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The brand-new CRU Champagne bar at Red Sky, exclusively serving G.H. Mumm Champagne, counts down to its first new year on December 31.
Set atop Red Sky, overlooking central Bangkok in all directions, CRU will be serving platters of gourmet canapés to pair with glasses of Mumm N° 1 Pink Champagne as the ball drops. It doesn’t get more atmospheric than this.
Before the countdown begins, Red Sky will serve a lavish seven-course dinner prepared by Chef Alan Kwan, a recent arrival who is turning heads with his stunning French cuisine. The meal is priced at 15,555++ Baht, and entry to CRU costs 5,000 Baht, inclusive of a glass of Champagne and snacks.
Mandarin Oriental Bangkok
One of the most luxurious New Year’s Eve parties takes place at the Mandarin Oriental’s Riverside Terrace each December.
This black-tie formal party begins with welcome cocktails at the Authors’ Lounge and continues along the river with a gala dinner prepared by Executive Chef Aurélien Poirot and top-notch live entertainment, with performances by Sun Band.
“Lavish” barely begins to describe a spread teeming with premium ingredients, including every kind of premium oyster imaginable.
While the Riverside Terrace party is certainly the showcase, the Mandarin Oriental’s other outlets will also get in on the act. Dinners at Terrace Rim Naam, Le Normandie, The China House and Lord Jim’s run the gamut from haute French cuisine to Cantonese delicacies to succulent set menus with premium seafood.
Expect to pay 20,000 Baht for the full package at Riverside Terrace.
Banyan Tree Bangkok
Every venue at Sathorn’s stunning sky-high hotel is putting on a lavish spread for New Year’s Eve, but the biggest celebration at The Banyan Tree is no doubt taking place at Vertigo.
Featuring a Venetian Carnival theme, the rooftop bar/restaurant is doing up a seven-course degustation menu, including a welcome glass of Champagne, and all to the backdrop of the sparkling city skyline, accentuated by live music. This exclusive experience will cost 23,900 Baht.
Home to the highest ball drop in the world, Lebua is always a sought-after destination for New Year’s Eve. In fact, its dinner at Mezzaluna sold out three months in advance.
Even if you didn’t secure a seat at Mezzaluna, you can still enjoy exceptional cuisine and drinks at Sirocco, Breeze and Distil, all of which will be serving superb menus.
Or just go for the bubbly. Flute Bar offers an exquisite drinks package at 30,000++ Baht per couple, with a choice of one bottle of Perrier-Joüet, Cuvée Belle Epoque and Brut Champagne plus canapés.
The Peninsula Bangkok
Wear your finest black and gold attire to the Peninsula to ring in 2017 over exquisite food and drinks at The Peninsula Lawn. Or dine at any of the hotel’s other exceptional venues, including Mei Jiang, before the party gets underway.
The riverside lawn is one of the most atmospheric places to celebrate the new year, and The Peninsula spares no expense in curating a special experience for the occasion.
Expect to pay around 17,000 Baht per person for one of the finest parties in town.
So Sofitel Bangkok
There’s no shortage of places to party at So Sofitel Bangkok this New Year’s Eve, from a six-course dinner at Park Society to a countdown party at The Water Club.
But the most exclusive way to wave goodbye to 2016 happens at Super HI-SO Rooftop Bar, available to a private group of up to 15 guests for 120,000 Baht. The package includes a mini-buffet with free-flow wine, beer and select cocktails all night.
Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit
Soak up the Sukhumvit skyline at Sofitel, where a six-course set menu at L’Appart – with Veuve Clicquot Champagne – sets the stage for an elegant evening. From French caviar to lobster thermidor to creative desserts, this is one dinner not miss.
After dinner, visit the lobby for a countdown party that will end the year in style.
The dinner package, including free-flow Veuve Clicquot Champagne, costs 4,950 Baht.
The House on Sathorn
Bangkok’s most stately dining destination delivers two different dinners and an exclusive countdown party to boot.
At The Courtyard, enjoy a five-course “comfort food” dinner, featuring such dishes as poached Dover sole with pan-fried scallops and black caviar cream and foie gras torchon with truffle-pear marmalade, priced at 5,800++ Baht per person for tables dining after 8.30pm.
At The Dining Room, Chef Fatih Tutak will serve a six-course menu based on his signature storytelling style for 6,400++ Baht per person. This meal, in particular, is sure to be memorable, as the outgoing Chef Tutak is nothing short of daring with his inventions.
Stay late and count down to 2017 at The Courtyard, where a DJ and live band will provide the night’s entertainment.
W Hotel Bangkok
Next door to The House on Sathorn, the ultra-sexy W Hotel is bringing the noise for New Year’s with a countdown party at Woo Bar. Expect electrifying music all night provided by the bar’s DJs.
MahaNakhon Cube’s stylish Vogue Lounge is putting together a “Glam & Gold” party in partnership with G.H. Mumm, featuring the club’s own DJs and MC. Enjoy glasses of the good stuff in the electric atmosphere of one of the swankiest settings in Bangkok. Entry to the party will cost 900 Baht.
The Grand Hyatt Erawan
The Grand Hyatt Erawan hosts a range of New Year’s Eve dinners. Spasso, the Dining Room, the Erawan Tea Room and The Breezeway all get in on the action, but the most enticing dinner of the bunch will take place at Tables Grill, which is serving a seafood extravaganza that includes free-flow Billecart-Salmon Brut Champagne.
Expect to pay around 7,000 Baht for the Champagne-and-seafood dinner at Tables Grill.
Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel
Anantara ups the ante with four different ways to ring in the New Year.
The restaurant’s signature steakhouse Madison is serving a free-flow buffet from 6pm until 10pm.
After dinner, let the ball drop at The Lobby and Aqua, which will be transformed into an upscale nightclub for the occasion. The dinners range from 3,000 to 5,500 Baht, and you can purchase a beverage package at the party in the lobby for 1,700++ Baht.
Before you go out for the night, fill up at the InterContinental.
Long-standing Fireplace Grill and Bar will serve a full-course dinner on New Year’s Eve, while neighbouring restaurant Espresso is offering dinner with the option for free-flow Champagne to get the festivities underway early. Expect to pay between 2,000 and 4,000 Baht per person, depending on the venue and package.
The newest of the bunch, Theo Mio, will have a range of special festive selections to choose from for dinner, too.
The Okura Prestige Bangkok
Climb to higher heights this New Year’s Eve at the Okura Prestige, where a variety of special experiences await.
At Up & Above, enjoy a Champagne New Year’s dinner from 6pm until 8pm or 8.30pm until late, or visit Yamazato for a toshikishi soba (the traditional “good luck” soba eaten to break ties with the year that’s passed) kaiseki dinner. Elements, the hotel’s beautiful French-Japanese restaurant, will be serving a seven-course menu, as well.
Dinner plus free-flow Champagne at Up & Above will cost around 6,000 Baht while the dinners at Yamazato and Elements range from around 5,000 to 7,000 Baht.
Pullman Bangkok Hotel G
Go back in time this New Year’s Eve at Scarlett Wine Bar. The theme is 60s and 70s with a dress code inspired by Mary Quant, the Beatles or even Marvin Gaye, so pull out those mini-skirts and collarless suits.
Entry to the party requires a 3,000-Baht deposit, or 9,000 Baht for groups of 10 or more.
Modern Thai restaurant Sra Bua is offering an 11-course menu, prepared by Chef Henrik Yde Andersen, that includes a special “flower of Thailand” dessert to round out an eventful year in fine dining.
Or dine alfresco at the Siam Kempinski’s garden, where the spread includes a barbecue station serving the highest quality cuts, such as Australian roast lamb, Dijon-crusted roast beef and Norwegian salmon – plus a glass of Champagne to boot.
Expect to pay around 6,000 Baht for either dinner.
Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit
Enjoy some of the finest Italian food in town with a four-course dinner prepared by Rossini’s Iron Chef-winning team and Chef Gaetano Palumbo, who has returned to the restaurant after working at some of the largest hotels in Macau. You can also enjoy a variety of premium seafood at Orchid Café.
After dinner, sidle over to The Living Room for an adults-only countdown party, featuring live jazz and soul, as well as NV Veuve Clicquot Champagne. Entry with a bottle of Champagne will cost 9,000++ Baht per couple.