Six of the best Hong Kong New Year’s Eve parties

Here is our pick of Hong Kong destinations to make the big night go with a bang

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 16 December, 2015, 12:01pm
UPDATED : Monday, 28 December, 2015, 9:22am

There’s a good reason New Year’s Eve is known as amateur night – and in Hong Kong the fenced-off streets are always packed with part-time partiers who haven’t really thought things through. So this year don’t be an amateur – avoid the hordes by selecting one quality destination, secure advance tickets, arrive early and see in the New Year in comfort and style. Here are the six best parties to ring in 2016

Lost in Time

Organised by the same people behind the annual Secret Island Party, Lost in Time takes place over 30 hours aboard the SuperStar Virgo, the flagship of Star Cruises’ Asian fleet. The event features an extensive line-up of DJs – headlined by British electronic music icon James Zabiela – playing everything from disco and R&B to house and techno, along with stand-up comedy, “drag queen bingo”, film screenings and even yoga classes.

Dec 31, 6pm, from HK$1,550

The Beautiful & The Damned

Kee Club can always be counted on to do things in style, and this year the exclusive nightspot is transforming itself into a a cabaret casino from the art deco era for a decadent New Year’s Eve bash. At the event titled The Beautiful & The Damned, revellers can tuck into a five-course dinner, try their luck at winning luxury prizes on the blackjack and roulette tables, and party to the sounds of DJ Matt Caseli, who has been resident at famed Ibiza nightclub Pacha for 15 years.

Dec 31, 7pm, 6/F, 32 Wellington St, Central, HK$3,288 for dinner, or HK$700 for entry after 10pm

Boujis Boycotts Prohibition

Central nightclub Boujis is also going art deco for its New Year’s Eve celebration this year. People attending the speakeasy-style Boujis Boycotts Prohibition event are being encouraged to deck themselves out in pinstripe suits and mink coats, and to ring in the New Year with a classic cocktail from the era such as a Mint Julep. There’ll also be a photo booth and 1920s-style props, so guests can take home black-and-white souvenir pictures of themselves.

Dec 31, 10pm, 37 Pottinger St, Central, HK$300

Alice in Wonderland

The Pawn in Wan Chai is also known for hosting memorable New Year’s Eve events, and this year the historic venue is going down the rabbit hole with an Alice in Wonderland-themed party. There’ll be free-flow drinks from 9.30pm to 12.30am, prizes for the best costumes, various games held on the rooftop and DJs spinning all night. Yes it’s in Wan Chai, but at least it’s not too close to Lockhart Road.

Dec 31, 8pm, 62 Johnston Rd, Wan Chai, HK$788

Walk Like an Egyptian

Artsy restaurant/bar/gallery Duddell’s could also be expected to do something different, and it’s not disappointing us this year, transforming into a desert oasis for the Walk Like an Egyptian event. Promising the “exotic riches, mystery and glamour” of ancient Egypt, the event will feature a live band and DJ, and guests are encouraged to turn up in Egyptian-style costumes for a chance to win a HK$5,000 dining voucher.

Dec 31, 10pm, 3/F Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell St, Central, HK$580 (before Dec 23); HK$650

Hollywood Red Carpet

Ozone at the Ritz-Carlton – the highest bar in the world – is a popular place to celebrate New Year’s Eve and take in the midnight fireworks show in Victoria Harbour. For this year’s

Hollywood Red Carpet event, Ozone is playing host to a range of figures from the French dance music world including DJs from Marseille label La Dame Noir and and El’se, a French artist based in Shanghai.

Dec 31, 10pm, 118/F Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, International Commerce Centre, HK$800