Imagine the holidays didn't leave a hole in your pocket and you had $100,000 to party with Future at Cameo for New Year's Eve ... Your cup would be overflowing with endless Patrón, Belvedere, and Moët & Chandon Rosé Champagne and you'd get to meet the rapper himself.
Eh, maybe next year. Luckily, there are plenty of cheaper ways to celebrate 2013. Here are the top five New Year's Eve parties in Miami that won't cost you a thing.
Fat Tuesday. Monday, December 31, 9 p.m., at 918 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach; 305-534-1328.. The drinks here are the cheapest you will find on the beach, especially during New Year's Eve. They may be frozen and fluorescent orange, blue, and pink, but don't underestimate their power, particularly when you add extra booze from your own NYE flask. There will be dancing all night. But at midnight, take a break from shaking ass and watch fireworks explode over the beach, and then get back to that 190 Octane and continue partying until the wee hours of the new year.
Ted's Hideaway. Monday, December 31, 10 p.m., at 124 Second
St., Miami Beach; 305-532-9869.. Debauchery and drunken shenanigans are the norm here. The drinks are already cheap. But since it's New Year's Eve, Ted's will be offering shot specials every hour leading up to the new year. On top of that, there will be a midnight champagne toast and balloon drop. Ted's will stay open till 7 a.m., so stick around all night for a free breakfast in the morning. Chances are you'll need it
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Jazid. Monday, December 31, at 1342 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-9372; jazid.net.. South Beach. Five dollar drinks. No cover. New Year's Eve. Enough said.
Will Call. Monday, December 31, 10 p.m., at 700 NE Second Ave., Miami; 305-577-5900; willcallmiami.com. . Live music and booze is Will Call's way of celebrating 2013. The downtown bar will be having live performances from the Livesays and Coz Canler from the Romantics. After the party favors, midnight champagne toast, and obligatory balloon drop, DJ Patrick Walsh and other surprise guest DJs will be partying it up till the early morning. Stick around all night and your first meal of the year will be on the house.
La Gran Naranja. Monday, December 31, 8 p.m., Bayfront Park, 301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-358-7550; bayfrontparkmiami.com. It's the largest free New Year's Eve party in Miami. This year, it's being renamed to La Gran Naranja to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Ponce de Leon discovering Florida. Watch the Big Orange rise to the top of the InterContinental Hotel as the crowd counts down to 2013. At exactly 12 a.m., there will be a massive fireworks display with neon blue, green, and yellow explosions in the sky. ¡Prospero año nuevo!