There's no ocassion so fraught with dining (and dancing!) indecisions come New Year's Eve — you'd want to have the best time before 2018 ends and see in a brand new year after all. To put your mind at ease, we've listed five places to dine, dance and be merry, all with the booming sound and sight of stunning fireworks in the background. Book ahead to avoid disappointment!
Vertigo, Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur
You can’t really beat the view of fireworks bursting above the KL skyline at Vertigo since it’s perched on the 59th floor of Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur. The open-air rooftop bar with uninterrupted view of the capital allows you to see the fireworks in all its colourful glory. So don your most festive holiday outfit and dance to the beat of the guest DJ.
2 Jalan Conlay, KL. Door ticket, RM80 nett per person including one drink; RM2,500 per table of six to eight pax. Call 03 2113 1822 or click here for reservations.
St Regis Kuala Lumpur
Skip the masses at KLCC. St Regis Kuala Lumpur is organising its own fireworks display — the longest in the city with 600 shots fired into the night sky. Dining-wise, the Astor Room is throwing a ‘Havana Nights’ themed gala dinner while rooftop bar Crystal — where the 10-minute fireworks event will take place — welcomes revellers with stellar cocktails and a solid line-up of dance tracks. Private tables and cabanas are available for group reservations.
6 Jalan Stesen Sentral 2, KL. ‘Havana Nights’ Gala Dinner, RM588+ per pax; RM888+ with alcoholic beverages, 7pm-12midnight. Countdown Party with Fireworks at Crystal, RM95+ per person including one selected drink, 9am-2am. Call 03 2727 6696 or email [email protected] to book.
Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur
Watch stunning fireworks crackle and pop at MOKL’s AQUA Restaurant & Bar, which offers an extensive barbecue spread under the stars and entertainment by DJ Kiddo. Front-row VIP tables to catch the fireworks display are available from 10pm at RM3,888 for groups between eight and 12 guests, while the VIP Tables are priced at RM1,400 for two to four guests. If the dance floor is what you’re after, there’s also a Countdown Party taking place at the pop-up Platinum Lounge overlooking the park at Grand Ballroom with guest DJ De Raj and DJ Frannie Luv.
New Year’s Eve Barbecue Under The Stars, from RM588 per person. 7.30pm onwards. Countdown Party, RM120 per person with a glass of champagne, 10pm-3am. Call 03 2380 888 or click here for reservations.
Thirty8, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
To usher in the New Year on a full stomach, Thirty8 features an elaborate New Year’s Eve dinner buffet that includes dishes such as dim sum, freshly shucked oyster, Vietnamese blue swimmer crab, Canadian lobster and caviar, lobster bisque, Wellington beef, whole roasted lamb gigot and the hotel’s signature chocolate cake. You will, however, need to fork out a bit more for the KLCC view but the spectacular fireworks display is worth the splurge.
12 Japan Pinang, KL. KLCC view, RM800 nett; City view, RM680 nett. Both inclusive of one glass of champagne and unlimited soft drinks. Guests will also be treated to a live performance by a saxophonist and DJ from 9.30pm to 12.30pm. Call 03 2182 1234 or click here to book.
Skybar, Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur
Shimmy your way into 2019 at Skybar, which offers some of the best seats in KL to enjoy KLCC’s fireworks. DJ-producer and Platinum recording artist from Hollywood Charlotte Devaney and World Female DJ#32 Natalia Moon are teaming up for a massive NYE party. Plus, Malaysian violinist Dennis Lau, DJ Still_Ezzy and DjYoyo Sanchez will make a night out more than just drinks at the bar — prepare for some R&B grooves, underground hip hop and Latin beats.