Ringing in the year with a bang was serious business for us, so what better way to hold a soiree than at the party room at Grand Hyatt’s popular Mezza9. The cosy 68-seater venue provided the perfect backdrop for an intimate session with friends and clients of Lifestyle Asia at the appreciation party this year.

Its accompanying specialty gin and tonic bar was undoubtedly the highlight of the evening, carrying an eclectic selection that includes the award-winning Martin Miller’s Westbourne Strength gin, and Asia’s first craft gin, the Paper Lantern Sichuan Pepper Gin. The adventurous left Mezza9’s friendly bartenders to call the shots in crafting the perfect negroni or dry gin martini that night. Meanwhile, special creations such as the candy floss martini was extremely popular with the ladies (for obvious reasons).

Besides classic cocktails and the unrivalled gin and tonic permutations, guests were also treated to signature bar bites as they mingled. Favourites included Mezza9’s decadent take on the Californian roll, its famous crab cakes, and Wagyu beef sliders.

We can’t wait till the next one already, but if you’ve missed — we dare say — the party of the year, here’s what went down at the Lifestyle Asia appreciation party.

Grand Hyatt, 10 Scotts Road, Singapore, Singapore, 228211, +65 6738 1234