Wondering how or where to ring in 2014 in Miami? Here are some options, from our Top 5 picks to some open bar-soaked parties.
Miami.com’s Top 5
Pitbull rings in 2014
Mr. International 305 786 Pitbull is Mr New Year’s Eve 2014 with a show at the AmericanAirlines Arena (601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami) with guest star Prince Royce. Tickets range from $71 to $200 which, considering the price of other NYE parties is a deal. Or would that be a dale? For tickets, click here.
Robin Thicke headlines SLS
While Miley’s in Times Square hopefully sticking her tongue against a light pole, her twerk partner Robin Thicke will be performing at SLS’s Moet-soaked NYE Party with a late night set by Skylar Grey. $500 tickets include open bar and food from Katsuya. 1701 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Click here for tickets.
Pharrell and Afrojack at Fontainebleau
So what if Miley Cyrus bailed from Fontainebleau’s poolside bacchanal featuring performances by Pharrell and Afrojack. If you think about it, Cyrus is so 2013. Next! Tickets for this start at $275 for general admision with open bar from 9 p.m. to midnight or $40,000 for stage side seats for 30 of your closest friends. 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Click here for tickets.
Lil’ Wayne at Cameo
Got Money? Because you’re gonna need it if you want to ring in 2014 with Young Money maker Lil Wayne at Cameo (1445 Washington Ave., Miami Beach), featuring open bar until midnight and for the real baller, the most expensive table in the country costing $100,000 and including 50 bottles of rose, 10 of GT vodka, five of Hennessy VS, 10 of Patron and a night out for you and your four BFFs with Wayne at a recording studio. For the rest of you? Tickets start at $150. Click here to purchase.
Great Gatsby Ball
Prepare to channel your best Jay Gatsby – or Jay Z if you insist – at Turnberry Isle’s (19999 W. Country Club Dr., Aventura) black tie Great Gatsby New Year’s Ball featuring sit down dinner, dancing, nine-piece band, free flowing bubbly, wines and cocktails.This is not the Baz Lurhmann version, it’s fabulously Fitzgerald with tickets at $250 per person. Click here to reserve your spot
Best of the Rest
The Bar at The Forge
Don’t want to deal with the crowds but still want to get dressed up? Reserve a spot or two at the massive bar at The Forge (432 41st St., Miami Beach). For $85 you get an open bar from 10 p.m. – 1 a.m. along with a bottle of Veuve Clicquot and a tasting plate with smaller samplings of Roasted Oysters, Lobster Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, and Crispy Corn Ravioli. There will be a DJ spinning music, and plenty of TVs in the bar area to watch the ball drop. To reserve your seat call 305-538-8533
Elegance and Ritz at Blanc NYE
Cirque-style aerialists, poolside performances and open format from DJ Cassidy highlight Blanc NYE 2014 at the Ritz-Carlton South Beach (1 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach). Dress code is, obviously, white and premium open bar is from 8:30 p.m. to midnight, including a champagne toast. Tickets can be purchased online at www.BlancNYE.com for $125 pre-sale. Table reservations are available and a portion of the proceeds of all sales will benefit the Miami Beach Chamber Education Foundation.
Free Year’s Eve at Patpong Road
How about a free event on South Beach for New Year’s Eve? No, we’re not talking about your best friends apartment on Euclid. We are talking at Patpong Road a.k.a. upstairs at Khong River House off Lincoln Road (1661 Meridian Ave.). From 9 p.m. – 10 p.m. enjoy an open bar by Absolut vodka. At midnight enjoy a complimentary champagne toast by Perrier-Jouet. Music by DJ Damion Yancy and there is no cover charge all night. Doors open at 9 p.m.
Rooftop New Year’s at The Gale
Head to the Gale Hotel rooftop where for $150 per ticket (plus tax and gratuity) you get to hangout on the rooftop with 300 of your closest friends and a premium open bar (Absolut, Absolut Citron, Absolut Mandarin and Belvedere vodkas, Bacardi Superior and Sailor Jerry Spiced rums; Don Julio Blanco and Olmeca Altos Reposado tequilas; Johnny Walker Black and Bulleit Bourbon; Bombay Saphire gin; white, red wines; prosecco; and Heineken, Heineken Light, PBR, and Modello beers.) from 10 p.m. until 1 a.m. Hungry? There will be bites from Dolce Italian including canapés, salads and pasta station and select entrees. Enjoy a live performance by Brendan O’Hara and the five piece band along with mixed beats from DJ Reid Waters. As the clock strikes twelve, toast to the New Year with a flute filled with Krug Grand Cuvee Champagne and a view of multiple firework shows! Bonus: Guests who attend the rooftop party will receive special entrance to the downstairs nightclub Rec Room for its after-party. The Regent Cocktail Club will be open all evening with no cover charge and bartenders will be whipping up champagne specials. RSVP email at email@example.com. 1685 Collins Ave., Miami Beach.
Bimini Superfast New Year’s Eve Cruise
If your New Year’s resolution is to do more traveling then kick off 2014 doing just that. Take off on the Bimini Superfast Cruise; the first chance is the departure at 9 a.m. Dec. 31 which returns at 6 a.m. Jan. 1 with a “Fire and Ice” themed party that will feature dancing, live entertainment, gaming action, champagne toast and a fireworks display. Reservations start at $149 per person. Or sail out New Year’s Day at 9 a.m. and spend the day hanging in the casino, lounging on the sands in Bimini or watching the bowl games. Fares begin at $99. Reservations are available at www.RWBIMINI.com or 888-930-8688.
Downtown Miami New Year’s Eve Celebration
Bayfront Park (301 N. Biscayne Blvd., Miami) is the place to be for the largest free party in South Florida. Count down to midnight when Miami’s own “Gran Naranja” (Big Orange) will climb to top of the InterContinental Hotel as a grand display of fireworks illuminates Biscayne Bay. Once the giant orange reaches the zenith, the hotel will be ‘flipping the switch’ to turn on the new digital dancers that will shimmy across the building’s facade. The event takes place from 8 p.m. till midnight.