Chinese New Year is a better excuse to party than most. We’ve got your goat and searched all over town for the most delicious set menus, the best cocktails and the fieriest parties. Is it the year of the goat or the sheep? We’re not sure but we know how to celebrate. Here goes…
Drunken Monkey - 24th February
These guys love Chinese New Year. This year they'll be kicking things off with a traditional lion dance at 8pm, free dim sum canapés, a complimentary Chinese cocktail for those who arrive early and some good tunes to get the party started.
221-222 Shoreditch High Street, London, E1 6PJ
Gung Hay Fat Choy at Mr Foggs – 19th February
Mr Fogg is never one to pass up an excuse to throw a good bash, and Chinese New Year is no exception. The entrance will be sprinkled with red 'door god’ inscriptions to ward off evil spirits and guests will be welcomed by a fiery fleet of dancers, not to mention lucky red envelopes, traditional dress, fortune cookies and free Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve cocktails. See in the New Year in style.
15 Bruton Lane, London, W1J 6JD
Goat Chelsea – 19th February
It’s the year that these guys have been waiting for so obviously they’re throwing a massive party to celebrate. There’ll be dragons and drums, raffles and prizes, and incredible performances with a lot of fire! Kicking off in the upstairs bar at 9pm, every booking will get a free round of cocktails.
333 Fulham Road, London, SW10 9QL
One Night in Chinatown at Barts – 19th February
Why go to Chinatown when you could go to Barts? He’s got some booze left over from his NYE bash and he’s inviting you all to share it. The guys here have gone all out with the decorations with everything from peonies and Chinese lanterns to paper cuttings and a lot of firewater. Cocktails in tea cups made with Johnnie Walker Black Label and Chinese canapés, and rounds of fortune cookies at midnight.
Chelsea Cloisters, London, SW3 3DW
Sometimes you’ve just gotta do things properly, and if you really wanna indulge in a Chinese feast to remember, then this is where. HKK are taking guests on a culinary tour through China with their ten course tasting menu, with each course focusing on a different province, and guests will be given a beautiful hand-drawn menu to keep (£98 / person). While Hakkasan will be honouring the Chinese wishing tree and collecting wishes from around the world, as well as a delicious nine course signature with a dim sum platter, soft shell crab, black pepper rib eye beef and fried pumpkin tofu. Each guest will be given a red envelope with a free cocktail.
17 Bruton Street, London W1J 6QB // 88 Worship Street, Broadgate Quarter, London EC2A 2BE
Chinese Cricket Club – 19th February
These guys are going all out with a special menu dedicated to the year of the sheep. If you book in for dinner on the 19th February you'll receive a very welcome red envelope with restaurant gift card for up to £25. Not to mention the delicious menu with sizzling lamb cooked in black pepper sauce and slow cooked lamb with Chinese dates. We'll take a Chinese date any day.
Crowne Plaza Hotel, The City, 19 New Bridge Street, London, EC4V 6DB
China Tang at The Dorchester – 18th & 19th February
China Tang is where BarChick likes to Chinese when not in China. Swing by on Wednesday and Thursday and join in the traditional lion dance, otherwise for a whole week they've got a special menu with delicacies like crispy fried chilli 5 spice lamb, and shumai dumplings with dried oyster. There'll also be pan fried traditional Chinese sticky pudding for dessert. Yes please.
The Dorchester, 53 Park Lane, London, W1K 1QA
Baijiu Cocktail Week - 13th - 22nd February.
What the hell is Baijiu? It’s a white spirit that has been brewed for thousands of years using ancient Chinese techniques and at 52% proof, it certainly packs a punch, hence why it's called the fire spirit. To coincide with Chinese New Year, hit up Baijiu Cocktail Week to taste this wicked spirit, a number of bars will be shaking up cocktails like Opium, Gong at The Shard, Hakkasan, Hutong, Salvatore's Bar and Ping Pong.
This former gambling den in the heart of Chinatown has got legendary dim sum and an all-star bar cast. They've gone all out for Chinese New Year with an interactive art instillation on the outside of the building, entertainers, a special cocktail menu, delicious dim sum and a red envelope for every guest.
15 – 16 Gerrard Street, Chinatown, London, W1D 6JA
An institute on the Old Brompton Road, serving a mixture of Chinese, Vietnamese and oriental food and some seriously lethal cocktails. Book dinner to see in the New Year, but word of warning, if you hit the cocktails afterwards you probably won’t remember seeing it out. If you’re gonna do this, do it properly and order a couple of Flaming Ferraris… the lighted concoction of Grand Marnier, Green Chartreuse and Navy Rum will ensure you have a wild night you can’t/don’t want to remember. People rarely have more than one. This is your warning.
159 Old Brompton Road, London, SW5 OLJ