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Just Claus The Hot List: 2012 Holiday Parties

The holidays. They’re here. Which means eggnog, awful sweaters and... a really good excuse to throw a lavish party. Herewith: five worthy halls for such an affair. Start decking...

UD - The Billiard Room at the Bath Club
THE GAME ROOM

The Billiard Room at the Bath Club

You Require: Something with a pool table. And stiff drinks.
You’ll Receive: A swanky billiards room (leather couches, massive chandeliers) for you and your fellow revelers. Also, a private bar, because what’s reveling without a few cocktails.

411:

Seats 100, holds 125, The Bath Club, 5937 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, 305-867-5938

UD - The James Bond Gallery at the Dezer
THE GARAGE

The James Bond Gallery at the Dezer

You Require: A place big enough to bring the entire company. All 25 floors’ worth of it.
You’ll Receive: A cavernous, 15,000-square-foot garage space that’s home to the largest collection of original James Bond automobiles. Try and be careful around those ejector seats.

UD - Sam’s at SLS Hotel South Beach
THE GREAT ESCAPE

Sam’s at SLS Hotel South Beach

You Require: Somewhere no one can find you... and 39 of your closest friends.
You’ll Receive: Privacy. Lots of it. Because this nautically themed lounge is hidden above the Bazaar. So nobody has to know what you’re up to in there. (We suggest eating an SLS-catered spread and blasting Wham’s “Last Christmas.”)

UD - The Tiki Bar at Soho Beach House
THE POOL PARTY

The Tiki Bar at Soho Beach House

You Require: A tropical oasis. You know, something that screams “Christmas.”
You’ll Receive: A personal fire pit, a plate of s’mores supplies and a 100-foot pool to eat them by. Good thing your Santa suit is waterproof.

411:

Seats 40, holds 80, Soho Beach House, 4385 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, 786-507-7900

UD - La Cave D’Azur at Villa Azur
THE UNDERGROUND LAIR

La Cave D’Azur at Villa Azur

You Require: Seasonal spelunking. Okay, we’re kidding, but a cavern full of wine would be nice.
You’ll Receive: A handsome cellar underneath Villa Azur filled with 190 different wines and champagnes. Also: a bunch of French fare prepared by the place’s executive chef. You always preferred homemade foie gras to spiral ham.

411:

Seats 12, holds 50, Villa Azur, 309 23rd St, Miami Beach, 305-763-8688

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