NYE 2014, New Years Eve 2014, for Colombo and Sri Lanka, we’ve got you covered.
Over the past decade NYE parties in Sri Lanka have become a pretty big deal. Everyone’s got a different preference whether it be hotel dinner dance (Hilton, Kingsbury), a NYE concert (Kool & The Gang, Taj), a theme party (Gatsby, Mt. Lavinia Hotel), a beachside dinner (Loon Tao), or even something like a five course dinner (Colombo Courtyard).
Here’s our round-up of the NYE events for 2014/2015.
|Champagne & Oyster Soiree||Kingsbury Sky Lounge||27,000||11 2421 221||Free flowing champagne and oysters, breakfast buffet, DJ Niza Minx|
|Twelve O’Clock||Hilton Colombo||20,000||777 888 554||Dinner, cocktails and breakfast buffet. The band Doctor and DJ Shiran|
|Gatsby||Mount Lavinia Hotel||19,900||11 2711 430 / 11 2711 446||Epicurean cuisine, shots, sheesha, breakfast buffet, gaming casino. Music by DJ Alex Vogt and Anno Domini|
|Kool & The Gang Dinner Dance||Taj Samudra, South Lawn||18,500||776 255 225||CANCELLED as far as we know, trying to confirm|
|Retro Fusion||Kingsbury||15,000||11 242 1221||Fusion of English and Sinhala classics|
|Sail Into 2015||Grand Oriental Hotel||6,000||773 441 425 / 773 441 644||Sam The Man on sax|
|Blast Thru 2014||Ramada||8,000 – 12,500||112422001||The Gypsies|
|Amuseum NYE||Taj Samudra, North Lawn||12,000||777 785 440||DJ Quentin Mosimann and John Revox, breakfast|
|Casa Colombo NYE||Casa Colombo||6,000 – 30,000||773 659 981||Dinner and drinks at their lovely boutique hotel, or poolside|
|Colombo Courtyard NYE||Colombo Courtyard||12,000 / 8,000||11 464 533||DJ music at the Cloud Cafe/Loft Lounge and/or a 5-course dinner Amber poolside|
|Santore NYE||Santore||5,800||112689444||Tasty Italian foods|
|41 Sugar||41 Sugar||3,000 – 10,000||777397818 / 0777062621||Tapas and champagne|
|The Party||Hilton Residencies||10,000||772 301 387 / 777 886 808||Dinner dance with DJ music|
|Stars & The City||OZO (ON14 Bar)||13,500 / 8,300||11 255 5570||Rooftop party with lobster dinner, breakfast, music by Starz Angels|
|Negombo Beach Dinner Dance||Jetwing Blue/Beach||8,500, kids under 12 free||776 444 179||Beachside in Negombo with entertainment by C Plus and Drum House|
|Loon Tao Dinner Dance||Loon Tao, Mount Lavinia||5,900, 2,900 for kids (5-10)||11 2722 723||Beachside dinner dance with music by Flame. Kid friendly|
|NYE With Max Graham||Waters Edge||5,000 / 10,000||722 488 577||Music by DJ Max Graham|
|O! What A Night||Shore By O!||5,000||773 295 760||Live music, fire dancers, DJ, fireworks, all by the beach|
|Floor 31st||Floor By O!||2,500||779 544 422||Redeemable ticket price, live music and DJ at the central Floor|
|Suit & Tie NYE||Kama Colombo||2,000||71 7858 235||Suit and tie party with the Kama resident DJ|
|Glitter Ball||Studio 4||4,000||777289857||Party at Colombo’s new cabaret bar|
|Colombo One||Colombo One||3,000||777667808||Party the old La Fiesta|
|Dutch Hospital NYE||Taphouse By RnR||35,000 (for six)||773773844||Slipping Chairs playing|
|Unawatuna Beach||Kingfisher||?||773408404||DJs Ben and Yazz|
|Midnight Madness||In… On The Green||1,500||11 254 1010||DJ Party|
The Hotel Event Parties
When it comes NYE parties, basically every hotel whether it be large or boutique, does their take on it. The dress code at most of these events is smart casual or formal but it’s safest to go with the latter so that you don’t turn up under-dressed. We’ve got some good variety in terms of themes this year with events for all the relevant age groups.
Most of the parties that cost above Rs. 15,000 are all inclusive, which includes dinner and breakfast, but some of the less expensive ones charge a corkage fee between Rs. 1ooo – Rs. 3000.
Rs. 27,000 (All Inclusive): Starting at the top, Kingsbury have gone all out with their Champagne and Oyster Soirée. With the rooftop view from the Sky Lounge and music by Niza Minx, you can expect this one to be as extravagant as it gets. It’s all inclusive with a free flow of champagne, spirits, oysters and canapes throughout the night as well as a breakfast buffet.
Rs. 19,000 (All Inclusive): Mt.Lavinia Hotel is sticking with their Great Gatsby theme from last year. They’ve got a pseudo casino with games like Blackjack and Roulette along with free shots and sheesha. Last year they didn’t have much emphasis on music but this year around they’re bringing down DJ Alex Vogt from Perth as well as local band Anno Domini.
Kool & The Gang @ Taj Samudra (CANCELLED)
UPDATE: a bit of a shocker, but this event seems to be cancelled.
Rs. 13,500 / 8,300: For the Rs. 13,500 ticket price, OZO combines a lobster dinner plus a rooftop DJ party with French house DJs Starz Angels. If you want just the rooftop party, it’s Rs. 8,300. Every ticket gets canapes and Sri Lankan breakfast. ON14 is a nice location where you can see the lights of the city and it’s their first NYE, so should be interesting.
Rs. 15,000: For those who prefer a NYE party with a local twist, Retro Fusion is probably the one for you. They’ve got a prominent list of local artists like Annesley and Mintaka (former Wildfire) performing both English and Sinhala hits. You know the Baila is gonna start rolling out at some point as well.
The most laid back of the hotel parties, the Grand Oriental Hotel has Sam The Man on the sax and their usual lovely view of the Colombo Port. And you could win Harbour Queen 2015.
As far as bands playing on NYE, Sunil and the Gypsies are probably the most fun. They have some legit hits of their own and are generally entertaining. It’s Rs. 12,500 for the dinner dance or Rs. 8,000 for just the dance.
More Low-Key Dinners
Casa Colombo is one of our favorite locations in the city, and they have great food. For NYE the offer basically a selection of dinner options. The cheapest is Rs. 6,000 per head (12,000 per couple) and includes a glass of sparkling wine. If you spend Rs. 14,500 per couple you get a bottle (of sparkling wine, again). For Rs. 25,000 you get the private poolside package with, we presume, a fancier dinner and also a bottle. Finally, for 30,000 per couple you get upgraded to a bottle of Moet champagne and a box of chocolates.
Rs. 8,000 – Rs. 12,000: If you’re not a fan of large crowds and big hotels, Colombo Courtyard has a couple of low key events happening at their chic boutique hotel. They’ve got both a romantic five course dinner at the Amber poolside and a DJ party at the Loft Lounge/Cloud Cafe. But why not both right? You can go for the poolside dinner and pay an extra Rs. 4000 to join the party upstairs.
Santore is a lovely and very authentic Italian restaurant. The specialize in pizza but for NYE they’re having a multi-course meal. One of our fav things about Italian food is that they have a pasta course AND a meat course, so they have that as well. Should be fun, and they have a good sound system.
41 Sugar has a great view in center Colombo and a pretty fancy menu for the 31st. If you want just a glass of champagne its Rs. 3,000 for entrance, but you can get a six-course dinner for Rs. 7,000 (per person), cheese and wine for Rs. 10,000 per couple and tapas and champagne for Rs. 20,000 per couple.
The Bar/Club Parties
Since Club Mojo dropped off, we’ve only got two real prominent night clubs in Amuseum and Kama Colombo, both of whom are having their own NYE events. Amuseum’s is by far the biggest, taking up the Taj North Lawn.
Rs. 12,000: This one is all about club music with DJ Quentin Mosimann and John Revox. They also offer a complimentary breakfast to work off the booze.
Rs. 2,000: If you want to dress up and go out with their friends, without a serious a hit on your wallet, the suit and tie party should be option at just a bit over their usual cover charge. It’s basically a regular club night at Kama except it’s New Year’s.
Glitter Ball NYE @Studio 4
Rs. 4,000 (pre-sold) or Rs. 7,500: Studio 4 is the brand new cabaret bar where Sky Bar and Tantra used to be. It’s got an interesting theme, a great location and it’s gay-friendly and presumably fabulous.
Colombo One, in the spot that used to be La Fiesta on Chatham Street, is hosting a NYE Party with Red FM. Tickets are Rs. 3,000 per person and Rs. 1,500 for kids 10-15. Kids younger than that are free, but maybe they should be at home? Anyways, this is the affordable option as it includes a free margarita and breakfast buffet.
Taphouse has a great location in Dutch Hospital and their NYE last year seemed to be backed. This year you can get tables for six people for Rs. 35,000, inclusive of a bunch of drinks and chasers.
These are some parties a bit out of Colombo.
Rs. 5,900: If you’re looking for something kid-friendly and basically just want to
eat, Loon Tao offers a buffet for Rs. 5,900 which is half price for kids
and free if they’re below five. They’ve also got music by the local band Flame.
Jetwing Dinner Dance on the Beach
Rs. 8,500: If you’re in Negombo, Jetwing hotels is hosting a NYE dinner dance on the beach with music by C and the Drum House. They’ve also got a neat deal where they provide free transport from Colombo to Negombo and back for purchases 6 tickets.
Unawatuna is a happening location right throughout the year so there should be a bunch of NYE parts along the coast.In
Una you can actually just walk along the beach and find parties. They
used to be free for foreigners and cost for locals (men especially).
That may have changed but probably still in effect.
The only Una party we’ve seen advertised features well-known Colombo DJs Ben (who spins and Sugar 41) and Yazz as well as the newer Carl and Nimo. We’re not sure how much this costs as it’s not mentioned, nor can we reach the organizers on the phone.
If we’ve missed out on anything big (or small), make sure to mention it in the comments section below.