Christmas is past us and many family members have started to make the trek home leaving us to begin the New Year. However St. Augustine likes to end the holiday season with some of the biggest party of the year! There is no end to the number of local parties to countdown the coming New Year. Several locations around town are throwing huge parties and you can join them. St. Augustine has had a great 2016 and we are looking forward to 2017. If you’re looking for something to do on New Year’s Eve, we’ve compiled a list of a few places around town to find something fun to do!
The most popular and family friendly event for New Years Eve is the Annual Beach Blast Off at the St. Augustine Pier. This event is jam packed with activities. There will be local vendors, a chili cook off, and of course fireworks. It is a super fun, family friendly event and great for everyone especially kids. The Annual Beach Blast Off at the St. Augustine Pier kicks off at 4 p.m. and runs until 10 p.m. Beach Blast Off is a free event. And not to worry, parking is also free with a shuttle services provided by the city. There will be some road closures so be sure to get there early.
If you are looking for live music, St. Augustine has plenty of that to offer. Here are a couple of local hotspots where you can grab a cold beer and listen to some great tunes while the New Year rolls in.
A1A Ale Works Live Music Dinner until 11, Open till 1 a.m.
Ann O’Malleys Live Music Open past midnight
Cellar 6 Live Music starting at 11 p.m. Open until 2 a.m.
Dos Gatos Rock-N-Roll Open until 2 a.m.
Hoptinger Bier Garden New Year’s Eve Bash, Call for table reservations 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Meehans on Matanzas Live Music Open until 2 a.m.
Reef Restaurant Live Music, free champagne toast Open till 12:30 a.m.
Sangria’s Tapas & Piano Bar Live music 9 p.m. -1 a.m. Open until 2 a.m.
Tempo Restaurant Live Music Open late
Tini Martini Bar Open past midnight
For those of you not into the partying scene, there are a few more laid back options with dinner. Make sure to call the local business ahead of time to make sure you are able to secure a reservation.
Avilies Restaurant (904) 829-2277 Special New Years menu, 4- 10 p.m.
Beaches at Vilano (904) 829-0589 Special New Years menu, open till 1
Centro Restaurant (904) 891-0318 4-course dinner 5-11p.m.
Jaybirds Restaurant (904) 429-7153 Special New Years menu, open till 1
Ice Plant (904)829-6553 2 seatings, 3 course dinner 5pm & 7pm
Michael’s Tasting Room (904) 810-2400 2 seatings at 5:30 & 7:30, reservation required
Panama Hatties (904) 471-2192 Special dinner package, reservation required
Raintree Restaurant (904)824-7211 3 & 4 Course meals, call for reservation
Salt Life Food Shack (904) 271-3256 View for Beach Blast Off, Reservations required
Sunset Grille (904) 471-5555 Beach Blast Off View, Champagne toast at midnight
As always you should never drink and drive. So if you find yourself out and about and past your limit, please call a car service. Uber is a great alternative to the cab services. You can find out more information about cab services, here. If you need a place to stay, consider staying at one of the Historic Inns of St. Augustine, and save yourself the hassle of getting a taxi!