It goes without saying that the most coveted invites in Miami are for the parties you can’t buy your way into. They take place in gorgeous estates on Star Island, Hibiscus Island and North Bay Road where waterfront homes can hold hundreds of very, very well dressed people you should know. But for these fetes, you better be on the list or besties with someone who is. Casa Malinka, is one such invite as is Haute 100 Lister Sean Wolfington’s private Palm Island party.
Hotel parties on the beach are also a good bet, especially when you have an entourage to take celebrate with. This year, we’re putting our bets on Hyde Beach at SLS, as well as a dinner at Katsuya which will be celebrating The Year of the Snake with live performances, tasting menu and bottle service. Another fun party is the James Royal Palm’s celebration with DJ NERVO and tickets priced from $125. If you want to pop into it’s on-site club, The SL Miami, graciously opening at 9pm for the big event, $450 will get you in the door and $4,000 a Gold Bottle Package. The James NYE
If money is no object and you’re really into DJ’s you might spend $100,000 for New Years in the DJ booth with Kaskade at Story, which is just opening it’s doors today. Or just put down $250 to get in. Another unique New Years experience could be had at Orchid: The Show. You know, the burlesque show on Biscayne Boulevard.
Dinner out with a champagne toast is always a good way to ring in the New Year. Options abound as nearly every restaurant has a prix fix. Our top picks are The Great Gatsby themed New Year’s Extravaganza at Tosca for $245 a person. That includes a seven-course dinner in the intimate garden restaurant and a champagne toast at midnight. Bianca at The Delano offers their menu for $425 and includes Mediterranean Octopus, salad with Maine Lobster, crispy local Poussin. Haute 100 Lister Shareef Malnik will be hosting at The Forge, which is offering both a four course dinner for $95 for the early birds, and a $350 dinner that will put diners in the right place when the ball drops.