The best parties on the island to welcome in the new year
Time Out Bahrain staff
Bushido Japanese dining with either vegetarian or regular options and drinks included or just go along for the big New Year’s party with DJ Dara Singh playing alongside percussionist and saxophonist Dim and Dam providing a mix of commercial and eclectic sounds. Dress code is smart casual and there’re free Japanese masks for all. Dinner - 7-10.30pm, BD85 including selected beverages, BD50, vegetarian option. Party - geishas BD10 in advance or BD20 on the door, samurais BD15 in advance or BD25 on the door. Call (17 583 555).
Crowne Plaza Spices Indian restaurant has a Bollywood-themed farewell to 2013 with buffet dinner and dancing. BD 19.950++ including selected beverages.
This year the CP’s much-loved New Year’s Eve gala dinner takes the theme of ‘A Night in Las Vegas’ with a legendary Elvis Tribute who’s won prizes in the UK and Europe plus a DJ shaking the dance floor. BD70 per person including selected beverages.
Diva Hotel Kicks British Pub rings in the New Year with a Hogmanay Scottish-themed party hosted by resident DJ TinTin. BD20 for the lads, BD14 for the lasses including drinks.
Davy Crockett’s has a gangsters and molls themed party with resident band Elevate banging out classic tunes and DJ Cobus keeping the party going. Entry BD5 for guys from 10pm, girls free all night.
The Diva is also staging a Desi Dhmaka Party featuring the hugely popular DJ Aapka Paresh. BD25 per couple inclusive of food, beverages and barbecue. Call (17 810 555).
Diplomat Radisson Blu Travel back in time and bring in 2014 Gatsby-style with an art deco, 20s-themed party, make sure you dress up to get into the spirit of things. BD65 including dinner buffet and selected beverages.
Elite Group The flagship nightlife venue Klub 360, at the Elite Crystal Hotel, has an international DJ plus entertainment and giveaways throughout the night. BD25 for men and BD10 for ladies.
The Elite Crystal’s Arabic outlet Awtar will have a singer and belly dancer and set Arabic menu. BD45 per person.
At the Elite Resort & Spa Shift 7 has a party with drinks and finger foods included. BD25 for ladies, BD35 for men.
The Noor Tent has a special Arabic night with entertainment and Arabic buffet. BD40 per person.
At the Elite Grand, Zodiac Lounge has drinks and finger buffet. BD30 per person.
And Julio’s Coffee Shop is serving a candlelit dinner for couples. BD25 per couple.
Golden Tulip There’s loads on at the Tulip’s Gilgamesh Ballroom for the party of the year with a DJ, Spanish Flamenco/salsa dancers and belly dancers, Latin rhythms from a seven-piece Cuban band and entertainment from the Crazy Horse show. BD44++ including selected beverages and Spanish buffet.
Gulf Hotel There’s a Latin-themed evening at Margarita Mexicana with great food and live music. BD45 including a glass of sparkling and half a bottle of grape.
Al Waha features a special, lavish New Year’s Eve spread throughout the lobby with surprise live stations. BD32++ including selected beverages, half price for kids six to 12 and under fives go free.
There’ll also be a party atmosphere at Sherlock Holmes and Zahle and set menus at many of the other outlets.
InterContinental Regency Countdown party with a live performance from Cinderella Rockafella in Downtown Bar. BD40 including drinks.
New Year’s Eve party with DJ Lisa & Saxo at Elements Pool & Lounge. BD40 including drinks.
JJ’s Everyone’s favourite Irish bar has a ‘Divalicious’ theme with Jo from the Noise getting into character for a tribute performance, though she hasn’t told us who yet. BD25 with unlimited selected beverages, BD5 entry only. Call (17 742 323).
Kempinski See in the New Year with the lavish buffet at Baharat including live entertainment. BD48++ including selected beverages, BD34++ without beverages.
Or join DJ Mysterioo at the intimate Bizarre Lounge for an evening of eclectic music with drinks from the in-house expert mixologists. BD10 including a glass of sparkling and finger foods.
Mövenpick Raise a glass on the stroke of midnight and dive into the bustling atmosphere of ‘A Journey Around Latin America’ with performers taking you to a world of the rhythm of drums, glorious costumes of sequins and feathers andLatin dancers adding a taste of the carnival with both live band and DJ. BD69++, Gallery, BD59++ Silk’s and Flamingo Bar including buffet and unlimited drinks.
Sofitel Welcome 2014 with a bang with the black and red-themed Glamour Night a show paying tribute to the great American entertainers from the past to the present. Songs from the ‘good-old-days’ from the likes of Frank Sinatra, Nina Simone, Marvin Gaye, and Donna Summer come to life.
A guest DJ from Orlando, Florida , DJ Gil Lugo, will also entertain guests with a mix of house, pop, electro and Top 40 hits as well as old time favourite classics. BD75 per person including dinner buffet and house beverages.
Trader Vic’s Dig out those flares and head back to the 70s for a seriously groovy New Year’s Eve with cool cat-theming on everying from food to unlimited drinks. Have dinner or just go along for the party. Everyone gets 70s-style accessories on arrival so expect a large dose of cheese! BD85 including eight-course dinner or BD45 for drinks and party.
Upstairs Downstairs Have a rocking New Years Eve with band The Past Masters and five-course dinner at, what aims to be, the most lavishly decorated venue on the island. BD32 plus tax including a glass of bubbly at midnight. See www.timeoutbahrain.com for New Year’s Day activities.