Fun parties ring in new year
Pilbara residents let their hair down and welcomed the start of 2017 in style at the wide variety of New Year’s Eve events at venues across the region.
At Karratha’s Tambrey Tavern, the New Year’s Eve White Party was back for a second year in what owner Danny Blazeski said he hoped would become an annual tradition.
He said the event had drawn a big but well-behaved crowd that was double the size of last year’s and it had been good to see most guests dressing to the white theme.
The tavern’s former resident DJ who is now based in Melbourne, DJ OH, flew in to perform on the night and entertained the crowd from a stage in the beer garden, while chef-selected street food was served until 11pm.
“The crowd was absolutely pumping, everyone enjoyed themselves,” Mr Blazeski said of the night. $1000 door prize packages were also drawn for one man and one woman on the night.
Blanche Bar’s hosted a quirky I Shouldn’t Be Here Party where guests wore anything they would never usually wear to a bar.
Owner Bart Parsons said the about 150 attendees did not disappoint, dressing up in everything from police uniforms to Hawaiian shirts and face paint.
“It was hard to pick a winner but we did give out three vouchers (for the best-dressed) on the night,” he said. Guests were also treated to a three-course meal and drinks and music from DJ Knew.
Mr Parsons praised the crowd for being well-behaved and said it had made for a “sensational” night.
In Exmouth, the Potshot Hotel held the main New Year’s Eve party and this year opted for something a bit different with a Greek mythology-theme.
Potshot Hotel manager Jess Bollard said the theme had been the result of community request and while not everyone dressed the part, she was glad to see a lot of the 300-strong crowd embrace it. “There were a fair few people dressed up,” she said. “Some of the guys came as gladiators. I think there were probably more guys dressed up than girls.”
Entry was free and Karratha-based DJ Giggaboyz provided live music.
Ms Bollard said it had been a successful event all round.
“It was a lot busier than I expected, so I was glad everyone was well behaved and made it such a good night,” she said.
Clair Kiely, Helena Netscher, Tarquin White and Rebecca Laing at Blanche Bar's I Shouldn't Be Here Party.