are also live performances from both bands and DJs, as well as a countdown on its open-air roof.
9pm, The Pawn, 62 Johnston Road, Wan Chai, from $788
Crazy Rich Asians
Get out of the Central bubble and head to the southside of the island, where Ovolo will be hosting a Crazy Rich Asians-themed New Year’s party. Set across both its restaurant Komune and rooftop bar Above, they’re going all out, with a wine-pairing dinner, free-flow, canapés, live bands, DJs, plus plenty of random entertainment.
10pm, Ovolo Southside, 64 Wong Chuk Hang Road, from HK$750
Beef & Liberty New Year’s Eve
One of the-best value parties in town, Beef & Liberty Lan Kwai Fong’s New Year’s package is ideal for those who aren’t into glitz and glam, and just want a fun, friendly night with a good free-flow. For a flat HK$350, you’ll get two hours of all-you-can-drink beer, prosecco and wine, alongside two hefty sliders a piece. Plus, local favourite DJ Arun R is on decks all night.
10pm, Beef & Liberty, 3/F, California Tower, 30-32 D’Aguilar Street, Central, HK$350
If you’re looking to kick things off early, Honi Honi Tiki Lounge’s party is starting just as the sun sets at 5pm, with a 1970s disco-themed party featuring plenty of bell-bottoms, platform shoes and tunes straight out of the decade. Entry gets you a free bottle of champagne per person, plus free-flow food until 10pm.
5pm, Honi Honi Tiki Cocktail Lounge, 3/F Somptueux Central, 52 Wellington Street, Central, from HK$550
Le Disco New Year’s Eve
Popular steak-frites restaurant La Vache! Soho is bringing back its famed Le Disco brunches and transporting it to an evening setting for one-night only. Gorge on as much steak and fries as your stomach can handle, before taking things to the next level with its bottomless bubbles and house red wine. And as the name implies, there will be a non-stop disco from its live DJ.
9pm, La Vache!, 48 Peel Street, Soho, Central, from HK$888
Change things up from the standard New Year’s glam, and get involved with Fashion Overdose at Ophelia. Billed as an immersive fashion exhibition, expect to see some of the city’s hottest strut their stuff while guests take part in its distinctive performances. DJs Devlar and Janette Slack are spinning house and R&B all night, while entry gets you a drink plus light snacks.
7pm, 41A, 1/F, The Avenue, Lee Tung Avenue, 200 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, from HK$250
Moulin Rouge Party
Famed French artsy spot Bibo is taking things back to the Belle Époque this New Year’s Eve, with a Moulin Rouge themed party. Dress in your favourite feather-themed get-up, enjoy the musical and live dance performances, and add on their special free-flow champagne package while you’re at it.
Bibo, 160 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, from HK$250