NYE Guide 2006

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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.

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