New Year's 2004 Guide

How to navigate your big night

Once again, the time has come to wonder where it all went and where do you go from here. But first and foremost, it's time to party. In order to save you some trouble, we here at New Times have devised a list of worthwhile New Year's celebrations. Use this week's guide, with new and improved listings, for all the guidance you'll need to welcome 2004.

CLUBS

Automatic Slim: Automatic Slim is the place where the beautiful people get ugly. Theyll get real ugly on New Years Eve, when the joint offers a $50 all-you-can-drink special. 1216 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, 305-695-0795.

Bermuda Bar & Grill: One of the longest-running dance parties is getting ready for another New Years bash. This party features complimentary drinks till 2 a.m. Also included is a champagne toast at midnight for the big balloon drop. Then show off your moves until 6 a.m., when its time to go home. Arrive before midnight and pay a $25 cover charge. 3509 NE 163rd St, North Miami Beach, 305-945-0196.

Big Fish: Party the year away on the banks of a cleaner Miami River (supposedly) at Big Fish. Live music and DJs will keep the rumps bouncing and maybe even swimming, but not in the river, we hope. 55 SW Miami Ave Rd, 305-373-1770.

Blue: Decorated with eclectic shades of blue (hence the name), this house music haven will offer sounds by Mark Vane. 222 Española Way, Miami Beach, 305-534-1009.

Bongos Cuban Cafe: Theres nothing like a Cuban bash to ring in the New Year. The stylish Tropicana-style supper club will have the congas rocking. Bongos is offering dinner and dancing for $95 per person. 601 Biscayne Blvd, 786-777-2100.

Chamber Lounge: There is no cover at Chamber Lounge, so a memorable, as well as inexpensive, New Years awaits those intelligent enough to swing by. Who said South Beach isnt generous? Enjoy music by Sobe Souls David Solero, party favors, and a champagne toast, so tip well. 2940 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, 305-673-0388.

Club Deep: Party into the New Year dancing on water at Club Deep. The night features a hot/cold buffet and $3 drinks between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. In addition each person receives a free bottle of champagne, party favors, and a souvenir T-shirt. At midnight watch the ball drop from Times Square on large-screen monitors. Then look out for your chance to win $1000 during Club Deeps own balloon drop. The party continues until 5 a.m. Admission is $75 per person and well worth it. 621 Washington Ave, 305-532-1509.

Club eNVy: Come join one of the hottest DJ production combos in the world, Saeed & Palash, mixing the best in house music along with DJ Ivano Bellini in Club eNVys main room. In the Sunkiss Lounge, dance to the hottest hip-hop and Latin music in Miami, with a 24-hour liquor license, so the party doesnt stop till the dance floor empties or the liquor runs out. Open bar till 1 a.m. and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Cover charge: presale $30, $35 at the door. 90 NE 11th St, 305-373-2229.

crobar: Crobar at the Cameo Theatre presents the Premier 2004 New Years bash. Red carpet rolls out at 9 p.m. General admission seats are $50, which includes a champagne reception at midnight and New Years party favors. Tickets are on sale at groovetickets.com. DJs include Cedric Gervais and Pedro in the main room, Stephan Luke and Juan Mejia in the VIP room, and Matt Martinez and Nelson Diaz in the ultra-VIP room (de pinga!). Tables are available starting at $150 a person and will need to be paid in advance. For table reservations call 305-672-8084. 1445 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, 305-531-5027.

Hooligans Pub & Oyster Bar: Looking for a fun party without spending wads of cash just to get through the door? Then drive on over to this pub. Not only is there no cover but you can help yourself to their buffet between 8 and 11 p.m. Party favors and a glass of bubbly are also included. Live entertainment with band Echelon and DJ Bobby V till 5:00 a.m. If by that time youve had one too many, dont risk getting behind the wheel. Hooligans will give you a free ride home and a free tow for your car! 9555 S Dixie Hwy, 305-667-9673.

Hoy Como Ayer: This place is one of the best-kept secrets in Little Havana. Mark your calendars for an intimate evening of Latin fun with Albita and Mealena performing live. 2212 SW 8th St, 305-541-2631.

I/O: Party the night away with the grand kings of the hipster community -- the Spam Allstars and Poplife. Presale tickets go for $40 per couple, or $25 per person. Admission on New Years will be $30 per person. It includes a midnight champagne toast and hors doeuvres. Poplife rules! 30 NE 14th St, 305-358-8007.

Jade: Enjoy an erotic New Years with the folks from Bliss as they throw a black and white ball with music by DJ Vasquez and two hours of champagne. Single women will be admitted free, and couples in theme will pay $30. 1766 Bay Rd, Miami Beach, 305-695-0000.

Jimmyz: This party is bound to attract its share of glitterati. Admission costs $50 per person and includes party favors and a breakfast buffet. 432 41st St, Miami Beach, 305-538-8533

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