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NYE Guide 2006

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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.

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$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.

The Bar: Take your partying elsewhere for 2006, because this Coral Gables locals joint will be closed for New Year's. Sat., Dec. 31. The Bar, 172 Giralda Ave, Coral Gables, 305-442-2730.

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