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Miami’s best New Year’s Eve events to celebrate 2019

These Miami New Year’s Eve events are going to help you welcome 2019 with a bang—and maybe a hangover too

Fireworks
Photograph: Unsplash/Nicolas Tissot
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The search for the best New Year’s Eve events in Miami can be stressful. People put a lot of pressure on poor ol’ December 31. Where to go? Who to kiss? Will the feeling ever return to your toes after running around for seven hours in the world’s most uncomfortable shoes? Things can go very right or very wrong. Or maybe you’re just making things more complicated than they have to be. Hopefully, we can help with that. You may not love every party on this list but we’re betting you’ll find at least one up your alley. You’ll recognize many of the venues below as our picks for the best restaurants in Miami and the best clubs in Miami. There are some off-the-beaten-path options too. But hopefully, after you’ve picked the right one, you can stop worrying. Now, focus on the easy part: having fun. 

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Best New Year’s Eve events in Miami

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Patrick and the Swayzees
Photograph: Mia Myselfandi
Things to do, Concerts

New Year's Eve with Patrick and the Swayzees

What happens when one of Miami’s most fun bands invades one of Miami’s most fun bars during one of Miami’s most fun night of the year? If you’re answer had something to do with “fun” then you are very correct. Our favorite Key West rockabilly heroes ring in the new year at Sweet Liberty, where your ticket gets you an open bar, raw bar and a plenty of opportunities to tear up the dance floor.

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Faena Hotel Miami Beach
Photograph: Courtesy of the Faena Hotel Miami Beach
Things to do, Event spaces

Two to Tango

Want to live large on the last day of 2018? The Faena might be the right pick for you. The entire property is activated with multi-course dinners being served inside Francis Mallmann’s Los Fuegos and Pao by Paul Qui. Inside Faena’s bougie bar, Living Room, live music and champagne flow. At midnight, head out to the Damien Hirst golden mammoth for live performances and fireworks.

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3
Fontainebleau Miami Beach
Photograph: Courtesy Fontainebleau Miami Beach
Things to do, Concerts

J Balvin and Alesso New Year’s Eve

The Fontainebleau’s annual poolside New Year’s Eve bash is always one of the hottest (and priciest) tickets in town. But the evening always promises some huge names and this year is no different thanks to performances by Colombian megastar J Balvin and Swedish DJ Alesso. Also, your ticket gets you access to an open bar until midnight. That hangover is going to be rough. 

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Erick Morillo at Club Space
Photograph: Dan Vidal
Things to do, Concerts

Marco Carola and Jamie Jones New Year’s Eve

Dance music diehards, we found your New Year’s Eve happy place. Marco Carola and Jamie Jones spin straight into 2019 at Miami’s beloved Club Space. This thing probably won’t end until well after the sun has come up—so stamina is key here.

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The Wharf
Photograph: Robert Martinez
Things to do, Event spaces

Sea You Next Year

Few bars around Miami have had a better year than the Wharf, so it’s only right they celebrate with a huge waterfront party. Expect all the usual food vendors (yes, Garcia’s will be there), plenty of drinks and some surprises along the way.

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Wynwood
Photograph: Courtesy HalloWYN
Things to do, Event spaces

Wynwood NYE 2019

No velvet rope or six-figure cover fee here. This Wynwood block party is gloriously free. It’s also sure to be big, loud and crowded. There should be plenty of food and drink and your RSVP to the event gets you one free cocktail. 

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Rusty Pelican
Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Blue Skyz Miami
Things to do, Event spaces

A Royal Affair

The gorgeous waterfront Rusty Pelican offers two royal-themed NYE options: a “ballroom” party with a tasty buffet and even tastier open bar or a sit-down five-course meal. Hard to pick, right? Start saving up and maybe you can do both, fancy pants.

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Microphone
Photograph: Unsplash/Kane Reinholdtsen
Things to do, Performances

Tiffany Haddish

Comedy tornado Tiffany Haddish brings her stand up show to Miami to ring in the New Year. Haddish is a blast on a normal Wednesday afternoon but on New Year’s freaking Eve? She’s going to bring the energy of three trillion nuclear bombs. 

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Zuma terrace
Photograph: James Shearer
Things to do, Late openings

The Tale of Two Cities

The glittering Japanese spot celebrates New Year’s Eve with a themed dinner and waterfront party overlooking the Miami River. Pick from “Tokyo Nights,” a prix-fixe tasting menu with pours of La Grande Dame Veuve Clicquot and Kirinzan Sake (price is contingent on arrival; $195 before 8pm), or Osaka evenings, a chic outdoor bash on Zuma’s terrace ($175). Alternatively, if your budget allows, you can always ring in 2019 at both. Reservations can be made over the phone (305-577-0277) or via email, info@zumarestaurant.us.

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The Tea Room
Photograph: Anthony Nader/52 Chefs
Nightlife, Late-night bars

New Year’s Eve at the Tea Room

EAST, Miami’s secret sexy cocktail lounge opens its doors for an exclusive New Year’s Eve party ($195pp). Make your way to the 40th-floor bar for a Hong Kong-themed bash plus a clear shot of Downtown’s fireworks spectacular. Reservations are essential and can be made via email at nye@sugar-miami.com.

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