Firework display over Biscayne Bay
By: Shaneeva Yassin
A city renowned for its world class nightlife, a dining scene on the rise and beautiful beaches and cityscapes as far as the eye can see, ringing in the New Year in Miami is a no brainer—not to mention that the average high temperature in December and January is a balmy 75 degrees. When it comes to throwing the biggest bash of the year, no other city can compete with the celebrities and entertainers that choose Miami to ring in the New Year.
Whether it’s family friendly and free or VIP all the way, Miami’s got you covered for a stellar celebration. Read on for our guide to the best fireworks, free events, restaurants and parties to ring in 2017.
FREE & FUN WAYS TO RING IN THE NEW YEAR
If you’re here with your family or a group of friends and you’re looking for a free and entertaining way to celebrate the New Year, Miami’s got you covered with parties downtown in Bayfront Park and in South Beach.
Ring in the New Year with Mr.305 and Florida ambassador himself, Pitbull, at Bayfront Park. Pitbull’s New Year’s Eve Revolution 2016 is from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., and include a dance party, fireworks and a countdown to midnight with Pitbull as the “The Big Orange” ascends to the top of the adjacent InterContinental Miami hotel.
Looking to celebrate on South Beach? Join the City of Miami Beach New Year's Eve Celebration, and party on the beach at 9th Street and Ocean Drive. Enjoy free fireworks at midnight.
DINING OUT WITH A COUNTDOWN
Many of Miami’s best restaurants throw their own New Year’s Eve celebrations with prix fixe menus, Champagne and entertainment. Often, they’ll host two seatings with special menus. The early seating (usually around 7 p.m.) is perfect if you’ve got a different party to get to later. The late seating is usually around 9 p.m., and often includes a more lavish package along with a Champagne toast and festivities at midnight.
There are innumerable dining options in Miami and many of the best restaurants are located inside hotels. It’s New Year’s Eve! Why not treat yourself to dishes created by the best in the industry? Miami’s notable celeb chef restaurants are a must. The Fontainebleau’s list of restaurants will no doubt be a hot reservation for New Year’s Eve. Other great hotel restaurants for New Year’s Eve include The Dutch at the W Hotel South Beach, DB Bistro Moderne at the JW Marriott and Zuma or Area 31 at the Epic Hotel.
Tom Colicchio’s Beachcraft at the 1 Hotel South Beach is offering two pre-fixe menus to choose from. The $175 seating includes wellfleet oysters with green gazpacho espuma, tuna crudo with caviar, shortrib with creamy polenta and pearl onion and more; while the other seating option ($125) includes scallop crudo with ruby red grapefruit, coriander & jalapeno, garganelli with rabbit, carrot & pistachio and Key West shrimp with Israeli couscous, saffron & fennel. After dinner make your way to the main lobby bar, Tom on Collins, for a farm-to-bar selection of local beer, wine, seasonal cocktails, and of course, champagne. Memorable dining options outside of hotels include Meat Market on Lincoln Road, Smith & Wollensky overlooking the harbor and Baoli on South Beach for a true party vibe.
Enjoy dinner in a penthouse above the city! Juvia is offering two dinner seatings on New Year’s Eve with special four-course menus. Menu highlights include Maine Lobster, Blue Fin Toro and Tuna, Warm Mix Mushroom Salad and a Chocolate Feuilletine Caramel dessert shot.
Celebrate New Year’s Eve the Great Gatsby way at The Setai, Miami Beach. The 1930’s theme is in honor of the 80th Anniversary of the Vanderbilt Hotel, which opened on January 1st 1937. Festivities include a French Horn Collective, DJ Marcello, NYE dancers, a balloon drop and free flowing champagne from 11:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Jaya at The Setai is offering an enticing New Year’s Eve menu with two seating times, one at 6:30 p.m. and another at 8:45 p.m. The 8:45 seating will include a special champagne toast at midnight. For a more extravagant dining experience enjoy a six course pre-fixe menu at Chef’s Kitchen priced at $695 per person and $360 per child and indulge in Asian fusion cuisine. Chef’s Kitchen will offer items such as Florida Stone Crab, Truffle Egg, and Wagyu Filet Mignon.
The sky’s the limit with NYE dining and party options at the Mandarin Oriental Miami, including Azul, La Mar and MO Bar. Azul’s hosting two seating options, 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m., each with a variety dishes as party of their multi-course dinner. La Mar’s New Year’s Eve celebration includes a buffet dinner with Peruvian flavorful specialties and spins by a DJ. The hotel’s swanky MO Bar + Lounge will feature music by their DJ, handcrafted cocktails and a view overlooking Biscayne Bay and the Miami skyline. The party begins at 9 p.m.
For a dinner and party with a great view book reservations at The Rusty Pelican. Dine at the restaurant and enjoying a five-course meal and a bottle of Perrier Jouet to savor as you watch the fireworks from your table. Party well into the new year at their black tie event held at the Grand Ballroom. Enjoy spectacular views of the city lights and an extravagant buffet and beverage selections all in a grand style setting of music, lights and star appearances.
If glamour and glitz is your style be sure to get tickets to the Biltmore’s New Year’s Eve 2016 Gala. The festivities begin at 8:30 p.m. with doors opening to the ballroom for dinner. The DJ will be spinning lounge style music for the arrival of guests. Enjoy an exquisite four-course dinner presented along with a Premium Open Bar and a Champagne Toast at the stroke of Midnight. At midnight, fireworks will light up the sky over the golf course and cigars will be hand rolled on the Terrace. Guests celebrating at the hotel's restaurants, Fontana or Palm d’Or, may purchase entry to the gala at a discounted rate, but are not guaranteed seating.
Countdown to 2017 at the Coral Gables County Club. The ultimate NYE event featuring a delicious dinner begins at 8 p.m., and includes as a luxury top shelf open bar. Dance the night away to sounds from the DJ and Live Band as the clock counts down to midnight. The party concludes at 1:30 a.m. Tickets, children to adults, range from $75 to $175.
For an on-the-water experience head to Seaspice and enjoy exquisite New Year’s Eve offerings all day and night, including Kaluga Caviar and Kusshi Oysters, Beef Wellington, Black Truffle Florida Lobster, and Seaspice Mignardise. Stay and enjoy live entertainment as you count down to 2017!
Cantina la Veinte celebrates New Year’s Eve with a $250 pre-fixe menu, which includes table and bottle service. Guests will celebrate with live music and performances all night long as they watch the last minutes of 2016 count down on the big screens and the ball drop.
El Churrasco, located on Brickell Bay Drive, features a five-course $180 pre-fixe menu paired with signature wines and a bottle of champagne for tables of four. Guests can expect live shows, live music and other surprises all night long, leading up to a display of fireworks overlooking the Biscayne Bay and Miami skyline as they ring in the New Year.
If tasty Viet-Cajun cuisine is your ultimate way to celebrate what’s to come 2017 then make reservations to Phuc Yea in the Upper East Side. The restaurant is hosting three dinner seatings, including a 6 p.m. three-course meal and a bottle of bubbly ($130 per couple); a 8 p.m. five-course meal ($85 per person; and a 10 p.m. five course meal, welcome cocktail, midnight toast, party favors and DJ until 2 a.m. ($115 per person). Items on the menu include scallion pancake, king crab, foie gras au torchon, braised short ribs, confit duck and more.
Villa Azur in Miami Beach kicks off the festivities with two dinner seatings, beginning at 6:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. After dinner stay for the party and open bar, from 9 p.m. to midnight ($90 per person).
The Clevelander South Beach’s NYE 2016 party gives you the option to ring in the new year at their pool deck or rooftops. Those who know how to party know about this Miami hotspot. When the clock strikes 12, enjoy the view of Miami Beach fireworks. Purchase tickets and bottle packages for multiple events, including general admission, which starts at $40 with open bar & bottle service at the POOL+PATIO, the 6th Floor C-Level Rooftop Terrace or the 4th Floor SPF4 Rooftop.
Want to party in an ‘It’s So Miami’ way? Then Nikki Beach’s Glitz and Glam is the party to attend. Count down to the new year on the sand with this soiree! Enjoy Signature Nikki Beach Entertainment, a New York-style ball drop, complimentary champagne toast and party favors and more. General admission tickets are available. VIP table packages and dinner packages are also available. Guests interested in booking bottle and table service are highly encouraged to do so in advance.
Join Justin Bieber and Skrillex at the Fontainebleau as you ring in 2017. Bieber kicks off the night with an electric performance poolside, while Grammy awarding producer Skrillex takes the party indoor at LIV Nightclub. While the premium open bar is from 9 p.m. to midnight, the party doesn't conclude until 7 a.m.
WALL at the W South Beach transports guests into its outlandish festival Be Crazy! Ibiza. Revelers will dance to mixes by Jean Claude Ades as they order libations from the premium open bar, available from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. WET Pool at W South Beach will feature world-renowned German DJ Robin Schulz as the headliner of the unforgettable start of a new year! Featuring top of the line visuals and entertainment, beginning at 9 p.m., Robin Schulz will electrify celebrating attendees with his #1 hits including “Sugar” and “Show Me Love.” Details of the evening include premium open bar from 9 p.m. to midnight with VIP table service packages inclusive of top shelf spirits ranging from $1k to $12k.
The Shore Club is ringing in the New Year with American DJ, DJ SPIDER. Doors open at 9 p.m., guests are guaranteed free entrance for the first 200 guests with a complimentary champagne toast. Limited table reservations start at $500 (plus tax & gratuity) in their beautiful main garden for up to 10 guests.
Mondrian South Beach has long been one of South Florida’s most coveted New Year’s destinations for its whimsical setting on bay and outstanding views of the Miami city skyline. Ring in 2017 with a four-hour premium open bar from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., curated DJs, and a fabulous fireworks display over Biscayne Bay.
The Miami Beach EDITION is hosting an extravagant New Year’s Eve celebration at Basement Miami with Kanye West’s creative director, and Off-White founder and designer, Virgil Abloh, hosted by The Fat Jewish (Josh Ostrovsky), Insta-famous personality and self-proclaimed plus-size model. Hotel guests, locals and visitors alike are invited to join in on an all-night celebration. Enjoy premium open bar package from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m., eclectic sounds by Virgil Abloh, plus special guests, as well as a midnight countdown.
Mango’s Tropical Café is hosting their 25th Anniversary Gala New Year’s Eve party, with tickets starting at $50 and bottle service tables at $250. Party into 2017 as you enjoy a view of Miami Beach’s fireworks display.
Set in a private island just off the MacArthur Causeway, Five Star New Year’s Eve is Miami’s all-white-and-gold themed party featuring endless food and libations all night long inside a palatial glass venue. The space also offers outdoor amenities and a dock, for those wishing to arrive by boat. Celebrating its fourth year, Five Star New Year’s Eve features a week-long lineup of VIP events in Miami Beach. Any ticket purchase will grant guests access to the Sunset Party, Luxury Yacht Cruise, Surreal Party, Day Time Beach Party, Miami Beach VIP Club Experience, all leading up to Five Star New Year’s Eve.
Spend New Year’s Eve with The Roots at the Adrienne Arsht Center. Tickets begin at $50. Join the after party with DJ Questlove and a special guest DJ from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.
The Wynwood Yard and Telekinetic Walrus together host an epic New Year’s Eve party to celebrate their first year and burst into 2017 with a display of ultra-magic BASS live music including the talented Afrobeta, Telekinetic Walrus, Otto von Schirach, The Galactic Effect, Serious Jorge and Juicy Cuci. Limited VIP tickets will include entrance to the show, a welcome drink, private VIP seating in the garden, and tableside service for special NYE menu offerings from The Wynwood Yard's bar and culinary concepts.
Other New Year's Eve parties with marquee names are a must to attend, and many more will be announced as the date approaches. Tickets can be bought directly from the venue or through major New Year’s Eve ticketing websites, including wantickets.com.
It’s a good idea to coordinate your plans so that all of your stops for the night are close to one another and it will be a short trip between your hotel, dinner and your party of choice.
Don't forget, many restaurants are also offering a "Hangover Brunch" on New Year's Day. Happy New Year!
Partying responsibly is always a must. There are various ways to get around Miami and Beaches, including free trolleys servicing various areas. Plan your transportation ahead of time with helpful resources to get you on your way, and back. Miami-Dade Transit accommodates the public with its New Year's Eve holiday schedule for Metrobus, Metrorail and Metromover.
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