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New Year’s Eve 2017: the 10 best parties in Hong Kong – free-flow bars to fancy dress to late-night dim sum

See in the new year in style with a musical choice of house, disco, Balearic, hip hop, live bands and even karaoke. Early-bird discounts, meal options, free-flow deals, dress codes, we have all the information you need to party all night

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 23 December, 2017, 12:17pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 23 December, 2017, 12:17pm

It’s time to get those WhatsApp messages going. Corral your friends for New Year’s Eve or you’ll spend the final night of 2017 trudging drearily around Lan Kwai Fong’s one-way system wishing you were tucked up in bed.

These New Year’s Eve parties will see you through to 2018 in style.

1. New Year’s Eve at Potato Head

There are two parties in one night at Potato Head this year. Potato Head Bar is holding a tropical blowout with a three-hour open bar, set to disco and house beats from resident DJs.

If you’re more of an audiophile, the venue’s Music Room promises a disco countdown with Korean DJs Jesse You & Airbear, aka Downtown. Still going come sunrise? Hit up a January 1 brunch with the Balearic All Dayer (HK$398+HK$195 for free flow), featuring Indonesian dishes, champagne and tropical cocktails, set to Balearic beats.

Dec 31, 9pm-late, Potato Head Hong Kong, 100 Third St, Sai Ying Pun.

HK$480 (advance), HK$530 (door), includes open bar, ticketflap.com/potatoheadnye2018

2. Revolution New Year’s Eve Party

The Ashley Sutton-designed club has never been low on spectacle, and it’s ramping it up with a glitchy, neon-clad New Year’s Eve. Expect underground deep house and futuristic remixes from Fab D. Verse, Will Power and Miles Slater on the decks, and glowing dancers and kimono-clad techno ladies wafting through the crowd – there’s even a series of performances from 10pm. Come well-dressed.

Dec 31, 7pm-5am, Yojimbo, 37 Pottinger St, Central.

No door charge. Table bookings available: 2576 1717.

3. Glitter & Gold New Year’s Eve Countdown Party

Ditch the cramped streets of Lan Kwai Fong for the open air at Vibes, the Mira Hong Kong hotel’s lounge. Tunes come courtesy of Cliché Records DJs, there will be a four-hour open bar, barbecue, live band and a champagne toast at midnight. The dress code is “Glitter & Gold.”. Get the squad together and book a cabana for 10, which comes with a few magnums of Moët to keep the party flowing.

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Dec 31, 9pm-2am, Vibes, 5/F, The Mira Hong Kong, 118 Nathan Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui.

HK$898 (before Dec 24), HK$998 (after Dec 24), includes two glasses of champagne and the open bar; cabanas (10 tickets) from HK$12,888. Tickets from themirahotel.com/glitter-gold-new-years-eve-countdown-party-2017-at-vibes

4. Midnight in Tokyo NYE featuring Bloodest Saxophone

The phenomenally named Bloodest Saxophone were such a hit last year that Foxglove is bringing the Japanese beboppers back once more to ring (or scat) in the New Year. Go for a five-course NYE dinner, or show up after dinner ready to swing into 2018. There will be an open bar including free-flow Japanese whiskey highballs and craft beer.

Dec 31, 8pm-2am, Foxglove, 2/F Printing House, 6 Duddell St, Central.

HK$700 (party only, from 10pm), HK$1,488 (early booking with five-course dinner), HK$1,688 (door plus dinner), all include open bar. Tickets from ticketflap.com/midnightintokyo

5. The Old Shanghai Grand Theatre: Duddell’s x Shanghai Tang New Year’s Eve Party

Duddell’s teams up with Shanghai Tang for a night of 1930s Shanghai glam: snappy tailoring, silk qipaos and Ruinart champagne. Free-flow drinks last until midnight, at which point you’ll be able to usher in 2018 with late-night dim sum.

Dec 31, 9.30pm-3am, Duddell’s, 3/F, Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell St, Central.

HK$640 (early bird before Dec 31), HK$700 (thereafter), HK$900 (door), includes free-flow champagne and cocktails until midnight. Buy six tickets, get one free. ticketflap.com/duddellsxshanghaitangnye

6. The Final Countdown at Fly

After seven years of hard partying and messy nights, Fly is leaving its Ice House Street location in 2018. Say farewell not just to 2017, but to seven years of awesome fun (and the occasional poor decision) before the club closes its doors. DJ Seth provides the hip-hop anthems, and the three-hour open bar provides the incentive.

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Dec 31, 10pm-late. Fly, 24-30 Ice House St, Central.

HK$350 (early bird), HK$400 (door before 1am) both with open bar, HK$300 after 1am with two drinks and two shots. Tickets from ticketflap.com/flynye2017

7. Shogatsu Masquerade at Zuma

Zuma’s throwing a masquerade party for shogatsu – Japanese New Year – which conveniently falls on the same date. Expect free-flow Veuve Clicquot and Zuma’s signature bites, while DJ Lion provides live beats, alongside drum master Barnaby and John Campo on the trumpet. Show up in a mask for that added air of masquerade mystery – or perhaps some convenient anonymity.

Dec 31, 9pm-2am, Zuma, 15 Queen’s Rd Central

HK$880 (early bird, before Dec 25), HK$950 (after Dec 25), HK$1,000 (door), HK$700 (door after 10:30pm), all include open bar. Tickets from ticketflap.com/zumashogatsu

8. Southside presents Paradise Garage

New York City disco the Paradise Garage – or just “the Garage” – was instrumental in the rise of the city’s house scene. Promoters Like Minded People, ROAM and FuFu have teamed up to take over the huge space at the bottom at Ovolo Southside, bringing a little slice of the Garage to Hong Kong. With Romain FX, MLCH and Fei Pao playing disco, funk and house beats, a three-hour open bar and a 2am breakfast to put a bow on the new year, it’s a warehouse rave done comfortably Hong Kong-style. Grab dinner at the brand new Komune restaurant upstairs for free entry, or a discount on the open bar ticket price.

Dec 31, 10pm-4am, Ovolo Southside, 64 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang.

HK$550 (early bird, before Dec 20), HK$680 (after Dec 20), HK$880 (door), all include open bar. Tickets from ticketflap.com/ovolonye

9. The Forbidden Garden at Stockton

Stockton keeps things suitably mysterious this year with the Forbidden Garden, a celebration of the hidden and the taboo. A four-hour free-flow package includes canapés and the bar’s classic (and dangerously potent) cocktails – old fashioneds, negronis, mojitos and Moscow mules for a punchy start to 2018. DJ sets from Rork and Hong Kong’s very own deck diva Janette Slack bring touch of glam to the proceedings, with a Moët toast at midnight.

Dec 31, 9pm-late, Stockton, 32 Wyndham St, Central.

HK$544 (advance), HK$680 (door), both include open bar. Tickets from ticketflap.com/stocktonnye2017

10. Ho Lee Fook Karaoke Party

Ditch the plodding old rendition of “Auld Lang Syne” for something you can really belt out. New Year’s Eve at Ho Lee Fook begins with a dinner of seasonal specialities and long-standing favourites such as roast wagyu short ribs and the “Prawn toast x okonomiyaki” – before the entire basement transforms into one huge karaoke singalong/yell-off. If your voice isn’t hoarse for the first two weeks of 2018, then you’ve missed a trick.

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Dec 31, 8:30pm-late, Ho Lee Fook, 1-5 Elgin St, Central.

HK$1,118 (dinner and karaoke), HK$588 (dinner only), HK$628 (karaoke only). Tickets from [email protected]