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Key West is a tropical paradise where you can enjoy a beach party even on New Year's Eve. The island city is famous for its massive all-night celebrations to welcome the upcoming year. You can start your evening with a romantic sunset yacht cruise or a seafood dinner in a waterfront restaurant and then attend one of the ball-drop parties in some of the most popular bars and clubs.
Schooner Wharf Bar hosts one of the most famous NYE parties in Kew West: lowering of the Pirate Wench and an iconic cannon blast at midnight are terrific. The pirate-themed party features special cocktails, DJ sets, and a live music concert from 11:30 pm until 4:30 am. The best thing: there is no cover charge!
The New Orleans House on Duval Street, which is famous for its LGBT-themed celebrations, holds the annual Red High Heel Drop on New Year's Eve. A drag queen descends in a big red shoe from the balcony as the cheering crowds count down to midnight.
Duval Street is also famous for its Dropping of the Conch Shell at Sloppy Joe’s bar (canceled in 2020). This is one of the largest annual events in Key West and one of the oldest island traditions with several decades of history.