Reporting Anthony “Booger” McFarland
The time of year has arrived for that inevitable question our holiday brains tend to delay until the 11th hour: “What are you doing for New Years?” If you are not sure what you want to do if you venture out on this last night of 2012 we have collected a list of the best parties in Tampa Bay to ring in 2012.
With a roundup this incredible, you won’t be dropping the ball on making plans. Whether you’re looking to dance your way into 2013 in one of the Bay Area’s best club or want to hang in the streets and watch fireworks, there’s a venue suitable for every party palate. Raise a glass, pucker up and celebrate.
Club Skye WiLD 94.1 Champagne Life NYE Celebration – Ybor
Monday, Dec. 31 | 10PM – 3AM
1509 E. 8th Ave | Tampa’s Ybor
(813) 516 -7593 | www.skyetampa.com
Cover: $30 | 18+
DJ King JB and DJ Christion spinning Hits and Hip Hop all night. Star Lounge will spin top 40/open. Balloon drop with cash prizes at midnight. Buckwheat from Wild 94.1 broadcast live and there will be a complimentary champagne toast at midnight.
Gabriel & Dresden NYE Party – The Amphitheatre – Ybor
Monday, Dec. 31 | 9 PM – 3 AM
1609 E. 7th Ave. Tampa, FL 33605
(813) 873-8368 | www.amptampa.com
Cover: $15 | 18+
Live music from legendary San Francisco DJ duo Gabriel and Dresden with support from local DJs DOCO and Suzy Dolar. Ring in 2012 on the Amphitheater’s massive spinning dance floor and experience their incredible light show.
Push Ultra Lounge NYE Bash – St. Pete
128 3rd St. S. (Enter on 2nd Ave. S.)
St. Pete, FL 33701 | (727) 871-7874
Cover: $25| 18+
DJ REVKEV in the main room and House Music Invasion on the rooftop. Fireworks displays can be viewed from the rooftop deck.
DIAMOND SOIREE NYE 2013 – Club Prana – Ybor
Dec 31, 2012 | 8:00 PM | Monday
1619 E 7th Ave. | Tampa, FL 33605
(813) 241-4139 | www.
Price : $30 – $50 | 18+
Hot, huge and sexy Ybor party with a prize and cash balloon drop, exotic body painted dancers, champagne toast and New Year’s countdown hosted by Zuly from Bad Girls Club.
Shephard’s Sin City NYE Party – Beaches
619 S. Gulfview Blvd.
Clearwater Beach, FL 33767
(727) 442-5107 | www.shephards.com
Price – $59 – $79 | 18+
A Las Vegas themed night of gaming and dancing with a champagne toast fireworks display at midnight. Premium bar open 9 PM – 2 AM – 2 DJ’s – 3 PARTIES for one low price.
Q105′s QYears Eve Dance Party – Disco & Funk – St. Pete
Live Band: The Hunks of Funk
Monday, Dec. 31 | 9PM
400 First Street South | St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 892-5798 | www.themahaffey.com
Price: $25 – $75 | 21 +
Ring in 2013 with the bay area’s hottest party band and radio station, Q105 and The Hunks of Funk! Ticket includes complimentary champagne toast and great view of the St. Petersburg fireworks display.
New Years Eve 2013 Toast – Downtown Tampa
Convention Center | 9PM – 3AM
333 S. Franklin St. | Tampa, FL, 33602
www.legacytampa.com | Price: $20 – $65 | 18 +
This massive New Year’s Eve celebration is the place to be for VIP open bars, a $2,500 cash balloon drop, amazing views of the New Year’s Eve fireworks in Tampa. Sounds by Miami’s DJ JASON PEREZ & along with some of Tampa’s Best DJ’s in the Main Room. 3 Rooms, 3 Stages, all different atmospheres.
Family Street Parties, Fireworks & Parades
10th Annual Light Up Tampa Bay – Tampa
Monday, Dec. 31 | 4PM – 1AM
Channelside Bay Plaza
615 Channelside Dr. | Tampa, FL 33602
www.channelsidebayplaza.com| Free to all ages with parking extra
Enjoy live music, dining, nightlife and of course Fireworks. The New Years Fireworks show will kickoff when the ball drops at midnight. Live music and DJs will be playing in the courtyard all night.
First Night St. Pete 2013 – St. Petersburg
Monday, Dec. 31, 2012 | 5:00 PM – midnight
Downtown St. Petersburg | Price: $10 | www.firstnightstpete.com
A citywide, family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration in Downtown St. Pete featuring tons of live entertainment, fireworks, and more. Adults and kids alike are encouraged to come out to multiple venues throughout the area for an evening filled with live entertainment including music, dance, and more as well as fireworks over the bay to ring in the New Year. There will be live bands performing on the main stage and throughout venues including South Straub Park, the St. Petersburg Museum of History, and more. For Kids: musical petting zoo & crafting New Year’s party hats will take place inside the pier, a bonfire and ice skating will be in North Straub Park.
2013 Outback Bowl New Year’s Eve Parade -
Monday, Dec. 31 | 7th Avenue, Ybor City
Parade starts at 5:30 PM
Monday enjoy a pep rally with the Marching Bands and Cheerleaders from both teams of this years Outback Bowl. The parade will then travel through Ybor with dazzling floats and over 20 different marching bands marching down the parade route on Seventh Avenue.
Related: Blast Friday New Year’s Party (Dec. 28)