What a year 2019 has been. While there are certain aspects we will carry through to 2020 (environmentalism) and others we will not (the word ‘lit’, hopefully), we have finally reached the end — and it’s time to celebrate. For those opting to stay in Auckland, we have rounded up the most promising events in the City of Sails, where you can sip celebratory champagne and sing Auld Lang Syne until the last of the confetti descends.
Euro Bar and Restaurant
Sitting pretty on Auckland’s waterfront, this renowned restaurant is offering to add a touch of finesse your New Year’s celebrations. Book in for dinner on the 31st and you’ll be privy to a four-course meal (conceived by none other than Gareth Stewart) and a glass of Perrier-Jouët champagne respectively for $125 per person. Book here.
The Sugar Club
Take your New Year’s Eve celebrations to new heights at The Sugar Club, where, for $235, you can experience a specially-curated tasting menu, comprising mouth-watering dishes like the Ora King salmon and Hawke’s Bay lamb. A glass of bubbles, of course, will be there to meet you on arrival. (NB: If you secure yourself a spot at the Second Seating — 8:30pm, 9pm, 9:30pm — you will receive premium bubbles to clink to the midnight toast.) Book here.
Nice’n’Urlich at Ostro
A contender for the most revelrous event of the night, Ostro will play host to a good-times dance party from 9.30pm onwards. With a DJ line-up including Nice’n’Urlich as well as a Veuve Clicquot bar on-site to keep your flutes full of the good stuff, this is sure to be a raucous evening of good, old-fashioned fun. Tickets are available here.
MASU by Nic Watt
For those yearning for a less-traditional take on festive fare on the final day of the year, be sure to opt for the MASU by Nic Watt route to indulge in some exemplary Japanese cuisine. For both lunch, 12pm-3pm, and dinner, 5:30pm-10:30pm, guests can take their pick of the à la carte menu, Shomi menu or Shefu Tokusen menu. To book, click here.
Soul Bar and Bistro
If it’s a glamorous atmosphere and rousing beats that you’re after for the final hurrah of the year, look no further than Soul Bar & Bistro. This enticing, Viaduct Harbour stalwart is offering two-hour dining slots from 5pm (there are only a few early spots left) with a full DJ line-up taking punters from the tables to the bar, then the dance floor with ease. Either pop in for a drink (who knows when they’ll be closing their doors?) or book in for dinner by clicking here.
We dare you to find a better spot than right under the city’s biggest fireworks display. Putting on a party like no other for the public, Federal Street will transform into an even more revelrous precinct than it normally is (from 5pm to 1am) with DJs like Ladi6, Chong Nee & Friends, Lavina Williams and DJ Karn Hall playing throughout the evening. More details can be found here.
The Grill by Sean Connolly
Those who want to see the year out with a hearty meal in a relaxed atmosphere, should stop their search now — The Grill by Sean Connolly has you covered. The SKYCITY favourite will be serving up a set menu —comprising Oyster cappuccino soup, lobster cocktail, and Sean’s signature beef Wellington with red wine jus — alongside a glass of bubbles, for $170 per person. To book, click here.