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El Tucán
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Ring in 2020 at Miami’s best New Year's Eve events, parties and dinners

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

By Virginia Gil and Falyn Freyman

The search for the best New Year’s Eve events in Miami can be daunting. 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. Either way, we want to help. Depending on the level of lit or lavishness you’re trying to achieve, there’s a party on this list for everyone. 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. Once you’ve picked the right one, take a deep breath and focus on the easy part: having fun. And don't worry—it’s definitely still too soon to start thinking about those 2020 resolutions. 

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Best New Year’s Eve events in Miami

Photograph: Courtesy E11even

2. Snoop Dogg at E11EVEN

Things to do Concerts

Head to E11EVEN on the 31st to experience what will undoubtedly be the coldest party of the night. West Coast legend Snoop Dogg graces the stage of the sexy 24/7 ultra-club, appropriately ringing in 2020 with promises of gin and juice and a healthy dose of dropping it like it’s hot. Tickets include an open bar and passed hors d’oeuvres from 9 to 11pm plus a midnight champagne toast.

Wharf Around the World
Photograph: Courtesy The Wharf

3. Sailing into 2020 at the Wharf

Things to do Fireworks

Celebrate 2020 in style by the water: Expect live music, DJs, and a variety of eats and cocktails, plus amazing views over the iconic Miami River. Table packages and excellent people watching will be available, too.

Story Nightclub
Photograph: Courtesy Groot Hospitality/Simon hare Photography

4. DaBaby at Story

Nightlife Clubs South of Fifth

Break-out rapper DaBaby headlines at David Grutman’s other over-the-top Miami Beach ultra-club, Story. Come for the hits like “Suge,” “BOP” and “VIBEZ” and stay for the open bar (10pm to midnight), or splurge on a VIP table package (starting at a casual $3,000). It’s going to be hype.

Photograph: Courtesy HalloWYN

5. Wynwood NYE 2020

Things to do Event spaces

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, with fire eaters, artists, live music and dancers providing the entertainment. Several bars and food trucks will keep you fuelled up and your RSVP to the event gets you one free cocktail.

Faena Hotel Miami Beach
Photograph: Courtesy Faena Hotel Miami Beach

6. Tropical Baroque at Faena

Things to do Fireworks

Faena’s NYE fete takes cues from the dramatic Baroque period. Gather around Damien Hirst’s golden mammoth for surprises (and fireworks) as the clock counts down to midnight.

Sugar at East
Photograph: Courtesy Sugar/Michael Weber

7. Geisha in the Clouds at Sugar

Things to do Fireworks

Get high this New Year’s—40 stories high at Sugar, East, Miami’s bougie rooftop lounge. The sexy, oasis-like bar is encircled by lush greenery but, make no mistake, this is prime real estate for fireworks peeping come midnight. Just remember to look up: a performing geisha may catch your eye during the countdown at this Japanese-themed party in the sky.

Jim and Neesie, Generator Miami
Photograph: Mike Butler

8. New Year’s Eve Dinner at Jim and Neesie

Restaurants American Miami Beach

For a more laidback approach to the holiday, dine in at the Jim and Neesie, the exceptionally delicious and lowkey spot at Generator Miami. Enjoy a curated New Year’s Eve dining experience ($125 per person) where you can choose between two different four-course menus paired with a bottle of Lovo Prosecco, plus a screening of The Great Gatsby and live music by the Keith Johns Trio. Two seatings are available at 7 and 9:30pm, with special Prohibition cocktails on offer for $14, along with a limited a la carte menu by Chef Daniel Roy.

The Sylvester
Photograph: Courtesy the Sylvester

9. The Sylvester Smuggler’s New Years Eve

Bars Cocktail bars Midtown

The Sylvester pays homage to Miami’s most decadent era—nope, not the cocaine ’80s or the mobbed-up ’50s—with a debaucherous Prohibition themed party complete with a gambling table, silent films and lots and lots of rum (cleverly disguised, of course!). Don your naughtiest 1920s garb and ring in the New Year with individual and group packages that include open bar from 8pm to 3am plus potent punch bowls and light bites boards to share.

Biltmore Hotel Fourth of July
Photograph: Courtesy Biltmore Hotel

10. Roaring 2020s at the Biltmore

Things to do Fireworks

Built in 1926, the historic Biltmore celebrates the Jazz Age nearly a century later with an all inclusive NYE soiree that sprawls across its several gilded grand ballrooms.

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