It’s always amazing to see how bars transform themselves into the cleanest and most classiest places to hang out when it comes to celebrating the New Year! No matter how fancy it gets, you can usually feel comfortable in your best or your worst pair of jeans and be perfectly welcome at any of the places on this list. For some of us, the best thing about going to a bar on New Year’s Eve is that you don’t have to take a date. While it can be embarrassing for some people to attend a New Year’s ball or masquerade party at a swank place all alone, you really don’t have to worry about that when it comes to the places on our list. With few exceptions, you won’t break the bank with cover charges or entry fees. In fact, most of the places we surveyed will even throw in a free glass of champagne and maybe some noise-makers at the stroke of midnight. One bar, Cagney’s Saloon in Davie, even offers a free breakfast buffet!
We, in South Florida, are privileged to have so many talented musicians in our midst that are so dedicated to their artistry that they will give up a special night with their significant others or families to entertain us at local pubs and restaurants – although a few extra bucks doesn’t hurt either! Call it dedication if you will, but the bars and restaurants around town see it as one last opportunity to bring patrons to their establishments in the middle of the week when their places are usually half-empty on a Wednesday night.
Although this list is, by no means 100% complete, I can honestly recommend that you check out the beautiful flyers that will be streaming across your screen on the Weekend Broward Events Around Town page. You should also find more listings on the calendar for Broward County on the Live Music Events page. Look for the asterisk (*) as a reminder to click on the event notes. Whether you decide to go out or stay in, let me take this opportunity to thank you for supporting live music in and around Fort Lauderdale and wish you all the best in 2015!
|The Resolvers||Boston's on the Beach||Delray Beach||$25 door charge|
|Bounce||Whiskey Tango||Hollywood||Balloon drop with prizes inside and free champagne toast at midnight.|
|Far from Grace||Packy's Pub||Lighthouse Point||Special New Years Eve Dinner Menu $15.95-$19.95. Complimentary champagne toast. RSVP suggested.|
|The New Planets||Seminole Hard Rock Casino||Hollywood||Center Fountain at Seminole Paradise|
|Livin' on a Prayer & Don't Stop Believin'||Lulu's Bait Shack||Fort Lauderdale||No Cover. Hosted by Mindy from Magic 102.7 from 8pm-Midnight.|
|The Dropouts||Cagney's Saloon||Davie||Free Breakfast Buffet|
|Crush||Fishtales on 33rd||Fort Lauderdale||$49.95/person RSVP required. Incl. appetizers, 2 drinks, dinner and more!|
|Payback Band||Jimbo's Sandbar||Hollywood||near Dania Beach|
|Stone Mojo||Cheers||Sunrise||Free Champagne Toast at Midnight|
|Soulicide||Cuddy's Sports Shack||Coconut Creek||Dinner specials starting at $16.95/pp. Free Champagne toast at midnight. Also giveaways & raffle prizes.|
|Adam Jason Band||Dubliner Pub||Boca Raton|
|Project-X||Cheers||Fort Lauderdale||Champagne toast at midnight. $10 cover|
|The Double Standard||JD's Lounge||Coral Springs||Bar seating only (Tables all booked in advance)
|Albert Castiglia||Maguire's Hill 16||Fort Lauderdale||$10 Cover. No reservations accepted.|
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