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2013 New Year’s Eve Options In Miami

With such beautiful weather and parties galore, it’s no wonder that everyone seems to flock to Miami for New Year’s Eve. But with so many choices, how is one supposed to choose? Not to fret, we’ve sorted through the multitude of options for this evening and came up with a list that will suit anyone’s taste and mood.


Area 31 – Ring in 2013 with unparalleled views of Downtown Miami and Biscayne Bay at the EPIC Hotel’s signature restaurant. Indulge in a seven-course, wine-paired dinner created by acclaimed chef E. Michael Reidt, and after dinner, party the night away on its rooftop deck while enjoying an open bar, live music from Monica da Silva, and party favors for $200 per person. Just in the mood to celebrate? Enjoy the rooftop party for just $75 per person.


WHEN: Monday, December 31; Dinner 6 p.m. until 11 p.m., Rooftop party 10 p.m. until 1 a.m.

Area 31 at the EPIC Hotel
270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, 16th Floor
Miami, FL

TICKETS: Reservations required. Call 305-424-5234 for booking.


Bayfront Park’s New Year’s Eve – One the largest – and free – annual New Year’s parties in Miami, is a fun-filled event offering something for everyone.  Party revelers can dance to music by Tony the Hitman, enjoy a spectacular fireworks display over Biscayne Bay, and countdown to midnight while watching Miami’s own 35-foot, neon icon,  ‘La Gran Naranja’ scale up the side of the InterContinental Hotel.


WHEN: Monday, December 31, 8 p.m. until midnight.

Bayfront Park
301 N. Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL

Bar Louie Midtown Miami – For just $85 you can celebrate into the New Year at this Midtown Miami newcomer. The package includes a three-hour open bar, live entertainment, champagne toast at midnight, and the pièce de résistance– at late-night breakfast buffet to soak up the libations from the evening.

WHEN: Monday, December 31, Open bar 9 p.m. until midnight.

Bar Louie Midtown Miami
3201 North Miami Ave., Suite 106
Miami, FL

TICKETS: $85. Call 786-879-8260 for booking.


The Clevelander Hotel – Party into 2013 at this Mayan-themed New Year’s Eve extravaganza. With a multitude of options including not one but two rooftop parties featuring premium open bars, bottle packages, and unobstructed views of some of the best fireworks in the city, the crowd at this fun-loving hotel will take partying like Mayan’s to a whole ‘nother level.


WHEN: Monday, December 31, Open Bar 9 p.m. until midnight.

The Clevelander Hotel
1020 Ocean Drive
Miami Beach

TICKETS: $30 – $1500. Purchase tickets here.

Foxhole Bar – This local’s favorite is hosting a New Year’s Eve bash with no cover charge. Yes, you read that correctly, a venue on Miami Beach that is hosting a New Year’s Eve party for f-r-e-e. Want to up the ante? Invest $100 and drink from a premium open bar all night long. Sounds like a win-win to us.

WHEN: Monday, December 31, Open bar 8 p.m. until midnight.

1218 14th Court
Miami Beach, FL


(Photo Credit: Soul of Miami)

HaVen Gastro-Lounge – Make sure to don your hottest party wear as you head to this Miami Beach hot spot, because you’ll be ringing in the New Year with some of the city’s finest. Enjoy decadent hors d’oeuvres prepared by culinary extraordinaire Todd Erickson, a four-hour premium open bar, music by DJ Kristian Caro and electric violin by Dave Damage. Table reservations are also available.

WHEN: Monday, December 31, Open bar from 8 p.m. until midnight.

HaVen Gastro-Lounge
1237 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL

TICKETS: $80 for General Admission, $500 for a table of four. Call 305-987-8885 for booking.

Lucky Strike Lanes – Only in Miami could a bowling alley host a New Year’s Eve party that sells out continuously year after year. This year is no exception, as Lucky Strike Lanes Hosts it’s Sin City themed New Year’s bash bringing a Vegas-worthy party to the heart of South Beach. Watch the ball drop in Times Square on one of their many big screen TVs, while enjoying a four-hour open bar and two hours of passed hors d’oeuvres. Then enjoy some friendly competition on the neon-lit bowling lanes and the tournament-quality pool tables.

WHEN: Monday, December 31, Open Bar 9 p.m. until 1 a.m.

Lucky Strike Lanes
1691 Michigan Ave.
Miami Beach, FL

TICKETS: $70 – $840. Purchase tickets here.


Jelsomino – Sing your way into the New Year at this upscale lounge and karaoke bar. Channel your inner Janis Joplin and belt your heart out with one of the 60,000 song choices they offer on their jukebox. Once the professionals take over, such as Julio Iglesias Jr. and special surprise DJs, enjoy their premium open bar and lavish towers of sushi and sweets.


WHEN: Monday, December 31, Open Bar 9p.m. until 1 a.m.

247 23 Street
Miami Beach, FL

TICKETS: $200.

The Setai – Experience an over-the-top, elegant black tie affair at the legendary Setai Hotel. Begin your night with a champagne reception, followed by a six-course gourmet menu, and an exclusive dessert presentation by world-famous perfumer Roja Dove who will be debuting its special scent created just for the hotel. After your meal, head to the courtyard for a champagne countdown complete with Brazilian dancers, live big band and a DJ.

WHEN: Monday, December 31 from 7p.m. until 2 a.m.

2001 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL

TICKETS: $850. Call 305-520-6400 for booking.

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