Here are our Top 10 picks for where to ring in the new year (not in ranking order).
Gaga over the Bleau
Tickets: $425 to $25,000
The hottest pop artist visits the hottest Miami Beach resort for what should be a memorable performance. Lady Gaga — she of the “Disco Stick” and “Poker Face” — will perform poolside after her concert that night in South Florida. Open bar and dinner options are included with the tickets.
This Recession-Approved pick is open for all ages starting at 8 p.m. Enjoy disco sounds by DJ Tarik and a fireworks display over Biscayne Bay when the clock strikes midnight. And who doesn’t like to watch Big Orange ascend the side of the Hotel Intercontinental as the seconds count down?
A Kid and a Legend
W South Beach
Tickets: $300 and up
Hosted by AnnaLynne McCord, the W will bring in a round of celebs, as it has done since its opening. This time Kid Cudi performs, with a musical interlude by John Legend. We don’t know what that means, but even if he leads us in Auld Lang Syne, we don’t care. Open bar from 9 to midnight.
Tickets: $95 and up
The Spam All-Stars headline this marathon party that begins at 8 p.m. and ends at 7 a.m. (That is not a typo, folks.) Spam plays from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., and tickets include open bar and gourmet sushi buffet until midnight. You will also have access to all three Catalina buildings and the different sounds spinning at each.
The cool kids of LA Riots, a West Coast sensation, take over the turntables, creating a raucous time for hipsters and uptown girls. There is a three-hour open bar, and the price tag is the lowest among South Beach nightclubs, so that alone is a reason to attend.
Macy and some strings
Tickets: $250 and up
Poolside at the Mondrian will feature a 20-piece symphony orchestra along with a performance by the soulful Macy Gray and plenty of fireworks. Guests will have the option of dining at Mondrian’s Asia de Cuba with a five course meal. Ticket prices include four-hour open bar at Sunset Lounge starting at 10 p.m.
Mia Ultra Lounge
Mia took downtown by storm with its lavish space and jam-packed parties. For $150 you get a three-course dinner, three-hour open bar, champagne toast, a spot to watch fireworks over Biscayne Bay, a live band and a group photo of you and your friends. Better dress up for this one.
Love Shack, baby
Seminole Hard Rock & Casino
Tickets: $60 and up
Hard Rock turns into Love Shack as the B-52s perform at the arena to get you ready for your New Year’s Eve reveling. Once the concert is over, head to the Center Bar/Lobby Bar in the casino for a complimentary champagne toast at midnight before heading to one of the bars and clubs on the premises for late night fun.
Tickets: $75 and up
Head to Fort Lauderdale’s beach and ring in 2010 at Exit 66’s Oceanfront Terrace featuring house music by Matthew Spector and inside the club with DJ Stefano Ravasini. Tickets, with three-hour open bar, start at $75, but bottle service for up to six people starts at $400 for your group, a mathematical savings worth considering.
So maybe you want to get out of Miami for 2010 but not too far? Head to Kingston, where the Caribbean’s premium themed all-inclusive event, Destination, will be staged for a fourth time. Bars will feature free-flowing Grey Goose, Johnny Walker Black, Moet Chandon and Appleton Rum, complemented by lobster, shrimp and beef tenderloin. For more info, visit www.thedestinationseries.com