If you’re usually one to think about New Year’s plans in that no-man’s-land between then and Christmas, only to find everything has booked out, take heart. We’ve rounded up the best events to see off 2021 in style, whether you’re looking for a relaxed meal or an all-out party. From a Moulin Rouge-themed celebration with absinthe, burlesque and karaoke to a fancy dinner with caviar and Dom Pérignon, here are the best places to ring in the new year.

EAT

Wines of While
William Street’s natural-wine den is ringing in the new year with an eight-course menu and two sittings (6pm and 8.30pm). Expect oysters, a prawn cocktail, beef carpaccio, crab and ricotta agnolotti and more, plus a glass of fizz on arrival. Tickets are $120; the first sitting is 2.5 hours while guests at the second can party on till 1am. Outside, there’ll be one large communal table to share your evening with friends old and new. Book here.

The Corner Dairy
One of the year’s best openings is getting in on the action with a six-course set menu featuring some of chef James Cole Bowen’s signature bites, plus a selection of (as yet unannounced) new dishes. There are three sittings (6.30pm, 7.30pm and 8.30pm), and the venue has scored an extended license for the night so you can kick on past the countdown. The $80 ticket includes your choice of sparkling or a pint of beer on arrival. (Note: while the kitchen can accommodate gluten-free diners, it won’t be able to offer a vegetarian alternative). Book here.

The State Buildings
The State Buildings will be buzzing, with events happening at Post, Petition, Wildflower and Longchim. At the latter you can expect a Thai banquet of grilled pork skewers, smoked Chiang Mai sausage, crunchy prawns, steamed lobster curry, braised beef ribs and more. Dinner sittings are from 5pm and tickets are $125 per person. Over at Wildflower there’s a lunch ($135) and two dinner options (either a four-course tasting menu for $145 or a six-course tasting menu for $185) featuring Manjimup marron ceviche, south-west Dorper lamb and pavlova with macadamia cream and Geraldton wax. Score views of the Swan River during the day and a toast on the Wildflower terrace in the evening. Book here.

QT Perth
Welcome the new year with a six-course dinner at Santini Bar & Grill at QT Perth. Executive chef Andrew Barkham has designed an Italian feast complete with burrata, rough-cut linguine, sirloin, woodfired WA lobster, and more. The dinner is $175 per person, with wine pairings available for an extra $75 or $125. Best of all, you can avoid the hassle of trying to get home on the busiest night of the year and stay over at the QT instead. Tickets here.

The Ritz-Carlton
If you want a New Year’s Eve that’s, well, ritzy, head to the Ritz-Carlton for a luxe dinner at Songbird Bar overlooking Elizabeth Quay and the city skyline. A menu of canapés – including freshly shucked oysters, Abrolhos Island scallops, house-smoked salmon blini with smoked crème fraîche and lemon-scented salmon caviar, and grilled-lamb sliders – will be served throughout the evening, paired with premium champagnes. Choose between the Veuve Clicquot package ($399 per person) and the Dom Pérignon package ($699 per person). Tickets are available here.

Cooee
Watch the final sunset of the year over the Swan River while dining at Cooee on Mounts Bay Road. A four-course dinner curated by executive chef Tom Haynes will feature raw kingfish with finger lime; Wagyu bresaola with Cooee pickles; Cone Bay barramundi with nasturtium and dashi broth; peach pavlova with pistachio cream and more. Resident sommelier Sofia Giros will be on hand to help you choose the right drink to toast to the new year with. Tickets are $80 and available online.

Tonic & Ginger
Modern Asian restaurant Tonic & Ginger at The Old Synagogue is serving a four-course dinner by executive chef Leigh Power featuring charred Abrolhos Island scallops; tempura eggplant; peppered beef tataki; togarashi-spiced fillet steak and more. Early-bird sittings are $75 per person and late-night sittings are $220 per person (the latter includes a glass of Veuve Clicquot on arrival and a beverage package). Grab a spot via the bookings page.


PARTY

The Royal Hotel
Don your corsets, waistcoats and top hats for the Royal’s Moulin Rouge-themed “Spectacular Spectacular”. There’ll be champagne and absinthe, food by The Royal and Willi’s, burlesque and acrobatic performances, and a karaoke room. Tickets are $30 per person and include a drink on arrival. (The karaoke room is available to hire for $100 an hour – with a bottle of prosecco included.) Tickets are available online.

Si Paradiso
If you’re chasing a large crowd, then head to Highgate discoteca Si Paradiso, where the dance floor is open from 6pm till 2am. The courtyard and amphitheatre will be open, with local DJ Josh Grainger playing an extended seven-hour set. Choose between a set menu by executive chef Paul Bentley – full of classic Si dishes off the charcoal grill, pizza and seafood, plus magnums and cocktails – or a more casual dinner in the courtyard. General admission tickets are $40 per person. The set menu (with entry) is $95.

Besk
This West Leederville bar is starting its NYE celebrations at 5pm. Expect DJs all night and a special menu of street-style dishes. The bar will also be open all night; the venue has an extended license until 2am to ring in 2022. Tickets are $25 per person, which includes a drink on arrival, and available online.

Toots
Dance into the morning at Toots’ Disco Dreams event. Northbridge’s secret bar-within-a-bar will have DJs spinning disco tracks all night – until the extra-late closing time of 2am. There’ll also be a new menu of Italian snacks and the bar’s signature cocktails. If you’re new to Toots, here a tip-off: head to China Town in Northbridge and hunt down Madame Toots. Entry is free, but there’s a guest list if you want to secure a spot.

Goody Two’s
Goody Two’s is getting glam for the night. Choose between the Countdown Party ($25 per person), which includes a glass of Laurent-Perrier champagne on arrival, and Goody’s Galore ($105). Both tickets get you party vibes and old-school dance and R’n’B hits until 2am. The Goody’s Galore ticket also comes with a two-hour drinks package from 7pm, featuring Laurent-Perrier and the bar’s signature cocktails, plus a grazing station and canapés. Tickets here, otherwise doors open to the public at 9pm.