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December is always an action-packed month – lots of parties and eating out to celebrate Christmas and the festive season. Now that you are done with the roast chicken and plum cakes, you have got just a few days to figure out how to celebrate the most important night in the year. Saying goodbye to 2015 and a big fat hello to 2016 is something everyone will do. The real questions are where and how! The city is buzzing with special dinner menus and exciting parties for you to attend. We are breaking it down and listing out some of the parties we think will be very interesting this year.
The Irish House Hat Party – This trendy Irish-themed pub has no shortage of patrons through the year. People love their relaxed vibe and gorge on their food. All outlets across the city are celebrating their insane Irish House Hat Party, which is basically when they go all out this 31st of December. You need to buy a ticket beforehand, and it will include unlimited food and drink, what they call post-party snacks, and funky hats, which is the theme of the party as well as part of their party kit that each guest receives. This party is all about having fun and enjoying your drinks just like the Irish do!
Bonobo New Year’s Eve Party – Bandra’s trendy rooftop bar is celebrating the New Year with their incredible DJ and are all set to party from 8 pm till possibly 5 am. There is an entry ticket that needs to be bought beforehand, but it includes eight non-vegetarian and eight vegetarian appetisers, which are unlimited and served throughout the night, along with unlimited IMFL liquor. There is no dinner, but you could order off the menu separately. If you are looking for a good time with music and lots of dancing with your friends, this is the party you need to head to!
Shiro – This is a beautiful restaurant that feels more like a nightclub with its incredibly tall ceilings, ample space for a dance floor and not one, but two bars. For this New Year’s Eve, the party starts at 9 pm and continues into the wee hours of the morning. You need to buy either a couples coupon pass or one for singles beforehand, which includes food and, of course, unlimited drinks (Indian and imported liquor).
Go Bananas 3 Wise Monkeys – This Khar restaurant has aptly named their New Year celebrations as ‘Go Bananas’! The festivities include splitting their venue into three different areas, making it three different venues with different themes, different music and even different DJs! With lots of fun props to pose with so you can take pictures, unlimited food and drink, this is the place to be this 31st night if you really want to “go bananas”.
Sofitel – If you are looking for something a little quieter and more refined, as compared to loud and overcrowded clubs, then the Artisan coffee shop at the Sofitel Hotel is a great spot this New Year’s Eve. The theme for their party is Frozen and they are taking special care to create a white ambience for their guests, including a smoke machine! Like most places, you need to pre-book your ticket, which will include unlimited food (a full dinner) and drinks (only Indian liquor) along with live music. The real advantage here is that children are welcome and have their own play area, with toys and games to occupy them as well. For children below six years, it is complimentary but if they are any older, you need to purchase a ticket for them as well.
The Blue Frog – There is no theme at this New Year party except the promise of a good buffet spread, lots of drinks and fantastic music. There is a separate entry charge if you want table seating (it is also limited, so book in advance) or if you are just going to stand and dance all night. The main music is old-school retro but, of course, as the night progresses, there will be a lot more commercial music by not one but two DJs for the night. The party goes on till late and when it is at the Frog, you can be assured you will have a good night.
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Better known as the Tiny Taster, Roxanne is an internationally respected blogger and expert on the Mumbai food scene. She has hosted many events, including the Upper Crust Food & Wine Show and travels the world, sharing her knowledge and gaining more experience.