Celebrate in style as this popular bar is transformed into a Latino Rio Carnivale, complete with dance floor, entertainment, food - plus all drinks until midnight included. Tickets are $195 (call 08 9528 4111 for more info), and the bar has been given an extended licence to serve until 1am. If you can last that long.
The theme of Carnival is an interesting choice, as the events in Rio and other places around the world don't normally occur until well into the new year. The worldwide festival is believed to have originated in the period just before Lent, as people held large feasts and celebrations to get rid of their rich food and wine before the period of traditional fasting.
I guess when you look at it that way, New Years Eve is as good a time to hold a Carnival as any. After all, it's the last day of the year before we start fresh, beginning our resolutions and recovering from the indulgent holiday season. New Years Eve is one last night to enjoy the luxuries in life, and Rustico Tapas Bar can give you exactly that. Their award-winning bar won't let you down in terms of fine wine, delicious food and great sangria.
A huge celebratory feast will be on offer during the night- if you're lucky it might include these arancini balls.
But what will you wear? Well, for those of you who want to make sure you're following the theme correctly, lets have a quick study of Carnival celebrations around the world. In Venice, the most popular attire for Carnival celebrations is masquerade.
Colourful masks like these are popular Carnival wear in Venice.
Carnival attire seems to differ depending on where you are across the globe. We better play it safe and stick to the famous celebrations in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. After all, that's the theme for New Years Eve at Rustico Tapas Bar.
A samba dancer in Rio De Janeiro. Will you wear this to Rustico? Photo by Carnaval.com Studios from Wikipedia.
Something I had never realised was a huge part of the Carnival in Rio is the dance rivalry between different "samba schools". Each school (there are more than 200) works tirelessly to design their own music and choreograph their own special dance with a theme, and the competition of these dances is the centre of the festivities. These dances are performed in their own special location, known as the Sambadrome.
Spectators watch a float go by inside the Sambadrome. Photo by Alan Betensley from Wikipedia.
The Carnival in Rio is famous for its incredible entertainment, and Rustico Tapas Bar looks to be planning acts such as dancers and drummers to go along with the 'Carnivale' theme. Their New Years Eve celebration is sure to be a great experience for all.