Miami does New Year’s Eve with a vengeance, but if you’re not up for sequins and glitter, deafening beats, and packed-to-the-gills venues, something more low-key might be in order. Enjoy one of these chill destinations that’ll gentle you into the new year with your hearing and personal space bubble intact.
Where to go in Miami for a chill NYE
Get out of Miami this New Year’s Eve, and head to Key Largo for the epic fireworks display on Blackwater Sound. A New Year’s spectacle for years, the fireworks are shot off in the back bay, hosted by Sundowners, Señor Frijoles, Cactus Jack’s, Gus’ Grille, the Caribbean Club, and the Key Largo Bay Marriott Beach Resort. Any of those places are excellent viewing spots for this dazzling display.
When: Dec 31, 10pm
Where: Blackwater Sound, back bay, Key Largo
A party just for the kiddos, the World’s Smallest NYE Party at the Ritz-Carlton offers scads of activities for the whippersnappers, including games, crafts, movies, a kid’s buffet, and more. Alternatively, you can leave the kids at home and enjoy the Midnight in Paris New Year’s Eve Gala in the grand ballroom, featuring dinner, live music and dancing, and a champagne toast at midnight. Book a room for the night, and you don’t have to worry about driving anywhere after the shindig. The next morning, head downstairs to the New Year’s Day Recovery Breakfast Buffet to refuel for 2018.
When: Dec 31, 6pm – 1am
Where: 455 Grand Bay Dr, Key Biscayne
The annual New Year’s Eve Biscayne Bay fireworks display will usher in 2018 with great fanfare, and there’s no better place to view it than out to sea. Climb aboard the Bay Breeze, and take in the sensational South Beach views. A live DJ provides a soundtrack of danceable tunes, and complimentary appetizers and a fully stocked cash bar offer sustenance. A champagne toast at midnight with noisemakers and party favors rings in the new year as the brilliant fireworks explode all around you.
When: Dec 31, 8:45pm – 1am
Where: Bayside Marketplace, 401 Biscayne Blvd
Settle in for some live music to bring you into 2018 with your toes a-tappin’ and your body swaying. Lagniappe, a beloved wine bar, is a cozy place to settle in for the evening. It features a giant patio scattered with greenery and lit up by the warm, festive glow of string lights. Wine, beer, and cocktails flow freely, and a champagne toast at midnight rings in the new year on a happy, bubbly note.
When: 6pm – 2am
Where: 3425 NE 2nd Ave, Wynwood
Enjoy a night with Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Billy Joel, who will perform all your favorite hits live at the BB&T Center. Performing on New Year’s Eve for the third year in a row, Joel is becoming somewhat of a year’s-end tradition in Miami. If you’re a fan, you won’t want to miss this concert by one of America’s best songwriters and storytellers.
When: Dec 31, 9:30pm
Where: 2555 NW 136th Ave, Sunrise
Looking for a super-ultra-chill New Year’s Eve? Get tickets to the late show at CMX Brickell City Centre, and enjoy missing out on all the wild-and-crazy shenanigans going on in the streets. Savor movie concessions like you’ve never seen in a theater, from classic cheeseburgers and pizzas to king crab rolls and grilled jumbo shrimp. Wash ’em down with a bottle of vino or a cold, refreshing beer.
When: Movie times vary
Where: 701 S Miami Ave
Spend an evening wining and dining with good friends at Joe’s Stone Crab, an elegantly appointed, cavernous establishment with enormously high ceilings, chandeliers, and a menu revered by seafood lovers everywhere. Start out with some baked stuffed clams or wild oysters, and order up a mess of stone crabs, served chilled and cracked with Joe’s special mustard sauce. Not in love with stone crabs? There’s plenty of good old terrestrial meat on the menu as well, from the 22-ounce rib-eye to the coffee-crusted rack of lamb.
When: Dec 31, 5pm – 10pm
Where: 11 Washington Ave, Miami Beach
Getting off the beaten path this New Year’s Eve and enjoying a low-key celebration will leave you feeling fabulous on New Year’s Day, ready to take on 2018 with everything you’ve got.