The Absolute Best Ways to Celebrate New Year's Eve in Miami

Start the year off with a bang.

Last year around this time we were all giddy at the thought of bars being open past 10 pm for New Year’s Eve. Now that we’re back in the regular Miami swing of negotiable closing times, New Year’s Eve is once again an exercise in avoiding tourist-trap dinners and overhyped events. And with so much going on in the Magic City this December 31, figuring out the best deals and coolest concepts can be overwhelming. No worries—we’ve scoured the city’s offerings and found the best places to ring in the new year in Miami.

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American Social Brickell (Miami)
American Social Brickell (Miami)

Various locations
Why spend all New Year’s Eve cramming yourself into a packed bar when you can cram yourself into FIVE different drinkeries? Join the NYE Brickell Bar Crawl and you’ll get cocktails at American Social, Batch, Blackbird Ordinary, Rosario, and RedBar. Where you are when the ball drops is up to you.
Cost: Tickets run $25 per person (includes five drinks)

Bodega Taqueria y Tequila
Bodega Taqueria y Tequila

Bodega Taqueria and Tequila
Looking to make your January 1 hangover extra nasty this year? Hit up Bodega, where they’ll have a tequila-laden open bar running from 10 pm to 1 am at both the South Beach and Ft. Lauderdale locations. Buen provecho.
Cost: South Beach tickets run $150 per person; Ft. Lauderdale tickets run $100 perperson

Vinya
Vinya

Vinya
Sometimes you reach a point in your life where all you want to do on New Year’s is have a glass of wine and be in bed long before midnight. For that set, this Key Biscayne wine bar is throwing a Champagne, oysters, and popcorn party from 1 to 5 pm, so you can toast 2022 in Helsinki then pass the F out.
Cost: No cover; menu prices vary

Tipsy Flamingo Cocktail Bar
Tipsy Flamingo Cocktail Bar

Tipsy Flamingo
If you haven’t had a chance to check out downtown’s new Florida-fied drinking den, NYE is the perfect opportunity. The reasonably priced soiree will feature music from DJ Aliyo plus a four-hour open bar for an extra $50.
Cost: Tickets run $20 per person (includes two drinks)

Clevelander
Clevelander

The Clevelander
Nothing will confuse your followers more than posting from a bar in Miami that’s named after Cleveland and themed like Tokyo. That’ll be the scene at this Ocean Drive perennial, where sushi, cherry blossoms, and geishas fill the famous pool deck. They’ll also have elevated experiences on the Cherry Blossom Terrace at SPF-4 as well as the Pink Sushi Club at C-Level.
Cost: Tickets run $100 per person (includes an open bar)

Batch Gastropub
Never ones to gouge the people who made them successful, the good folks at Batch are thanking Brickellites with a New Year’s bash boasting a bargain-priced $60 premium open bar. The fun runs from 10 pm to 1 am, with a DJ playing all the year’s best songs from TikTok and elsewhere.
Cost: Tickets run $60 per person

STORY Miami
STORY Miami

Story
The only rapper to make Forbes’ “30 Under 30” list—and the guy who wrote a song about Tyler Herro—takes the stage at Story to close out 2021. Jack Harlow’s is set to come on at some point after 9 pm, coincidentally the same time the three-hour open bar kicks off.
Cost: Tickets run $150 per person

markyscaviarlounge
markyscaviarlounge

Marky’s Caviar Lounge at Seminole Hard Rock
Sure, we’re now at the point that people are putting caviar on chicken strips, but that makes it no less luxurious a way to kick off 2022. Let Eleven Madison Park alum Buddha Lo show you what he can do with fish eggs at a three-course dinner complete with King Crab and Caviar, Porcini Gnocchi, and Wagyu NY Strip.
Cost: Reservations run $125 per person

Spanglish Craft Cocktail Bar
Spanglish Craft Cocktail Bar

Spanglish
The handful of folks who’ve been in Miami since the ‘70s know the place has changed a little since then. Bring it back to that golden era at Spanglish, where a “Magic City Disco” party will be going down with gold chandeliers, disco balls, neon signs, and vintage photos. All that plus live performances from Marcela “Cela” Paguaga round things out. Snag a reservation online (no minimum spend required).
Cost: No cover; menu prices vary

Chotto Matte
Photo courtesy of Chotto Matte

Chotto Matte
Ballet dancers decked out in glow-in-the-dark paint pair nicely with Nikkei cuisine. If you ever had a doubt, do New Years at Chotto Matte, where the special set Hikari menu will be complemented by illuminated performers. The House of Suntory will also be on hand, crafting an exclusive menu of whiskey drinks for the occasion.
Cost: Reservations start at $145 per person

W South Beach
W South Beach | Photo by Chris Carter

W South Beach
The W’s outdoor space turns into a Japanese garden this NYE, doubling as the set for a roaming performance of Madame Butterfly. As you enjoy dinner from RWSB, singers, dancers, and even burlesque performers will surround you, offering a new take on the classic tale. Don’t feel like eating? Typical Miami—you can still drink your fill at Irma’s bar with no cover.
Cost: Reservations start at $330 per couple

Fontainebleau Miami Beach
Fontainebleau Miami Beach

Pizza & Burger
There’s nowhere scenier to spend New Year’s Eve than the fabulous Fontainebleau, and if you want to get in on the action without dropping a car payment, hit Pizza & Burger’s three-course bash. You’ll get Wings, Pizza, a Steak Burger, and more classic comfort food plus dessert, with no pesky “seating times” to fret over.
Cost: Reservations run $79 per person

Cerveceria La Tropical
La Tropical will be bumping this NYE, with a live DJ and music from MannySwagg starting at 7 pm. They’ll also have a live stream of the ball drop in Times Square, so you can get that New Year’s in New York experience, but with warm weather and easy bathroom access.
Cost: Tickets run $25 per person (includes a beermosa)

The Rusty Pelican Restaurant in Miami
The Rusty Pelican Restaurant in Miami

Rusty Pelican
You won’t find a better ground-level vantage point for the downtown fireworks show than at the venerable Rusty Pelican. They’ll be offering a five-course prix-fixe menu with seatings at 6 pm and 9 pm, with additional open bar options starting at just $60.
Cost: Reservations start at $180 per person

TimeOut Market
It’ll be kind of like a rave, but with food, at TimeOut Market’s glow-themed NYE party. Admission snags you a special “event card” loaded with cash to drop at Chick’n Jones, Square Pie City, and other TimeOut vendors. You’ll also get glow-in-the-dark shwag to dance with, as a live DJ spins.
Cost: Tickets start at $50 per person (includes a $35 event card)

Sweet Beach at the Shelbourne
Sweet Beach at the Shelbourne | Photo by Michael Pisarri

Sweet Beach at the Shelbourne
Sweet Liberty’s seaside pop-up behind the Shelbourne is going tropical for NYE, hosting a massive Polynesian buffet out back. Mixologists Naren Young and Brian Sasses have also created a special rum-heavy drink menu, which will warm you up nicely for the Champagne toast at midnight. You can also throw in an open bar, with both top shelf ($150) and well ($100) versions available.
Cost: No cover; menu prices vary

Luca Osteria
Photo courtesy of Luca Osteria

Luca Osteria
Giorgio Rapicavoli wants you to wake up in 2022 smelling like truffles thanks to this seven-course truffle-filled feast. The fun kicks off with Black Truffle and Porcini Mushroom, then moves on to Prosciutto Tartare, Pasta al Tartufo, Sea Scallops, Beef Short Ribs, and—shocking—Black Truffles for dessert.
Cost: Reservations run $175 per person

Ball & Chain
Photo courtesy of Ball & Chain

Ball & Chain
Give a big finger to Joe Carollo as you celebrate a year that won’t see any “code violations,” with live music under the pineapple, tropical drinks, and plenty of history. Splurge on an open bar for a cool $100.
Cost: No cover; menu prices vary

The Goodtime Hotel
The Goodtime Hotel

Goodtime Hotel
To the surprise of… pretty much everyone, the Goodtime Hotel is throwing a New Year’s Eve prix-fixe dinner for slightly less than you’d pay to dine there normally. The four-course family-style feast kicks off at 9 pm with their famous Moon Bread, then continues with Caviar and Yellowtail Crudo, Wagyu Tenderloin, and Branzino, plus a selection of luxe desserts.
Cost: Reservations run $135 per person

1 Hotel South Beach
1 Hotel South Beach

WATR at 1 Hotel South Beach
One of the world’s best rooftop pool views gets even better on NYE, when you can take in the fireworks over downtown, Miami Beach, and all points north from 18 stories up. WATR will host two seatings at 6 pm and 9 pm, and the awesome panoramas are accompanied by a three-course Japanese-South American fusion meal.
Cost: Reservations start at $175 per person

Fontainebleau
In case you missed the billboards all over the city, LIV’s traditional NYE bash features renowned songstress Doja Cat and Swedish DJ Alesso. The show won’t be in the club, though, but rather by the hotel’s legendary pool for maximum vibes.
Cost: Tickets start at $299 per person

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Matt Meltzer is a Miami-based contributor for Thrillist.