New Year's Eve 2012: 23 top South Florida parties

Talib Kweli: More cerebral fun with the Brooklyn rapper can be found elsewhere at the Delano, downstairs at FDR. Tickets: $100, or $200 for access to Santigold’s show, too. Info:, 305-924-4071, e-mail

Sex Sells! That’s the name of the party at Opium at the Hard Rock (5729 Seminole Way, Hollywood). The theme will be driven home by two hosts, Abella Anderson and Diamond Kitty, who have achieved some fame in the adult-film industry. We are told. Tickets: $50 (ladies), $100 (guys), with open bar. Info:, 954-327-9094.

Masquerade Ball: There is a palpable sexiness to the Gerber Group’s annual New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball at Whiskey Blue and Living Room at W Fort Lauderdale (401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale). Bring your own mask (black and white is the theme) or take one of theirs. Tickets: $125, with open bar. Info:, 954-414-8300 or email

Clematis Countdown: The annual West Palm Beach street party features glazed-over Miami rockers the Jacuzzi Boys, as well as New Coke, the Resolvers and “body-painted naked gogo-dancing aliens” in the 500 block of West Palm Beach’s main drag. Tickets: $10. Info:

Locos por Juana: One of our favorite South Florida noisemakers performs at the “urban beach house” known as the Hoxton (1111 SW First Ave., Miami), which is throwing a “Magic City”-themed party filled with retro, late-’50s swagger. Dinner packages begin at $85. Info:, 305-677-8466.

Shwayze: The party-rocking SoCal rapper performs poolside at the Shelbourne (1801 Collins Ave., Miami Beach). Tickets: $95, with open bar. Info:, 305-531-1271.

Julio Iglesias Jr.: Because the folks at the upscale karaoke nightspot Jelsomino (247 23rd St., Miami Beach) thought that you might be too intimidated to sing in front of Julio the Elder, they are hosting the son. Tickets: $200. Info:, 305-673-7757.

Carl Cox, Calvin Harris: If it’s globally relevant DJs with whom you’d like to ring in the new year, that’s the specialty in these parts. House music icon Cox, no stranger to South Florida, spins Mansion (1235 Washington Ave., Miami Beach). Tickets: $250: Info: TheOpiumGroup/nye2013, 305-531-5535. The stylish Harris spins at LIV nightclub at the Fontainebleau (4441 Collins). Tickets: $375 (ladies), $475 (guys). Info:, 305-674-4680.

Get daily updates on South Florida entertainment and things to do at and on Twitter at @BenCrandell.