Happy New Year 2011 to all our fellow Pursuitists. Many happy wishes to our readers – we hope you celebrate a fun yet safe New Year’s Eve. If you’re looking for ideas to usher in a very happy New Year’s Eve 2011, here are our favorite destinations and recommendations for dining and parties:
New Year’s Eve Silver Ball at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel
Ring in the New Year at the Silver Ball. The Wayne Foster Premiere Dance Orchestra showcases dancers and specialty performers, along with a variety of musical styles. The reception begins at 8 p.m. Doors open at 8:45 p.m. for the four-course celebration dinner. A midnight champagne toast, confetti cannons and balloon drop usher in the New Year.
The Bar at Four Seasons Hotel New York
One of New York’s most desirable destinations after work, The Bar welcomes – with lofty ceilings, gentle lighting and fascinating people. Birthplace of the martini renaissance, The Bar features an extensive menu of innovative martinis and bar snacks.
The Library Bar in London
Designed in the style of a Regency Library with bookcases lined with leather bound books, subdued lighting, and deep leather wing chairs, the Library Bar boasts an outstanding collection of ‘liquid history’ vintage cognacs, highlighted with display cabinets and bespoke cocktails. Enjoy your drinks while a roaring fire creates a warm intimate atmosphere.
Odyssey Fireworks Dinner Cruise in Chicago
Make a magnificent New Year’s memory aboard Odyssey’s elegant New Year’s Eve Fireworks Dinner Cruise. It’s the perfect, most sophisticated celebration on the lakefront. End the year and welcome 2011 with butlered Hors d’ oeuvres during boarding, special plated dining featuring lobster and filet mignon, premium bar package, champagne toast at midnight, fireworks by the City of Chicago at midnight, live band, and our signature chocolate fountain for dessert. Make New Year’s Eve truly special.
Scarpetta at Montage in Beverly Hills
Come and find Italian cuisine that’s modern, earthy and refined at Scarpetta, at Montage in Beverly Hills. This unexpected blend mirrors the fresh and inspired approach that acclaimed Chef Scott Conant brings to Scarpetta Beverly Hills. Scarpetta delights patrons with soulful Italian dishes that boast the finest seasonal ingredients.
FIX Restaurant & Bar at the Bellagio Las Vegas
FIX Restaurant & Bar in the Bellagio is one of the hottest restaurants in town where people flock to experience the “scene and cuisine.” The stylish hot-spot pulses with an eclectic mix of tantalizing American cuisine and distinctive atmosphere guaranteed to be a prime destination this New Year’s Eve.
Il Palazzetto Restaurant & Wine Bar in Rome
Il Palazzetto Restaurant and the adjacent Wine Bar offer a quiet haven in the middle of Rome’s busy city center where clients can savor Chef Vincenzo di Tuoro’s elaborate dishes, featuring a surprising balance between innovative style and classic Italian flavours – always using the freshest seasonal ingredients.
The Stone Rose at Fairmont Scottsdale
Ring in 2011 at Scottsdale’s most vibrant and innovative New Year’s Eve party “The Factory – A Celebration of Pop Art” at Stone Rose Lounge. Featuring Dom Perignon’s Andy Warhol Collection, Stone Rose invites guests decked in chic cocktail attire to party – Andy Warhol style – from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Friday, December 31.
ART Lounge in Seattle
Executive Chef Kerry Sear offers a Pacific Northwest menu, combining the highest quality market-driven ingredients with global influences. ART is inspired by the Hotel’s collection of works by the Northwest’s foremost contemporary artists, its proximity to Seattle Art Museum and Chef Sear’s creative flair.
Alex has written for Vanity Fair, Barrons, Bloomberg and Condé Nast Traveler.