Revel in the spirits of Jay Gatsby during a New Year’s Eve soiree that will be true to his extravagant form. The Great Gatsby themed party at Tosca will feature a decadent menu consisting of the world’s finest imported delicacies and the evening will encompass the essence and glamour of the 1920s. Reign in the New Year in your finest 1920s attire as you cheer to another year of fun and excitement with a champagne toast at midnight. For $245 per person, you receive a ten-course meal including the finest daily imported ingredients including: Sevruga Caviar and Todo Crudo Seasoned with Yuzu, Maine Sea Scallops still in Shell with Champagne Sauce, Seared Authentic Kobe Ribeye and Chocolate Mousse made with premium Vintage Valrhona Gran Couva Chocolate and Crunchy Pearls. With one intimate seating for the night beginning sharply at 9:00 p.m., the exclusive evening will be one not to be forgotten. For reservations, call 786.216.7230 or toscamiami.com.
The Forge Restaurant | Wine Bar:
Indulge in the sparkle and light of the annual New Year’s Eve celebration with a night of decadence at the world-renowned restaurant. Offering an exclusive and limited package, The Forge has created a four-course dinner specially prepared by Executive Chef Dewey LoSasso priced at $350 per person. The dining experience will begin with a selection of delectable appetizers like Stone Crab Claws, Caviar-Scallion Mascarpone “Club,” Roasted Oysters filled with Spinach and Brie-Lemon Dust or Yellowtail Snapper Ceviche. The evening will continue with a variety of second course options and entrées like the Basil Seared Chilean Sea Bass, Bone in Filet Mignon or the Lamb Two Ways, finishing off with a selection of desserts like the famous Apple-Rum Fritters, Hazelnut Chocolate Cake, Forge Fortune Cookies and Berry Brulee. Entertainment for the night will include music and dancing by DJ Joe Dert and special party favors for celebrating the start of the New Year with The Forge. For reservations please call 305.538.8533 or theforge.com.
The Angler’s Gala:
The Angler’s Boutique Resort and 660 at the Angler’s will ring in 2013 with a monumental New Year’s Eve Gala, after-party and New Year’s Day brunch. To start the night off guests can select from two dinner seatings: one at 6:00 p.m. and the other at 9:30 p.m. The first seating at 6:00 p.m. offers guests a three-course meal priced at $100 per person. The second seating option offers a five-course meal priced at $150 per person. Following midnight, a separate celebration will kick-off poolside. Guests will enjoy live music until 1:00 a.m. at which point DJ Martino will take over spinning the hottest jams. The next morning 660 at the Angler’s will feature a specially selected a la carte brunch menu. The brunch menu will feature some of Chef Carlos Torres’ signature dishes including Scallop Tiradito and Short Rib Empanadas. theanglersresort.com/2012/02/22/newyears/
Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach:
Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach invites guests and residents to ring in the New Year with “An Evening on the Mediterranean.” Guests are welcome to an elegant evening featuring dinner, open bar, dancing, live DJ and interactive entertainment, and a traditional midnight toast. Set around the award-winning property’s most beautiful locations, guests can celebrate on the romantic and picturesque al fresco Veranda and the charming Piazzetta Marketplace & Restaurant. Seating is available both indoors and outdoors beneath the stars, while guests indulge in Mediterranean-inspired cuisine. Young guests ages four through twelve are invited to Acqualina’s Midnight Mad Hatter party, offering dinner, personalized hats, music, art stations, games, dance contests, party favors and more. “An Evening on the Mediterranean” options include: buffet style dinner and open bar – $295 per person / $225 per person without open bar. The Mad Hatter New Year’s Eve Bash costs $75 per child, $45 per nanny and goes from 8:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Advance Reservations are required. Acqualina Resort & Spa is located at: 17875 Collins Avenue | Sunny Isles Beach. For reservations, 877-758-3765.
Sunset Lounge at Mondrian South Beach
Live music from Puerto Rican pop star Sie7e and beats from DJ Kiss. Premium open bar and direct bay view of the fireworks. 9Pm – midnight. $150, cabana packages available. Dining packages at Asia de Cuba available starting at $270. Mondrian South Beach, 1100 West Ave; Miami Beach. For info: 305-514-1500.
Enchanted Garden New Year’s Eve Ball
From 8:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., enjoy an enchanted garden celebration and delight in gourmet selections at a lavish reception followed by dinner and dancing at Turnberry Isle Miami. Guests will also enjoy a dessert buffet, open bar with specialty wines and cocktails, and a Champagne toast at midnight. The cost is $250 for locals, exclusive of gratuity and tax. The party is Black-tie optional. Seating is limited and reservations are required. To reserve, call 305.933.6590.
With the coming New Year, Essensia Restaurant offers diners the opportunity to feast on a special New Year’s Eve 2013 “Lucky 13 Menu” dedicated to foods from around the globe which are believed to bring luck! Traditions vary from country to country, but there are striking similarities among them. A few auspicious foods include grapes, greens, fish, pork, legumes and cake. Essensia’s New Year’s Eve 2013 “Lucky 13” menu was created with these ingredients, resulting in a globally inspired gourmet smorgasbord of culinary good luck. Two seating times are available: 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. for $95 and 9:00 p.m. to midnight for $185. For reservations, call 305.908.5458 or essensiarestaurant.com.
Toscana Divino, Brickell’s neighborhood restaurant, takes you to far-away lands this New Year’s Eve by transforming into a “masked” fine dining experience. An elegant burlesque act will entertain guests while Tuscan-inspired dishes arouse your appetite in a dimly lit outdoor tent or inside the cozy restaurant. A DJ will lead the party with beats while guests decide between two delicious pre-set menu options. The first seating at 6:30p.m., includes a three-course meal followed by Panettone, a traditional Italian holiday cake and a glass of Italian Prosecco for $80 per person. The second seating at 9:00 p.m. includes a five-course meal including Farfalle alla Vodka con Salmone pasta followed by Panettone and a glass of Italian Prosecco for $175 per person.*Alcoholic beverages are not included. Masquerade attire is encouraged (mask will be provided, if needed). RSVP: Events@toscanadivino.com or call: 305.523.2100.
STK Miami, the chic steakhouse inside The Perry South Beach, along with Executive Chef Aaron Taylor, will ring in the New Year in James Bond-style. The dinner party will feature casino tables from 8:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. where guests will have the opportunity to make charitable donations for Hurricane Sandy victims, music by DJ Artime and dancers dressed in sultry spy attire. The early seating is priced at $175 per person and includes a four-course menu and champagne toast. The late seating, priced at $275 per person, includes a five-course menu, party favors and champagne toast, followed by dancing. An open bar package is available from 9:00 p.m. to midnight for $75. All prices exclude tax and gratuity. Formal attire is strongly suggested; for more information togrp.com/stkmiami, or call 305.604.6988.
W South Beach
The W South Beach will host two upbeat and over-the-top NYE celebrations to ring in the New Year with superstar DJs. WET is proud to announce Alesso, part of Sebastian Ingrosso’s Refune Records, as host of its highly anticipated poolside New Year’s Eve celebration to close out 2012. Guests will welcome 2013 in decadent fashion as the hotel’s outdoor oasis is transformed into a fully functioning nightclub, featuring LED screens, special effects, laser lighting and lounge seating atop a glass-covered pool deck. Individual tickets ($250) and VIP table reservations ($1,500-$40,000) are available for purchase and include premium open bar (9:00 p.m. to midnight) as well as a champagne toast. WALL will feature Otto Knows, also a member of Refune Records, as host of the party that comes on the heels of the lounge’s three-year anniversary and recent renovations. Hailing from Stockholm, he has played at some of the world’s most prominent dance events, including this year’s Winter Music Conference, and is supported by Swedish House Mafia, Alesso, Dada Life and others. Individual tickets ($700) and VIP table reservations ($3,000-$10,000) are available for purchase and includes party access to WET with premium open bar (9:00 p.m. to midnight) as well as a champagne toast. For ticket purchase and VIP table reservations call, 305.938.3130 or thewmiaminewyears.com.
The James Royal Palm
The James Royal Palm, Miami’s newest and hippest South Beach hotel, ends a successful year with celebrity sister DJ duo, NERVO. Fresh off a world tour with Britney Spears and Nicki Minaj, these Aussie sisters ring in 2013 among Miami’s VIPs and partygoers. Expect a Four hour premium open bar from 9pm to 1am. Champagne toast and breathtaking ocean views. Signature bites from Florida Cookery plus Fireworks. 8:30pm-2am. $115. For more details jamesroyalpalmnye.com
Mardi Gras Casino
Party hop without ever leaving the Mardi Gras, with a stellar line up of Entertainment, Showgirls, promotions, jackpot winners, a Sumptuous Buffet and Beads, Beads, Beads. Dance to the beat of world renowned SuperGroup with a free concert by The Hit Men. Additional entertainment includes the sexy, sophisticated sound of Lawvawn, The Saxman Extraordinaire in The French Quarter Restaurant and luck will be a lady on the main casino floor, where the slots will be singing and the Ernie Coyote Garza band and Viva will play all night. Mardi Gras Casino, 831 North Federal Highway; Hollywood. For info: 954-924-3200 or mardigrascasinofl.com.
Mango’s Tropical Cafe
There are several dinner ways to ring in the new year at Mango’s. The deluxe champagne dinner package includes a three-course dinner, a reserved table for all night, admission, party favors, and a bottle of Moet Imperial champagne per couple; there are also tables designated for bottle service. Or just go in for the drinks and fireworks. If you get hungry later, the à la carte menu runs from midnight ’til 3 a.m. There are also seating options available for a clearer view of the fireworks and entertainment. $50-$350. 8pm. Mango’s Tropical Cafe, 900 Ocean Dr; Miami Beach.
Studio 54 at the Catalina
Go disco for New Year’s at the Catalina’s Studio 54 party hosted by Gerry Kelly’. 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. $95, VIP tables $900-$1500. Catalina Hotel & Beach Club, 1756 Collins Ave., Miami Beach.
Rapper 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.
MIDNIGHT IN VENICE AT DAL TORO MIAMI
On New Year’s Eve, it’s no secret that all eyes are on South Beach. When you’re looking for your New Year’s Eve destination this year in South Beach, look no further than Dal Toro restaurant. Midnight in Venice at Dal Toro offers up a 4-hour open bar, champagne toast at midnight, and a special guest DJ that will keep the crowd moving for hours on end. 8pm. $57. Dal Toro Miami, 719 Lincoln Rd; Miami Beach. For info: enewyearseve.com
LUCKY STRIKE MIAMI
If you’re looking for a venue that offers up more than the typical entertainment found at the top nightclubs, bar, and lounges in town, look no further than Lucky Strike. This year, their Party Like It’s 2013 New Year’s Eve event is a great alternative New Year’s Eve event. 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, this event is truly one of a kind. $32.50. 8pm. Lucky Strike, 1691 Michigan Ave; Miami Beach. For info: enewyearseve.com
FIREWORKS on THE MUSETTE YACHT
Take the party to the water on the famous Musette Yacht. The evening will feature 4-hours of open bar, a special champagne toast at midnight, music served up by a live DJ, and a full dinner buffet. This multi-level ship will also give you the opportunity to take in the Bayfront Park NYE fireworks extravaganza! You’ll have the best vantage point, so don’t even think that you’ll miss one second of the action. 8:30 pm. $145. Musette Yacht – Eden Roc Dock, 4525 Collins Ave; Miami Beach. For info: enewyearseve.com
When Dat Lil’ Chico wants to wish all of Dade County “¡Prospero año nuevo!” he’s gotta rent out a huge-ass party place. You know, like a freaking basketball arena. And obviously, if you’re straight off la esquina, there’s nowhere that you’d rather ring in 2013 than Armando Christian Pérez’s celebración at the AAA, sucking down a colada toast and singing “que no pare la fiesta” as La Gran Naranja drops at midnight. 9pm. $52 – $192 American Airlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: 786-777-1000 or aaarena.com.
Nikki Beach Venetian Carnival
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. 8Pm – 5am. $75. Nikki Beach Club, 1 Ocean Dr; Miami Beach. For info: nikkibeachmiamievents.com.
Contributors: Dr. Mary Jo Almeida-Shore, Maryanne Salvat and Kim Steiner