If you want to feel the fellowship of strangers on the first night of the year but can’t face going all out, then barhopping may be your choice. It’s like every other weekend with a plus. New Year’s is a big crowd for Kuching drinking holes and they pull out all the stops trying to pull in the punters – 7 piece bands, special shows, lucky draws, the works. It is very rare to find a bar with a cover charge in Kuching, so the good news is that you could hop from bar to bar or stay the whole night in one place with no pressure.

Though be warned, drink prices tend to creep up about 10%, so you may find yourself paying more for just your usual night out. Our featured habitual hopper has a tried and tested strategy. His recommendation: dinner with friends, somewhere like The Junk, followed by probably two venues of increasing volume in the golden triangle or Carpenter Street – there are plenty to choose from as featured in past issues of KINO! Once again, the key idea is an evening out with friends, a last chance to connect and a way to start the New Year as you mean to go on.

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