Want to forget 2010 awash in a sea of food and booze? CW gives you the lowdown on Beijing's hottest New Year's happenings
New Year's Eve at Capital M
Capital M is offering a seven-course meal and a midnight Champagne toast on the terrace overlooking Tian'anmen Square. RMB988 includes Champagne cocktails, canapes and a Taittinger Champagne toast. Reservations required.
New Year's at Mosto
Ring in the New Year with Mosto's festive five-course dinner menu. There will be a midnight countdown, party favors, a Champagne toast and funky music at midnight. RMB490. Reservations encouraged.
New Year's Eve at Cepe
Cepe's mouth-watering five-course dinner features Pacific oysters, lightly seared tuna belly, crab and potato ravioli and a choice of Braised Wagyu beef or steamed Canadian lobster. RMB1,188 with glass of Champagne or RMB1,488 for wine and a glass of Champagne. Expect to pay a surcharge.
New Year's Eve Midnight Supper
St. Regis Beijing is holding a banquet modeled on Lady Astor's New York Midnight Supper. Their celebration of 2011 includes free-flow wines and a supper buffet complemented by the sounds of classic Shanghai jazz.
SALT'S New Year's Eve Sparkling Celebrations
SALT doesn't skimp on the food for New Year's. The five-course meal includes free-flow bubbly, beer and select red and white wines. RMB688 with free-flow drinks, RMB488 without.
Brasserie Flo New Year's Eve Meal
French fav Brasserie Flo is offering a four-course dinner by Chef Bertrand on New Year's Eve and includes a Moet & Chandon Champagne cocktail. A big draw, however, is the chance to win two round-trip tickets to Paris. RMB398
Little Yunnan's New Year's Eve Set Meal and Countdown Party
An exotic take on New Year's. Little Yunnan is offering a set meal of authentic Yunnan dishes, as well as a glass of Baron de Biard 2009 Merlot. Countdown party features free-flow local beer, home-brewed rice wine and Yunnan plum wine, along with music and dancing. RMB68 for drinks.
The hottest party in town is coming back to 798--with more space! Featuring top locals DJs, including Mickey Zhang, Dio, Yang Bing and Donald Summer. Also expect awesome LED & lighting systems. Be sure to buy ASAP as Yen tickets sell fast. RMB100 (presale)-RMB150 (door).
New Year's Eve at the Hilton
Beautiful people, international DJs, and plenty of Champagne at Hilton's New Year's Eve Countdown Party. RMB1,388 per couple gets a room at Hilton Beijing, a bottle of Mumm, free-flow house drinks and food at Hilton's Zeta Bar. RMB288 includes open bar (9pm-1am), glass of Champagne and food. Don't forget the 15 percent surcharge!
Acupuncture Records: Genesis 2011
Acupuncture Records is grooving on New Year's Eve with DJs Weng Weng, X.L.F., Elvis. T, Pancake Lee and Terry Tu. VJs from Double Vie and Elixir are bringing the visuals. RMB50 (presale)-RMB100 (door).
An alternative night at D-22 for indie fans, with favorite Carsick Cars rocking Wudaokou into 2011. Also on the docket are The Gar, Mr. Graceless, and Rustic.
NYE: Kid Fresh + DJ Beware
Punk is bringing in Hong Kong DJ Kid Fresh to drop beats for the New Year with Vienna's Beware aiding in the madness.
Yan's New Year
Not to be confused with Yen, Yan Club is holding a magic-themed NYE party. Actual (we think) magicians will be on-hand to dazzle and impress with their tricks. Better yet, entry is free with a magic-themed costume. Otherwise, entry is RMB100.
Terra's New Year's Party
Get glam and dance away the year in style at Terra's New Year's Party. Includes a four-course meal and free-flow bubbly, beer, wines and cocktails.
Remains of New Year's Day
New Year's Day Supper at the Great Wall
A family-friendly option for New Year's Day. Enjoy an "un-brunch" near the Great Wall. Live jazz, food and drinks. A playroom is available for children. Adults RMB280, Children 4-12 RMB120, and under 4s free.
New Year's Day @ BLD
A hangover option at Cafe BLD. Their international brunch features dim sum, eggs Benedict, smoked salmon, caviar, sausages, bacon, waffles, pancakes, eggnog and freshly-squeezed juices. RMB368 includes wine, beer and Veuve Clicquot Champagne. RMB268 for juices and soft drinks. Children under 13 get a 50 percent discount.