No night carries as much pressure as New Year's Eve. If the previous year pissed all over you, you still have one night to make up for it. If the previous year was a banner one, you feel pressed to end it with a bang for fear of not rolling into the next year with such good fortune. Luckily, we live in a sprawling region jam-packed with places to toast champagne glasses as you ring in the New Year. Here are the ten best New Year's Eve parties in Broward and Palm Beach.
Once Is Not Enough at America's Backyard
This outdoor Fort Lauderdale party figures if people love one countdown, they'll go gaga over four. For each time zone in the continental USA, America's Backyard will count down to midnight. Be close to someone you want to kiss at 12 a.m. for the East Coast, 1 a.m. for central, 2 a.m. for the mountains, and 3 a.m. for the West Coast. Tickets cost $35 in advance and $40 at the door. There will be an open bar until midnight and a complimentary champagne toast when the ball drops (Fort Lauderdale time).
Dance Through the Decades NYE Party at LauderAle
The beer garden is taking you from 1955 to the present hoping you'll dance through the decades. Your $60 admission gets you a champagne toast at midnight and hors d'oeuvres all night, with the kicker being the open bar featuring 18 different beers on tap.
Billy Joel at BB&T Center
The Piano Man enjoyed spending last New Year's Eve performing at BB&T Center so much he decided to make a return engagement. Last year's Billy Joel New Year's Eve show had celebrities in the audience like Howard Stern and Jimmy Kimmel singing along to "We Didn't Start the Fire" and "Uptown Girl."
Night at the Carnival at Stache
Stache Drinking Den is having a Brazilian Carnival theme for its New Year's Eve party. The $65 cover charge includes a premium open-bar package, gourmet finger foods, live Brazilian carnival dancers, a balloon drop, and a champagne toast.
NYE '80s Prom Night at Rhythm & Vine
Though we are now almost in the 2020s, there's something about the '80s that our society can't let go of. Maybe it's the new-wave music or the mullets or the pastels, but Rhythm & Vine is going to soak it all in. $75 gets you access to the premium open bar from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Zach Deputy at Culture Room
Savannah's one-man band will bring his "island-infused drum 'n' bass gospel ninja soul" to the Culture Room. The night promises special surprise guests, but one performer you can count on being there is Deputy's reliable looping pedal, which layers his chord progressions, beatboxing, vocals, bass, drums, and guitar.
New Year's Eve Flashback at Respectable Street
Starting at 10 p.m. with the 1970s, every hour will feature a different decade of music culminating with hits from the present day. Out in the back of the West Palm landmark, there will be live music by Guy Harvey, Wake Up, and Dead and Loving It. Aurora NYE: Fusion & Fire
From 10 p.m. to 4 a.m., this party in Davie says you should "Expect nothing short of a truly VIP experience from start to finish while enjoying everlasting memories with friends and family." The $85 ticket includes full open bar, gourmet dinner with appetizers, champagne toasts, and a red-carpet photo area. Music for the night includes Top 40 hits, hip-hop, EDM, R&B, Latin, disco, Caribbean, and International.
Masquerade Ball at Propaganda
This semiformal event will have four unique stages of live music set up in Lake Worth. The rock stage will feature W.D. Miller and the Revolvers, the hip-hop stage will have Eric Biddines and Bleubird, the reggae stage will feature Spred the Dub, and the coffee-bar stage will have five singer-songwriters ready to play. Tickets cost $10 in advance and $15 on the day of the show.
NYE Bash at Guanabanas Island Restaurant and Bar
This free event invites you to "ring in the New Year in paradise and party under the stars." The party at the Jupiter bar starts at 9 p.m. and has no cover charge. It features live Latin reggae-rock by Moska Project and the surf-crazed six-piece the Ellameno Beat.
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