NYE Guide 2006
Alligator Alley: If you want to keep it cheap this New Year's Eve and avoid people hurling and acting insane, you might want to head over to Alligator Alley's "No Hype, No High Prices" nonextravaganza. $10 gets you the buffet and the band, Way of the Groove. Sat., Dec. 31, 9 p.m. Alligator Alley, 1321 E Commercial Blvd, Oakland Park, 954-771-2220.
Automatic Slim's: The sprawling complex invites local partiers to look 2006 in the eye and say, "Dude, bring it on." With rock 'n' roll DJs spinning everything from classic to current, dancing girls on the bar tops, and an upbeat crowd, Slim's will kiss off 2005 with rowdy flair. Call 954-522-8585 for reservations. Sat., Dec. 31, 9 p.m., no cover. Automatic Slim's, 15 W Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, 954-522-8585.
Bamboo Room: Zydeco master Terrance Simien will kick up that decadent Southern feeling this New Year's Eve at Bamboo Room. If you loved to zydeco in 2005, you can bet your washboard that 2006 is going to be even better. Sat., Dec. 31, 9:30 p.m., $65. Bamboo Room, 25 S "J" St, Lake Worth, 561-585-2583.
Buzz's Bar: New Year's Eve is not your average night, but the Joe Friday Band can handle it. Buzz's Bar might kick off 2006 with the blues, but it certainly won't be a bummer. Sat., Dec. 31. Buzz's Bar, 8931 W Oakland Park Blvd, Sunrise, 954-749-1337.
Cheers: Fort Lauderdale's late-night rock bar will be sure to celebrate well into 2006 with Riverdown performing live. Sat., Dec. 31, 8 p.m., $12 advance, $15 at the door. Cheers Food and Spirits, 941 E Cypress Creek Rd, Fort Lauderdale, 954-771-6338.
Coyotes Bar: Dance and howl your way into 2006 with complimentary champagne and party favors at Coyote's Bar. Sat., Dec. 31. Coyotes Bar, 1926 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, 954-620-7046.
Dada: Delray's coziest spot for fine dining and live local music will offer a three-course fixed menu for your palate. As for your ears, the jazz, funk fusion of Secret Knock is on the menu. For nocturnal revelers, the venue will stay open until 4 a.m. Sat., Dec. 31, $60. Dada Restaurant and Lounge, 52 N Swinton Ave, Delray Beach, 561-330-3232.
88's Dueling Pianos: 88's Dueling Pianos offers hot, live, sing-along action this New Year's Eve. The cover charge includes entertainment, one bottle of champagne per couple, and party favors. Sat., Dec. 31, 8 p.m., $10 before 9: 30 p.m., $20 after 9:30 p.m. 88's Dueling Pianos, 110 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, 954-763-3553.
Fetish Factory NYE Party: This is a more intimate venue than the usual Fetish Factory venues. There will be 300 tickets for sale in advance at Fetish Factory for the discount price of $15. After those are gone, an additional 100 full-price tickets will be for sale at Fetish Factory and the door for $20. Remember, tickets are limited. So if you are serious about attending this event and don't want to miss out, stop by the store and pick up your tickets early. Afterall, this will be a very unique NYE celebration. Sat., Dec. 31. Tabu Nightclub, 2674 E Oakland Park Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, 954-566-6331.
Fisherman's Wharf: The Wharf plays host to a seaside New Year's Eve party with the live music of Smoken and Squeeze Play. They will offer dinner specials, party favors, and a champagne toast at midnight. Call for reservations. Sat., Dec. 31. Fisherman's Wharf, 222 Pompano Beach Blvd, Pompano Beach, 954-941-5522.
Gumwrappers: The walls of Gumwrappers rock and bikini club will resound with the fury of 2005's death rattle as Death Becomes You, Slug, and Alice's Wonder take the stage. 2006, hello! Sat., Dec. 31, $6. Gumwrappers, 3233 N Ocean Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, 954-565-9264.
Howl at the Moon: Howl at the Moon offers a variety of New Year's Eve packages to ring in 2006 to the hokey sounds of drunken sing-along piano. The packages range from $75 for a table and champagne for two people up to $325 for a table, dinner, and bottle service for four. So go ahead sing "Mony Mony" like it's still the '80s. No one's going to be sober enough to care. Sat., Dec. 31. Howl at the Moon, BeachPlace (17 S Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Ste 308), Fort Lauderdale, 954-522-5054.
Interlude: Fort Lauderdale's classy lounge rings in 2006 with hors d'oeuvres, live entertainment, and a champagne toast at midnight. Sat., Dec. 31, 9 p.m., $30. Interlude Bar and Cabaret, 315 S Andrews Ave, Fort Lauderdale, 954-779-3339.
Jazziz: Jazziz Bistro will swing in the new year with the sounds of Third Rail. Sat., Dec. 31, 9:30 p.m. Jazziz, 5751 Seminole Way, Hollywood, 954-583-8335.
Jetsetter's Lounge: Get a jump on the new year with a "Four Course Innovative International Dining Experience" featuring Moet & Chandon White Star Champagne (one bottle per couple), party favors, and live music from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. at your reserved table. Sat. Dec. 31, $79 per person. Jetsetter's Lounge, 1132 N Dixie Hwy, Lake Worth, 561-533-7999.
New Millennium Ballroom: Bring your grumbling stomachs to this bash for a copious dinner and the best in Caribbean, Latin, and ballroom music. Cash full liquor bar. Sat., Dec. 31, 7 p.m., $45 per person, $80 per couple. New Millennium Ballroom, 1484 E. Hallandale Beach Blvd, Hallandale Beach, 954-457-7538.
Nikki Marina: This dockside nightlife spot celebrates the coming year with a full party package that includes a six-course dinner, one bottle of champagne per couple, and entertainment by DJs and live dancers. There's a champagne toast at midnight, and dinner reservations are available from 8 to 11 p.m. The package costs $150 per person. If you wish to forego dinner, entry to Nikki's party costs $25 for outside, $50 inside, and $250 for a bed for five people that includes a bottle of liquor. Sat., Dec. 31, 8 p.m. Nikki Marina, 3660 S Ocean Dr, Hollywood, 954-602-8750.
O'Hara's Jazz and Blues Cafe: The Funkabilly Playboys will put a swagger in your step this New Year's Eve at that smoky little jazz club on Las Olas Boulevard. Sat., Dec. 31, 9:30 p.m. O'Hara's Jazz Cafe & Swing Street Bistro, 722 E Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, 954-524-1764.
O'Hara's Jazz and Blues Cafe: Classic-rock covers are never better in this town than when Breeze is on stage. Relive the glory of rock 'n' roll past as you look forward to 2006. Sat., Dec. 31, 9:30 p.m. O'Hara's Jazz Cafe & Swing Street Bistro, 1903 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, 954-925-2555, www.oharasjazzcafe.com.
Pangaea/Gryphon: Pangaea and Gryphon present the "Fire and Ice Ball" New Year's Eve celebration. Resident DJs thenextgeneration's Mikkel Dankner and Aaron Field and DJ Ean Sugarman will spin you into 2006 along with special guest DJ John Julius Knight. The party will be open bar from 8 to 10 p.m. Sat., Dec. 31, $100 per person, $175 per couple, tables start at $1,000. Gryphon, 5711 Seminole Way, Hollywood, 954-581-5454.
Round Up: Lasso 2006 with a boot-stomping party that includes a live performance by Jamey Johnson, champagne splits, a balloon drop with cash and prizes, and a gourmet breakfast buffet. Sat., Dec. 31, $25. Round Up Country Western Nightclub and Restaurant, 9020 W State Rd 84, Davie, 954-423-1990.
Scores:The dancing girls at Scores' New Year's Eve "Lust Party" will help you sin in the new year. 2005 goes out with a bang! Call for reservations. Sat, Dec 31, Scores, 3411 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, 954-565-4557.
Sofa Kings Sports Bar: The sports bar with cozy couches and scantily clad dancers is the official host of 93 Rock's New Year's Eve Bash. Anyone who can manage to exchange beer for bubbly at midnight will raise his glass to the arrival of 2006, not to mention the fast-approaching Superbowl. Sat., Dec. 31, 10 p.m. Sofa Kings Sports Bar, 9160 W State Rd 8, Davie.
South Shores Tavern: Live music by a friendly fire. Sat., Dec. 31, 7 p.m. South Shores Tavern and Patio Bar, 502 Lucerne Ave, Lake Worth, 561-547-7656, www.southshorestavern.com.
Spirits:Seminole Paradise's hot new nightclub is throwing a New Year's Bash. Celebrate the dawn of '06 with party favors, open bar, and champagne from 9 p.m. to midnight. Entrance costs $40, and VIP tables for four start at $600. Dress to impress. Sat, Dec 31, Spirits, 5729 Seminole Way, Hollywood, 954-327-9777.
Swig Bartini: Swig Bartini offers a night of elaborate dining and DJ-fueled dancing. The four-course dinner features surf and turf with filet mignon and Florida cold-water lobster. The festivities begin with open bar from 8 to 9 p.m. and continue with party favors, a countdown at midnight, and a champagne toast. Sat., Dec. 31, 8 p.m., $125 sitdown dinner, $35 general admission. Swig Bartini, 1744 Main St, Weston, 954-349-2102.
Trapeze: Swing in 2006 with an all-night party at Trapeze. Filet mignon and lobster tail are on the menu. $150 per couple. Sat, Dec 31, Trapeze, 3660 W Commercial Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, 954-730-8121.
The B-52's: For those looking upon 2006 with timidity, let the B-52's suck you into their time warp. Whatever you need, baby, they'll make you feel like it's the '70s again, or the '80s, or the '90s. Who cares? Party! Sat., Dec. 31, 9 p.m., $55 - $75. Mizner Park Amphitheatre, Federal Highway at NE Mizner Boulevard, Boca Raton, 561-447-8144.
Benevento Russo Duo featuring Mike Gordon: Fort Lauderdale's tried-and-true live music venue the Culture Room will slink into 2006 with the danceable grooves of the genre-crossing Duo. Feel like kicking the year off to rock, funk, and jazz? This is your party. Sat., Dec. 31, 8 p.m., $32.50. Culture Room, 3045 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, 954-564-1074.
Broadway on Ice: No need to twist your mind into figure eights pondering what to do this New Year's Eve. The Kravis Center presents Broadway on Ice starring Dorothy Hamill and Davis Gaines, bringing together beloved showtunes and spectacular athletic prowess. Shows at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Sat., Dec. 31, $25-$100. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach, 561-832-7469, www.kravis.org.
Eddie Money: Eddie Money, the hit rock 'n' roll artist, will be rocking Club Cinema this New Year's Eve. 2005 concludes with a midnight countdown and free champagne toast. Now that's money! Sat., Dec. 31. Club Cinema, 3251 N Federal Hwy, Pompano Beach, 954-785-5224.
Howie Mandel: Chuckle your head off this New Year's Eve as Howie Mandel cracks enough jokes to give you stomach cramps. It'll be swell to get it out of your system, so you can get down to the serious business of 2006. Sat., Dec. 31, 9:30 p.m., $37.50-$60. Au-Rene Theater, Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW 5th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, 954-462-0222, www.curtainup.org.
Lisa Ann Walter: Lisa Ann Walter, actress and comedian, will perform two shows, at 7 and 10:30 p.m. Admission to the first show is $16 with a two-drink minimum or $40 for admission, a gourmet buffet, and a bottle of champagne per couple. The late-show package options are $30 for admission, $64.90 for admission with dinner or open bar, and $89.85 for admission, dinner, and open bar. Sat., Dec. 31. New York Comedy Club, 8221 Glades Rd, Boca Raton, 561-470-6887, www.nyccboca.com.
Dave Mason and Leon Russell: Settle back with some sounds of the '70s and '80s with these two veterans. Feeling alright? Sat., Dec. 31, 9 p.m., $39.50 to $49.50. Carefree Theater, 2000 S Dixie Hwy, West Palm Beach, 561-833-7305.
New Year's Eve with Dom Irrera: Comedian Dom Irrera will entertain two seatings at Improv Paradise Live this New Year's Eve. The first seating is at 7 p.m. Selections from the menu include rib-eye steak and stuffed snapper. The second seating is at 10 p.m. The Improv will serve up a large platter that includes appetizers, mahi-mahi, and shrimp. Come midnight, the club will televise the ball drop in Times Square and offer a champagne toast. Sat., Dec. 31, $64.50. Improv Comedy Club and Dinner Theatre, 5700 Seminole Way (Seminole Paradise), Hollywood, 954-981-5653.
New Year's Eve with Richard Jeni: Palm Beach Improv will make you laugh your way into 2006 with two live performances by comedian Richard Jeni. The first seating is at 7 p.m. The menu includes a three-course dinner with options of filet mignon, snapper, or chicken. The second seating and performance is at 10 p.m. The dinner platter includes appetizers, mahi-mahi, and shrimp. After the show, watch the ball drop in Times Square and raise a toast to 2006. Sat., Dec. 31, $64.50. Palm Beach Improv at CityPlace, 550 S Rosemary Ave, Ste 250, West Palm Beach, 561-833-1812, www.palmbeachimprov.com.
The Roots: Revolution is going to host a serious jam this New Year's Eve. The Roots perform live, and ?uestlove spins a special DJ set. Sat., Dec. 31, 9 p.m., $70. Revolution, 200 W Broward Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, 954-727-0950.
Salute to Vienna: A New Year's tradition in Coral Springs, the "Salute to Vienna" is a re-creation of the Neujahrshonzert, or New Year's Concert. Christian Schulz, Ingrid Mankhof, Wolfgang Gratschmaier, the Strauss Symphony of America, and dancers from the Vienna opera ballet present the work of Johann Strauss Jr. and his contemporaries. Sat., Dec. 31, 8 p.m. Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Dr, Coral Springs, 954-344-5990, www.coralspringscenterforthearts.com
Scores:The dancing girls at Scores' New Year's Eve "Lust Party" will help you sin in the new year. 2005 goes out with a bang! Call for reservations. Sat., Dec. 31, Scores, 3411 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, 954-565-4557.
Spirits:Seminole Paradise's hot new nightclub is throwing a New Year's Bash. Celebrate the dawn of '06 with party favors, open bar, and champagne from 9 p.m. to midnight. Entrance costs $40, and VIP tables for four start at $600. Dress to impress. Sat., Dec. 31, Spirits, 5729 Seminole Way, Hollywood, 954-327-9777.
Trapeze:Swing in 2006 with an all-night party at Trapeze. Filet mignon and lobster tail are on the menu. $150 per couple. Sat., Dec. 31, Trapeze, 3660 W Commercial Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, 954-730-8121.
Voodoo Lounge: A party for all tastes. House and dance music will be played in the main room. Hip-hop, old school, and R&B in the back club and on the deck. Top it all off with a champagne toast at midnight. Sat., Dec. 31, 9 p.m., $20. Voodoo Lounge, 111 SW 2nd Ave, Fort Lauderdale, 954-522-0733.
NYE SPECIAL EVENTS
"Bowl the Year Away" and "Roll Around the Clock": "Bowl the Year Away" starts at 6 p.m. and includes three hours of lightning-strikes bowling, one large pizza or 20 chicken wings, and a pitcher of Pepsi. It costs $69.95 per lane. "Roll Around the Clock" starts at 10 p.m. and includes three hours of lightning-strike bowling, an Italian buffet, and a champagne toast. It costs $30 per person. Sat., Dec. 31. Don Carter University Lanes, 5325 S University Dr, Davie, 954-434-9663.
New Year's Eve Party: Pier 66 rings in 2006 in high style, literally. The slowly spinning Pier Top Lounge affords the best view of Fort Lauderdale. Here, the night begins with a reception and a six-course dinner followed by an evening of partying until the champagne toast at midnight. Breakfast is served at 1 a.m. Sat., Dec. 31, 7:30 p.m., $350 per person, $60 per couple. Pier Top Lounge, 2301 SE 17th St Cswy, Fort Lauderdale, 954-525-6666.
Allstars Sports Bar and Grill (Fort Lauderdale): The biggest and hottest sports bar with a dance atmosphere in Lauderdale rings in 2006. Champagne toast at midnight. Sat., Dec. 31, Allstars Sports Bar and Grill, 5280 N State Rd 7, Fort Lauderdale, 954-733-0990.
Allstars Sports Bar and Grill (Deerfield Beach):Blowout 2006 with a big party that rages late into the night. Sat., Dec. 31, Allstars Sports Bar and Grill, 2201 W Sample Rd, Deerfield Beach, 954-968-7777.
Athena by the Sea: Get ready for "Our Big Fat Greek NYE Celebration" as you surf and turf into the new year while enjoying performances by the Athenean Dancers, exotic belly dancer Zamara, and live music by Irb's and Spices. Sat., Dec. 31, Athena by the Sea, 4400 N Ocean Dr, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, 954-771-2900, www.athenabythesea.net.
Capital Grille: The Capital Grille offers a set menu this New Year's Eve. The cozy, upscale restaurant brings in 2006 with fine dining, the sounds of a live Latin jazz band, and a midnight celebration. Reservations are required. Sat., Dec. 31, Capital Grille, 2430 E Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, 954-446-2000.
Downtowner Saloon: Downtown Fort Lauderdale's signature dockside bar features a package that includes live blues by Sheba the Mississippi Queen, a buffet with slow-roasted prime rib and fresh fish, an open bar from 9 p.m. to midnight, and a champagne toast with party favors at midnight. Sat., Dec. 31, 9 p.m., $100. Downtowner Saloon, 408 S Andrews Ave, Fort Lauderdale, 954-463-9800.
The Field: Dania Beach's own cozy, winding Irish pub celebrates the arrival of 2006 with a special four-course menu featuring fillet of beef Wellington, rack of lamb, and wild Scottish salmon. The package includes a complimentary bottle of champagne, party favors, the live music of Celtic Bridge, and a midnight countdown followed by dancing. Sat., Dec. 31, $39.95 per person. The Field Irish Pub, 3281 Griffin Rd., Dania Beach, 954-964-5979.
Fra Diavolo: Fra Diavolo's fine Italian restaurant will do what it does best this New Year's Eve: provide fabulous food in an intimate setting. Call for reservations. Sat., Dec. 31. Fra Diavolo, 5444 N University Dr, Lauderhill, 954-746-3132.
Gaucho Rodizio: This Brazilian-style New Year's celebration, at which most partiers will wear white, will be a night of food and fun. The menu includes traditional American and Brazilian cuisine. Wine and champagne will flow, the Rose Max Band will play, and 2005 will fade away. A samba show commences at midnight. Muito bon! Sat., Dec. 31, 8 p.m., $150 per person. Gaucho Rodizio, 4060 N Federal Hwy, Lighthouse Point, 786-285-6175.
Hamburger Mary's: Our girl Mary's having a cozy little get together this New Year's Eve. She's serving a special gourmet menu at her indoor/outdoor hamburger joint. And there's going to be a big champagne toast at midnight. The party lasts all day and well into the night. Sat., Dec. 31, no cover. Hamburger Mary's, 2449 Wilton Dr, Wilton Manors, 954-567-1320, www.HamburgerMarysFtl.com.
Himmarshee Bar and Grille:Downtown's funkiest two-in-one restaurant and bar offers a New Year's Eve package that includes a four-course dinner, one bottle of wine or champagne per couple, party favors, and a champagne toast at midnight. $95 per person. Sat., Dec. 31, Himmarshee Bar and Grille, 210 SW 2nd St, Fort Lauderdale, 954-524-1818.
Jackson's Steakhouse: Las Olas' premiere steak house will offer a four-course menu and two dinner seatings this New Year's Eve. The first seating is dinner only; it starts at 5 p.m. and costs $75. The second seating, at 8 p.m., is followed by a traditional New Year's Eve party with music, dancing, and bubbly. It costs $110. Sat., Dec. 31. Jackson's Steakhouse, 450 E Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, 954-522-4450.
La Barraca: This flavorful tapas restaurant will start the evening off with appetizers, cleanse the palate, serve wine, and move on to the main course, which features paella with chicken and seafood and roasted leg of lamb with thyme and mint jelly. For dessert, they're serving up their signature flamenquito custard with raspberry and marzipan. 2006 will be greeted with party favors, a champagne toast, and consumption of the 12 grapes of luck. For entertainment, there's a live flamenco show, and the music continues until 4 a.m. Sat., Dec. 31, La Barraca, 115 S 20th Ave, Hollywood, 954-925-0050.
Maguire's Hill 16: The Irish pub in the heart of Fort Lauderdale will celebrate New Year's Eve with a special menu, the live music of Celt, and a champagne toast at midnight. Sat., Dec. 31. Maguire's Hill 16, 535 N Andrews Ave, Fort Lauderdale, 954-764-4453.
Mai Kai Polynesian Restaurant: The Polynesian New Year's Eve starts at 5 p.m. at the exotic Molokai bar, where the second drink is on the house. Reservations are required for the three-course dinner featuring the likes of Singapore chili prawns and filet mignon and the live Polynesian revue performance. Party favors and champagne toast at midnight. Call for reservations. A $25 deposit is required. Sat., Dec. 31. Mai Kai, 3599 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, 954-563-3272.
Mambo Jambo: Mambo Jambo will serve authentic Latin American cuisine this New Year's Eve. Two live bands will entertain, one rock and one Latin. Now that's a spicy adios to 2005. Sat., Dec. 31, no cover. Mambo Jambo, 1933 University Dr, Coral Springs, 954-575-0533.
The Melting Pot: You can dip into cheese, chocolate, or even hot oil this New Year's Eve at the Melting Pot. The fondue haven offers multiple seatings of a set menu that run $119 per couple before 5 p.m. Evening seatings cost $139 per couple and are available until 11 p.m. Sat., Dec. 31. The Melting Pot, 1135 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, 954-568-1581.
Rosey Baby: South Florida's home of cajun cuisine will celebrate its 16th anniversary this New Year's Eve with two parties in one, set to the classic conceptual rock sounds of Influence. That's one heck of a way to let go of 2005. Sat., Dec. 31. Rosey Baby, 4587 N University Dr, Lauderhill, 954-749-5627, www.roseybaby.com.
Sally O'Brien's: BeachPlace's resident Irish bar will ring in 2006 with the sounds of Fire in the Kitchen followed by Six on the Road. Endless pints of Guinness raised to the future will get you over the New Year's Eve nostalgia of wishing you were once again a wee lad. Cheers! Sat., Dec. 31. Sally O'Brien's, 17 S Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd (in BeachPlace), Fort Lauderdale, 954-522-4641.
Satine: Satine will celebrate New Year's Eve 2006 with a party package that includes dinner, a bottle of champagne per couple, live performance of Top 40 tunes by Love Child, and a champagne toast at midnight. Sat., Dec. 31, 8 p.m., $200 per person, $50 general admission. Satine, 3555 S Ocean Dr, Hollywood, 954-602-6000.
Hard Rock Cafe: Rock in 2006 at the full-service bar and restaurant located deep in the heart of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, where all aspects of rock culture are given their due respect. Sat., Dec. 31. Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, 954-523-3309, www.seminolehardrock.com.
Sushi Blues Café: Downtown Hollywood's spot for hot blues and jazz served with a side of cold fish will feature the sounds of Iko Iko for New Year's Eve. Reservations are a must. Sat., Dec. 31. Sushi Blues CafRisqué and Blue Monk Lounge, 2009 Harrison St, Hollywood, 954-929-9560.
Taverna Opa: Taverna Opa is having a Greek New Year's Eve party with party music, food and drinks, and dancing on the tables. The cost is $75 per person, and you can use that to buy food and drinks in any combination. Champagne toast at midnight, but the party's not over till you break every plate in the house. Sat., Dec. 31. Taverna Opa, 3051 NE 32nd Ave, Fort Lauderdale, 954-567-1630.
The River House:No need for 2006 resolutions. Fort Lauderdale's historic restaurant will ring in yet another year in its long history on the shady banks of the New River doing what it does best. The River House will serve its regular menu at regular prices, offer live music for dancing, and cap the evening off with a champagne toast. Dinner seatings start at 5:30 p.m. Call for reservation. Sat., Dec. 31, The River House, 301 SW 3rd Ave, Fort Lauderdale, 954-525-7661.
Tarpon Bend Fort Lauderdale: Possibly the city's most popular bar and eatery, Tarpon Bend is the place to party if you want to watch the Fort Lauderdale Ball Drop on Second Street. Outside, Atomic Tangerine plays live rock. Inside, Fuse will blow 2005 away. The regular menu will be served, and there is no cover downstairs. Upstairs, the bar will host an open bar party for $100. Sat., Dec. 31, Tarpon Bend, 200 SW 2nd St, Fort Lauderdale, 954-523-3233.
Tarpon Bend Weston:Hooked on 2005? Weston's Tarpon Bend Food and Tackle will ease you into 2006 with a night of partying that includes live music, party favors, and dancing. There's no cover charge, and standard prices apply. Seating is available indoors and out. Sat., Dec. 31, Tarpon Bend, 1630 Bell Tower Cir, Weston, 954-889-9118.
$25,000 New Year's Eve Baubles and Bubbles Package: Ring in the new year in indulgent style at The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, with an exclusive $25,000 package available to only one couple for only one night, Saturday, December 31, in the opulent Ritz-Carlton Suite. The expensive indulgence includes a chauffeur-driven limousine (stocked with Cristal champagne) to and from home for South Florida residents, or to and from the airport or private jet terminal for out-of-town guests, and one night in The Ritz-Carlton Suite, a luxurious 2540-square-foot oasis with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Biscayne Bay. For him, a Mercedes SLK 500 convertible for the day; for her, a stunning 18-karat gold, ruby, and diamond bracelet from Amici jewelers, made in Italy with 1.14 carats of diamonds and 2.28 carats of rubies. Start off your New Year's Eve with butler service; an opulent, five-course dinner with the finest global ingredients, all customized to your palate; a private sommelier and chef for your special New Year's Eve dinner; and a private pastry chef to design a perfect sweet ending. Then the decadent fun continues with a rose petal Cristal champagne or milk bath, a New Year's Day in-room couples massage to ring in 2006 in relaxed bliss, and, weather permitting, a half-day private luxury yacht cruise, including gourmet lobster lunch and dedicated staff. Sat., Dec. 31, $25,000, www.ritzcarlton.com. Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, 3300 SW 27th Ave, Coconut Grove, 305-644-4680.
An Affordable NYE: The most affordable spot for a beer on Lincoln Road refuses to up its prices for NYE. There will be no cover charge, and the extensive selection of domestic and imported beers will remain a ridiculously cheap $3. Sat., Dec. 31, Free, 305-672-6290. Zeke's Roadhouse, 625 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, 305-672-3118.
Afterglo: Celebrate New Year's Eve at Afterglo Restaurant, where there is no cover charge or prix-fixe menu for diners. Dinner reservations begin as early as 6 p.m. and as late as 1 a.m. Diners can choose their own seating time and choose both appetizers and entrRisquées á la carte from the full menu created by executive chef Michael Schwartz. Dining, DJs, dancing, and drummers till dawn. Party favors at midnight. Ring in the new year with a Glo! Sat., Dec. 31. Afterglo, 1200 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, 305-695-1717, www.afterglo.com.
Amazing Fiesta: Celebrate the new year right at Señor Frog's Black & White party. There will be a live band, DJs, mariachis, and more. Sat., Dec. 31. Señor Frog's, 616 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, 305-673-5262.
Americana: Indulge, imbibe, dance, and celebrate the year that was as you look forward to the year ahead. There will be two seatings at 6 and 9 p.m. and a four-course menu. Sat., Dec. 31, $85 adult, $55 child for 6 p.m.; $115 adult, $55 child for 9 p.m. Americana, 1 Lincoln Rd (in the Ritz-Carlton Hotel), Miami Beach, 786-276-4000, www.ritzcarlton.com.
Amika NYE Blowout: Voted Best Night Club by New Times in 2005, Amika offers a swanky and relatively intimate alternative to the bulk and bravado of other South Beach "superclubs." For NYE, they'll have hip-hop DJs, toasts, and lots of drunken and (let's hope) cute revelers. Sat., Dec. 31, $50 per person, $125 for a three-hour open bar ticket, and a minimum of $1000 for a VIP table, which holds six people and includes a minimum of three bottles of liquor. Amika, 1532 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, 305-534-1499.
Azul: Dine in class at Azul, where you can have your fill from a six-course dinner and a champagne toast of Dom Perignon. Sat., Dec. 31, 8 p.m., $295. Azul, 500 Brickell Key Dr (in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel), Miami, 305-913-8254, www.mandarinoriental.com.
Bahama Breeze New Year's Eve: Enjoy a delicious New Year's Eve dinner at Bahama Breeze. Feast on Caribbean-inspired cuisine and decadent drinks while live musicians make your evening even more memorable. Sat., Dec. 31, 7-11:30 p.m. Bahama Breeze, 12395 SW 88th St, Miami, 305-598-4040.
Bavarian New Year: Special New Year's Eve menu and live piano. Sat., Dec. 31. Royal Bavarian Schnitzel Haus, 1085 NE 79th St, Miami, 305-754-8002, www.schnitzelhausmiami.com.
Bayfront Park Disco Concert: It's time to ring in the new year, and the place to be is downtown Miami's Bayfront Park for the largest free party in South Florida! Start at Bayside Marketplace with shopping, dining, and free entertainment, then head south to Bayfront Park Amphitheater for a free concert beginning at 8 p.m., and count down to midnight with the Big Orange. This New Year's Eve icon will slowly ascend the side of the Hotel Intercontinental, reaching the top at midnight in conjunction with a grand display of fireworks. The fireworks display, over beautiful Biscayne Bay, can be viewed from anywhere in Bayfront Park and Bayside Marketplace. Performing will be disco favorites Rose Royce and France Joli, along with Colombian artist Ciclón and Miami's own Betty Padget and Elements of Funk. Sat., Dec. 31, 7 p.m., Free, 305-358-7550, www.bayfrontparkmiami.com. Bayfront Park, 301 N Biscayne Blvd, Miami.
Beachfront Seafood: A special á la carte menu will be served tonight while a live band plays. Required $30 per person advance reservation. Sat., Dec. 31, 8 p.m. Les Deux Fontaines Lobster CafRisqué, 1230 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, 305-672-7878.
Bingo Party: A New Year's Eve bingo party ... that's right. What better way to ring in the new year than with five in a row? Sat., Dec. 31, 7 p.m., $75. Miccosukee Resort and Gaming, 500 SW 177th Ave, Miami, 305-221-8623.
Bling in the New Year: Ever spent New Year's Eve watching Dick Clark's clubs correspondents and found yourself thinking, I wish I were there? Well, this NYE, Opium is "there." And if the chance to make your lonely friends jealous isn't enough incentive to make it down to South Beach's most decadent night spot, local DJ Jedis Mr. Mauricio and DJ Irie will be on hand to get this party started right. Sat., Dec. 31, $150. Opium, 136 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, 305-674-8630.
bLiSS NYE Party: A party where women behave and men don't. This will be a very exclusive event. Only VIPBLISS.com members (free to apply for membership) will be permitted to purchase admission tickets online. Admission tickets will NOT be available at the door. The bLiSS Club is a private and exclusive social organization that produces erotic theme and dance parties, special events, and group trips exclusively for young, fun, attractive, open-minded, sexy women, and select couples. Events are held the 3rd Saturday of every month in South Florida. Visit the Website calendar for venue locations and themes. To apply for free membership, visit www.VIPBLISS.com. Sat., Dec. 31, 10 p.m. Madiba Lounge, 1766 Bay Rd, Miami Beach, 305-695-1566, www.madibarestaurant.com.
Bongo's: Celebrate a Cuban New Year's Eve with entrRisquée choices of grilled pork, sirloin medallions, ham and cheese-stuffed chicken breast, or fish filet. After eating enjoy the upbeat sounds of a live Latin band. Admission includes one bottle of house champagne for every four people and party favors. Sat., Dec. 31, 7:30 p.m., $150, 786-777-2101. Bongo's Cuban CafRisqué, 601 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, 786-777-2100, www.bongoscubancafe.com.
Boogie at Bare Necessity's: This hot strip joint will be open and rockin' from noon to 6 in the morning. Enjoy a free midnight toast, party favors, and free helium. And oh yeah, hot strippers. Sat., Dec. 31, noon, free admission. Bare Necessity Adult Entertainment, 9100 S Dixie Hwy, Kendall, 305-670-2373.
BoomBox New Year's Eve party with DJ Booggee: Back from the Arctic clime of Canada, DJ Booggee will be spinnin' the best house and electro beats in a special New Year's Eve and birthday celebration for Rafi Levin, who will be turning the big 3-0. Anarchy Production's Levin and superfly Johnny will be releasing two new songs and playing the best underground dance music on the beach. Sat., Dec. 31, 10 p.m., No cover; bottle specials. BoomBox, 423 16th St, Miami Beach, 305-538-8282.
Bounce into the New Year at BT's: Get your party on early with sexy ladies and free drinks in a fun atmosphere. For a change, this New Year's bash is on the 30th, not the 31st. Fri., Dec. 30, 9 p.m. BT's Gentlemen's Club, 5922 S Dixie Hwy, South Miami, 305-663-4567.
Brazilian Dinner Buffet: A bit of Brazilian flavor is infused into a more casual New Year's Eve dining option in the beautiful surroundings of Amadeus from 6 to 10 p.m. Sat., Dec. 31, $65 adults, $25 children under 12. Amadeus, 3300 SW 27th Ave (in the Ritz-Carlton), Coconut Grove, 305-644-4680.
A Breath of the New: The unrelenting populists at Mynt Ultralounge deliver a Brazilian-themed NYE celebration complete with live entertainment. We can hope that Terry Gilliam will be working the velvet rope. Sat., Dec. 31, $200. Mynt Ultralounge, 1921 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, 786-276-6132.
Bruschetta: A fun and affordable party with salsa music, dancing, and kitchen specials. Sat., Dec. 31, 7 p.m. Bruschetta & Co., 10650 NW 41st St, Miami, 305-470-8003.
Buena Gente 7th New Year's Eve Gala: This grand-scale party features six open bars (top shelf brand only), Brazilian drummers and dancers, an aerialist performer, superstar DJs and percussionists, club-style sound system and light show with large screen projectors, champagne toast at midnight, optional dinner package at a stunning waterfront terrace, cocktail style tables, party favors, hats, and noisemakers. Spend the night with special room rates for party guests only. This is the only party where you can see the Bayside fireworks show from a waterfront terrace. Sat., Dec. 31, 7:30 p.m., $95 - $135. Marriott Biscayne Bay Hotel, 1633 N Bayshore Dr, Miami, 305-536-6315.
Buffet Bonanza: From 7:00 p.m. until late, the Indigo will offer a dinner buffet with champagne toast and party favors. It will only set you back $69.00 plus tax and gratuity. For reservations, contact Melanie at 305-372-4431. Sat., Dec. 31. Hotel Inter-Continental, 100 Chopin Plaza, Miami, 305-577-1000.
Bump and Grind at Goldrush: Tell the stripper to quit with the lap dance at midnight so you can share a free champagne toast. Also, feast on a finger food buffet, including chicken fingers and mozzarella sticks. Sat., Dec. 31, 10 p.m. Goldrush Miami, 29 NE 11th St, Downtown Miami, 305-358-9848.
Catering Supplies: Got party supplies? Catering Supplies is open on New Year's Eve day until 7 p.m. for all of you last-minute party makers. They sell kits as well as individual hats, noisemakers, and fabulous New Year's decorations, and specialize in selling unique, elegant disposables for any food-service event. Through Dec. 31, www.cateringsupplies.com.
Celebrate at Club Deco, the Hottest New Club on the Beach: Shake your groove thing to house and hip-hop at this upscale new club. Expect celebrity guests in the upstairs VIP lounge, the cool crowd on the outside rooftop patio, and the crunk party monsters on the dance floor downstairs. Call for details and reservations. Sat., Dec. 31, 10 p.m., 305-531-3937. Club Deco, 637 Washington Ave, Miami Beach.
Celebrate with a Cigar: Join the private party for live entertainment, finger foods, and a champagne toast. Make your reservation by December 27. $50 per person. Sat., Dec. 31. Tropical Cigars, 740 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, 305-673-3194.
Churchill's: If you think sipping champagne and paying $200 for a party is a yuppie's NYE wet dream, then come to one of Miami's only mohawk havens. There will be no ridiculous prices and torn jeans are the standard as opposed to glittery gowns and pressed suits. Ha Ha Help!, Noveltype, and many others will be performing. Sat., Dec. 31. Churchill's, 5501 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, 305-757-1807.
Cirque de Soiree: This fabulous party includes complimentary cocktails from 9 p.m. to midnight, with a special champagne toast when the clock strikes 2006! Party alongside a plethora of celebrity guest hosts, including Mickey Rourke and many more. Celebrity DJs will be spinning, circus performers will entertain with fire acts, contortionists, magicians, and dancers. General admission is $200 per person; $125 for hotel guests. VIP packages are also available; please call for details. Tropical beach attire is requested. Sat., Dec. 31. Raleigh Hotel, 1775 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, 305-534-6300.
Conch Shell Drop: Get saucy at this locals' bar and watch the descent of the iconic Key West conch shell. Sat., Dec. 31, 305-296-2388 ext. 21. Sloppy Joe's Bar, 201 Duval St, Key West, 305-294-5717.
crobar: Celebrate six years of New Year's parties at crobar. There will be six DJs, three rooms of different sounds, two balloon drops, twelve performers, confetti cannons, flowing champagne, party favors, tasty chocolates, and more. Join VH1's My Fair Brady stars Adrianne Curry & Christopher Knight. Guest appearances by Miami's hottest firefighters releasing their 2006 calendar. Performers include Circ X, Hot Jams Dancers, CJ, Brainwash, Door Diva Barbarella, and Little Man Scott. Music orchestration by DJs Louis Dee, Ralph Falcon, Radamas, Joey Andron, and special guests to be announced. Sat., Dec. 31, 9 p.m., $50 general admission, $150 table packages, 866-926-8499 general admission; 305-672-8084 table reservations. crobar, 1445 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, 305-672-8084.
Cuttin' Up 2006 at the Hotel Chelsea: Live like a VIP for under $250.00 a night! Stay at the Hotel Chelsea with a four- or five-night package deal, and party the night away with some of Miami's hottest DJ's. When you get to your room, dig into your celebrity style gift bags that comes complete with a bottle of champagne, party favors, tickets for a champagne toast in the bar when the ball drops, a midnight kissing contest, a New Year's Day hangover kit, and a CD with the top 15 tracks from 2005. Even if you're not a hotel guest, live the high life at the party. DJ James will be rockin' the turntables with dance, urban, rock, and groovy R&B hits. At midnight there will be a champagne toast followed by a kissing contest, and the couple that kisses the longest will win a free night's stay. Sat., Dec. 31, 8 p.m., www.thehotelchelsea.com. Hotel Chelsea, 944 Washington Ave, Miami Beach.
Dance on an Aquarium at Club Deep: The world-famous Club Deep features a 2000-gallon aquarium dance floor. For New Year's, you can boogie with the fishies till the sun comes up at this hot SoBe nightclub. Tonight's shindig will be hosted by the hottest DJs from Power 96, spinning dance, funk, hip-hop, R&B, reggae and Latin music. Celebrity guest invites include NFL, NBA, MLB, models, adult stars, and television and music video celebrities. The party will start at 9:00 p.m. and open with a hot and cold buffet and all house drinks for $3 from 9:00 to 11:00. Everyone will be greeted at the door with a personal bottle of champagne (Splitz). The party favors will be out by 11:30 for the midnight celebration, plus a champagne toast and a $1000 balloon drop at midnight. Everyone will leave the club with a smile and a few souvenirs such as a Club Deep 2006 NYE T-shirt and a Club Deep Flashing LED Glass. Sat., Dec. 31, $70, 305-970-5699, www.clubdeep.com. Club Deep, 621 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, 305-532-1509.
A Delicious New Year's Dinner at Chef Allen's: Feast in the auld lang syne with this five-course menu that Chef Allen has created especially for this New Year's Eve. The evening begins with a champagne reception and caviar riot hors d'oeuvres. Following immediately at 9:30 p.m. will be a five-course sit-down dinner. With music, dancing, and a Las Vegas showgirls show and DJ. Reservations must be made in advance. Sat., Dec. 31, 9 p.m., $250 (excluding beverage, tax and gratuity), 305-935-2900 x12, www.chefallens.com. Chef Allen's Restaurant, 19088 NE 29th Ave (off Biscayne Boulevard), Aventura, 305-935-2900.
Dine and Party: Enjoy a five-course meal at Tamara or head over to D'Lounge for no cover and live entertainment by the Kimona Trio. Party favors and champagne toast at midnight. Sat., Dec. 31, 305-423-7274. National Hotel, 1667 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, 305-532-2311.
Dine at The District: This Design District mainstay is offering a decadent three-course dinner with your choice of wine or champagne. The restaurant's only seating is at 8 p.m. Then get ready to dance when Poplife and The District countdown 2005 with special guest DJ Diplo (Hollertronix) mixing his amazing mash-ups, along with red hot Matt Cash, Alejandro, and Aramis. Also, Alex Caso and Induce in the Red Velvet Room. Sat., Dec. 31, 8 p.m., $25 advance tickets, www.epoplife.com. The District, 35 NE 40th St, Miami, 305-576-7242.
Disco New Year's: Boogie on down to the Pelican for a 1976 theme party. The hotel will be transformed into a discotheque today so you can hustle the night away. There will also be a six-course dinner by executive chef Stefano Zen. Sat., Dec. 31. Pelican Hotel, 826 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, 305-673-3373.
Divine New Year's at D'Vine Lounge: Relax and usher in 2006 at this venue for those who are sick of clubland. No cover, champagne toast, snacks, and live music. Sat., Dec. 31, 8 p.m., free. D'vine Lounge, 910 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, 305-534-1414.
Dom Perignon Champagne Wishes: For an arm and a leg you can enjoy a vintage champagne cocktail reception complete with a carefully crafted selection of hors d'oeuvres especially created for the occasion. The festivities will continue with a six-course seated dinner. VIX's Executive Chef James Wierzelewski and guest Chef de Cuisine, Pascal Tingaud of Dom Perignon, will prepare a vintage champagne-inspired dinner. Each course will be accompanied by a rare selection of vintage Dom Perignon champagne. Guests will also have exclusive VIP access to the New Year's Eve party at the hotel's poolside lounge, VUE. Sat., Dec. 31, $2006 per couple. Vix, 1144 Ocean Dr (Hotel Victor), Miami Beach, 305-779-8888, www.hotelvictorsouthbeach.com.
Feel the Funk at Flavour: Jesse James and Ariel G will have the crowd shakin' upstairs, while DJ Assault keeps things lively downstairs. There's no cover and free champagne for everybody! If you want to drink like there's no tomorrow, pay $100 and enjoy an open bar from 10 to midnight. If you want to party VIP style, pay $125 for an open bar and VIP booth seating. $150 will get you entry to the VIP lounge, which features leather couches and your own personal TV to watch the ball drop. VIP lounge seats are only available in pairs. Sat., Dec. 31, 10 p.m., free admission, www.flavourcg.com. Flavour, 2895 McFarlane Rd, Coconut Grove, 305-445-6511.
Fireworks: It's a community celebration that brings people from all over the Southeast to welcome 2006. Best viewing and partying is at Sundowners, Señor Frijoles, Cactus Jack's, Gus's Grille at the Marriott Key Largo Bay Beach Resort, and Caribbean Club. Sat., Dec. 31, 305-451-4502. Blackwater Sound, Key Largo, Key Largo.
Firkin and Friar: Live it up with music, drink specials, and a complimentary champagne toast. Sat., Dec. 31. Firkin & Friar Pub, 3148 Commodore Plaza, Coconut Grove, 305-443-2774.
The Forge: First seating from 6 to 8 p.m. Second seating from 9 p.m. to midnight. Enjoy a very Vasce inspired evening of glamour, dining, and decadence during the second seating. A bottle of Moët and Chandon per couple, exquisite party favors, and European sounds for your pleasure. Sat., Dec. 31, $85 first seating, $300 second seating. The Forge, 432 41st St, Miami Beach, 305-538-8533, www.theforge.com.
Fourth Annual Eric Schwartz Concert: Along with the Mainstreet Ramblers and other bands playing deep into the night. Sat., Dec. 31, 9 p.m., $25. Main Street CafRisqué, 128 N Krome Ave, Homestead, 305-245-7575.
Fritz & Franz Bierhaus: Live entertainment by Lynne Noble and the Rob Friedman Band. On the menu: smoked trout, sherry consommRisqué, spring mix and pepper salad, veal cordon bleu, grilled salmon, steak au poivre, and Bailey's flavored chocolate cake. Admission includes one bottle of Schlumberger for each table of four. Sat., Dec. 31, 8 p.m., $65 rsvp, $75 door. Fritz & Franz Bierhaus, 60 Merrick Way, Miami, 305-774-1883.
George Lane and the Miami House Rockers: They'll be playing live while you enjoy the á la carte menu. $60 cover charge includes a flute of champagne at midnight. Sat., Dec. 31. Pacific Time, 915 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, 305-534-5979.
Get Down Latin-style at Bahia: Greet the new year at the hotel's hip poolside bar and lounge with Latin music and a special champagne menu from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sat., Dec. 31, 305-381-3140. Bahia Bar, 1435 Brickell Ave (Four Seasons Hotel), Miami, 305-381-3062.
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Great Dining and People Watching: á la carte menu for the 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. seatings. Then at 10 p.m. there will be a special four-course menu for $150, $50 of which will be credited to your choice of beer, wine, or champagne. Sat., Dec. 31. Osteria del Teatro, 1443 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, 305-538-7850.
Happy New Year from Volpe Liquors: Stock up your bar for your at-home holiday celebration at this South Beach store. Get top shelf brands at the best prices, beer, and wine. Don't forget to pick up a lottery ticket - 2006 could be your lucky year! Sat., Dec. 31, 8-midnight, 305-538-0809. Volpe Liquors, 1631 Washington Ave, Miami Beach.
Have a Time at Tapas y Tintos: Sit inside for $150, or sit outside for $100. Either way, you'll enjoy fantastic live entertainment with two Latin bands. The sultry sounds of flamenco and salsa will waft through the air, as professional dancers set the tone for the evening. Make your reservations early. Feast on a special menu of tapas and other inspired dishes by Chef Justo, and of course, champagne for everyone at midnight! Sat., Dec. 31, 9 p.m., www.tapasytintos.com. Tapas y Tintos, 448 Española Way, Miami Beach, 305-538-8272.
High Heel Drop: Come to this cross-dresser's delight as Sushi, the six-foot, red high heel shoe-carrying drag queen, is dropped at midnight. Sat., Dec. 31, 305-294-4737. Bourbon Street Pub, 730 Duval St, Key West, 305-296-1992.
Hilton Miami - Club Mystique: Enjoy the one day a year where everyone is equally drunk enough to not remember how much you embarrassed yourself. Start off the night at the open bar and party to a mix of salsa, merengue, Top 40, disco, house, and more. Sat., Dec. 31, 10 p.m., starting at $60, 305-661-8581. Mystique, 5101 Blue Lagoon Dr (in the Hilton), Miami, 305-262-1000.
Hilton Miami International Ballroom: New Year's is synonymous with inebriation, so get sloshed at the open bar which includes name-brand drinks. Continue your glutinous wanderings from the buffet tables to the cheese and coffee stations. DJs will be playing an international mix of salsa, merengue, top 40, disco, house, and more. Formal/semi-formal attire. Sat., Dec. 31, 9 p.m., starting at $95, 305-661-8581. Hilton Miami Airport Hotel, 5101 Blue Lagoon Dr, Miami.
Holiday Isle Beach Resorts & Marina: The Tiki Bar and Rumrunners Beach will be rocking when Holiday Isle hosts its annual bash sometimes called a New Year's Eve Party. Food, drinks, a sandy beach, warm water, and live music set the scene for one of the Keys' hottest midnight fireworks displays. Sat., Dec. 31, 305-664-2321. Holiday Isle Beach Resorts & Marina, Mile Marker 84, Oceanside, Islamorada.
Hooligan's: Can't afford to pay hundreds or thousands of dollars to party on New Year's? Then come to Hooligan's where admission, buffet, hats, horns, and the champagne toast are all free. There will be dancing till 5 a.m. and those who are too sloshed to drive will have a ride available compliments of Budweiser and AAA. Sat., Dec. 31, 8 p.m., no cover. Hooligan's Pub & Oyster Bar, 9555 S Dixie Hwy, Pinecrest, 305-667-9673.
Intercontinental Hotel: Lush it up at the Indigo Restaurant. Dinner and dancing start at 7 p.m. and go on till the wee hours of the morning. Sat., Dec. 31, $69, 305-372-4431. InterContinental Hotel, 100 Chopin Plaza, Miami, 305-577-1000.
Isabela's New Year's Eve Buffet: Enjoy Chef Miguel de Arregui's fabulous New Year's Eve buffet with your family. Delectable delights include lobster bisque scented with Hennessy Cognac; an amazing domestic and imported cheese display; an oyster, salmon, and shrimp bar; fresh salad bar with grilled seasonal vegetables, marinated artichokes, and balsamic mushrooms; glazed ham with maple baby carrots, roast beef with caramelized onions, and boneless turkey; and apple strudel, chocolate truffles, and Italian pannetone. Each couple will receive a bottle of sparkling wine, and there will live music as you dine. Sat., Dec. 31, 7 p.m., $65 per person; $30 for children under 12. Isabela's Restaurant, 1109 Brickell Ave, Miami, 305-329-3500.
Italian Charm: Whether it be the amazing brie with apricot glaze or maybe the sublime gnocchi with pink sauce, there's always something great cooking at Perricone's, and New Year's will be no exception. Tonight you will be served from a special á la carte menu while enjoying the music of a live three-piece band. Call for reservations. No minimum, no cover. Sat., Dec. 31. Perricone's Marketplace & CafRisqué, 15 SE 10th St, Miami, 305-374-9449.
Jazid: All the party favors and exhilaration you can handle to wrap up 2005 can be found at Jazid. Xperimento will be performing onstage downstairs. Upstairs in the intimate coolutura lounge will be three in-house DJs spinning eclectic Afro beats and Brit rock. Sat., Dec. 31, 10 p.m., $20. Jazid, 1342 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, 305-673-9372.
Jazz/Blues Chanteuse: Performing on the last night of 2005 will be Doris Spears and the Don Wilner Quartet, featuring guitarist Bob DeVos and drummer Rudy Petschauer. Sat., Dec. 31. Van Dyke CafRisqué, 846 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, 305-534-3600.
Ladies and Not So Gentle Women: View Alfred Allan Lewis's play, followed by dessert and a toast with the cast. Sat., Dec. 31, 8 p.m. New Theatre, 4120 Laguna St, Coral Gables, 305-443-5909.
Latin Ao Nuevo: Enjoy a four-course gourmet dinner featuring flavors from South America's premier cities and Chef Alfredo Patiño's classic cuisine. Dinner from $105 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Add special wine flights for $95 plus tax and gratuity. This includes New Year's Eve party favors. Sat., Dec. 31, 6:30 p.m., $105, 305-644-4680. Bizcaya, 3300 SW 27th Ave, Coconut Grove, 305-644-4675, www.ritzcarlton.com.
Liquor Lounge: If the holidays hit you where it hurts the most your wallet come out to the Liquor Lounge for NYE where there's no cover. The resident DJ will be playing an open format of pop, hip-hop, rock, and whatever your soul desires. The festivities continue with a balloon drop and champagne toast at midnight. Sat., Dec. 31, 10 p.m. Liquor Lounge, 1560 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, 305-672-7171.
Live Music at Bougainvillea's: Celebrate with drink specials, live music, and good friends, in a cozy Florida tavern. Tonight's party starts at 8 and ends at 5 a.m. on New Year's Day. Sat., Dec. 31, 8 p.m., www.floridatavern.com. Bougainvillea's Old Florida Tavern, 7221 SW 58th Ave (by the Shops at Sunset Place), South Miami, 305-669-8577.
Live the High Life at the Lily Leon Hotel: Enjoy the same sweet deal at the five fabulous hotels owned by the South Beach Group. At the Lily Leon Hotel, live like a celebrity with fabulous gift bags, which come stuffed with a bottle of champagne, party favors, tickets for a champagne toast in the bar when the ball drops, a midnight kissing contest, a New Year's Day hangover kit, and a CD with the top 15 tracks from 2005. The best DJs in Miami will be rotating sets all night at the hotel, plus the couple that wins the kissing contest at midnight gets a free night's stay! Sat., Dec. 31, $250 a night, 305-673-3767, www.lilyleonhotel.com. Lily Leon Hotel, 835-841 Collins Ave, Miami Beach.
The Lounge: Come dance to the sounds of live music, sip champagne, enjoy a mojito bar, lounge indoors or outside in front of a cascading waterfall, and ring in the new year with a lively and romantic evening at one of Coconut Grove's most stylish venues. Best of all, no cover charge. Sat., Dec. 31. Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, 3300 SW 27th Ave, Coconut Grove, 305-644-4680.
The Lucky NYE: Luck Strike will provide a fixed menu for couples that includes champagne and party favors. There will also be a live DJ. Sat., Dec. 31, $100. Lucky Strike, 1692 Michigan Ave, Miami Beach, 305-532-0307.
Luxurious New Year: Get ready for an amazing party tonight in the courtyard of the Setai. $375 per person if you reserve by Dec. 16, $500 per person after that. Hors d'oeuvres will be abundant, as will be the drinks from an open bar. And the DJ will keep you dancing all night. Sat., Dec. 31. The Restaurant at the Setai, 2001 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, 305-520-6400, www.setai.com.
Macarena Tavern and Restaurant: Unfortunately, this Spanish rock bar will be closed, but there are plenty of other places you can practice your Macarena moves this NYE. Sat., Dec. 31. Macarena Tavern and Restaurant, 1334 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, 305-531-3440.
Magical Miami Celebration: The Four Seasons Hotel's Miami Ballroom will be transformed into the setting of a magical New Year's party. Dance the night away to the sounds of a live four-piece band while enjoying a lavish buffet dinner and champagne from 8 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Price is $130 per person. While parents celebrate, kids enjoy a special party of their own featuring buffet dinner, games, crafts, videos, and party favors. The event goes from 7 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. and price is $50 per child. Sat., Dec. 31, 305-381-3140. Four Seasons Hotel, 1001 Brickell Bay Dr, Miami, 305-358-3535.
Malena Burke and Amauri Gutierrez: Two of Cuba's top performers will be entertaining guests as they feast on dinner and drinks. Sat., Dec. 31, 8 p.m., $200, $150, $125. Hoy Como Ayer, 2212 SW 8th St, Miami, 305-541-2631.
Mandarin Oriental: If you're tired of dealing with loud, rowdy, drunk 20-somethings but don't want to end up in a dingy sports bar for New Year's, head over to the lobby at the Mandarin. The atmosphere is relaxed but still elegant and trendy with cool, sexy music all evening long. Have a taste of some caviar and don't forget the champagne toast. And you can't beat no cover charge. Sat., Dec. 31. Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 500 Brickell Key Dr, Miami, 305-913-8288.
Mango's Magnificent New Year's: At Mango's, your New Year's dinner package will include a four-course gourmet dinner, a bottle of Moët White Star Champagne, and party favors. Enjoy nonstop entertainment by the Latin Connection Band and singers, the Mango Dancers, the samba show, fireworks over the ocean at midnight, and dancing till dawn. Sat., Dec. 31, 9 p.m., $175 - $200 per person, plus tax and gratuity, www.mangostropicalcafe.com. Mango's Tropical CafRisqué, 900 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, 305-673-4422.
A Mansion of Excess: Ever want to party with Nicole Richie or Wilmer Valderrama only to discover that you didn't have enough celebrity cache or pink flake cocaine? Not to worry. This NYE you can make up for those glaring inadequacies if you don't mind shelling out $200 for Mansion's NYE blowout. And if you go, please try to jam a burger or something down Nicole's throat. Sat., Dec. 31. Mansion, 1235 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, 305-532-1525.
Mark's South Beach Celebrates New Year's Eve: Chef Mark Militello invites South Florida diners to ring in the new year in style at Mark's South Beach. Mark's South Beach is offering an elegant and intimate alternative to celebrate New Year's Eve, with two seatings featuring a special five-course tasting menu with an array of choices prepared by executive chef Larry LaValley. The first seating, available to diners between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m., is priced at $125 per person, plus tax and gratuity. For those diners seated between 9:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., the cost is $150 per person plus tax and gratuity, including a champagne toast at midnight. Reservations are required. Sat., Dec. 31. Mark's South Beach, 1120 Collins Ave (in the Nash Hotel), Miami Beach, 305-604-9050.
Maxim Party: Get down at The Forge's newest club Glass with model Naureen Zaim, who recently played a role in the hit comedy Wedding Crashers. Sat., Dec. 31, $65, VIP $1200. Glass, 432 41st St (in The Forge), Miami, 305-538-8533.
Mediterranean & French: Special New Year's menu includes smoked salmon, foie gras, roast beef with potatoes, and endive salad with walnuts. Reserve before December 20. Sat., Dec. 31, $80 per person. Ness Grill, 18250 Collins Ave, Sunny Isles Beach, 305-933-5900.
Metro Kitchen + Bar: The time has come to ring in the new year, and Metro Kitchen + Bar at the Hotel Astor is cooking up something delicious for the celebration. For $150 per person (tax and gratuity included), you can enjoy a gourmet four-course dinner while listening to DJ Simone spin your favorite songs. Complimentary party favors and a champagne toast will be given to all guests at midnight. Dinner seating are from 7:30 to 10:30. This will be the best way to start off the new year! Sat., Dec. 31, Call 305-672-7217 for reservations. Metro Kitchen + Bar, 956 Washington Ave (Hotel Astor), Miami Beach, 305-672-7217.
Metropolis: There's something for everybody at this temple of nightlife entertainment. The NYE party promises to be as massive as the club itself. Trek over to party with guest and resident DJs, drinks, and drunken patrons looking for someone to kiss when the ball drops. Sat., Dec. 31. Metropolis Downtown, 950 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, 305-415-0000, www.metropolisdowntown.com.
Miami Vice New Year's Eve Party: Ring in the new year Crockett and Tubbs style by toasting to the most decadent decade in the Ritz-Carlton Ballroom this New Year's Eve. This Eighties themed party will feature a lavish buffet and DJ spinning a full lineup of tunes from the era. Sat., Dec. 31, 9 p.m., $125 Adults, $50 Children, www.ritzcarlton.com. Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, 455 Grand Bay Drive, Key Biscayne, 305-365-4286.
Morada Bay Beach Café: So what if you can't be in New York for New Year's Eve? Any true Floridian would choose to walk barefoot in the sand rather than catch frostbite despite ten layers of clothes not keeping you warm. This tropical fantasy in the middle of winter is a reality at this Keys cafRisqué. Sat., Dec. 31, 5:30 p.m. Morada Bay Beach CafRisqué, 81600 Overseas Hwy (Mile Marker 81.6 Bayside), Islamorada, 305-664-0604.
Moroccan Nights: This exotic venue offers a prix-fixe, five-course menu with two glasses of champagne, and live belly dancing shows. There will be three seatings. The first is at 6:30 p.m., second at 8:30 p.m., and the third is at 10:30 p.m. Sat., Dec. 31, $100. Moroccan Nights, 9555 Harding Ave, Surfside, 305-865-5333.
The Most Erotic NYE Party in Miami: Bring your own booze to this erotic members-only club, and make all kinds of new friends. New members pay $150 to join in the fun at the most talked-about club in Miami. Groove to house, trance, and oldies while you get your groove on, so to speak. Sat., Dec. 31, 10 p.m., www.miamivelvet.com. Miami Velvet, 3901 NW 77th Ave, Miami, 305-406-1604.
New Year, Great Steak: Bring in the new year at the place voted Best Steak House in the New Times's 2000 "Best of Miami." Three regular seatings. Sat., Dec. 31. Morton's of Chicago, 17399 Biscayne Blvd, North Miami, 305-945-3131.
New Year's Eve Party: Shine is celebrating its first new year with headlining act Frankie Knuckles, "the Godfather of House," in the main room. Enjoy a live performance by Soul Mekanic. DJ Justin Johnson will be spinning in the lounge. Complimentary bar 9 to 10 p.m. Sat., Dec. 31, $100. Shine, 1801 Collins Ave (in the Shelborne Hotel), Miami Beach, 305-341-1455, www.shinesouthbeach.com.
New Year's Sessions at the Chesterfield: Enjoy the same sweet deal at the five fabulous hotels owned by the South Beach Group. If you're looking for an elegant, centrally located hotel to stay in and party at for New Year's, look no further than the Chesterfield. The hotel is offering four- and five-night packages, which include celebrity-style gift bags complete with a bottle of champagne, party favors, tickets for a champagne toast in the bar when the ball drops, a midnight kissing contest, a New Year's Day hangover kit, and a CD with the top 15 tracks from 2005. Besides the fun for the hotel's guests, stop by for a free party that includes progressive house beats by Andrew Chibale, James Stratus, and a very special guest DJ. There will be bottle specials, and preferred seating available. Sat., Dec. 31, 8 p.m., $250 a night. Chesterfield Hotel, 855 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, 305-531-5831, www.thechesterfieldhotel.com.
New Year's Around the World: Tonight's Around the World menu will include samplings of Italian, Caribbean, Asian, American, and European flavors. There will also be a bread station. First seating at 7 p.m. costs $85 per person. The 9:30 p.m. seating costs $125 per person and includes a champagne toast. Sat., Dec. 31. Preston's, 1601 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, 305-604-1601, www.loewshotels.com.
New Year's at Acqua: Kickoff the evening celebrations with a festive champagne reception at 8:30 p.m. followed by a gourmet seven-course dinner with pairing wines at 9:15 p.m. Live jazz will provide the party sounds until 1:00 a.m. Sat., Dec. 31, $290 per person, 305-381-3140. Acqua, 1435 Brickell Ave, Miami, 305-358-3535, www.fourseasons.com.
New Year's Eve at The Victor Hotel: Get your drink on in high style at the Victor, with an open bar of top shelf liquor. VIP tables and special suites are available for larger parties. Enjoy a celebrity guest DJ and live performance. Watch the South Beach fireworks from your very own bungalow for $5k. Sat., Dec. 31, 10 p.m., $200, 305 428 1234, www.hotelvictorsouthbeach.com. Hotel Victor, 1144 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, 305-428-1234.
New Year's Eve at Wish: New Year's Eve 2005 at Wish offers diners a chance to sample an incredible multicourse menu created by executive chef Michael Bloise. Price per person for the first seating (between 6:30 and 7 p.m.) is $135 plus tax and gratuity (15 percent). Price per person for the second seating (between 8:30 and 9 p.m.) is $195. Each seating, which includes a split of Pop Pommery Champagne per guest, will feature live jazz music. Guests will also have access to The Hotel's new rooftop Spire Bar & Lounge and the pool deck bar, where they can enjoy rhythms provided by a DJ and breathtaking views of Miami Beach's fireworks display. Deposit and credit card guarantee required for reservation. A cash bar will be available. Valet and municipal parking available. For reservations, contact Joe Weis. Sat., Dec. 31. Wish at The Hotel, 801 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, 305-674-9474.
New Year's Eve Dinner: Chow down on a five-course meal that includes lobster, Spanish tuna belly, Mediterranean sea bass, duck, filet mignon, and more. Celebrate on the terrace with a live jazz band, champagne toast, and party favors. The terrace celebration is $20. Sat., Dec. 31, $120. Mosaico, 1000 S Miami Ave, Miami, 305-371-3473.
New Year's Party: Come have a beer and bring in the new year at this South Beach watering hole. Sat., Dec. 31. Ted's Hideaway, 124 2nd St, Miami Beach, 305-532-9869.
New Year's Wood: The schedule for Bamboo Sports Bar & Grill's NYE spectacular is still in flux at press time, but you can bet that South Miami's premier mixed night club will be absolutely fabulous. Sat., Dec. 31. Bamboo Sports Bar & Grill, 14351 S Dixie Hwy, South Miami, 305-948-8800.
Nikki Beach: Table and opium bed reservations with various bottle minimums include all-access wristbands. The dinner menu will be available but is not included in admission or table reservation charge. DJ Parantula (Andrew and Gino) spin till 5 a.m. Party favors and midnight champagne toast are included. Day Beds are first come-first served (no reservations) with a four-bottle minimum per bed. Sat., Dec. 31, 7 p.m., $75 general admission, 305-779-5880, www.nikkibeach.com/newyear/. Nikki Beach, 1 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, 305-538-1111.
Nocturnal: Germany's Blank and Jones will be providing the beats for people to dance to well into the first day of 2006. Sat., Dec. 31, 10 p.m. Nocturnal, 50 NE 11th St, Miami, 305-576-6996.
Noon Year's Eve Party with Radio Disney: This year, kids get their own New Year's Eve Party and they're celebrating it before anyone else! Join the party at the Miami Children's Museum as they celebrate Noon Year's Eve! Radio Disney AM 990 will be on site playing your favorite Radio Disney tunes! They'll have plenty of games and entertainment for the whole family, you could win some great prizes, and all kids will receive complimentary apple juice to toast the new year at noon! Sat., Dec. 31, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., $10, 305-823-0990, www.miamichildrensmuseum.org. Miami Children's Museum, 980 MacArthur Cswy, Miami, 305-373-5437.
North One 10: Let your salivary glands run for this three-course meal that includes lobster-filled zucchini blossoms, truffles, Bibb lettuce, crispy sweetbreads, filet mignon, pan roasted corvina, cornish game hen, and more. Sat., Dec. 31, $95, $150 per person with wine pairings. North One 10, 11052 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, 305-893-4211.
NYE in B.E.D: For NYE, South Beach's sexiest club will offer one seating only at 9 p.m. for $299 cover charge. This includes a five-course meal and unlimited champagne until midnight. After midnight, B.E.D.'s carriage will transform into a funky pumpkin with hip-hop DJ Tony Tone. Sat., Dec. 31. B.E.D., 929 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, 305-532-9070.
OLA's Fabulous New Year's Party: Toast to the high life with champagne at midnight. There will be live entertainment throughout the evening. The late-night dinner seating will transform into a party, complete with party favors and delicious special dishes. Call for details and reservations. Sat., Dec. 31, 305-461-4442, www.olamiami.com. OLA, 455 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach.
The Palms Hotel South Beach: Festivities will include an extravagant five-course dinner featuring Chef Gerd Richter's classic seafood specialties, open bar, and upbeat live entertainment to get you moving on the dance floor. Don't forget the party favors and champagne toast at midnight. Take your drink and watch Miami Beach's official fireworks display from the Palms's beachfront property. Sat., Dec. 31, 8 p.m., $195 dinner package, $95 bar only. The Palms Hotel South Beach, 3025 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, 305-908-5468.
Party All Day at Mr. Moe's: Celebrate New Year's from noon to 5:00 a.m. at this log cabin transplant in the middle of Coconut Grove. Great drinks, great food, no admission cost, and no velvet ropes just an all-out party! Sat., Dec. 31, free, www.mrmoes.com. Mr. Moe's, 3131 Commodore Plaza, Coconut Grove, 305-442-1114.
Party at Nemo: Live DJ and special menu tonight including a bottle of champagne per couple for $150 per person. Sat., Dec. 31, 8:30 p.m. Nemo, 100 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, 305-532-4550.
Party at Talula: DJ Bill Kelly will keep you dancing while you dine from your choice of an á la carte or package menu. Sat., Dec. 31. Talula, 210 23rd St, Miami Beach, 305-672-0778.
Party in the Gables: Music and a special menu tonight, plus a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Sat., Dec. 31. JohnMartin's, 253 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, 305-445-3777.
Party Through Breakfast: Celebrate with live entertainment, free champagne toast at midnight, and even a free breakfast buffet at 2:30 a.m. Sat., Dec. 31. Sandbar Lounge, 6752 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, 305-865-1752.
Pawn Shop Lounge: DJs Gunars and Juan Mejia provide the beats for this massive NYE house party. Admission includes open bar all night, party favors, and a champagne toast at midnight. VIP service inside and outside in the courtyard. VIP reservations are essential. Sat., Dec. 31, 10 p.m., $50 admission, $75 open bar, $100 premium open bar. Pawn Shop Lounge, 1222 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, 305-373-3511.
Pearl: This venue is exclusive, so be sure to buy tickets beforehand. Tray-passed hors d'oeuvres from 8 to 9 p.m. and a cash bar. Dinner seating at 9 p.m. New Year's countdown and balloon drop at midnight. Party favors included. Dinner and lounge reservations include all-access wristbands to Nikki Beach and Nikki Garden (after dinner). DJ Gus opens at 8 p.m. DJ Armand spins at 11 p.m. Sat., Dec. 31, $375, 305-779-5880. Pearl Champagne Lounge, 1 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, 305-538-1111.
Pierre's Restaurant: Romance is the idea here. Jumpstart your hormones with some oysters along with lobster, stuffed quail, and other delectable items from the seven-course tasting menu. Afterward enjoy cocktails, dancing, fireworks, and a live band on the sand. Sat., Dec. 31, 5:30 p.m., $160. Pierre's Restaurant, 81600 Overseas Hwy (Mile Marker 81.6, Bayside), Islamorada, 305-664-3225.
Pirate Wench Drop: Hide your booty from the pirate wench who will descend from the top of the 101-foot mast of the tall ship Liberty Clipper. Sat., Dec. 31, 305-292-3302. The Key West Historic Seaport, 100 Grinnell St, Key West, 305-293-8309, www.keywestseaport.com.
Post Restaurant: Let your taste buds savor the five-course dinner offered at Post along with the complimentary bottle of wine per couple and champagne toast at midnight. Open bar 9 p.m. to midnight. Sat., Dec. 31, $120 dinner, $50 lounge. Post Restaurant & Lounge, 1777 SW 3rd Ave, Miami, 305-856-8585, www.postrestaurantmiami.com.
Premium Dining with Premium Open Bar: Join China Grill for dinner or just for fun this New Year's Eve. General admission is $150 per person and includes premium open bar. DJ Danny Stern will be manning the ones and twos. Four-course dinner tickets cost $225 per person including premium open bar cocktail service. Sat., Dec. 31, 9 p.m.-3 a.m. China Grill, 404 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, 305-534-2211.
The Press Room: Enjoy a variety of entertainment options for New Year's. The restaurant will serve a three-course meal and champagne toast at $65 per person. There will be live jazz entertainment by Sophia Romans and legendary pianist Ricky Williams. In the bar enjoy complimentary well drinks, a champagne toast, and DJ entertainment for $75 per person. Sat., Dec. 31, 9 p.m. The Press Room, 1233 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, 305-672-5850, www.pressroommiami.com.
Prime Party: Have a great last dinner of 2005! $150 per person includes a bottle of champagne per couple. DJ and party favors, reservations required. Sat., Dec. 31, 9:30 p.m. Prime One Twelve, 112 Ocean Dr, South Beach, 305-532-8112.
Prive: Imperia Vodka welcomes Lindsay Lohan with sounds by Samantha Ronson and Vice. Open bar till midnight and a champagne toast. Sat., Dec. 31, 9 p.m., $200. Opium Garden/Prive, 136 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, 305-531-5535.
A Regular Good Time at Clarke's: Step into this restaurant/pub and you'll feel like you're ringing in New Year's Eve in Dublin, Ireland. Enjoy regular pub fare favorites like bangers and mash, shepherd's pie, and fish and chips, and toast with a pint of Guinness and party favors at midnight. Sat., Dec. 31, 6 p.m.-midnight. Clarke's, 840 1st St, Miami Beach, 305-538-9885, www.clarkesmiamibeach.com.
Ring in 1980 in Style at The Marlin: Put on your Afro wig and squeeze into those vintage bell bottoms. Forget 2006 The Marlin and guests will celebrate the turn of the decade and say goodbye to the seventies. Tickets available at $79.99 until December 25th and include premium open bar from 8 pm until 1 am, champagne toast, hors d'oeuvres and party favors. Sat., Dec. 31, 10 p.m., 305-604-3836. Rex at the Marlin, 1200 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, 305-604-3595, www.marlinhotel.com.
Ring in the New Year at o-R-o: Celebrate New Year's Eve at o-R-o, the newest and most elegant restaurant on Miami Beach that offers two options, both with a commanding view of the fireworks over downtown Miami, to ring in the new year. Feast on a four-course menu that includes Chardonnay poached jumbo tiger prawns, filet mignon with foie gras butter, and dessert spectacular. The menu is priced at $150 per person (tax and gratuity are additional) and includes valet parking, a champagne toast at midnight, and one bottle of Perrier-Jouët brut champagne per couple. Reservations will start at 7:00 p.m., with the last table being seated at 11:30 p.m. Sat., Dec. 31, 305-673-8168, www.opentable.com. o-R-o, 300 Alton Rd, Miami Beach.
Ring in the New Year Barton G. Style!: Guests will enjoy an unforgettable dining experience featuring an extraordinary five-course meal and unlimited champagne throughout the evening as well as incredible entertainment by the George Tandy Band playing smooth jazz during dinner followed by everyone's dance favorites through the rest of the night. Sat., Dec. 31, 8 p.m., $325 per person plus tax & gratuity. Barton G. The Restaurant, 1427 West Ave, Miami Beach, 305-672-8881.
Ring in the Old New Year: Get out the spandex for this retro 1988 party. Enjoy a premium open bar, gourmet hors d'oeuvres, and a champagne toast. Sat., Dec. 31, $150. Art CafRisqué, 427 Jefferson Ave, South Beach, 305-531-0770.
Ruby Lounge: Miami's top DJs will be spinning party classics, dance, hip-hop, R&B, reggae, funk, salsa, and merengue. Tickets include: h/cold buffet (9 p.m. to 11 p.m.), a personal bottle of champagne, $3 drinks (9 to 11 p.m.), $1000 balloon drop at midnight, champagne toast at midnight, party favors, and much more. Sat., Dec. 31, 9 p.m., $60. Ruby Lounge, 623 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, 305-684-9993.
Rumors: Admission includes four free drinks, a bottle of champagne, and party favorites. VIP special is $500 per table with complimentary bottle of vodka, bottle of champagne and party favorites. The after-hour party begins at 4 a.m. till 3 p.m. Sat., Dec. 31, 9 p.m., $200 per couple. Rumors South Beach, 1439 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, 305-531-4849, www.rumorssouthbeach.com.
Savor the New Year: Linger on the flavors of this six-course dinner. The offerings include seafood margarita for starters, roast duck with cherry sauce or grouper with citrus sauce, plus a trio of desserts. Champagne toast at midnight. All for $65. Sat., Dec. 31, 8 p.m., email@example.com. Reunion Bistro, 3155 NE 163rd St, Miami Beach, 305-947-7665.
Say SushiSamba Dromo for New Year's!: The popular restaurant is offering a traditional Japanese omakase menu, which means "putting your trust in the chef," eating whatever the chef feels like cooking for you. For $75 you can enjoy a six-course meal that will include caviar-studded sea scallops, sautRisquéed lobster tail, a celebration of sushi, and sparkling sake-marinated berries for dessert. Sat., Dec. 31, 8 p.m., $75, price does not include beverage, tax or gratuity, 305-673-5337, www.sushisamba.com. Sushisamba, 600 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach.
Sexy New Year's at Stir Crazy: Sing "Auld Lang Syne" with a passel of sexy ladies. The strippers will climb off the stage and meet you at the bar at midnight, for a complimentary champagne toast. Sat., Dec. 31, 10 p.m. Stir Crazy Lounge, 12425 S Dixie Hwy, Kendall, 305-233-4432.
Shindig at the Hotel Shelley: Enjoy the same sweet deal at the five fabulous hotels owned by the South Beach Group. Some of the best DJs in Miami will rotate sets at this chic boutique hotel. At midnight, a champagne toast will be followed by a kissing contest, with the couple that kisses the longest winning a free night's stay. DJ's will spin dance, rock, urban, and hip-hop tunes while you enjoy bottle specials, preferred seating, and no cover charge to the party. Sat., Dec. 31, 10 p.m., $250 a night, www.hotelshelley.com. Hotel Shelley, 844 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, 305-531-3341.
Show Us Your Sweetie at Swisher Xtreme: Want to get hooked up with access to the hottest VIP events? Go to www.swisherxtreme.com and sign up now! Check out the muevete photo gallery for photos of past events, or click on sweeties and get to know the Swisherxtreme Sweetie of the month. Join us in selecting the next Swisherxtreme Sweetie! Muevete to the sound of Latin music. Ladies wear your baddest outfit and get ready to be selected. And guys, join us and shout for the hottest Latina. The winner gets $200 in cash. Sat., Dec. 31, www.swisherxtreme.com.
Sing Your Way to a New Year: Free food and prizes tonight as you count down to the new year. You can karaoke too! Sat., Dec. 31. The Chicagoan, 10702 NW 7th Ave, Miami, 305-756-5306.
Sip Bubbly at Gigi's: This cozy bistro will offer their regular menu from 6 to 8 p.m., then bust out into a party from 10 pm to 1 am. Enjoy an open bar with all the beer and wine you can drink, and toast with champagne at midnight. Dance to a special guest DJ and be sure to load your plate with all of the delicious passed hors d'oeuvres. Sat., Dec. 31, 10 p.m., $125. GiGi Bistro, 190 NE 46th St, Miami, 305-572-0015.
Sobespots Party: Sobespots members and all their guests are invited to party it up on New Year's Eve 2006. DJ Tony Tone will be spinning a variety of beats from hip-hop, R&B, rock, and old school. Admission includes all you can drink. VIP tables will be available for $450, which includes admission for four people, a bottle of Moët plus your choice of a bottle of premium alcohol. Any additional people will be $100 per person. Sat., Dec. 31, $50 prepaid, $75 door, sobespots.com. Solid Gold, 2355 Sunny Isles Blvd, North Miami Beach, 305-956-5627.
Space: You can bet that every diehard dance music fanatic in Miami will be seen at this New Year's extravaganza. DJs Cedric Gervais, Ivano Bellini, Lazardi, Affect, Ariel, and others will be rocking the party well into the new year. Food, drinks, and a champagne toast are also on the party roster. Presale tickets, which are $40, include express admission, open bar, party favors, and champagne from 9 p.m. to midnight. VIP tables start at $600 for four and $100 for each additional person. Regular admission will be $50 before midnight. Dress to impress. Sat., Dec. 31, 9 p.m., www.clubspace.com. Space, 34 NE 11th St, Miami, 305-350-1956.
Spam Allstars: Just 50 bucks gets you into this party featuring one of Miami's hottest bands and an open bar and buffet that will be on till Monday. Sat., Dec. 31, 9 p.m. Oxygen Lounge, 2911 Grand Ave, Coconut Grove, 305-476-0202.
St. Michel: Indulge in a mouthwatering five-course meal from our new chef, Paris Roldan. Enjoy attentive service, a wonderful atmosphere, and an eclectic mix of international cuisine. An á la carte menu is available until 7:30 p.m. Sat., Dec. 31, $75 per person. Hotel St. Michel, 162 Alcazar Ave, Coral Gables, 305-444-1666.
Suenalo Sound System: Suenalo Sound System live at the Transit Lounge. Don't miss this party featuring one of Miami's funkiest bands along with a second stage outdoors party featuring live Rumba. The party will also include free buffet and champagne along with tons of drink specials throughout the night followed by a Krispy Kreme breakfast. Sat., Dec. 31, 9 p.m., $25, www.suenalomusic.com. Transit Lounge, 729 SW 1st Ave, Miami, 305-377-4628.
Talula: Enjoy your New Year's Eve with a meticulously prepared tasting menu prepared by Chefs Andrea & Frank and their culinary team. A complimentary champagne toast is included at midnight. The prix fixe menu includes hamachi ceviche, poached shrimp and Maine lobster risotto, braised short rib ravioli, pan roasted filet mignon, and chocolate opera cake and mango cheesecake for dessert. Call for reservations. Sat., Dec. 31, $85 per guest; a gratuity of 20% will be added to all checks this evening. Talula, 210 23rd St, Miami Beach, 305-672-0778.
Tantra: Tantra is personalizing your ultimate New Year's Eve celebration. There is no cover or exorbitant fixed price for those dining. Dine as early as 6 p.m. or as late as 1 a.m. Diners choose their own seating time along with appetizers, entrRisquées, and á la carte from the full menu, created by executive chef Sandee Birdsong. Dining, DJs, dancing, and drummers till dawn. Sat., Dec. 31, 6 p.m., no cover. Tantra, 1445 Pennsylvania Ave, Miami Beach, 305-672-4765.
Touch: Touch will transform the restaurant into a glamorous, turn of the century, European-inspired grand Parisian salon. Prepaid reservations are required for the four-course dinner prepared by executive chef Sean Brasel. If you've already eaten, join us for a special open bar from 9 p.m. to midnight. Sat., Dec. 31, $250 per person for dinner (excluding tax and service charge); $100 per person for open bar. Touch, 910 Lincoln Rd, South Beach, 305-532-8003, www.touchrestaurant.com.
Traditional Ethiopian New Year's Celebration: Toast in the new year Ethiopian style, with traditional fare like doro wat, gored gored, and fit fit salad, all accompanied by an authentic live band. Sat., Dec. 31, 9 p.m.-midnight. Sheba Ethiopian Restaurant, 4029 N Miami Ave, North Miami, 305-573-1819, www.shebamiami.com.
Trip the Light Fantastic at Tootsie's: Ten bucks will get you plenty at Tootsie's great new location. Drink free all night long, and save your dollars for the ladies on stage. The party starts at 8 p.m. and goes all the way till 5 a.m. Sat., Dec. 31, 8 p.m., $10. Tootsie's Cabaret, 19839 NW 2nd Ave, North Miami, 305-651-5822.
Turkish Delight: Enjoy a special New Year's Eve menu and live belly dancing at this Alton Road grill. Sat., Dec. 31. Hakan Turkish Grill and Wine, 1040 Alton Rd, Miami Beach, 305-534-9557.
Vibrant Lounge Dining: The new ultrachic 510 Ocean restaurant will premier its new dining concept to New Year's revelers from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. with dinner seating from 8 to 9 p.m. The evening is set to include free-flowing premium libations, champagne, and a five-course prix fix menu that is sure to tempt any palate. Meanwhile, co-owner and house DJ Bryan Davis will work the turntables, playing upbeat recognizable tracks that appeal to all guests. For only $250 per person, guests will enjoy the five-course prix fix menu, complimentary bottle of Piper Heidsick champagne, hand-passed desserts, and access to a premium open bar until 1 a.m., all on 510 Ocean's rooftop lounge, which offers an unobstructed view of Ocean Drive and the South Beach fireworks show. Or for only $100, guests will receive full access to a premium open bar on the rooftop lounge. Sat., Dec. 31. 510 Ocean, 510 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, 305-531-1788.
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens: The 10th annual NYE celebration at Vizcaya will include a light buffet served from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., Flor de Caña premium spirit open bars throughout the night, and JP Chenet and Grands Chais de France premium wine open bars throughout the night. Live musical performances by Goia (formerly of Expose), Shannon (opening act), and closing act performances by bands Erotic Exotic and Secret Society at 12:30 a.m. Sat., Dec. 31, 9 p.m., $150 general admission, 305-856-4866. Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, 3251 S Miami Ave, Miami, 305-250-9133.
Walk Like an Egyptian at the Clevelander: Wake the Pharaohs is the theme for the evening, so expect the greatest Egyptian night on South Beach. DJ Mr. Friendly, DJ Furiouz, and DJ LNR will man the ones and twos while dancers get down into their choreographed routines. Come early for an afternoon pool party from 1 to 6 pm, then dance the night away starting at 8. Presale tickets are available for $30, and VIP table service is also available. Sat., Dec. 31, 786-276-1414, www.clevelander.com. The Clevelander, 1020 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, 305-531-3485.
WhiteStarr: One of L.A.'s hottest bands performs poolside at this swanky hotel. Sat., Dec. 31, $200 general admission, $325 VIP. Hotel Victor, 1144 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, 305-428-1234.
Wild at the Whitelaw 2006: Enjoy the same sweet deal at the five fabulous hotels owned by the South Beach Group. The Whitelaw Hotel has four- and five-night packages available, which include celebrity-style gift bags complete with a bottle of champagne, party favors, tickets for a champagne toast in the bar when the ball drops, a New Year's Day hangover kit, and a CD featuring the top 15 tracks from 2005. At this New York-style New Year's bash, DJ Giovanni will spin house and hip-hop beats. Admission to the party is free, but guests who lodge at the Whitelaw get some extra perks, including complimentary service cocktails during happy hour, daily breakfast, airport shuttles to and from Miami International Airport, and VIP club passes for the most popular nightclubs in South Beach. Sat., Dec. 31, $250 a night, 305-398-7000, www.southbeachgroup.com/newyears/index. Whitelaw Hotel, 808 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, 305-398-7010.
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