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Keep the Good Stuff for Yourself

So the silly season is over and you managed, through a series of perfectly-executed smoke screens, bluffs and slights-of-hand, to hide that really good bottle of wine from thirsty visiting friends and relatives, pawing off instead the bottles left over from the company Christmas party.


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Look Aging in the Eye

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Look Aging in the Eye

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An Entertainment System for Your Face

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A Touch of Real Mexico

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A Gentleman’s Guide to NYE

Looking to farewell 2016 in style? We look at the top New Year’s Eve parties in Hong Kong and Macau and find there’s a solution for every New Year’s Eve dilemma.

 



The Bunny Solution

You know it’s time for a party when bunnies get bouncing. Dress to impress as LKF’s favourite steakhouse becomes the Playboy Mansion with the Porterhouse by Laris and Playboy New Year’s soiree. Arrive for dinner or come later for the lounge party, with Veuve Clicquot and cocktails served by playboy bunnies, and music from renowned DJ Aldo.
HK$988 includes dinner, countdown and late night lounge;
HK$300 per person for Lounge from 9pm;
HK$6,000 per VIP table.
7/F, California Tower, 30-36 D’Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong, Hong Kong;
www.porterhousebylaris.com.hk

 

Porterhouse


 


The Burlesque Solution

Armani/Prive will transform itself into a seductive burlesque boudoir this New Year’s Eve for its NYE en Rouge party, complete with sensual dance, captivating cocktails, and beats spun by DJ P. Grant. Don’t forget a dash of red to really look the part.
Tickets at the door from HK$550 including two glasses of champagne, from 10pm;
Landmark Chater House, 8 Connaught Road, Central;
armaniprive-hk.com

Armani


 


The Black Tie Solution

Don your slim-cut tailcoat for Namo’s Great Gatsby Glam NYE Ball, where you’ll enjoy front-row views of the fireworks from the terrace lounge, free flowing champagne, and sumptuous Thai cuisine. If you don’t find your own Daisy Buchanan for the night, there’s an anti-hangover breakfast kicking off at 2am to ensure you start the year right.
Premium Ticket with Dinner for HK$998; 8pm – 3am;
Shop G18, Empire Centre, 68 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East;
www.mayfare.com.hk

Namo


 


The Polynesian Solution

For Hong Kong’s best tiki experience this New Year’s, head to Mahalo Tiki Lounge in the heart of Wan Chai. Soul Train, a tiki-esque disco party filled with flair jeans, platforms, tie-dye shirts, and diminished inhibitions, will bring the 1970s back to this South Seas hideaway thanks to tracks spun by DJ FuFu.
Advanced tickets for HK$350 include 1 drink;
on the door for HK$500 includes 2 drinks; 8pm – 4am;
29/F QRE Plaza, 202 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai;
www.mahalotikibar.com

Soul Train


 


The Carnivoric Solution

If your perfect New Year’s Eve is good steaks, red wine, and the chance of meeting alluring Latino women, then we suggest you head for Gaucho, which will be hosting a five-course dinner that includes Argentinian slow braised short ribs and Aberdeen Angus fillets, a couple of glasses of champagne, and sultry Latino tunes. Opt for the free flow package and toast the new year in style.
HK$1200 per person includes 5-course meal, a glass of Veuve Clicquot on arrival and a second to toast the New Year;
5th Floor, LHT Tower, 31 Queen's Road Central, Hong Kong;
www.gauchorestaurants.com

Gaucho


 


The High Flier Solution

Duddell’s will host soaring aerial acrobats at its Cirque! New Year’s Eve party. Expect free flowing champagne and signature cocktails by mixology maverick Marek Wo Vojcarcik, stunning performances over the terrace, and a performance by Hong Kong's premier ska band The Red Stripes.
Entry for HK$700 includes free flow champagne and cocktails; 9.30pm onwards;
3/F Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell Street, Central;
duddells.co


Duddells


 


The Rio Solution

Get your samba on with the Kee Club Copacabana NYE Party, complete with Latin American-influenced dinner menu, live performances by Brazilian dancers, and sets by DJ Rork and DJ Kenji.
Advanced tickets for HK$400, $ 500 At Door includes 1 glass of Veuve Clicquot champagne; 10pm onwards;
KEE Club, 32 Wellington Street, Central;
www.keeclub.com

Kee Club


 


The Retro Solution

Bored of LKF? Hop on a ferry to Macau in time for Starworld Hotel’s Reminiscence Party, held at its chic Whisky Bar, where the live band will rock you with music from the 70s, 80s and 90s. Plan your acceptance speech in advance for the best dressed award and be sure to stretch before tackling the dance battle.
MOP$350 includes two standard drinks and one glass of Moët & Chandon champagne; 9:30pm – 4:30am;
16/F Starworld Hotel, Avenida da Amizade, Macau;
www.starworldmacau.com

Whisky Bar


 


The Electro Solution

One of the hottest nights in Macau will at the Ministry of Sound NYE Countdown After Party, at The Venetian Macao’s CotaiExpo Hall, complete with sets from DJ and producer Shaun Frank, and vocalist Delaney Jane.
MOP$288 includes 1 standard drink; 11pm onwards;
Cotai Expo Hall F, The Venetian Macao, Macau;
www.sandsmacao.com

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The Vegas Solution

Turn a new page in the most decadent way at Club Cubic’s New Year’s Eve Party. The most prestigious club in the Vegas of Asia will make sure you experience the craziest of a countdown parties with music by Polish DJ Tom Swoon. Get in before midnight for complimentary entry.
MOP$350 includes 1 standard drink, midnight onwards;
Level 2, The Shops at The Boulevard, City of Dreams, Estrada do Istmo, Cotai, Macau;
www.cubic-cod.com

Club Cubic


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Two Hands, Two Feet, Four Wheels

Few destinations lend themselves to a driving holiday quite like Scotland. With its more than 10,000 kilometers of ruggedly-beautiful coastline, historic castles, pristine scenery and friendly (if not intelligible) locals, Scotland has long been a favourite for classic car lovers looking to hit the open road sans crowds and pesky police traps.


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Satisfy Your…Curiosity

There are a few things you must do if you’re visiting Amsterdam, the global city of free love (or not so free as the case may be). Sure, you should walk the canals of Jordan; knock back a few cold ones in Dam Square; or even visit some of the city’s world-famous coffee shops (while non-residents still can).


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Singapore’s Newest Hideaway

You may not have thought about it much but the bag you carry can define you as much as those expensive shoes, that vintage watch, or that flashy haircut. You may have just stepped out of a Thai boxing session but if you’re sporting a backpack with that pinstripe suit, you might as well be wearing trainers and a pocket protector.


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