The round-up: where to eat, drink and pop bottles on the Gold Coast for New Year’s Eve
To say this year has been a wild ride is a pretty massive understatement but here we are, we made it (almost). The end of 2021 is so close we can smell it and amongst the glorious chaos of Christmas, it’s easy to forget about planning the biggest party of the year – New Year’s Eve! Whether you’re keen to bid the year adieu with fine food and fancy cocktails, keep things casual or go out with a bang (if ever there was a year to up the ante for NYE, this is it), we’ve rounded up a bunch of New Year’s Eve celebrations happening around the Gold Coast.
The Star Gold Coast
The Star Gold Coast is upping the ante this year with a smorgasbord of things to see, do and devour, from pretty picnics on The Lawn through to swanky sunset soirees and sumptuous spreads. If you’re keen to celebrate the last meal of 2021 with a bounty of seafood, succulent roast meats, summer salads and a dedicated dessert station, the newly reopened Harvest Buffet is the place to do it. Garden Kitchen & Bar is serving up three very tempting options for partygoers this New Year’s Eve with an a la carte meal in the restaurant (first seating from 5:00-7:00 pm), a set dinner menu and three-hour beverage package in the restaurant (second seating from 8:00 pm to late) and a picnic spread complete with a three-hour premium beverage package on The Lawn from 8:00 pm to late. Find more info about the food menu, drinks package and tickets online. For those craving an international flavour, Cucina Vivo has a handful of tables remaining for the first seating from 5:30–7:45 pm, but you’d better be quick! Jump over here to nab a table. Award-winning restaurant Kiyomi will also be playing host this New Year’s Eve, with two seatings available for a sumptuous nine-course set menu, created by visionary executive head chef Chase Kojima. Find menu details and book tickets online. If you’re in the mood for Cantonese cuisine, Uncle Su has you covered with both a la carte and banquet options for New Year’s Eve dinner. Join the first seating from 5:30-7:30 pm and choose your own foodie adventure from the a la carte menu, or bring a mighty appetite to the second seating from 8:00 pm to late. Peruse a detailed banquet menu and purchase tickets online.
Nineteen at The Star
Elevate your New Year’s Eve celebrations this year (literally and figuratively) at Nineteen at The Star. This sought-after locale will turn it up with a five-course Sunset Seating from 5:30-8:00 pm or a Moonlight Seating from 8:30 pm to late in the restaurant, or spend the evening sipping beverages and relaxing in the bar. The specially curated menu will feature options like confit duck rillette with pickled fig, grilled Patagonian toothfish, and chocolate meringue pie with Pedro Ximenez ice-cream. Find menu details online and email [email protected] for tickets.
So long, 2021. Bid this weird year adieu in lavish style at The Tropic with the venue’s most premium packages to date. The bucket-list dining packages start at $500 per person and include a sumptuous seafood spread of freshly shucked oysters, scallops carpaccio, marinated prawns, kingfish tartare, spanner crab salad and Oscietra caviar, alongside lobster ravioli, Goldband snapper, wagyu sirloin and macaron and fudge for dessert. Accompanying the fare is a premium drinks selection, which includes Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut NV and Veuve Clicquot Rosé NV. If you’re keen to nab a spot on the balcony, the tickets are $750 per person. Find full detailed event and menu information here.
Aviary Rooftop Bar
Head to the rooftop and say aloha to 2022 at Aviary Rooftop Bar‘s Hawaiian Luau party, which will feature a create-your-own mojito bar as part of the delicious four-hour food and beverage package. Sip on premium beer, wine and spirits while you feast on treats from the Hawaiian-inspired grazing table or enjoy woodfired pizzas to keep you fuelled for the party. Live entertainment will take the vibes to a whole new level and when the clock strikes midnight, party-goers will welcome in the new year with a champagne toast. If this sounds like your kind of shindig, you’ll need to be snappy – early bird tickets are already sold out. General admission tickets are still available, which include unlimited food and selected drinks from 8:30 pm to 12:30 am – along with an arrival cocktail and champagne at midnight.
QT Gold Coast
2021 was another year of non-existent travel plans so this New Year’s Eve, celebrate the holidays not taken and step into the bustling streets of Cuba for Stingray’s Havana Nights NYE party. The crew is turning the temperature all the way up for this seriously hot New Year’s Eve so fire up the group chat and indulge in a wild, colourful celebration complete with delectable canapes, food stations, and free-flowing drinks. If feasting is more your flavour, you’re invited to immerse yourself in a melting pot of cuisines at Bazaar Marketplace. With a glass of champagne on arrival and an incredible menu created by executive chef Greg Benney, the buffet will be brimming with premium seafood, roasted meats, inspired salads and did we mention the famous chocolate fountain? Those craving a different kind of culinary adventure can embark on a flavourful journey at Yamagen and delve deliciously into 2022 with a degustation created by head chef Adam Lane.
JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa
From a seafood-laden buffet feast at the much-loved dining destination Citrique to a four-hour-long cocktail-style soiree at Chapter & Verse – there’s something for every kind of fun-lover at JW Marriott this New Year’s Eve. Roll merrily into 2022 with a myriad of oceanic delights including Byron Point spanner crabs, Hervey Bay scallops, Tasmanian smoked salmon, Mooloolaba king prawns and Western rock lobsters alongside a spread of salads, sushi, sashimi, wood-fired pizzas and a dedicated carving station. Due to popular demand, Citrique will host two sittings for its New Year’s Eve event – one from 5:30–7:30 pm and one from 8:00–10:00 pm. Tickets for adults are $299 and include a two-hour beverage package – get yours here. If swanning around with cocktails and canapes is more your vibe, Chapter & Verse is for you. Tickets to this unmissable event are $139 per person and can be booked here.
Experience your best NYE yet at Hyde Paradiso in Surfers Paradise. Slide merrily into the new year with a four-hour premium beverage package featuring beer, wine and sparkling as well as roaming finger food and grazing stations. DJ Mollie Rose will be spinning tracks from 10:00 pm until midnight, and when the clock strikes midnight, you get front row seats to the Surfers Paradise fireworks. Tickets are $199 and are available here. There are also VIP booth tickets for $1800 per booth (six people max), which includes a dedicated roped-off ocean booth with uninterrupted views as well as a cocktail jug with sparklers on arrival.
If four-and-a-half hours of spirits, beer, wine and canapes, roaming performers, live bands, DJs and pop-up installations spread across three levels sounds like your New Year’s Eve style, make sure you nab a ticket to The Island this year. Party across the entire ground level of the Island Gold Coast (which includes The Pool Deck, Lounge and Goldie’s) at Laneway Lights ($149 plus booking fee), or head up to revel under the stars at the Gold Coast’s largest open-air rooftop bar for Rooftop Breeze ($189 plus booking fee). If you’re really keen to ball out, the Duke’s & Diamonds Penthouse VIP party sounds like your kind of vibe. Tickets are $289 plus booking fee. Find more info here.
Cali Beach Day Event
Why wait until the sun goes down to get your party started? Cali Beach Club’s NYE Day Event kicks off at 10:00 am so you can spend the day swanning poolside whilst enjoying cocktails, food and DJs on rotation. The New Year’s Eve Day Event will conclude at 5:00 pm for GA guests and 5:30 pm for all VIP bookings. Unfortunately tickets to the nighttime event have sold out.
Aviary Rooftop Bar
Say aloha to 2021 and aloha to 2022 (well, that’s confusing) at Aviary’s Hawaiian Luau party, complete with live entertainment, Hawaiian-inspired grazing table, themed wood-fired pizzas, a tropical tiki bar, champagne at midnight and, of course, plenty of cocktails. Tickets are $149, and include unlimited food and selected drinks between 8:30 pm and 12:30 am. As part of the deal, you’ll also score a cocktail on arrival — plus champagne when the clock strikes 12. Grab your tickets here. If you’re keen to Rock and roll into the new year, skip over to Southport Sharks and indulge in an all-you-can-eat seafood buffet and live entertainment from Jurassic Pop. The band will belt out all of your favourite 80s and 90s anthems live and loud. Tickets are $65 for adults and you can nab your tickets here.
The Lucky Squire
Broadbeach watering hole The Lucky Squire is dishing up the good vibes with a four-hour signature package from 7:00–11:00 pm. Dress in your best, boogie to the beats of live music, and enjoy your New Year’s Eve feasting on substantial canapes surrounded by your nearest and dearest. Tickets are $199 per person and are available here.
Swing into a spectacular start to 2022 and celebrate New Year’s Eve in style at Edgewater Dining. Indulge in a three-course set menu for just $99 overlooking sparkling waterfront views and a backdrop of the beautiful Surfers Paradise skyline. For detailed menu information, jump over here.
Bine Bar & Dining
Don your animal shirts best leopard print ensemble because Bine is hosting a Sunset Safari NYE Party. As always, Bine is hosting one of the few non-ticketed events, which means it’s first in best dressed.
Precinct Brewing Co.
Hop hop hooray, it’s New Beer’s Eve at Precinct! Walk-ins from 4:00–7:00 pm with the ticketed event kicking off at 8:00 pm. Similarly to Bine, there are no table bookings available – just rock up early to nab a spot. Tickets are $35 until December 5, and $49 thereafter. Revellers can enjoy unlimited roaming pizzas as well as a drink on arrival. DJ Joseph Alexanda will hit the decks from 8:00 pm until the early hours of 2022. Tickets available here.
If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that this year has been a bit of a dumpster fire. To celebrate, or perhaps commiserate, Nightcap is hosting a Shit Year Shit Shirt NYE Party. Rummage the local Op Shop for the truly shittest shirt you can find, and get your tickets here.
Start 2022 the right way; in a food coma at Mr Hizolas. There are two seatings available, the first is from 5:00 pm and includes its ever-popular a la carte menu, and the second is the ticketed event from 8:00 pm. For just $89 per person ($99 per person after December 5), you can enjoy a five-course Emperor’s Feast with a cocktail on arrival. Nab a ticket here.
Hideaway Kitchen & Bar
Step back in time at this glamorous Great Gatsby-inspired soiree. Early-bird tickets are $89 per person (until December 5) and includes a drink on arrival, plus a five-course Asian street feast. There will also be live music from 8:00 pm. Sashay over here for tickets.
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