When you Google search for countdown parties in Singapore that you can attend come New Year’s Eve, you will find most of the parties are mainstream, overly huge and some even, free of charge. And that only means one thing — crowded as hell. Sometimes these elements also inadvertently ruin the party mood, don’t they? Luckily for you, we’ve managed to suss out four venues to have an unconventional countdown party that is much smaller in scale, if not a little more cosy too.

bar canary
New Year's Eve Countdown 2020: Bar Canary and its exclusive drink, Yuletide Cheer
The interiors of Bar Canary | Credit: Bar Canary
New Year's Eve Countdown 2020: Bar Canary and its exclusive drink, Yuletide Cheer
The exclusive drink, Yuletide Cheer. | Credit: Bar Canary

Bar Canary is an open-air rooftop located on the building of Grand Park Orchard. The bar has an outdoor pool and a garden setting interior, decked out with alfresco furnishings such as lawn chairs and oversized bean bags on top of faux grass-carpeted floors. Since we’re all comfortable, get into the countdown mood proper by raising a glass to year 2020 with Bar Canary’s exclusive tipple, Yuletide Cheer which combines Remy Martin V.S.O.P and Benedictine D.O.M with orange bitters, and balanced with maple syrup, lime juice and red wine.

Date: 1 December 2019 to 1 January 2020

Opening hours: 12.00pm to 1.00am (Sunday to Thursday), 12.00pm to 2.00am (Friday, Saturday and Eve of Public Holidays)

Address: Grand Park Orchard, Level 4 270 Orchard Road

Bar Rouge
New Year's Eve Countdown 2020: Bar Rouge
Credit: Bar Rouge
New Year's Eve Countdown 2020: Bar Rouge
Credit: Bar Rouge

When it comes to countdown parties in Singapore, this is the place that most locals will be familiar with. For those who aren’t, Bar Rouge holds its countdown parties at the country’s tallest hotel, Swissôtel the Stamford. This year, the bar looks to celebrate the new year with a midnight blue setting paired with “electric sky” lightings. The party will be opened with DJ Kenneth F’s nu-disco and disco beats before fellow DJs Styluxtakut, Rattle and Fadille turn the beat up with their respective hip-hop and R&B hits.

Date: 31st December 2019

Time: 10pm to 6am

Cover charges: Pre-sale ticket – $68 with a glass of champagne; Event day ticket – $88 with a glass of champagne. Book here.

Dress code: Midnight Blue

Minimum age: Ladies (aged 18 and above), Gents (aged 21 and above)

Address: Floor 71 Swissotel The Stamford, 2 Stamford Road

The Pelican
New Year's Eve Countdown 2020: The Pelican
Credit: The Pelican
New Year's Eve Countdown 2020: The Pelican
Credit: The Pelican

There are a few vantage points to catch the New Year’s fireworks: the Esplanade, the Jubilee Bridge and The Promontory, for instance. The Pelican, however, seems to be one spot that is usually forgotten about. Located along the Marina Bay precinct, guests will realise that it’s not just the clear view of the fireworks the restaurant has access to, but quality sea and western food as well.

To complement with the festive mood, its menu will be specially curated with New Year’s Eve exclusive dishes accompanied by a bucket of five Carlsberg bottles. In addition, it provides the options of a four- or five-course dinner sets which serve starters like scallops and prawns, and mains like oven-baked barramundi and wood-fire grilled tenderloin.

Prices: S$55++ for a bucket of 5 Carlsberg bottles, S$55++ for fried seafood platter, S$89++ for oysters and prawns platter, S$128++ per person for a 4-course dinner set, S$168++ per person for a 5-course dinner set, and S$500++ per table for The Ultimate Celebration package.

Date: 31st December 2019

Time: 5pm till late

Address: One Fullerton, 1 Fullerton Road, #01-01

Mitzo restaurant and bar
New Year's Eve Countdown 2020: Mitzo Bar and Restaurant
Credit: Mitzo Bar and Restaurant
New Year's Eve Countdown 2020: Mitzo Bar and Restaurant
Credit: Mitzo Bar and Restaurant

For those who prefer to indulge in Chinese cuisine for countdown, Mitzo Restaurant and Bar fits the bill. Available from 1 December 2019 to 1 January 2020, the restaurant has a festive menu that is filled with dishes prepared by executive chef Nicky Ng. Look forward to his dishes like pumpkin and scallop soup with caviar, Wagyu beef cheek and black pepper turkey fried rice. The festive menu is available for both lunch and dinner at S$88++.

Head bartender Azlam Kadir will also be there to share his own cocktail creation — Santa’s Roots. It is a ginseng and cinnamon-infused bourbon mixed with Licor 43, chocolate bitters, lemon juice and goji berry syrup, topped with egg white and pinot noir foam. The festive cocktail will be available throughout the same period and is priced only at $18++ per glass.

Date: 1 December 2019 to 1 January 2020

Time: (For dining) — 11.30am to 2.30pm and 6.30pm to 10.30pm; (For drinks) — 12 pm till late

Address: Grand Park Orchard, Level 4, 270 Orchard Road

written by.
Lester Tan
Lester is into films, food and basically anything culture related under the sun.

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