For the indecisive, New Year’s Eve can be a headache. There’s typically a multitude of house parties, public fireworks and all other manner of celebrations to choose from. If you’re still undecided, this list of set-menu dinners, courtyard barbeques and dance parties will either be incredibly helpful, or incredibly unhelpful. We hope it’s the former.
This new Beaufort Street restaurant and wine bar is running two dinner seatings on New Year’s Eve. There’s a three-course version for early birds (or those kicking on) at 5.30pm ($65), and a five-course option at 8pm ($130). Guests at the latter can expect midnight champagne and snacks before a 1am close. Book here.
Andy Freeman’s Middle Eastern bar is adopting an Arabian Nights theme for New Year’s. Yes, there will be belly dancing. Also on the cards: drink specials, DJs and an exclusive cocktail for the night. Bookings are available from 4pm until 9.30pm, with a shared Moroccan set menu and a two-hour drinks package for $122. General admission tickets (bar only) are $22. Book here.
Downstairs from Hadiqa, another Freeman venture, Goody Two’s, is offering one of the better NYE deals we’ve seen. Check it: an arrival cocktail, plus two hours of unlimited sparkling wine and beers for just $40. After that you have access to the bar’s impressive collection of Japanese whiskies and the booze-friendly, izakaya-style menu. Get tickets here.
This easygoing wine bar and pizzeria is hosting its NYE House Party from 6pm. Expect DJs, party games and resident chef Ben Atkinson (formerly of Meat Candy) grilling seafood and meats on the courtyard barbeque. Tickets are $100, redeemable for food and drinks on the night. Book here.
Varnish on King
Head downstairs on King Street for a night of whisky and four courses of American food, including beef tendons, chicken wings, smoked mussels with charred corn, and whisky-soaked flaming ham. Guests receive a flute of Laurent Perrier champagne on arrival. Tickets are $80.
This multifaceted venue does an especially good job when it comes to championing the state’s best drinks. Ring in the New Year with local beer and wine while enjoying South American street food from guest chef Marcello Kretzer (formerly of Duende and Don Tapa).The doors will be open from 4pm to 2am, with free wine and beer tastings from 5pm to 7pm. Tickets are $25 and include a drink on arrival.
The Royal Hotel
The newly renovated 140-year-old pub has already made a big impact since re-opening last month – and we wager it'll be a popular New Year's Eve destination. Downstairs will be open to the public with tickets to the upstairs event selling for $40. Guests will enjoy a welcome drink if arriving before 7pm, bubbles at midnight and live jazz on the balcony. Tickets are $40 and available online. Limited tickets will be available on the door.
Freedom Time Festival
This free-spirited, inclusive dance festival started at Ezra Pound in 2015 and has since found a very special place in the hearts of many Perth residents. This year’s line-up includes Berlin-based Australian house producer Tornado Wallace, FBi Radio’s Adi Toohey and eclectic English DJ Miles Cleret. A lot of thought has also gone into food and drink. This will be Wines of While’s first event outside of its Northbridge HQ, for example. Telegram Coffee, Ezra Pound, Monsterella Pizza, Tom Nobody and Feral Brewing will also be there. Final-release tickets are $105.36.