Event Watch: (Stylishly) Ringing In The New Year In China

Planning to be in Hong Kong, Beijing or Shanghai this New Year’s Eve and still without plans? Here are a few of the events not to miss events in the notoriously nightlife-loving cities:

Jazz-Age Blowout at Three on the Bund

The Great Gatsby hits Three on the Bund

The roaring twenties are the inspiration behind Three on the Bund‘s jazz-themed party on December 31, which features a five-course meal followed by a midnight countdown bash. Tickets for dinner run 900 yuan (US$144) in advance, while the countdown party will cost you 600 yuan in advance or 700 at the door. Tickets for both dinner and the party are 1,200 yuan, and include two hours of free-flow champagne, as well as unlimited wine, beer and cocktails all night. If you go, make sure to dress the part — as communications manager Mulan Lam told the Global Times, the dress code for ladies is “sexy flapper, fringe, sequins, feathers and pearls while for gentlemen it is vintage mobster, black tie, pinstripes, suspenders, and fedoras.”

3 Zhongshan Dong Yi Road, Shanghai
Tel: 6321-0909

Step Back in Time at the Blue Butcher

Three on the Bund isn’t the only place for a 1920s-themed bash, however, as Hong Kong’s Blue Butcher Bar & Restaurant will hold its own champagne-soaked jazz blowout. Offering two seatings at 7:30 PM and 9:30 PM, the event will run HK$1,280 (US$165) per person and features a Perrier Jouet Belle Epoque champagne reception, a live band and vintage photo booth. Dress code is “1920s Swing,” so make sure to dress to impress.

108 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong
Tel: 2613 9286

Yen Countdown in Beijing

Considered by many to be Beijing’s quintessential New Year’s Eve party, Yen Countdown is set to hit the city’s 798 district once again this year, featuring music by local DJs QQ, Wang Xu, Eddie Lv, YangBing, DIO, and MZ, visuals by ADD+, and drinks by perennial student favorite Lush. Early bird tickets run a reasonable 70 yuan (US$11), advance tickets are 100 yuan, and tickets at the door bump up to 150 yuan ($24). VIP advance tickets, which include an entrance ticket, VIP pass and 100 yuan worth of drink tickets, will cost you 280 yuan ($45).

798 Space, 798 Arts District, Beijing


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