The countdown to the New Year has begun. As we move closer to 2009, restaurants, hotels and nightclubs in the city gear up for grand bashes. Say goodbye to the good (and the bad) of 2008 and ring in the New Year on a merry note, with music, dance and lots of bubbly. Here’s a guide to some of the biggest dos in town:
Get into the carnival mood this New Year’s Eve with Sushi Samba night, an unabashed carnival of colour, rhythm, grace and passion. The night will be a unique blend of Japanese and Brazilian cuisine, music and design.
Price: Rs 8,000 (all inclusive) per couple; Rs 7,000 (all inclusive) for early bird couple
Time: 7:30 pm to 12:30 am
Address: ai, 2nd Floor, MGF Metropolitan Mall, District Center, Saket
Contact: 40654567, 9871981357, 9810263567
DJ Vishal Mallick will belt out some foot-tapping music at Aura-The Vodka Bar. Feast on unlimited servings of finger food and beverages as you sweat it out on the dance floor.
Price: Rs 7,999 (plus taxes) for a couple; Rs 3,999 (plus taxes) for one
Time: 7:30 pm to 12:45 am
Address: Aura-The Vodka Bar, The Claridges, 12, Aurangzeb Road
The decor here will be in shades of white, pink and blue, to reflect the theme of ‘Peace, Love and Harmony’. Watch a sizzling performance by Ukrainian dancers and jive to international and Bollywood numbers by in-house DJs Ashish and Mash.
Price: Rs 12,000 per couple (all inclusive)
Time: 10 pm onwards
Address: F Bar & Lounge, The Ashok, Chanakyapuri
If you’re looking to party across the river, head straight to Flluid, where DJ DeeKayTee will play funky house, hip hop and Bollywood music. Unlimited beverages, snacks and dinner buffet.
Price: Rs 4,500 per couple (all inclusive); stag with a couple is permitted
Time: 8.30 pm to 1 am
Address: Flluid Lounge and Bar, Mosaic Hotel, C-1, Sector-18, Noida
Here’s a party that is sure to beat the chill in the air. Tabula Rasa rings in the New Year with a red-and-black themed décor and dress code. Two DJs will belt out popular numbers while fire jugglers put on a show as you countdown to midnight.
Price: Rs 5,000 for a couple (inclusive of taxes)
Time: 9.30 pm onwards
Address: Tabula Rasa, 4th Floor, Square One Designer Arcade, C-2, Saket
Contact: 9910588228, 29562666
Head southward to Chattarpur to check out the Tivoli Bash. Highlights include music by model-turned-DJ Barkha Kaul, performances by a celebrity international dance troupe and American acrobats; fire jugglers would round off the show.
Price: Rs 4,000 per couple; Rs 2,500 for one; Rs 1,000 for kids (taxes extra)
Time: 9 pm onwards
Venue: Tivoli Garden Hotel, Chattarpur Mandir Road
Contact: 26301111, 9811992989
Guess who’ll be rocking the dance floor at Manré? It’s DJ Reme from Mumbai, aka Soulshaker. Head here for a night to remember.
Price: Rs 8,000 per couple, Rs 6,000 for male stags, Rs 4,000 for female stags (all inclusive)
Time: 9 pm onwards
Venue: Manré, 4th floor, MGF Metropolitan Mall, Saket
Here’s a more relaxed, romantic way to usher in the New Year. At 19, Oriental Avenue, there will be live music by the Silhouette Trio, and a select 5-course meal by master chefs Hashimoto, Wang Bing and Chimthep. Price: Rs 6,000 per person (plus taxes)
Time: 7 pm to midnight
Address: 19, Oriental Avenue, Shangri-La hotel, 19, Ashoka Road
The biggest nightclub in town has in store a performance by the much-celebrated DJ Niel. Check it out!
Price: Rs 5,000, 6,000 & 10,000 (inclusive of taxes)
Time: 9 pm to 3 am
Address: Elevate, Centrestage Mall, Sector-18, Noida
Contact: 95120-2515679, 9911419888
There’ll be unlimited food and drinks along with foot-tapping Bollywood and pop numbers by DJs Praveen and Pravesh. The hottest couple will go home with a prize.
Price: Rs 3,999 per couple
Time: 8.30 pm onwards
Address: Urban Pind-The Urban Bar, N-4, N Block market, GK-1
Contact: 9899329925, 32515656