New Year’s Eve parties in Doha
It has been a brilliant year. Celebrate it at these party spots, and we’ll see you next year for more of the same Discuss this article
A night of Italian style and finery start with an Italian five-course meal and live jazz music. If you take a dining table, you’ll get free access to a reserved table in the lounge for a DJ set inspired by the film The Great Beauty.
QR380 (with soft drinks), QR440 (with selected beverages). 8.30pm-2am. Antica Pesa, Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl-Qatar, www.anticapesadoha.com (4035 5011).
Bab Al Baher
Right down on the water’s edge, you can get the sand-between-your-toes beach vibe with an Arabic atmosphere, a three-course set menu and shisha.
QR450 (per couple, with soft drinks), QR550 (per couple, with selected beverages), QR2,000 (cabana for a minimum six people). 7pm-1am. Bab Al Baher, Hilton Doha, West Bay, www.hilton.com (4423 3447).
Champions Sports Bar
The American-inspired, sporty hangout is going Cuban for the night and that means the beverages, fashion, food and music will all have a hint of Havana about it. Head here for a fun, casual evening.
Free. 5pm-2am. Champions Sports Bar, Marriott Marquis City Centre, www.marriottmarquisdining.com (4419 5000).
For those that like a brunch (and there are plenty of us out there), you will be in familiar territory here. Live cooking stations and tempting foodie sights abound, and a resident DJ stops you from slipping into a food coma.
QR425 (food only), QR525 (with selected beverages), QR215 (kids aged 6-12). From 8pm. Choices, Oryx Rotana, Airport Road, www.rotana.com (4402 3333).
Elements, Arabica ad Il Teatro combine to make a giant circus space. There will be circus games and live performances from circus stars for one night only.
QR600 (with soft drinks), QR800 (with selected beverages), QR300 (kids 5-12). 7pm-1am. Four Seasons Doha, West Bay, www.fourseasons.com (4494 8600).
International house and R ‘n’ B stars Luciana (famed for collaborating with Tiësto and Hardwell) and MIMS are performing at a massive W Doha party. Bring dancing shoes and expect beats to be turned all the way up. Entry price includes one beverage.
QR250 (gents), QR150 (ladies). 9pm-2am. Crystal Lounge, W Doha, West Bay www.crystaldoha.com (5500 3898).
You don’t need us to explain why Dunes’ special NYE Liquid Brunch will be one of the best places to be at midnight. DJ Santiago Vittorelli (and his upgraded disco lighting) will be on the decks, and the event’s loyal crowd will no doubt be throwing plenty of shapes on the dancefloor.
QR299 (house beverages), QR399 (selected beverages), QR499 (premium package). 9pm-2am. Dunes, Grand Hyatt Doha, West Bay www.hyatt.com (4448 1234).
We love the artsy, Barcelona-vibe at this cool Spanish lounge. Tuck into the six-course Spanish menu while congratulating yourself on choosing such a stylish and delicious New Year’s Eve bash. The live band will help, too. Turn to page 113 for a chance to win dinner and a stay at the hotel.
QR425 (with soft drinks), QR550 (with selected beverages). 7pm-2am. El Faro, Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl-Qatar, www.kempinski.com (4035 5011).
The black lights are on, so wear white or neon to stand out and glow at Glo. Watch out for a splash of UV paint, glow sticks and more surprises at this rave-style lounge.
Free (before 9pm), QR50 (after 9pm). 5pm-2am. Glo, Marriott Marquis City Centre, www.marriottmarquisdining.com (4419 5000).
The dress code is listed as “Strictly Disco Glam” (a theme we can definitely get involved with) to go along with the gala dinner and 12-piece band flying in from the US. This is bound to be one of the biggest, and certainly funkiest, options of the night.
QR995 (with selected beverages). From 8pm. Great Room, W Doha, West Bay, www.whoteldoha.com (4453 5135).
There’s a three-course dinner at this jazzy lounge, and a refined atmosphere, with plenty of cool jazz performances to get you swinging.
QR450 (dining), QR250 (entry only). From 8pm. Jazz Club, Oryx Rotana, Airport Road, www.rotana.com (4402 3333).
You could do far worse than seeing in the New Year at this charming Irish pub to the tunes of a live band. Rock your way into 2017 at this laidback affair.
QR220 (with two selected beverages). 8.30pm-2am. Irish Harp, Sheraton Grand, Al Corniche Street, www.irishharpdoha.com (4485 3000).
Mixed Mexican drinks, party favours, balloons and a fun, chilled-out atmosphere make this buffet and party spot a cheery place for a New Year’s Eve party to remember.
QR270 (with selected beverages), QR135 (kids aged six-12), free (kids under six). 7.30pm-1am. Latino Steakhhouse, Sheraton Grand Resort, www.latinodoha.com (4485 3000).
Always one of the biggest and best-attended nightspots in the city, you can always be sure of a buzzing atmosphere at this party. Special decorations, lighting and guest DJs are promised at a clubbing hotspot with access to Paloma.
QR150 (before 11.30pm), QR200 (after 11.30pm), QR1,000-QR3,600 (table packages). 8pm-2am. InterContinental Doha, West Bay, www.ihg.com (4484 4919).
Madison Piano Bar
Renowned singer Fadi Harab will be performing at the distinguished venue along with resident performer Shadi El Bacha, topped off by tunes from DJ Chadi Axen. All you have to do is dance 2016 away.
Price still to be confirmed at the time of writing. Call ahead to check. 10pm-2am. Madison Piano Bar, La Cigale Hotel, Sulhaim Nin Hamad Street, www.lacigalehotel.com (4428 8665).
Ring in 2017 in one of the largest outdoor dance areas in the city. It’s usually one of the busiest spot in this part of town and we expect no difference on the year’s biggest party night.
QR499-699 (early bird tickets), QR799 (on door). 7pm-2am. Mix Bar, Westin Doha, Freej Bin Mahmoud, www.mixbardoha.com (4492 1555).
Expect traditional Greek plate smashing on the stroke of midnight and a Bouzouki band that is likely to get feet tapping no matter how much goat’s cheese tart and octopus you ate from the four-course menu.
QR450 (adults), QR225 (kids aged 6-11). 7pm-1am. Mykonos, InterContinental Doha, West Bay, www.ihg.com (4484 4919).
New York Steakhouse
The Marriott Marquis crew are promising live entertainment, but the real highlight of this intimate event is the five-course menu.
From QR495. 6.30pm-12.30am. New York Steakhouse, Marriott Marquis City Centre, www.marriottmarquisdining.com (4419 5000).
The brainchild of Nobu Matsuhisa and his business partner, a certain Mr Robert DeNiro, this sleek Japanese-Peruvian lounge has a seven-course omakase menu and a countdown party on the rooftop lounge.
QR750 (food only). 7pm-1.30am. Nobu, Four Seasons Doha, Doha Corniche, www.fourseasons.com (4494 8600).
Enjoy a Peruvian menu with dishes like langoustine tempura and wasabi foam or lemon tart with honey and mascarpone ice cream. Resident band Soul Shake will keep the tempo high. Includes access to Lava.
QR450 (four-course menu with a beverage), QR150 (admission before 11.30pm), QR200 (admission after 11.30pm). 8pm-2am. Paloma, InterContinental Doha, West Bay, www.ihg.com (4484 4919).
Excellent Iranian food and entertainment is on the cards at a late-night family-style event.
QR375 (with a welcome beverage). 6.30pm-midnight. Parisa, Sharq Village, Ras Abu Abboud Street, www.ritzcarlton.com (4425 6666).
The “Glitz and Glamour” themed dinner promises excellent food and live entertainment, plus it includes a free ticket to the after party at The Bridge.
QR390 (with a selected beverage). 8pm-11.30pm. Prime, InterContinental Doha The City, West Bay, www.intercontinental.com/dohathecity (4015 8888).
The UK’s DJ Melody is in town at the massive nightclub and we’re looking to this spot to deliver dance moves and plenty of it than on New Year’s Eve.
Free (ladies before 10pm), QR50 (ladies after 10pm), QR130 (gents). 8pm-2am. Qube, Radisson Blu Doha, Salwa Road www.radissonblu.com, (4428 1555).
This is a reliable option for big groups of friends and families seeking a buffet and live musical entertainment. The food at Sawa is top-notch and, the whole thing is set in the palatial Marsa Malaz Kempinski with plenty of glittering decorations. Perfect for the occasion.
QR495 (with soft drinks), QR595 (with selected beverages), QR150 (kids aged 6-12). From 7pm. Sawa, Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl-Qatar, www.kempinski.com (4035 5011).
The Mövenpick’s signature restaurant will be putting on a buffet spread and live band, plus the dinner price also gets you access to the Jazz Up bar for the countdown.
QR295 (with selected beverages). 6.30pm-1am. Seasons, Mövenpick Hotel, Al Salata, www.movenpick.com (4429 1111)
The atrium hangout has live musical entertainment and a buffet on offer for the evening.
QR250 (food only). 8pm-2am. Sky Lounge, Oryx Rotana, Airport Road, www.rotana.com, (4402 3333).
The Sky High New Year’s Eve party price includes welcome drinks, an izakaya tasting menu and jaw-dropping views.
QR250 per person. 9pm-2am. Strata, InterContinental Doha The City, West Bay, www.intercontinental.com/dohathecity (4015 8888).
The St. Regis
The chefs from Astor Grill, Opal by Gordon Ramsay and Vine join forces for this grand evening celebration. The evening New Year’s Eve version of the hotel’s Grand Brunch will, without doubt, be one of the liveliest events in the city. And when it comes to buffet spreads the food is pretty unbeatable.
QR555 (with selected beverages), QR655 (premium package), full non-refundable payment before Tue Dec 20. 8pm-1am. The St. Regis Doha, West Bay, www.stregisdoha.com (4446 0105).
This could be one of the busiest parties in Doha. Guests at any of the restaurants at InterContinental Doha The City receive a free ticket to join the fun, but you can skip the food and head straight to the dancefloor, too.
QR150 (includes a beverage). 8pm-2am. The Bridge, InterContinental Doha The City, West Bay, www.intercontinental.com/dohathecity (4015 8888).
This Noche Vieja party brings a Spanish twist to the evening at this popular tapas spot. Celebrate one of the world’s most fashionable cuisines and cultures with a set menu and cool party vibes.
QR300 (food only). 8pm-2am. The Cellar, Oryx Rotana, Airport Road, www.rotana.com (4402 3333).
There have been some big parties here in the past 12 months, but none likely to exceed the scale of this impressive al fresco event. As usual for this St. Regis party spot, there will be a DJ, plus you'll have the chance to snaffle a few canapés as well.
QR200 per person, QR3,000-6,000 (tables). 8pm-2am. The Rooftop, St. Regis Doha, West Bay, www.rooftopdoha.com (4446 0105).
The evening brunch will have all the usual live cooking stations and food bars, plus complimentary passes to the after-party on the bridge.
QR355 (with soft drinks), QR555 (with selected beverages), QR177.5 (kids aged 6-12). 8pm-11.30pm. InterContinental Doha The City, West Bay www.intercontinental.com/dohathecity (4015 8888).
Celebrity chef Richard Sandoval’s ludicrously trendy lounge concept will have a pan-Latin set menu of sharing dishes that you can enjoy before joining the party upstairs in the lounge.
QR390 (with soft drinks), QR490 (with selected beverages), QR590 (premium package), QR150 (lounge only, with two beverages). 8pm-2am. Toro Toro, Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl-Qatar, www.kempinski.com (4035 5011).
There ain’t no party like a faux Polynesian party. There will be a Cuban band and DJ at ocean-facing Trader Vic’s, and both dinner and walk-in drinks packages are available to see you comfortably into the New Year.
QR350 (entry and two beverages), QR850 (food and selected beverages). 8pm-2am. Trader Vic’s, Hilton Doha, West Bay www.tradervicsdoha.com (4423 3118).
The buzz around the stylish lounge is down to critically-acclaimed DJ Paula Serra and saxophonist Ramon Riera’s performances. The pair have played with the biggest names in dance music and are bringing star quality to our shores to kick off to 2017.
QR250 (ladies selected beverage package), QR350 (premium package), QR450 (gents selected beverage package), QR600 (premium package). 7.30pm-2am. Wahm, W Doha, West Bay, www.wahmdoha.com (4453 5135).
Zengo and Z Lounge
Just thinking about the 61st-floor location of this hip restaurant and lounge makes us swoon a little. At Zengo, a five-course set menu is centre stage while neighbouring Z Lounge has tunes from DJ Alex to whip up a party atmosphere. We’re also intrigued by the promise of digital fireworks at midnight.
QR350-450 (Zengo), QR100 (Z-Lounge ladies), (Z Lounge gents). 8pm-12.30am. Zengo, Kempinski Residences, West Bay, www.kempinski.com (4405 3333).
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