The round-up: where to eat, drink and pop bottles on the Gold Coast for New Year’s Eve
With the glorious chaos of Christmas clouding our minds, it’s easy to forget about planning the biggest party of the year – New Year’s Eve! Whether you’re keen to bid 2019 adieu with fine food and fancy cocktails, keep things casual with an intimate dinner, have a feast for the ages or ring in the new year at a splendid soiree, we’ve rounded up a bunch of New Year’s Eve celebrations happening around the Gold Coast.
The Star Gold Coast
Known as one of the Gold Coast’s biggest New Year’s Eve destinations, The Star has a raft of parties and feasts on offer, creating a true spectacle for revellers to welcome 2020. Enjoy a delicious five-course Italian degustation and four-hour beverage package at Cucina Vivo, or feast your way through a decadent spread in true last-meal-of-the-year style at Harvest Buffet. Out at Garden Kitchen & Bar you can indugle in a special NYE dinner (followed by dancing on the deck!) or sprawl out on the lawn with a bunch of mates with lavish picnic package for eight complete with three hours of drinks. You can also enjoy a laid-back a-la-carte Chinese dinner at Imperial at The Star or say sayonara to the decade in Japanese style at Kiyomi with an innovative set menu for two – followed by the iconic ball drop in the Atrium foyer! For information and bookings, head to The Star website.
QT Gold Coast
Want to enter 2020 like a total baller? You’re set for a night of glitter and glamour with QT Gold Coast’s soirees. Start your evening sipping cocktails on the Calypso lawn area and bid farewell to the last sunset of 2019 with live music and cocktails on the terrace from 4:00 pm. Then, as the evening celebrations begin, head inside to Stingray from 9:00 pm for the ultimate All That Glitters New Year’s Eve event – and you can up the ante with VIP package that’ll equip you with five hours of beverages! If you want to treat your tastebuds to one last meal, feast on Bazaar’s famed international spread, or experience the culinary innovation of chef Adam Lane with a special NYE dinner (plus sake and whisky, of course!) at Japanese restaurant Yamagen. However you roll, you’re guaranteed a damn fine time. For info and bookings at QT, head here.
Excellent views, top-notch sips, mouth-watering eats and DJ beats – if that’s the recipe for your perfect New Year’s Eve, then make it one to remember at beachfront beauty Hyde Paradiso. Enjoy a Hyde-branded cocktail on arrival, followed by four glorious hours of free-flowing premium beverages and tantalising canapes throughout the evening. For a totally baller experience, you can book a personal bar and bartender for the entire night for up to 15 friends or if you’re keen to keep it intimate, there are two private balcony areas overlooking the beach for hire. This is arguably the best spot on the Gold Coast to witness the sky-high kaleidoscope from the iconic Surfers Paradise New Year’s Eve fireworks! For info and bookings, jump here.
Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort
The Sheraton is upping the ante with two different (yet equally delicious) celebrations so you can ring in the new year in style. Gather your nearest and dearest and feast your way into 2020 at Terraces’ renowned seafood buffet and cap off the year at this family-friendly affair featuring a decadent spread of the best local catches. If you want to make your final feast of the year extra special, there’s an intimate seven-course wine-paired degustation dinner at Oyster Bar and Grill – you’ll get to kick back and savour the moment overlooking the pristine lagoon, with a fine wine in hand. Cheers to that! For information and booking links to each event, head over here.
Sprawling across three levels, The Island’s New Year’s Eve soiree will be truly spectacular. There’s the Cocktail Experience, held under the stars at The Island Rooftop – this includes a lavish 4.5 food and drinks package with substantial canapes and top-notch sips, as well as entertainment from Band 42 by the Hanlon Brothers to keep the good times rolling! If you’re really keen to ball out, the VIP experience in the stunning Island Penthouse on Level 12 is the place to do it – there will be decadent food stations and roving canapes as well as live music, roaming performers and dazzling pop-up displays. When the time comes, you’ll be perfectly placed to see the skyline light up – what a way to welcome the new year! For all of the extra details and booking info, jump to The Island website. Oh, and the party will continue here until 5:00 am!
SkyPoint Surfers Paradise
Ring in 2020 by turning the clock back at Sykpoint’s New Year’s Eve 80s Night! Don your leg warmers, stonewash denim and channel those Footloose vibes for an unforgettable night in the sky. Held on the Observation Deck, you’ll soak up the last few hours of 2019 by enjoying some of the most spectacular views of the city’s fireworks displays, sipping champagne and tearing up the dance floor with your closest pals. The package includes two hours of canapes, interactive food stations, a 4.5-hour beverage package, live entertainment, a DJ spinning your favourite 80s tunes, along with unforgettable views. There’s also a best-dressed competition, so be sure to dust off your best 80s threads! For more information and bookings, head here.
Nineteen at The Star
Elevate your New Year’s Eve celebrations this year (literally and figuratively) at Nineteen at The Star. Savour the last fleeting moments of 2019 with a truly unforgettable multi-course dining experience in sophisticated surrounds complete with top-shelf tipple that will have you rolling happily into 2020. The signature venue will host two sittings, the Sunset Menu from 5:30–8:00 pm followed by the Moonlight Menu, which is from 8:30 pm onwards – think delicious Nineteen favourites like Patagonian toothfish, slow-roast prime rib and rock-lobster bolognese. Keen to kick on? Dance the night away in the venue’s uber-chic bar, which will bring you into the wee hours of 2020! For bookings, head to The Star website.
Aviary Rooftop Bar
If you want to shift away from food and drinks packages, then free yourself from the hustle and ring in the decade perched high on the rooftop at Aviary Rooftop Bar. The chic venue will embrace Miami vibes for a spectacular Neon Palms party, complete with a live DJ spinning tunes – when the clock strikes midnight, you’ll be perfectly placed to enjoy 180-degree views over the Gold Coast skyline. The bar team will be whipping up tantalising Miami-inspired cocktails for the evening and if you fancy a bite, tuck into a woodfired Italian pizza or take a peek at the tapas menu. The best part? Early bird tickets are only $10 (or $20 generally), include a complimentary welcome drink on arrival and they are available now! Head here to book yours.
The fancy soirees aren’t for everyone – if you’d rather welcome 2020 with beers, bites and dancing, then New Year’s Eve down at Seagulls in Tweed Heads could be what you’re after. Grooving, moving, high-energy multi-instrumental band Round Mountain Girls will headline a free (yes, free!) New Year’s Eve show on Tuesday December 31. Head in early for a final feast for the year at LOT TWO, grab a few drinks from the bar, then let your hair down and jump sky-high at this action-packed free performance. Plus, you’ll be on NSW time so you’ll start the new year on the front foot by gaining an hour coming home! For information, head to Seagulls’ Facebook page.
InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort
The InterContinental’s iconic beach party is back again this year! Feel the sand between your toes at the family-friendly Lagoon Beach Party complete with a market-style buffet, oyster shucking and live entertainment. Or, you can up the ante and book a VIP experience – you’ll get your own private section on Lagoon Beach, where you’ll enjoy the entertainment (including fireworks and jetpack shows!) from the luxury of your own exclusive table. To book, jump here.
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