Don’t you be telling me that there’s nothing to do in Adelaide on New Years. I won’t hear it. Half of the city may be trotting off to various locations such as Victor Harbour, Robe, Lorne, Byron Bay, or just leaving all the country all together, but if you haven’t made alternative plans then you won’t be short of options to bring in 2015 at home. We've compiled a little list of options for New Years Eve that appeal to all tastes, or it could be an itinerary - up to you!
Head to the Bay (Glenelg, but everyone knows it’s the Bay)!
It’s family friendly, the weather will presumably be amazing, and most of all there will be fireworks! Be aware, it will be packed with people of all ages and kinds (so do be safe). However, what better way to bring in the New Year than barefoot, sitting on the sand with mates, watching a good old-fashioned fire works display; there’ll be one at 9.30 and of course at midnight. Glenelg has definitely stepped up its game in recent times, most notably with new Mosely square venue aptly named ‘The Mosely Bar and Kitchen’. It’s a super cool venue with a hybrid city/beach vibe. Celebrations will be occurring at both Glenelg and Brighton jetties, so there’s plenty of beach for everyone to occupy. Bonus points if you know someone with a house/apartment on the beach.
NYE in the CBD
In the heart of the CBD will be the City of Adelaide New Year’s Eve Celebrations. Also one for all ages, Elder Park will host a huge gathering of entertainment, food and drinks. No BYO unfortunately, but there will be licensed beer gardens with quality bevs, as well as an array of international snacks as Adelaide does so well. Fresh FM is one of the sponsors of the event, so you know the music is going to be top notch. Music acts feature The Timbers, Echo and the Empress, Thom Lion and The Tamers, and DJ Ryley. It’s free of charge to enter, all you need to bring is your new years resolutions. Gates open at 6.30, with fireworks displays at 9pm and Midnight.
Alternatively, a couple of blocks away you can take in the fireworks displays in a more intimate setting at the effervescent Waymouth St Venue, The Gallery. The Gallery Rooftop is great enough on any other day of the year, but for New Years Eve they are hosting a special Rooftop party. For $110, you get an awesome drinks and canapé package, as well being able to bring in 2015 in a pretty spectacular setting. Doooo iiiiit.
You know what though? I am a strong advocate for New Years not being the be all and end all of the year. Just because it’s the last day of the year, does not require the party of the year. Here’s a couple of Plan B’s.
Have a ca-raaaazy night out at Zhivagos. The only fireworks occurring will be the one between you and your midnight kiss.
Drive to the top of Mt Lofty/Windy Point/some other secret look out I don’t know about, with a significant person or a bunch of mates, bring some snacks and bevs (non-alcoholic obvs), and reflect on the year while drinking in the city view. Then at midnight, see which fireworks displays you can spot (both legal and less than legal).
Have a party! This is an obvious one, but you definitely can’t be the only one at home on December 31st. Because few people will have work the next day, it’s a fantastic opportunity to have some people over for some great times involving many drinks. Everyone can BYO and bring you some food, it’s just up to you to provide the venue, beats and good times. Couldn’t be easier. You’ll get extra cool points for having a theme and/or some novel way of bringing in the new year!
Get dressed to the nines and have a New Years Eve dinner at one of Adelaide’s amazing top-notch eateries. Sean’s Kitchen, Jamie’s Italian, Press, Orana, Bistro Dom, Windy Point and Chianti Classico come to mind…