Miami Nightlife

One of Greater Miami's most popular pursuits is barhopping. Bars range from intimate enclaves to showy see-and-be-seen lounges to loud, raucous frat parties. There's a New York–style flair to some of the newer lounges, which are increasingly catering to the Manhattan party crowd who escape to Miami and Miami Beach for long weekends. No doubt, Miami's pulse pounds with nonstop nightlife that reflects

the area's potent cultural mix. On sultry, humid nights with the huge full moon rising out of the ocean and fragrant night-blooming jasmine intoxicating the senses, who can resist Cuban salsa with some disco and hip-hop thrown in for good measure? When this place throws a party, hips shake, fingers snap, bodies touch. It's no wonder many clubs are still rocking at 5 am. If you're looking for a relatively nonfrenetic evening, your best bet is one of the chic hotel bars on Collins Avenue, or a lounge away from Miami Beach in Wynwood, the Design District, or Downtown.

The Miami Herald ( is a good source for information on what to do in town. The Weekend section of the newspaper, included in the Friday edition, has an annotated guide to everything from plays and galleries to concerts and nightclubs. The "Ticket" column details the week's entertainment highlights. Or you can pick up the Miami New Times (, the city's largest free alternative newspaper, published each Thursday. It lists nightclubs, concerts, and special events; reviews plays and movies; and provides in-depth coverage of the local music scene. MIAMI ( Ocean Drive (, Miami’s model-strewn, upscale fashion and lifestyle magazines, squeeze club, bar, restaurant, and events listings in with fashion spreads, reviews, and personality profiles. Paparazzi photos of local party people and celebrities give you a taste of Greater Miami nightlife before you even dress up to paint the town.

The Spanish-language El Nuevo Herald (, published by the Miami Herald, has extensive information on Spanish-language arts and entertainment, including dining reviews, concert previews, and nightclub highlights.

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The Broken Shakerbooks

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Popular with Miami's cool crowd, this indoor-outdoor craft cocktail joint lures in droves to the adult-chic Freehand hostel to revel...

The Globe

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This charming old-world European restaurant, popular by day with Coral Gables's old-school business crowd, takes on a second personality...

The Lido Bayside Grill

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With all due respect to wonderful food by executive-chef Mark Zeitouni, many locals come to this eatery with drinking as their top priority...

The Regent Cocktail Club

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This classic cocktail bar recalls an intimate gentleman's club (and not the stripper kind) with strong masculine cocktails, dark furnishings...

Tom on Collins

  • Gathering Places

This lobby bar at the supersexy 1 Hotel South Beach is the brainchild of celebrity-chef Tom Colicchio. Don’t expect a wild scene here.


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Twist is a gay institution in South Beach, having been the late-night go-to place for decades, filling to capacity around 2 am after...

Vinos in the Grove

  • Wine Bars–Nightlife

There’s no swirling, sniffing, or pondering (unless you want to, of course); most are here to simply lean back and recoup from the...

Wood Tavern

  • Gathering Places

This is a neighborhood hangout where anything—and anyone—goes: suits mix with hoodies, fashionistas mingle with hipsters, but everyone...

World of Beer - Miami Midtown

  • Brewpubs/Beer Gardens

In Miami's trendy and unique Midtown blocks (sandwiched between the Design District to the north and Wynwood to the south), it may be...

Wynwood Brewing Company

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This family-owned craft brewery is hidden among the towering graffiti arts walls of Wynwood. Communal tables and ever-changing pop-up...


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