Don’t stay in this New Year’s Eve, Miami—get out and get in on the action. If you’re looking for the best things to do in Miami to ring in the New Year, we’ve got you covered. From epic prix-fixe dinners at some of the best restaurants in Miami to the big event by the water to top DJs in some of the best clubs in Miami, these are the Miami New Year’s Eve events you want to be at when the clock strikes 12.
Best New Year’s Eve events in Miami
Pop prince (and occasional tabloid jester) Justin Bieber will have people swooning over this poolside performance of his chart-topping hits at Fontainebleau Miami Beach. It’s an end-of-year party you’ll want to bring your baby to (sorry). Still have cash to blow? Move the party indoors to see Bieber’s pal Skrillex tear it up at the hotel’s mega nightclub, LIV. 9pm–midnight. $500–$40,000. Tickets at fontainebleau.com/nye.Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Jens Schott Knudsen
Pitbull is back with this third annual New Year’s Revolution. The outdoor concert in downtown Miami’s Bayfront Park promises tons of celebrity guests and big-name performers, plus a few dance numbers from Mr. 305-turned-Worldwide himself. You’ll have a clear shot of the fireworks bursting brightly over Biscayne Bay. For a VIP experience, spring for tickets to the singer's Worldwide Food and Wine festival. 8pm. Free. Tickets to the food festival at worldwidefoodandwine.com.Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Ralph Arvesen
So you hopped a flight to Miami Beach (or are lucky enough to live there). Now drive a few miles north to Broward to ring in 2017 with the Piano Man himself, Billy Joel, performing his first-ever South Florida New Year’s Eve show. He plays just after 9pm, thrilling fans with renowned hits and classic album tracks from his incredible five-decade career. 9:30pm. $50–$160. Tickets at entertainment.timeout.com.
Fireworks are cool, but wait until you see these high-tech visuals. Grammy-nominated producer and DJ Robin Schulz is manning the 1s and 2s while well-dressed revelers tear up the dance floor at poolside bar WET. He follows on the heels of Drake and Afrojack, who have previously helmed W South Beach’s NYE tradition, and spins hits like “Sugar” and “Show Me Love.” 9pm–midnight. $200–$2,000. Reservations to 305-938-3130.Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Denis Apel
Welcome the New Year in total revelry at the Calle Ocho wine bar, where you’ll pop bottle after bottle of red, white and sparkling varieties all night long. Enjoy an open bar on all house wines (beer is included as well), plus DJ-spun tunes and a traditional grape countdown at midnight. Don’t forget to make a wish! 8pm. $100. Reservations to 305-848-5656.
Sail into the New Year aboard the Musette Yacht
There’s no better lookout for fireworks than from the open water. The New Year’s Eve Fireworks Gala aboard the Musette Yacht offers thrilling 360-degree views of the explosive celebrations happening throughout South Beach, downtown Miami, Key Biscayne and more. Enjoy music from Miami-bred DJs, and feast on a premium buffet. Everyone must be at least 21 to party. 1635 N Bayshore Dr. 8pm–1:30am. $39–$585. Reservations at newyearscruise.com.
Don't spend the last few moments of 2016 elbowing your way through the crowd to see the fireworks. Instead head to the Gale rooftop, where you'll have a clear shot of the night's pyrotechnic display, as well as access to an open bar and a full dinner buffet. Dance to beats by DJ Jase in between bites of short rib and sips of champagne. 8pm–1am. $199–$2,250. Tickets at southbeachevents.com.
The hotel hosts a fun roaring-'20s-themed bash in honor of its 90th anniversary. You'll start in the glittering Granada Ballroom for a four-course dinner then make your way to the dance floor for a night of dancing. Expect cigar rollers, flowing champagne and plenty of people doing the Charleston. 8:30pm–1am. $425. Reservations to 305-913-3246.
If a party with a dress code and a cover charge isn't your idea of a fun way to welcome 2017, celebrate the New Year at The Mighty. The neighborhood bar's free bash features $5 mule cocktails and a complimentary champagne toast for all at midnight. Festive wear (including ugly sweaters) is encouraged. 8pm–2am. Free.
Pass on the vodka-soda in favor of cocktails shaken up by award-winning mixologist John Lermayer at Sweet Liberty’s New Year’s Eve bash. The South Beach bar is hosting an epic party, featuring a $100 open bar and food (for the first 100 guests to RSVP!) and music by local band Patrick and the Swayzees and DJ Mr. Gray. If you’re counting down at home, head here after midnight as admission is free all night. 9pm. $100–$1,200. Reservations to 305-763-8217.