NYE Guide 2006

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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.

NYE RESTAURANTS

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.

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