SINGAPORE - Looking to usher in the new year with either a crowd of 20,000 or only a loved one?
The Straits Times susses out New Year's Eve celebrations from glide-spashing at an ice-skating foam party to watching performances by Singapore's Stefanie Sun and K-pop group BigBang.
THE BIG PARTIES
THE FANTASY COUNTDOWN: ZOUK NYE 2014
What: Every party-goer worth his stripes here has spent at least one New Year's Eve at iconic nightclub Zouk. This year, party to high-energy dance anthems by Dutch progressive house DJ Quintino in the club's sci-fi-meets-fantasy bash. Quintino, a familiar face on the international dance music scene, will be supported by Zouk resident DJ Hong. Gear up for an epic countdown with plenty of confetti.
Where: Zouk, 17 Jiak Kim Street
When: From 10pm
Price: $40 at the door (includes two standard drinks); minimum age to enter is 18 years
SENTOSA SILOSO BEACH PARTY 2014
What: If beach parties are your thing, head down to Siloso Beach for a dusk-till-dawn celebration across several five locations along the strip: Azzura, Mambo Beach Club, Wave House Sentosa, Coastes, Bikini Bar and Sand Bar.
Now in its eighth year, around 20,000 party-goers are expected at this beach shindig.
At the main stage, the likes of Swiss DJ-producer Mike Candys and Singapore's own Tinc and Funky T spin trance, electrohouse and progressive house tunes. Chill by the poolside with DJs Ollie'des, Jensen and Jenni-F, or get wild at a foam party with your friends.
Where: Sentosa Siloso Beach
When: 6pm to 6am
Price: $68 per ticket (includes one drink); Group package at $300 for six tickets. VIP tickets at $98 (includes three drinks, priority queue and entry to VIP lounge)
Info: www.silosobeachparty.com; minimum age of 18
MARINA BAY SINGAPORE COUNTDOWN 2015
What: Anchoring the countdown activities around the bay is the official countdown presented by the Urban Redevelopment Authority and Esplanade, Theatres on the Bay. Keeping with tradition, around 25,000 red and white "wishing spheres" will be set afloat in Marina Bay, bearing the hopes and aspirations of Singaporeans.
To celebrate the start of the country's golden jubilee, there will be an eight-minute fireworks display choreographed to a score composed by Singapore's Julian Wong and Riduan Zalani. A special segment of the music will feature close to 400 drummers, performing at the lower boardwalk in front of the Marina Bay Sands Event Plaza.
Where: Various locations around Marina Bay
MEDIACORP PRESENTS: CELEBRATE SG50
What: Marking the start of 2015, and Singapore's 50th year of independence, this seven-hour extravaganza showcases the best of local pop culture in the past half-century.
More than 60 local artists, including Rahimah Rahim, Stefanie Sun, Dick Lee, Kit Chan, indie band The Sam Willows and Singapore Idol winner Sezairi Sezali, will perform. Watch out for spectacular guest spots by famed Korean boyband Big Bang and Malaysian songbird Dato Siti Nurhaliza.
As always, this party gives you unrestricted view of the fireworks at the stroke of midnight.
Where: The Float @ Marina Bay
When: 7.30pm till late (dance party starts at 1.30am)
Price: $28, $68 from Sistic. $128 tickets sold out. Call 6348-5555 or go to www.sistic.com.sg
CELEBRATE WITH THE WORLD
What: Dance the night away with seven hours of non-stop entertainment.
From noon, a flea market and carnival activities set the mood for night-time revelry later.
Then, from 6.30pm, high-energy EDM DJ sets from Germany's DJ Ronski Speed and Thailand's DJ Lisa Bluestar, and Singapore model-DJ Nicole Chen take centre stage. Joining the party line-up is singer-songwriter Nic Lee from pop-rock group Mi Lu Bing, rapper-host Sheikh Haikel and a cappella group Juz B, performing hit songs.
Where: The Promontory@ Marina Bay
When: From 6.30pm. Carnival from noon to 1am
Price: $10 (includes one drink and $5 Fish & Co voucher), $50 (includes five tickets, five drinks and $50 Fish & Co voucher). VIP table package at $388 (for five tickets, one bottle of Reyka vodka, 20 cans of Dester beer, one mixer and $100 Fish & Co voucher)
Info: www.celebratewiththeworld.com; no minimum age, but only those aged 18 and above are allowed to purchase alcoholic drinks
NOT YOUR RUN-OF-THE-MILL COUNTDOWN
FOAM PARTY ON ICE
What: The Rink opens its Olympic-sized ice skating rink for a party, in which skaters glide to the latest pop hits while speckles of foam are dispensed. The first 200 skaters receive a Valore Dome 3000mAh powerbank. Minimum age for entry is four years old.
Where: The Rink at JCube, 2 Jurong East Central 1
When: 9.45pm to 12.45am
Admission: $28 (includes skate boots rental)
Info: Go to www.therink.sg
THE PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA PRESENTS NEW YEAR'S EVE GALA CONCERT 2015
What: The orchestra will perform eight classical pieces, including John Williams' score for the film Schindler's List (1993), before counting down the final minutes to midnight with the epic climax from the fourth movement of Ottorino Respighi's Pines Of Rome. Balloons and confetti will be released as the clock strikes 12, and both the orchestra and audience will cap the evening by singing Auld Lang Syne.
Where: The School of the Arts Concert Hall, 1 Zubir Said Drive
When: 10pm to 12.05am
Price: $37 or a pair of tickets for $60
Info: Call 6348-5555 or go to sistic.com.sg
REAWAKENING @ GOING OM
What: If you had a less than stellar year and want a blank slate in 2015, chill cafe-bar Going OM is offering an emotional cleanse. Patrons are invited to come with an unwanted item, which will be burned as a symbol of releasing undesirable thoughts or memories, in exchange for a small crystal. Alternatively, renew the energy of an item you value by taking it there for a Tibetan singing bowl ritual.
Home-grown buskers Fairuz Rahim and Ridhwan will perform separate sets, to add to the laidback atmosphere.
Where: Going OM, 63 Haji Lane
When: 9.30pm to 1.30am
Price: Free to take part in the activities. The cafe sells food and drinks such as wedges ($8), kimchi pizza ($15), brownie ($7), Americano ($4), and a glass of red/white wine from $12.
Info: Call 6396-3592 or go to www.going-om.com.sg
What: Curl up with six of your nearest and dearest in a cable car to welcome the new year 100m above sea level. Set off from Mount Faber towards Sentosa and get a bird's eye view of the fireworks during the 1 1/2-hour ride. Included with your cabin is a bottle of champagne and a bottle of wine, a cold cut platter, as well as party packs with masks, party poppers and whistles.
Where: Faber Peak Singapore, 109 Mount Faber Road
When: 10.45pm to 12.30am
Price: $488++ per cabin (maximum six pax)
Info: Call 6377-9688 or go to www.faberpeaksingapore.com; first-come, first-served as only 30 cabins are available
OLD WORLD GLAMOUR AT THE BLACK SWAN
What: New Year's Eve celebrations at restaurant-bar The Black Swan will be an intimate affair. Tuck into a New Year's Eve set dinner featuring truffle en croute (wrapped in pastry) and pan-seared black cod. Those who want to continue the celebrations can adjourn upstairs to The Powder Room bar for drinks or hit the dancefloor.
Where: 19 Cecil Street
When: Dinner from 5pm till late, party from 9pm till late
Price: $128++ (first seating), $148++ (second seating), no entry charge for party
Info: Call/SMS 8181-3305 or e-mail email@example.com
COUNTDOWN TO 2015 AT CATALUNYA
What: Head down to Spanish restaurant-bar Catalunya at The Fullerton Pavilion for a dazzling view of gunpowder popping overhead at Marina Bay. Enjoy a seven-course New Year's Eve tasting menu, with small dishes such as Carabinero red prawn and lamb shoulder with mushrooms. After dinner, the restaurant is transformed into a dancefloor, with resident DJ spinning the latest hits. Escape to the roof-top for a more subdued scene.
Where: The Fullerton Pavilion, 82 Collyer Quay
When: 7pm till late
Price: $488++ for dinner with free entry to party, $98 for party entry charge, $128 at the door charge (both tickets include one glass of champagne)
Info: Call 6534-0886 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; no minimum age limit for dinner, but those under 18 will be asked to leave the premises after the fireworks, when the partying begins.
What: Homebodies need not venture far from their neighbourhoods, with 50 community countdown parties set to take place on Dec 31. From stilt-walkers and led-light shows at the Pasir Ris-Punggol Countdown To SG50, to balloon sculpting and Spanish dance performances at Ang Mo Kio and Sengkang West, there is a New Year's Eve party happening right in your own backyard.
Where: Various indoor and outdoor venues islandwide
When: From 5.30pm till late
Price: To be announced
Info: Go to www.pa.gov.sg
TOAST TO THE NEW YEAR
What: Rooftop club 1-Altitude ushers in the new year with a black and white gala and a bevy of DJs to take you through to 2015. They include DJ Lindo Martinez, followed by Phase to Face, Jack T and Kenneth. Get the VIP treatment at club lounge Altimate at 1-Altitude and groove to the beats of DJs Acoustic Trip, Funky T and Leonard T.
When: From 6pm till late
Where: 1 Raffles Place, Level 61-63
Price: $150 to $300++ from 6pm to 9pm, $200 to $350++ from 9pm onwards per person at the rooftop at 1-Altitude. Cover charge at club Altimate is $68 per person (includes two drinks). Table reservations available with a minimum amount of spending at $200++ per person.
Info: email@example.com or call 6438-0410
NEW YEAR'S EVE AT 50RP
What: Lifestyle hub 50 RafflesPlace, which houses steakhouse Sear, Angie's Oyster Bar, and luxe club lounge Empire, has a New Year countdown party that will take you from dinner to drinks to an epic countdown to 2015. The evening starts at 7pm at Sear with a semi-buffet, where guests get a choice of Sear's signature steak or the catch of the day from Angie's Oyster Bar and can enjoy fresh seafood, salad, cheese, cold cuts and canapes. They can also enjoy Sear's signature sides like the homemade lemon rosti and the maple brussel sprouts, pig and nuts. After dinner, guests can head to Empire rooftop ultra lounge next door for a full view of the city skyline and fireworks while dancing away to the tunes of local DJ Stanley.
When: From 7pm till late
Where: 50 Raffles Place, Singapore Land Tower, Level 45
Price: $320 per person or $288 per person (early bird) if reservations are made before Dec 14. Tables are available to book at Empire from $1,500, and for $1,000 at Angie's Oyster Bar where guests will be entertained by a live jazz band. Entry to the rooftop area of 50RP is at $98 per person (includes one drink).
COLOURFUL PARTY PEOPLE
What: The Establishment Group's Gem Bar, Zui Hong Lou and Manor Cocktail Room - all located in the hip Ann Siang Hill area - are giving party goers triple the opportunity to make this year's countdown one to remember.
Each bar will offer a different party experience whether you prefer lounge in a classier setting at Manor Cocktail Room, which is located above ZUi Hong Lou, or boogie to the hip-hop beats by DJ Darren Dubwise at Gem Bar. Over at quirky bar Zui Hong Lou, patrons can chomp on some dimsum and listen to the beats from next door sister bar Gem Bar.
When: From 9pm till late
Where: 8-10 Ann Siang Hill
Price: No entry charge
Info: Go to www.gemsingapore.com, zuihonglouxinjiapopteltd.com.sg or manorbar.com.sg
KPO'S NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY
What: Located at Killiney Post Office, the newly renovated KPO bar is accessible without the hustle and bustle of Orchard Road and offers a chill out ambience for intimate convivial moments.
Come early and groove to the beats of acoustic duo Chris and Diana from 6.30 to 8.30pm before getting the party started with DJ David Tang at 9pm.
Where: 1 Killiney Rd
When: From 6.30pm till late
Price: Book a table before Dec 20 and pick from the three New Year's Eve drink bundles at $599
Info: Call 6733-3648 or go to www.facebook.com/KPO.sg
GLAMOUROUS PARTY AT CAPELLA
What: Capella Under The Stars promises Singapore's "most exclusive" countdown party at Bob's Bar. The line up includes two-time Las Vegas Variety Entertainer of the Year, Donny Ray Evins, and celebrity DJ Mr Best. There will be free flow of wines and beers, to go with a selection of canapés created by Capella's executive chef, David Senia, as well as a champagne toast to welcome the new year.
Where: 1 The Knolls, Sentosa Island
When: From 10pm till late
Price: S$258++ per person
Info: Call 6591-5000 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
ORGO'S 'DURIAN' PARTY
What: Orgo's party comes with a Golden Jubilee buffet, and free flow of beer, wine and cocktails. The buffet menu has options for both vegetarians, such as a ratatouille on corn ragout, and meat-lovers (head cheese, and beef cheek bourguignon). Diners will be able to enjoy the fireworks from its prime location at the top of the Esplanade.
Where: 8 Raffles Avenue
When: The Golden Jubilee buffet starts from 7pm and ends at 10pm. Free flow drinks start from 7pm and continue till 1am.
Price: $325 per person
Info: Call 9179-9088 or e-mail email@example.com
GLITTERATI AT KU DÉ TA
What: Ku Dé Ta's Club Lounge is hosting the Glitterati New Year's Countdown Extravaganza 2015.The party at 200m above the Singapore skyline will be one of the best places to view the fireworks. Resident DJs Ya5th, Suren and Styluxtakut will be playing the best Top 40s and commercial hits up to 2014.
Where: 1 Bayfront Avenue
When: From 6pm till late
Price: $148 nett and $198 nett for New Year's Eve day sales, both inclusive of a glass of champagne. There is a New Year's Eve menu priced at $288++ per person, with access to the countdown party, subject to availability.
Info: E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
FREE FLOW DRINKS AT CIRCULAR ROAD
What: Hero's, a new live music and live sports venue in Circular Road has a free-flow liquid buffet that includes beers, wines and spirits. The resident band Vevo will be performing rock and pop hits, and at the stroke of midnight, enjoy a glass of bubbly on the house.
Where: 69 Circular Road, 01-01, Boat Quay
When: Free flow drinks from 9pm till 11pm
Price: $50 nett for men, $45 nett for ladies
Info: Call 6438-6058
STREET PARTY AT CLARKE QUAY
What: The Countdown In Colour street party and parade at Clarke Quay is hosted by Mediacorp DJs Glenn Ong and Sonia Chew, and features live performances by local band Goodfellas, glowing dancers, LED stiltwalkers and roving percussionists. Clubs at Clarke Quay will also be having parties, including Decadence at Attica Too and Mardi Gras Madness at Crazy Elephant.
Where: Central Fountain Square, Clarke Quay
When: From 10pm till 12.30am
Price: Free for Countdown In Colour, various charges for specials and parties.
ZIMMER GLIMMER AT THE WHITE RABBIT
What: Go down the Rabbit Hole with Parisian DJ Zimmer, who will be playing a mixture of tropical feel-good grooves and dreamy soundscapes at this groovy party.
Where: 39C Harding Rd
When: From 9pm till late.
Price: New Year's Eve menu is $118++ for the first seating and $138++ for the second seating.
BRAND NEW DAY AT TANJONG BEACH CLUB
What: For the beach bums, there's the Brand New Day "no-frills and all-fun" New Year's countdown party. Dance in the first sunrise of 2015 to the beat of DJ Sean Doyle at the restaurant and bar on Sentosa's Tanjong Beach.
Where: 120 Tanjong Beach Walk, Sentosa Island
When: From 9pm till late
Price: There is no ticket charge for the party
Info: E-mail email@example.com or call 9750-5323.
50,000 BALLOONS AT PAN PACIFIC
What: Singapore's largest balloon drop at Asia's longest bar - the Atrium at Pan Pacific hotel. The theme is retro, with a magician-at-large, DJ and dancers, and hits from the 1970s and 1980s.
Where: 7 Raffles Blvd, Marina Square
When: From 8pm till late
Price: The party is $88 per person (standing only), including two beverages. Packages for two to 16 people are available. Guests at the hotel's restaurants get complimentary entry.
Info: Call 6826-8240 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org