Things to do this weekend: New Year’s 2019 edition

Image composite: RM-16, The Peninsula Manila, Makati Shangri-La, Manila, Antidote, and Fully Booked Facebook pages.
Image composite: RM-16, The Peninsula Manila, Makati Shangri-La, Manila, Antidote, and Fully Booked Facebook pages.

True blue Manileños, recent transplants, and visitors to our city all know — there is never a lack of things to do in Manila. This is Coconuts Manila’s guide to all things good and great happening over the coming weekend. Peruse it, take note of everything that interests you, and hit us up on our Facebook page or on Twitter @CoconutsManila to sound off on what you think.

Since the coming weekend will extend to Tuesday, Jan. 1, this edition of our weekly Manila events guide is all about New Year’s festivities. Ring in 2019 in a bar, hotel, or even a bookstore at these NYE celebrations.

RM-16 New Year’s Party

Toasted S'mores cocktail from RM-16. (Photo: RM-16 Facebook page)
Toasted S’mores cocktail from RM-16. Photo: RM-16/FB

Date: Dec. 29, Saturday
Venue: RM-16, 16 E Capitol Dr., Pasig City

Those who usually spend New Year’s Eve with family can party ahead of everyone else at RM-16’s New Year’s event on Dec. 29, Saturday.

Guests who go to the Kapitolyo speakeasy on that day can buy a bottle of Bacardi and get another one free.

If you’d rather enjoy a cocktail than drown yourself in shots, then good news: The bar’s craft drinks are delicious, and surprisingly affordable. The Toasted S’mores drink made with a whiskey base, for instance, is only PHP280 (US$5.28).

For more information about the New Year’s party, visit its Facebook event page.

Tip: RM-16 is hidden behind a vintage Coca-Cola vending machine at Tittos Latin BBQ & Brew.

The Peninsula Manila’s Shanghai Nights New Year’s Eve Gala Ball and Dinner 

The Peninsula Manila lobby. (Photo: The Peninsula Manila Facebook page)
The Peninsula Manila lobby. Photo: The Peninsula Manila/FB

Date: Dec. 31, Monday
Venue: The Peninsula Manila, corner of Ayala and Makati Avenues, Makati City

New Year’s Eve is meant to be extra — and it doesn’t get any more decadent than a ball in The Peninsula Manila.

This year, the event’s theme is “Old Shanghai” and the hotel’s iconic lobby will be transformed into an art-deco ballroom.

There will be a live band and a countdown to 2019. Entry fee costs PHP14,500 (US$273.44++) per person, which is inclusive of a dinner buffet and a champagne flute for each attendee.

For reservation details and other information, visit the Shanghai Nights New Year’s Eve Gala Ball and Dinner Facebook page.

Makati Shangri-La, Manila’s Festa do Brazil

Makati Shangri-La, Manila.(Photo: Makati Shangri-La, Manila Facebook page)
Makati Shangri-La, Manila. Photo: Makati Shangri-La, Manila/FB

Date: Dec. 31, Monday
Venue: 4/F, Makati Shangri-La, Manila, Ayala Ave. cor. Makati Ave., Makati City

Those who want something more festive but equally opulent can go to Makati Shangri-La, Manila’s Festa do Brazil instead. The Brazil-themed event will include performances by singer Rachel Alejandro and Escola de Samba de Manila, among others.

A premiere seat costs PHP9,800++ (US$184.81++) while a deluxe seat is PHP8,800++ (US$165.90++). Both are inclusive of cocktails with free-flowing champagne, three-course dinner, and cheese and dessert buffets.

For more reservation details and other information, visit the Festa do Brazil at Makati Shangri-La, Manila Facebook page.

I’M Hotel’s Hello 2019: New Year Countdown Party

Photo: Antidote Facebook page.
Antidote jellyfish bar. Photo: Antidote/FB

Date: Dec. 31, Monday
Venue: Antidote Roofdeck, I’M Hotel, Makati Ave. cor. Kalayaan Ave. Makati City

I’M Hotel, on the other hand, lets partygoers skip the niceties of a fancy ball and go straight to the partying.

This year’s countdown will once again be held in its rooftop bar Antidote which has a 360-degree view of the Metro Manila Skyline.

Tickets are cost PHP3,600 (US$67.87) now but will be priced at PHP4,000 (US$75.41) on the day of the event. This comes with a 3-hour open bar, bar bites, a glass of sparkling wine to toast with at midnight, and giveaways.

Groups reservations of at least eight people will guarantee a table.

For more information, visit the Hello 2019: New Year Countdown Party Facebook event page.

Fukubukuro at Fully Booked 2019 

Fully Booked shelves. (Photo: Fully Booked Facebook page)
Fully Booked shelves. Photo: Fully Booked/FB

Date: Jan. 1 – 3, 2019 (Tuesday – Thursday)  
Venue: Fully Booked branches in Metro Manila

Fukubukuro is a Japanese New Year’s tradition that has merchants filling bags with random items for customers to buy.

This year, Filipino bookstore chain Fully Booked is joining the tradition and will be selling these “lucky bags” with surprise reads starting Jan. 1, 2019. Each bag will be worth PHP2,019 (US$38.07) and will be available in all Fully Booked outlets in Metro Manila.

For more information, visit the Fukubukuro at Fully Booked 2019 Facebook event page.

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