For some of us, 2018 was the best year yet. For others, it was one we’re ready to forget. Either way, it’s time to party! Miami is one of the best places to ring in the New Year, whether you’re looking for a family-friendly event or looking for the most raucous party in the city.
As Miami personal injury lawyers, we each have our favorite spots to celebrate New Year’s Eve. Unfortunately, we also know that too many people ring in the New Year in the hospital because they were injured while celebrating.
Here are our top spots for New Year’s Eve celebrations, as well as a few tips to stay safe while you’re partying!
Want to spend your New Year’s Eve as a VIP, enjoying one of the hottest concerts around? Be sure to get tickets to Pitbull’s Worldwide VIP Food and Wine Party! There will be unlimited food, cocktails, and, of course, a concert from Mr. Worldwide himself. You’ll also be able to enjoy fireworks and a champagne toast when the clock strikes midnight.
Located in Bayfront Park, VIP tickets start at about $300 and include the open bar, a VIP table reservation and more. Of course, you can always just hang out around the park to enjoy the music and fireworks for a much lower price!
If the club scene is your idea for a perfect New Year’s Eve, E11EVEN is the place to be. This nightclub is open 24/7 and is the perfect spot to ring in the new year. Rap group Migos will be performing, along with special guest DJ Irie.
The party starts at 9 p.m., with a champagne toast at midnight. Tickets start at $250 and include an open bar and appetizers. Dress code is upscale; don’t expect to be able to get in wearing shorts and sandals!
Looking for a spot where you know you’ll get in? Boombox Miami’s New Year’s Eve party has guaranteed entrance. Your ticket gets you access to an open bar, a midnight champagne toast, New Year’s Eve swag, music by DJ Zea, and more!
Tickets start at $50, and for an additional price, you can enjoy a reserved table. Reserving a table is recommended for larger parties. This is a celebration you won’t want to miss out on!
For a more family-friendly event, be sure to head over to The NightGarden. The party starts at 7 p.m., with fireworks at 10 p.m. Before the party, you can explore the magical Botanical Gardens, where the talking Tree of Wisdom lives with 10-foot dandelions.
Tickets are $39 for adults and $32 for children, which includes a dance party with a DJ, firework show, hats, tiaras and noisemakers. There will also be food, drinks and champagne available for sale.
If you’re a little further north, closer to Fort Lauderdale, you won’t want to miss The Balcony’s New Year’s Eve Masquerade Party. Not only will there be a live DJ, live music, a balloon drop, a champagne toast and more, there will also be an open bar and an all-you-can-eat buffet, including a raw bar, seafood and a carving station!
Tickets to this incredible event are just $99, and the party starts at 8 p.m. Even if you live in Miami, the drive up to Fort Lauderdale will be worth it for this New Year’s Eve party.
Whether you’re going out to celebrate the new year or just having a party at home, it’s important that you do so safely. Thousands of people end up in the emergency room every New Year’s Eve for a variety of reasons, from fireworks injuries to car accidents. In too many of these cases, alcohol is involved.
Follow these tips to have a safer celebration this year:
If you’re going out to a party this year, know how you’ll be getting home. The Metrorail and Metromover will be running all day and night. You can also get a cab or an Uber. Whatever you do, DO NOT DRIVE DRUNK! Drunk driving is the leading cause of death on the roads.
In the same vein, if you’re hosting a party, take responsibility for your guests. Offer them a place to sleep, or make sure they have a safe way home. As the old PSA says, “Friends don’t let friends drive drunk.”
Even if you’ve planned out your trip and you know how you’re getting home, alcohol is still dangerous. For many of us, New Year’s Eve is a free pass to drink as much as we want. After all, it’s a celebration!
Unfortunately, excessive alcohol use leads to about 88,000 deaths each year. Alcohol poisoning is a very real issue, but it’s often overlooked in favor of a good time. The solution is easy: go slow on the drinking, be sure to eat, and drink a glass of water for every drink you have.
Did you know it’s illegal for you to set off fireworks in Florida? You’re allowed to light sparklers, worms and other non-explosives, but you have to have a special permit to get real fireworks. It may be tempting to buy them anyway, but avoid the urge. Last year, nearly 13,000 people were injured by fireworks.
You should also avoid firing off guns to celebrate the new year. When you fire a gun into the air, that bullet has to come down — and when it does, it can kill someone. If you can’t resist the urge to fire your gun, head to the firing range or load up on blanks.
No matter how safe you try to be this New Year’s Eve, the unfortunate truth is that others around you may not be so careful. If you’re injured by someone else’s actions this season, we’re here to help you.
At Steinger, Iscoe & Greene, our Miami personal injury lawyers are always here to take your call. Our offices are open 24/7, even on holidays. Give us a call at (786) 224-4330 or contact us online for a free, no-obligation consultation.