It’s the end of another year, and what greater way to spend it than at a party with free-flow drinks and clinks to ring in 2018. Here’s our pick of the eight best themed countdown parties happening on the 31st.
Words Nicole Hurip
30/F One Peking, Tsim Sha Tsui
Tel: 3427 2888
Sometimes, it’s better to keep things black and white. Head to Aqua Spirit’s Black and White countdown party for a front row seat at the fireworks show that is anything but low key. Starting from 8pm, party in the penthouse and dance to the beats of the resident DJ until the sun comes up. Early bird tickets are available until December 25 for $550, which includes a glass of Dom Pérignon. Tickets purchased after December 25 or at the door are $750, so get yours here now!
DiVino Wine Bar & Restaurant
Shop 1, Winsome House, 73 Wyndham St, Central
Tel: 2167 8883
Are you married to the mob? Get in bed with gangsters and the mafia for one night only at DiVino Wine Bar & Restaurant, where anyone can become a gangster for a night with a fully decked out DiVino reminiscent of a speakeasy and staff dressed in prohibition era attire. Free flow pours are available for $650 from 8pm to 1am, with countdown tunes spun by a DJ starting from 9:30pm.
Duddell’s x Shanghai Tang
Level 3, Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell Street, Central
Tel: 2525 9191
Be transported to Shanghai in the 30s, and dress to impress as they did back in the day when going out to the movies. Expect a flurry of sharp suits, fine silk and bold lips galore with the backdrop of “the wicked old Paris of the Orient”, as Taras Grescoe penned it. Early bird tickets are $630 until December 18 for free-flow champagne and cocktails, plus midnight Michelin starred dim sum to refuel. The swanky affair starts at 9:30pm and goes on until 3am. Get your tickets here.
Ho Lee Fook
1-5 Elgin St, SoHo, Central
Tel: 2810 0860
Karaoke all the way into 2018 at Ho Lee Fook’s 90s throwback NYE party. Starting from 10:30pm, hydrate with a full three hours of free-flow sake, whiskey green tea, vodka and beer while jamming to 90s tunes. Tickets are $628 for karaoke and free-flow, and $1118 to tack on a specially-crafted dinner as well.
6 Pound Ln, Sheung Wan
Tel: 3426 3949
Gigi Gubilee will show you how to burlesque at Mrs. Pound this New Year’s Eve, which will be transformed into the exotic world of Moulin Rouge for the countdown soiree. From 10pm to 1am, enjoy the performance with a free-flow package of house spirits, house wine, beer and house shooters for $450 per person. Get tickets here.
Shop No. 41A, 1/F The Avenue, 200 Queen’s Rd E, Lee Tung St, Wan Chai
Tel: 2520 1117
What’s New Year’s Eve without a masquerade party? Ophelia is hosting an Erotic Exotic Masquerade Ball, where the dress code is summed up in two words: fashionably masked. Performances and theatrics will keep you entertained from 6pm till late, including Shibari bondage shows and prizes for the best dressed. Advance tickets are $400 or $450 at the door. Prices include two drinks, and a truckload of fun.
3/F & 4/F the L. Place, 139 Queen’s Road Central
Tel: 2915 1638
Step into the new year while being glamorously over-the-top at Shore’s Bollywood New Year’s Eve party. Starting from 10:30pm, celebrate with a 3-hour premium open bar with unlimited cocktails, white and red wines and spirits, all for $580 per person! Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label champagne is on hand at a special price of $800 per bottle for all your toasting needs. Bollywood beats will be spun all night, with Indian-theme performers dancing at midnight to celebrate the start of 2018. For those who are looking for party fuel, Shore’s a la carte menu is available for dinner which includes signature steaks like the Double Bone Tomahawk and delicacies like Foie Gras & Pistachio Parafait. Get tickets to the party here.
VEA Restaurant & Lounge
29 & 30/F 198 Wellington Street, Central
Tel: 2711 8639
Dare to be bold at VEA’s Kalaeidoscope Disco NYE countdown party, where you’re encouraged to dress in intense colors and abstract patterns. Be as funky and flamboyant as you wish, for the best-dressed participant will be given a special prize. Starting from 9:30pm, party with free-flow spirits/wines/beers/special cocktails and shooters, plus some countdown champagne when the clock strikes twelve. Snacks by Chef Vicky Cheng will also be served. Early bird tickets are $620 per person before December 22, and $740 at the door. Get them here.