Yeah, yeah we hear ya’… It’s not even Christmas yet and here we are pumping you up for New Year’s Eve. But let us remind you that, last year, and probably the year prior, you promised yourself that THIS NYE you’d be more organised.
Come December 31, there’s no excuse for sitting on the couch ringing in the New Year with chamomile tea watching fireworks on the telly like the loser you most certainly are not!
So, to make sure this ‘eve doesn’t become another anticlimactic let down, we’re sorting you out with eight of the best New Year’s Eve parties on the Gold Coast.
Bonita Bonita and BonBon Bar
The loveable crew from Bonita Bonita and BonBon Bar are getting into the silly season spirit by throwing a cruise-ship-themed BonBon Voyage 2015 deck party. Bonita Bonita will host seated banquet dinner options, while next door at BonBon Bar they’re transforming the deck into a mini-cruise ship with canapés, tacos, inclusive drinks, games, a pop-up bar, and prizes for best dressed. So, whip out the captain hats and grass skirts—hello sailor!
$65 pp (5pm early dinner seating at Bonita Bonita) includes sharing banquet, and welcome drink
$125 pp (8pm late dinner seating at Bonita Bonita) includes sharing banquet, and 2-hour drink package
$95 pp (deck party at BonBon Bar) includes canapés and 3-hour drink package (inclusive drinks between 9—12pm)
For bookings call 07 5575 2669
Where: 2460 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach
Justin Lane Establishment
What will undoubtedly be one of the hottest tickets in town, Burleigh favourite Justin Lane Establishment is hosting two dinner seatings as well as taking full advantage of their stunning new open-air patio with a Rooftop Party. We reckon it’ll be the perfect way to say ciao to 2015 and an enthusiastic buongiorno to 2016!
$50 pp (5—6:30pm early dinner seating) includes regular banquet and welcome drink
$70 pp (8pm late dinner seating) includes banquet and welcome drink, plus entry to the Rooftop Party from 10pm
$90 pp for Rooftop Party (6pm till late) includes canapés, welcome cocktail, drink specials, and guest DJ
For bookings call 07 5576 8517
Where: 1708—1710 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads
Gold Coast’s much-loved Japanese eatery is another on our short list of the best New Year’s Eve parties on the Gold Coast. Under Etsu’s ambient red glow, ring in the New Year with one hundred or so of your new best friends. Or, a sweet choice for families wanting to catch the 8pm beach fireworks, Etsu are also hosting an earlier seating with two set menu options.
$50 or $79 pp, kids under 13 $30 pp (5—7:45pm early dinner seating) includes two set menu options
$80 pp for cocktail-style canapés or $120 pp for sit down dinner (8pm—1am), includes glass of champagne or beer on arrival and live DJ
For bookings call 07 5526 0944
Where: 2440 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach
Stingray Lounge, QT Hotel
Celebrate the New Year in glam Hollywood style with Stingray Lounge’s movie trilogy-inspired party, Oceans 15 NYE. Prepare to walk the red carpet in your slickest suit or sassiest stilettos (aka dress to impress people!), just make sure you snap up tickets ASAP for a night of dancing and debauchery.
$99 pp (8pm—late) includes canapés, and 2-hour drink package (inclusive drinks served between 8—10pm)
NYE dinner bookings also available in Bazaar, more information available here
For bookings visit QT’s website
Where: 7 Staghorn Avenue, Surfers Paradise
Sick beat drops and drunken escapades certainly aren’t for everyone. Those after a more civilized evening need look no further than Main Beach’s Palazzo Versace. Why not have a wee splurge to bid adieu to 2015, with a seafood buffet feast at Il Barocco, which includes drinks and access to the glitzy Bianco E Nero (Black and White) Ball in the lobby from 10pm. If this all sounds too much (or too little), check out Versace’s website for plenty of other options.
$345 pp (8pm—2am) includes seafood buffet, drink package, and access to Black and White Ball from 10pm
NYE dinner bookings also available in Versace’s other restaurants, more information available here
For bookings call 1800 098 000
Where: 94 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach
Everyone loves a sultry masquerade bash so, this NYE, Isle of Capri’s Cicchetti pays reverence to their Venetian influences, promising to throw a party to remember (though let’s be honest, it’s more likely you won’t remember). Cicchetti’s swanky gala will feature Italian feasting stations, endless canapé service, and, at midnight, traditional homemade Panetone. To get you shimmying into 2016, there will be a live jazz band followed by a DJ pumping smooth beats. BYO seductive eye wear.
$149 pp (7:30pm till late) includes all food, with drinks on consumption
For bookings call 07 5526 8868
Where: Shop 2G01, Capri on Via Roma, Isle of Capri
Undoubtedly the biggest end-of-year event on the Gold Coast, and one for the fist-pumping 20-year-olds, White Party NYE 2015 is back with a vengeance. One thousand revellers dressed in white (surprise!) will be whisked from Marina Mirage to a “top secret island location” where they’ll be entertained from dusk ‘til dawn by a string of street performers and top DJ acts. If this doesn’t guarantee seeing in the first day or two of 2016 with a banging hangover, nothing will.
$149—$199 pp + booking fee, boats depart at 7pm and 9:30pm
For bookings visit the website
Where: depart from Marina Mirage
One 50 Public House
For northern Gold Coasters not wanting to stray too far from home, One 50 Public House is calling for a room full of James Bonds and Pussy Galores for their NYE 007 festivities. Expect thumping DJ tunes, blackjack tables, roulette, and, for the frisky, body painting (which will no doubt get interesting when a few too many Vesper martinis have been consumed).
$95 pp includes canapés and 3-hour drink package (inclusive drinks served 8 —11pm)
For bookings email [email protected]
Where: 150 Bundall Road, Bundall
When Brooke Darling is not travelling to far flung places or sailing around the world, she’s scouring the coast for the best ethnic food, new openings, and hidden gems, all in the name of research for Metropolist. She loves motorbike rides to the hinterland, learning (frustratingly) to surf, and will try any adventure sport at least once. Find her on Instagram @darlingisamrs