12/30/2018: Updated with BGC NYE Celebration, Stop CoveManila’s Balloon Drop Petition and NYE at new Hard Rock Cafe Manila.
The city of Manila is gearing up to ring in New Year’s Eve 2019, and as one might expect, there is no shortage of New Year’s Eve parties.
Our party-planning guide won’t be complete without a dazzling display of fireworks, fantastic feasts, and music to usher partygoers into the New Year.
Here are the best New Year’s Eve 2019 parties in Manila…
1. BGC x TAGUIG PULSE
Welcome 2019 with the biggest New Year’s Countdown at BGC, Taguig
Ring in the New Year with a massive year-end street party for a night of food, fun, fireworks, and world-class performances from Jessica Sanchez, KZ Tandingan, James Reid, Nadine Lustre, Lesha, Autotelic, Bret Jackson, Sofia Romualdez, Curtismith, Massiah, and Astro Kidd as Bonifacio Global City, in partnership with the City of Taguig, presents BGC X Taguig Pulse 2019: The Year-End Countdown.
The event will take place along 5th Avenue, Bonifacio High Street (between 28th and 30th Street) on December 31, 2018, starting with an anticipated New Year’s Mass at 6pm for the entire community. The festivities will then kick off with a musical performance inspired by the hit movie The Greatest Showman, leading up to a concert series that culminates with a heart-stopping countdown to 2019 featuring a state-of-the-art centerpiece with curved LED screens and intelligent lighting to mark the new year, followed by a spectacular 15-minute fireworks display.
Select Bonifacio High Street restaurants will be open past midnight while some Mercato Centrale merchants will also be setting up pop-up booths within the venue to serve the thousands of people expected to attend.
Co-presented by Angkas PH and Frontrow, with AXA Philippines and Jack Daniel’s as major sponsors, and CNN Philippines and GMA Network as official media partners, BGC X Taguig Pulse 2019: The Year-End Countdown is free and open for all.
For more information, visit BGC’s official Facebook pages at https://www.facebook.com/bonifacioglobalcityph and https://www.facebook.com/BoniHighStreet. #BGCTaguigPulse2019
Looking for a place to watch the fireworks on 31st Dec? Nikkei Nama BGC is now open for reservations! We’re open from 11:00 AM – 02:00 AM that day! Bookings: +63 (966) 533 7573
2. OKADA MANILA
ATTENTION: Please sign the petition: STOP COVE MANILA’S BALLOON DROP
Okada Manila, the metro’s premier leisure and entertainment destination, is no stranger when it comes to welcoming the new year in grand, festive style. To ring in 2018, the resort staged a breathtaking spectacle of light, music, and water complete with DJs, live acts, a grand fireworks display, and stunning shows at The Fountain and the Crystal Corridor.
A feast for the senses
Prepare for the most colorful night of the year, as Okada Manila brings together a feast to delight your senses. On December 31, the entire property will be lit up in the brightest lights and beams shooting up straight to the skies. Something special awaits guests of every age and preference at Okada Manila, including special shows, an exclusive concert, and scrumptious culinary offerings. The Crystal Corridor is all decked out for the party with two entertainment stages for live music from acts like Mayonnaise and the Okada Manila Entertainment Group to get guests hitting the dance floor. And on the Freedom Wall, write in your resolutions and wishes to make 2019 your best year ever! What’s a New Year’s Eve celebration without drinks? At the newly opened Coral Lounge, guests get to enjoy a consumable package for as low as P2,000 per head for groups of 15 and dance to tunes performed live by Blast and Zcentido!
An evening to remember
It’s truly an evening for the books at the Grand Ballroom with A Legendary Countdown Concert—a luxurious evening filled with memorable music, sumptuous food, and free-flowing drinks. This special dinner buffet and entertainment countdown will bring guests performances from OPM Legends Hajji Alejandro, Marco Sison, and Rey Valera, as well as Hazel Faith and the Manila Sound Project, hosted by Nikko Ramos and Janeena Chan. Don your best semi-formal dinner wear for a night you’ll never forget filled with well-loved tunes, surprises, and giveaways. Tickets are available in two tiers: Gold (P8,888.00) and VIP (P10,888.00).
Party straight into 2019
New Year’s Eve is the perfect time to let it all out and party the night away at Cove Manila! Recently ranked 37th in the Top 100 Clubs of the World by the International Nightclub Association, Cove Manila offers an unparalleled party experience within Southeast Asia’s biggest indoor beach and night club. This year, Cove Manila will be attempting to break the global record for the biggest balloon drop as the clock strikes midnight.
But before guests officially welcome 2019 with a record-breaking countdown, LA-based English DJ Pete Tong will be spinning dope beats from the booth. If there’s a DJ who knows how to spin his way to an amazing party, it’s Pete Tong, who’s made his name hosting the annual Miami Music Week pool party and his tenure at the legendary Ibiza nightclub Pacha.
Mesmerizing fireworks display
Prepare to be wowed as Okada Manila will be having not one, but two simultaneous fireworks display on its property that you can choose from. Head over to The Fountain for a special New Year edition of Okada Manila’s famous water shows—and as the New Year draws closer, prepare to count down the last seconds of 2018 to a mesmerizing fireworks display!
Want something more laid-back? Then The Garden, Okada Manila’s newest outdoor feature, is the best bet for you. Have your pick of tasty treats from the various food stalls and enjoy drinks from the open bar while grooving out to live music from Okada Manila’s house bands Shyma and Intensity. The Garden makes for a great spot for the countdown and the fireworks display, as you lay back on the grass while enjoying the cool breeze and breathtaking bayside sunset views from Manila Bay.
For more information on upcoming events and promotions, log on to www.okadamanila.com, like Okada Manila on Facebook, and follow @okadamanila on Instagram and Twitter.
3. SOFITEL MANILA
Bonne Année: New Year’s Special by Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila
Welcome the New Year with a relaxing urban retreat in a Sofitel staycation. The New Year’s Special features an overnight stay with New Year’s Eve Dinner for 2 adults at Spiral, breakfast for 2 adults and 2 children (11 years old and below) at Spiral on New Year’s Day, complimentary in-room family movies, La Boutique voucher worth Php500, Le Spa voucher worth Php500 and a Vietura gift certificate valued at Php1,500. Rates start at Php16,500 subject to applicable government taxes and service charge. Minimum of 2 nights stay with promotion available from the 30th of December 2018 to the 1st of January 2019. Terms and conditions apply.
New Year’s Eve Countdown at Spiral
Welcome 2019 with a gastronomic celebration as Spiral transforms into an exciting Mardi Gras carnival to usher in the New Year.
Indulge in an upgraded selection of festive favorites, a glass of Nicolas Feuillatte champagne and live musical entertainment featuring The Voice Philippines’ Hans Dimayuga and Diday Garcellano. Lucky guests get a chance to win exciting prizes including an iPhone 8 and a trip for 2 to France.
New Year’s Eve Dinner – Php7,699 per adult; Php2,457 per child
New Year’s Day Brunch featuring free-flowing champagne, selection of beers and sparkling wine –
Php4,250 per adult; Php1,474 per child
New Year’s Day Dinner featuring a glass of sparkling wine or your choice of 3 cocktails set at Php3,550 per person; Php1,720 per child
Spiral’s New Year’s offers are inclusive of applicable government taxes and service charge. Dinner specials are available from 6:30pm to 11pm and Spiral’s New Year’s Day Brunch is available from 12pm to 3pm.
Sunset Bar’s New Year’s Eve Special
Celebrate from the best spot to welcome 2019 with Sunset Bar’s New Year’s Eve Countdown Special. Enjoy a lavish bayside feast including signature barbecue specialties and festive dishes including Lamb Chops, Beef Tenderloin, Foie Gras with Balsamic Glaze and Pineapple Chutney, U.S. Prime Rib, Roast Pork (Lechon), Peking Duck, Assorted Dim Sum, Fresh Oysters, Salmon Belly, Lobster, Sea Water Tiger Prawns and New Zealand Mussels. Pair your dishes of choice with free-flowing wine, cocktails, soft drinks, beers and a round of champagne to toast to the New Year!
The evening’s highlights include a lucky draw featuring gift vouchers to relaxing and lavish sojourns to Sofitel Bangkok, Thailand. Other lucky winners will receive luxury items from Samsonite, Guerlain, Spanx, Nine West, Anne Klein, Beka, Maidenform and airfare vouchers worth Php80,000.
Rate is set at Php8,000 per person, inclusive of applicable government taxes and service charge.
For inquiries and reservations, please call +63 2 832 6988 or email [email protected]
4. THE PALACE MANILA
The Palace Manila is at it again this New Year’s Eve with an awesome lineup of simultaneous parties happening inside the Palace complex! On December 31, The Palace Manila will open its doors to welcome 2019 with a bang as all five of its clubs and bars ring in the New Year with different festivities for everyone to enjoy; XYLO, Revel, Yes Please, The Island, and B.A.D. are all geared up for the biggest, baddest New Year’s Eve Party to date!
Staying true to its promise of being the undisputed nightlife capital of the metro, The Palace Manila will bring yet another international act to the country to celebrate 2019! Salvatore Ganacci is all sorts amazing! The eccentric DJ personality has performed on some of
the world’s largest EDM stages including Tomorrowland! Party to the beats of renowned Swedish DJ Salvatore Ganacci at XYLO and make this a fun, epic night to remember.
Say goodbye and Thank U 2018, Next at B.A.D. Hit the dance floor with every pop song of this year and the past era, as Bill Dayao, JJ Saur, and Earl Austin spin out the fun for everyone. Perfect for all Gen Z and young at heart, this year-end party is all you need to start 2019 in the baddest most amazing way possible.
Embrace the New Year at Yes Please as we all say Yes to 2019! With beats by Ais Nicaution, Major Chi, and Lane, you’ll surely start 2019 in the right tone with only the best music there is! Complete with the freshly concocted mixes from bar’s newest drink menu selection that will surely make you crave for more!
End the year where the beats meet glamour and celebrate New Year’s Eve 2019 at Revel. Ring in the New Year with Manila’s most beautiful featuring Mars Miranda, Marc Naval, and Raze, party it all out until the clock strikes midnight to signal a new year that would be filled with more glitz and partying.
There’s nothing like an epic Island adventure for New Year! Fill your senses with an all-out New Year’s Eve with Into The Wild 2019 at The Island. Let out the party animal in you and dance all night along the beats from Bigs Candido, Kat Dj, Supmerman, Franco Zarate, Emil Angeles, and Marga On The Mic. Get those chill vibes rolling at The Island decorated with an impressive fireworks display at 2 am!
The Palace Manila is yet to show how nightlife should be done with five different parties suited for just about anyone. So, get your heels and grooves ready because you sure won’t miss an amazing New Year’s Eve with any of these wild parties.
5. CITY OF DREAMS
City of Dreams Manila ushers in a sparkling 2019 with a grand New Year’s Eve countdown celebration at two of its thrilling entertainment venues – The Garage and CenterPlay. With free flowing drinks, great food, exhilarating activities and exciting hourly draws, the New Year’s Eve festivities highlight riveting live performances from City of Dreams Manila’s best talents including The Garage GTV Unplugged band Ice Bucket and CenterPlay’s most sought-after bands: Silk, Higher Ground, and Moranos.
An all-male band, Ice Bucket is known for singing classic rock from the 70’s to the present. Performing from 10 PM to 1 PM at The Garage, the band is set to showcase the true spirit of Rock n’ Roll in celebration of the new year ahead.
Families and friends can enjoy Ice Bucket’s live band performance while they savor a wide selection of food and drinks from the 10 food trucks and trailers: Juiced, Hokkaido Ramen Santouka, Pink’s Hotdog, Little Flour, Farmacy, Katsu Sora, El Chupacabra, Pizza Grigliata, Chocol8, and The Roaster. For a more memorable revelry, guests can also have fun and challenge each other at the VR Zone activities Mario Kart Arcade GP, Ski Rodeo and Hospital Escape Terror.
Revelers at The Garage can also opt to avail of the special New Year’s Eve promo that includes crudités platter of taro chips, mixed nuts, vegetable crudités and assorted dips that comes with free flowing red, white, and sparkling house wines and draft beers at Php 1, 500 nett per person. Guests below 18 years old can relish a platter of mini Angus beef burger with cheddar cheese and fries together with free-flowing chilled juices, signature iced tea and sodas at Php 600 nett. Promo package includes a wrist band and New Year’s Eve Countdown party favors.
Guests at CenterPlay can delight in a superb line-up of local performers for the countdown event, and at the same time avail of party packages with food and beverage.
Silk, a trio known for bringing in a new feel and vibe to well-loved songs from the 70’s to the current ones in diverse genres from R&B, House Music to the best of OPM, opens CenterPlay’s grand New Year’s celebration at 6 PM and 8 PM. Set to regale the crowd with a wide range of repertoire, Higher Ground follows with performances at 7 PM and 9 PM.
Punctuated with hourly draws from 9 PM to 12 midnight, the celebration continues at CenterPlay.
The seven-member Moranos band will bring the house down at CenterPlay at 10 PM and the popular band with unique rock and roll flair Part 3 will continue to enliven the celebration as 2018 nearly draws to a close at 11 PM. At 11:45 PM, Silk, Higher Ground, and Moranos will return on stage and perform together to welcome the year in a music-filled countdown. The fete continues with performances from Moranos and Part 3 at 12:40 AM and 1:50 AM, respectively.
The Garage VR Zone and food park is located at the upper ground, across DreamPlay and regularly features GTV Unplugged with a roster of young and talented local artists on weekends. CenterPlay at the heart of the main gaming area showcases nightly live band performances of some of the country’s most sought after bands.
There is no minimum or cover charge for the New Year’s Eve Countdown party at The Garage. Party packages at CenterPlay include a glass of Moet Chandon Brut and food and beverage consumables starting at Php 2,000 nett per person. For inquiries, call 800-8080 or e-mail [email protected] or visit www.cityofdreamsmanila.com.
6. MARCO POLO ORTIGAS
This season of new beginnings, spectacular views are front and centre as high hopes and the excitement goes up. To welcome the new year, Marco Polo Ortigas Manila brings a new high life experience at the Continental Club Lounge and Vu’s Sky Bar and Lounge.
Enjoy a dinner with a ringside view of the city’s fireworks at the Continental Club Lounge. The Lounge welcomes guests with a special spread from 8 to 11 PM. At midnight, watch the fireworks paint the sky in vibrant colours and toast with family and friends at Php 3,000 per person.
Don’t be late! Don’t be late! The clock ticks ever so steadily towards 2019 at Vu’s Sky Bar and Lounge with The Royal Countdown! Raise teacups of bubbly champagne to the magical year that was and has yet to be at the hotel’s topmost level. A full experience of gastronomic dishes with a wide array of drinks await, with crowd-favourite Real Groove Band taking the stage from 9:30 PM onwards. A cover charge of Php 1,500 per person includes one (1) welcome drink upon arrival.
Tables are available for reservations for both The Continental Club Lounge and Vu’s Sky Bar and Lounge via (02) 7207720 or restau[email protected] For more information about Marco Polo Ortigas, contact (632) 720 7777 or book online via www.marcopolohotels.com or email: [email protected] Visit facebook.com/MarcoPoloOrtigasManila or follow @MarcoPoloManila on Twitter or Instagram.
7. SHANGRI-LA MAKATI
Makati Shangri-La, Manila rings in 2019 with an exciting and exotic Brazilian-themed countdown party at the Lobby Lounge on December 31, 2018.
Guests can put on their most colorful samba costume and party to the first wee hours of the new year. Starting the evening’s festivities are cocktails and free-flowing Champagne from 7 to 8 p.m., followed by a three-course set dinner to be served starting 8 p.m. and topped with a dessert and cheese buffet from 11 p.m. onwards, all prepared by Executive Chef Nicola Canuti and his award-winning culinary team for the New Year celebration.
Diners can enjoy electrifying performances by a stellar line-up featuring the main star of the evening, Rachel Alejandro, accompanied by an energetic dance performance by Escola de Samba and Guarana Spirit of Samba.
A special beverage menu uniquely curated by Moët & Chandon is also available to complete the celebration. Golden Circle members get an exclusive 20 per cent off when they make a reservation until December 23, 2018.
Seat prices start at PHP8,800++ for a Deluxe seat and PHP9,800++ for a Premiere seat. Reservations are highly recommended as seats are limited. Guests may book by calling restaurant reservations at (63 2) 814 2580, sending an e-mail to [email protected] or signing up online at http://bit.ly/FestadoBrazilSignUp.
8. I’M HOTEL
Hello 2019: Official Countdown Party at Antidote Rooftop Bar
Spend a magical evening at our stunning jellyfish bar and usher in the New Year at the very top. Be one of the privileged few to experience unobstructed 360-degree views of fireworks lighting up the city skyline and party the night away at this all-inclusive bash. A ticket is priced at PHP 3,600 and includes a 3 hour open bar, hors d’oeuvres, and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight.
Book a room directly with us on imhotel.com or [email protected] to enjoy special room packages. One-bedroom and suite categories for this package will come with 2 tickets (valued at P 7,200), and two bedroom suite categories for this package will come with 4 tickets (valued at P 14,400).
Christmas and New Year’s Eve Dinner Buffet at The Common Good
Enjoy an exquisite yuletide buffet dinner at The Common Good Food Playground. Featuring 9 different concepts in one roof, savour the best of various international cuisines from only P1,800 per person.
Available Dec 24 and Dec 31.
For tickets, inquiries, or more information on table reservations, call +632 7557 888 or email [email protected] Tickets can also be purchased at the front desk of the hotel. https://imhotel.com/offers/new-year-countdown-party/
Live an Awesome Life,
ABI of Team Our Awesome Planet
Disclosure: I wrote this article with my biases, opinions, and insights.