It’s been a helluva year. Let’s bid it farewell in style. We’ve rounded up the best events to send off 2018.



Step off King William Street and ride the elevator up to the eighth floor. 2KW has one of the best vantage points in town – look out over Elder Park as the fireworks go off at midnight. You’ll get a glass of Pol Roger or Asahi on arrival. Then feast. There’ll be grazing tables, seafood, charcoal-grilled meat, and a dessert bar.

Tickets are $150. Book online.

Sean’s Kitchen

At chef Sean Connolly’s Adelaide Casino restaurant, a decadent four-course dinner awaits. Emphasis on decadent: there’ll be gold-leaf quail, locally sourced seafood, a mushroom “orgy”, the signature duck-fat potatoes, and a chocolate tart. Choose from two separate sittings. Those at the first will receive a glass of Ruinart Blanc de Blanc on arrival; for late eaters there’ll be a cocktail to start and a glass of bubbles at midnight.

Tickets are $150 for the first sitting (5.30pm to 6.30pm) or $199 for the late sitting (8.30pm to 9.30pm). Email or phone (08) 8218 4244 to book.

Hennessy Rooftop Bar at the Mayfair Hotel

Feeling fancy? Ring in the New Year here. Hennessy Rooftop Bar has a chic glass ceiling, elegant lounge area and a city outlook that’s pretty hard to beat. There’ll be a glass of Perrier Jouet waiting for you at the door, plus canapés. You’ll have exclusive access to the bar between 7pm and 10pm. The resident DJ will be spinning as midnight strikes.

Tickets are $69. Email or phone (08) 8210 8888 to book.

New Year’s Eve Gala at the Adelaide Convention Centre

If you’re looking to go all out, here’s where to do it. This event at the Convention Centre is black tie – dress sharp. Your ticket includes a four-course dinner, plus a local cheese table, fine wines, live music and views over the River Torrens as it glistens with fireworks.

Tickets are $190. Book online.

North by Northwest NYE Post-Show Party

Sick of the stock-standard New Year’s Eve rigmarole? Here’s something completely different. Start your night at the thrilling stage adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1959 film North by Northwest. Then hit a ’50s-style post-show party in the Adelaide Festival Centre’s Banquet Room, which overlooks Elder Park. The best part: the cast will be attending – in costume and character.

Tickets to the play start at $119.90. Post-show party tickets are $99 and include food and drinks. Book online.



BRKLYN is going old school this New Year’s Eve. It’s promising the house party to end all house parties. Expect paper-cup punch, drinking games, beer buckets, by-the-slice pizza, fried chicken and DJs spinning the best throwback tunes from the ’90s and noughties. Take note: there’ll be prizes for the best dressed.

Doors from 5pm. Free entry.

Electra House

This is Electra House’s biggest New Year’s Eve party yet. If you want to splash out, $135 will buy your entry and a premium four-hour drinks package. For $50 you’ll get express entry and an Espresso Martini to kick off the night. Late-night snacks are included in both packages to keep your energy up.

Tickets are $50 for express entry or $135 for VIP. Book online.

The Sailing Club

Head seaside this New Year’s and go out with a bang. Victor Harbour’s annual food, wine and music festival – The Sailing Club – is back. There'll be live music and fireworks. Hit The Upper Deck for a VIP experience complete with a private bar and drinks package.

Presale tickets are $20 or it’s $125 for VIP. Book online.

Mary’s Poppin

Adelaide’s sparkliest LGBTQI bar is preparing to out-do itself this year. Prepare for The Glitter Ball. There’ll be glitter, confetti, neon lights and brand-spanking-new performances by Mary’s Divas. If you were holding off trying the bar’s famous Schlong Island Iced Tea cocktail for a special occasion, this is it. Dancing shoes required.

Tickets are $35. Book online.