17 Dec 5 places to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Miami
Año nuevo, vida nueva! The end of the year gets closer every day, the air begins to feel electric, and we can’t help but feel a hopeful spirit lifting our steps. But before we jump into the new year, let’s have la ultima y nos vamos. Here are some of the best spots to send off the year with drinks, music, and of course, SABOR!
For many people, going out in Miami on New Year’s Eve is an item on their bucket list. For generations, Miami has been a nightlife hot spot for those looking to party into the early hours (the city is known for its late-night clubs and live music) and in a climate that is warm all year round. Ocean Drive, which is a little more than a mile long, is the classic area for drinking and dancing in Miami, with lots of see-and-be-seen clubs and restaurants along the street. Plus, it’s adjacent to the ocean, giving it that purely Miami vibe.
In other words, the nightlife in Miami, Florida, can’t be beaten—from the world-renowned clubs to extravagant hotels to decadent restaurants, there is something for everyone. And when it comes to the culture and food, the Latin heritage of Miami shines; many places serve delicious Latin food and Latin drinks in Miami, including restaurants and bars that will be going all out for New Year’s this year. These restaurants will lean into the New Year’s celebrations while also staying true to their Latin heritage, so guests will be able to celebrate alongside margaritas, daiquiris, tacos, Cubano sandwiches, and more.
Navé’s lush, indoor-outdoor space is met with a menu of crisp cocktails like the rose spritz (rose paired with rhubarb liqueur) and the tasty white negroni, which is made with gin blanc vermouth, and bitter bianco. Beyond this, the seafood is a draw at Navé, so visit here for their raw bar, which is complete with a changing daily selection of chilled oysters, crudo, and a daily selection of fresh seafood (think lobster, shrimp, mussels—or whatever the fishmonger brings!).
For those who aren’t a fan of raw seafood, try cooked seafood options like the roasted octopus or clam pizza. Navé is also known for its fresh pasta that comes in options including crab fusilli and duck ragu. And luckily, all of the food pairs excellently with the bright cocktail menu.
2. Havana 1957
At Havana 1957, there’s an option to bring in the New Year with bottle service, where guests can choose from a variety of rums, tequilas, vodkas, and more, or go for bar service and sip classic Cuban cocktails like classic mojitos and “skinny” mojitos made with Splenda. The vibe at all locations is 1950s Cuba—it’s fun, glamorous, and home to deliciously classic Cuban food and drinks—in other words, it’s a great place to spend New Year’s Eve.
There are locations all throughout the city, and all promise the same celebration of Cuban culture through food, music, and drinks. People flock to this restaurant for Latin food in Miami, Florida, where they order classic Cuban dishes like roasted chicken topped with Cuban gravy, Masitas de Cerdo (Cuban fried pork), yucca bites, Cubanos, and more.
3. Ecléctico Restaurant & Bar
Promising an agave bar with more than 200 agave-based spirits (both mezcal and tequila), it’s no wonder why Ecléctico Restaurant & Bar is commonly known as one of the best Latin bars in Miami, Florida. Stop by to sample the spirits either straight (so, no mixers) or in one of the bar’s great cocktails—try the chili tamarind margarita or the mezcal-based la tia.
Beyond drinks, this restaurant is known for its beautiful murals (that make the perfect backdrop for Instagram) and its menu of pan-Latin fare that specifically focuses on the flavors of Mexico. The tostadas and tacos are both particularly popular among guests.
4. Café La Trova
Located in Little Havana, Cafe La Trova is a favorite among many when it comes to Latin food restaurants in Miami, Florida, and Latin drinks. So much so that it regularly lands a spot on the World’s Best Bars list! The drink menu promises its own take on classic Cuban drinks—like a watermelon and mint daiquiri—along with a tart daiquiri.
For food, the menu also wows with a Cuban pork shoulder (the Lechon), empanadas, and a Cuban-rum-soaked bread pudding. Beyond the great food and drinks, it’ll be a fun place to ring in the New Year as it promises live music throughout the week, too.
5. Marabú Restaurant
There is a range of Cuban-inspired cocktails available at Marabu Restaurant, including both classic and seasonal mojitos, and more Cuban-inspired cocktails like a Cuban Old Fashioned Havana-inspired Blood Mary. The food here is coal-fired, and the inspiration for the dishes hails from the Cuban countryside, which means the menu has lots of meats, veggies, and rice…along with some seafood, of course!
The traditional Cuban bowl (roasted pork shoulder served with moro rice) is a fan favorite, and so is the ropa vieja (braised flank steak). For dessert, the flan with candied walnuts is ordered by many—with a hot Cuban coffee. What’s more, the restaurant itself is gorgeous, with an interior that’s full of fresh greenery and is complete with an intentional design that captures the essence of Cuba and a stage for live music.