For all the excitement that comes with planning New Year's Eve festivities — from picking out the perfect sparkly outfit you'll never wear again to locking in that futon your buddy promised was yours to crash on this year — the annual scramble to secure a soirée worthy of launching you into your next year of greatness can be a lot of pressure.
We've already put together a comprehensive guide of South Florida's 2016 New Year's Eve parties to help lighten the burden a bit, but if you ask us of the more music-obsessed set, we're thinking this whole thing could be a lot simpler if we just stick to what we know and love. In that light, here are seven of the best South Florida NYE parties where we're sure the tunes will be banging and the vibes just right all night long. 2016, we're ready for you!
16 E Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach; 561-270-7187
One of the newer venues from the music-savvy folks at Sub-Culture group, the same team behind Dada Restaurant & Lounge and Respectable Street, Honey is a sweet, updated venue that blends sophisticated lounge with
6. Kreepy Tiki Bar & Lounge
2608 S. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale 33316; 954-803-7691
Kick off 2016 with Lake Worth's most rocking swing, blues, and boogie group, Viva La Vox, as it brings the vintage vibes to Fort Lauderdale's funky Federal Highway hidden gem. Locals Dark Water Rebellion will also help usher in the new year with its Southern gothic, Americana-infused rock vibes. Octo Gato is also slated to perform, with more acts to be announced. A $10 cover charge lets you in on all the fun, as well a complimentary Champagne toast at midnight. Rock on!
5. C&I Studios
541 NW First Ave., Fort Lauderdale 33301; 954-357-3934
The FAT Village cool kids over at C&I Studios have put together a no-cover "Roaring ’20s NYE Party" to ring in the New Year, where guests are invited to dress up and "party like it's 1929." Revelers can expect food trucks, cocktails like the ever-classic old fashioned, music from a live jazz band, and an "ole photo booth," for capturing the night like they did back in the day — on film. Never ones to settle on just one thing, the crew at C&I is also hosting its monthly First Friday (yes, they're aware this is technically a last Friday) game night at the adjoining Studio B, where a plethora of old- and new-school games will keep partiers in the competitive spirit as they bring on the new year.
4. Tap 42
1411 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-463-4900 /Town Center Cir #247, Boca Raton; 561-235-5819
Between food, booze, and cover charges, New Year's Eve can cost somewhere in the hundreds. And chances are, you're getting cheap sparkling wine — referred to as Champagne — and bottom-of-the-barrel vodka drinks. Don't do it: Drink good brew. At both the Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale locations of Tap 42, the craft beer bars are hosting an all-inclusive New Year's with live music, full top-shelf bar, 42 craft drafts, passed hors d'oeuvres, and Champagne toast at midnight, followed by brekkie at 1 a.m. Tickets cost $101.22 via eventbrite.com/e/tap-42-fort-lauderdale-nye-party or, for Boca, even tbrite.com/e/tap-42-boca-nye-party.
6 S, J St., Lake Worth; 561-547-7273
This West Palm spot is making it (freezing) rain with its New Year's White Party. Seriously, the strongly suggested attire for the evening is all white, and there will be periodic snowfall throughout the night — including a midnight snow fight. The party includes three stages. Gates open and snow begins at the Street Stage at 7 p.m. At 8 p.m., it's Ben & the Wailers, followed by Fireside Prophets at 9 p.m., and Raggy Monster at 11 p.m. Everymen kick off 2016 at Midnight. Starting at 7:30, then switching every hour after that, the Propaganda Stage is featuring JT Turret, Peyote Coyote, Lavola, RMNTX, and LFTD LVLS. The Common Grounds Stage follows the same format of hourly shows on the half hour starting with Tony V at 7:30 p.m., moving on to Tom Carr at 8:30 p.m., followed by Justin Rosario at 9:30 p.m., Myles Patrick (of Mylo Ranger) goes on at 10:30 p.m. Gates open at 7 p.m. Admission is $5 before 9 p.m., then $10 until the end of the night.
2. Respectable Street
518 Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 561-832-9999
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One of the oldest — and still best — clubs on the East Coast is
1. Stache, 1920's Drinking Den
109 SW Second Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-449-1044
Party Prohibition-style at this downtown Fort Lauderdale speakeasy's Midnight Masquerade. The