11 unexpected things to do on New Year’s Eve

In The New Tropic

Jazz at Lagniappe (Courtesy of Daniel X. O’Neil/Flickr Creative Commons)
Jazz at Lagniappe (Courtesy of Daniel X. O’Neil/Flickr Creative Commons)


By now you know the drill. Get dressed up, spend way too much money, and prepare for a night that will wind up being an epic … fail. New Year’s Eve is the quintessentially hyped-up holiday you can’t seem to learn from year after year: As it inches closer, you tend to forget that the typical NYE celebration involves standing in line with hundreds of sweaty and desperate strangers, clamoring your way to the $200 open bar, losing your friends just before midnight, and creepily watching some drunk couple make out. But hey, 2015 was great, and you want to make sure you send it out with the bang it deserves. We get that. But we also know there are plenty of ways to have a magical Miami New Year’s, ones that don’t all involve getting angry or going broke. Here’s our guide to breaking the standard New Year’s Eve cycle, and may the crappy New Year’s past be forgot.

Fireworks at South Pointe Park

Did you know that there’s a spot in South Pointe Park where you can watch all the fireworks being launched across Miami? South Pointe Park is one of Miami’s favorite viewpoints, and New Year’s Eve is the perfect night to get a bird’s eye view of Miami from your picnic blanket. Grab some champagne at the new Total Wine on 1st Street, bring fancy finger foods, and plenty of grapes to ring in 2016.

Garden Party at Lagniappe

What could be better than starting 2016 in a garden, drinking champagne beneath twinkle lights? New Year’s is a happy kind of sad, and Lagniappe gets that, too, which is why the Big City Blues Band will be providing the tunes. In addition to the usual cheese and fig, on New Year’s Eve, Lagniappe is also serving up a very special, once-in-a-year, menu of Oysters Rockefeller and Gumbo. They’ll also have champagne and sparkling wine. Be sure to RSVP here.

El Rap Up! at Churchills

His palms are sweaty, knees weak arms are heavy… and if Eminem’s 8-mile is your only context for a rap battle, you need to get yourself over to Churchill’s for New Year’s. The dive bar is hosting El Rap — a party featuring eight local artists, and all you can drink PBR and Sailor Jerry for $20. Don’t feel like drinking? Free for you then, just register here beforehand.

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