Are you ready to ring in the New Year? Have you made your plans? Most everyone I have talked to still hasn’t even thought about it… folks, I made it easy for you.  I picked out my top 10 places to bring in 2014 in Tampa Bay!

Aqua-Eve: Florida Aquarium
End the year with a splash! Dance and dine your way through the aquarium and enjoy a night full of hors d’oeuves, dinner, dessert, unlimited beer & wine, live music and entertainment.  Guests can expect a VIP rooftop view of the biggest fireworks show in Tampa along with a midnight champagne toast. 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. Tickets are $110 http://www.flaquarium.org/event-calendar/aqua-eve.aspx

Rooftop Eve, Hyde Park Village
The most prestigious and sexy New Year’s Eve Party in Tampa on the rooftop of Hyde Park Village.  This year’s theme is Cabaret En Rouge, so come dressed to impress. Guests will enjoy complimentary spirits; wine, beer and champagne paired with delectable desserts and live entertainment. 9 p.m. – 2 a.m. Tickets $175 (VIP also available). www.therooftopeve.com

Pop the Cork Party, Seminole Hard Rock Café Tampa
Starting at 9 p.m., this party includes drinks, complimentary champagne toast at midnight and guests will get to feast on Hard Rock Café- inspired appetizers, enjoy live entertainment and free admission until 1 p.m. into West Coast Toast.  Tickets are $85 per person in advance, $95 night of. http://www.ticketmaster.com/Pop-the-Cork-Nye-Cafe-Party-tickets/artist/1935023

Yacht StarShip Fireworks Celebration Cruise
Cruise along the Harbour Island, Davis Island and downtown to experience a unique view of Tampa city lights and the fireworks show onboard the Yacht StarShip. Cruise includes an open bar, gourmet food stations, DJ, party favors and a champagne toast at midnight.  Cruise departs at 10:30 p.m. and returns at 12:30 p.m. Reserve your spot today, spots go fast! http://www.yachtstarship.com/

Oxford Exchange’s New Year’s Eve Party
Indulge in music, dessert and an open bar at one of Tampa’s hottest and unique venues.  9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Tickets are $150. http://oxfordexchange.com/special-events/

Café Dufrain, New Year’s Eve Black Tie BBQ, Harbour Island
Spend dinner waterfront on the island!  Make a reservation at Café Dufrain and for only $35 per person enjoy a special Black Tie BBQ with dinner options like smoked prime rib, Denver lamb ribs and smoked bone-in port loin.  Enjoy specialty sides as well as a la carte items. Dinner starts at 5:30 p.m. www.cafedufrain.com

Outback Bowl Parade, Tampa’s Historic Latin Quarter, Ybor City
Join all LSU Tigers and Iowa Hawkeyes fans at the Outback Bowl Pep Rally and New Year’s Eve Parade in Tampa hot spot, Ybor City.  The parade will feature floats and fifteen marching bands and cheerleaders from both universities.  The parade is FREE and starts at 5:30 p.m. along 7th avenue.  Worried about parking? Hop the TECO Line Streetcar! http://www.outbackbowl.com/events

Downtown Abbey New Year’s Eve Premiere Party, Straz Center
Party like it’s the Nineteen-twenties (1920’s attire is encouraged)…and ring in the new year with a true Crawley family style and elegance at the Downtown Abbey New Year’s Eve Premier Party.  Enjoy live music, dancing, a Downtown Abbey-inspired menu, champagne toast at midnight and a preview screening of season 4 premier of Downtown Abbey on Masterpiece. 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tickets $160 http://www.strazcenter.org/

New Year’s Eve Food & Wine Dinner, Mise en Place
A proprietor-style, chef-driven restaurant with national acclaim for those who are looking for culinary trendsetters in Tampa’s local cuisine.  Enjoy a flavorful five course meal with wine pairings and live music.  Reservations are required and the cost is $89 (tax, gratuity and beverages not included). 813-254-5373 http://www.miseonline.com/

Jackson’s New Year’s Eve Party, Jackson’s Bistro
Take in breathtaking views of Tampa’s skyline at one of the hottest waterfront New Year’s Eve parties in downtown Tampa.  Enjoy special performances, a midnight champagne toast and balloon drop. General Admission $25, VIP $50 http://www.jacksonsbistro.com/


Most importantly peeps- DON’T drink and drive! Be sure to designate a driver or plan out your transportation ahead of time. 

For those wanting to experience premier transportation (and arrive in a stylish Escalade) be sure to contact BLU Moon Transportation, Inc.  They have flexible rates, hourly rates and you get 20% off your first time booking. 813-258-6666 Tell Jeremy, Kat sent you ;)

No matter what you plan to do this New Year’s Eve, I hope it is amazing and best wishes to 2014!

Cheers Y’all!
Kat