How quickly another year has come and gone. It’s already time to make resolutions again. But you still have time to eat cheeseburgers and get all your other shameful habits out of your system — do it on New Year’s Eve. This year, there is certainly no shortage of events: The list is longer than Santa’s, though it does not include Frog in the Sock’s annual brouhaha. Unfortunately, they are sitting this year out, which means it’s probably time to tackle Xinyi and see Taipei 101 explode with color up close. Also, the newly opened MRT line should help alleviate some of the hassle that comes with getting tens of thousands of people in and out of the district. Here is your full guide to clubbing in the area on New Year’s Eve 2014.
You can always count on Luxy to give the hip-hop crowd somewhere to go on New Year’s Eve. Ain’t all that easy anymore with most clubs riding the EDM wave so hard. Grammy award-winning rapper T-Pain will perform shortly after the fireworks, which contrary to popular belief, can be viewed from atop Luxy. The line of sight from the rooftop has zero obstruction. To sweeten the deal even more for those who are on the fence, Luxy is offering an open bar from 9pm to midnight.
■ T-Pain performs Tuesday from 9pm to 4am at Luxy, 5F, 201, Zhongxiao E Rd Sec 4, Taipei (台北市忠孝東路四段201號5樓). Tickets in advance are NT$1,400 until Dec. 30, which includes two drinks. Admission at the door is NT$1,200 before 11pm, and NT$1,600 after. Both fares include two drinks.
Liquid Lifestyle is bidding adieu to 2013 with a hats off party at the Hyatt. The dress code encourages partygoers to actually wear a hat or some kind of wild or crazy headwear so people can literally take their hats off to 2013. Besides ringing in the New Year at a luxurious hotel, the Hyatt also has a private viewing area almost smack dab under 101. With the party being held in the ballroom, the vibe should be warm and intimate. Music accompaniment is courtesy of DJs Hooker, Poppa BaeR, SL (a.k.a. Xuan) and Enrique.
■ Hats Off to 2013 NYE Party is Tuesday from 9pm to 3am at the Grand Hyatt Taipei, 2 Songshou Road, Taipei (松壽路2號). Tickets in advance are NT$900 until Dec. 30, which includes two drinks. Admission at the door is NT$1,200, which also includes two drinks.
Newcomer to the scene by name, but certainly not by face, Vega is brand-new promotional company kicking off a brand new year in a bright way. The Neon All Night Party is happening at ATT Show Box and advance tickets come with a party kit that includes a limited edition t-shirt, LED eyewear and a glowing thunder stick. The music will be just as loud with DJs Cookie, Junior, Crystal, and Jamie Q banging out beats to first pump too. From 9pm until midnight, the bar is all you can drink and fireworks can be seen from outside the venue.
■ The Neon All Night Party happens Tuesday from 9pm until 4am at ATT Show Box, 7F, 12 Songshou Rd, Taipei (台北市松壽路12號7樓). Tickets in advance are NT$1,400 and include an all-night party kit. Admission at the door is NT$1,800, which includes the open bar and all night access. Otherwise, admission is NT$1,200 before 12am including the open bar, and NT$900 after 12am with two drinks.
Myst has handpicked a cute Dutch DJ duo from DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJ List and invited Blasterjaxx to ring in the New Year Asia style before they head to the Ultra Music Festival in Miami. They sound a lot like Hardwell and spend a lot of time remixing artists like Tiesto, so if EDM is your jam, Myst is where you should be spending your New Year’s Eve. Perfectly situated in the ATT 4 Fun building, Myst offers one of the best views of 101, especially for those lucky enough to get a spot on the balcony.