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December 21, 2006

NEW YEAR’S EVE

In years past, as the clock struck midnight on New Year’s Eve, we’ve collectively been in a number of the wrong places — in a taxi, stuck in traffic on the way to a fabulous party — on a plane, which was supposed to have landed hours ago — hiding in a corner, dressed in head-to-toe black at a party themed “white hot” — or fast asleep in bed, because we started celebrating just a bit earlier than we should have.

To ensure that all of us (and you!) will be in the right place, at the right time, wearing the right outfits this New Year’s Eve, we’ve done lots of research and created a mini-guide of the best ways to celebrate, no matter what your personal style…


Who: THE HIGH ROLLERS

Where: The Landmark Mandarin
What: Casino Oriental at MO Bar, 2007 License to Party
Go undercover in a secret casino! Choose from: Dinner Package – from 8:00pm, includes three-course dinner, open bar and champagne for $1488, Party Package – from 9:00pm, includes open bar and champagne for $988 or After Midnight Package – from midnight, includes open bar and champagne for $588. – OR – You Only Live Twice, so indulge in sinful cuisine and seductive game playing at Casino Oriental at Amber. Nine-course gastronomic menu for $2,488, including wine pairing for $3,388, add on 2007 Party at MO Bar for $488. To get your “secret agent pass” to Casino Oriental, call 2132 0077 for MO Bar or 2132 0066 for Amber.
Why: The World Is Not Enough-you’ve got to have it all this NYE!
Where: Kee Club
What: Sultry casino night and sumptuous buffet dinner for $1,188. Party it up on the dance floor after you’ve cleaned up at the tables. Live and Let Die!
Reservations: 2810 9000
Why: Sit down dinners are for Octopussies. Happy Holidays!

Where: The Wynn, Macau
What: From Macau with Love. Roll with the real high rollers this NYE. Don’t show anyone your cards . . . they’re For Your Eyes Only!
For further details, call: +853 986 9966
Why:You’ve got a License to Kill at the blackjack table.

What to Wear: Bond Girl chic of course, although we suggest you use your thigh holster for lip gloss instead of weapons. Extra points for speaking with a hard to place accent.


Who: THE GLAM GOURMETS

Where: Felix, The Peninsula
What: Cocktails at 7:30pm, followed by a special New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner for $3,388. Après, burn off some of those calories while dancing to “Sensation on 28.” – OR – Just feel like busting a move? Make a reservation for dancing only. Entrance fee of $288 includes 200ml of champagne. Note: Jackets for Gentlemen (No Jeans) Reservations: 2366 6251
Why: After a few glasses of champagne, you’ll finally have the nerve to peek into the men’s loo.

Where: Caprice, Four Seasons
What: An elegant eight-course dinner for $3,388 – includes free entry into the Blue Bar for a New Year’s countdown and music by an international DJ. Reservations: 3196 8888
Why: No matter what you’re celebrating, food always comes first.

Where: L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon
What: Eleven-course dinner at Hong Kong’s new culinary hot spot for $3,888. Reservations: 2166 9000
Why: You bow to the altar of JR.

Where: Pierre, The Mandarin Oriental
What: A festive champagne and canapés reception will be served between 7:00pm and 8:00pm, followed by an indulgent eight-course gourmet dinner for $3,888. Reservations: 2522 0111
Why: You only dine with three-star Michelin chefs dahhling.

Where: Spoon by Alain Ducasse, InterContinental
What: Ten-course innovative, gourmet dinner for $2,388. Reservations: 2313 2256
Why: Watch the fireworks from the comfort of your cozy table.

What to Wear: Something with an elastic waistband.


Who: THE FASHIONISTAS

Where: M1NT
What: Ambient sounds by international DJ Rico, complimentary cocktails and champagne on arrival, as well as free-flowing canapés from 9:00pm for $500. Complimentary bottle of Ruinart Champagne or Belvedere Vodka for table bookings prior to 11:00pm.
For further details, call: 2261 1111
Why: The chandelier is the only thing in HK that has more bling than you do.

Where: Dragon-i
What: Four-course set dinner including Veuve Clicquot champagne for $1,288. Dinner guests can stay for the evening, but must give up their tables. Reservations: 3110 1222
Why: Strike a pose, there’s nothing to it!

Where: Harvey Nichols Fourth Floor Restaurant and Bar
What: Lavish five-course dinner including a welcome cocktail and a glass of champagne to toast the New Year – plus dancing until the early hours for $880. Reservations: 3695 3389
Why: Harvey Nics supplied your New Year’s outfit, so they may as well supply the fun!

Where: Aqua Spirit
What: A Bollywood vs. Hollywood New Year’s Eve with DJ Leo spinning a mix of Western Club and Bollywood House music. Evening includes premium open bar, classic champagne and Aqua’s chic Italian and Japanese canapés for $1200.
Book ahead for tickets: 3427 2288
Why: Like you ever need an excuse to dance.

Where: Aqua Luna
What: Sailings around the harbour every hour on an ultra-glam traditional Chinese junk boat. The last one departs from Central at 10:30pm. Price is $180 including 1-cocktail. Reservations: 2116 8821
Why: Your yacht’s in the shop.

What to Wear: Your “skinnies” and stilettos or whatever Kate Moss had on last week.


Who: THE JET(S) SETTERS
(if the Sharks come there may be a rumble)

Where: Grand Hyatt
What: New Year’s Eve Ball – A West Side Story – Inspired by the Broadway show and movie, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong’s “A West Side Story” theme goes back to the west side of Manhattan in the 1950′s. With theme inspired décor, music, live performances and cuisine you will feel like you are inside the Broadway show. Price: $4,388
Reservations: 2584 7711
Why: Tonight, Tonight, Won’t Be Just Any Night!

What to Wear: Jeans with stark white Keds, or if they won’t let you in with those, wear whatever will make you feel pretty, oh so pretty . . .


Who: THE BEACHCOMBERS

Where: South Bay Beach Club
What: All you can eat and all you can drink including veggies, breads and dips, salad, starter, pasta, grilled seafood and meats, dessert, a full open bar and midnight champagne toast for $550, from 8:30pm – 2:00am. The venue has festive décor and will have a marquee tent and patio heaters if it’s chilly out, as well as lots of rockin’ music. Reservations: 2812 6015
Why: Marissa and Summer will, like, totally be there. Welcome to the SB!

Where: Black Sheep
What: Four-course gourmet dinner including champagne and after dinner dance party for $550. Reservations: 2809 2021
Why: A chilled out NYE is totally what you’re after dude.

Where: Copacabana
What: Six-course French dinner and champagne toast served at two seatings; the first at 6:30pm for $680 and the second at 9:00pm for $980. Reservations: 2812 2226
Why: Couldn’t get on P. Diddy’s boat in St. Tropez? This is the next best thing!

What to Wear: Beach-chic, linen pants and bare feet…a cozy sweater in case it gets cold.


Who: THE ROYAL FAMILY

Where: The Presidential Suite, InterContinental
What: Throw your own private party in Hong Kong’s largest suite! The two-storey living room windows will give you unobstructed panoramic views of Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong Island. And the enormous wrap-around terrace including glam seating areas, a gorgeous infinity pool and slinky jacuzzis will make it a New Year’s Eve you’ll never forget. At $250,000 (for over 8 people) your accountant may not forget it either, but if there is one place to live the high life it’s Hong Kong! As of press time, the suite was still available for New Year’s Eve! For reservations, contact Lucia Shum at lucia_shum@interconti.com or 2721 2221.
Why: You’d rather survey your kingdom from afar. Partying with throngs of sweaty people is so provincial.

What to Wear: Whatever you want . . . it’s your party!

Happy New Year!

xx
The Dim Sum Girls



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