NYE Guide 2006

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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.

Get it All at NewYears.com: Looking for a New Year's event that we somehow haven't included? Visit NewYears.com, the definitive guide to New Year's Eve parties across America. This comprehensive website features events in every major city. Users can browse detailed party info, buy tickets and reserve VIP packages at the most sought after events. Sat., Dec. 31, www.newyears.com.

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.

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