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 only a 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 House of Rock 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!
Although this list is, by no means 100% complete, we will be updating the live music calendars, complete with event notes, for Broward and Palm Beach as often as possible prior to December 31st. Whether you decide to go out or stay in, we’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for supporting live music in and around Fort Lauderdale and wish you all the best in the New Year!
BANDS PLAYING NEW YEAR’S EVE IN AND AROUND FORT LAUDERDALE
- 8pm Big Rock Band at Village Grille Block Party in Lauderdale by the Sea
- 8pm Bounce at Galuppi’s in Pompano Beach ($59/person includes buffet and party)
- 8pm Krush at Tavolino Della Notte in Coral Springs
- 8 pm Mr. Nice Guy at Gulfstream Park (Outdoor Stage) in Hallandale
- 8pm Majesty of Rock (Journey/Styx tributes) at Isle Casino in Pompano Beach
- 8:30pm Shaw Davis & The Black Ties at RIPS Sports Bar in Pompano Beach
- 9pm White Noise at Packy’s Sports Pub in Lighthouse Point
- 9pm Adam Jason Band at Briny Irish Pub in Pompano Beach
- 9pm Mark Telesca and Friends at Legends Lounge (NYY Steak) in Coconut Creek Casino
- 9pm Music City Stones at Nectar in Coconut Creek Casino
- 9pm Dream On at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Restaurant NYE Dinner Buffet ($156/adult + s/c)
- 9:30pm Smokin Aces at Tailgators Sports Bar & Grille in Deerfield Beach ($65 includes buffet and open bar 9pm-1am)
- 9:30pm Brass Evolution at Downtown Countdown/Esplanade Park in Fort Lauderdale
- 10pm Project X at Lulu’s Bait Shack in Fort Lauderdale
- 10pm Rough Shot at Cheers Ft Lauderdale
- 10pm Radio Addiction at Fishtales on 33rd in Fort Lauderdale ($99 3-course Dinner includes 2 drinks)
- 10:30pm Loose Cannons at Cagney’s House of Rock in Davie
Looking for a family friendly event? Read all about Downtown Countdown in Fort Lauderdale
How about further north in Palm Beach County? Ring in 2020 with live music from Boca Raton to West Palm Beach and beyond!