Have you decided where you’ll be when the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve? There are some sensational celebrations on offer in Hong Kong this year, from sublime New Year’s Eve dinners to raucous countdown parties. Here are 10 of the best ways to spend the night of 31 December and kick-start your 2022!
10 Ways to Celebrate New Year in Hong Kong
Buenos Aires Polo Club
They had us at “Bacchanalian” … Buenos Aires Polo Club is hosting “The Fiasco” on New Year’s Eve, promising a “wild and untameable” evening. Alongside a lavish menu and free-flow champagne and house wine, guests can enjoy a flamboyant and immersive show that plays out between tables to bring a sense of theatre to the end of 2021. Menu highlights include seafood plates of Patagonian prawns, oysters, scallops and caviar; mains of grilled US tenderloin with foie gras Rossini and grilled Boston lobster; truffled mash and other tasty sides; and a dulce de leche chocolate layer cake with strawberries. From $3,000 per person, including free-flow champagne, house wines and house spirits.
Terrible Baby is taking things back to the 2000s with its “Y2K22 New Year’s Eve Party”. Located on the 4th floor of Eaton HK, the destination bar will be featuring a host of DJs and bands, with a vibe inspired by the legendary 348 Disco that once stood nearby on Nathan Road. Dance the night away with your Y2K fit and your OG besties! Tickets can be purchased at the Early Bird price of $440, while general admission is $500. Get a ticket and you get free-flow access to Terrible Baby’s selected drinks on offer on the night. Buy tickets here.
4/F Eaton HK, 380 Nathan Road, Jordan, Kowloon
2710 1866 | terriblebaby.com
Along with stunning waterfront views, fab food is firmly at the forefront of NYE celebrations at Harbourside Grill, with a five-course tasting menu on offer from 5.30pm to 10pm. Start with a selection of canapes – think the likes of oysters topped with champagne granita – to pair with a glass of Ruinart Blanc de Blanc champagne. Then comes a foie gras terrine with crispy duck; seared sea bass on crushed potato and lobster bisque; beef fillet Rossini with foie gras; and apple Tarte Tatin with salted caramel sauce and crème fraîche. All kinds of New Year yumminess! From $1,288 per person.
Shop OTE401, Level 4, Ocean Terminal Harbour City, TST
For reservations, call 2619 9100
Popular Brazilian steakhouse BRAZA Churrascaria is getting its teeth into the end-of-year party with a festive dinner buffet on 31 December. Expect a wide selection of Brazilian delicacies, including an endless offering of different cuts of meat. Don’t miss the signature Picanha rump and flank steak; the lamb leg marinated with Dijon mustard and fresh herbs; the succulent suckling pig; or the chilli-marinated chicken! All are sliced and served right at your table. There’s an indulgent dessert buffet, too. From $598 per person, with free-flow options from $228, including house white and red wines, spirits and beers.
3/F, Grand Progress Building, 15-16 Lan Kwai Fong, Central
2890 9268 | sandshospitality.com/portfolio/braza
Enjoy sweeping views of Victoria Harbour as you welcome 2022 with a Japanese izakaya experience at The Aubrey. The divine-sounding menu is bookended by a simple starter of edamame with yuzu salt, and a finale consisting of a chef’s selection dessert bento. In between comes chicken karaage with Oscietra caviar, a tomato salad, a signature oyster with uni and ikura, a chef’s selection sashimi platter and more. You can also choose a main from A4 wagyu tenderloin, Pacific lobster, Saikyo miso sablefish and a tofu steak with mushroom ankake. From $2,288 per person.
25/F, Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, 5 Connaught Road, Central
2825 4001 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Did you know that this restaurant takes its name from 32 Mott Street, New York? That’s where the first Chinese convenience store opened in NYC in the 1800s. Today, here in Hong Kong, it’s all about modern Chinese dining – and that includes for New Year’s Eve. The Mott 32 New Year’s Set Dinner starts with fire-roasted suckling pig with caviar, and a scallop taro croquette, followed by a choice of soups and then some superb-sounding mains. These include a 42-day Peking Duck roasted with apple wood, along with braised lobster, and Inaniwa udon with shredded free-range chicken. From $1,350 per person, with a complimentary glass of Bernard Lonclas, Blanc de Blancs on arrival.
Standard Chartered Bank Building, 4-4A Des Voeux Road, Central
2898 3788 | mott32.com
Take the party up a notch with the ‘Disco Countdown Under the Stars’ at The Sixteenth. From 10pm to 2am, the marathon disco-fest will feature DJ music, free-flowing drinks, mini-sandwiches, sweets and champagne. Tempo Tempo’s expansive outdoor garden terrace will be transformed into a “boogie wonderland” for the party. Early Bird tickets (until 30 December) are $880, or it’s $980 at the door. If you have a dinner reservation at La Favorita, Honjokko or TMK Funk & Rolls – all at The Sixteenth – you’ll pay just $680. Exclusive VIP tables for up to 12 guests start from $18,000. Buy tickets here.
2/F Oxford House, Taikoo Place, Quarry Bay
Where better to ring in the New Year than on top of The Peak? “Swinging 40s at Rajasthan Rifles” will be keeping one eye firmly on the future (and on the harbour’s light extravaganza) as it also gives a nod to the past. The Anglo-Indian restaurant will be serving a curated menu of its tasty fare alongside a live band to set the mood for the countdown to salute the New Year in style. Expect the likes of tandoori lamb chops, Calcutta-style sea bass korma, and a whole vegetarian menu option if that’s your preference. From $2,000, including free-flow champagne, house red and white wine, gin and tonics, and Pimm’s cups.
Welcome 2022 at Kinship with a show-stopping menu New World cuisine: highlights include scallop carpaccio, Hamachi bouillabaisse and a rum baba to end. Then, you can stay on for the restaurant’s Playhouse after-party and countdown. It starts at 11pm, with music, games (flip cup, beer pong and giant Jenga) and free-flowing drinks – “to remind you of your college days” says the Kinship team! Dinner is priced from $688 (7-10pm), while the party is $450 for three hours of free-flow drinks and sliders, from 11pm to 2am. You can get a special deal if you opt for both.
2 Shelley Street, LL Tower, Central
2520 0899 | kinshiphk.com
Keen to make the most of your last meal of 2021? Zuma’s exclusive New Year’s Eve Dinner Menu has everything from caviar and oysters, to wagyu and red prawns. Better still, it’s followed by the annual New Year’s Eve Countdown Party upstairs in the lounge and bar on the sixth floor, from 9.30pm. Dinner is from $1,680, while the Countdown Party is $980/$1,080 (Early Bird/normal); if you’re keen to do both, you can book an 8.45pm sitting for dinner and then pay just $280 for your party ticket. Another option is the Yashoku Night Brunch ($1,880), starting at 8pm on the sixth floor, with free-flow signature dishes, champagne, sake and beer plus granted entry into the Countdown. Book tickets here.
Hong Kong’s thriving arts scene is coming to the NYE party too, with the first-ever Arts Spectacular to be held on Victoria Harbour. The event will feature the city’s flagship Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra alongside the recently opened M+, with countdown lights on the museum’s façade, plus harbour lights and more to welcome 2022. The M+ Facade – almost 70 metres! – will be transformed into a massive countdown clock during the final minute of the year.
Find out more at discoverhongkong.com/countdown.
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