As we inch towards the festive season and get ready to welcome the new year, it’s in many Hongkongers’ natural instincts to search for the very best vantage points to admire our twinkling skyline vista for that final toast. And there are few places as spectacular to soak in the pulse of the city as Popinjay’s, at the top of the Murray, Hong Kong.

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Popinjay’s is loved for its sun-drenched, modern interiors, with floor-to-ceiling windows and its wraparound terrace. It’s a gorgeous setting to sample some of The Murray’s lavish European menus and sip cocktails after hours at any time of year. This December, the terrace bar and restaurant will play host to a New Year’s Eve Shake Your Tail Feathers Countdown Party, cranking it up a notch for one last sumptuous fête to ring in 2020.

The Countdown party is billed as an evening of opulence, featuring a dynamic lineup of live DJ performances. The party kick starts with DJ Yukiko on the deck, followed by celebrity DJ Tom Price — an industry star who has played alongside the leading likes of Tiesto, The Chemical Brothers, Carl Cox and Fatboy Slim, as well as performed with Mandopop superstars Jay Chou and Show Luo. Wrapping up the party in the early hours will be Hong Kong veteran DJ Patrice. For an entrance fee of HK$488 each, guests get a complimentary house pour to clink glasses when the clock strikes 12. But of course, a party with a single glass can be rather dry. For hours of merriment, you’ll want to opt for the bottomless beverage package, which features free-flow house pours from 9:30pm to 3am and champagne from 11:30pm to 12:30am. Early bird tickets, available through 15 December, are priced at HK$1,288, and regular tickets are at HK$1,488 thereafter. Going in a group? Table packages are also available from HK$7,888.

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Extend the festivities by tucking into a festive New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner before the main event. The Tai Pan will be serving an elegant modern bistro menu, bringing back some of the star dishes offered exclusively during Christmas, with mouth-watering numbers such as a double-boiled oxtail bouillon made with aromatic truffle tea, a foie gras terrine with port poached cherry and pistachio crumble, a Patagonian 51 toothfish topped with caviar, all before a main course of chocolate-fed Mayura farms wagyu, cooked with cocoa and presented in a dazzling cloud of smoke. The six-course New Year’s dinner is priced at HK$1,088, but a HK$1,888 package includes entrance to the Countdown party with free-flow. For a spectacular night to bid farewell to 2019, you’ll definitely want to book in for the full deal.

If The Tai Pan’s menus are having your mouth water with anticipation already, you’ll be delighted to find that its Christmas menus, family-friendly brunches and afternoon teas are also tailored to the discerning epicurean. Enjoy festive-themed pet-friendly dining at the al fresco Cotton Tree Terrace or a stylish meal at Popinjays, whether for afternoon tea, Champagne and seafood brunches, or a sumptuous dinner on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.

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Make it a weekend and start the new year in style by booking a staycation with the ‘Catch the Season’ package, available for booking from December until 31 January 2020. Discovery Loyalty Member guests staying between 2 December 2019 to 29 February 2020 can enjoy a 20 percent Best Available Rate inclusive of daily breakfast for two; while non-members can also enjoy 10 percent off the Best Available rate, also inclusive of breakfast for two.

For more information, check out The Murray, Hong Kong

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Evelyn Lok
Associate Editor
When not trying out the latest beauty and wellness trends, Evelyn is likely enjoying a perfectly balanced negroni or exploring some of Hong Kong's best new places to eat and drink. At Lifestyle Asia she covers everything from the biggest events in town to interviews with Hong Kong specialists, with topics spanning art, food and drink, health, tech, and travel.