How lucky are we that we get to spend New Year’s Eve in Hong Kong? If I was going to design the perfect location for a NYE celebration, I’d include a spectacular skyline, jaw-dropping fireworks and perfect weather for toasting the arrival of the new year on a terrace somewhere.
If you just feel like hanging out on the harbour front with the crowds, be sure to get there early to grab a prime spot for the countdown. Our roundup of HK’s best bars and restaurants with amazing views will help you find the ideal place for a meal or a cheeky cocktail.
But if you’re ready to party, try one of these glam events that all have one thing in common, views of HK’s iconic skyline and the firework display. Make this NYE a memorable one.
Countdown Party at the Lobby Lounge, Intercontinental
For a night to remember, take in the ultimate panoramic view of the NYE pyrotechnics from the the luxurious surroundings of the Intercontinental Lobby Lounge. Indulge in a 6-course dinner finished with a specially crafted NYE dessert of delicate flourless chocolate biscuit with mandarin orange jam, chocolate anglaise cream – all crafted as dangling 2018 numbers. After dinner you can dance the night away to the upbeat tunes of the “Red Verse” band into the early hours of 2018.
Where: Lobby Lounge, Intercontinental, 18 Salisbury Road
Cost: 6 course dinner for $2,988 per adult, including entry to the countdown party. Also available in the Intercontinental are Harbourside, Nobu, Rech by Alain Ducasse, Yan Toh Heen and The Steakhouse restaurants and all late seating restaurant patrons receive complimentary entry to the countdown party in the Lobby Lounge – with no seating. For non-restaurant patrons there is a $650 per person cover charge for the Countdown Party, which includes a complimentary glass of champagne.
Book: 2313 2323 or [email protected]
Countdown Party at the Sheraton Sky Lounge
Join the glam celebrations set against the backdrop of spectacular harbour views at the Sheraton Sky Lounge. Celebrate with free flowing champagne and a premium canapes tower adorned by luxurious treats such as devil crab egg with imperial caviar, mini wagyu & foie gras burger, house signature crab cake, 5J Iberico ham with tomato and dark pita bread with lobster, to name but a few.
Where: Sky Lounge, Sheraton Hotel, 20 Nathan Road
Cost: $1,588 per person with a festive canapes set and free flowing champagne and wines
Book: 2732 6789 or [email protected]
Black & White New Year’s Eve Party at Aqua Spirit
Expect panoramic views, monochromatic black and white glamour and champagne all the way at Aqua Spirit’s countdown party this year. Sister venues Aqua and Hutong will be serving bespoke celebratory menus to start your evening, and Aqua Spirit will be serving snacks, sushi and canapes until 1.30am.
Where: One Peking, TST
Cost: Aqua’s 5-course menu is $2018 per person, Hutong’s 12-dish menu is $2,388. Early bird tickets for Aqua Spirit’s countdown party are $550 and include a glass of Dom Pérignon, tickets purchased after 25 December or on the door will be $750. Table packages are available.
Dinner reservations at Aqua: 3427 2288
Dinner reservations at Hutong: 3428 8342
Shanghai: The Golden Era at CE LA VI
If you’re looking for more of a club vibe, then multi-faceted dining, drinking and dancing venue CE LA VI has you covered. Paying tribute to the hedonistic parties of the late Sir David Tang and to the golden era of old Shanghai, dress up in your finest ‘Shanghai Chic’ and revel in those rooftop views in between throwing shapes on one of the three dancefloors.
Where: 25/F California Tower, 32 D’Aguilar Street, Central
Cost: The Ultimate Experience: Access to all 3 floors of CE LA VI including the Sky Deck. Early bird tickets start at $988, going up to $1,500 on the door. Inclusive of 1 glass of champagne or 1 premium house pour.
The Club Experience: Party in the Club Lounge and Restaurant Lounge. Early bird starts at $300, up to $500 on the door.
Book: 3700 2300, or
With stunning 270 degree harbour views this is a prime NYE spot. There will be a 5 course dinner with a choice of main courses including the famous 200 day grain fed australian beef. You can choose to skip dinner and just come for the countdown party, which will feature live music from 10pm.
Where: Level 21 The ONE, 100 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui,
When: Champagne reception & canapes from 7.30pm, countdown party starts at 10pm – late
Cost: 5-course dinner and champagne canape reception from 7pm-8.30pm, $2018; countdown party including 2 drinks from 8.30pm onwards, $700.
Book: 2870 0087, or
Hong Kong knows how to party, and there are so many choices on NYE – we have lots more for you right here.
Don’t forget to book your New Year celebration brunches too, here’s our pick of the best free flow brunches in town.