‘Tis the season….to party!
…And just like that 2014 is coming to an end! Albeit not without grand celebration, in true Hong Kong style. While you are busy with the festive hoopla, innumerable sales and shopping sprees, the question still remains—what are you going to do for Christmas and of course where and how are you going to bring in the New Year. Keep reading on for the hottest parties, elaborate buffets and most expensive tables for the festive season!
A multi-course festive dinner at one of the most sought after tables in town, is definitely a must!
A black tie affair
Peninsula Hotel Hong Kong’s festive indulgences include the ultimate Yuletide setting at Chesa, Swiss specials with a 8 course Christmas Eve dinner at HK$ 1988; or New Years Eve dinner at HK$ 2688. Flirt with fine French creations in high style at Gaddi’s with Christmas Eve Gala Dinner at HK$ 3088, Christmas Day Dinner at HK$ 1788, and New Year Eve’s Gala Dinner at HK$ 4388. Experience a contemporary European celebration at Felix with Christmas Eve Gala Dinner at HK$ 2688; Christmas Day Dinner at HK$ 1788 and New Year Eve Gala Dinner at HK$ 4088.
Indulge in Richard Ekkebus’ Michelin starred culinary skills at Amber, with a 8-course Christmas Eve dinner, $2,988 per person; Christmas Day 5-course lunch, $1,388 per person; 7-course Christmas Day dinner, $2,388 per person or New Year Eve’s eight-course gastronomic dinner at HKD 4,288 paired with a five-piece jazz band.
Treat yourself at Intercontinental Hong Kong’s finest—Omakase Dinner at Nobu on Christmas Eve or Day (8 course dinner priced at HK$ 1788 or HK$1488 per adult respectively) or New Years Eve (9 course dinner at HK$ 2688 per person). Or reserve a seat at SPOON by Alain Ducasse —8 course Christmas Eve dinner at HK$ 2888 per adult; 6 course Christmas Day dinner at HK$ 1738 per adult, and 8 course New Year Eve’s dinner at HK$ 3688 per adult or HK$ 5703 with wine pairing.
Eat, drink and be merry!
Formal dinners might be a tad stuffy (and uber expensive) for a few. Here are casual, yet indulgent options!
For a tasty Christmas dinner, pre-order your turkey with homemade stuffing from Blue Butcher for HK$690-1,380. Or try out their meaty menu for New Years Eve—HK$880 per person for first seating, HK$1,180 per person for second seating. The theme of the night is ‘Viva Las Vegas!’, with tunes from the Rat Pack, a live band and a photo booth.
Experience a British Christmas throughout the month with festive menus and free-flowing mulled wine at Aberdeen Street Social ! Choose two or three courses forHK $238-HK$288. As for New Year’s Eve, indulge in Jason Atherton’s 8-course menu and a “Kings and Queens” Royal Countdown party for HK$1,288 per person for the 8-course dinner, and party entry. The party, has no entry charge!
Delicious Christmas menu with Jamie’s Italian specialties throughout December—set options available for HK$350 or HK$500 with a free-flow beverage package for HK$250 or HK$450.
Try out Fish & Meat ‘s popular free-range turkey breast alongside Italian sausage till December 26 for HK$780 for a group of three. Or don a fedora at their ‘Hat party’ for New Year’s along with a multi-course meal for HK$880 per person for first seating, and HK$1,180 per person for second seating.
For a traditional Christmas do, check out all of Café Deco Group’s offerings. Café Deco’s 4-course dinner, HK$728 per person. Brunch HK$688 per person, HK$238 per child. Watermark’s Christmas eve 5-course dinner, HK$1,188 per person. Christmas 4-course dinner, HK$688 per person. Peak Café Bar’s Christmas Eve, HK$368 per person. Christmas, HK$448 per person. Café Deco Pizzeria’s 5-course dinner, HK$468 per person. Christmas Eve 4-course dinner, HK$368 per person.
Alchemy Gastro Lounge has lovely winter flavours to try on Christmas day (Dec 25) —HK$698 per person for four courses, HK$788 per person for five courses.
Enjoy a hearty 3 course holiday brunch on December 24 and 25 with views from both sides of the harbour at Wooloomooloo Prime and Wooloomooloo Steakhouse — HK$328 per person at the former or HK$220 per person at the latter. You can also book Wooloomooloo Prime ’s New Year’s Party at HK$1,850 per person for a five-course dinner and party, or HK$850 for party (includes two complimentary drinks and canapés at 1am).
Enjoy a lovely Chritsmas dinner (from December 24 to 26) alongside mesmerizing harbour views at Al Molo for HK$598 per person. Or celebrate New Year’s Eve with a party themed as “Hollywood, Be A Star For The Night”—complete with red carpet, indoor and outdoor dining and the best view of the waterfront Fireworks Spectacular.HK$888 per person for Gala Buffet, HK$1,288 for Gala Buffet & open bar, HK$488 for open bar only.
Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Gordon Ramsay’s first restaurant in Hong Kong—Bread Street Kitchen & Bar ! Dinner and party priced at HK$588 per person from 6.30-8.30pm, HK$788 for 8.30pm ’til late.
Take a trip back into the 60’s with 208 Duecento Otto‘s La Dolce Vita New Year’s Eve Gala. Either have a seven course Italian feast for HK$988 or go a la carte at the bar for pizza and drinks.
Head to Gaylord for a Christmas celebration, with an Indian touch! Available from 24-26 December, the Christmas menu is priced at HK$298 per person including one masala tea!
Bring in the New Year at Namo and Tamarind with their “The Hong Kong Hangover” New Year’s Eve party. Whether you pick the East TST venue or Wanchai, both will treat you to harvbour views, gala dinner buffet and an all-night open bar and the ultimate hangover breakfast at 1am! Priced at HK$999 per person for the all inclusive package, HK$688 for the 11pm-2am package.
HOTTEST PARTIES IN TOWN!
We get it—you love to party. And party you shall—no cost spared.
The Woods —Open bar, innovative miniature cocktails, and yummy canapés, all for just $688 per person! ($688 per person before 28 December, $788 at the door. $5,000 for tables)
The Pawn —The newly renovated version of our favourite gastro-pub is absolutely stunning! Ring in the New Year with the super fun tropical-themed party at the Botanical bar —Latin America and African beats and nibbles, free-flow drinks forHK$1,200 per person in advance including free-flow drinks, $1,500 on the door.
Ovolo Southside— Countdown to “Midnight in Warehouse District“ —A wild night of free-flow drinks (for four hours!), late night bites, and a rocking rooftop bar! Early bird is HK$ 595 (early bird), HK$750 (advance) and HK$ 950 at the door.
Duddell’s Havana Nights—Shake a leg Latino-style with a live Cuban band, and performances from dancers and a DJ. For HK$580, party away with a glass of champagne and light supper served after the countdown. Or indulge in an eight-course tasting menu ($1,680 per person) before the party.
The Mira —Grab a shinny mask and head for Mira’s Masquerade party at Vibes (HK$ ($788 before Dec 24; HK$888 after)! Party under the stars with belly dancers, live bands, and DJs like Visa and Hitomi…and an open bar!
Boqueria—For a classy, yet fun do, head to Boqueria for a Spanish feast for HK$1,088 per person, replete with Spanish beats, free-flowing cava and sangria, and a DJ starting at 10pm.
Ozone Sky Bar —Bid farewell to the old year at the highest bar in the world! Ozone’s ‘Diamonds in the Sky’ party is just the party —watch fireworks sky high, rocking to beats from international Djs El’se and Xinobi. Party away till the sun rises in the new year! Just for HK$ 700 for all the fun, plus a glass of champagne.
Red Bar—Our favourite casual rooftop bar is a tried and tested venue to drink, party and dance the night away. Pick a five-course dinner for HK$698 per person or party to ring in 2015 for HK$450-700 per person.
Cirque de la Lune by KEE Club—A pop-up party on the waterfront at Central Pier by Kee Club (for the first time), complete with live acrobatic performances, hip hop and electric jams from DJ Spinna, DJ Mr Sit and DJ Rock and of course fireworks over Victoria Harbour. (Mail: email@example.com)
Woobar —Watch the fireworks, along with Woobar’s ‘Shine On’ New Year’s party with W Hong Kong’s best DJs! For HK$ 688 per person, you will get three glasses complimentary champagne; come along with 5 friends and you’ll get to split a bottle of vodka and two bottles of bubbly!
FOB and Above Second at Zafran An amazing replica of Andy Warhol’s Silver Factory is just about perfect setting for a roving New Year’s Eve party! Acts by DJ Angus Wong and LIVING DISCOHEADS, a striking silver backdrop, a photo booth and a special screen test area to record your New Year’s Resolution, and more! HK$990 per person for open bar, snacks and breakfast (10pm-3am). HK$2,015 per person for dinner, an open bar, snacks and breakfast (8pm-3am).
Lily & Bloom —Head to LKF for Lily & Bloom’s ‘In The Mood For Love’ party—while Lily is set to charm with an open bar including free-flow champagne, standard drinks, cocktails and festive platters, Bloom will captivate your taste buds with a full-blown five-course meal. Prices start from HK$1,400 for the whole night at Lily and dinner at Bloom is HK$880 and an additional HK$400 for open bar.
Hullet House —The iconic heritage hotel will turn into winter wonderland for the ‘Frozen Bliss’ New Year’s party! Champagne, canapés and beats by DJ POP Fugitive. Tickets priced at HK$398, HK$598, and HK$698 (check out the website for details)
You like the buzz, the vibe, but not the elaborate bill that comes attached! Fret not; Hong Kong has tonnes of great options in store. Whether its Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve, the usual spots never cease to please—hit the bars at Lan Kwai Fong (https://www.lankwaifong.com) or the pubs of Wanchai. As for New Year’s Eve, head to the harbourside to catch the fireworks for free- BYOB, of course! Unfortunately, the Ball drop at Times Square, Causeway Bay has been dropped for the first time in two decades due to ‘format changes’—it seems the cancellation might be permanent.
Ok so you like to have fun, albeit with friends and not the ENTIRE world. A house party or a private kitchen suits you the best. Call in for private catering —Puja Rajwanis’ authentic North Indian flavours at Dining at Home, or Seema Bhatia’s culinary journey ‘From Africa to Asia‘ (check our review here.)
Hong Kong’s innumerable party venues also make for great options— book a space and party the night away. Rent out Philia Home, or The Space. Try something fun at Sideways Driving Club— drink and drive at the 15-networked F1 sims! Get creative with Fill in the Blank’s fun venue—board games, projectors, and foosball tables. Or cook up a storm at Corner Kitchen, with an instructor guiding you through the way.