Poppin' bottles of bubbly at fancy parties that you can't even afford, while fist-pumping alongside shwasted celebrities (or drunk divas who think they're famous), that's just another New Year's Eve in Miami.
But if you wanna celebrate NYE like a diehard 305er, staying home and counting down alone isn't even an option. So empty your bank account. Pop on some sparkly 2015 sunglasses. And hit the club for Miami's ten best New Year's Eve parties.
Sure, you may wake up broke, with the only memory of last night being those fuzzy selfies on your iPhone. But hey, at least you've got photographic proof of kissing that stranger at midnight.
See also: Miami's New Year's Eve 2015 Party Guide
J. Cole. A live poolside performance and afterparty. As part of Delano Beach Club's NYE 2015. Wednesday, December 31, 9 p.m., Delano Hotel and FDR at the Delano, 1685 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-672-2000; delano-hotel.com. General-admission tickets for the poolside performance cost $250 to $300 and afterparty tickets cost $100 plus fees via nightout.com. Open bar from 9 p.m. to midnight. Ages 21 and up. "Chasing pennies, getting dough." That's what's bringing Dreamville Records boss J. Cole from 2014 Forest Hills Drive (the name of his new album and the address of his childhood home) to 1685 Collins Avenue this New Year's Eve. And while celebrating NYE in the Magic City is kind of a big deal, the Fayetteville, North Carolina rapper says in his official album trailer, "I got a lot more dreams and I want to go further." But if you wanna go on a liquor-fueled "Power Trip" to 2015 at the Delano, all you'll need is a dollar (or a few hundred of 'em) and a dream.
The Weeknd and Nervo. Wednesday, December 31, 9 p.m., Fontainebleau Miami Beach, 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-538-2000; fontainebleau.com. Tickets cost $275 and up plus fees via wantickets.com. Premium open bar from 9 p.m. to midnight. Ages 21 and up. Don your diamond-studded "Happy New Year" tiara. Put on your highest pair of stilettos. Hit the streets and meet your party savior, Walking Light Man. Stand in awe and follow him to the Fontainebleau. Booze it up with supermodel-turned-DJ twins Mim and Liv Nervo before immersing yourself in the seductive R&B vibes of The Weeknd. Watch fireworks burst over the open sky. Wake up the next morning and ask yourself, "WTF happened last night?" Do it all again in 12 months.
Nicky Romero. With Arno Cost and Mednas. Wednesday, December 31, 9 p.m., LIV, 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-674-4680; livnightclub.com. Tickets cost $300 for women and $500 for men plus fees via wantickets.com. Midnight champagne toast, plus premium open bar all night. Ages 21 and up. Make like Nicky Romero and ditch those flashy 2015 shades for a Guy Fawkes mask (but keep your "Feet on the Ground") as the DJ Mag wunderkind starts an end-of-year dance mob at LIV. At midnight, the rager shall reach its peak when SoBe's party rebels toast to all things EDM.
Martin Solveig. Wednesday, December 31, 9 p.m., W Hotel South Beach, 2201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-938-3000; starwoodhotels.com. General-admission tickets cost $200 and VIP tickets cost $450 plus fees via wantickets.com. Open bar from 9 p.m. to midnight. Ages 21 and up. How to have an outrageous New Year's Eve in four easy steps: (1) Plan the perfect outfit, and since we're in the 305, this can be anything, from LED pasties and bikini bottoms to Happy New Year suspenders and a tuxedo shirt; (2) Find a party with open bar, because you can't ring in 2015 without the right amount of booze, which just so happens to be three hours' worth of shots; (3) Get "Intoxicated" on the dance floor with a world-class DJ like Martin Solveig. (4) Say "Hello" to the next 365 glorious days.
Loco Dice. With Caleb Calloway and Markus Schulz in the main room. Wednesday, December 31, 10 p.m., Space, 34 NE 11th St., Miami; 305-375-0001; clubspace.com. General-admission tickets cost $30 to $75 plus fees via wantickets.com. Ages 21 and up. Feel the bass explode as Loco Dice rings in 2015 with a bang at Space. That's right, Duesseldorf's self-described "hip-hop-rooted DJ, house and techno kung-fu master" is making his 305 comeback just in time for NYE. Brace yourself. It's gonna be a kick to the head at about 150 BPMs.
See also: Downtown Miami's Five Best Dance Clubs
New Year's Eve at the Ultimate House Party. With Peaches and a surprise guest. Art installation by Brian Butler and Jessy Nite. Presented by Desperados. Wednesday, December 31, 10 p.m., The Garret at Grand Central, 697 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-377-2277; grandcentralmiami.com. Free with RSVP via supermarketcreative.com/rsvp/desperados. Ages 21 and up. Ain't no party like an Ultimate House Party. So head to The Garret, because it's literally being turned into your coolest friends party pad for the night. Chill in the "kitchen" or hang in the "bedroom," but don't miss the "living room" concert with Peaches. And because no crib bash is complete without cheap booze, there will be $5 drink specials all night, a celebratory midnight toast, and a free 3 a.m. shot to keep the party going till the sun rises on 2015.
Bon Voyage. With Wuki, Sluggers, Mark Starr, and LittleROK. Presented by Super Music Group, Fresh Wet Paint, and Steam Miami. Wednesday, December 31, 10 p.m. Steam Miami, 30 NE 14th St., Miami; 786-516-3393; steammiami.com. Tickets cost $30 to $40 plus fees via ticketfly.com. Ages 21 and up. Bon voyage, bitches! It's true that the past 12 months have brought 305ers some badass concerts and solid releases, but it's time to say goodbye to 2014. Bid adieu with the deep and dirty beats of Denver's Wuki, the 305's own Sluggers, and the rest of the ragers at Steam.
Playboy New Year's Eve Bash. Wednesday, December 31, 11 p.m., Mansion, 1235 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-695-8411; mansionmiami.com. General-admission tickets cost $75 for women and $200 for men plus fees via wantickets.com. Midnight champagne toast, plus open bar all night. Ages 21 and up. Chicks in bunnie ears will overrun Washington Avenue this New Year's Eve. That's because Playboy's throwing their official NYE party at Mansion, smack in the heart of South Beach. And since the party's hosted by, you know, America's hottest mag, expect to see Hef's gals hopping 'round the red carpet and the VIP. There's also gonna be free bubbly at the strike of 12 and a sexy midnight light show.
See also: South Beach's Ten Best Dance Clubs
Drop the Bass New Year's Eve Bash. With Otto von Schirach, Afrobeta, Juan Basshead, Telekinetic Walrus and the Pride of Ions, and Skinny Hendrix. Wednesday, December 31, 9 p.m. The Stage, 170 NE 38th St., Miami; 305-576-9577; thestagemiami.com. Tickets cost $10 plus fees via wantickets.com. Ages 21 and up. Five, four, three, two, one! Now stop everything and put on your best bass face for 2015! Alright, maybe you wanna look cute for all those photo ops at the strike of 12. But with Miami's "Supermeng" Otto Von Schirach, Afrobeta, Juan Basshead, and loads of other 305 bass masters under one roof, you might not be able to stop yourself from looking like wuhhh-unnnhhh-errrrr-aaahhh-ooohhh.
Genesis. With Tracy Young and Tom Stephan. Presented by Ferosh Records. Thursday, January 1, 2015, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mansion, 1235 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-695-8411; mansionmiami.com. Tickets cost $60 to $90 plus fees via wantickets.com. Ages 21 and up. "New Year's Eve is for amateurs." At least that's what DJ queen and Genesis mastermind Tracy Young told Crossfade last year. And though it may be true, we're all pros in Miami. That's why we're kicking the year off with 12 hours of non-stop uhntz-uhntz with Young and Tom Stephan at the Magic City's most popular New Year's Day party.
Happy 2015, party people.
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