Unless you’re going away or you’ve been invited to a party, it looks like your New Year’s Eve will be spent on the couch. As tempting as it seems now, we can tell you that by around 11.59pm, you’re probably going to regret it. From live gigs to Casino Royale parties and chilled-out events, there’s a New Year’s Eve out there for you.
Andee Frost's NYE at the Toff with Sadar Bahar
Andee Frost's party-throwing credentials are serious. A crucial member of inimitable party collective Animals Dancing, Frost also is a favourite at the Toff with his weekly party, House de Frost. Those who've been will know it's downright danceable disco. For NYE, Frost has recruited Chicago's Sadar Bahar – a veteran disco-funk-soul legend who has never played down under. This is sure to be a safe bet for an excellent night.
No Frills at Lucky Coq
For those who say: “It just gets built up too much! It’s just another night, really”, get among your like-minded people. Lucky Coq is taking the drama out of New Year’s Eve with a no-frills evening of free entry, free barbeque, a pool table and tunes from its resident DJ.
High Tea Supper at The Hotel Windsor
Swap sweaty clubs and deafening DJs for canapés and jazz this New Year’s Eve. The Windsor Hotel is hosting a decadent high tea with champagne, mini sandwiches, mini lobster rolls, oysters, caviar and French pastries. Dress in your best vintage gear because the best dressed wins a one-night stay at The Windsor and a bottle of Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut champagne.
News Year’s at The Espy
Spend the last moments of 2014 at a St Kilda landmark listening to some good, loud music. The Espy is once again hosting a New Year’s Eve gig and this year the line-up includes Kingswood, DZ Deathrays, Adalita, Empra, The Griswolds and Mighty Duke and the Lords.
Sky High Mt Dandenong
Forget finding the best views of the fireworks as the clock strikes 12 and get the best views of the whole city from the Dandenong ranges. Sky High restaurant has two events from 7pm–1am, one on the upper floor and one on the lower. Both include a five-course dinner, entertainment and drinks. Sure, it’s a bit touristy, but you’re there for that panoramic skyline.
Sky High Mt Dandenong
26 Observatory Road Mt Dandenong
(03) 9751 0443
Upper floor $165 (selling fast)
Lower floor $150
New Year’s Eve in the West Fest
This one’s for the rock and country music lovers. Head out west to Yarraville and enjoy the sounds of Wagons, Graveyard Train, Chris Russell’s Chicken Walk and Raised by Eagles. There will be free snacks and locals don’t have to worry about the drive home – there will be a free shuttle bus.
The Yarraville Club
135 Stephen Street, Yarraville
(03) 9689 6033
Soul A-Go-Go New Year’s Eve at The Corner
You can generally trust The Corner for a good night and this year it is bringing out the funk with a New Year’s Soul A Go-Go spectacular. Featuring Vince Peach, Miss Goldie, Andrew Young, Jack Sparrow and Women of Soul.
The Corner Hotel
57 Swan Street, Richmond
1300 724 867
$35 + bf future PBS members
$30 + bf for existing PBS members
Remember First Floor on Brunswick Street? It’s been refurbished and unveiled as Little & Olver – still with the great big dance floor. Boogie all night to some dirty disco with DJs Greg Wilson (in an epic four-hour set), CC:DISCO!, Edd Fisher and more.
Casino Royal NYE at Cellar Bar
Underneath Newmarket Hotel in St Kilda is a velvet-clad bar that’s channelling Bond with a Casino Royale-themed party. It is doing suckling-pig porchetta rolls with apple slaw, diamond shell clam and barbeque Wagyu beef canapés. Spirits, house wines and beers included. Enjoy the live music and DJs as you try your luck at one of three gaming tables.
NYE at The Reverence Hotel
Send off 2014 with noisy live punk and rock tunes at The Rev. The line-up includes Sydney band Front End Loader, High Tensions, Hawaiian Islands, Grenadiers, Lincoln Le Fevre and Maricopa Wells as well as DJs playing in the front bar. There will also be plenty of drink specials available all night.
The Bridge Hotel
The Bridge Hotel is going circus themed for New Year’s Eve, complete with fairy floss and a bearded lady. It has a food and drinks package that includes mini hotdogs, burgers, sliders and popcorn chicken as well as cocktails, cider wine and beer on tap. You’ll also be entertained by The Ringmaster and Strong Man, who will show you what the carny life is all about.
New Year’s Eve Family Style Spit-tacular
Coburg locals can head down to the Post Office Hotel this New Year’s Eve for a three-course meal and entertainment. On offer are oysters, suckling pig, spring lamb, roasted chicken and the intriguingly named cookie bag for dessert. You will also receive a glass of champagne or Coburg lager on arrival and DJs are the after-dinner entertainment.
The Post Office Hotel
229–231 Sydney Road, Coburg
(03) 9386 5300
Beyond the Valley Music Festival
Falls may be sold out but on the other side of the bay there is a music festival with a stellar line-up including All Day, Bag Raiders, Aston Shuffle, Peking Duk, Ball Park Music, Banoffee, Alunageorge and Nina Las Vegas. There are still some final-release tickets available, which include camping and entry for all the days of the festival.
New Year’s at Brunswick Cider House
Brunswick Cider House is offering a four-hour drinks package so you can celebrate New Year’s Eve in its secret rooftop cider garden, or downstairs at the bar. The package includes basic spirits, four craft ciders, the craft beers and red, white and sparkling wines. There will be a selection of canapés to nibble on and DJs playing all night.
NYE at Fed Square
For some, it’s a Melbourne tradition to see the fireworks at Fed Square surrounded by hundreds of other people. This year there will be African and samba dancing, an ultraviolet light show and a dance tutorial that will teach you a few steps so when it hits midnight everyone can break out in a mass dance routine.
Let Them Eat Cake Festival
Have a quiet one on December 31 so you can go hard at Let Them Eat Cake on New Year’s Day. Werribee Mansion will host five stages of Melbourne’s underground electronic music. The line-up includes Axel Boman, Ben Pearce, Bob Moses, Carl Craig, Cashmere Cat, DJ Sneak, DJ Vadim, Goldie and Fatima among others.