8 of the Most Costly New Year's Eve Parties Ever

By Paul Michael on 12 January 2015 0 comments

Well, it's 2015. And for many of us, looking at the credit card receipts is a nasty reminder of how much the holiday season actually cost us. In particular, New Year's Eve is often a very pricey affair. Many clubs and bars know they can charge a small fortune — and people will pay it. From the cover, to bottle service and appetizers, you can ring in the New Year with an empty wallet and an IOU.

But if you feel bad about what you spent on New Year's Eve, you should see what some people have spent in the past. With that in mind, here are eight of the most expensive New Year's Eve parties ever held.

1. Roman Abramovich's Bash — $7.6 Million

In 2010, the Russian oligarch decided to throw quite the party at his $90 million estate. He booked the Red Hot Chili Peppers to provide the music for the evening. Most guests stayed on board his 536 foot super-yacht Eclipse, while others got the 377 foot yacht Luna. Supposedly, guests included George Lucas, Marc Jacobs, Jon Bon Jovi, and Jimmy Choo. There was plenty of caviar and sushi to go around. And it was all washed down with Cristal and Ruinart champagne. Of course, you and I had about as much chance of being on that guest list as we do of winning the lottery.

2. Hakkasan Las Vegas Bottle Service — $500,000 

Touted as 2014's "Most Expensive Bottle Service in the World" (and yes, to some that is a selling point), the Hakkasan asked for half a million dollars for bottle service. But of course, this aptly named "Dynastie Package" was no ordinary service. A staff of 40 was there to wait on you and your friends hand and foot. You were served the finest champagne, including the 30-liter Midas by Armand de Brignac. You also received diamond jewelry, a gold disc signed by DJ Calvin Harris, and a custom made UFC belt. That's value for money right there!

3. New Year's Eve Twice in One Night — $210,000

Most people think one New Year's Eve party is enough. But a company called Private Fly thought they could go one better, and offer the New Year twice. For $210,000, or $14,000 per person, you start your New Year at 8 p.m. — in Sydney, Australia. Once you've seen in the New Year in style, at the Sydney Opera House, you and the crew board a private jet and fly back across the time zones to Los Angeles. Then, you do it all over again! This is not a party for those without stamina… or a massive amount of money. Of course, you could always take out a loan, and have a story to impress people for years to come.

4. Dr. Stephen Greenberg's Plastic Surgery Event — $100,000

You really can't make this stuff up. In 2009, a plastic surgeon by the name of Dr. Stephen Greenberg decided to announce the "Nation's Most Expensive New Year's Eve Package." For $100k, you got three tables for concerts by Lady Gaga, John Legend, and Brody Jenner (umm, yay?). You received first class round trip tickets from New York to Miami, with a choice of penthouses at five-star hotels in South Beach… for a month! And to top it all, the ladies got free boobs! That's right, breast augmentation was included in the package, with a 24-hour nurse, unlimited spa treatments, and a chauffeur-driven Rolls Royce. Talk about bang for your buck.

5. Cameo Nightclub, Miami 2013 — $100,000

This one doesn't seem anywhere near the bargain of Dr. Greenberg's bash. No free plastic surgery or month-long stays in five-star hotels. What you got for your $100k was a VIP package that included a night at a recording studio with rap superstar Lil Wayne and four of your friends, 50 bottles of Rose Champagne, 10 bottles of GT Vodka, 10 bottles of Patron, and five bottles of Hennessy VS. Of course, the price of the liquor retail is a fraction of the price of admission, so this was really more about status; and Lil Wayne, of course. Oh, and the price did not include the $6,000 service fee!

6. Gansevoort Turks & Caicos — $100,000

A hundred-thousand seems to be a popular price point for the rich on New Year's Eve. This event in 2011, however, was not for a crowd; it was for just two people, coming in at $50,000 per head. For that money, you got the royal treatment. The pampering included private jet service, an oceanfront penthouse suite, a personal chef, conch diving, VIP pool service, spa treatments, cashmere blankets, and a whole lot more. For $50k, it should have included a car. Each.

7. The Fountainbleu Hotel, Miami — $25,000

This was back in 2011, and for the money you got a lot. Actually, not really. You got to party poolside with four Magnums of Belvedere Vodka (under $80 a bottle retail), four Magnums of Dom Perignon (about $150 a bottle retail on the low end) and Tiesto was the DJ. Seems a whole lot of money for some cheap booze and a bit of dance music. But the event was extremely successful.

8. R Lounge, Times Square — $17,000

That price was for four people, so two couples were really "only" paying $8,500 each. The price was supposedly so high because you got a fabulous view of the ball dropping. Your ticket included a meet and greet in the Cosmopolitan Room, hors d'oeuvres and dinner, sweets, gift bags, and a butler-passed breakfast. The event also included an open bar, but if you were planning to stagger back to the hotel afterwards, you had to pay even more for a room. That would set you back an additional $1,400, as the lowest priced rooms were $699 with a two-night minimum. Ouch.

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