Miami Nightlife

One of Greater Miami's most popular pursuits is bar hopping. 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 ( andOcean 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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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's now trendier than ever. With a vibe that's a bit speakeasy, a bit dive...

Blues Bar

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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

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


  • Dance Clubs

One of Miami's longest-running dance clubs, Cameo is constantly reinventing itself, but the result always seems to be the same—long...

Club Space

  • Dance Clubs

Want 24-hour partying? Here's the place, which revolutionized the Miami party scene over a decade ago and still gets accolades as one...


  • Dance Clubs

A $40 million investment has transformed the former Gold Rush building into an ultraclub with 600 square feet of LED video walls, intelligent...

El Carajo

  • Tapas Bars

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

FDR at the Delano

  • Dance Clubs

The world's hottest DJs are on tap at this überexclusive subterranean lounge that caters to a stylish see-and-be-seen crowd. Seductive...


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