New Year in Macau is always a grand affair. The city is after all an entertainment hub in Asia so celebrating the greatest evening of the year involves insane food, fireworks, and fanfare. We’ve rounded up the best and the brightest events happening on December 31. We also made sure to include dining options for family gatherings and a countdown party compilation that will make it a night to remember forever.
COUNTDOWN PARTY EDITION
Dress up and head to Spectacle on the night of New Year’s Eve filled with different genres of jazz and music performances, as well as art on the Spectacle’s walls, bringing a sense of cohesive energy and atmosphere. The idea is to turn the entire space into a mega dance floor, while New Year’s Eve specials are offered for a complete experience and unforgettable night! The night includes jazz at the NYE pop-up bar, where they’ll be serving canapés, wine, and champagne. Hanjin and JW will also be animating the Spectacle with different genres of jazz music. There is also an array of spots you can hit to have a sumptuous dinner before the countdown party starts, namely Chun, a pop-up bar, Aji & Grill 58. Besides these, there are special offerings such as lavish tapas across this New Year’s Eve party. Pair these with classic and champagne cocktails for a night to remember!
When: Dress Up The Spectacle – 10:30pm–12:30am, December 31, 2019
Where: Spectacle, MGM Cotai, Avenida da Nave Desportiva, Cotai
How much: Dress Up The Spectacle – Free admission
Tapas – MOP $48–68 per item; MOP $358 (six items for 2–3 persons), MOP $468 (eight items for 4–5 persons)
Countdown tapas set – MOP $228 (nine selected dishes)
New Year’s Eve Dining Menus – Grill 58 (MOP $988 per person), Aji (MOP $1,188 per person), Coast (MOP $1,988 for 4–5 persons set menu or MOP $888 for two persons), Hao Guo (MOP $988 for a two-person hot pot menu)
For more information, check the event’s official page
Glitter & Gold Countdown Party at China Rouge
Are you still planning your New Year’s Eve agenda? The answer is simple. Head to CHINA ROUGE for an unforgettable evening. Embrace the color gold and party the night away. You’ll even get some help on your over-all look at the venue with a dash of glitter here and there. There will be a live band, DJs and dancers to light up the celebration with high-energy performances. Count your way into 2020 at the most-anticipated countdown party of the year at Galaxy Macau’s CHINA ROUGE. The admission price is MOP $300 inclusive of two glasses of G.H. Mumm Champagne.
If you don’t fancy a chaotic dancefloor, we suggest The St. Regis Bar for a more laid-back vibe. Spend the New Year’s Eve countdown here. Guests can sit down in style at The St. Regis Bar with a glass of Billecart-Salmon Champagne while basking in the classic jazz vibe on December 31. You can easily talk about the amazing year ahead without worrying about loud music or a crowd-filled scene. Enjoying the evening at The St. Regis Bar while counting down to the New Year is the perfect way to do it. The New Year countdown celebration is priced at MOP $108 per glass and MOP $888 per bottle of Billecart-Salmon Brut Réserve Champagne while it’s MOP $188 per glass and MOP $1,988 per bottle of Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé Champagne.
Festive Whisky Flight & Countdown Party
Ring in the New Year with your favorite whisky and live music at the city’s finest premium whisky bar at The Macallan Whisky Bar & Lounge. Embark on a whisky flight experience specially curated by professional team for the festival priced at MOP $688 per person and available from December 1 to 31. The New Year’s Eve Countdown Party is set to be an affair to remember. It’s free admission on December 31, and you can enjoy a buy one get one free on selected cocktails. You can even join the lucky draw when you spend MOP $500 or more! The ultra-fabulous prizes include a bottle of Champagne, whisky and more.
Countdown Party at The Venetian Macao
The Venetian Macao presents non-stop entertainment right up to midnight and beyond, from 8:00pm onwards. Their lagoon area will feature live music with Andy Frasco & The U.N. from the USA and in-house favorites, the Blue Note band. Visitors can also enjoy a specially created New Year’s Eve countdown projection light show across the façade of The Venetian Macao which will be followed by a spectacular fireworks display to welcome in 2020. More live performances and dance acts will continue to thrill the crowds at The Venetian Macao until 1:00am, so be sure to join in the fun for free! Also, don’t miss the 2020 JSTV Countdown Concert with a bevy of stars ringing in the New Year at The Venetian Macao’s Cotai Arena, starting at 7:30pm.
The Venetian Macao Estrada da Baía de Nossa Senhora da Esperança, Cotai, +853 2882 8888, www.venetianmacao.com
Fireworks & Music Madness at The Parisian Macao
Partygoers will be able to enjoy a fun-packed evening at The Parisian Macao, at the Le Jardin garden opposite the Eiffel Tower rocking to the sounds of Supper Moment, a band from Hong Kong. Urban Soul Orchestra from the UK, and dance acts including renowned DJ LuLu will keep the party jumping until late. The New Year countdown concludes with a fireworks extravaganza, as in previous years. Visitors will be able to enjoy food and drink refreshments as well as giveaways throughout the night, including special 2020 LED glasses, perfect for those New Year pictures!
The Parisian Macao Estrada do Istmo, Lote 3, Cotai, +853 2882 8833, www.parisianmacao.com
Grand Hyatt Macau
The Grand Hyatt Macau New Year’s Eve celebration has been a popular countdown spot every year. Set against the backdrop of live music performance by an international band, Fusion Trio, the Grand Countdown celebrates the New Year in glitter and glamor. Embrace 2020 with balloons in peachy pink, rose gold, shimmering gold and sparkling pearl flying down from the lobby ceiling. You’ll fall in love with the magical moment. There’s also an inspiring flying trapeze that will pour celebratory wines onto a 6-meter tall champagne tower made with 1,560 champagne flutes to make the event even more spectacular. The Grand Countdown Party is priced at MOP $388 per person that includes an entry ticket and a glass of champagne.
The Ritz-Carlton Bar & Lounge
The Ritz-Carlton Bar & Lounge is set to transform into the Golden Masquerade Countdown Party from 9:00pm onwards on December 31 to celebrate the end of another great year. Guests are invited to don their most stunning masks and immerse themselves in a glamorous masquerade ball complete with sensual live music from the house DJ and cheerful live jazz band. Bound to be an exciting gathering with good tidings and luxurious champagne, the entrance fee to the Golden Masquerade Countdown Party is priced at MOP $388 per person including two long drinks.
New Year’s Eve 2020 Street Party at The Roadhouse Macau
The true definition of party this New Year’s Eve can only be found at The Roadhouse Macau. Welcome the year with a literal big bang and dance the night away to a live band entertainment while indulging in a barbeque feast. The Roadhouse Macau and Duffy’s Irish Pub have joined forces to present an epic celebration including an awesome balloon drop and an amazing array of food. The best part is there’s no cover charge so you can enjoy the evening fuss-free.
Whether you’re looking for a memorable dinner or an exciting party on New Year’s Eve, you’ll find what you’re looking for at the Mandarin Oriental, Macau. Enjoy the company of your loved ones over good food and great laughter as you countdown to a brand new year together, with a three-course western degustation menu priced at MOP $468 per person at Vida Rica Restaurant.
If you’re more into parties, bid goodbye to 2019 with an opulent and sumptuous feast. Usher in the New Year in style with their DJ entertaining you as 2020 arrives, while having some goodies to celebrate this new year. Besides, this is a great spot to appreciate the fireworks the government usually puts up for everyone to celebrate New Year’s Eve in grand style. The admission is MOP $888 per person for one of the best locations in the city at this incredible moment of the year.
Sheraton Grand Macao Hotel, Cotai Central
Nothing beats the feast at Sheraton Grand Macao Hotel when it comes to festive celebrations. Every member of the family will find comfort and joy in the buffet spread on New Year’s Eve that’s priced at MOP $588 per adult and MOP $200 per child. Dine in the beautiful surroundings while savoring festive dishes to welcome the new year with the people you value most in the world.
If you’re leaning towards Italian cuisine, go no further than Bene. Overlooking the Cotai strip, you’ll feel the warmth of home while savoring traditional Italian home-style dishes that the entire family will love. The New Year’s Eve dinner buffet is priced at MOP $688 per adult and MOP $200 per child.
The Italians always do it right when it comes to food. So, start your year right at Portofino and partake on a superb New Year’s Eve menu showcasing a five-course seafood set dinner. It will feature a roasted giant langoustine, malloreddus pasta with Dungeness crab and sea urchin, butter-poached lobster, roasted veal tenderloin and more. The creatively curated five-course set dinner is priced at MOP $888.
The view alone at this stunning restaurant is enough to get us booking a table. Situated on the sixth floor of The Parisian Macao’s Eiffel Tower, La Chine focuses on French-influenced Chinese cuisine and their seasonal dinner set menus for New Year’s Eve is something that will surprise guests. The sumptuous festive treats include the Eiffel seafood tower incorporating Alaskan crab leg, Hokkaido sea urchin, French Gillardeau oyster, and Beluga caviar, turkey roulade stuffed with morel mushrooms and black truffle and more. The New Year’s Eve menu is priced at MOP $1,488.
Have a taste of Portugal at one of the most authentic Portuguese restaurants in town, Chiado. The casual fine-dining restaurant offers traditional dishes that will transport your senses to Lisbon. Whether you’re craving for grilled codfish, braised Iberian pork cheeks or roasted octopus with chouriҫo sausage rice and more, you’ll find an incredible New Year’s Eve menu at Chiado for only MOP $688.
There can be no doubt that one of the best places to dine in the city is at SW Steakhouse. For New Year’s Eve, the chefs have gone above and beyond to craft a special five-course New Year’s Eve Festive set dinner featuring fresh Hokkaido scallop tartare, grilled Faroe island langoustine, a duo of wagyu sirloin and cheek and much more on December 31. Guests are also welcome to pair their dishes with fine wine as they enjoy an entertaining evening of theatrical surprises. It’s priced at MOP $1,600 inclusive of a glass of champagne and MOP $2,200 inclusive of a glass of champagne and wine pairing.
CAFFÉ B MACAU
For a piece of Italy in Macau, we always turn to Caffé B Macau. For New Year’s Eve, the talented chef Miki has prepared something special on the menu that will captivate the tastebuds. You’ll be looking forward to roasted pork with lentil and veggie and a baked panettone with white chocolate on the impressive five-course tasting menu. It’s priced at MOP $800 per person. Take your loved ones to this dining spot that’s always filled with love in every corner.