Those hankering for a new year party that goes deeper than fireworks and fizzy drinks in the city, dining on good food and an avalanche of festive specials should be your mission. 2020 is soon upon us, so plan ahead to surround yourself in a merry of food, feast, and family. Instead of caging yourself and counting down at home, we’ve curated a roundup of where to best enjoy New Year’s Eve dinner in the city that will leave you a warm memory with loved ones.

Yào Rooftop Bar

When: 31 December

All about that high life and fireworks? There’s no need to break the bank flying off to see the Times Square Ball Drop or Rio’s extravagant firework show when you can witness the wonderful burst of colours from Yào Rooftop Bar on New Year Eve. Join their ‘A Night In Old Shanghai’ countdown party, featuring live music and DJ performances accompanied by special festive cocktails spiked with warm spices. At the stroke of midnight, immerse yourself fully into the magic of Bangkok’s firework shows taking place at different locations across town, all visible from the rooftop location. Here’s the best way to add a dash of colour to mark the most memorable beginning to 2020.

Yào Rooftop Bar, Bangkok Marriott Hotel The Surawongse, 262 Surawong Road, Si Phraya, Bangrak, Bangkok, +662 088 5666

The Athenee Hotel, Bangkok

When: 31 December
Price: THB 5,988++ for New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner Buffet at The View and The Kandhavas Place.

THB 5,288++ per person for dinner at The Allium Bangkok.

A gala dinner under the star-speckled sky, who wouldn’t like the idea? So if this is what you’re after, opt for the drool-inducing, all-you-can-eat dinner at The View and The Kandhavas Place nestled on the top floor of The Athenee Hotel, Bangkok. Diners can opt for The View, a semi al-fresco venue with a view of the pool and the cityscape. But if dining in is more your thing, then a table in the elegant Kandhavas Place with Thai-neo colonial design will do. Whatever place you pick, you’ll get to gorge on a buffet accompanied by a live band and dance performances until the clock starts counting down to 2020.

If you’re a fine dining buff, then New Year’s Eve Dinner at The Allium Bangkok will be the next best thing. The eight-course French meal curated by Chef Roxanne Lange will be a wow-worthy meal to ring in the New Year.

The Athenee Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Bangkok, 61 Wireless Road, Lumphini, Bangkok, +662 650 8800.

Carne

A die-hard meat eater? Carne will be your haven. The Muti-cuisine steakhouse, propelled by local ingredients and all cuts of meat churns out a great selection of meat-focused dishes curated by Head Chef Mateo Roberson. And although his Pan de Cassava (THB 150) and Pork Tomahawk (THB 590) have held us spellbound, this time around their new festive menu is having all our attention. Tuck into the Royal Oysters Mezcal with Gooseberry Mignonette, Smoked Rainbow Trout Chipotle slathered generously with tare glaze and Octopus Ceviche with Clam and Snow Lotus. The Latin American takes on the food here totally give a whole new look to the steakhouse and make it one of the cool must-try spot for your new-you New Year.

CarneSukhumvit 23, Bangkok, +6666 069 2288; Open: Mon-Sun, 5:30-10:30 pm.

Mahanakhon Bangkok SkyBar

When: 31 December
Price: THB 15,000++ per person for the Sunset Dinner and THB 24,000++ per person for the Countdown Party.

It’s 2020 and you can either choose to go big or go home. Those who go for the first, we recommend you go for something of elegance and sophistication. And when it comes to dining, Mahanakhon Bangkok SkyBar is on our top list. The modern French-focused restaurant situated on the 76th floor of King Power Mahanakhon is hosting an NYE dinner, featuring seven courses which include all the scrumptious haute-cuisine ingredients like Hokkaido scallops, lobster, truffle and beef tenderloin. It is divided into two sessions: first is the Sunset Dinner, from 5-8 pm and second is a dinner inclusive of a Countdown Party, from 9 pm-1.30 am. The latter will feature Broadway entertainment – think tap dance and miraculous live music performances. The food here is as Instagram-worthy as their view of the urbanscape.

Mahanakhon Bangkok SkyBar, King Power Mahanakhon, 114 Narathiwas Road, Silom, Bangkok, +662 677 8722; Open: Mon-Sun, 5 pm-1 am.

72 Courtyard

When: 31 December, 5 pm-2 am.

When talking about the perfect party, Thonglor has always been the hot spot for a night revelry. Those who are looking to celebrate New Year in the neighbourhood, stop by 72 Courtyard for a DJ lineup, featuring Supersonic, Seelie (Transport), Wong Echo (Slum Disco Soundsystem), Marmosets, Mdj (FunkyGangster) and DJ Sweed. Accompany the music also with bar bites or a full-on fare from on-site restaurants like Little Donkey BKK, Touché Hombre Bangkok, Carbarbkk, Beer Belly Bkk, and Lucky Fish. Food, drink and music, a party trio you’ll get here without having to leave.

72 Courtyard, 72 Sukhumvit 55 Thonglor, Bangkok, +662 392 7999

Kankanit Wichiantanon
Writer, Bangkok
Kankanit is a writer by day and a baker by night. If there’s one thing you should know about her, it’s that she can wax poetic about food 24/7. Her daily routine is writing, cooking, eating, repeat. They are the things that inspire her from morning 'til night.