WHERE will you be when the bells ring in 2015?
With just days to go, you may already have your Hogmanay street party ticket eagerly in your possession. But for those keen to mark the occasion elsewhere, the options seem limitless as venues across the Capital and beyond prepare to fling open their doors for a night of fun for all.
Here is just a taster of what is on offer.
THE BONGO CLUB
Soulsville – Midnight in Rio is a celebration of New Year’s Eve in the spirit of the South American Carnival. Revellers can expect visuals, unique art and a mass colour of decoration alongside Latin disco, cumbia, funk, calypso and soul. So head on down as creator Francis Dosoo aims to capture the sheer joy and freedom of the carnival.
Doors 11pm-5am. Tickets £10 in advance, £15 on the door. The Bongo Club, 66 Cowgate, 0131-558 8844.
The Caves’ Edinburgh Hogmanay Party will include a ceilidh, ‘choons old and new’, and guaranteed fun for all. A traditional night – with a twist – in at one of the Capital’s most exciting venues in the winter.
Doors 10pm. Tickets £15. The Caves, Niddry Street South, 0131-557 8989.
THE VOODOO ROOMS
Fans of Vegas at this city-centre hotspot will not be disappointed as the organisers behind the hugely popular event return to host another Hogmanay party. If you love the glamour of the regular night – showgirls, big band tunes, swing, easy listening, cabaret and burlesque – then head this way to bring in 2015 amid some glamorous shenanigans. Guests include The Soul Foundation, Missy Malone, Gypsy Charms and the Vegas Revue.
Doors 9pm. Tickets £25. The Voodoo Rooms, 19a West Register Street, 0131-556 7060
THE QUEEN’S HALL
Afore the Bells is perhaps one of the most traditional Hogmanay parties to be found on the Capital’s social calendar on Wednesday 31. The night is set to include a ceilidh, champagne, whisky, food, music and dancing inside one of Edinburgh’s most loved music venues. Live music comes from Heeliegoleerie and all dances will be called – perfect for beginners through to the most experienced. Expect a piper too for a true Scottish hooley.
Doors 9pm. Tickets £45 (under-16s £5). The Queen’s Hall, 87–89 Clerk Street, 0131-668 2019.
For a relaxed night of free folk music, courtesy of Henry Ibbs and James Stewart, head to this popular pub to bring in 2105. A guaranteed good night – without any of the Hogmanay street party mayhem.
Doors 9pm. Free. Captains Bar, 4 South College Street, 0131-667 3499.
For something a little retro this Hogmanay, get on down to Summerhall for the The Detroit Motown Disco, courtesy of The Soul Foundation. Revellers can enjoy live music, old school disco and floor-filling Motown classics featuring DJ NormaJean, DJ Afrop, DJ Ruffin and The Harmoettes.
Doors 9pm-3am. Tickets £27.50/£30 on the door/£100 for a group booking of five. Summerhall, 1 Summerhall (the former Royal Dick Vet School, off the Meadows), 0131-560 1581.
THE HANGING BAT BEER CAFE
Trade tokens for beer and food at this lively Hogmanay event – or for wine, spirits and soft drinks for those not partial to the odd pint. Organisers are only selling tickets for half capacity to prevent a New Year’s Eve crush.
Doors 7pm. Tickets £30. The Hanging Bat, 133 Lothian Road, 0131-229 0759.
THE JAZZ BAR
Enjoy four sets of music from two live bands at this Hogmanay party, including DJs. Live acts include The Jazz Bar Party Band and Aki’s Funk Six. A midnight snack is part of the admission.
Doors 9pm-5am. Tickets £20/£18. The Jazz Bar, 1a Chambers Street, 0131-220 4298.
If quiet and traditional is so far from up your street, perhaps a New Year’s Eve at the Liquid Room could tickle your party tastebuds. Here, Nightvision is presenting a house and techno night featuring Subb-an, Waze and Odyssey.
Doors 9pm-3am. Tickets £19.50/£29.50. The Liquid Room, 9c Victoria Street, 0131-225 2564.
The team at Electric Circus is offering revellers an alternative disco night, featuring indie, hip hop and a ‘dash of electro’ in what is expected to be a popular party. Expect requests to take centre stage as you dance the year away.
Doors 9pm-5am. Tickets £10. Electric Circus, 36–39 Market St, 0131-226 4224.
VALVONA and CROLLA
This will be the 10th annual shindig at the Multrees Walk ristorante, where diners will be encouraged to ‘jump n jive’ into 2015 with Philip Contini and The Be Happy Band. The night includes a Prosecco cocktail on arrival, a Scottish-Italian six-course menu, champagne at midnight and music from Italy, Scotland and the US. The Be Happy Band stars Dick ‘Banana Split’ Lee, Anne ‘Bee Bop’ Evans, Roy ‘Big Bass’ Percy, Stephen ‘Jumpin Jivin’ Coutts, and Filippo ‘Non Capisco’ Contini. A memorable way to bring in 2015.
Doors 8.30pm (for 9pm)-1.30am. Tickets £90 per person for tables of four or more. Valvona & Crolla Ristorante, 1st Floor, 11 Multrees Walk, 0131-557 0088.
n Tickets available at time of press.