It’s that time of the year again, when the weather gets cooler and we make New Year’s resolutions we hope to keep. But before we solemnly swear to lose 10kg next year or wake up earlier daily, why not let loose on the last day of 2018 and indulge a little first?
There’s plenty to do, whether you’re looking for a festive meal or an all-out party to ring in the new year. Here are 15 places to welcome 2019 for a New Year’s Eve to remember!
End the year with a bang at Andaz Singapore, on top of the gorgeous 360-degree views of Singapore’s skyline at Mr Stork, the Rooftop DJ Party takes things up a notch with a fantastic view of the fireworks as well!
Shake things up with DJ Jagi and The Partyman, as you enjoy free-flow red, white and sparkling wines and Andaz pale ales.
If you get a little peckish while dancing the night away, grab a hot snack or two, such as hot dogs, wings, nachos and more!
Psst, if you managed to snag the VIP tickets (S$238++), you’re in for a real treat. Not only do you get a guaranteed spot within the VIP fireworks viewing area, you get to enjoy free-flow champagne too. What better way to welcome 2019, than with a glass of champagne in hand?
Prices: S$188++ (standard), S$238++ (VIP)
With a variety of buffet dinners to choose from and a ‘90s themed dance floor, New Year’s Eve at Grand Hyatt Singapore guarantees a night to remember.
Start your night out with a good meal at one of the many restaurants available in the hotel.
Hit up Pete’s Place for an authentic Italian festive celebration complete with its rustic trattoria, and dig into heart-warming Italian fare, such as Stracotto alla Fiorentina of Tuscan beef chuck pot roast with red wine, Cioppino with Dungeness crab, clams, mussels, squid, scallops and salt cod. There’s even a mozzarella bar, handcrafted pasta and wood-fired pizza, and a selection of plant-based dishes.
If you’re more interested in local cuisine, StraitsKitchen brings you a festive celebration with over 100 authentic Chinese, Malay and Indian dishes. The buffet prices include free entry to the countdown party!
Finally, end the night of celebrations at the 90s Dance Fever Countdown Party. For S$118++, you get to boogie your heart out at the hotel lobby dance floor. You can even perk up your night with an exquisite dessert extravaganza, and free-flow champagne (from 9.30pm onwards)!
Prices: Pete’s Place: S$198++ (adult, with free-flow alcohol), S$98++ (child) | StraitsKitchen: S$198++ (adult, with free-flow alcohol), S$148++ (adult, without alcohol), S$78++ (child) | Oasis Restaurant: S$108++ (adult, with free-flow alcohol), S$58++ (child)
Grand Hyatt Singapore: 10 Scotts Road, Singapore 228211 | Tel: +65 6738 1234 | NYE Buffet Timing: 7.30pm – 12midnight (all restaurants) | 90s Dance Fever Countdown Party: 9.30pm onwards | Facebook | Instagram
More interested in a good meal to end off the year? Lawry’s The Prime Rib has you covered with their New Year’s Eve Celebration 6-Course Set Menu (S$179/S$199). This six-course meal includes delights like Monkfish Truffle Clam Chowder, Signature Roasted Prime Rib Of Beef and more.
My personal favourite has to be the Signature Roasted Prime Rib Of Beef. You definitely have to try this, because who goes to a steakhouse and doesn’t order beef?
The dish comes with 180g of roasted USDA prime beef rib, US Idaho mashed potatoes, Yorkshire pudding and whipped cream horseradish. Soft, tender and with just the right amount of fats, each bite was absolutely heavenly.
End the year on a yummy note with a celebration at our favourite steakhouse!
Prices: S$179 (with the lamb rack main dish), S$199 (choose from either beef or seafood main dish)
Lawry’s The Prime Rib: 333A Orchard Road, #04-01/31, Mandarin Gallery, Singapore 238897 | Tel: +65 6836 3333 | Opening Hours: 11.30am – 10pm (Sun – Thu), 11.30am – 10.30pm (Fri, Sat, Eve of Public Holiday & Public Holiday) | Facebook | Website
Another option for all you non-clubbers, Botanico @ The Garage is offering a retro BYOB buffet for New Year’s Eve.
If you miss the good ‘ol days, Botanico’s Blast From The Past (S$98++) is where you should be.
That’s right, old-school is cool again. A throwback to the ‘80s and ‘90s with all-time favourite dishes like the Lamb Tartar, Iberico Pork Belly, and even Jalapeno Ice Cream! There’s no corkage charge, so you can bring as many bottles as you want.
Prices: S$98++ (all-you-can-eat buffet and free-flow non-alcoholic drinks)
5. Monti at I-Pavilion
You can get the best of both worlds with Monti at I-Pavilion this New Year’s Eve.
Situated by the waterfront at Collyer Quay, you get a stunning view of the festivities at Marina Bay. At the same time, you can enjoy the elegant service and food with their special New Year’s Eve menu.
Choose from either five or six courses, with dishes like Jade Tiger Abalone, Smoked Duck Confit, Pan-Seared Marinated White Cod and more.
Aside from the five- or six-course meal, there’s also champagne and free-flow canapes at the rooftop after 10pm.
Prices: S$188++ (five-course), S$300++ (six-course), S$2000++ (rooftop package, includes free-flow tapas)
Kick things up a notch and celebrate New Year’s Eve on a ship! Get a taste of the yacht life on Royal Albatross, with a chill dinner cruise or a lit countdown party.
Set sail on their NYE Dinner Cruise (S$195/adult, S$145/child) and feast on a buffet spread. With a wide selection ranging from salads, pasta, meats like lamb shoulder, turkey breast and more, you’ll definitely get your fill.
If you’re more of a party animal, hop aboard the NYE Countdown Cruise (S$295) for music, champagne, desserts and fireworks. Party it up on the largest charter yacht in Singapore!
Prices: NYE Dinner Cruise: S$195 (adult), S$145 (child) | NYE Countdown Cruise: S$295 (adults only) | S$90 (Drink Bundle A), S$170 (Drink Bundle B), S$300 (Drink Bundle C), S$390 (Drink Bundle D)
Royal Albatross: 8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098269 | Dinner Cruise Timing: 5pm – 7.30pm (Sailing Cruise), 7.30pm – 8.30pm (Dockside Party) | Countdown Cruise Timing: 9.30pm – 12midnight (Sailing Cruise), 12midnight – 1am (Dockside Party) | Facebook | Website
What’s a New Year’s Eve celebration without a touch of glamour and decadence? Sear Steakhouse brings us a night of Old World Shanghai Glam with their New Year’s Eve Buffet (from S$178++).
Sit back, relax, and enjoy the collection of fresh seafood, BBQ station, charcuterie and cheeses. But don’t get too stuffed, because there’s a wide selection of desserts including macarons, eclairs, and other sweet treats.
You’ll want to dress up for this upscale dinner, so dust off your white dinner jackets, gentlemen, while ladies can slip into traditional Cheongsams for that hint of Shanghai opulence.
Prices: Dinner (with free-flow soft drinks & juices): S$178++ (early bird), S$208++ (regular) | Dinner (with free-flow selected wines, beers, soft drinks & juices): S$253++ (early bird), S$283++ (regular) | from S$598++ (VIP table packages)
Have a very Singaporean New Year’s Eve celebration at Loof, with their 2019 Lai Liao party.
Jio your drinking kakis for one last meetup in 2018, and challenge them to a “blowjob” competition. No, you’re not going to get arrested for public indecency — it’s a race against time to see who can blow up the biggest Bestman balloon.
And what’s a Singaporean celebration without food and drinks? Chow down on Loof’s Original Ramly Burger and enjoy some Southeast Asian inspired cocktails as you party until you mati!
Prices: S$38 (cover, includes two drinks, Bestman balloons & party poppers) | Table packages: S$248 (2 pax), S$488++ (up to 4 pax), S$888++ (up to 8 pax)
Loof: 331 North Bridge Road, #03-07, Odeon Towers Extension Rooftop, Singapore 188720 | Tel: +65 6337 9416 | Opening Hours: 5pm – 1am (Mon – Thu), 5pm – 2am (Fri & Sat), Closed on Sun | Facebook | Website
9. The British Club
Potterheads, this one’s for you. Ring in the new year, Harry Potter style, at The British Club!
Dress up in theme, and party under the stars at this hilltop retreat. Keep the magic alive with their live DJ booth and an interactive magic show! Don’t forget to fill up your bellies with their buffet spread from Verandah Café.
And if anyone tells you that you’re too old to be dressing up as a fictional character, they’re Muggles and they’re not invited.
Prices: S$95++ (member), S$105++ (guest), S$40++ (member’s child), S$45++ (guest’s child)
10. LuLu’s Lounge
Didn’t get enough of winter-themed celebrations during Christmas? LuLu’s Lounge brings you their New Year’s Eve party in a hedonistic Winter’s Garden.
Come in your most glamorous and chic white outfits, and be dazzled by the theatrical performances in this winter wonderland.
Stilt walkers, jugglers, and other flamboyant acts including famous drag queen Becca D’Bus take centre stage, but don’t forget the bartender duo Julyan and Tertius. They’ll be shaking things up with their expertly-crafted cocktails all the way until 6am.
It’ll be a night to remember, so step right up to one of the hottest spots in town this New Year’s Eve!
Prices: S$30 (pre-sale tickets), S$35 (at the door)
Bid adieu to 2018 and welcome 2019 at Zafferano with a Great Gatsby-themed party!
Enjoy a three-course menu as you watch the last sunset of 2018, with a New Year’s Eve Sunset Menu created by Chef Emanuele. The antipasti and mains are sure to whet your appetite, but don’t get too full just yet.
The five-course gala dinner starts from 9pm, and the decadent dishes include caviar, sea urchin ravioli, turbot and more. Keep your spirits high, with the best of past and present beats from Zafferano’s resident DJ. And catch the stunning fireworks display from one of the best vantage points in town!
Prices: S$88++ (New Year’s Eve Sunset 3-Course Dinner), S$450++ (New Year’s Eve Gatsby-Themed Gala Dinner), S$250++ (Countdown Party @ Terrace Lounge, includes free-flow drinks)
Zafferano: 10 Collyer Quay, Level 43, Ocean Financial Centre, Singapore 049315 | Tel: +65 6509 1488 | NYE Timings: 5.30pm – 8pm (NYE 3-Course Dinner), 9pm – late (NYE Gatsby-Themed Gala Dinner), 9.30pm – 11.30pm (NYE Countdown Party) | Facebook | Website
12. CE LA VI
Shine bright like a diamond this New Year’s Eve, at CE LA VI! To usher in 2019, CE LA VI is throwing us a Glitter Ball, so put on your sparkles and bling.
If you’re feeling peckish, head over to the restaurant section for a six-course dinner. And for post-dinner thrills, check out the glittering disco balls and pphoto booths with sparkling crystals and beads, and snap some shots with your friends.
Get a glass in your hand, and head over to the Skybar for spectacular views of futuristic musical fireworks!
Prices: S$98 (Skybar access, includes a glass of premium pour), S$138 (Club Lounge access, includes a glass of champagne), S$298++ (first seating for dinner, +S$198 for wine pairing), S$398++ (second seating for dinner, +S$198 for wine pairing)
CE LA VI: 10 Bayfront Avenue, Level 57, Marina Bay Sands Skypark, Hotel Tower 3, Singapore 018971 | Tel: +65 6508 2188 | Timings: 5.30pm – 7.30pm (first seating), 8.30pm – 10.30pm (second seating), 5pm – late (Skybar), 8pm – late (Club Lounge) | Facebook | Website
13. Bang Bang
Journey into the future with Bang Bang, and welcome the new year with a party that’s out of this world! The theme of the night is ‘Future Shock’, so get dressed in your best Men In Black outfits.
Keep an eye out for the guest DJ of the night, DJ Espinosa. He has performed alongside celebrities like Justin Bieber, Britney Spears and Snoop Dogg, so you know you’ll be in for an electrifying night.
Stay all the way till the end for the infamous balloon drop, and you might also catch a glimpse of the club’s iconic mascot troupe!
Prices: S$35 (early bird), S$40 (at the door)
14. Bar Rouge
Look stunning in silver at Bar Rouge this New Year’s Eve! The Singapore branch of the iconic Shanghai club is bringing us an electrifying countdown party.
With the theme ‘Silver Glam’, you can bet that partygoers will be trying to outshine each other with their outfits in the metallic wonderland. Party the night away with their All-Star Residents line-up, and stay for the dazzling fireworks display.
Don’t forget to write your hopes for the new year on their prismatic balloon arch — you might just get what you wish for!
Prices: S$50 per pax
End your year with No Ragrets at Zouk on New Year’s Eve, and get ready for a night of all-out, shameless fun!
It doesn’t matter if your year has been good or bad, all you’ve got to do is celebrate with booze and sick beats. Dance, party and rave the night away, with DJs Hong, Zushan and Jeremy Boon. They’ll be spinning crowd favourites that’ll have you shaking up the dance floor.
Keep a lookout for a cheeky photobooth and marching band performances, and grab your friends for a photo or two.
Prices: S$60 per pax