New Year’s Eve in Hong Kong 2017 guide including events and parties
Hong Kong is one of the best places in the world to be for New Year’s Eve celebrations. Fact. We've got the world's highest rooftop bars overlooking the world's best fireworks displays, a world-class music scene, and enough top-notch Michelin-starred restaurants to stuff the world's most insatiable gourmand. No matter what you're into, you can check off every item on your 2017 to-do list somewhere in this city by celebrating with our New Year’s Eve 2017 in Hong Kong guide.
New Year's Eve is all about superlatives: for the last party of the year, you want the wildest vibes, the strongest drinks, the glammest surrounds. So where better to go than the world's highest bar? Located on the 118th floor of the Ritz-Carlton, Ozone hangs so far above Victoria Harbour that you'll actually see the fireworks from above. This lavish setting is perfect for this year's theme, which evokes the decadence of Marie Antoinette's court. The dress code is "Baroque Glamourous," but make sure not to get too dolled up to dance — some of HK's best DJs will be spinning fresh tracks for the party. Tickets are $840 and are sure to sell out before Christmas.
1 Austin Ave, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Aqua has been partying like it's 1999 since it opened — Brit-born founder David Yeo conceived his flagship restaurant as a way to introduce Hong Kong to a luxury dining scene fit for the new millennium. The rooftop bar Aqua Spirit is still one of the hottest nightlife destinations in Tsim Sha Tsui, especially on New Year's Eve, when the floor-to-ceiling windows offer a panoramic view of the fireworks over the harbour. Tickets to the countdown bash go for $750 at the door, but if 2017 has been particularly flush for you, you might want to shell out for a table. Prices range from a measly $4,000 for a two-top to $12,000 for two magnums of Dom Pérignon, a bottle of spirit and mixer, and enough space for you and five of your closest friends.
29+30F, 1 Peking Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Duddell's defines itself not as a bar or a restaurant but a "cultural and social destination." For New Year's Eve, their eclectic interior will be transformed into an Art Deco dream with the help of luxury fashion house Shanghai Tang. Both Duddell's and Shanghai Tang are inspired by the eye-catching, elegant styles of 1930s Shanghai cinema, so you can bet that this New Year's Party will be dripping with movie-star glamour. Put on your best slinky qipao or sharp suit and come foxtrot to a five-piece live band. (Japan's DJ Hitomi.K will be there to spin more modern tunes.) The $630 ticket price includes free-flow Ruinart and cocktails, as well as dim sum from Duddell's Michelin-starred kitchen after midnight.
Level 3 Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell St, Central, Hong Kong
So it turns out Duddell's isn't the only bar in the 852 theming their New Year's Eve party around 1930s Shanghai á là David Tang this year. This isn't necessarily the equivalent of two women wearing the same dress to a soirée; the famously Bacchanalian founder of Shanghai Tang passed away in August, so it's prime time to offer him homage. CÉ LA VI will be evoking Sir David's love of the good life with an indulgent experience spread across three floors of Lan Kwai Fong's California Tower. That is, guests who spring for the $1500 (at-door) Ultimate Experience will get access to all three of CÉ LA VI's floors; $500 Club Experience won't let you onto the Sky Deck with its infamous jacuzzi.
25/F California Tower, 36, 30 D'Aguilar St, Central, Hong Kong
Stroll past Foxglove's Duddell Street facade and you may never guess that one of Hong Kong's hippest bars lies behind it. The front of the space is a perfect replica of a bespoke Victorian umbrella shop, complete with products on display in brass-edged wall cabinets and a suave shopkeeper in sleeve garters. Once you pass through a secret doorway near the back of the shop, you'll find yourself in a speakeasy that vaguely resembles a 1950s cruise ship. On New Year's Eve, that speakeasy will be full of the dulcet tones of Bloodest Saxophone, a six-piece jazz crew out of Tokyo. Tickets range from $700 a head for free-flow to $9,000 for a five-course meal for six people.
6 Duddell St, Central, Hong Kong
In a nightlife scene swimming in high concepts and edgy experiments, it's nice to find a good old-fashioned EDM club. If you're looking to spend the last moments of 2017 with a young, playful crowd that doesn't take itself too seriously, Midnight Kisses is the party for you. Your $500 ticket includes one drink and free range of a sprawling 8,000 square foot space, complete with two bars and two dozen VIP tables (the latter bookable by email). No two minutes at LEVELS look or sound quite the same, thanks to a constantly-shifting LED light system and fresh tracks from international DJs. Who knows who you'll find yourself next to at midnight?
2/F, On Hing Building, 1 On Hing Terrace, Central, Hong Kong
In the daylight, Potato Head is an artfully-designed shrine to audiophilia that encompasses multiple restaurants, a retail shop, and a laid-back listening room. After nightfall, the space becomes one of the most happening destinations in Sai Ying Pun, while retaining all that cultivated chillness. There are two parties going on at Potato Head this New Year's, one in the Music Room ($520) and the other at the Potato Head Bar ($480). Both tickets include three hours of free-flow drinks and nonstop disco and house from Potato Head's resident DJs. If you're still standing by New Year's Day, you can keep partying at their Balearic All Dayer, a marathon event starting with Indonesian-style brunch and stretching through the evening with chuggy house music straight out of Ibiza.
100 Third St, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong
While we're on the subject of steakhouses, let's not forget about Porterhouse, one of the best of Hong Kong's many temples of beef-worship. This New Year's Eve, they're offering an especially festive version of their usual tasting menu. For $888, or $1,388 with a wine pairing, you'll get five courses that hit all the main points on Chef David Laris's eclectic menu, from vegetable-forward starters to fresh seafood. While there's naturally a prime beef sirloin option, this is one steakhouse that vegetarians and pescetarians can leave entirely satisfied. Make sure to leave room for the warm, Cointreau-laced pecan pie for dessert. If you haven't maxed out your pleasure drives after all that, you can order whatever tickles your fancy on the a la carte menu.
California Tower, 30-36 D'Aguilar St, Central, Hong Kong