2019 is fast approaching, whether you like it or not. And while that’s a little daunting, this year the city is serving up a bunch of fun things to take your mind off how scary-fast the years are passing by.
From delicious dinners that will ignite your taste buds to killer live music events to crazy sales and good times at the tennis, there’s fun to be had for all on New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day and onwards into the big 2-0-1-9.
Here are the best ways to celebrate the new year in the city.
Ace The Tennis
RAC Arena, from Saturday 29 December
Watch Australia beat (we hope) France at the Mastercard Hopman Cup before kicking on into New Year’s Eve party mode. If you're a die-hard Federer fan then sign yourself up to his USA versus Switzerland game on 1 January. For more info, click here.
Party For Two Days Straight
Langley Park, Sunday 30 and Monday 31 December
Origin Fields is bringing a two-day long music and culture explosion to Langley Park so you can kick off the new year with a bang. Everyone knows Cardi B will be bringing a stellar show and plenty of attitude, along with chart-toppers like Khalid, M.I.A, Pendulum, The Kooks and Tash Sultana also in attendance. Get tickets here.
Start As Early As Possible
Hadiqa, Monday 31 December
The best way to kick off the new year is to get started early, which you’ll be able to do at Hadiqa. Tickets to their debut New Year’s Eve rooftop party are $25 and include a flute of sparkling on arrival. We’ve been promised a surprise come midnight, so get down here from 4pm and kick off 2019 with some Middle Eastern nosh, delicious drink specials and DJs all served up under the stars. You’ll find all the details here.
Rock Out To Old School Tunes
Badlands Bar, Monday 31 December
Local punk rock legends Gyroscope will be getting your 2019 off on the right foot at Badlands Bar. All of the action will be kicking off from 6pm (AKA happy hour) with bulk food trucks dishing out the goods to keep you full. Plus, come midnight you’ll be able to catch the Gloucester Park fireworks from the beer garden. Grab your $15 ticket here.
Attend A Pop-Up Party
Embargo Bar, Monday 31 December
Embargo Bar has drifted along the Swan River and popped up in East Perth this year and to celebrate they’re throwing one hell of a New Year’s Eve bang. The first three releases have sold out, so you’re going to want to secure your tickets, stat. You can expect amazing views, killer DJs, live bands and all of the best booze, plus eats from Embargo Kitchen, Fish Boss and Varsity Burgers. Make sure to keep your ears to the ground, the full entertainment lineup will be announced soon. Secure your ticket here.
Oh, You Want Something Free?
Northbridge Piazza, 31 December
City of Perth, supported by Lotterywest, is serving up a cute fireworks display in Northbridge, along with plenty of free entertainment and live music so you can bid 2018 adieu without saying goodbye to your hard earned dollars. Find all of the details here.
Get To A Gingerbread-Themed Event
Wolf Lane, Monday 31 December
This year Wolf Lane is throwing a Hansel and Gretel gingerbread-themed New Year’s Eve party and our nostalgia levels have gone off the Richter scale. Along with ginger beer spiders, there’ll be candy lane cocktails, a fondue station, pick and mix dessert bar and smoky brisket, pickle and cheese toasties to mop up all of the booze. Tickets cost $70 and are all-inclusive, get them here.
Book A Room
After all of the partying you’ll want to rest your head in the comfiest bed imaginable, and we think the ones at QT Perth, The Westin and The Alex are pretty damn good. You might even catch some fireworks if you escape the party early.
Shop ‘Til You Drop
Once you’ve had a decent sleep in, head back into the city to take advantage of the amazing deals on offer in the New Year’s Day sales. If there’s ever a time to drop tonnes of cash on big ticket items, it’s now.
Image credit: Matt Winkelmeyer
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