The Sarasota area has quite a bit to do to bring in the New Year. If you are looking for a night out with friends, perhaps a great spot to see the Sarasota fireworks or maybe a romantic evening complete with dinner and fireworks, it’s all right here!
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Downtown Sarasota New Years Eve
The Annual Pineapple Drop, Main Street, Sarasota, 1:00 PM and goes until 1:30 AM: Partake in one of Sarasota’s most popular event! The Pineapple Drop! This year will be bigger than last. Main Street goes carnival with amusement rides, games, food trucks beer concessions. DJ’s take the stage around 8 PM and help get the party started. Watch the pineapple drop at midnight and celebrate 2018. Several streets will be closed for this event including Lemon Ave, Main Street, and First Street. Coolers and backpacks will not be allowed. You cannot bring alcohol, however, there will be alcohol available for purchase.
Gator Club: At 9:30 PM, Johnny Diamond plays on stage and rocks the party. Get your dance shoes on and get ready to have a good time. Then at midnight walk down the street and watch the pineapple drop. If you like groups like U2 and ACDC then don’t miss the Johnny Diamond Band New Years Eve 2017 at the Gator Club
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New Years Eve Sarasota
Labeled “The Sarasota New Years Eve Party” at the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Check out this all-inclusive event. The entertainment line up includes Reverend Barry and the Funk, plus DJ Jonathan Cortez aka Jack of All Trades. Tickets include: OPEN BAR: Top-Shelf Liquor, Catered Appetizers provided by Premiere Catering & JPAN Sushi, Bottomless Champagne, HUGE Dance Floor, Light Show, Free Valet, Midnight Countdown & Celebration. So, dance the night away and toast the new year 2018 with champagne at this party. Tickets for early birds are $125 pp. You can visit the website https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sarasota-new-years-eve-party-tickets-40886561807 for more info on prices and offerings.
Westin Hotel, Inclusive New Years Eve Package: Do you want to pamper yourself and perhaps someone you love for New Years? Then you may want to look into the Westin’s New Years Eve Package. The new hotel has sweeping views of the Sarasota Bay and is rolling out the red carpet to bring in the new year. The package includes a Westin Heavenly Guest Room, a 4-course dinner with wine pairings, roof access for the best view of the fireworks complete with an open top shelf bar, hors-d’oeuvres and desserts. On the first day of the new year, start with a New Years Day Brunch with unlimited mimosas and bloody mary bar. Call 866-716-8108 for prices and reservations.
Selby Gardens, 900 S. Palm Ave, Sarasota: 8 PM-1 AM, $250 PP. This black-tie event is set in a tropical garden with all its holiday lights and splendor. Catered by Michael’s on the Bay, for a seat four-course dinner, live music, and dancing. Take in the fireworks, enjoy dancing to live music and celebrate the new year in style in Sarasota.
Crosley Estate, The Crosley Supper Club, 8374 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. This Speakeasy Soiree should be the hit of New Years Eve parties in Sarasota. The doors open for dinner at 7 PM, the after party starts at 9:30 PM. This should be a great time with exceptional food and entertainment. If you decide to go to dinner and/or the after party, you must purchase a ticket in advance. Dinner, dancing and a game of chance at the Crosley Supper Club. What could be better?
New Years Eve Sarasota Fireworks
Sarasota’s Bayfront midnight fireworks display will light up your New Years Eve. Hosted by Marina Jacks, you should be able to see the fireworks from Bayfront Park, or at Marina Jacks.
Marina Jacks New Years Eve: If you decide to have dinner and watch the fireworks, you will want to make reservations. The Patio Grill will be open from 9 PM-1 AM. Seating will start at 7 PM and there is a $30 cover charge and a $60 minimum per person. Live music with Coastal Jamz. * Dining room and lounges will be open* See Marina Jacks for more information and to make reservations or call 941-365-4232.
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Celebration Cruise: Marina Jacks: 8:30 PM-12: 30 AM. Boarding will start at 8 PM. Enjoy live music, dancing, a wonderful buffet and party favors to ring in the new year. The fee is $159.95 per person.
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Bradenton New Years Eve
Bradenton is ready for New Years Eve and there is plenty to do if you don’t feel like driving to downtown Sarasota. If you are looking for a block party or just chilling to some good, live music with a few friends, you don’t have to look far to find it. Bradenton has some of the best music bars in the area.
Main Street Live, Old Main Street: The party gets started at 3 PM and the street gets shut down to auto traffic. Local bars will be open, food trucks will be there and so will all your friends! Feel like dancing in the street? No problem, actually it’s encouraged. Live music starts at 6 PM. Come, have a great time and let your hair down. Rock the New Years in downtown Bradenton. The fun goes until midnight.
Pier 22 New Years Eve Bash, $119 PP for the 9 PM Event. You can have a sit-down dinner or come for the buffet. What could be better than celebrating with a wonderful view of the Manatee River as it glistens under the moonlight? At 9 PM, the grand ballroom opens up with a DJ, big dance floor, a large spread of food and open bar. There will even be a photo booth to capture your good times. You must make reservations for this event.
Ace’s-Ship of Fools New Years Eve Party, 4343 Palma Sola Blvd, 941-795-3886, $10 Cover, Join Ship of Fools on NEW YEAR’S EVE at Aces Live Music Bradenton with special guests Mark Trichka and Lisa Brande’s Easy Street Duo. The fun begins at 5 pm with dinner and acoustic fiddle, guitar, mandolin followed by a full night of Grateful Dead music to ring in 2018.
The Clam Factory, Ocean Disco New Years Eve, 10104 Cortez Road, West Bradenton, Doors open at 9 PM. Ocean Disco Band is based out of New Orleans and is known for their jazz, funk & blues.
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Anna Maria Island New Years Eve Fireworks
If you are staying on Anna Maria Island, lucky you! But even better that you can take the trolley around the island and enjoy all the New Years Eve fun on Anna Maria Island.
Beach House New Years Eve, 200 Gulf Drive North: No Reservations, Seating is on a First Come Basis. 8:30 PM-12:30 AM. Enjoy the new deck and the beachfront location in the newly remodeled Beach House. Music provided by longtime islander Chuck Caudill. There’s something special about the beach, music and New Years Eve on Anna Maria Island. Fireworks begin at midnight and you can enjoy them from the outside bar, the sunken lounge or deck. Fun for the entire family! For more info call: 941-778-8718.
Island Time Bar & Grill, 111 Gulf Dr. South: You can have a fun dinner and listen to live music at Island Time from 9 PM-1 AM. At midnight, walk out and cross the street (there is public beach access beside the Moose Lodge) and watch the fireworks. The Beach House is just a down the road a few blocks, so this spot will be excellent for seeing the fireworks.
Don’t Drink and Drive: Contact Numbers/Apps
It is a terrible way to start off the New Year-in Jail. You can call a cab, take an Uber or Lyft. Here are the phone numbers for the local cab.
Bruce’s Taxi: Bradenton: 941-755-6070
Alpha Taxi: Bradenton: 941-565-3864
Yellow Cab of Sarasota & Bradenton: 941-955-3341