If there’s one night a year you don’t want to leave planning until the last minute, it’s New Year’s Eve. We got in touch with DesignMyNight for the goss on the UK’s best NYE parties. From an all inclusive Willy Wonka affair with jaw-dropping cocktails to a masquerade ball shrouded in bewildering mystery, here’s how to make December 31st a memorable one.
Head back in time with The Blitz Party this New Year’s Eve, and celebrate like it’s the end of World War II. Expect classic cocktails, live music and a swinging dance floor. For a proper 1940’s experience there will be sandbag seats, black out curtains and reconnaissance maps to help you locate the bar. Start practising the Charleston; this is one vintage night you don’t wanna miss out on.
If you fancy going even further back in time on the 31st, get yourself down to The Prohibition New Year’s Eve Party Special. A decadent art deco venue will transport you back to a bygone era of jazz, illicit gambling and illegal drinking. In line with speakeasy culture, this timeless affair will have you ordering mouth-watering cocktails from menus hidden inside vintage books, and sipping alcohol from dainty teacups. Live bands and DJs will be on hand to keep you dancing into 2017 (while partying like it’s 1927).
Dead Dolls House – New Year’s Ball – London
Start planning your New Year’s Eve outfit right away. The Dead Dolls House will be hosting their exhilarating annual monochrome ball come December 31st; and it’s rumoured to be the biggest one yet. Grab yourself a dinner and dance ticket (£80) for complimentary bubbles upon entry, as well as three delicious courses from a very special guest chef. Once you’ve cleared your plates, go on an adventure across their three stunning floors; just don’t forget to hit the dance floor.
New York New York – Proud – Brighton
The Proud Group have found an incredible, stately home in Stanmer House, and will be utilising all of the Grade I listed building’s charm to put on a staggering New Year’s Eve party. Lose yourself in immersive jazz, swing and Sinatra classics as West End favourites, Paul Spicer and Matt Firth, bring a taste of the Big Apple to the south coast. Highlights of your £69 ticket include a sumptuous three-course meal in a giant marquee, as well as a massive balloon drop come midnight.
The Royal Pug NYE Burlesque Show – Birmingham
You’ll probably need to pre-book a taxi for this New Year’s Eve event (it’s just outside of Birmingham), but it’s well worth the trip; after all, what’s New Year’s Eve without a journey into the unknown? Instruct your cabbie to go to the Royal Pug where, above this traditional pub, you’ll find The Gin Palace. This spectacular space will be transformed into a jazz-inspired sultry den for the night and for £20 you’ll be treated to fizz on arrival, a delicious selection of canapes alongside red, white and sparkling wine. But, it is the burlesque dancer and singer Titine Lavoix who will really set the mood in the lead up to the countdown.
Rock Around The Clock – All Star Lanes – Manchester
Twist and shout to classic rock ‘n’ roll, shake your hips to disco hits, and do the mash potato to classic r’n’b, funk and soul this New Year’s Eve at All Star Lanes. At just £20 a ticket, you’ll gain entry to their era-spanning party, be entitled to a free welcome drink, a complimentary glass of fizz at midnight and a minimum of two half frame games of bowling. For a little extra sparkle, indulge in their £60 ‘Baller’ ticket for unlimited drinks for two whole hours. If you fancy bowling a strike in the capital, All Star Lanes’ Bayswater hangout will host a similarly boisterous party with the help of Betty and The Bootleggers.
Hockley Arts Club – Nottingham
Staking its claim as one of the most elusive venues in Nottingham, this Grade II listed building is keeping things exciting this New Year’s Eve with a magnificent winter wonderland theme. Come midnight on the 31st, you’ll be able to get your groove on downstairs, sing Auld Lang Syne in the Blue Rooms or toast over a tipple at the Gin and Prosecco Bar in the Electric Garden. Their award-winning cocktail menu is glistening with incredible, bespoke concoctions too, from delectable movie homages to your classic favourites. If you want a debaucherous way to see in 2017, this is it.
Dirty Martini NYE Masquerade Ball – Cardiff
Dirty Martini might have only opened the doors to their Cardiff home late this year, but they’ve got a spectacular masquerade ball planned for New Year’s Eve. DJs will set the tone, spinning your favourite chart toppers, club classics and dance anthems. And get this, tickets will only set you back £15. But, if you want to go all out, you can upgrade to one of their premium packages to give your night an exclusive edge. This is a masked ball, so whatever you do, don’t forget to bring something to conceal your identity.
Three Six Six’s outrageously inventive cocktails have earnt them a spot on London’s map of top cocktail bars, and come New Year’s Eve, they’ll be inviting you to indulge in them at an all inclusive magical Willy Wonka party. Starting at 8pm, arrive early and get your hands on their theatrical mixes; in our humble opinion, you can’t go wrong with the Smoked Fashioned. Your ticket will also get you free-flowing bubbly, beers and an array of indulgent tapas on the night.
New Year’s Eve Ping Pong Party – London
Bounce in Holborn are throwing an unruly shindig come the 31st. Expect face paint, gifts for those displaying champion bat and ball skills, and a venue splattered – floor to ceiling – in glow in the dark street art. DJs will kick off the party with your favourite club anthems, whilst Games Gurus round up the crowd for games of ‘Round The Table’. Offering free-play ping pong across all tables, we suggest you snap up a £20 ticket sooner rather than later.
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