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Top Ten New Year's Eve Parties in Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach County

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5. One Night in Bangkok. With DJ David Knapp. 8 p.m. at the Manor Complex, 2345 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors; call 954-643-3833, or visit No cover. Age 21 and up.

Wait, what's that you say? A New Year's Eve party that isn't going to charge us $100 just to get in the door? And you don't even have to be on some sort of super-special VIP list? Could it be? We know, it's crazy. Enjoy the culture and delights of Bangkok without even having to lift a finger. Unless, of course, it's to pick up a cocktail or a man. Then you might want to put a little effort in.

4. The Great Gatsby Roaring '20s Celebration. 8 p.m. at Blue Martini, 2432 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; call 954-653-2583, or visit Admission is $15 to $400. Age 21 and up.

Boardwalk Empire obsessed? Don't be shy; you know you're developing a strange crush on Steve Buscemi. At Blue Martini this NYE, indulge in all your flapper fantasies and imagine that liquor is still illegal and sexy and that doing the Charleston can get you laid. When the ball drops, you'll be smooching the Jay Gatsby of your dreams. 

Bonus: For all those designated drivers out there, you'll get a discounted admission price just for staying sober. We know it sounds boring, but starting off the new year with a DUI is not aces.

3. Pablo Francisco. 7 and 10 p.m. at Fort Lauderdale Improv, 5700 Seminole Way, Hollywood; call 954-981-5653, or visit Tickets cost $25 with a two-drink minimum. Age 21 and up.

New Year's Eve doesn't have to be only about poppin' bottles in da club or maxing out your credit card on VIP tables. We know it sounds fun, but is that really the best way to start a new year? So while your friends go broke and fight the masses on the dance floor, you can kick back and take in the cracks of comedian Pablo Francisco. Known for his spot-on impressions and high-energy sets, he will have you pissing your pants at midnight. Hey, we don't judge.

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Betsey Denberg