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The Local’s Guide to New Year’s Eve Parties and Events

Planning New Year’s Eve can be a headache, especially if you’re not sure where to ring in the New Year. If you’re in the mood for a fancy dinner, or epic dance party, you’ve come to the right place. Let us help with this all-knowing guide on where to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Brevard!

1920s Dinner & New Year’s Eve Party at Matt’s Casbah Downtown

Admission: $60 for dinner, no cover for party attendees

801 E New Haven Ave, Melbourne

Tap into your inner Jay Gatsby for a night to remember at Matt’s Casbah in Downtown Melbourne. The night begins with a four-course dinner featuring delicious delicacies like escargot, wild caught salmon, twin lobster tails and three mouth-watering desserts. Tickets are $60 + tax and gratuity.

If you would simply like to dress up for the decade and go drink, Matt’s Casbah’s’ New Year’s party has no cover charge and begins at 9 p.m. Cover Story will perform leading to the ball drop and champagne toast at midnight.

Baja Chowder & Seafood

Admission: Free

626 Glen Cheek Dr, Port Canaveral

Celebrate the positives of 2016 and look forward to 2017 at Baja Chowder & Seafood. The cajun seafood joint will serve Hoppin’ John, a New Year’s classic complete with black-eyed peas. Legend has it that the monochromatic beans are good luck charms, which some of us may need heading into the new year. Dance the night away with live music from Fundecided. Spots are filling up fast, call for reservations: 321-799-1616.

Brevard Zoo’s Noon Year’s Eve

Admission: Free

8225 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne

Bring the kiddos who can’t stay up late for a complimentary juice toast and ball drop celebration at the Brevard Zoo.

For a safe and fun experience for the kids while parents are out celebrating, check out the zoo’s Special Holiday Overnight, where attendees will learn about amphibians and various other animals. Noon Year’s Eve starts at 12 p.m.

Capt Hiram’s Resort

Admission: Free

1606 Indian River Dr, Sebastian

Capt Hiram’s beachside view is perfect for a New Year’s Eve celebration to remember. There is a special three-course dinner menu inviting guests to choose from baked oysters Chesapeake, surf and turf, snapper, and two delicious desserts. Party favors and a champagne toast at midnight make the party even better. Bullet Theory will perform crowd favorites.

Demun Jones at Milliken’s Reef

Admission: Free

683 Dave Nisbet Dr, Cape Canaveral

Among the many options in Port Canaveral this New Year’s Eve, Milliken’s Reef will host a free show that’s open to all ages. Aside from his 10-year stint with popular rap/rock band Rehab, Demun Jones has released 3 albums as a solo artist pulling inspiration from growing up in Jones County, Georgia. Don’t miss the spectacular balloon drop at midnight.

Fishlips Waterfront Bar & Grill

Admission: $10 in advance, $15 at the door

610 Glen Cheek Dr., Cape Canaveral

Everyone’s favorite New Year’s Eve bash is back and better than ever! Fishlips Waterfront Bar & Grill always hosts an epic NYE party that the locals love. Test your luck with the $1,500 balloon drop filled with cash, gift cards and more! Not to mention, a complimentary champagne toast at midnight.

Grills Riverside

Admission: Free

6075 N US Hwy 1, Melbourne

Enjoy Grills Riverside’s waterfront views and live music from Umbrella Thieves. The restaurant will operate as usual, offering its ever-distinctive menu and drinks.

Hogan’s Irish Bar

Admission: Free

6600 N Atlantic Ave, Cape Canaveral

Customers who order a Black Velvet (Guinness & Champagne, allegedly first created in London to mourn the death of Prince Albert) will receive a complimentary Guinness champagne flute.

Jake’s Crab Shack

Admission: Free

3830 Highway A1A, Melbourne Beach

Jake’s Crab Shack will feature free appetizers, half-price well drinks, free champagne at midnight, hats, noisemakers and balloons, and free breakfast.

The Lampost’s Rocking NYE

Admission: Free

7822 N Atlantic Ave, Cape Canaveral

Kennedy’s Lampost Tavern will have champagne at midnight and music by The Dynamic Duo, David Curry Fowler and The Tourists.

Old School Pizza’s Adult Prom Ball Drop Dance Party

Admission: General admission is $10, VIP tickets are $30 for individuals and $50 for couples.

1316 South Babcock Street, Melbourne

Get ready to relive all of your mistakes on prom night, Old School Pizza is throwing its second Adult Prom for New Year’s Eve. Break out your old ill-fitting tux or frilly dress or modernize your party gear. This year’s theme is black & white. Go VIP and receive complimentary Bud Light, a bottle of champagne and food. There are party favors for everyone and a balloon drop at midnight.

Sandbar’s Reggae New Year’s Eve Party

Admission: Free

4301 Ocean Beach Blvd, Cocoa Beach

Rightfully so as Brevard’s go-to reggae radio station, 89.7fm WRRJ will host Sandbar’s New Year’s Eve Reggae party. Winter Park’s Dub Masters and Cocoa Beach’s Mondo Tikis will provide authentic reggae tunes for a night to remember. Don’t miss the cash balloon drop, champagne toast at midnight, and the all-you-can-drink champagne fountain for $20.

Twin Finnegan’s

Admission: Free

1 S Orlando Ave, Cocoa Beach

One of the hippest spots around for craft beers and good company is not only celebrating New Year’s Eve but their one-year anniversary of awesomeness, too. The party will feature music from super-funky DJ Red I, a photo booth, drink specials and a champagne toast at midnight. You will want to grab some fuel from the food truck parked outside because Twin Finnegan’s is keeping the party going until 4 a.m.

Victory Casino Cruise

Admission: $50

180 Christopher Columbus Drive, Terminal B-2, Cape Canaveral

Brevard’s premier casino cruise is hosting an all-inclusive party on the water. For $50, guests can enjoy an open bar, party favors, a champagne toast, and live entertainment from Souvenir. Victory’s full casino is available to play, and to add to the fun, it’s a “Slot Win or Your Money Back” weekend. There will also be a balloon drop full of prizes.

Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier

Admission: $35 + tax

401 Meade Ave, Cocoa Beach

Ring in the New Year over the ocean at the Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier. Live music by Micah Read, Ben Balmer Trio and Marc Dobson, “The One Man Band,” along with party favors, a midnight champagne toast and a special menu served until 11 p.m. Call the Pier at 321-783-7549 for more info.

Check back for updates and more info on the best New Year’s Eve parties in Brevard.

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