It’s time to ring in the New Year– and few cities celebrate with as much verve as Miami. Snowbirds, tourists and celebrities alike flock to the Magic City each year to enjoy the balmy weather and celebrate New Year’s Eve at one of our world-class restaurants or partake in our renown nightlife. With all the city has to offer there’s plenty to celebrate well into 2015. Find my curated list of New Years Eve happenings in Coral Gables and beyond, plus exclusive updates from ONE Sotheby’s New Years edition of The Scoop. Happy New Year!
NEW YEAR'S EVE
Angelique Euro: Live music, sparkling wine, party favors and three or four-course fixed price meal with main dish choices that include lobster-cremini mushroom risotto and Angus beef filet mignon. 117 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables.
Biltmore Hotel: Ring in 2014 at the iconic Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables. Gala dinner dance package includes four-course dinner, live musical performance by Libido, DJ Peoples, premium open bar with champagne toast, hand-rolled cigars and a firework spectacular at midnight. Main course includes braised beef short rib; 8:30 p.m.., 1200 Anastasia Ave., Country Club Ballroom, www.biltmorehotel.com.
La Palma Ristorante: Gourmet four-course menu with dancing, party favors, live entertainment by Matteo Picutto and Ramon and champagne toast at midnight; 9 p.m., 116 Alhambra Cir., Coral Gables, www.lapalmaristorante.com.
If you’re planning to stay in New Year’s Eve, there are plenty of ways to still splurge. First thing in order is a great bottle of champagne. The expert staff at Sunset Corners, the gourmet go-to down south for years, recommends Piper-Heidsieck ($32), whose quality has vastly improved under its new ownership, and three types of champagne at $300+ per bottle from Jacques Selosse, whose small-batch, rare varieties appeal to wine geeks. It’s also a one-stop shop for fine cheeses, caviar and smoked salmon.
Buena Vista Chocolate & Wine’s prices start with Louis De Sacy ($32) to mid-tier Charles De Cazanove ($56) to expensive Ruinart and Cristal. For the special night, the shop created chocolates filled with passion fruit liqueur. Local delivery is available until 11 pm on NYE. sunsetcorners.com
Many Miamians are familiar with the Brazilian tradition of wearing white on New Year’s. Parisians have a similar scenario that occurs during winter. It dates back to 1873 when Le Bon Marche Rive Gauche department store solved its post-holiday sales slump by commissioning all-white pieces inspired by snowfall. Le Mois du Blanc makes it way here through The Webster Miami x Le Bon Marche, a collaboration in which dozens of designers created limited-edition, white fashions including a mini sundress in broderie anglaise by Marc Jacobs and a sleeveless pant suit from Bouchra Jarrar. Accessories are Pierre Hardy sandals that wrap around the ankle and a mini Lady Dior handbag in lambskin. The pop-up takes place in the Webster’s South Beach store from January 10 to February 21.
LAST PICTURE SHOWS
January is a great time to catch up on all the Art Basel exhibits missed during the holidays that close within the month. National Geographic subscribers will immediately recognize Brazilian globetrotter Sebastião Salgado’s large-scale photographs. His self-titled “Genesis” show at Dina Matrani Gallery resulted from an 8-year exploration of cultures and creatures coexisting with raw nature.
What would Ponce de León do? That’s the question Spanish by way of Puerto Rico artist José Lerma asked for his new medium-pushing paintings in “Guaynabichean Odyssey” at David Castillo Gallery. John Connelly, the former director at the Felix Gonzalez-Torres Foundation in New York, organizes “Panting,” which isn’t a typo but a group show featuring seven artists from diverse locales at Fredric Snitzer Gallery.
A new year means no excuses in the fitness department. Coral Gables residents really have no one to blame but themselves for not getting in shape considering SoulCycle opens its first-ever Miami studio at Village of Merrick Park on January 3. The indoor cycling workout revolutionized humdrum exercise by bringing the party through great playlists, soft candlelight for shy riders and patrons’ infective energy that inspires one to pedal his heart out. The new location’s set-up with 52 stationary bikes boasting all the bells and whistles extends to amenities from lockers rooms to a lifestyle boutique with the brand’s signature gear. High-intensity cardio classes with hand weights burn an average of 600 calories in 45 minutes. It’s no wonder 10,000 riders hit its 30+ studios across the U.S.
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