Several of South Florida's New Year's Eve gatherings will offer a chance to feel extra nostalgic on the final night of 2013.
Doo-wop and soul legends the Drifters will headline one retro party Tuesday night at the Delray Beach Marriott (10 N. Ocean Blvd.), which will serve a gourmet dinner and dessert before a midnight champagne toast to a broadcast of the ball drop at New York's Times Square. Longtime Drifter and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Charlie Thomas leads the hitmakers, responsible for 1950s and 1960s classics such as "Save the Last Dance for Me," "Under the Boardwalk" and "This Magic Moment." 8:30 p.m. $159-$179. 1-877-433-5729 or PopRockDooWopp.com/Nye.
Also cranking up the nostalgia is the Retro Lounge (2608 S. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale), formerly 5 Points Lounge and the Monterey Club. The venue's Swingin' New Year's gathering will feature yesteryear classics from Tony Martelli and his Rat Pack tribute band. DJ Ronn, meanwhile, will spin 1950s and '60s music to a "bump and grind" classic burlesque show before a midnight balloon drop. 8 p.m. $10 at the door, $5 after midnight. 561-716-3200 or "like" the Retro Lounge on Facebook.
For a nostalgic gathering of a different sort, the NYE Steampunk Masquerade Ball at Miami's Vagabond nightclub (30 NE 14th St.) should deliver gritty, 19th century-style revelry with performances from local electronica acts Afrobeta, Jacuzzi Boys, Millionyoung and Jean Jacket. Shameless Burlesques will help with the mood-setting at this costumed gathering. 9 p.m. $25. 305-379-0508 or TheVagabondMiami.com.