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Ring in 2024 at These South Florida Hot Spots



As 2023 comes to a close, destinations across South Florida are waving goodbye to the past year and welcoming 2024 with celebrations. From hotel masquerade parties to exclusive multi-course restaurant menus, we've rounded up some of the hottest places to ring in the New Year.


WHERE TO KICK OFF NYE WEEKEND



Miami Beach Holiday Festival of Lights


Kick-off New Year’s Eve weekend with the Miami Beach Holiday Festival of Lights, a series of free, family-friendly musical performances and lights shows taking over The Gabriel South Beach on December 29 and 30. Presented by the Miami Beach Classical Music Festival (MMF), a nonprofit dedicated to providing affordable, world-class musical instruction and groundbreaking performance experiences to young artists and the South Florida community, the festival’s first-of-their-kind live musical performances feature cutting-edge projection-mapping technology where intricate lighting designs and captivating visuals overlap, turning one of South Beach’s most iconic building façades into an interactive exhibit with vibrant imagery. Every surface of The Gabriel South Beach will become a living canvas as the projections play off the building’s various shapes and textures in perfect unison with the rhythm of the music. Performances take place on December 29 and 30 at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 p.m.


WHERE TO WATCH THE FIREWORKS


South Florida

The Elser Hotel & Residences


Celebrate the countdown to 2024 at The Elser Hotel & Residences for a front-row seat to the fireworks to ring in the New Year. Located along Biscayne Bay in Downtown Miami, the hotel is known for its residential-style accommodations, sprawling balconies and stunning views of Bayfront Park. Hotel guests can cheer for the New Year at The Elser’s glamorous NYE exclusive event for guests and residents. The hotel’s pool bar and restaurant will be open with a la carte options and two open bar packages will also be available for purchase. Bar package option one is priced at $160 per person and includes a selection of local and imported beers, wines and spirits, available from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Option two is a VIP premium open bar package priced at $250 per person and includes the following premier beverages: Grey Goose Vodka, Patron Anejo Tequila, Dos Hombres Mezcal, Macallan 12yr Scotch and more. Upon purchasing, guests will receive a wristband to access the unlimited bar package. In addition, the NYE event will feature a live DJ, a fire dancer, glitzy decorations and more. As the clock strikes midnight, guests can pick a spot on The Elser’s expansive sundeck to catch the epic Miami fireworks show or enjoy it from the comfort of their hotel room’s balcony.


The Gabriel Miami

Experience The Gabriel Miami Downtown for New Year’s Eve


The Gabriel Miami Downtown is a 129-room lifestyle hotel in Downtown Miami offering spacious and stylish rooms and suites with sweeping views of Biscayne Bay, the perfect spot to catch the Bayfront Park firework display. Guests interested in staying at The Gabriel Miami to celebrate the New Year can select the Experience the Stay offer, which includes on-property credit, premium Wi-Fi, and free early departure, early check-in and late checkout where available. The Gabriel Miami is within walking distance of Miami’s cultural institutions and Bayfront Park’s iconic NYE celebration. 


Stay and Save on NYE at The Gabriel South Beach


Located on the iconic Ocean Drive, directly across from South Beach, The Gabriel South Beach is a boutique haven of luxury, boasting 132 rooms across four buildings. Guests can escape to the courtyard pool adjacent to the hotel’s outdoor eatery for a tranquil retreat amid the bustling city. They can also lounge by the showstopping glass-bottom pool situated six stories above the open atrium, which is the perfect spot to watch the fireworks at midnight. The Gabriel South Beach is also centrally located across from Lummus Park, which is hosting a free New Year’s Day concert. Guests can also seize the opportunity to enhance their NYE’s stay with the exclusive Stay and Save package, offering up to 20% off a minimum four-night reservation. 


PARTIES AND CELEBRATIONS


South Florida

Orno by Chef Niven Patel Pre-Fixe Dinner


Savor the final moments of the year with Orno’s New Year’s Eve Prix-Fixe Dinner menu ($145). Named “Best New Restaurant '' by Miami New Times, Orno serves New American cuisine featuring the finest selection of meats and seafood. The first course consists of delectable Hokkaido Scallop Crudo topped with fermented chili and calamansi. For the second course, guests can expect Smoked Beef Agnolotti served with goat cheese and apple relish. The third course is a flavorful Pan-Roasted Ora King Salmon with caviar beurre blanc and carrot soubise, and the fourth course is a mouthwatering Grilled Wagyu Denver Steak au poivre with squash mille-feuille. To complete the dining experience, guests can indulge in Gateau au Chocolat (chocolate cake). 


MaryGold’s by Brad Kilgore


Ring in 2024 with a delectable dinner at MaryGold’s by Brad Kilgore! Nestled within the stylish boutique Arlo Wynwood hotel, MaryGold’s stands as Chef Kilgore’s love letter to Wynwood. This New Year’s Eve, MaryGold’s is hosting two dinner seatings, accompanied by live music all night long for an evening full of luxury. The first seating, at 6 p.m., features MaryGold’s à la carte menu or the option to indulge in a tasting menu where each dish is paired with a carefully curated beverage. At the 9 p.m. seating, guests can anticipate a complimentary glass of champagne upon arrival, followed by a tantalizing tasting menu. Enjoy exclusive selections of decadent Swordfish, Burrata and an Heirloom Tomato dish so beautiful it’s almost a shame to eat. Elevate the dining experience even further with optional add-ons like truffles, caviar, stone crabs and more. Craving a quick bite instead? Head to MaryGold’s bar to order from the delicious à la carte menu, which will additionally be available all New Year’s weekend long, Friday through Sunday.


Uchi Miami

New Year’s Eve Omakase at Uchi Miami 


In the heart of Miami's Wynwood district, Uchi unveils its exclusive New Year’s 10-course omakase menu, priced at $420 for two. The culinary celebration showcasing seasonal delicacies, including Royal White Sturgeon and Royal Golden Osetra caviar, will be offered Friday, December 29, through Sunday, December 31. This meticulously curated dining experience features an array of dishes, such as Shima Aji Nigiri and Hiramasa Nigiri, promising a symphony of flavors. Guests can also indulge in the exquisite A5 Strip with matsutake demi and white truffle. The regular à la carte menu remains available while the omakase experience is offered as a complete dining adventure. On December 31, ring in the New Year with a complimentary champagne toast at midnight.


Family-Friendly NYE Dinner at Negroni Midtown & Weston


Count down to the New Year with flavors that dazzle! Join Negroni at both its Midtown Miami and Weston locations for a festive four-course prix-fixe menu and a midnight toast with Pommery champagne. Enjoy celebratory tunes from live DJ sets that amp up the ambiance in a family-friendly setting without sacrificing a chic and urban atmosphere. Start with a salmon Crispy Rice before moving on to a choice of appetizer: Burrata, Shrimp Carpaccio or seared beef tenderloin (Vitello Tonnato). Entrée options include a delectable selection of Filet Mignon, Salmon with saffron sauce, Truffle Risotto or a Sushi Experience with a variety of rolls and sashimi. Wrap up the indulgent meal with Moist Chocolate Cake with pistachio ice cream or Pavola, a berry curd with meringue. Bookings can be made via Resy (Midtown & Weston). Prices are $75 per person for seatings before 7 p.m. and $160 per person for seatings after 9:30 p.m. The little ones are also covered with a delightful kids menu ($50 per child) featuring a selection of mozzarella sticks, chicken Parm, steak, gnocchi and ice cream with Oreo. 


Casa Sensei Million Dollar Roll

Countdown to 2024 with Casa Sensei on New Year’s Eve


Join Casa Sensei on December 31, where delicious fusion plates, passed champagne and festive New Year’s Eve favors await! Whether you prefer a romantically lit dining room or a stunning view of the Himmarshee Canal from the breezy outside patio, this Las Olas restaurant offers guests an unforgettable dining experience – and this New Year’s Eve is no exception. Casa Sensei, known for its seamless blend of Latin American cuisine and Pan-Asian staples, is upping the opulence with two dinner seatings at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., both featuring a complimentary glass of champagne and New Year’s Eve favors. Indulge in decadent rolls like the Million Dollar ($50), a riceless roll featuring lobster, scallops, foie gras and caviar drizzled with truffle oil and topped with gold flakes. To keep the festivities alive, the bar is open until 1 a.m.! 


GetOut Celebrates NYE 2024 at Four Miami Party Hot Spots


GetOut.com, a dynamic new venture by Joonbug, the esteemed event producer that curates over 500 unforgettable annual moments in 12 markets nationwide for over 250,000 guests, is bringing a unique New Year’s Eve experience to Miami via unparalleled nightlife concierge services. For those seeking VIP treatment, exclusive NYE packages are available for all events, featuring perks such as bottle service, reserved seating and more. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit joonbug.com/miami. Here is GetOut.com’s lineup of NYE events at four of Miami’s hottest venues:


  • DJ Ian Asher at Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel: For a luxe NYE, Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel will serve drinks, champagne, spirits and brews during a four-hour premium open bar while DJ Ian Asher spins beats all night long. As midnight approaches, the anticipated high point of the night will be marked by fist-pumping, a DJ-led countdown to the New Year and a toast, compliments of the open bar. 

  • Time: 9 p.m. - 4 a.m.

  • Address: 1717 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139

  • New Year’s Eve Bash at Arlo Wynwood’s Rooftop: At Arlo Wynwood’s rooftop New Year’s Eve Bash, guests can party like VIPs with free-flowing drinks from the three-hour open bar. Vibrant energy will fill the room with a live DJ spinning hip-hop, top 40 and the hottest hits all night long. As the clock ticks down to midnight, partygoers will toast to the New Year with a glass of champagne. 

  • 9 p.m. - 2 a.m.

  • Address: 2217 NW Miami Court, Third Floor, Miami, FL 33127

  • Highbar Pool + Bar + Sky: The Dream Hotel’s Highbar Pool + Bar + Sky event ensures the party is nonstop with a four-hour premium open bar and a top DJ spinning mixes of hip-hop, house and top 40 hits. As the countdown to midnight begins, guests will be treated to a glass of bubbly or their favorite drink to toast to the New Year in style.

  • Time: 8 p.m. - 4 a.m.

  • Address: 1111 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139

  • Strawberry Moon: At this sensational New Year’s Eve extravaganza hosted by Strawberry Moon, guests are invited to immerse in an evening of relentless revelry and excitement, including a three-hour open bar stocked with an array of beer, wine and premium spirits; a stellar DJ lineup; and an electrifying countdown to usher in the New Year.

  • Time: 9 p.m. - 2 a.m.

  • Address: 601 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139


The Marker Key West Harbor Resort Pool

Key West

’90s Female Alt-Rock at The Marker Key West Harbor Resort


Dance your way into the New Year with a blast from the past at The Marker Key West Harbor Resort’s ’90s Female Alt-Rock concert on December 30 at 4 p.m. Dive into this poolside party dressed in your best flip-flops and flannels with local favorite Marjory Lee and the Misspellings as they rock the night away with iconic hits from the golden era of alternative rock. Grab a cocktail, lounge by the pool and get ready for a nostalgic trip down memory lane surrounded by great music and Key West’s laid-back atmosphere!


By ML Staff. Images courtesy of each featured property on this story.

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