Driving around town on New Years is not just a pain-in-the-ass, but it's dangerous; we don't even want to know how many DUIs will be handed out.
With all the crazies running around (it's one of the few days in which everyone heads out of the house) it's best to find a place to tuck in for the evening.
Unfortunately, it's not always an easy task to find a place with a fun atmosphere and a great bite to eat.
If you're looking to combine your dining and party needs, check out our list of five restaurants featuring live for New Years Eve.
For a mellow modern Asian-inspired NYE, Coco Asian Bistro is featuring a live keyboardist and vocalist as well as a special a la carte menu with items like Seared Japanese Kobe Strip Steak served with an organic salad tossed and a side of Thai chili sauce; the Coco Sashimi Bowl with a fresh seaweed salad, pickled daikon and house-made kimchi chili sauce; Lobster Volcano featuring a whole live Maine lobster, served with an organic salad and a side of Thai Volcano sauce; and more. Any diner who orders an entree from the special menu gets a bottle of Piper-Heidsieck Champagne (375 ML) on the house.
Coco Asian Bistro is located at 1841 Cordova Road in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-525-3541, or visit cocoasianbistro.com.
New Years traditions are different across the world. This pirate-inspired spot is going Caribbean with a Brazilian and South American white party. The waterfront seafood-centric spot is featuring a DJ playing Latin tunes with a wide selection of merengue, salsa, samba, cumbia, and more. All guests are encouraged to dress in all white.
Pirate Republic is located 400 SW Third Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-761-3500, or visit piraterepublicbar.com.
If you're looking to ring in the holiday with the smooth tunes of jazz, look no further; Mizner Park's premier jazz bar is offering live music, celebrity champagne toast at Midnight, and a special four-course menu created by executive chef Justin Flit. The cost is $100 per person for the first-seating at 7 p.m.; the 10 p.m. seating is $150 per person. For guests who want to visit without eating, general admission tickets are $25, $50 after 9:30 p.m.
Jazziz is located at 201 Plaza Real, Suite 1203 in Boca Raton. Call 561-300-0730, or visit jazziz.com/jazziznightlife.
While NYE brings partiers and revelers out of the woodwork, the Irish are known for having a good time the other 364 days of the year. So, it should come as no surprise that this Mizner Park pub is going big for the New Year with a special menu in addition to its regular menu, party favors, free Champagne toast at Midnight, and live music by Rogue Theory.
The Dubliner is located at 435 Plaza Real in Boca Raton. Call 561-620-2540, or visit dublinerboca.com.
This art-inspired spot is welcoming the New Year with an indie-edge. With no cover, a special three-course prix fixe menu, and live music by Florida folkcore band the Wholetones, this is your place if you're looking for an alternative to the omnipresent South Florida cover-bands.
DaDa Restaurant & Lounge is located at 52 N. Swinton Ave. in Delray Beach. Call 561-330-3232, or visit dada.closermagazine.com/index.html.
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