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The best spots to celebrate New Year's Eve 2021 in Miami

Ready to party, Miami? New Year’s Eve 2021 promises tons of festive dinners, outdoor events and more ways to celebrate.

By Virginia Gil and Falyn Freyman
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The search for the best New Year’s Eve 2021 events in Miami can be daunting. People put a lot of pressure on poor ol’ December 31. Where to go? Who to kiss? How many stone crabs to order for your lavish living room soirée? Things can go very right or very wrong. Or maybe you’re just making things more complicated than they have to be because sending of 2020 is the thing you’ve been dreaming of since March. Either way, we want to help. Depending on the level of lit or lavishness you’re trying to achieve, there’s a Miami New Year’s event or dining option on this list for everyone. You’ll recognize many of the venues below as our picks for the best restaurants 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 2021 resolutions.

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Best New Year’s Eve events in Miami

Calle 23 New Year's Eve
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1. Calle 23

Restaurants Coral Gables

Go for the food, stay for the drinks. Book a table at the Miracle Mile restaurant for dinner and after you’ve had your fill of Cuban food, stick around for bottle service and live music well into the night. The option to stand around and drink at a distance from 9:30pm to 11:30pm is also available for $50. Whichever route you choose, reservations are strongly encouraged.

Batch Gastropub
Photograph: Courtesy Batch Gastropub

2. Batch Gastropub

Restaurants Gastropubs Brickell

Brickell’s lively sports pub hits pause on the games for a night of dancing, drinking and celebrating the end of an insane year. Folks can purchase $50 tickets for a premium open bar from 9pm to 1am as well as book an early seating for dinner before getting the party started. 

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Cocktail - Copper 29
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3. Copper 29

Bars Gastropubs Coral Gables

Ring in the New Year with music, drinks and good company. Copper 29 is making room for a socially distant affair with designated tables for bottle service and areas for folks to spread out while taking advantage of the $50 general admission ticket, which includes unlimited drinks from 9:30pm to 11:30pm.

Zuma Bar & Lounge
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4. Zuma

Restaurants Japanese Downtown

Downtown’s chic sushi spot is open for dinner on New Year’s Eve and offers more than one way to celebrate. Dine before 7:30pm for an a-la-carte experience ($165 minimum spend per person) or stop in later for various drink packages that range in price depending on your champagne selection. Music, fireworks, a DJ and a photo booth are all part of the celebration. Reservations are a must.

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MILA
Photograph: Courtesy MILA

5. MILA

Restaurants Pan-Asian South Beach

MILA is as close to South Beach nightlife as you’re going to get this year. The rooftop restaurant promises a glittering scene with beautiful people, Instagrammable dishes and a sweet view of Lincoln Road below. In addition to the five-course meal, the restaurant is also bringing fire dancer Sam Tobey for a scorching performance to kick off 2021.

Amara at Paraiso by Michael Schwartz
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6. Amara at Paraiso

Restaurants Fusion Design District

How’s a waterfront vista for a good omen leading into 2021? Find one at Amara at Paraiso, where you can dine outdoors out on a four-course meal with options such as grouper wrapped in banana leaf and grilled NY strip steak. Parties of up to 10 people are allowed but groups of more than seven must all reside within the same house. $125

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Public Square
Photograph: Michael Pisarri

7. Public Square

Restaurants Contemporary American Coral Gables

Five courses for less than $100? It’s possible at Public Square. The contemporary American restaurant gets fancy with its New Year’s Eve offering, featuring a meatcentric feast of slow-roasted prime rib, braised lamb shank plus several seafood options to start and a decadent Nutella dessert—because December 31. Not into prix-fixe? Skip it and go the a la carte route instead. $95

Komodo
Photograph: Courtesy Komodo

8. Komodo

Restaurants Chinese Brickell

Celebrate in style while social distancing in one of Komodo’s whimsical bird nests outside. The suspended booths are available when you book one of the Brickell spot’s New Year’s Eve dinner for either 6:30pm or 9pm. $135–$250

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American Social
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9. American Social

Restaurants American Brickell

The Brickell bar is giving folks one last chance to make good on the holidays they missed this year. From St. Patrick’s Day and Cinco de Mayo to July 4th to your own damn wedding, celebrate it at American Social’s throwback-themed New Year’s Eve bash. Book a table and tell the person on the other side which special you’d like to commemorate on New Year’s Eve and they’ll make it happen with a festive tablescape. Various prices

Chotto Matte
Photograph: Courtesy Chotto Matte

10. Chotto Matte Miami

Restaurants Peruvian South Beach

If you thought 2020 was dystopian then Chotto Matte’s Dystropolis is the party for you. The night kicks off early at 4pm with a series of DJs and various prix-fixe menus of tasty Nikkei dishes to share, plus a complimentary cocktail and glass of champagne to toast at midnight. At 9pm, the Lincoln Road restaurant turns up, offering champagne bar packages for folks looking to party.

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Swan
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11. Swan

Restaurants American creative Design District

The Design District restaurant is giving you the trip to France you never had this year. Themed for the film Midnight in Paris, the outdoor soiree takes place in Swan’s expansive garden, where folks are invited to dine at 6:30pm or 9pm. Selections for the night include white truffle ravioli, porcini-crusted NY strip and short rib. $105–$175

Papi Steak
Photograph: Courtesy Seth Browarnik/World Red Eye

12. Papi Steak

Restaurants Steakhouse South of Fifth

Expect all the finer things in life—caviar, prime steak and flowing champagne—at Papi Steak’s New Year’s Eve event. Namesake David “Papi” Einhorn is doing up all his favorites and then some to kiss 2020 goodbye. Pick from seatings at 6:30pm or 9pm. $165–$250

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Azabu Miami Beach
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13. Azabu Miami Beach

Restaurants Japanese South of Fifth

Celebrated sushi restaurants Azabu features a special menu on New Year’s Eve that promises to fill you up without breaking the bank. Though there are plenty of add-ons available if you’re looking to splurge—from $6 oysters and $25 wagyu beef gyozas to a premium sashimi platter for $28. Oh, and pop bottles off Mouis Roeferer for $100 all night long. $95

Casa Tiki
Photograph: Casa Tiki

14. Casa Tiki

Little Havana’s recently opened tiki bar hosts a Polynesian bash inspired by ‘70s drama Fantasy Island. Rock your best white suit or grass skirt and send off 2020 with copious amounts of rum.

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Le Chick
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15. Le Chick

Restaurants American Wynwood

Put on your mask and get ready to party at Le Chick: The Wynwood spot is throwing a NYE bash and face coverings are part of the dress code. Choose from a 6pm or 8pm seating for the restaurant’s four-course feast, featuring a complimentary bottle of champagne per couple. Forego dinner altogether and opt for Le Chick’s cocktail at its Le Coqtail Lounge & Bar, where music will blast and drinks will flow from 10:30pm to 3am. $300 (per couple) for dinner; $60 per person to party

Matador Room
Photograph: Courtesy Matador Room

16. Matador Room

Restaurants Latin American Miami Beach

Get all dolled up for a swanky send-off at the Miami Beach EDITION. The Matador Room has put together a four-course menu to rival anything you’ve eaten at home on your couch this year—think wagyu steak, Maine lobster, charred octopus and more. Champagne pairings are available as is a limited a-la-carte menu. $249–$790

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Gianni's at The Villa
Photograph: Ken Hayden

17. Gianni's at The Villa

Restaurants Mediterranean South Beach

Close out the year with a bang—dining on gilded plates, hoisting Versace cutlery and treating yourself to a decadent menu comprised of foie gras, stone crabs, filet mignon and more. Choose from an early 6pm seating for just dinner or various seatings from 8:30pm to 10:30pm for a meal pair with music by DJ Maxwell Blandford and synchronized swimming performance. An additional bar package is available for folks looking to post up at the bar and nosh on hors d’oeuvres while drinking bottomless champagne or wine all night long. $150–$450

The Bazaar by José Andrés, Restaurants and cafes, Miami
Photograph: Skott Snider

18. The Bazaar by José Andrés

Restaurants South Beach

Have your fill of tapas at the popular Spanish restaurant in South Beach. There’ll be two seatings as well as complimentary admission to Hyde Night Club after midnight for the folks who open for the later dining time. The tasting menu also includes a bottle of bubbles for the table. $175–$350

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Fi'lia warm brandade
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19. Fi’lia Brickell

Restaurants Italian Brickell

The Italian restaurant keeps it breezy with a prix-fixe menu of pizza and pasta favorites and the option to move to the property’s SAAM Lounge after dinner for drinks and dancing to music from a live Latin band. $95

Smith & Wollensky, Restaurants and cafes, Miami
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20. Smith & Wollensky

Restaurants Steakhouse South of Fifth

Go for what’s familiar at the South Beach steak house, which remains open for New Year’s Eve dinner but sticking to its usual menu for patrons who’d rather enjoy their favorite dishes than choose from a prix-fixe menu. Hot top: Call ahead and book an outdoor table for an ocean view to enjoy with your meal. A la carte

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