2010/11 New Year’s Eve Guide

Actress Sasha Grey and Spam All Stars at the Catalina Hotel

8 p.m.

The Catalina Hotel and Beach Club is hosting Miami’s most affordable New Year’s Eve celebration and block party with Hollywood Actress and DJ Sasha Grey and The Spam All Stars. This all-access, open bar non-stop party encompasses the hotel’s three buildings and features endless food stations and all night live music for just $95 per person. Party on in the heart of South Beach with actress Sasha Grey (Entourage, The Girlfriend Experience) as your official host, and renowned musical group, The Spam All Stars, returning for the second year in a row to perform exclusively for the event. Celebrate with a complimentary champagne toast as Grey rings in 2011 and then takes to the turntables to spin a retro-set of her own choice of sounds. Lounge indoors at any of the hotel’s three bars or outdoors on one of the hotel’s two terraces, the newly renovated rooftop pool and bar or the bamboo pool lounge. Enjoy the best of old school hip hop and 80’s groove, as well as the sounds of The Spam All Stars, and savor selections of gourmet sushi, decadent desserts and open bar with vodka ice luge and specialty cocktails. Or opt for the very VIP AVION Tequila Rooftop Lounge, the premium tequila made famous on HBO’s Entourage. The Catalina’s VIP AVION Tequila Rooftop package is priced at $900 and includes a VIP cabana, six all-access passes, one bottle of premium AVION Tequila and a bottle of champagne. With four open bars from 8 p.m. to midnight, lavish food stations, live entertainment and doors not closing until 7 a.m., you can ring in the New Year in style for one all-inclusive price. Call or purchase tickets online.

Catalina Hotel and Beach Club
1732 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
305-674-1160 New Year’s Eve Reservations
1-877-762-3477 Room Reservations

New Year’s Dining at Fontainebleau

Seatings at 6:30 and 9:30 p.m.

Ring in the New Year with a variety of savory dining options. Select from four or five course dinners at Gotham Steak by Alfred Portale and Scarpetta by Scott Conant, or family-style dining at world-renowned Hakkasan. Gotham Steak by Alfred Portale at Fontainebleau expands beyond modern American steak house fare to include fresh seafood and special cuts of meat cooked to perfection, crafted with regional fruits and Asian flavors. At Scarpetta, James Beard Award-recipient Scott Conant has created a regional Italian menu that combines the simplicity of Italy’s cucina rustica with the refined flavors of fine cuisine. Hakkasan at Fontainebleau features traditional Cantonese classics and house specialties reinterpreted for a contemporary, non-conventional palate. Seatings are at 6:30 and 9:30. For reservations, call or email.

4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
305-695-2414 Reservations

New Year’s Eve Ball

From 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Celebrate the start of 2011 in Fairmont Turnberry Isle-style. Feast on delicacies during a lavish cocktail reception, then enjoy a sit-down gourmet dinner and dancing. Held in the elegant Grand Ballroom, this Winter Wonderland-themed New Year’s Eve ball features an open bar all evening, dancing to the sounds of Drew T. and his 10-piece orchestra, a balloon drop and a champagne toast at midnight. Black tie. $225 plus tax and gratuity.

Fairmont Turnberry Isle
19999 West Country Club Drive, Aventura.
305-933-6590 (Reservations)

Ring In the New Year

From 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach has a sensational evening planned to ring in the New Year. Celebrate with dinner, dancing and a midnight toast and enjoy live music, open bar and food stations from around the world. Seating is available both indoors and outdoors beneath the stars where a DJ will be spinning the latest tunes. Acqualina offers three options for New Year’s Eve: A five-course seated dinner, with entrée selections of Roasted Sea Bass or Duo of Beef, $250 per person; or an international station buffet-style dinner, featuring items from Greece, Spain, France, Italy and Morocco, $200 p/p; or DJ and open bar only $95 p/p. Tax and gratuity not included in the prices. Advanced reservations and full prepayment are required.

Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach
17875 Collins Avenue, Sunny Isles Beach

Leave the Gun. Take the Cannoli.

Beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Bring in the New Year with some homemade Italian goodness, hosted by former boxer-turned chef-restaurateur, Marc Randazzo. Enjoy a complimentary flute of champagne, robust and plentiful Southern Italian soul food and a knock out live performance of Sinatra classics by Las Vegas singer Rene Casey, beginning at 9 p.m. Start with a hearty appetizer, select a paisano favorite – Spaghetti with Sunday Gravy, Seafood Risotto or Steak Vesuvio – and finish with a decadent dessert. Early seating from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. ($55 per person) and late seating begins at 9 p.m. ($95 p/p). Set prices do not include tax or tip.

Randazzo’s Little Italy
385 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables
305-375-0111, Ext. 543 (Becky)

New Year’s Eve With Platinum Recording Artist Drake

9 p.m.

Count down to 2011 with Grammy-nominated and platinum recording hip-hop artist Drake at W South Beach Hotel & Residences. The festivities begin at WET and move into WALL, the Miami Beach hotspot, for a post-midnight bash with New York-based 4AM DJ’s Phresh, Sinatra and Jacomino. Drake is widely recognized for his collaborations with high profile rap and hip-hop artists such as Kanye West, Jay-Z and Lil Wayne.

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