What You're Doing This Week: December 30-January 5

Ring in the New Year With Cuban Flair

Bongos Cuban Café in downtown Miami is known for its tropical flair, Latin rhythm, traditional Cuban fare and cocktails. Ring in the New Year with spectacular views of the port of Miami, Biscayne Bay and the downtown Miami skyline. The restaurant is offering a three-course prix fixe dinner menu during two seatings: the first seating is from 7 until 9 p.m., and the second begins at 9 p.m. Both cost $100 per person. The seatings include an appetizer, entree and dessert per diner. To honor the Cuban tradition, each guest will be given 12 grapes at midnight. This represents good luck for each month of the New Year. A complimentary glass of champagne will be provided per person for the midnight toast. After the midnight toast, head to the nightclub – entry is included in the dinner package. Entrance to the nightclub begins at midnight for $20 and includes one drink. Bongos Cuban Café in Miami is located at 601 Biscayne Blvd. For more information and reservations, call 786-777-2100 or visit www.bongoscubancafe.com.

Bongos Cuban Café at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is also offering two seatings: the first seating is from 7 until 9 p.m. for $75 per person; the second seating begins at 9 p.m. for $100 per person. The restaurant will serve a three-course prix fixe dinner which consists of traditional Cuban dishes and also includes a complimentary glass of champagne to accompany the meal. Guests purchasing a dinner package will also have the traditional grapes at midnight and receive complimentary admission to the Bongos Sky Lounge for a late-night party on the rooftop. For those who want to watch the rhythm unfold on New Year's Eve, the Bongos Sky Lounge rooftop will open its doors at 8 p.m. For $20 per person, guests will enjoy appetizer specials and a complimentary drink. Bongos Cuban Café at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is located at 5733 Seminole Way in Hollywood. For more information and reservations, call 954-791-3040 or visit www.bongoscubancafe.com.

Put on the Ritz at BLANC NYE 2014 at The Ritz-Carlton South Beach

BLANC NYE 2014 promises to be a magical journey that rings in the New Year amid a sea of white featuring over-the-top specialty entertainment, renowned DJ Cassidy, and opulent French Baroque décor on one of South Beach’s most stunning properties. Guests enjoy live entertainment, Marie Antoinette-inspired characters, aerialists, choreographed performances and the like. BLANC NYE 2014 is a collaboration of some of the most talented and passionate event producers in South Florida. Celebrating New Year’s for many represents an inspiring new start. For this reason, BLANC NYE 2014 will feature a theme based exclusively around the color white which is synonymous with the clean slate that a new year represents. AMPM Presents, Creativas Group Public Relations and Branding, and Tony Guerra/Citrus Miami came together to conceptualize BLANC NYE which will help transport guests to "a magical far-off land where one can forget the everyday and look forward to welcoming the New Year in inspirational wonderment." Required dress for the event: evening wear, white is encouraged. Tickets can be purchased online at www.BlancNYE.com.

Batch NYE

Yet-to-open Batch is now taking reservations for New Year's Eve. This party comes without a cover charge – a rarity in Miami. This allows you to hit up Miami's newest hotspot without breaking the bank. Enjoy premium batched cocktails and creative and tasty ingredient-driven cuisine at Batch Gastropub in Brickell. For more information and to make a reservation, visit www.batchmiami.com.

Dog Day at Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens

On Sunday, Jan. 5 from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m Fairchild will open its gates to its four-legged friends for a special Dog Day, where visitors can bring their dogs and explore Fairchild’s 83 acres of wide, open spaces. Relax to the sounds of the waterfalls in the Rainforest, walk beside the swaying palm trees, grab lunch at the Glasshouse Café, and spend a peaceful Sunday among nature with your dog. Admission is $25 for adults, $18 for seniors 65 and up, $12 for children 6-17, and free for Fairchild members and children 5 and under. For more information, visit www.fairchildgarden.org/Events/?date=01-2014&eventID=919.

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