Goodbye 2011… HEEELLLOOO 2012!!!
It’s been an amazing year but it’s time to say farewell with an amazing celebration. This year there have been many new additions to the nightlife scene in Miami and plenty of events to choose from, but after going through the numerous lists these are the top parties to be at to ring in the New Year!
Red Bull Soundclash at Bayfront Park
301 N. Biscayne Blvd., Miami
Bayfront Park teams up with Red Bull to present the Red Bull Soundclash. How it works is this: The show features two bands with different music styles facing off on two stages positioned on opposite ends of the venue with the audience in the middle. The bands aren’t battling, instead they collaborate to create an innovative live music performance. This year features Ludacris opposite Mike Posner. The show leads up to the famous “Big Orange” slowly ascending the side of the InterContinental Hotel. At midnight the fireworks display begins over Biscayne Bay. Gates open at 7 p.m., the show starts at 8 p.m., and the fireworks are at midnight. Admission is free. No bottles, cans, coolers, or personal fireworks can be brought into the park. For more info 305-358-7550.
Orange Drive Miami Beach Music Festival
Ocean Drive between 7th and 9th Streets, Miami Beach
Friday, Dec 30 – Sunday, Jan. 1
The Orange Drive Miami Beach Music Festival is a three-day party with a diverse lineup of A-list musical guests with something for everyone, starting with the fabulously flamboyant Cee Lo Green, along with Jermaine Dupri, Pete Wentz, Boys II Men, DJ Irie, Samantha Ronson and more. Day passes $65-$86, 3-day pass $155.15-$208.65.
Lauren Hill at The Shelborne
1801 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
Hip hop royalty Lauren Hill performs at the New Year’s Eve festivities at The Shelborne Hotel. DJs Berrie, Drek Martinez and DL spin. Open bar from 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. General admission tickets $200, standing VIP are $300, plus there are plenty bottle packages to hang poolside with your friends. Get tickets here.
King Mango Strut
Commodore Plaza and Main Highway, Coconut Grove
Miami gets a chance to let its freak flag wave every Dec. 31 at the King Mango Strut, a spoof of the Orange Bowl Parade with a cast of characters mocking all the strange and hilarious events of the past year. This years theme: Occupy the Grove, complete with pseudo-protestors, pickapeppa spray and plenty of cardboard signs. The Grand Marshall will be Zoo Miami’s Communications Director Ron Magill. The parade starts at 2 p.m. at the corner of Commodore Plaza and Main Hwy in Coconut Grove.
EC Twins at SET
320 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach
Ring in 2012 with a British Invasion by the hot DJ Duo team of the EC Twins at SET Miami for a night of sexy house, high fashion, and glamour galore. The iconic duo will take over SET’s turntables as jetsetters and VIPs alike ring in 2012. At SET you’re in for a night complete with limited VIP table seatings, whisky-a-go-go dancers, an open bar from 9 p.m. till midnight, champagne toast and house music all night long. General Admission tickets start at $150.
Rick Ross Takes over CAMEO
1445 Washington Ave., Miami Beach
Miami’s own Rick Ross The Boss takes over Cameo Miami for a New Years Eve celebration- true South Beach style. Cameo will feature several open bars from 9pm til 12am, a complimentary midnight toast, and chic VIP seating for parties of all sizes with tables named after the Boss himself including the “Im’a Boss” table and the “Aston Martin VIP” table . Ross is even pulling out all the stops with a $100,000 table including 50 bottles of Moet Nectar Rose and a night out at his recording studio. General Admission tickets start at $150.
Wet at the W gets Jacked with Afrojack
2201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
Ring in 2012 poolside with special guest DJ Afrojack and Bobby Burns at Wet at the W South Beach. Guests will enjoy open bar from 9 p.m. until midnight and the festivities will go on until 2 a.m. If you want to get more intimate, head indoors to WALL and toast 2012 with special guest DJ Alesso. Tickets for each venue are separately priced (starting at $400 at Wet and starting at $6,500 for a table for 5 at WALL) and table reservations are highly suggested. For tickets go to www.nyewsouthbeach.com
Axwell takes over Fontainebleau; Sebastian Ingrosso, Busta Rhymes at LIV!
4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
Enjoy the beautiful weather in Miami with some beachside fun at the Fontainebleau pool and special guest DJ Axwell as he throws down a sick New Year’s Eve set that will have you on it! You can also party it up inside at LIV nightclub with a mash-up of hip-hop and house with special guest Busta Rhymes, DJ Politik and Sebastian Ingrosso. Voted the No. 1 nightclub on Miami Beach, this is one party you don’t want to miss. For tickets go to Wantickets.com Tickets are currently $375 for poolside, $575 for LIV and include open bar from 9 p.m. until midnight.
Winterland with Bob Sinclar at AMNESIA
136 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
With the return of AMNESIA, you had to know there was going to be an insane NYE party and they delivered. Co-owner, global star DJ Bob Sinclar will take control of the turntables for a winter wonderland themed NYE party that will have you dancing until the sun comes up. Tickets are currently $150 for guys and $75 for the ladies and include open bar from 10 p.m. to midnight.
A NYE to Remember at Mansion
1235 Washington Ave., Miami Beach
Known for annually hosting one of the biggest New Year’s Eve celebrations in Miami, Mansion Miami rings in 2012 with a larger than life celebration featuring multiple open bars, a complimentary champagne toast, midnight light show and table packages for parties of all sizes. Although the special guest has yet to be announced, this party is definitely worth putting on the list. General admission tickets start at $150 for guys, $100 for ladies and both include open bar from 9 p.m. until midnight, and are available here
Rev Run and Mel Debarge at Skybar
1901 Collins Ave., MIami
Go retro at Skybar at Shore Club who has enlisted Rev Run and Mel Debarge to provide the evening’s entertainment. Rev Run will help partygoers countdown to midnight in style with a live DJ set. Cash bar opens at 9 p.m. with a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Table packages are available, doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets $75.
Grand Voyage 2012 at Nikki Beach
1 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach
Set sail on the Grand Voyage and take a trip around all the exotic Nikki Beach locations such as St. Tropez, Marbella, Koh Samui, St. Barths and Marrakech – without leaving Miami Beach. This exquisite affair will feature delectable haute cuisine designed uniquely for New Year’s Eve, with live entertainment, a private fireworks show, and a New York-style ball drop at midnight. Talk about a one-of-a-kind way to ring in the New Year!? General admission tickets start at $75
Robin Thicke at The Delano
1685 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
You can dine, party or simply watch Grammy Award-nominated singer Robin Thicke croon out a few ballads at the Delano’s annual New Year’s Eve celebration. The $150 ticket includes this not-to-be-missed performance and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Table packages are also available. In addition to the party, the restaurant at Delano offers a four-course dinner starting at $425/person, and includes a midnight champagne toast and a special hors d’oeuvre reception from 9pm to 11pm. Delano’s ultimate New Year’s Eve package includes dinner and a ticket to the party for $525/person. Get your tickets here. Doors open at 9 p.m.
Spam Allstars at Catalina Hotel & Beach Club
1732 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
Miami’s own Spam All Stars will rock the house with their signature fusion of hip hop, dance and afro-Cuban beats while celebrity hosts Melissa and Joe Gorga take a break from their jobs on the Real Housewives New Jersey to party with guests. Live DJs will spin until 7 a.m, with old school hip hop being played in Kung Fu Kitchen and Sushi, and ‘80s grooves and classic rock in Maxine’s Lounge. There will be an open bar from 8 p.m. to midnight and a champagne toast once the clock strikes twelve. Tickets start at $95.
Jewel at the Miami Tower Building
100 SE Second St., Miami
Dance the night away to the sounds of DJ Epps, The King Waggy Tee, House Arrest, Peter T and Dutty Dex. Tickets include food and drinks. At midnight, enjoy a bird’s eye view of downtown Miami’s fireworks display. Tickets $60-$70.
Big Night Miami at Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino
901 S. Federal Hwy., Hallendale Beach
Party with a huge line-up of DJs including DJ Skribbe, Sama, Micro and Annalyze ll while you enjoy open bar, first class cuisine, party favors and the midnight balloon drop. Tickets start at $170.
1237 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach
Ring in 2012 in the chic lounge HaVen and with the $150 all-inclusive General Admission ticket you will receive premium open bar from 9 p.m. till 1 a.m., Perrier-Jouët champagne toast, yummy appetizers, canapes, deserts and music by DJs AL B Rotten & Johnny Strokes. Experience the countdown worldwide with the global New Years Eve video along with a lIVE video of the iconic Times Square Ball Drop. For more information call 305-987-8885 or email INFO@havenlounge.com
MoKai – Fashion Funktion NYE 2012
235 23rd St., Miami Beach
Say goodbye to 2011 at one of South Beach’s chicest hotspots with fashion, cocktails and celebration galore. Join Mokai as they come together with friends to ring in another fabulous year with a complimentary open bar from 9 p.m. till midnight, champagne toast and fashion from local designer Lei Marco. General Admission tickets start at $100 and are available at Wantickets.com.
Sex Sells at Opium
5701 Seminole Way, Hollywood
If you want to ring in the New Year with the ultimate sex filled celebration then you’re in luck. Celebrate 2012 with adult film stars Abella Anderson, Alexis Texas and Daisy Marie as they host the sexiest New Year’s Eve event at Opium at the Hard Rock. General admission is only $100 and includes open bar all night long. Party with a harem of AVN Film Stars while dancing to the hottest mix of house, hip hop and rock. Tickets available at Wantickets.com.
Live the DREAM at Highbar
1111 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
Say goodbye to 2011 in style at Dream, one of the newest chic hotels to hit the scene on South Beach. For just $125, you can hang out at HighBar and snack on appetizers from 9-11 p.m., down free drinks from 8 p.m. till 1 a.m. and toast the New Year at midnight with a glass of champagne. For just $25 more you can have VIP access to the exclusive Moroccan Room and a special buffet. It all starts at 8pm. Tickets available at Wantickets.com.
Make it Temporary or Make it Timeless at Bath Club Miami
5937 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
For those of you who want a more romantic, intimate celebration, head to one of South Florida’s premier social scene destinations for a special New Year’e Eve Celebration – Make it Temporary or Make it Timeless at the Bath Club. For the price of $145 guests can enjoy complimentary drinks all night and a champagne toast at midnight. For $50 more you can enjoy a 3-course sit down dinner available all night. For tickets click here.
Ricochet Bar & Lounge NYE
3250 NE 1st Ave., Miami, FL
One of South Florida’s newest LIVE music hotspots celebrates 2012 with with piano iconoclast ELEW and sounds by DJ Turk. For the price of $100 you get to enjoy this one-
of-a-kind performance by ELEW that fuses ragtime, rock and pop that he calls Rockjazz, along with open bar until 1AM, passed hors d’oeuvres by Chef Jason Guerrero, and a bubbly midnight toast. For information on table service please call 786.353.0846 or visit www.ricochetlounge.com. For Tickets click here
The Bank Miami celebrates 2012 Boardwalk Empire Style
139 NE 1st St., Miami, FL
Party it up for 2012 NYE at one of Miami’s newest downtown hotspots The BANK in true Boardwalk Empire Style. Dance to beats by Miami’s own DJ Troy Kurtz and enjoy a special performance by Illuminautians dancers along with a special cryongenics gun show by dancers outfitted in 1920’s costumes. Tickets start at $100 and include premium open bar from 9 p.m. to midnight, as well as a complimentary champagne toast. For individual ticket purchase and VIP table reservations, call 305.373.1515
Mynt Lounge 100% Pure Made in Mynt New Year’s Celebration
1921 Collins Ave. Miami Beach, FL
If you want an out of this world NYE celebration head to MYNT and celebrate with some of the sexiest socials South Florida has to offer and dance to music by DJs Julian Ingrosso, Patrick M, Mz Poppinz, and Rascal. To get in the mix there are more then a few packages available (beware it’s $$$$$), or you can splurge on the $200 General Admission ticket, which includes open bar from 10pm to 1am. Prices after midnight are $100 for guys and $50 for the ladies. Limited Cristal table packages available; email email@example.com for pricing or more information.
The Stage Presents Sunealo, Locos Por Juana & Stokeswood
170 NE 38th St. (Design District), Miami, FL
For a unique music filled 2012 celebration head to the Design District and toast away with LIVE music at the Stage Miami. Jam out to musical acts by Suenalo, Locos Por Juana, and Stokeswood. General admission is only $20 and includes a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. For more information go to www.theStageMiami.com