Bayfront Park’s New Year’s Eve
Bayfront Park hosts one of the largest free parties in South Florida every New Year's Eve. Bring the entire family to watch the countdown to midnight with "La Gran Naranja" ascending up the side of the InterContinental Hotel. Dance with music from Tony the Hitman and enjoy the fireworks on Biscayne Bay. Just remember you are not at home: No bottles, cans, coolers, or personal fireworks can be brought into the park.
8 p.m.-Midnight at Bayfront Park, 301 N. Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-358-7550.
Pitbull at AmericanAirlines Arena
Ring in 2013 with Mr. 305 himself at a special concert at the AmericanAirlines Arena. Pitbull will get the party started with hits like “I know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)” to “Don’t stop the Party.”
9 p.m. at American Airlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 786-777-1000; $70.50-$197, VIP $531.35 at Ticketmaster.
Carl Cox at Mansion
Techno music pioneer Carl Cox spins at a special night with multiple open bars, a complimentary champagne toast, midnight light show, and table packages for parties of all sizes throughout the venue.
9 p.m. -7 a.m. at Mansion, 1235 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; General Admission tickets start at $250 ($100 for ladies) up to $20,000 for a VIP table on the stage.
America’s Backyard doesn’t just celebrate New Year’s Eve once – they will toast 2013 in four different time zones with their “World is Not Enough” New Year’s Eve Party. Everyone enjoys the complimentary Champagne Toast at midnight and an exciting $2500 cash balloon drop.
9 p.m. at America’s Backyard, 100 SW Third Ave., Ft. Lauderdale; 954-449-9659. $25, $150 VIP Bottle Service.
Party Bus to the Tiki Bar
No need to worry about designating a driver at the New Year’s Party Bus. A herd of costumed revelers will be picked up from Miami and whisked away to the Tiki Bar to celebrate the New Year on the Beach with four open bars, DJs and live music.
8 p.m.-2 a.m. at Tiki Bar; 800-497-1852. Tickets $135-$150.
Alesso at WET
Swedish DJ and producer will entertain the crowds poolside at the W South Beach, spinning some of this year’s biggest hits like “Years,” “Calling,” and “Raise Your Head.” Guests can enjoy the LED screens, special effects, laser lighting and lounge seating atop a glass-covered pool deck. Tickets include three hours of premium open bar.
9 p.m.-2 a.m. Wet at W South Beach, 2201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-938-3130. Tickets start at $272.50.
Otto Knows at WALL
Wall celebrates both the New Year, its new look and its three-year anniversary with Swedish DJ and producer Otto Knows. Revelers will groove into the early hours of the new year with tracks including Otto Knows’s European debut single, “Million Voices,” one of the most popular EDM tracks of 2012 and a staple in Avicii’s tour, along with his remix of Imogen Heap’s “Hide and Seek.”
11 p.m. to 5 a.m. WALL at W South Beach, 2201 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach. 305-938-3130. VIP tickets start at $763, which also gives you access to WET’s party.
Mardi Gras Casino
Party hop without ever leaving the Mardi Gras, with a stellar line up of entertainment, showgirls, promotions, jackpot winners, party favors and a buffet.
8 p.m. at Mardi Gras Casino, 831 N. Federal Hwy., Hallendale Beach. $49.95 for buffet dinner, other entertainment is free.
Studio 54 at the Catalina
Go retro for 2013 with nightlife guru Gerry Kelly’s Studio 54 party at the Catalina Hotel. The disco extravaganza will feature a premium open bar from 8 p.m.-midnight, passed hors d’oeuvres, a lavish dinner buffet and Latin funk courtesy of the Spam Allstars.
8 p.m. at the Catalina Hotel & Beach Club, 1756 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; Tickets $95, VIP tables $900-$1500.
Drake at the Fontainebleau
Party with Drake, one of the biggest stars of hip-hop and R & B as he takes over the luxurious Fontainebleau Hotel’s poolside with a three-hour premium open bar. Joining him is DJ Kayper.
9 p.m. at the Fontainebleau Hotel, 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; www.DrakeNewYearsEve.com; Tickets $250, VIP packages start at $2,000.
Calvin Harris at LIV
Scottish DJ and producer behind hits like “We Found Love” with Rihanna leads the party at LIV to ring in 2013 with help from DJ Jacob Plant. Expect a premium open bar for three hours and champagne toast at midnight.
9 p.m.-7 a.m. at LIV, 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-674-4680. Tickets start at $375 for women, $475 for guys. VIP packages available.
DirtyBird NYE featuring Claude VonStroke
Party without pretense at The Garrett at Grand Central with techno and house music maven Claude VonStroke, or as his family from the suburbs of Detroit know him, Barclay Crenshaw. Also on the roster are Justin Martin and Kill Frenzy from Claude’s DirtyBird label.
9 p.m. at The Garret at Grand Central, 697 N. Miami Ave., Miami; www.grandcentralmiami.com. Tickets $49-$1380.
A four hour premium open bar and popular DJ spinning pulse pounding, fist pumping beats on the state of the art sound and lighting system all night long makes this the hottest and most affordable ticket in town.
9 p.m.-1 a.m. at Mokai, 235 23rd St., Miami Beach; 305-673-1409. Tickets $60-$265.
Nervo at James Royal Palm
After getting a multi-million dollar facelift, the James Royal Palm is ready to bring in 2013 with a bang. The hotel’s new SL Nightclub will host a poolside performance by sexy DJ duo Nervo along with a champagne toast, party favors and fun.
9 p.m. -4 a.m. at SL Miami at the James Royal Palm Hotel, 1545 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Tickets start at $125, VIP packages start at $3000.
Shwayze at the Shelborne
California rapper Shwayze headlines the New Year’s Eve lineup at the Shelborne performing his beach day songs like “Buzzin’” to club anthems like “Get U Home.” Also in the house for the night are Mike Russ, Ginog, Chris Valencia and Problem Kids. Open bar all night.
10 p.m. at Shelborne, 1801 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; $95-$150.
B.B. King NYE 2013
We’ve all got a right to sing the blues, but leave the singing (and guitar playing) to B.B. King on New Year’s Eve as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and blues legend performs along with his beloved guitar Lucille to ring in 2013 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.
9 p.m. at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; www.browardcenter.org. Tickets $59.50-$139.50.
Dirty Disco NYE ’13 at Exit 66
Calling all super freaks! Strap on those boogie shoes and hustle on down to Funkytown, AKA Exit 66, where you can hustle your way into the New Year as 2012 goes down in a Disco Inferno. Want more disco clichés? You will have to attend the party.
10 p.m. at Exit 66, 219 S. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; Tickets $10-$40; VIP packages $480-$720.
Kid Rock at Passion
Everyone’s favorite Republican rock star (sorry Ted Nugent) hosts the party at Passion Nightclub. Catch Kid Rock spinning his favorite songs and maybe grabbing the mic to belt out a few crowd faves.
9 p.m. at Passions Nightclub at Seminole Paradise, One Seminole Way, Hollywood; Tickets $75-$90; Tables start at $600.
Kaskade at Story
Kick off 2013 with the man voted America’s Best DJ 2011 by DJ Times, Kaskade, at Story, the newest nightclub to inhabit the space formerly known as Amnesia and even more formerly known as Opium Garden. Enjoy a premium open bar until midnight and champagne toast.
9 p.m.-7 a.m. at Story, 136 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; Tickets $275-$375. Tables start at $4000.
Party Like It's 2013 at Lucky Strike Miami
Featuring 4-hours of open bar, a live DJ spinning music, passed small plates of delicious hors d’oeuvres, and a special champagne toast at midnight
8 p.m.- 2 a.m. at Lucky Strike, 1691 Michigan Ave., Miami Beach; $65 by clicking here
Paris is Burning at Hard Rock
The 954 gets a heavy dose of some of Miami's favorite DJs. Take your New Year's Eve 2013 celebration to Pangaea Lounge and Gryphon Nightclub at Seminole Paradise and get down with DJ Ruen spinning in Pangaea and Oscar G taking over Gryphon Nightclub.
9 p.m. -5 a.m. at Gryphon and Pangaea, 5711 Seminole Way, Hollywood; $60-$120; Tables start at $550.
New Year's Eve Masquerade Ball at W Fort Lauderdale
Split your time between Whiskey Blue and Living Room at GerberGroup's annual Masquerade Ball. DJ Midas spins in Whiskey Blue and Kevin Graham takes over the music in Living Room.
8 p.m. at W Fort Lauderdale, 401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-414-8300. $125 at Wantickets.
Venetian Carnival at Nikki Beach
Grab your masks and ring in the New Year Nikki Beach Style, with resident DJs spinning all night as they count down to 2013 with a champagne toast at midnight, and a private fireworks display on the beach.
8 p.m.-5 a.m. at Nikki Beach Club, 1 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach. Tickets start at $75 at www.nikkibeachmiamievents.com.
Acqualina Resort & Spa
A pool party featuring DJ Shlomi spinning alongside two live musicians, interactive dessert station, and open bar.
9 p.m.-1 a.m. 17875 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach; 877-758-3765. $95.
Cris Cab at Hyde Beach
At the SLS Hotel South Beach, a big party at Hyde Beach (firstname.lastname@example.org) featuring a circa 1961 theme, live performance by Cris Cab, a "hosted" open bar from 9 p.m. until midnight and passed hors d'oeuvres from Katsuya from 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
9 p.m. at Hyde Beach at SLS Hotel, 1701 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; Tickets $250.
NYE at The Stage
Atlanta-based Stokeswood and New Orleans-based The Revivalists play The Stage on NYE. Cover includes one free glass of bubbly before the countdown.
10 p.m. at The Stage, 170 NE 38th St., Miami; Tickets $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Samantha@thestagemiami.com for reservations.
Here's a win-win: Foxhole's New Year's Eve party has no cover, but for just $100 you can enjoy a premium open bar. Party all night with DJs D Up, Iron Lyon and Sharpsound as you ring in the New Year at the Hole.
10 p.m. at Foxhole, 1218 14th Court. Miami Beach; 786-309-2025. No cover, $100 open bar.
Highbar Rooftop Lounge at Dream South Beach
While the clock winds down on 2012, dance and sip the night away while you enjoy a front row view of the Miami Beach fireworks at midnight as DJ Nate Ryan spins electro and progressive remixes.
9 p.m. at Highbar Rooftop Lounge at Dream South Beach, 1111 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-534-8455. $25, Tables start at $250.
Santigold at Delano Beach Club
Hipster queen Santigold will be in charge of the entertainment poolside at the Delano Hotel along with DJs Ideal and Dave Sol. Admission also includes a champagne toast at midnight.
9 p.m. at Delano Beach Club, 1685 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-924-4071. Tickets $150, cabanas and daybeds available.
Talib Kweli at FDR
Indie hip hop hero Talib Kweli takes over FDR with an exclusive, high energy performance and party that will last all night long.
11 p.m. at FDR at Delano Hotel, 1685 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305 924-4071. Tickets $100, $200 for all-access pass for entrance to both FDR and Delano Beach Club.
Kool and the Gang at Seminole Casino
Join the “celebration” and ring in 2013 with Kool and the Gang at The Pavilion at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek playing fans favorites throughout the night, up until the ball drops at midnight.
10: 30 p.m. at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek – The Pavilion, 5550 NW 40th St., Coconut Creek; 954-977-6700. $100-$130 at Ticketmaster.
Sunset Lounge at Mondrian South Beach
Enjoy live beats by DJ Kiss and music by Puerto Rican pop star Sie7e while indulging in a premium open bar and taking in the bay view of the midnight fireworks display.
9 p.m.-midnight at Mondrian South Beach, 1100 West Ave., Miami Beach; 305-514-1500. $150, cabana packages available. Dining packages at Asia de Cuba available starting at $270.
Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick at Shore Club
Ring in 2013 with some old school hip hop legends at the Shore Club where Doug E Fresh, the Human Beat Box, and Slick Rick, Hip Hop’s Greatest Storyteller, will be joined by DJ Gunars for a night of classics.
9 p.m. at Shore Club, 1901 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; Tickets $100, tables start at $1500.
NYE at Jelsomino
South Beach’s upscale karaoke concept welcomes international sensation Julio Iglesias, Jr. to serenade guests into 2013. Before and after this exclusive performance, special guest DJs will keep the party going all night – in between live karaoke performances by guests and Jelsomino’s professional entertainment team. Enjoy passed hors d'oeuvres and premium open bar until 1 a.m.
9 p.m. at Jelsomino, 247 23rd St., Miami Beach; 305-673-7757. Tickets start at $200, tables start at $2,000, private room packages start at $5,000
Party like a Mayan for 2013. Graphic: Ana Larrauri