New Year’s Eve Guide

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New Year’s Eve is almost here and SocialMiami has assembled an exciting group of New Year’s Eve dining choices, parties and even a concert. So, don’t miss out and make your reservations right now at one of these great Miami events – and Happy New Year!

Party Hopping at the Catalina Hotel & Beach Club

The Catalina Hotel and Beach Club goes retro this year by toasting the New Year with an all-access pass to live music and entertainment, including food and open bars, in each of the hotel’s three buildings. At just $95 per person, it’s the most affordable New Year’s Eve celebration on South Beach, offering a fun all-inclusive evening. Your party-hopping pass allows you access to each building’s line-up of musical acts, including The Spam Allstars in Maxine’s Bistro & Lounge, the best of old school hip hop at Kung Fu Kitchen & Sushi, and 80’s groove in the red bar. Enjoy three distinctly different and delicious dinner buffets, gourmet sushi, decadent desserts, open bar, including vodka ice luge and specialty cocktails. Lounge indoors at any of the hotel’s three bars or outdoors on one of the hotel’s two terraces, newly renovated rooftop pool & bar, or the bamboo pool lounge. Opt for a very VIP New Year’s celebration at the Catalina’s rooftop lounge, a package that is priced at $900 and includes a VIP rooftop cabana, six all-access passes, one bottle of premium vodka and a bottle of champagne. As the clock strikes midnight, there will be a complimentary champagne toast as you watch the Times Square Ball drop projected in each room. With an open bar from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m., three lavish supper buffets, live entertainment and doors not closing until dawn, New Year’s celebration is all-inclusive at the Catalina Hotel & Beach Club. Purchase tickets online or by phone. The Catalina Hotel & Beach Club, located in the heart of South Beach, is a member of the South Beach Group.

Catalina Hotel & Beach Club
1732 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach

Le Tour Du Monde Nikki Beach 2010

Tour the world in one night, ringing in the New Year from St. Barths and St. Tropez to Koh Samui and Marrakech as you cabana-hop at Nikki Beach. Referencing Amelia Earhart’s “first woman to fly solo” vintage-chic aviatrix vibe, experience Nikki’s signature sexy atmosphere, haute cuisine, a private fireworks show, complimentary midnight champagne toast, and the official ball drop. Choose from a vast array of options to ring in 2010 from a private and romantic dinner in the tree-lit garden to exclusive VIP opium beds and cabana seating with premium bottle service and an extensive list of hor d’oeuvres. Executive Chef Gerry Gnassi will prepare a special 5-course New Year ’s Eve menu for your enjoyment. Venture upstairs to the exclusive “private terminal” where the newly remodeled Club Nikki – now known as One Ocean – will entice you with everything VIP from private tables to surprise performances by renowned aerialist acrobats. In signature Nikki Beach style, “the sexiest place on earth” provides eye-popping performances by dancers outfitted to match some of Nikki Beach’s worldwide destinations, setting the tone for an unforgettable evening. Toast the New Year with a glass of complimentary champagne while counting down to Nikki Beach’s Times Square-style ball drop and illuminating show of fireworks. Purchase tickets for Le Tour du Monde, New Year’s Eve 2010 at Nikki Beach Miami online or by calling 305-538-1111.

Nikki Beach
One Ocean Drive, Miami Beach

New Year’s Eve at The Setai

For a sophisticated celebration this New Year’s Eve, head to The Setai, a sparkling oasis of style where the cool lines of Asia fuse with the heat of Miami. This year’s fête, unlike any other, will entertain the senses with the sounds of Friends of the New World Symphony, the flavors of an utterly decadent six-course tasting menu and the sights of the elegant Courtyard. While intimate orchestra ensembles serenade the crowd with a range of music from the classics of the 18th century all the way up to today’s favorites, the chefs in the kitchen make their own melody of flavor with exotic Asian spices and the finest ingredients. As the clock rounds midnight, the sounds of Friends of the New World Symphony will be joined by jazz vocalist Rebekah Diaz, trumpet soloist Sam Hyken and DJ Danny Carreras, creating a fusion of funk, soul, jazz and modern pop. In addition, jazz sensation Carmen Lundy will MC the countdown to midnight and perform a selection of her famed songs. Tickets for the New Year’s Eve celebration are $450 per person, which includes a six-course dinner with wine pairings, unlimited beverages and live musical performances from 8 to 11 p.m. (cash bar from 11 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.) Call or email to RSVP.

The Setai, South Beach
2001 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
305-520-6400 Reservations

New Year’s Eve 2010

The Biltmore Hotel will bring in 2010 with a grand celebration – exquisite dining, fabulous musical performances, fireworks and champagne! Executive Chef Rolando Cruz-Taura pulls out all the stops with a gala five-course dinner, beginning with Petrossian caviar. Enjoy complimentary hand-rolled Cuban cigars, an open premium bar all night long, dancing to Latin salsa and jazz performed by Raiko Torres & “Son Tres,” and musical entertainment performed by Tony Wilson and the James Brown Tribute Band. Wilson served as body double for Michael Jackson’s “Victory” tour and was crowned “the best Michael Jackson impersonator” by Oprah Winfrey and officially endorsed by James Brown as the “Young James Brown.” Greet the new year with a fabulous fireworks display lighting up the sky over the Biltmore golf course. Reservations are $250 p/p ($200 for Biltmore Cellar Club members), plus tax and gratuity. Call or email for reservations.

Biltmore Hotel, Country Club Ballroom & Terrace
1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables

New Year’s Eve Dinner at BOURBON STEAK

This New Year’s Eve, ring in 2010 at the famed BOURBON STEAK, a Michael Mina restaurant. First-seating begins at 6 p.m. and features three courses including a choice of burrata heirloom tomato salad, ahi tuna tartare, perigord truffle risotto with butter poached Maine lobster, or sunchoke soup to start; a main course selection between tapioca-crusted red snapper, Alaskan king salmon, milk-fed veal chop, or American Kobe rib eye filet “Rossini” with a shallot potato cake and foie gras; and concludes with a choice between a strawberry panna cotta, traditional beignets or a selection of seasonal sorbets and ice cream. Second-seating starts at 9 p.m. and features a six-course menu showcasing an American caviar parfait to start, seared diver scallops, perigord truffle risotto, roasted squab breast, an American kobe beef tasting and a strawberry panna cotta. Complimentary glass of champagne each, live band and party favors included. Three-course/first-seating is $95, Six-course/second-seating is $245; plus tax and gratuity. Complimentary valet parking. Reservations required by calling or e-mailing Credit card required at time of reservation.

The Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort & Club
19999 West Country Club Drive, Aventura

Ring in the New Year in Style at Mandarin Oriental

Ring in the New Year in Style with Mandarin Oriental, Miami’s fantastic New Year’s Eve dinners at its two signature restaurants, Azul and Café Sambal, where resident culinary geniuses have created delectable festive menus. AZUL: Celebrate the New Year with an exciting seven-course culinary journey prepared by Chef Clay Conley and a champagne toast at midnight. Reception from 8 to 9 p.m.; dinner from 9 to midnight. $300 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity. Menu includes sumptuous dishes such as Lobster & Uni Chowder with Parsnips, Veal Ravioli with White Italian Truffles, Line Caught Wild Turbot with Potato and Artichoke Barigoule and A-5 Japanese Wagyu Beef with Salsify Puree. CAFÉ SAMBAL: Enjoy the last day of the year with a special four-course New Year’s Eve menu overlooking Biscayne Bay from 6 to 11 p.m. $75 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity. Four-course menu includes savory options for each course such as Sake and Ginger Cured Salmon-Korean Pancake with Horseradish Crème Fraiche, Conch Fritters with Chilled Conch, Terrine of Beef Carpaccio and Shiitake Mushroom, Olive Oil Poached Halibut and Harissa Lamb Chops with Chickpea Puree and Gratin of Eggplant. For restaurant reservations or for more information on holiday menus please call 305-913-8358, or view the full holiday brochure online by clicking here.

Mandarin Oriental, Miami
500 Brickell Key Drive, Miami

Ring in the New Year Soo Woo Japanese Steakhouse Style

Stay in Doral this New Year’s Eve and join Soo Woo for a celebration where Asian flair meets the heat of Miami. This soiree will entertain the senses with the sounds of live music and a decadent menu. While live music will serenade guests, the chefs will make their own melody of flavor with exotic Asian spices and the finest ingredients. As the clock hits midnight, the sounds of champagne corks will announce the arrival of 2010! Tickets are $45 per person and include appetizers, main course, dessert and champagne toast at midnight. Hats and noisemakers are also included. Dinner will be served from 8 to 11 p.m. Tax and gratuity not included. Drink specials and TY-KU Sake tasting all evening. Reservations required, please call 305-477-4477 or email

Soo Woo Japanese Steakhouse Style
9753 N.W. 41st Street, Doral

New Year’s Eve at Club 50

Spend New Year’s Eve with Sky Nellor, Timbuck 2 and Major Taylor spinning 50 flights above the skyline at Club 50. $200 general admission ($75 for ladies, space permitting) from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., including open bar and a champagne toast. After 12:30 a.m. admission is $75 which includes one drink. Table service available: $1400 for four, including admission for 4, open bar till 12:30 a.m., one premium bottle spirits and one bottle champagne, hors d’oeuvres and mixers; or $2600 for eight, including admission for 8, open bar till 12:30 a.m., two premium bottles, magnum of champagne, hors d’oeuvres and mixers. Enjoy dinner at Eos – $125 p/p for dinner and a complimentary glass of champagne or $175 p/p for dinner with champagne and wine pairings.

Club 50, Viceroy Hotel
485 Brickell Avenue, Downtown Miami
305-503-4400, Ext. 7138

Laid Back and Bluesy

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Fritz & Franz Bierhaus. From 7 to 11 p.m. feast on their incredible all-you-can-eat buffet or select traditional dishes from a limited menu available for the evening. Enjoy music by the Albert Castiglia Blues Band from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. with a midnight toast and party favors as the clock strikes twelve. The buffet is $28 p/p; no cover for the entertainment. Call for reservations.

Fritz & Franz Bierhaus
60 Merrick Way, Coral Gables
305-774-1883 (Reservations)

Not Just New Years at Klutch

This year don’t just ring in the New Year on the 31st, celebrate for four nights straight with Klutch. Klutch the brand new nightclub located at 136 Collins Avenue in the famed South of Fifth district will be celebrating its opening week with a four night run hosted by Just Jared. The week of events starts on December 29 and will go through January 1, 2010. Performances include Boys Like Girls, Hey Monday, Leighton Meester, Steel Panther and Kid Sister with special guest appearances on New Years Eve by Kellen Lutz and Olivia Munn and the sounds of DJ Cassidy. Tickets can be purchased at

136 Collins Avenue, South Beach

The Raleigh Hotel

Dine, drink and celebrate 2010 at one of South Beach’s most famous hotels. The Raleigh invites you to join them for a night of music, dancing and glamour at their New Year’s Eve party – “A Night To Remember.” The Drinks and Hors D’oeuvres package is offered from 10PM to 2AM for $200 a person. The Dinner package is $300 a person and includes passed hors d’oeuvres and a three course meal. Ring in the new year with a midnight champagne toast, included in both packages! RSVP to or call 305.612.1173.

The Raleigh
1775 Collins Ave., South Beach

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