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 (www.miamiherald.com) 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 (www.miaminewtimes.com), 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 (www.modernluxury.com/miami)and Ocean Drive (www.oceandrive.com), 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 (www.elnuevoherald.com), 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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Ball & Chain

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Established in 1935 and steeped in legends of gambling, Prohibition protests, the rise of budding entertainers Billie Holiday, Count...

Bin No.18

  • Wine Bars–Nightlife

Pop into this bistro and wine bar before or after a show at the nearby Adrienne Arsht Center, or simply while the evening away here.

Blackbird Ordinary

  • Bars/Pubs

This local watering hole has been around since 2011, but it became supertrendy in 2015 and hasn't looked back since. With a vibe that's...

Blues Bar

  • Bars/Pubs

Dedicate at least one night of your Miami vacation to an art deco pub crawl, patronizing the hotel bars and lounges of South Beach's...

Cafeina Wynwood Lounge

  • Bars/Pubs

This awesome Wynwood watering hole takes center stage during the highly social Gallery Night and Artwalk through the Wynwood Art District...

Club Space

  • Dance Clubs

Want 24-hour partying? Here's the place, which revolutionized the Miami party scene back in 2000 and still gets accolades as one of the...

E11EVEN Miami

  • Dance Clubs

The former Gold Rush building has been transformed into an ultraclub with LED video walls, intelligent lighting, and a powerful sound...

El Carajo

  • Wine Bars–Nightlife

The back of a Mobil gas station is perhaps the most unexpected location for a wine bar, yet for nearly 25 years a passion for good food...

FDR at Delano

  • Dance Clubs

Top DJs are on tap at this überexclusive subterranean lounge that caters to a stylish see-and-be-seen crowd. Seductive lighting illuminates...

Haven

  • Cafes–Nightlife

This hipster-frequented gastrolounge may be cozy by South Beach standards, but it's just as flashy under the glow of backlit architecture,...

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